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VOA’s ‘Music Time in Africa’ Gets New Host

Music Time in Africa host, Heather Maxwell
Music Time in Africa host, Heather Maxwell
Music Time in Africa, Voice of America’s longest running radio program, gets a new host this week, as Heather Maxwell takes over the award winning show.

Maxwell, an ethnomusicologist and Afrojazz singer who has been working, researching and performing in Africa since 1987, will be producing and hosting the program, and writing for the companion blog, African Music Treasures.

“This show, with its long history, celebrates Africa’s rich contributions to world culture, and I’m so excited to be able to take it into the future,” Maxwell says. “We’ll still play a blend of classic, pop, and traditional artists and genres from Congo’s Bongo Flava music, to Hip Hop and High Life,” she says.

Music Time in Africa was founded in 1965 by veteran VOA broadcaster Leo “Music Man for Africa” Sarkisian, whose dazzling and unparalleled collection of original African music is now housed at the VOA studios in Washington.

With access to more than 50 years of original recordings, the popular pan-African music show offers timeless treasures, new and old, from across the continent and the African diaspora.

Find the Music Time in Africa program page at