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Hip Deep Producers and Staff

Sean Barlow is the creator and producer of public radio’s Afropop Worldwide, the first nationally syndicated program in the US devoted to world music. Hosted by Georges Collinet from Cameroon, the program reaches listeners throughout the US, Africa and Europe. Barlow edits the weekly Afropop e-Newsletter. He also consults for numerous festivals, educators, filmmakers, etc. Prior to his national career, Barlow started his public radio work in 1982 as a volunteer program host and producer at KCAW in Sitka, Alaska. He co-edited five editions of the Afropop Listeners’ guide and co-authored a book entitled “Afropop.” He founded World Music Productions in 1986. Barlow received his B.A. with honors at Wesleyan University in 1979.  

Georges Collinet is the host of Afropop Worldwide. Collinet’s radio career rocketed in the early 1960s when he transformed the rather tame music fare the Voice of America was broadcasting to Africa and created  personality-driven shows that mixed soul, funk, and African music. His audience was estimated to be in the tens of millions, and he received thousands of fan letters every month. Collinet has traveled throughout Africa for over 30 years and he has established relations with leading musical and media personalities throughout the continent. Collinet is also a filmmaker. He has produced more than a dozen documentaries based in Africa. He trains journalists and radio producers in several African countries of Africa , traveling often to the continent where he gathers material for Afropop Worldwide.  

Banning Eyre  is Senior Editor for and a frequent contributor to and co-producer for APWW radio programs.  He is widely recognized as the leading U.S. print journalist on contemporary African music. He comments on world music for NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and writes for a wide variety of print publications.  Eyre’s critically acclaimed book In Griot Time: An American Guitarist in Mali (Temple University Press, 2000; Serpent’s Tail, 2002) is the first in a series of books he is writing about African music cultures. Eyre recently received a LEF Foundation grant to continue research on his next book which will profile Zimbabwe’s leading roots-based pop musician, Thomas Mapfumo, and tell the story of Zimbabwe’s contemporary history. Eyre has produced more than 50 editions of Afropop Worldwide. Eyre also leveraged his 10 years of experience in the software industry to serve as the lead designer for the database.    


Christopher Dunn, Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese and African and African Diaspora Studies Program, Tulane University, wrote Brutality Garden: Tropicalia and the Emergence of the Brazilian Counterculture (University of North Carolina Press, 2001). Dunn has authored numerous articles for scholarly journals and recently received a Fulbright Scholars Award for Teaching/Research in Brazil.  

Debbie Jacob is a Trinidad-based journalist who writes for the Trinidad Express Newspapers. She is a frequent contributor to Afropop Worldwide and her reportage on musical highlights from Carnival have included interviews with Shadow, David Rudder, and other leading artists.  

A.J. Racy
, Professor of Ethnomusicology, University of California, Los Angeles, is one of the leading experts on music in the Arab world. He is also a composer and performer in his own right. His new book, Making Music in the Arab World: The Culture and Artistry of Tarab, is part of a Cambridge University Press initiative to publish books on the 19th and 20th century Middle East and North Africa.  

Dwight F. Reynolds, Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies, and Chair of Islamic and Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, is author of Heroic Poets, Poetic Heroes: The Ethnography of Performance in an Arabic Oral Epic Tradition (Cornell University Press, 1995), also editor of the pioneering anthology, Interpreting the Self: Autobiography in the Arabic Literary Tradition, and co-editor of The Middle East, a volume of the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music.   

Ned Sublette, author of Cuba and its Music: from the First Drum to the Mambo (Chicago Review Press, February 2004), is a well-known American specialist on contemporary and historical Cuban music. An author, lecturer, producer and photographer, he is a 2003-2004 fellow of The New York Public Library's Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, where he will be working on the second volume, Cuba and its Music: from the Revolution to the Millennium. He was for seven years senior co-producer of the public radio program Afropop Worldwide.