This website provides information about the Music Time in Africa Archive within the larger context of the Voice of America’s Leo Sarkisian Library, the contents of which is on long-term loan to the University of Michigan for purposes of research and teaching.
The long-term goal of the African Heritage and Humanities Initiative (AHHI) is to deepen intellectual engagement, within the broader domain of African humanities, through research projects with African colleagues. The initiative aims to encourage the development of overlapping, intersecting research projects that bring African scholars into close conversation with U-M researchers to illuminate the dynamic, contested process by which African cultures and histories are made.
The National Endowment for the Humanities provided partial funding for a two-year project to digitize and make available unique recordings of Music Time in Africa broadcast between 1966 and 1996. At this page you will find links to the NEH grant proposal and the project’s final report, along with a list of the people involved in completing the project in 2018.
The University of Michigan’s innovated faculty research program provided seed funding to inventory the Leo Sarkisian Library, which is on long-term loan to the University. The inventory provided the foundation for identifying and selecting Music Time in Africa radio programs for digitization and access.
All of the research and project coordination activities associated with the Music Time in Africa project are hosted and sponsored by the University of Michigan School of Information. UMSI Associate Professor Paul Conway and Professor of Anthropology Kelly Askew are the principal investigators.