2014-02-21 World Music in English – Global Sounds for the Monoglot

Feb. 21 Mother LanguageToday is UN International Mother Language Day, and we celebrated with global music in my mother language, English. Sure, a smattering of other languages sneaks in here and there, but that’s to be expected when one grooves globally. Enjoy, and spread the word that great global music doesn’t have to be entirely in incomprehensible tongues.

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2014-02-14 Top 10 World Music CDs Countdown

Feb.14-Planet-earthSelections from each of the 10 best global albums of the month, plus your requests and more in the second hour of the show. And sadly, a goodbye to Mike, a devoted listener for many years.

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2014-02-07 Celebrating Bob Marley

Bob Marley on Spin The GlobeIn celebration of Bob Marley’s 6 February birthday, we remember the late, great reggae pioneer with songs from him and his offspring, and more than a few covers of his songs. Happy birthday, Bob!

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2014-01-31 Global Funk

Jan31-World Music FunkThis episode takes you around the planet to explore some seriously funky music. From a Thai cover of James Brown to Portuguese Afrobeat to New Orleans horns, there’s never a dull moment. Hour 2 features new world-music releases and a concert calendar. Thanks for listening, and Go Seahawks!

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2014-01-24 Music of East Africa + New Releases

Krar Collective, live at Womex 2011. Photo by Jacob Crawfurd (www.crawfurd.com)With the Krar Collective currently on tour, we turn our attention to East Africa. We hit many points throughout the region that includes Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. Plus, in hour 2, a heaping helping of new world music releases, including new CDs from Angelique Kidjo, Habib Koite, Shanren, Tiécoro Sissoko, and many others.

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2014-01-17 — World Music Mix

Bixiga 70Hello again! Hope the lack of a show last week didn’t bring you down. Your host was away, wandering the desert. Back now, having seen cacti and lizards, sand and sedimentary rock, sunshine and blue skies. So I tried to pack extra goodness into this week’s show. You’ll find old and new music from the likes of Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha, Angelique Kidjo, Barika, Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita, and Kila. A hard-to-define mix, but one I think you’ll enjoy. Happy listening!

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2014-01-03 New Global Music for a New Year

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Karol Conka

What better to usher in a new year than a slew of new music? This show features new (and new to me) songs from a wide diversity of global artists and styles. From Brazilian accordion to Palestinian hip-hop to Irish rock to dueling European and West African harps, we covered it. Happy new year!

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2013-12-27 STG’s Favorite Global / World Music of 2013

Omar SouleymanFor the last show of 2013, a look back at some of the best songs and albums of the year. No particular ranking (hey, it was a busy holiday season!), but have a listen, and use this as a basis for making your own musical discoveries. Thanks for your support of Spin The Globe during the past year, and have a safe and happy transition to the new year. See you in 2014!

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2013-12-13 Gypsy Allstars Interview + Global Christmas & Solstice Songs

Gypsy AllstarsThis week, a swirl of global Christmas songs, and an interview with Cedric Leonardi of the Gypsy Allstars, who are pushing the bounds of borderless, modern Roma music (and visiting Seattle’s Jazz Alley Dec. 19-22).

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2013-12-06 Nelson Mandela, Tabu Ley Rochereau, Hanukkah – songs of passing

Nelson "Madiba" MandelaSongs of passings today… for a week that saw the deaths of South African icon (and global inspiration) Nelson Mandela, and of Congolese soukous originator Tabu Ley Rochereau. Also, a few straggling Hanukkah songs, transitioning into Christmas songs, and some new releases.

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