Appendix 11A Overview of Hip Hop African Podcast

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Hip Hop African Podcast

This is an initiative that initially began as a method of pedagogy, and most of the episodes were produced by my students. I was invited to Smith College (see presentations) to do a keynote on the use of blogs and podcasts as pedagogy.

The website has gone from averaging 4,000 unique visitors a year, to over 9,000 in 2015 and almost 20,000 in 2016. In 2016 we averaged 2,000 unique visitors a month. Our visitors primarily come from the European Union, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, the UK, & The U.S.

On iTunes, the largest podcast directory, we are ranked among the top five among podcasts dealing with similar themes, specifically, African hip hop podcasts and African Studies podcasts.

I launched the podcast with the goal of taking a scholarly approach to conversations around hip hop in Africa. Among African Studies podcasters, ours has been recognized as a contribution to discourse around hip hop in Africa. The venture was influenced by the Africa Past and Present Podcast, hosted at Michigan State University by historians Dr. Peter Limb and Dr. Peter Alegi. The Africa Past and Present Podcast, which receives funding from Michigan State University, features a link to our podcast on their website. I have also had several conversations with Dr. Kim Yi Dionne, the host of the Ufahamu Africa Podcast at Smith College. Ufahamu Africa is funded by Smith College. Both Dr. Alegi at Michigan State University and Dr. Dionne at Smith College have been very generous with advice on the production of the Hip Hop African Podcast.

The podcast was also featured in the November 8, 2016 edition of “What’s New (Appendix 12)” at Howard University.