Adam Rodgers Johns is a freelance writer with a postgraduate degree in African Studies from SOAS. His main areas of interest include popular culture in Swahili and Yorùbá languages.
How did this frantic music from the street parties of Dar es Salaam emerge as a niche global genre? I curated a playlist and wrote an accompanying article for Getup radio.
In Tanzania, football and politics are inseparable. The result? Poor clubs
Tanzanian teams struggle to compete with their continental rivals. Will the government finally loosen its grip and allow clubs to privatise?
Mau Mau literature review
Listening to African stories and reading African historians is of the utmost importance in enhancing our collective understanding of the Mau Mau conflict. In our latest blog, our team member Adam spoke with Dr Chege Githiora, senior lecturer in Swahili at SOAS, about Mau Mau literature, non-fiction, and biography.
The Capitalist Game: Football in Africa
Adam Rodgers Johns explores the commercialisation of football in Africa. He argues that at the professional level the continent’s most popular sport provides us with fertile grounds for the analysis of capitalism in Africa.
Nyege Nyege Festival: “the uncontrollable urge to move”
This September thousands of people will feel the “the uncontrollable urge to move” as they gather for the Nyege Nyege Festival on the shores of the Nile Rive.
No More Years of Hurt?
Adam Rodgers Johns assesses the Kenyan view on England’s World Cup run
Pamoja and the malnourished cow
Adam Rodgers Johns recalls the time he ended up playing in a cup semi-final in Tanzania.
The underground sound of Dar es Salaam
Lo-fi productions with hectic drum patterns, frenzied dancers, records banned by the authorities: Adam Rodgers Johns dives into the DIY world of singeli, the new music culture shaking the legs of Tanzania’s urban youth.
Interview with Tanzania’s Nash MC
Interview with Nash MC – hip hop artist from Tanzania
Tanzania: Mad for Modern Football
What do you know about football in Tanzania? Let us change that this lunchtime...
Party Football in Tanzania
Adam Rodgers Johns reflects on Azam FC, the new boys on the block in Tanzanian football. Does their commercial message represent the way forward for football in the country?
The curious phenomenon of Swahili film narration
Meet the East African VJs whose unusual craft represents an art form in its own right.