This week a collective of South African-based journalists is launching a new podcast channel devoted to creative non-fiction from the African continent! The first episode from Sound Africa Podcast, Africa in Space, will be brought to you from the small town of Carnarvon in the Karoo Desert. It's a part of the world where life usually plays out quite slowly. But it is also home to one of the most awe-inspiring space science projects in the world - the Square Kilometre Array. Producer Rasmus Bitsch takes a close-up look at what's going on. He also takes us back half a century to explore a largely forgotten, and perhaps crazily ambitious, attempt by Zambia's Edward Makuka Nkoloso to become a space race contender.
Podcasts that offer long-form narrative journalism have grabbed huge audiences overseas, leading some to speak of a new Golden Age of radio. But in South Africa this exciting medium has yet to truly take off. Sound Africa Podcast aims to fill the void and foster a greater appreciation of podcasts by producing high quality, in-depth and compelling audio stories on a wide range of topics related to South Africa and the continent.
Our online launch on Thursday the 5th of November will take place alongside three live listening Radio Cinema events in Cape Town, Berlin and Oslo.