Greetings!! This is the Web site for Afrocentric Sounds, the playlist/radio station featuring classical music written and/or performed by the African diaspora.

Afrocentric Sounds has a pretty eclectic program of music, reflecting the influence of other music styles–Spirituals, Ragtime, Jazz, Blues, Gospel, and other popular and folk music–on the creation and interpretation of classical music. The station also reflects the presence of Afrocentricity in Europe and the Americas. This is a place where performance of Beethoven or Bach resides comfortably with compositions by Joplin, Ellington, Bonds, etc. To access the station, please click on this link:

The station can also be reached at


Would you like to hear all-vocal music? All-piano music? All-orchestral music? Well, Afrocentric Sounds Radio will program two hours of music especially for you! All times listed are Central time
  • Sundays, 9 a.m. until noon – Sacred Sounds: Celebrates sacred music from masses to spirituals
  • Sundays, 5 p.m. – New Sounds: Recordings recently added to Afrocentric Sounds Radio
  • Mondays, 5 p.m. – Spirituals Sounds: Negro spirituals for solo voice
  • Tuesdays, 5 p.m. – Secular Sounds: Art songs and other secular vocal music
  • Wednesdays, 5 p.m. – Piano Sounds: Piano music from yesterday and today
  • Thursdays, 5 p.m. – Orchestra Sounds: Orchestral music from yesterday and today
  • Fridays, 5 p.m. – Opera Sounds: Music from the world of opera
  • Saturdays, 5 p.m. – Chamber Sounds: Secular from solo instruments to chamber ensembles

More programming is on the way!

The goal of Afrocentric Sounds Radio? To provide a broadcast venue for recordings that are currently underrepresented on mainstream classical radio in the hope that those hearing this glorious music for the first time will want to make it a part of that mainstream. (With a station focusing on the classical music work by those of African descent, perhaps others of similar theme will join?)

Afrocentric Sounds originally launched on November 1, 2009. Unfortunately, both it and its sister station, Afrocentric Voices Radio, were shelved in 2016. It’s taken four years, but the station is back! Now, its programming combines music from both stations into one: Afrocentric Sounds Radio.

I would appreciate your comments. And–I admit–I would appreciate your support to keep Afrocentric Sounds up and growing. The station is paid for out of my pocket, which I assure you isn’t even close to deep. You can send recordings for me to consider for play on the station and/or any financial support you’d like to give to: Randye Jones, PO Box 281, Grinnell, IA 50112.

For more information about Afrocentric Sounds, please email me at

Randye Jones