listen to africa

an audio adventure through africa


Listen to the sound recordings

Featured Sounds

Featured field recordings from our two year sound recording / cycling journey through Africa:

Yellow-casqued Hornbill: A pair of hornbills in the forest canopy of Sierra Leone's Tiwai Island. Listen »

Life in the Mangroves: Mysterious sounds among the mangrove roots. Listen »

Thunderstorm in Bissau: A sudden thunderstorm in Guinea-Bissau's capital city. Listen »

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Listen to Africa is a two year field recording expedition through 30-odd African countries, travelling by bicycle. The expedition began in the UK in March 2009 and will end in Namibia some time in 2010/11.

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Our hope is that, through our sound recordings, we might bring some of the beauty, diversity and optimism of Africa to people who have never had the chance to visit the continent. Along with life stories and oral histories, we're especially interested in recording interviews with people and grassroots projects working for change across the continent.

To do this, we need help. If you're an activist, writer, conservationist, campaigner, blogger, technologist, historian, musician or anyone else working for change, or if you'd just like to tell your story (and if you're up for being recorded) we'd love to hear from you.

We're also keen to work with / offer recordings to podcasters, bloggers and community radio broadcasters in Africa, as well as educational / research institutions and historical archivists worldwide. Again, if you are interested, please get in touch.

Huw’s health, and an unexpected homecoming

A quick summary of our last two months – from getting engaged to getting Blackwater Fever and getting evacuated by air ambulance. Twice.

Our homes for the night, in pictures

A selection of photographs of places we’ve stayed during our first ten months on the road.

The Times They Are A-Changin’! (The Hobo Blues)

Over the past nine months, we’ve travelled through some spectacular lands and feel privileged to have seen and heard what we have. We’ve also come to realise that there aren’t enough hours in the day to do all the things …

Guinea: a dash through a dashing country

From Guinea-Bissau’s Bijagos islands to Freetown, Sierra Leone: a dash through Guinea’s beautiful landscapes and unstable political climate – by Land Rover.

About the sound recordings part II: natural soundscapes (biophonies)

In part II of this series, we look at natural soundscapes created by living creatures, and why we’re keen to record more and more of them.