marrickvilleNicola Joseph came up with the project concept and was the executive producer of the series. She also produced the documentary on Millers Point and was head mixer on most of the other documentaries. Nicola was a founding member of Radio Skid Row and played a key role in establishing the station. She has worked at the ABC as a features and documentary producer and as the Executive Producer of women’s and arts programs, and was a journalist, executive producer and station manager at SBS radio. 

Thara Mogwe another one of Radio Skid Row’s most talented and experienced producers did all of the groundwork for the project including the research, and interviews with historians and politicians. Thara has worked across the radio industry at public, community and commercial radio stations.

Barbara McGrady was the project photographer. Barbara is a Kamilaroi woman who was born in Mungindi, North/Western NSW on the QLD border. She started taking photos as a teenager and has continued to combine her photography with her activism, covering issues that affect Indigenous Australia, human rights, politics and sports

Anna Schinella produced the radio program on Leichhardt. Anna was involved at Radio Skid Row soon after it started and became a key person in organising ethnic communities at the station. She has also worked as an Executive Producer and Presenter at ABC Radio National and as a Program Manager at SBS Radio.

Giladesi Namokoyi aka Kween G is an experienced MC, rapper and radio broadcaster/producer. Apart from doing interviews for the project, Kween produced the documentary on Marrickville. Kween has worked for SBS and is a radio trainer.

Isobel Deane was the street journalist on the project. She has been a presenter at Radio Skid Row and was on the station’s programming committee.  She has also worked at one of the peak organisations for community broadcasting.

Huna Amweero created all of the online content for the project. She started broadcasting at Radio Skid Row when she was five years old and continued to present an after school show throughout primary school. She later became a presenter at Fbi radio and has worked in social media in commercial radio. She now works as a writer and filmmaker.

Osamah AlAsadi was the web designer for the project. Osamah works on various community websites, including the Radio Skid Row site. 

The Stories

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The Guests

Over the years, Afrika Connexions has interviewed some of Africa’s most prominent figures. Musicians such as Hugh Masekela and Ladysmith Black Mambazo appeared on the program, as did performers and actors such as Kenyan, WanjikeWa Kiarie and South African, John Kani. Notable political guests included the Women’s Coordinator of the PAC, Maude Jackson; Patricia De Lille, who was the mayor of Cape… Read more...
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Program Highlights

Over the last 25 years, Afrika Connexions has produced some amazing radio programs including interviews with musicians, artists, politicians, activists from overseas as well as within the African community in Sydney. We are currently going through the huge archive of material from the show and putting it online here for a whole new audience as well as those people who might want to remember how… Read more...
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The Hugh Masekela Interview – 1987

In 1987, Neville Legg interviewed then-exiled South African musician, Hugh Masekela. Performing with Paul Simon on his epic Graceland World Tour, Masekela spoke with Neville about his youth under Apartheid, his musical aspirations and intentions, and the implications of the cultural boycott on South African musicians. He also talks about the criticism of his involvement in the Graceland tour. We… Read more...
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The News

An important part of Afrika Connexions, from its inception, was broadcasting news on the situation in South Africa. The need for a different type of news was made necessary by the mainstream media’s superficial coverage of the struggle and its penchant for presenting stories about the hunger and poverty of Africa – a model that still prevails today. The presenters of Afrika Connexions recognised… Read more...
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Maxwell Nemadzivhanani

This interview first went on air in 1985 as part of an Afrika Connexions news segment, which was at 1pm every Sunday. Maxwell Nemadzivhanani was virtually a member of the Afrikan Connexions team, although his primary role was chief representative of the Pan African Congress of Azania. He travelled extensively in the position, attending meetings of the Non Aligned Movement as well as meetings of… Read more...
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African Dawn – An Interview with Wanjiku Wa Kiarie

Early listeners of Afrika Connexions will remember the music of The African Dawn. A beautiful mix of politics, poetry and traditional instruments, African Dawn represented a growing Pan African movement, which had established itself in London rallying alongside the liberation struggles around the world. In 1986, Kenyan actress and poet Wanjiku Wa Kiarie performed her play Black Woman at the South… Read more...
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South African John Kani on Dreaming Under Apartheid

One of South Africa's most famous actors talks with Paul Thusi in 1994. 'It’s a pleasure to be with you today, and I would like to say it is a great honour for me to tell you I have a real live native here at the studio with me from South Africa by the name of John Kani. But I am bound by custom and tradition not to address him by John Kani, since he saw the sun before I did. So customarily I am… Read more...

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About When I'm 64

We first got the idea to do this project when a few older people at the station found themselves… Read more...
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Out of Work and Over 55

Producers Peter Tozer and Paul Thusi have both experienced unemployment in their older years. In… Read more...

About the project

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What is an Activist?

For the past year, a team of Radio Skid Row producers have been walking the streets of Sydney… Read more...
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The I Am Active! team

The iAmActive team includes: Executive Producer: Nicola Joseph Reporters: Em Couch and Isobel Deane… Read more...
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How this project started

The idea for the iAmActive project was inspired by the demonstrations in Tunisia and Egypt during… Read more...

Redfern

The struggle being fought in Redfern right now goes much deeper than locals vs. yuppies. This fight… Read more...

Glebe

Another area that many say is likely to lose most of its state-owned housing is Glebe. Home to… Read more...

Marrickville

For over a decade, Marrickville has been the frontier for the gentrification creep. If you've lived… Read more...

Leichhardt

Leichhardt used to be a neighbourhood where you knew all your neighbours. In our Leichhardt edition… Read more...

Millers Point

During the time of the project, many things happened in the station’s broadcast area that meant the… Read more...