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Cover image of Moorman's book, Powerful Frequencies

September 27, 2021 00:47:57

Guests: Moorman, Marissa

Host: Alegi, Peter


Episode 132

Music, Radio, and Politics in Angola

Marissa Moorman (Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, African Cultural Studies) on Angolan social history and media studies. We discuss the evolving trajectory of her scholarship, research in southern Africa and Portugal, and her latest book, Powerful Frequencies: Radio, State Power, and the Cold War in Angola, 1931–2002. The interview features a musical interlude (courtesy of Paulo Flores). It closes with insights on Moorman’s public-facing work with Africa Is A Country and provides a sneak peak into her current book project.

00:00:00 - 00:01:54 Introduction.
00:01:55 - 00:05:49 How Dr. Moorman became an Africanist and chose to study Angola.
00:05:50 - 00:12:01 Changing trajectory of Moorman’s scholarship.
00:12:02 - 00:13:57 Musical interlude: “Poema do Semba” by Paulo Flores.
00:13:58 - 00:28.39 Moorman’s research experiences in Angola and Portugal.
00:28:40 - 00:36:21 Multiple purposes for radio production and consumption in Angolan history.
00:36:22 - 00:42:24 Discussion of Moorman’s public-facing work with Africa Is A Country.
00:42:25 - 00:47:24 Moorman describes her current book project.
00:47:25 - 00:47:57 Wrap up and Outro.