Africa Past and Present

Episode 128 of Africa Past and Present — the podcast about African history, culture, and politics — is now available at, and also on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.

In this episode, Professor Cherif Keita (French and Francophone Studies, Carleton College) reflects on his life as a scholar from Mali and on his documentary films about John Langalibalele Dube and Nokutela Dube, founding figures of the African National Congress of South Africa. The interview closes with a discussion of musician Salif Keita’s journey from social outcast (as an albino) in Mande society to icon of world music.

Africa Past and Present is co-produced by Matrix — the Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences — and the Department of History.