We bring you news from the podcasts Things Fall Together, Books & Rhymes: The Podcast, and the WISER Podcast.

In recent times, podcasts have grown in importance as more people tune in and African and Black literature has not been left behind as content creators fill an important niche. These audio products analyse writers work, interview them, voice their stories, and can be found wherever African and Black people exist.

Here is information about three podcasts you want to check out.

  • Things Fall Together Vodcast

Things Fall Together is a new vodcast from Nairobi-based bibliophiles Muthoni Muiruri, Wendy Marube, and Sheba Akinyi. A vodcast, for those who are wondering, is a podcast you can watch. The three discuss a variety of contemporary topics with literature as the base. Their second and most recent offering is “Is History Written By The Victors” where they reference Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste, House of Stone by Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, and Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi. It is an insightful and gutsy discussion presented by the three that immediately puts the podcast on the must-listen-to trajectory.

To check out the vodcast, please click here.

  • The WISER Podcast

WISER is an acronym for the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research established in 2001. The organisation is an interdisciplinary research institute in the humanities and social sciences in South Africa. Apart from its research work, they have the WISER Podcast which features conversations, talks and audio-essays every week. Some of those who have already featured so far have been Tinashe Mushakavanhu, Makhosazana Xaba, Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, Achille Mbembe, and Nolwazi Makhwanazi.

To check out the podcast, please click here.

  • Books & Rhymes: The Podcast
Books & Rhymes Podcast.
Books & Rhymes Podcast.

In 2019, London-based Sarah Ozo-Irabor set up the “Books & Rhymes” podcast which offers books paired with music as the name infers. Since they started, we the listeners have enjoyed interviews with among others Namwali Serpell, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, and many others.

The podcasters work is being recognised with listing in the 93 best podcasts to listen to in 2020 by Esquire in August. In the same month, it was highlighted as a New and Noteworthy Podcast, in a specially curated Book Lovers playlist, and in the Top Shows category at Apple Podcasts. Ozo-Irabor’s work continues to shine a light on African and Black literature and we are here for it.

To check out the podcast, please click here.