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<h1 class="entry-title"><a href="/stalking-africa-online-part-2.html">Stalking Africa Online - Part 2</a></h1>
<div class="entry-content"><p>In the last post, I described some <a href="">African blogs to keep track of for stalking information about Africa</a>. Here are some of my favourite places online for listening to African news and music and a list of books I liked.</p>
<p>The best part of African culture is the music. I stumble upon some amazing bands through these podcasts:</p>
<li><a href="">Afropop Worldwide</a> has a good mix of West/South African music. But, I think it is too short and has less music and more commentary.</li>
<li><a href="">Radio Freetown</a> plays choice hits of West Africa. They have not updated for the past 5 months, but the archives are well worth a listen.</li>
<a href=" ">World Passport</a>, is mostly African music spiced with songs from other countries (mostly US). Pity they don&rsquo;t update it anymore. The archives are great! </li>
<p>These days though, I listen to songs on <a href="">Grooveshark</a>.The songs stream quickly and are of good quality.</p>
<p>The only non-music podcast I listen to is the <a href="">BBC&rsquo;s Africa Today</a> has a round up of African news and tries to be unbiased. I heard about <a href="">Charles Taylor’s conversion to Judaism</a> first here, before it made front pages elsewhere.</p>
<p>I have not read that many books about Africa, but I really liked the these:</p>
<li><a href="">The Famished Road</a> — Fascinating mix of legends with the story of a young boy growing up in poverty.</li>
<li><a href="">The Yacoubian Building: A Novel</a> and <a href="">Cairo Modern</a> tread almost the same path. They both present similar facets of Arabic Africa. <a href="">The Translator</a> has a slightly different viewpoint — that of a Sudanese muslim woman who works as a translator. </li>
<li><a href="">The In-Between World of Vikram Lall</a> is a very insightful look at Kenya from the time of the struggle for independence to current times — through the eyes of a Kenyan of Indian origin. </li>
<li><a href="">What Is the What (Vintage)</a> is the story of <a href="">Valentino Achak Deng</a>, a child refugee from South Sudan. This is a heart wrenching book. I took days to recover from reading this story. </li>
<li>John Le Carr&eacute;&rsquo;s <a href="">The Mission Song</a> is a gripping thriller based on fictitious events in Kivu (though it seems not far from the truth).</li>
<p>The full list of books I have read about Africa is <a href="">here</a>.</p>
<p>That completes my African journey! Any podcasts or books you recommend? </p>
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