SOAS Radio is an online station and social media enterprise based at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
We work with students and academics to produce radio programmes, sharing the knowledge of SOAS with a world-wide audience and helping students engage directly with the parts of the world they are studying.
The station produces speech and music programmes working with students, staff and like-minded communities, and contributions from leading international figures in education, politics, the arts and the media. Notable recordings include the former Prime Minister of Mozambique Luisa Diogo, Noam Chomsky, Fatima Bhutto, Bollywood director Yash Chopra, Entrepreneur Danny Choo, Manu Chao, Amadou and Mariam and Jarvis Cocker. Zeinab Badawi, BBC Presenter said: “As both a broadcast journalist and a SOAS alumna, I’m pleased to see the growth of SOAS Radio. It’s an outlet for the incredible diversity of voices at the School as well as a much-needed training ground for the next generation of broadcasters.”
The station hosts the course Presenting World Music on Radio with Lucy Duran, presenter of the programmes World Routes and Music Planet on BBC Radio 3, and Carlos Chirinos, Station Manager of SOAS Radio. The course was the recipient of the Director’s Teaching Prize 2009 for its combination of academic and practical learning outcomes.
SOAS Radio regularly acts as consultant of Communication for Development projects in the UK and Africa. Recently, we have worked in the Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Mozambique and Ghana. We contributed to the setting-up and running of Biso na Biso, a community radio station for the Forest semi-nomadic Indigenous People in the North-East Republic of Congo: Biso na Biso; and JT Live Radio, Ghana a youth-led online radio station based in Jamestown, Accra.
SOAS Radio is supported by SOAS and SOAS Students’ Union.