Interview with Jesse Brenner and Eric Herman of Modiba Productions about ASAP, The Afrobeat Sudan Aid Project. We discuss remixing Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble’s “Star Wars” with Modiba’s Dave Ahl to tell the story of the Sudan conflict; how the crisis in Darfur began; was the Darfur crisis really genocide; how ASAP began; Afropop Worldwide; TrueMajority led by Ben Cohen of Ben and Jerry’s; how they chose which musicians and bands featured on the ASAP CD; their love of Afrobeat and Fela Kuti; Tony Allen; Wunmi; Keziah Jones; the aid citizens receiving from ASAP; iTunes; Oxfam International; Kebkabiya Small-holders Charitable Society; interference from the government of Sudan; Save the Children; Eric Reeves; the International Medical Corp; International Rescue Committee; what led them to form Modiba Productions; meeting at Wesleyan University; going to Botswana and Mali; film director Joe Wilson; how they hope to make people aware of the richness of Africa’s musical cultures; upcoming projects; Modiba film projects; Oumou Sangare; the ASAP short documentary; “More Consideration” by Kokolo; sexism in Afrobeat; Antibalas‘ song, “Sister”; teaming up with TrueMajority; Ben and Jerry handcuffing themselves to the fence of the Sudanese embassy in Washington D.C.; TrueMajority broadcasting live from Darfur; Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble and Wunmi performing for We Stand; Floydfest; Baba Olajagun; Franck Biyong; the Save Darfur Coalition; UNICEF; Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières.
Featured songs are “Star Wars (Modiba Darfur Remix)” by Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble, “More Consideration” by Kokolo and “Turbulent Times” by Dele Sosimi.
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