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Afropop World Wide (Brooklyn, NY 11232-2408)
Sean Barlow (Project Director: August 2014 to present)
Afropop Worldwide/Hip Deep

Production of ten hour-long “Hip Deep” episodes on the Afropop Worldwide radio program, fifteen complementary podcasts, educational material, and website enhancements.

World Music Productions requests NEH support of $200,000 over a one-year period to help cover the production of 10 new "Hip Deep" episodes to be broadcast as part of our ongoing "Afropop Worldwide" public radio series heard on 96 stations in the U.S. Each episode is a rich radio-and-Web offering extending the body of work and the community of scholars "Hip Deep" has developed over the past 11 years. The two new thematic foci are "musicians in conflict settings" and "music as a vehicle for communication and collective memory." Original fieldwork will take place in Mali, Niger, Congo, Jamaica, London, Lisbon, and the southern U.S. This proposal also launches a new commitment to the creation and promotion of "Hip Deep" podcasts--all part of "Afropop Worldwide's" ongoing mission to bring current humanities scholarship to the general public via the universal vehicle of music. The entire cost of the project is $338,238.

Project fields:
African Studies; Journalism; Music History and Criticism

Media Projects Production

Public Programs

$150,000 (approved)
$150,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 6/30/2016