7 episodes

A podcast series from Africell.Presented by legendary playwright, historian and traditional storyteller Charlie Haffner, this podcast series explores the personalities, places and events that have shaped Sierra Leone, one of Africa’s most extraordinary countries.Presented: Charlie HaffnerWritten and created: Charlie Haffner and Sam WilliamsEdited: Nadia MehdiExecutive producers: Sam Williams and Max O'BrienSound design and mixing: Naomi ClarkeSpecial thanks: Abdul Karim Sesay,  Shadi Gerjawi, Eleanor Biggs, Claire Crofton, Pippa Smith and the Africell Impact Foundation.

Salone Stories Charlie Haffner, Africell

    • Society & Culture

A podcast series from Africell.Presented by legendary playwright, historian and traditional storyteller Charlie Haffner, this podcast series explores the personalities, places and events that have shaped Sierra Leone, one of Africa’s most extraordinary countries.Presented: Charlie HaffnerWritten and created: Charlie Haffner and Sam WilliamsEdited: Nadia MehdiExecutive producers: Sam Williams and Max O'BrienSound design and mixing: Naomi ClarkeSpecial thanks: Abdul Karim Sesay,  Shadi Gerjawi, Eleanor Biggs, Claire Crofton, Pippa Smith and the Africell Impact Foundation.

    Trailer - Salone Stories

    Trailer - Salone Stories

    Trailer - Salone Stories
     
    Sierra Leone looks like a sleeping lion. Soaring from Africa’s Atlantic coast, Sierra Leone symbolises the modern African continent: conscious of the past and inspired by the future. Presented by legendary playwright Charlie Haffner, this new podcast series adapts an ancient oral tradition to explore the personalities, places and events that have shaped the story of one of Africa’s most extraordinary countries.
    A podcast series produced by Novel Studios for Africell.

    Presented: Charlie Haffner

    Written and created: Charlie Haffner and Sam Williams

    Edited: Nadia Mehdi

    Executive producers: Sam Williams and Max O'Brien

    Sound design and mixing: Naomi Clarke

    Special thanks: Abdul Karim Sesay, Shadi Gerjawi, Eleanor Biggs, Claire Crofton, Pippa Smith and the Africell Impact Foundation.

    • 2 min
    Episode 6 - The Athens of West Africa

    Episode 6 - The Athens of West Africa

    Fourah Bay College has produced some of Africa’s most influential thinkers and leaders. It has also given Freetown an enduring nickname. Though the college struggled during Sierra Leone’s civil war, today it is leading a resurgent culture of learning and innovation. In the final episode in the series, Charlie Haffner wanders around campus and considers what “the Athens of West Africa” means two centuries after Fourah Bay College was founded.
    With special thanks: H.E. David Moinina Sengeh and Professor Joe AD Alie
    A podcast series produced by Novel Studios for Africell.

    Presented: Charlie Haffner

    Written and created: Charlie Haffner and Sam Williams

    Edited: Nadia Mehdi

    Executive producers: Sam Williams and Max O'Brien

    Sound design and mixing: Naomi Clarke

    Special thanks: Abdul Karim Sesay, Shadi Gerjawi, Eleanor Biggs, Claire Crofton, Pippa Smith and the Africell Impact Foundation.

    • 16 min
    Episode 5 - Bruno the Chimpanzee

    Episode 5 - Bruno the Chimpanzee

    A chimpanzee’s daring escape from a sanctuary near Freetown in 2006 captured the imagination of Sierra Leone. Almost twenty years later, Bruno remains in the wild, with an almost mythical status, seen by many as a symbol of Sierra Leone’s fiercely free spirit. In this episode, Charlie Haffner visits Sierra Leone’s steaming green rainforest to learn what the future holds for its wildlife.
    With special thanks: Bala Amarasekaran and Francis Massaquoi
    A podcast series produced by Novel Studios for Africell.

    Presented: Charlie Haffner

    Written and created: Charlie Haffner and Sam Williams

    Edited: Nadia Mehdi

    Executive producers: Sam Williams and Max O'Brien

    Sound design and mixing: Naomi Clarke

    Special thanks: Abdul Karim Sesay, Shadi Gerjawi, Eleanor Biggs, Claire Crofton, Pippa Smith and the Africell Impact Foundation.

    • 15 min
    Episode 4 - Geraldo Pino and The Heartbeats

    Episode 4 - Geraldo Pino and The Heartbeats

    African music has never been more popular. Selling out stadia from Lagos to London to LA, Africa’s top artists are slick, stylish and social-media savvy. But there is another story: the risk to more precarious local music traditions in an age of Spotify and smartphones. In this episode, Charlie Haffner listens to the distinctive Salone soundtrack and considers its unsung influence on modern Afrobeats .
    With special guests: Fantacee Wiz, the Tiwani Hunting Society, The Sierra Leone National Dance Troupe and the late Dr Adedayo Thomas
    A podcast series produced by Novel Studios for Africell.

    Presented: Charlie Haffner

    Written and created: Charlie Haffner and Sam Williams

    Edited: Nadia Mehdi

    Executive producers: Sam Williams and Max O'Brien

    Sound design and mixing: Naomi Clarke

    Special thanks: Abdul Karim Sesay, Shadi Gerjawi, Eleanor Biggs, Claire Crofton, Pippa Smith and the Africell Impact Foundation.

    • 15 min
    Episode 3 - Juliohs Siza

    Episode 3 - Juliohs Siza

    “Padi dem, kohntri, una ohl wey dey na Rom”. This is a Krio translation of one of Shakespeare’s most famous lines. Sierra Leone has a powerful tradition of poetry, song, and plays. In 1963, a playwright translated one of Shakepeare’s most complex works into Krio, Sierra Leone’s local language, in a defiant attempt to prove the worth and depth of Sierra Leone’s oral tradition. In this episode, Charlie Haffner digs the play up from the archives and asks what it tells us about contemporary Salone language and culture. 
    With special guests: Dame Judi Dench, Aminatta Forna and Raymond de’Souza George
    A podcast series produced by Novel Studios for Africell.

    Presented: Charlie Haffner

    Written and created: Charlie Haffner and Sam Williams

    Edited: Nadia Mehdi

    Executive producers: Sam Williams and Max O'Brien

    Sound design and mixing: Naomi Clarke

    Special thanks: Abdul Karim Sesay, Shadi Gerjawi, Eleanor Biggs, Claire Crofton, Pippa Smith and the Africell Impact Foundation.

    • 17 min
    Episode 2 - “High We Exalt Thee, Realm of the Free”

    Episode 2 - “High We Exalt Thee, Realm of the Free”

    Sierra Leone became independent in 1961. As Independence Day approached, soldiers polished their boots, lawyers drafted a constitution, and two men wrote what would become Sierra Leone’s new anthem. In this episode, Charlie Haffner listens to “High We Exalt Thee, Realm of the Free” and uses it to chart Sierra Leone’s journey as a sovereign nation.
     
    With special guests: Dr Sama Banya and Professor Joe AD Alie
    A podcast series produced by Novel Studios for Africell.

    Presented: Charlie Haffner

    Written and created: Charlie Haffner and Sam Williams

    Edited: Nadia Mehdi

    Executive producers: Sam Williams and Max O'Brien

    Sound design and mixing: Naomi Clarke

    Special thanks: Abdul Karim Sesay, Shadi Gerjawi, Eleanor Biggs, Claire Crofton, Pippa Smith and the Africell Impact Foundation.

    • 14 min

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