2012-10-19 Global Top 10, October edition

World Music Top 10 pumpkin globeThis week, a countdown of the best global CDs in the first hour, and new releases and concert previews in the second hour.
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2012-10-12 Afrobeat Worldwide

Fela Kuti Lives!In honor of the upcoming birthday of Fela Kuti, the father of Afrobeat, we heard Afrobeat bands from around the globe this week, from Japan to the Netherlands to the UK to the USA. Just a small taste of the widespread appeal of the sound and attitude of Afrobeat music. In hour 2, new releases and other good stuff, including a couple fun cuts from Ozomatli’s new kids’ album.

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2012-10-05 Music of Arab Lands + Olympia Arab Fest preview

Thanks for everyone’s support for Spin The Globe and KAOS-fm during today’s show and the first day of the KAOS fall membership drive. If you missed out, you can still join or renew by calling 360-867-5267 or visiting www.KAOSradio.org.Tarik Bentlemsami playing live during Spin The Globe at KAOS-fm

Special thanks to Amirah for sharing about this weekend’s first Arab Festival in Olympia, and to Tarik for bringing in his guitar and sharing some fantastic music. He’ll be playing several times at the festival; complete details at http://rachelcorriefoundation.org/peaceworks/arab-fest-2012

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2012-09-28 Italy Meets India

Italy Meets India on Spin The Globe - world music radioAnother of our famous ping-ponging shows. Do Italy and India share more than the initial letter of their names? We find out in this show. Plus new tunes from Portland forro band Z Bumba and Seattle Afrobeat band Cascadia ’10.

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2012-09-21 The Groove of Peace

UN International Day of Peace - the soundtrackThis week, a celebration of peace through global music. We’re celebrating the UN International Day of Peace (https://www.un.org/en/events/peaceday/). We also had a set celebrating a couple of birthdays of great African musicians. Both Nigeria’s King Sunny Ade and Zimbabwe’s Oliver Mtukudzi were born on Sept. 22 (different years). Have a peaceful week, and enjoy the music!

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2012-09-14 Top 10 Global CDs, September edition

Obo Addy at KAOS-fm, 2007

Obo Addy at KAOS-fm, 2007

Our usual joy at spinning global sounds for you was diminished this morning upon learning of the passing of Obo Addy. Born in Ghana, Addy became a master drummer at age 6, and more recently made his home in Portland, Oregon. He was at the center of so much performing, teaching, and cultural educating that it’s hard to imagine the world without him. Our best to his family and friends and students, and may he find new rhythms in the great beyond.

The show must go on, however, and we counted down the month’s Top 10 global CDs, most of them new entries since the last chart. Listen, explore, enjoy!

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2012-09-07 Choro Tomorrow Live! Brazilian Music Day! 13 Years of Spin The Globe!

Choro Tomorrow at KAOS

Choro Tomorrow live at KAOS

What a beautiful day for a celebration! Early September, and the forecast is for sun with a high of 86 degrees. Perfect for an on-air party celebrating STG’s 13th Anniversary and with Brazilian Music Day. We celebrated with a live performance from Olympia-based Choro Tomorrow and many other Brazilian sounds.

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2012-08-31 Bumbershoot Preview + New Releases & more

Bumbershoot logoBumbershoot may not be your first stop for global music, filled as it tends to be with pop and rock acts. But it has enough this year to perk up the ears of the “world music” fan, including Ana Tijoux, Bombino, Debo Band, Omar Souleyman, and Cascadia ’10. Also of note are great New Orleans sounds from Soul Rebels and Rebirth Brass Band. Mix those in with some new releases, and son…you’ve got yourself a radio show!

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2012-08-24 Global Tango

tango dancersThis show was big fun, as we explored the sounds of tango worldwide, from traditional sounds represented by Piazzolla and Gardel, to global and cutting-edge versions of the Argentine musical form. I wasn’t able to get the requested Yiddish tango into the show, but we sure heard an otherwise wide variety of tunes. Plus a few new releases and show previews near the end of the show.

Wonder if they had this much fun a couple weeks ago at the Tango at the Fountain dance here in Olympia?

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2012-08-17 Global Songs about Animals

Dancing Hippos - global music about animalsOn my bike ride to the radio station this morning, I passed a doe and two fawns, and a death-defying squirrel. It was an interesting prelude to this show, which featured music from all over the planet about animals, domesticated, wild, even imaginary.

Thanks for the calls and requests — I was unable to find a couple requested songs in the KAOS library, but hope you’ll find something engaging in the playlist. There’s something there for lovers of dogs, cats, dragons, chickens, even elephants.

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