WOWDlogoJolly Papa is a weekly radio program on the community FM station in Takoma Park, MD, just outside Washington, DC. Co-hosts Eme & Michael weave together styles and eras from across Africa and its diaspora, and invite musicians playing African music in Washington, DC to share their songs and stories on-air.

Tune in Wednesdays 1-3pm ET at 94.3FM or stream it live at


JOLLY PAPA RADIO is a 24/7 internet radio station and free radio app featuring all the music Eme & Michael play on their weekly show, plus in-studio performances and more. Listen to thousands of songs from the hottest African artists plus old school gems and tons in between. With fresh content added each week you’ll always find something new on JOLLY PAPA RADIO.

Go mobile with our FREE JOLLY PAPA RADIO APP, now available on Google Play and the Apple App Store. where Eme & Michael post their on-air interviews, playlists and other content that highlights the many fascinating perspectives and personalities playing African Music in Washington, DC. Eme & Michael have both been active in the area for over a decade as bandleaders, producers, composers and organizers, and they each currently front separate African bands (Eme & Heteru and Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band). They launched the Jolly Papa radio program and blog as a way to foster collaboration and a sense of community among their peers, and to shed light on the depth and breadth of African musical talent in this city.

jollypapa_frontJolly Papa is a creative partnership
. In 2015 Eme & Michael received a grant from the Montgomery County Arts & Humanities Council to help fund their debut album as a songwriting and production team. “The Legend” by Jolly Papa includes 10 original tracks composed, recorded, mixed and mastered at Jolly Papa’s Rootstock Studios (Silver Spring, MD). A dozen musicians contributed their talents to this recording, including members of DC Highlife Stars and  Eme & Heteru, plus collaborations with vocalists Latoya Ekemode (Nigeria) and Atemi (Kenya). You can preview the full tracks and find links to purchase CDs or downloads on our Jolly Papa Music page.

dchsgesturing_fotorJolly Papa is a production team that has organized concerts and storytelling events for the Smithsonian Museum of African Art, US Parks Service, George Mason University, AFL-CIO, Mercy Corps and others. Eme & Michael are also the creative force behind DC Highlife Stars, a group that includes some of the area’s best musicians playing African music in Washington, DC today, including Henri Tanash (guitar), Seyi Clegg (sax), Emmanuel Adamah (drums), Tosin Aribisala (drums) and Joseph Mouliom (bass), with other friends and heavy-hitters joining in the fun. DC Highlife Stars play highlife, afrobeat, soukous and assorted grooves. You can even catch Jolly Papa playing as a trio around town. Best to follow on Facebook if you wanna know…


Thanks for listening!

Eme Awa
Michael Shereikis