Motherland Jam

Saturdays: noon – 2 p.m.

Please join KOPN every Saturday for a musical safari / journey across the vast continent of Africa. From noon-2:00 pm CST, we crisscross the Motherland Africa in search of the best in recorded African music covering different styles/genres.

During the two-hour musical excursion across Africa, the listener is introduced to a myriad of African musicians and performing artists, some who have achieved legendary status in African music and World music, and some not so familiar to the average listener or connoisseur of African / World Beat music.

On average we visit about a dozen African countries during the two-hour musical journey, as time and song selection duration permits.

Through the music we get exposed to the varied aspects of African Culture and social practices peculiar to specific regions of the Motherland- Africa. As we present the different songs/artists from various countries within the motherland, wherever appropriate, we take time to explain the meaning behind each song played, and sometimes the reason why a given artist featured wrote, composed, and recorded the song / music.

We occasionally talk a little bit about the individual African nations before featuring certain selections / artists. Thus, through the selections featured, we delve into the historical significance of a given song, cultural significance and briefly highlight the social significance or meaning of a given tune. We also take time to explain the myriad African instrumentation, especially the unique instruments of a given region featured in selected songs.

In an effort to do the continent justice, we strive to present a balanced show, meaning the selections heard on any given Saturday show reflect / represent the different parts of the Motherland- that is east, west, south, and north- not forgetting the central portion of the continent. As your Host (and musical tour guide), I always look forward to this weekly African musical safari. It is both a pleasure and privilege to be able to share African music and culture and history through song, every Saturday.

The music heard on the Show is from my personal / music library (although the station does have an impressive collection of African music both in vinyl and CD formats). That is the way it should be- music is meant for sharing-it is a universal language.

Nkosi Sikelela i Afrika
God Bless Africa !!

Morgan Matsiga
Host, Motherland Jam

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