Episode #951

Achebe, Fela, Extra Golden

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Studio 360 Episode 951, Achebe, Fela, Extra Golden Chinua Achebe (Jerry Bauer)

This week Studio 360 looks at "Things Fall Apart." The book that changed the face of West African literature turns 50. Author Chinua Achebe looks back. And the young Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Adichie describes how Achebe's pioneering work shaped her writing. Another Nigerian cultural legend, Fela Kuti, is the inspiration for New York choreographer Bill T. Jones’ new musical. Plus the music of Extra Golden.

Chinua Achebe

The author of Things Fall Apart has been called the father of a generation of writers. His enduring novel has been translated into 50 languages, has sold 10 million copies, and is required reading in countless high schools. Kurt asked Achebe to look back at what's happened in ...

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Things Fall Apart

In this excerpt, readers get a glimpse of Igbo life in Nigeria before the Europeans arrive to impose their strange customs. Read by WNYC's evening host Terrance McKnight.


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Like Chinua Achebe, Chimamanda Adichie is an award-winning Nigerian author whose writing has brought her country's history to global audiences. She tells Kurt why Achebe has played such a large role in her work. Produced by Studio 360's David Krasnow and


Bill T. Jones on Fela Kuti

What Achebe did for literature, Fela Kuti did for music. The Nigerian composer and father of Afrobeat inspired a generation of artists--one of whom is choreographer Bill T. Jones. Kurt talks with Jones about his musical "Fela!" which celebrates the art and life of ...


Extra Golden

Extra Golden is an unusual collaboration of musicians from Western Kenya and the Eastern USA. They recorded their first CD in Kenya, on a laptop, in a bar. Studio 360's Rob Weisberg asks the motley crew about how they manage to mix ...


Web Extra: "Obama"

Listen to the track from Extra Golden's latest album, "Hera Ma Nono."


Unsilent Night

It's become a holiday tradition: every year, hundreds of people gather with boomboxes to perform Phil Kline's ambient, techno Christmas carol called "Unsilent Night." Jonathan Mitchell went along for the ride.

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