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 February 27, 2016

Feb. 27, 2016 on This Island Earth

Song Artist Album
Machine Machine Gink Goa Gink Goa
De New York Gink Goa Gink Goa
Promised Land Shantel Viva Diaspora
African Thriller ( Rocky Dawani Branches Of The Same Tree
Viene dDe Mi La Yegros Viene De Mi
Trocintro La Yegros Viene De Mi
Not Great Men Gang Of Four A Brief History Of The 20th Century
Khebez Dawle Khebez Dawle Khebez Dawle
Monistic theory Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate Monistic Theory
Tamala Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate Monistic theory
Suzanna MbongWana Star From Kinshasa
Oi Out-Non Oai Star Phonopaca Sampler
Pope Philosphy Base Head Not In Kansas Anymore
Costosa Jorge Ben Homosapiens
Mediacao Bossa Cuca Nova/ Wada Sa Remix Bossa Cuca Nova Revisted
Palenke Soul Tribe 2009-2015 Paleke Soul Tribe Nsdo Voy A Moreir
Supernatural Love Sidestepper Supernatural Love
One Way Ticket A Fragile Tomorrow /Joan Baez/Indigo Girls Make Me Over
Come Together Travels Quartet Rhythm Future
Blackbirds Singing Roslyn Sweett & the Paragons Reggae Tribute To The Beatles
Island/ Illingon’s Silent Journey Remix Karsh Kale Psychedelic Planet
Kemmkem (I Like Your Afro) Meklit/Dub Colossus Psychedelic Planet
Gentlemen Just A Band, Bajah, Chance The Rapper Red Hot & Fela 2
Jilala Aziz Sahmoui Mazal
Senda Rafiel Duty Artz
Vampiro Xixa Bloodline
Tokyo Dominic Miller, Manolito Simonet Hecho En Cuba

This Island Earth Playlist February 20, 2016

Feb. 20, 2016 on This Island Earth

Song Artist Album
Time Come Linton Kwesi Johnson Independent Intervention
Black Works Black Wax Music From Okinawa
Two Times Backbeat Sound System Together Not Apart
Whoever You Are Geggy Tah Zero Accidents On The Job
Pepepez Los De Abjos Zero Accidents On the Job
Majano Bloque Zero Accidents On the Job
Pizzica Insintesi Roots Music From Salento
Beddhu Stanotte Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino Fou D’Amore
Maridem Fiamma Fumana Home
He Mandu Mouth Music Mod-Di
The Mummers Dance Loreena Mc Kennitt Loreena McKennitt Live In Paris & Toronto
The Mummers Dance (2) Loreena Mc Kennitt Loreena McKennitt Live In Paris & Toronto
Full Moon Flow Hamsa Lila Gathering One
Jilala Aziz Sahmaoui Mazal
Mistekbeul Temenik Electric Inchallah Baby
De Timbuktu A Essakane (15) Billy Gibbons And BFG’s Generation Fancais 6
Cities Burning Down (2) Howeling Bells Radio Wars
No Pistolas Yohimbe Brothers The Tao Of Yo
Zemog Dm Plena Zemog El Gallo Buenko Yo You MeTu Trilogy
Make Believe Mambo David Byrne A Luaka Bop Compilation
Burning Down The House Talking Heads Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense Sound Track
Sur La Mem Lonueur D Onde HK Saltim Banks Rallumeurs D’Etoiles
Exarcia Radiate Shantel Viva Diaspora
Natural Beat Shantel Viva Diaspora
Dub Mantra Sangha Joss Jaffe/Karnamrita Dasi Powderfinger
Ozere Anyplace Finding Anyplace

This Island Earth Playlist February 13, 2016

Feb. 13, 2016 on This Island Earth

Song Artist Album
Africa Unite Suthukazi Arossi South Africa the Greatest Songs Ever
9:15 Amanpando South Africa the Greatest Songs Ever
Khalima Doreen Tobekele South Africa the Greatest Songs Ever
When It All Comes Down John Capek & The Family Of Man Indaba
Let Freedom In John Capek & The Family Of Man Indaba
Dance Pattern Electric Six I Shall Exterminate Everything Around Me That Restricts Me From Being The Master
Misunderstood Mico Wave 6 Degrees Of P-Funk
Lady Questlove, Agelique Kidjo,Aukua Naru Red Hot & Fela
Nocturne Nomo Invisible Cities
I Want Justice Deloroy Wilson Mojo Presents Studio One Selector
Up Town Top Ranking Althea & Donna Reggae Pulse
Guerrilla Queen Cherry N Natty Queen Divas
Minin Vodjo Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble Fire Sweat & Pastis
Fuego Que Tee Llama Side Stepper Side Stepper
Bump Spanglish Fly New York Boogaloo
La Malanga Redsbala Palo Palo Live
Cangote Ceu Ceu Live
Insesatez Nanny Assis, John Di Martino, Janis Siegel-Requinte Trio Honey & Air
Ya Ya Ya The Detroit Cobras Seven Easy Pieces
Gospel According To John Soledad Brothers Soledad Brothers
Anabayou/Akward Terakrafet Alone
Mission Of Music Gokh-Bi System Mission Of Music
Hamady Boiro Baaba Mall Big Noise 2
African Soul Hamid Baroudi Big Noise

This Island Earth Playlist February 6, 2016

Feb. 6, 2016 on This Island Earth

Song Artist Album
Little Honda Yo La Tengo I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One
My Beach Surf Punks New Waves
XKE! The Boss Martians New Waves
Surfing Tuba Boom Pan Alakazam
Alakazam Boom Pan Alakazam
Jamila Now Or Never Rachid Taha Zoom
Esperanza Dick Dale New Waves
Autobiography (5) Mikey Dred Singers & Players On U Sound Discoplate
Dub Syndicate What Happened On U Sound Discoplate
Long Shot Kick De Bucket Pioneers Jammin
Carol Fran And Clarence Hollimon Door Poppin Louisiana Gumbo
It’s Your Voo Doo Working Charles Sheffield Louisiana Gumbo
African Gumbo James Booker Louisiana Gumbo
Return Of The Po-Po Spanglish Fly New York Boogaloo
Me Da Igual Grupo Mattle Honteld Colombia Roots & Beats
Mr Sinister Kokolo More Consideration
La Mauvise de Graine Amina Wa Di Ye
Ahbal Khabez Dawle Khebez Dawle
Obscured By Clouds Pink Floyd Obscureed By Clouds
Space Angel Electric Lion Sound Wave Experiment Fade In
With A Little Energy Love Reel To Real
Stop Dance Brulel Tribal Legends
Sacrifice Robbie Robertson /Leonard Peltier Contact From The Underworld Of Redboy
Biko Manu Dibango, Herbie Hancock,Bill Laswell, Bernie Worrel WakaAfrica
Tu Mano Paco Pena & Nishat Khan Uprise 2001

This Island Earth Playlist January 30, 2016

Jan. 30, 2016 on This Island Earth

Song Artist Album
Sh-Boom The Chords The Rock & roll Era 1954-1955
La Negra Thomasa Vocal Sampling Una Forma Mas
On The Line Side Stepper Side Stepper
Oh Ma Ma Palanke Soultribe Palenke Soultribe
Djigbo Helsinki Cotonou Ensemble Fire Sweat 4 Pastis
Viva Nigeria Fela Kuti & Nigeria Finding Fela Sound Track
Hal Oum/Remixed by DJ Polyesta Womex 15 Special Release
Khebez Dawle Khebez Dawle Khebez Dawle
Et Se Demain Zoufris Maraca Chienne De Vie
Poulet Zoufris Maraca Chienne De Vie
Stop/Listen The Gods Themselves Pink Noise
Love Of Your Life Muruga & Unified Field Marshals For Peace Rock The Planet
Tomani Toumani Diabate’s Symmetric Orchestra Boulevard De La Independence
Back From Africa Nickodemus Endangered Species Remixes
Come See Us Play Side Stepper SASA Music 2016
The Principles Of Lust (2) Enigma MCMSC AD
Cocody Rock Alpha Blondie The Best Of Alpha Blondy
La Guerre (5) Alpha Blondie Dieu
Rock The Dance Hall Alborosie Sound The System
A Boogie Monster Shonen Knife Heavy Song
na Danpuyutsun and theSailors na
Sin Of The times Hypnotix Witness OF Our Time

This Island Earth Playlist January 23, 2016

Jan. 23, 2016 on This Island Earth

Song Artist Album
People Want to Hear About Love Neil Young & Lucas Nelson and the Promise Of the Real Monsanto Years
Peaceful Solution Lucas Nelson & Promise Of the Real Lucas Nelson & the Promise Of the Real
Still Is Still Moving to Me Toots & the Maytals &Willie Nelson True Love
Pressure Drop Toots & The Maytals & Eric Clapton True Love
Two Times Back Beat Sound System Together Not Apart
Words Are the Weapon Back Beat Sound System Together Not Apart
Sheila’s Blues Sheila Jordan Detroit Jazz City
Black Works Black Wax Music From Okinawa 2015
Action Karimouch Action
*** October Babies High Hai Hi
High Hai Hi October Babies High Hai Hi
Hover A Girl With A gun Puglia Sounds
The Narrow Way Path Pink Floyd Ummagumma
Cease Fire Wide Spread Panic Street Dogs
N’Touma Temenick Electric Inch’allah Baby
Solil Couchant The Soul Jazz Orchestra Resistance
Dale Palo Palo Palo Live
Burning Wood Tonight Theo Bard Global Local
Black Eyed Peas Galactic Late For the Future
Clear Spot Captain Beefheart Captain Beefheart The Spot Light Kid
A Buscarme Vienen Mixtolobo Fronera
Pergrino/ The Pilgrim Zuco 103 Tales Of High Fever
Angelina (4) Sweet Talks Big Noise
Yelle Moh Kouyate Loundo
Ambala Pramod Upayaya Buddha Bar Presents Amnesty International
Hommage To Budda Chen Sin Qi Buddha Bar Presents Amnesty International

This Island Earth Playlist January 16, 2016

Jan. 16, 2016 on This Island Earth

Song Artist Album
El Houriya Souad Massi Masters Of the Word
Et Si Demain Zoufris Maracas Chienne De Vie
Blanco Y Negro Palenke Soultribe Palenke Soultribe 2009-2015
Al Compas De La Valvula Rota Mixtolobo Frontera
Greet The Dawn The Souljazz Orchesta Resistace
Rio-Bucovina Dub Shantel Viva Diaspora
Words Are The Weapon The Back Beat Sound Sound Together Not Apart
Pizzarca Insintensi Roots Music From Salento
N’Touma Temenik Electric Inch’Allah Baby
Khebez Dawle Khebez Dawle Khebez Dawle
Dale Palo Palo Palo Live
La Fusion La Gran Familia Corazon, Bombo Y Son
Djibo Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble Fire, Sweat & Pastis
Highlife Time Gender Infinity Red Hot & Fela
Zombi The Fela Band Finding Fela
Banana De Queso Afro sound The Afrosounds Of Columbia
Bumaye Zulumbi Psycodelic Samba
No Common Number The Fontanas Global Local Volume 10
Prime Ministerr The London Afrobeat Collective Global Local Volume 10
Oye 14 Santana/Pit Bull Carazon
Iron lion Zion Santana/Ziggy Marly Carzon
Margarita (8) Santan/Romeo Santos Carazon
Mal Bicho Santana/ Los Fabulosos Cadillacs Carazon
Saideira Santana/Samuel Rosa Carazon
Leopard Skin Pill Box Hat Raphael Saadiq Chimes O Freedom/ The Songs Of Bob Dylan
Many Blessings James Carter Detroit Jazz City

This Island Earth Playlist 1-9-16 5-7 PM

Jan. 9, 2016

Song Artist Album
Limbo Rock Chubby Checker Tutti Frutti
Limbo Calypso Arrow The Best Odf Arrow Vol. 2
Me Da Igual Agrupacion Rancho Aparte Colomnia Roots & Beats
Leslie / Sistema Correo De Vos Agrupacion La Mambanegra Colombia Roots & Beats
Synchro System King Sunny Ade The Shrine Afrobeat
Mountain Of Mud Alejandro Escovedo Thirteen Years
Politician Los Lobos Just Another Band From East LA
Otra Tocada Ma El Tri El Tri
Una Linea Dee Luz Kinky Reina
Viajando En El Tiampo (4) Kinky Reina
Viajando En El Tiampo (4) Jaguars 45
Where Duty Calls Patty Smith Dreams Osdf Life
Latou Adri Soad Massi Masters Osdf the Word
Dzumbus Funk (4) Boban & Marko Markkovic The Best Of MBoban & Marko Markovic Orchestra
Pena Saban Bajrmmovic Gypsy Caravan
Gypsy Song Vlatko Stefanouski Gypsy Caravan
Muddy Water Blues Luther Badman Keith Bluesmen Are Kings
16 Tons Of Love 16 Tons Of Love 16 tons EP
Alkebulan Nickodemus/Africa Bambaataa Nickodemus Special Mixes
Yocouba Sylla (1) Sali Sadibe From Timbuktu To Gao
Jambo Jambo Safari Sound Band Mambo Jambo
Sheila’s Blues Sheila Jordan Detroit Jazz City
French Spice Donald Byrd Detroit Jazz City
Reza Elvin Jones Detroit Jazz City

This Island Earth Playlist 1-2-16 5-7 PM

Jan. 2, 2016

Song Artist Album
With God On Our Side K’Naan Chimes Of Freedom The Sons Of Bob Dylan
The times They Are Changing Flogging Molly Chimes Of Freedom/ The Songs Of Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream Taj Mahal & The Phantom Blues Band The Chimes Of Feedom/ the Songs Of Bob Dylan
Like A Rolling Stone Wailing Souls Psychedelic Souls
The Mighty Quinn The Reggae Rockers ft Sugar Black and Bigga Star Reggae Rocks/ A Tribute To Bob Dylan
It’s All Over Now Baby Blue Bad Religion The Chimes Of Freedom /The Songs Odf Bob Dylan
The Look Of Love Sergio Mendez/Fergie Encanto
Blanco Y Negro Palanke Soul Tribe Colombia Roots & Beats
Pow/ Fire MAKU Sound System Makumbala
Magede Tribu Baharu Pal Mas Exigete Bailador
Dikom Lam La Mota Charlotte Mbango African Typic Collection
The Novel Sound Lolorca Buddha-Bar
Action Karimouch Action
Ya Habra Nawal Unreleased Album
Kasbah Rockers Kasbahd Rockers Kasbahd Rockers
Banzani Donavan Banzani
Voodoo Zook Toboggan 3D
Capitain Sistema Bomb ft. Asdru Sierra of Ozomatli & Patricisdo Hidalgo Electro Jarocho
J’Attendrai Hot Fab D Jazz Club Back To Paris
CC Rider Thornetta Davis Covered Live
I’m Still Here Indigenous Fist Full Of Dirt
Seasons Laura Rain & The Caesars Closer
Shakin’ All Over The Blue Hawaiians Savage Night
Cool It Tom Fire/Winston McAnuff Low Fidelity
New Beginning Bush Chemists Raw Raw Dub

This Island Earth Playlist 12-26-15 5-7 PM

Dec. 26, 2015

Song Artist Album
I Zindaba Dizu Plaatjies Imuyambo Ensemble African Kings
State Of Emergency Dizu Plaatijies Imuyambo Ensemble African Kings
Hunter Clinton Fearon Goodness
Showdown Dubmatrix Rebel Massive
I’m In Dub Wit A German Film Star Dub Clossus Dub Me Tender
Racailles DuOud Wild Seranade
She Belongs to Me Neil Finn With The Pajama Club Chimes Of Freedom/ Songs Of Bob Dylan
The Times They Are A-Changing Flogging Molly Chimes Of Freedom/ Songs Of Bob Dylan
The Broad Majestic Shannon The Pogues If I Sould fall From Grace With God
The Rocky Road to Dublin (13) The Chieftains/ Rolling Stones The Long Black Veil
Out Of My Mind The Prodigals Whiskey Asylum
Ms. Thomas & The Derry Reel (5) Sharon Shannon Sharron Shannon
This Land Is Mine The Black Arm Band Company Dirtsong
Se Les Olivdo (1) The Jazz Steppers Bossabrava Caliente
Inchallah Aziz Shamaoui Mazal
Lookee Here Transglobal Underground International Times
Njoka (1) Mokoomba Rising Tide
Bindi Trance Mission Meanwhile
Shobha Rock Trilock Gurtu/Shobha Gurtu/Don Cherry Usfret
The Three Eyed One Sheela Bdrindgi Incantations
Sita Ram Alice Coltrane Alice Coltrane
Never As Good As The First Time Sade Promise
Pagan Mychael Dana Exotica Sound Track