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Music Time in Africa Turns 50

Posted May 29th, 2015 at 1:08 pm (UTC-4)

Music Time in Africa: A Narrative Timeline of 50 Years on Air The music radio program “Music Time in Africa” from the English to Africa Service of VOA celebrates its 50th Anniversary of broadcasting African music to Africa this month. A Golden Anniversary of practically any kind is  generally a good reason for celebration. But […]

VOA’s Veteran Music Man Leo Sarkisian Says Goodbye

Posted October 2nd, 2012 at 6:32 pm (UTC-4)

Last Friday was a bittersweet day, particularly for me, as well as for my colleagues in the English to Africa Service and other departments at the Voice of America:  At age 91, Leo Sarkisian, founder of the radio program Music Time in Africa and pioneering African music collector, officially retired from the agency after what he called […]



Heather Maxwell produces and hosts the award-winning radio program “Music Time in Africa” and is the African Music Editor for the Voice of America. Heather is an ethnomusicologist with Doctorate and Master’s degrees from Indiana University specializing in African Music. She is also an accomplished jazz and Afrojazz/Afrosoul vocalist and has been working, researching, and performing in Africa and the U.S. since 1987.

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