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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 July 23, 2016

July 23, 2016 on This Island Earth

Song Artist Album
Show Biz Blues Fleetwood Mac Then Play On
Shake It Santana Santana 4
Siempre Presente Alma Afrobeat Ensemble It’s Time
Nlele Kalusibiko Konono Number 1 Knono umber 1 meets Batida
Music Cornelius Sensuous
Brasil 2000 Zuco 103 Tales of High Fever
Memorando Nacao Zumbi Futura
Azougue Nacao Zumbi Radio S.Amb.A
Exodus Bob Marley Legend the 30 anniversary
People All Over The world Brickley Rivera Positive Vibez
Dreams Brickley Rivera Positive Vibez
I Music Pan Assembly We Kinda Music
Purple GTO Sarah Borges Good & Dirty
If I Only Had A Brain MC 900 Ft. Jesus One Step Of The Spider
Propagande Afrodizz Kif Kif
Kiowa Fast War Dance NA Authentic Music Of the American Indians
Hall Can Be Done Nai Iko & the Medicine for the People Hoka
Warchild Albino rhino Bonehawk
Looking At You MC5 Babes In Arms
American Ruse MC5 Babes In Arms
You Know What I Mean Amparanoia La vida Te Da
La Boquilla Bomba Estereo Blow Up
Opium Bride Annabouboula Greek Fire
Bint Al Shalabiya Zoobazar Zoobazar

This Island Earth Playlist July 16, 2016

July 16, 2016 on This Island Earth

Song Artist Album
Radio Bagdad Patti Smith Trampin
El Houriya Soud Massi Masters of the Word
Something In the Water Pokey Laforge Radio Singles
Abdul the Rabbi 4 th Ward Afro Klezmer Orchestra Abdul The Rabbi
Gypsy Dub Watcha Clan Nomades AKA
Bam Bam Toots and the Mytals/Shaggy True Love
Zimbabwe The Brown Rice Family Havana to Kingston
9.15 Amanpando South Africa the Greatest Songs Ever
Nele Kalusimbiko Konono No 1 Konono No 1 Meets Batida
Sunrise Blows Against The Empire Grace Slick & Paul Kantner
Have You Seen the Stars tonight Blows Against The Empire Grace Slick & Paul Kantner
SFX Blows Against The Empire Jerry Garcia & Micky Heart
Shelter From The Storm The Sacal Ensemble/ Susan Tedeski and Derk Tucks Song Of Lahore
Like This Froots Afro Dizz
Sand Club D’Elf Electric Morrocoland
Habibi Taal Alsara and the Nuba Tones Silt
Gurgidgna Dub Colossus Rockers Meet Addis Uptown
Uptown Top Ranking Dub Colossus Rockers Meet Addis Upton
Exodus Bob Marley/Pretty Lights Legend Remixed
Paleta Palenta Paleta EP
Ewa Ka Djo Anelique Kidjo Logozo
Maria Valencia Papa Wembe Le Voyager
Okunrin Ti O Sise Afrika Gumbe Afrika Gumbe

This Island Earth Playlist July 9, 2016

July 9, 2016 on This Island Earth

Song Artist Album
Latin Go Ska Brown Rice Family Havana To Kingston
Zimbabwe Brown Rice Family Havana To Kingston
Solo Tu Bomba Estereo Amanecere
Emotinal YoY o Transglobal Underground Moonshout
Earth Beat The Slits Return Of The Giant Slits
Opfir Dub Dub Colossus A Town Called Addis
Peaceful Island Life Nickodemus/Kathrin Deboer Moon People
Path of Rhythm Dissidenten The Jungle Book
Twentyfive Hours lanier Version Excursion
Trancelim De Marfim DJ Dolores Aparlhagem
Telephone Bossacucanova Brasilidad
Treasure Zuco 103 Tales of High fever
Peregrino Zuco 103 Tales of High Fever
Laduma Izulu Bongo Maffin Bongolution
Les Hommes Libres Watcha Clan Diaspora Hi-Fi
Vacant Lot Dengue Fever The Deepest Lake
River of Souls Waterbone Tibet
Let the Sunshine Sainkho Namtchylak Stepmother City
White Doves Angela Perley and the Howlin Moons Homemade Vision
Yo Canto Los Lobos Tin Can Trust
Mexican Bus Team Void Mexican Bus
Love Hungry Team Void Mexican Bus

This Island Earth Playlist July 2, 2016

July 2, 2016 on This Island Earth

Song Artist Album
One Nation Under A Groove Chaka Demus & the Pliers All She Wrote
Dances of Resistence Babylon Circus Dances of Resistance
Babylon Requim Babylon Circus Never Stop
Latin Goes Ska Brown Rice Family Havana to Kingston
Gun Town Brown Rice Family Havana to Kingston
Me Swings Tropical Nickodemus/Hector Tempo Alomar Nickodemus/Hector TempoAlomar
Dark Latin Groove DLG Dark Latin Groove
Puro Party Dr. Loco’s Rockin Jalapeno Band Puro Party
Crew Eddie Palmieri Arete
Havar Heddi/Goe Kirsten Braten Berg From Sengal to Setedal
Whirl-Y-Reel Afro Celt Sound System Sound Magic
Beauty & The East Bombay Dub Orchestra Bombay Dub Orchestra
Papa Loko Manman M Se Ginen RAM 6
Koulou Koulou Manman M Se Ginen RAM 6
Soca Man The Mighty Sparrow Calypso time
Maxi Dub Bally Calypso Season
For What It’s Worth Candy Skins For What Its Worth Single
Seeing Hands Dengue Fever Venus On Earth
Vampire Thievery Corporation It Takes A Thief
Life Time War Time The Talking Heads Stop Making Sense Special Edition
Ja Funmi King Sunny Ade and his African Beats Ju Ju Music
Kucheza Blues Randy Weston Melba

This Island Earth Playlist June 25, 2016

June 25, 2016 on This Island Earth

Song Artist Album
Light Of Day Aurbie Sellers New City Blues
Work So Hard Laura Rain And The Ceasars Gold
Fish Out Of Water Fish Out Of Water Froots
Tu Tu Ta Ta II Eddie Palmieri La Perfecta 2
This Masquerade Lola Morales & Sean Blackman Before It Was You
Bananaira Bebel Gilberto/Rae and Christiian Tanto Tempo Remixes
Maria Moita Bossa Cuca Nova/Carlos Lra Bossa Cuca Nova Revisited
Se Todo Fassem Bossa Cuca Nova/Cris Delanno Bossa Cuca Nova Revisited
An Airplane Told Me Jorge Ben Benjor
White Rabbit Mayssa Haraa American Hustle Sound Track
Beauty Beats Beats Antique Collide
Full Moon Flow Hamsa Lila Gathering One
Seen Sua’al Kheez Dawle Khebez Dawle
Caladonia The Wayne Riker Brotherhood Blues Convocation
Tendency To Riot Sarah Borges Good and Dirty
True Love Is Hard to Find Toots and The Maytals/ Bonnie Ratt True Love
Show Down Dubmatix Rebel Massive
Sayang Yuna Maternal
Working For Vacation Cibo Matto Stereo Type A
Tickertape Of The Unconscious Stereolab/Thievery Corporation Abductions and Reconstructions
Soti Bill Laurance Aftersun
Gardez L’Ecoute Mellow Man Paris Groove Up
Pardonne Revel Paris Groove Up
Come all You Lonely Lovers The Poozies Infinite Blue
The Acid Queen The Hillbenders Tommy A Blue Grass Opera
The Crooked Road To Dublin The Poozies Infinite Blue

This Island Earth Playlist June 18, 2016

June 18, 2016 on This Island Earth

Song Artist Album
Bilingual Girl Yerba Buena Island Life
Oh Mama Palenke Soul Tribe Palenke Soul Tribe
Soleil Couchant The Soul Jazz Orchestra Resistance
Party Music Hot Like Fire The Mighty Sparrow Hot Like Fire
Adeus America Bossacucanova Our Kind Of Bossa
Sube Eddie Palmieri El Rumbero Del Piano
Ase King Sunny Ade and His African Beats/Steve Wonderf Aura
10th Floor Ghost Girl Cibo Matto Hotel Valentine
The Great Curve Talking Heads Remain In Light
Creation Song Sanko Namtchylak Time Out
The Khaleegi Stomp Trans Global Underground Impossible Broadcasting
Peace Is The Power Brothers Of The Baladi Gravity Of Love
Manam Khebez Dawle Khebez Dawle
Hey Dready Burning Spear Freeman
Hipocrita Rebel Souls Viva La Reggae
Si Senior Jamie Cirrito Viva La Reggae
On My Radio Selector Sweet Sweet Ska
Burning Fire Laurel Aitken Sweet Sweet Ska
Fight The Toms Toms Thievery Corporation
Cram Your Style NA The Outernational Sound
No Agreement Fela The Best Of Fela

This Island Earth Playlist June 11, 2016

June 11, 2016 on This Island Earth

Song Artist Album
Hammers and Nails Spirit’s Furnace The Bones Of J.R. Jones
Tahabort Imarhan Imarhan
Neele Kalusimkbiko Konono Number 1 Konono Number 1 meets Batida
Live Jazz Dimitri In Paris French Essentials Music Electronic
Facing The Void General Electrics French Essentials Music Electronic
Promised Land Shantel Viva Diaspora
Struggling Jugo Jago
New Begginng Bush Chemists Raw Raw Dub
Pon Da Horizon Slightly Stoopid Top Of the World
Underneath The Pressure Slightly Stupid Top Of The World
Get Up Stand Up The Sachal Enselmble and Cibo Matto Song Of Lahore
Blue Pepper The Sachal Enselmble and Winton Marsalis Song Of Lahore
Shelter From The Storm The Sachal Enselmble and Tedeschi and Trucks Song Of Lahore
Yes We Can Can The Sachal Enselmble ft. Bilal Song Of Lahore
Amazing Grace Lady Smith Black Mambazo Journey of Dreams
Africa Unite Suthukazi Arosi South Africa The Greatest Songs Ever
Si Se Puede The Antibalis Afrobeat Orchestra Liberation Afrobeat Vol 1
Revolution j-Boogie’s Dubtronic Science Soul Vibrations
Palenke Bomba Estereo Blow Up
Pa'ti Bomba Estereo Blow Up
El Molestoso Eddie Palmieri La Perfecta 2

This Island Earth Playlist June 4, 2016

June 4, 2016 on This Island Earth

Song Artist Album
Good Citizen Mighty Sparrow Mighty Sparrow Volume Two
Party Music Hot Like Fire Mighty Sparrow Hot Like Fire
El Makako Palanke Soul Tribe Palenke Soul Tribe Compilation 2009-2015
The Color Of Your Dreams Palanke Soul Tribe Palenke Sould Tribe Compilation 2009-2015
Mavi Mavi Brothers Of Baladi Gravity Of Love
Painted Caves Painted Caves na
Lint Of Love Cibo Matto Stereo Type A
10th Floor Gost Girl Cibo Matto Hotel Valentine
Obatala Milton Cardona Bembe
Mi Chocolate Los Van Van Van Van Is Hsere
Radio Bomba Blue Dog What Is Anything
Promiscuity Manu Chao Esperanza
Date With Density Gangster Fun Ska American Style
That’s Life at Crazy Joes Suspect Bill Ska American Style
Welcome To My World Widespread Panic Triple A Radio Singles
Chantez Chantez Amadou Et Mariam The Ni Mousso
Coulibaly Amadou & Mariam Bamako Promotional Album
Maslenitsa Julia Vorontsova Over
Last Tango Ginkgoa Ginkgoa EP
Alabama Blues St Germain Boulevard
Funky Takini Mad In Paris Paris Grove Up
Be Africa Bibi Tanga & Selenites African Disco
Oh Yeh Soweto Teaspoon & The Waves African Disco
Time To Run Bill Laurance After Sun

This Island Earth Playlist May 28, 2016

May 28, 2016 on This Island Earth

Song Artist Album
Burundi Blues Beats International Let Them Eat Bingo
Bong Bong Manu Chao Clandestino
Je Ne T aime Manu Chao Clandestino
Pap Loko RAM Manman M Se Ginen
Koulou Koulou RAM Manman M Se Ginen
Cyndi Loketo Extra Ball
Candy Man Cibo Matto Viva La Woman
na Khebez Dawle Khebez Dawle
People Have The Power Patti Smith Dreams Of Life
Jerusalem Alpha Blondy The Best Of Alpha Blondy
Gimme Room To Dance The Mighty Sparrow Hot Like Fire
Radio Retaliation Thievery Corporation Radio Retaliation
Vampire Thievery Corporation Radio Retaliation
Ase Aura King Sunny Ade and His Afro Beats/ Stevie Wonder
Pancho Says Kottarashky & the Raindogs Womex 12
Hey Girl Viva Diapora Shantel
When They Play Blackman & Arnold Self Portrait
Mi Corazon Bajofondo Tango Club Bajofondo Tango Club
Revolucion Novalima Karimba
Electric Voodooland Ex-centric Sound System Electric Voodooland
Wonder Wonder/Action Time Fela Wonder Wonder EP
Quindembo Lynn La Pante Seven Motor City Mambo