Ethical Access to Music Time in Africa
"Music Time in Africa," the oldest and longest-running radio program in English on the African continent, was created by ethnomusicologist Leo Sarkisian in the early 1960s and broadcast by Voice of America. Sarkisian traveled throughout Africa beginning in the early 1960s, recording hundreds of hours of music from across the continent and scripting weekly or twice-weekly broadcasts around recordings he selected.
While the program has been highly popular in Africa for decades, until recently, legal constraints prevented it from being heard in other parts of the world. In 2015, VoA transferred a collection of program recordings, scripts and live field recordings to the University of Michigan Library, where they became the Leo Sarkisian Archive.
Start date: June 1, 2016
End Date: May 31, 2018
National Endowment for the Humanities, $260,000