Wills Glasspiegel produces public radio documentary

Photo of Sierre Leone musicians playing Bubu music

Wills Glasspiegel (Afrcan American Studies/American Studies ‘18) recently wrote and produced an hour-long public radio documentary, “Proving the Bubu Myth: Janka Nabay, War and Witchcraft in Sierra Leone,” funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The program, which aired on public radio stations across the country last week, focuses on bubu music from Sierra Leone, and on that music’s recent circulation to the US. The program features a number of scholars including David Skinner on Islam in West Africa, Connie Nuxoll on sonic warfare, John Nunley on urban African masquerades, as well as narration from Sahr Ngaujah, the actor who played Fela in the recent broadway musical Fela!.

Listen to a stream of the program at Afro-pop.org: http://www.afropop.org/wp/19541/proving-the-bubu-myth-janka-nabay-war-an…

View a video and photo essay that parallels the program at Afro-pop.org:

Thursday, July 24, 2014