2015-04-03 World Music Elders

Dorothy MasukaThe upcoming birthdays of Hugh Masekela (4/4) and Ravi Shankar (4/7) prompted a train of thought that stopped at the station of “let’s do a radio show featuring musicians who are/were still making music as elders.” Along with those two, let’s hear from Asha Bhosle, Wendo Kolosoy, Abdullah Ibrahim, Celia Cruz, Ernest Ranglin, Dorothy Masuka, Tito Puente, Miriam Makeba, Tony Allen, and others! Plus a few new releases to round out the show.

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2015-03-27 Tales of the Kora

west african kora detailThe recipe for kora music: Take a large calabash gourd, dry it, put a large stick through it, stretch an animal skin over it, and add 21 strings or so. Then spend a lifetime learning to play it. Or…listen to this show and hear the magical fingers of some of the best kora players in the world, including Toumani Diabate, Mory Kante, Mamadou Diabate, Ballake Sissoko, and others.

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2015-03-20 Global Tunes, Old and New

Harry Belafonte & Miriam MakebaIt was going to be a Top 10 show, but statistical anomalies combined with a recent re-organization of my music library conspired to change the theme to a mix of old and new global music. Hope you don’t mind.

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2015-03-13 Music of Asian Women

Sa Dingding - ChinaThe Second of two special shows around UN International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. This show focuses on the music of women from Asia. You may hear from some relatively well-known names such as Sheila Chandra, Asha Bhosle, Yulduz Usmanova, and Susheela Raman.

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2015-03-06 – Voices of South African Women

Judith SephumaThe first of two special shows around UN International Women’s Day (March 8). This show focuses on the music of South African women. From the early jive of the Mohotella Queens to the jazz of Dorothy Matsuka, Judith Sephuma (pictured), and Miriam Makeba to the urban sounds of Busi Mhlongo, Brenda Fassie, and Freshlyground — as well as lots of other artists. Plus new releases and sneak previews of upcoming albums (Cascadia ’10!) in the second hour.

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2015-02-27 Top 10 World Music Albums, February Edition

Red Baraat - Gaadi Of TruthThis week’s show includes a track from each of the current Top 10 global albums — plus more new sounds, concert previews, and, you know, the usual.

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2015-02-20 Mardi Gras & Carnival Music around the world

MardiGrasNewOrleans‘Tis the season… for music in the streets! The pre-Lenten celebration that is arguably more popular than Lent itself has spread around the planet. Music from Brazil, New Orleans, and other hotbeds of global carnival / carnaval / Mardi Gras music.

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2015-02-03 Global Love Songs + Irish Music + Sean-nos Festival preview

global-valentinThis week, some global songs of love and romance (sometimes gone bad) for Valentine’s Day, plus Irish music and an interview and live performance previewing the Sean-nós NW Festival happening this weekend at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.

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2015-02-06 Global Reggae (for Bob Marley’s 70th Birthday)

Bob MarleyReggae-flavored and -influenced tunes from across the planet in honor of Bob Marley’s birthday today. Plus a taste of Scotland’s Jim Malcolm, since he’s in town tonight, and a few new world music releases.

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2015-01-30 Music of the Nile + The Nile Project interview

The Nile ProjectThe Nile is an “international” river as its water resources are shared by eleven nations: Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, Sudan and Egypt. This episode features music from the region plus an interview with Mina Girgis, co-founder and CEO of the Nile Project. The Nile Project musicians perform at Meany Hall in Seattle tonight.

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