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Ismael Ahmed

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Host, This Island Earth

Ismael Ahmed was appointed Senior Advisor to the Chancellor and Associate Provost of Metropolitan Impact at the University of Michigan-Dearborn beginning January 2011. Prior to that, he served in Governor Jennifer M. Granholm’s administration as Director of the Michigan Department of Human Services, the state’s second largest department. He co-founded the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) in 1971 and was appointed executive director in 1983, growing it into a national human service and advocacy agency with affiliates in 24 cities.


The son of first generation immigrants, Ismael Ahmed is co-founder of The Arab American National Museum in Dearborn and now serves as an executive member of its advisory board. Since 1984, he has lead Detroit’s Concert of Colors, one of the largest world music festivals in the United States, which he co-curates and co-chairs. Since 1998, he has been producer and host of “This Island Earth”.

inahmed@umich.edu  

Recent Posts

This Island Earth Playlist September 24 , 2016

Sept. 24, 2016

Song Artist Album
Motivate All Good Funk Alliance Jacks of All Trades
Mr. Hipnoid All Good Funk Alliance Jacks of All Trades
In the Rain All Good Funk Alliance Jacks of All Trades
The Throw Down All Good Funk Alliance Jacks of All Trades
Ain’t True All Good Funk Alliance Jacks of all Trades
Tudo De Bom Captain Planet/Samira Winter Esperanto Slang
In the Gray Captain Planet/Chico Mann Esperanto Slang
Malivio Son Novalima/ Da Lata Remix Novalima Karimb Diabolic Remixes
What Do You Wish For MAKU Sound system Mezcla
I Just Midght Be Wrong Like That Chicago Afro-beat Project Nash Up
Queen of the West The Roots Renaissance Band Beautiful Nubia
Sa Ma Jo The Roots Renaissance Band Beautiful Nubia
Habibi Taal Alsara and the Nuba Tones Silt
Shift Fort Knox 5/Africa Bambata/Mustafa Akbar The New Gold Standard
Bangara Paanch See-I The New Gold Standard
Sitar Gazer See-I The New Gold Standard
Step Across the Edge Transglobal Underground Yes Boss Food Court
Deny Yasmine Hamday Ya Nass
Afrobahia Hamid Baroudi Sidi
Bilongo Richard Bona Heritage Mandenkan
Winning Queen Denise Saucy Belfon Soca Gold 2013
More Come Black Stalin Rebellion
More Come ICE Black Stalin
Bocao Suave Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band 55
Aiye Afrika Gumbe Afrika Gumbe
Do It PD9 township Jazz Project Duderstadt Session

This Island Earth Playlist September 17, 2016

Sept. 17, 2016

Song Artist Album
Principles Of Lust Enigma MCMXC 3 D
The Behavior of A Certain Snake Painted Caves Painted Caves
Paper Tigers Painted Caves Painted Claves
Off the Ground The Record Company Triple A Singles
Shake It Santana Santana
Never Go Back To Georgia Blues Magoo’s Blues Magoo’s Single
Zombie Part One Bugz In the Attic Red Hot & Riot
Zombie Part Two Nile Rodger, Roy Hargrove, Money Mark Red Hot & Riot
Popolipo Pierre Kenders Le Dernier Empereur Bantou
Street Angel Paul Simon Stranger To Stranger
World Upside Down Jimmy Cliff Rebirth
Positive Vibe Bickley Rivera Positive Vibez
Show Me the Way Peter Frampton Frampton
Ridin Amp Fiddler Afro Strut
Afropusherman Tony Allen Psyco On Da Bus
Margaita Santana/Romeo Santos Corazon
Linda Lu Dr Loco’s Rockin Jalapeno Band Puro Party
Aonde Vai Da Cruz Disco E Progresso
Fascist Groove Thang Heaven 17 Penthouse And Pavement
Light Years Intro Susheela Raman Music For Crocodiles
Light Years Susheela Raman Music For Crocodiles
The Street Where the Kids Have Fun Shantel Viva Diaspora
Culpa De La Luna Rupa & the April Fishes Este Mundo
Cest Moi Rupa & the April Fishes Este Mundo
Le Petit Jardin Manu Chao Siberie M’etait Contee
Allah Ni Ke Oywa H’sao Oria
Ndundule Mokoomba Rising Tide
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This Island Earth Playlist September 10, 2016

Sept. 10, 2016

Song Artist Album
Armstrong The Adjusters Before the Revolution
Latin Goes Ska Brown Rice Family Havana To Kingston
Home Cooking Tony Allen Home Cooking
Inner City Blues Makes Me Want To Holler Chicago Afrobeat Project Nyash Up
Mister Juke HK Saltimbanks Rallumers D’etoiles
De New York A Paris Gink Goa Gink Goa EP
Ca Plane Pour Moi Plastic Bertrand New Wave Hits of the 80’s
Freedom Of Choice Devo Devo Greatest Hits
Invitation To A Situation Yohimbe Brothers Front End Lifter
Le Travail Gen Seme Gen Seme
Y Ba Ye - Get Your Ya Bas Out Mix Ofra Haza Ya Ba Ye Remixes
Anta Rachid Taha Racid Taha the Definitive Collection
Jungle Fiction Rachid Taha Rachid Taha The Definitive Collection
Guetho A Liso Kando Bongo Man Hurricane Zouk
Africa Spam Allstars Electodomesticos
Okunrin To O Sise Africa Gumbe Africa Gumbe
Larshuma Watcha Clan Nomade AKA
Taki Rari Bombay Rickey Cinefonia
Trocitos De Madera Le Yeros Viene D Mi
Me Gusta Sidestepper 3 AM (In Beats We Trust)
In the Beats We Trust Side Stepper 3AM (In Beats We Trust)
Wilderness Speedometer Version Excursion
Kif Kif Afrodizz Kif Kif

This Island Earth Playlist September 3, 2016

Sept. 3, 2016

Song Artist Album
Little Bitty Pretty One Aron Neville/ Keith Richards, Don Was My Story
Money The Flying Lizards New Wave Hits Of the 80’s
Bone Bucket Blues Super Sonic B.ues Machine West O Flushing South of Brooklyn
El Tempo Kinky Baracuda
Masacre Sonica Kinky Baracuda
The Day Host The Ben Kinky Baracuda
No Buried No Bread Nenka,Sinkane,Amayo & Superhuman Happiness Red Hot & Fela 2
Mango Tree Picadillo Las Cosas De La Vida
Bump Spanglish Fly New York Boogaloo
Abajok Dei Bote Chico Trujillo Reina De Todas las Fiestas
Ninos Orishas Emigrante
Ochimini The Spam Allstars Contra Los Roboticos Mutantes
Children Of The Sun The Hip Abduction The Hip Abduction
Breathless The Hip Abduction The Hip Abduction
I Want To Breath Bop Harvey Gitche Gumee To Me
Ya Ta Kaaya Justin Adams & JudehCamara Soul Science
Deny Yesmine Hamdan Ya Nass
Racailles Du Oud Wild Serenade
Gibralter Nicodemus Endangered Species Remix
Qotsela The Dizu Paatjies Ibuyambo Ensemble African Kings
State Of Emergency The Dizu Patjies Ibuyambo Ensemble African Kings
Butcheska Ratchenitsa Ivo Papazov Orpheus Ascending

This Island Earth Playlist August 27, 2016

Aug. 27, 2016 on This Island Earth

Song Artist Album
Banzani Donaovan Banzani
9.15 South Africa the Greatest Songs Ever Amampondo
Njoka Rising Tide Mokoomba
Siempre Presente Alma Afrobeat Ensemble It’s Time
Sharakara Cheikh Lo Red Hot & fela 1
Carnival Killer Carnival Killer Denyse Plummer
Mimar Voce Timbalada Tribal Bahia
Papa Loko RAM 6 Manman M Se Ginen
Dale Palo Palo Palo Live
Coco Seco Earth Island Orchestra/ Ft Mikey Figeroa Earth Island Orchestra
Cadillac Combustible Edison I Swinger
Likes Of Lessons Hot Stove Jimmy Ska American Style
Kapsa Dr. Calypso Ska United
That’ll Do Nicely Bad Manners Ska United
Anti Racist Soldiers Spool & The Guay Ska United
Bury My Hear At Wounded Knee Buffy Sainte-Marie Coincidence And Likely Stories
Rattle Bone Robbie Robertson Contact From the Underworld Of Redboy
Sacrifice Robbie Robertson Contact From The Underworld Of Redboy
How Many More Times Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin 1
Kashmir Robin Eubanks kLassik rock vol.1
The downward Pull Of Heaven’s (1) Force Babble Babble
Tribe Babble Babble
Beautiful Babble Babble
Chiqulines Bajofondo Tango Club Mardulce

This Island Earth Playlist August 20, 2016

Aug. 20, 2016 on This Island Earth

Song Artist Album
Unnamed Song Orishas A Lo Cubano
Represent Orishas A Lo Cubano
Okunrin Ti O Sise Africa Gumbe Africa Gumbe
Santo Domingo CUBA Area 21
Shine A Light Rocky Dawani Branches Of The Same Tree
African Thriller Rocky Dawani Branches Of the Same Tree
Kashiemu Shauit Shauit EP
Extra Unnamed Tune The Afromotive Scare Tactics
Scare Tactic The Afromotive Scare Tactics
Voltei Amore Trio Mocoto Samba Rock
Tudo Bem Trio Mocoto Samba Rock
Neuroscienia Do Amor Os Mutantes Amortecedor….Haih
Gypsy Dub Watcha Clan Nomades A.KA.
When Jesus Gets A Brand New Name Jim White Wrong Eyed Jesus
Y-Spy Bernie Worrell Funk Of Age
Jam Muruga & The Cosmic Hoedown Band with George Clinton & The P Funk All Stars The Fathership – Mothership Connection Unreleased
Vioila Viola Racid Taha The Definitive Collection
Kelma Kelma Racid Taha The Definitive Collection
Who Do You Love Bo Diddley Two On One
Running Whiskey West of Flushing South of Frisco Supersonic Blues Machine
Bone Bucket Blues West of Flushing South of Frisco Supersonic Blues Machine
Aulalhfa Mariem Hassan El Aaiun Egdat
Tahabort Imarhan Imarhan

This Island Earth Playlist August 6, 2016

Aug. 6, 2016 on This Island Earth

Song Artist Album
The Village of Love Nathanial Mayer Detroit’s Baddest
Y Sabes Bien Los Zafios Bossa Cubana
Kelma Racid Taha Rachid Taha The Definitive Collection
Hasta Quemarnos Kinky Barracud
Dismissed Compact Deity Trancemantra
Silver Compact Deity Trancemantra (Tariik AlKadhim)
Raise Your Hand Laura Rain Gold
Scare Tactics The Afromotive Scare Tactics
While I Got The Microphone Kokolao Love International
Refugee Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Damn The Torpedoes
Hitsville U.K. The Sandanista Project Clash/ Katina Leskanich
Say What You Wanna Stay The Brown Rice Family Havana to Kingston
Cumbia Griega Jaro Milko & The Cubalkanics Cigaros & Explosives
El Muerto Los Fabulosos Cadillacs Fabulosos Calavera
Lebanese Blonde Thievery Corporation It Takes a Thief
Under the Influence Axiom Funk/George Clinton/Bootsy Collins/Bill Laswell, Sly & Roby Funkronomicon
Parenthe Sizer Sheila Landis Version Excursion
Futebol Zuco 103 Whaa
Purquoi Tu N’es Pas La Papa Wembe Bakalla Dia Kuba
Viunga Samba Mapangala and Orchestra Vunja Mifupa
Ring De Bell Bro Resistance When The Time Comes
We Liming Shal Marshall/ & Super Jigga Soca Gold 2013
Mother In Law Cubanismo Mardi Gras Mambo
Alemany’s Boogaloo Cubanismo Mardi Gras Mambo

This Island Earth Playlist July 30, 2016

July 30, 2016 on This Island Earth

Song Artist Album
What Goes Around Comes Around Lenny Kravitz Mama Said
Thunder In The Sky The Dirtbombs Dangerous Magical Noise
La Fin Du Monde The Dirtbombs We Have You Surrounded
Oui-Non Oai Star Phonopaca 22015 Le Belle
Marios-nous Au Soil Babylon Circus/Katerina Zevani Etone
Dolores Gink Goa Gink Goa EP
Yollelle Papa Wembe Emotion
Mdandola Papa Wembe Emotion
Show Me The Way Papa Wembe Emotion
Dixieme Commandement Papa Wembe Et Viva La Musica
While My Guitar Gentle Weeps Jake Shimabukuro Mele O Hawaii
Hale Iwa Hula Amy Hariali’l & Willie K Mele O Hawaii
Ka Mamakakaua Palani Vaughan Mele O Hawaii
Ki Mua Te Mua Ki Mua
Lau Afe Te Mua Ki Mua
Black Works Black Wax Music From Okinawa
New Generation Albert Ayler New Grass
Mr. Sinister Kokolo More Consideration/Bonus Disc/ Afrobeat Revival
Dale Palo Palo Palo Live
Journey In Satchidananda Alice Coltrane Astral Meditations
Limbe S Tone Euro Lounge
Jakie Bossa Nostra Euro Lounge
Sempre Di Domenica Daniele Silvestri Euro Lounge
Hoy Tenemos Sidestepper The Buena Vibra Sound System
Day Tripper Sonny Knight and the Lakers Do it Live
Double Barrel Dave & Ansel Collins Trojan Reggae
Saturday Night Style Mikey Dread Radio Clash