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Afropop World Wide (Brooklyn, NY 11232-2408)
Sean Barlow (Project Director: January 2016 to present)
Afropop Worldwide's Hip Deep

Production of radio programming exploring contemporary music cultures of Africa and the African diaspora, including nine new episodes focusing on Nigeria and the Caribbean, substantive updates of six existing programs, and twelve podcasts.

Since 1988, the Peabody Award-Winning public radio program Afropop Worldwide has introduced listeners to the contemporary music cultures of Africa & the African Diaspora. Distributed by PRI to 95 U.S. stations, it is also available as a podcast, & streamed from our website,, & Over the past 14 years, Afropop has collaborated with leading scholars to produce our acclaimed, NEH-funded Hip Deep series, which introduces humanities themes to general audiences. The NEH grant previously funded the integration of a Hip Deep-specific site section which organized Hip Deep's multi-media content for easier access. World Music Productions now requests a 1-year grant of $200,000 (55% of total cost) from the NEH to continue this work by 1) producing 9 new episodes based on original field work, 6 encore programs & 12 Hip Deep podcasts, 2) build new audience by rebuilding our website to support “responsive design,” making it adaptable to the full range of mobile devices.

Project fields:
Arts, General

Media Projects Production

Public Programs

$175,000 (approved)
$175,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2016 – 10/31/2017