This month we’re kicking off a new seasonal theme on Africa Is a Country Radio. Over the next six months, on each episode we will soundtrack a different sport, exploring its relationship to music, the politics surrounding it, and its relationship to the African continent. To start things off, in the midst of NBA playoff fever, we take a look at the fascinating historical relationship between basketball, music, and racial politics in the US, as well as glance at some of the global reverberations of the game in recent years.
The filmmaker, Akin Omotoso, traveled to the 2016 NBA All Star Weekend in Toronto, Canada. This is his diary.
A documentary film follows basketball Serge Ibaka on his return to the country of his birth, The Republic of Congo.
An interview with the National Basketball Association’s Vice President in charge of international affairs, Amadou Gallo Fall, about the NBA’s plans for Africa.
The actor and filmmaker Akin Omotoso traveled from Johannesburg, South Africa, to witness the 2015 NBA All Star Weekend in Brooklyn, New York. Here’s his diary.