2014-07-18 Mokoomba Interview + music from Nigeria, Ethiopia, & South Africa

Allen Nigeria Selassie Ethiopia Mandela S AfricaThe birthdays of three African greats inspire today’s theme: July 18: South African icon Nelson Mandela; July 20: Nigerian Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen; July 23: Ethiopian/Rasta leader Haile Selassie. Music from all three nations on this week’s episode. Plus an interview with Zimbabwean band Mokoomba about their new CD and their upcoming shows in Seattle and Tacoma (at Zimfest).

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2014-07-11 World Cup of World Music: Argentina vs. Brazil

Germany-v-Argentina-World-Cup-2014-Final-MatchCan the music of the two FIFA World Cup finalists reveal the winner of the championship game on Sunday? Listen to this show and find out. Alternating songs from Germany and Argentina, followed by other new releases and faves for the remainder of the show.

Bonus: If you start the show right at the opening whistle of the World Cup final and mute the TV sound, you’ll notice eerie correlations between the music and the action on the pitch (ala Dark Side of the Moon / Wizard of OZ).

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2014-07-04 Global Music from the USA for Independence Day

July-4---USAWhat could be more patriotic on this USA Independence Day than to celebrate the diversity of the nation through music? Native Americans and immigrants alike have shared and blended their traditional sounds, and this show features US-based and US-recorded music with global leanings. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July, all!

Also, go Ticos!

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2014-06-27 Top 10 World Music Albums, June 2014

Sia Tolno-African WomanThis week, a countdown of the top 10 global / world-music albums of the month, including klezmer, Afrobeat, dueling harps, Ethiopian reggae via Israel, Bollywood via Australia, and more. Plus other new releases in hour 2.

STG also bids a fond farewell to Cover The Earth, a show that ran on KAOS for 18 years, and came to a graceful conclusion this weekend. Hosts Juli and Duncan were instrumental in selling me on the wonders of community radio, and starting Spin The Globe, which now becomes KAOS’s longest-running global music show at 15 years. I’m looking forward to hearing Juli now and then on Xenophilia — and probably also on Spin The Globe from time to time.

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2014-06-20 Global Brass / Warmup for HonkFest West

honkfestwestJune 19-22 sees brass bands from near and far invading the fair streets of Seattle for HonkFest West ( http://honkfestwest.com ). We kick things off with global brass tunes from Serbia, New Orleans, Ghana, Belgium, and many spots in between.

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2014-06-13 Soccer/Football Music – World Cup 2014

Music of the World Cup 2014The 2014 FIFA World Cup has begun in Brazil. So that’s going to be a big distraction for me over the next month, and I don’t want you to feel left out so I’ll spin lots of soccer-themed songs this week. And probably more over the next four weeks as well.

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2014-06-06 : Music of Brazil. Or Brasil.

Music of Brasil (Brazil)The sports world’s attention will turn to Brazil next week; we set the stage with two hours of Brazilian sounds that will transport you to one of the world’s greatest incubators of music and culture. Samba, funk, bossa, choro, forro, and more.

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2014-05-30 – World Music in the 1970s

World Music in the 1970sThe second in a series of decade-themed world music shows. The term “world music” didn’t appear as a marketing tool until the 1980s — so what did the music sound like before it had been pigeonholed into its own genre? This show answers that question, and includes a musical tribute to Maya Angelou dating even further back…to her 1957 calypso album!

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2014-05-23 – Global Music, Recorded Live

Oliver Mtukudzi live in concertThis weekend brings the Northwest Folklife Festival — a writhing mass of musicians and fans and BBQ — to the Seattle Center. We kick things off by spinning live recordings of great global music performances.

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2014-05-16 – Top 10 World Music Albums, May 2014

Aziza Brahim - Soutak coverThis week, selections from each of the Top 10 global CDs of the month, plus other new sounds in hour 2. Congrats to the listeners who won movie passes to the Olympia Film Society during the show — if you’d like to win, keep listening to KAOS; we’re giving away two pair of passes every week.

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