2010-12-31: New Years Eve Dance Party!

Hope we didn’t get you into trouble, dancing away those few hours you were supposed to be working on this last day of 2010. It was a global dance party of epic proportions (or at least epic volume) on Spin The Globe. Happy New Year to all global music fans far and wide, and say hello to 2011.

Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!

Remember, you can catch the archive of this show for a limited time at soundroots.podomatic.com

Hour 1
Yerba Buena  –  Bla Bla Bla  –  Island Life
Cheb Mami w/ Corneille   –  Enfants d’Afrique (Master Blaster)  –  Du Sud Au Nord
The Mighty Zulu Nation w/ Aki Nawaz  –  Mdavu the Man  –  Abantu
The Haggis Horms  –  Naughty Buddha  –  Hot Damn!
Amartya Rahut  –  Jingle Bell – Punjabi Tadka   –  single
Dissidenten  –  Lobster Song  –  New World Party
Panjabi MC  –  Pambooka  –  The Raj
Kal  –  Dvojka  –  Kal
Locos Por Juana  –  Afro Sound  –  Evolucion EP
Deewane Huye Paagal  –  Maar Sutteya  –  Bhangra Groove
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra  –  Woman of Wuhan  –  Ska-Para Is Coming
Che Sudaka  –  Quiero Mas  –  Tudo e Possible
Zap Mama  –  Rafiki  –  A Ma Zone
Pink Martini  –  Auld Lang Syne  –  Joy to the World

Hour 2
SambaDa  –  Iguana  –  Gente
Femi Kuti  –  Can’t Buy Me  –  Africa for Africa
Ayhan Sicimoglu  –  Ahi Na’Ma Kaynana  –  Friends & Family
Vavamuffin  –  Addis Fever  –  Mo’ Better Rootz
Bole 2 Harlem  –  Hoya Hoye  –  Bole 2 Harlem
Abraham Inc.  –  Tweet Tweet  –  Tweet Tweet
Kolektifistanbul  –  Mekadonsko  –  Krivoto
Ali Hassan Kuban  –  Mabruk  –  Rough Guide to Ali Hassan Kuban
Clotaire K w/ Natacha Atlas  –  Maqam  –  Lebanese
Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra  –  African Kings  –  Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra
Shantel  –  Beauties from Athina  –  Planet Paprika
Balkan Beat Box  –  Move It  –  Blue Eyed Black Boy
Salsa Celtica  –  Auld Lang Syne  –  El Camino

2010-12-24: Have a Global Christmas!

Spin The Globe spent Christmas Eve at the radio station, spinning some holiday tunes, some new releases, and more. The perfect soundtrack for shopping, slacking off at the office, or baking stollen for the big day. Merry Christmas!christmas tree

Remember, you can catch the archive of this show for a limited time at soundroots.podomatic.com

Hour 1
The Blue Hawaiians  –  Jungle Bells  –  Christmas on Big Island
Jayram Acharya  –  Santa Claus Is Coming To Town  –  Christmas Music EP
Rahim AlHaj  –  Athens to Baghdad  –  Little Earth
Klezmonauts  –  Oy to the World  –  Oy to the World: A Klezmer Christmas
Harvey Averne Band  –  Let’s Get It Together this Christmas  –  In the Christmas Groove
Mr. Ho’s Orchestroica  –  Arab Dance  –  Third River Rangoon
Balval  –  Duj Amalina  –  Le Ciel Tout Nu
Guimaraes Conjunto   –  Noite Santa, Silenciosa  –  Dancando com o Papai Noel
New Birth Brass Band  –  Santa’s Second Line  –  New Orleans Christmas
Tomas Kocko & Orchest  –  Tak Sem Sobe  –  Koleda / The Carol
Berlin Symphony Orchestra  –  The Nutcracker Suite (Baz Kuts Breaks Mix)  –  Christmas Remixed
Shirim Klezmer Orchestra  –  Dance of the Dreydls  –  Klezmer Nutcracker
Joseph Spence  –  Santa Claus Is Coming to Town  –  Must Be Santa
Alison Brown Quartet w/ Joe Craven  –  Carol and the Kings  –  World Christmas Party
Kai Wingenfelder & Rainer Schumann   –  Rudolph das kleine Rentier (Indien)  –  Fröhliche Weihnacht überall (in 18 Liedern um die Welt)

Hour 2
Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal  –  “Ma-Ma” FC  –  Chamber Music
New York Twoubadou  –  Joyeux Noel  –  Christmas Around the World
Forro in the Dark  –  Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer  –  Christmas EP
Super Deluxe  –  Dominick the Donkey (The Italian Christmas Donkey)  –  Christmas in the Northwest 8
Azeez Khan & the Junglee Merrymakers  –  Ayo Gayeh Naachey  –  unknown
Dean Fraser  –  Frosty the Snowman  –  Reggae Pulse 4: Christmas Songs
Pure Heart  –  12 Days of Christmas Hawaiian Style  –  2.5
The Blue Hawaiians  –  Mele Kalikimaka  –  Christmas on Big Island
Ini Kimoze  –  All I Want for Christmas  –  A Putumayo World Christmas
Gotan Project  –  Tu Misterio  –  Tango 3.0
Os Velhinos Transviados  –  Noite Silenciosa  –  O Natal dos Velhinhos Transviados
SKRUK & Mahsa Vahdat  –  Jeg Er Den Som Er Beromt  –  I vinens spiel
Luis Villegas  –  We Three Kings  –  Guitarras de Navidad
Abraham Inc.  –  Moskowitz Remix  –  Tweet Tweet
Wimme  –  sohka (family)  –  Mun
Los Reyes  –  Yemaya  –  Gipsy Christmas

2010-12-17: New, Fave, and Banned music + interview with Deeyah

This week’s show featured new and old favorites, but the highlight was a long interview with Deeyah about the new album Listen to the Banned, highlighting musicians around the world who have faced censorship and repression. Who are these artists, and what is behind the various types of repression they face? Listen and find out… And you can learn more about the album at listentothebanned.com



Hour 1


Koalas Desperados  –  Fado Chupao  –  Koalas Desperados
Sway Machinery w” Khaira Arby  –  Gawad Teriamou 45 Edit  –  The House of Friendly Ghosts, Volume 1
Dao Bandon  –  Mae Jom Ka Lon  –  The Sound of Siam
Mahlathini  –  Woza Zoxolisa / Come Here and Apologize  –  King of the Groaners
Wimme  –  In Mun Du / It’s Not You  –  Mun
Mahsa Vahdat  –  Mystery  –  Listen to the Banned
Interview with Deeyah
Lapiro de Mbanga  –  Constitution Constipee (excerpt)  –  Listen to the Banned

Hour 2
Ferhat Tunc  –  Alisero  –  Listen to the Banned
Terrakota  –  Ilegal  –  World Massala
Hard Proof  –  No Consideration  –  Hard Proof
Johnny Clegg  –  Magumede  –  Human
Manooghi Hi  –  Humm  –  Manooghi Hi
James Whetzel  –  God Rest Ye Funky Bhangra  –  single
Tiharea  –  Anara Ty Anake  –  Ry Ampela
Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal  –  Mako Mady  –  Chamber Music
Kazucuta  –  Os Bongos  –  Angola Soundtrack: Special sounds from Luanda 1965-1978
A Hawk & a Handsaw  –  Uskudar  –  Cervantine
Picoso  –  Descarga  –  Mas Picao

2010-12-10: Monkey Music!

Spin The Globe is rarely devoted specifically to one kind of critter, but monkeys seem to grab the attention of humans. Perhaps it’s because we’re relatives, perhaps just because monkeys are interesting (and sometimes make good anthropomorphic stand-ins for misbehaving humans). Whatever the reason, Spin The Globe has collected songs about monkeys from all over the planet for your listening pleasure on this week’s show. From misbehaving Cuban orangutans to devoted Indian monkey warriors. Hear no evil, but listen to this show!

monkeyRemember, you can catch the archive of this show for a limited time at soundroots.podomatic.com

Hour 1
Girish  –  Hanuman 2  –  Shiva Machine
Manu Chao  –  Bongo Bong  –  World Playground
Blind Blake  –  The Monkey Song  –  Native Caribbean Rhythms & Songs sampler
Pepe & the Bottle Blondes  –  L’Oranguta  –  Latenight Betty
The Budos Band  –  Monkey See, Monkey Do  –  The Budos Band
Farm Boys  –  Monkey Song  –  Music from Honduras 2: Garifuna Music
Les Touffes Kretiennes  –  Monkey  –  Crazy Punk Brass Band
Mutabaruka  –  The Monkey     –  Life Squared
S.D.V. Swing Band  –  Monkey Jive No.3  –  South African Jive Vol. 2 – Sax & Flute Jive
Gamelan X  –  Hanuman’s Leap  –  Satu
Ayetoro  –  The Revenge of the Flying Monkeys  –  Nu Afrobeat Experience
Masaladosa  –  Monkey Temple feat. Sandhya Sanjana  –  Electro World Curry
Jai Uttal  –  Monkey (excerpt)  –  Monkey

Hour 2
Los Pericos  –  Monkey Man  –  Mystic Love
An Chang Project  –  Monkey Harmonizing Song  –  Monkey Harmonizing Songs
The New Swing Sextet  –  Monkey See, Monkey Do  –  Brown Sugar – Latin Breakbeats, Basslines & Boogaloo
Balkan Beat Box  –  Digital Monkey  –  Nu Med
unidentified  –  I Wanna Be Like You  –  The Jungle Book soundtrack
unidentified artists  –  Ketjak: The Ramayana Monkey Chant (excerpt)   –  Golden Rain: Balinese Gamelan Music/Ketjak: The Ramayana Monkey Chant
MC Yogi w/ Jai Uttal  –  Rock On Hanuman   –  Elephant Power
Flying Jazz Queens  –  Monkey Jive 66  –  South African Jive Vol.1 – Zulu Vocal Jive
The Refugee AllStars  –  Monkey Work  –  Living Like a Refugee
Ron, Pan  –  Monkey Dance  –  Cambodian Rocks Vol. 2
Fubuki Daiko  –  Monkey  –  Zanshin
Esta  –  Monkey’s Paradise  –  Mediterranean Crossroads
Victor Uwaifo  –  Joromi/Monkey yanga  –  Best of Victor Uwaifo
Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band  –  Jai Hanuman (Faith)  –  Devaloka
The Darbuki Kings  –  Eleven Monkeys  –  Been Laden You Too Long

2010-12-03 Best Global Music of 2010

I usually wait until the new year for my best-of show. But I got to thinking…perhaps you need an idea for a holiday gift for that special someone (or yourself!). So here’s your best of 2010 global music sampler. Among the great music released this year, there’s certainly something for everyone.

Hour 1
Afrocubism  –  Mali Cuba  –  Afrocubism

Khaira Arby - Timbuktu Tarab
Khaira Arby - Timbuktu Tarab

Khaira Arby  –  Wayidou  –  Timbuktu Taraab
Huun Huur Tu  –  Kozmahyk  –  Ancestors Call
Jienat  –  Dancehall  –  Mira
Rahim AlHaj w/ Yacoube Sissoko  –  The Other Time  –  Little Earth
King Sunny Ade  –  Oro Yi Bale (excerpt)  –  Baba Mo Tunde
Amabutho  –  Tsotsi  –  Sikelela
Red Baraat  –  Baraat to Nowhere  –  Chaal Baby
Mulatu Astatke  –  Mulatu  –  New York-London-Addis
Ferhat Tunc  –  Alisero  –  Listen to the Banned
Axum  –  Ma Im HaKesef  –  Axum
Abraham Incorporated  –  Trombonik  –  Tweet Tweet
Abraham Incorporated  –  Tweet Tweet  –  Tweet Tweet

Hour 2
Gotan Project  –  Desilusion  –  Tango 3.0
Razia  –  Taiko Ro  –  Zebu Nation
Cheikh Lo  –  Seyni  –  Jamm
Luisa Maita  –  Alento  –  Lero-Lero
Angelique Kidjo  –  Mbube  –  Ojo
Boban Markovic Orkestar  –  Obecanje (The Promise)  –  The Promise
Tony Allen  –  Celebrate  –  Secret Agent
Rahim AlHaj w/ Stephen Kent  –  Qaasim  –  Little Earth
Dave Holland & Pepe Habichuela  –  The Whirling Dervish  –  Hands

2010-12-02: Xenophilia

A bonus playlist for you… no podcast/archive is available, but here’s what I spun as guest-host of KAOS’s show Xenophilia when I filled in for David M on 2 December 2010.

Hour 1
Rasha  –  Tumadir  –  Let Me Be
Alma Afrobeat Ensemble  –  Live Na Yeye  –  Stolen Sessions
Zap Mama  –  Belgo Zairoise  –  Seven
Panjabi MC  –  Nach Di Di  –  The Raj
Firewater  –  Borneo  –  The Golden Hour
Funkadesi  –  Makhana  –  Yo Baba
Kailash Kher & Kailasa  –  Rang Rang Ma  –  Yatra (Nomadic Souls)
Terrakota  –  World Masala  –  World Massala
Shantel  –  Citizen of Planet Paprika  –  Planet Paprika
Klezmic Zirkus  –  Le Karaoke de Kiev  –  Vitamine K
Abraham Incorporated  –  Baleboste: A Beautiful Picture  –  Tweet Tweet
Rolinha Kross  –  Tsjirik, Tsjirik  –  Mazzeltov
Steve Steppa  –  Malaki Ha Shalom  –  Clavicula Salominis

Hour 2
Manu Dibango  –  Weya  –  AfricaFunk Vol.1
Shye Ben-Tzur  –  Daras Bin  –  Shoshan
Mulher Melancia   –  Rima Que Rima  –  Funk Do Brasil
Fanfare Ciocarlia  –  Iag Bari (The Big Longing)  –  Iag Bari
Woima Collective   –  Illusions  –  Tezeta
Zimbabwe Legit  –  Rhymin’ Wit the African Symphony  –  Brothers from the Mother
Amanar  –  Azalan Man  –  Alghafiat
The Souljazz Orchestra  –  Negus Negast  –  Rising Sun
Goran Bregovic  –  Na’tan Ixara Oikopedo  –  Slivovica & Champagne
Balkan Beat Box  –  Bulgarian Chicks  –  Balkan Beat Box
La Cherga  –  Rembetiko 22  –  Fake No More

Best Global Music of 2010

It’s that time of year…the time when the spiders disappear to parts unknown, media outlets try to guilt you into spending thousands of dollars on gifts, and eggnog lattes show up at drive-through espresso stands. Which means it’s time for the annual review of global music over the past year.

2010 wasn’t the biggest year. Wars here and there, the Winter Olympics, tsunamis and volcanoes and mine collapses and earthquakes. Wikileaks, elections, and the release of Aung San Suu Kyi. Neither was it a big year for most of our favorite names in world music. No new albums from Youssou N’Dour or Oliver Mtukudzi, Fanfare Ciocarlia or Susheela Raman, Baka Beyond or Antibalas.

The good news is that without big-name-artist releases hogging the limelight, the year was open to new artists — artists such as Ethiopian-Israeli rappers Axum, NYC-bhangra troupe Red Baraat, and the mysterious sounds of Norwegian group Jienat.

Use this as a shopping list for your global-music friends and family, or as a starting point for your own further exploration of modern world music sounds. Each album links to a review or a site where you can hear song samples and/or purchase the album. The list is in no particular order, and is a combination of fact (airplay, listener response, emails, comments) and my own tastes. I spelled out my criteria in an earlier post:

The best global albums … should first of all be ones that you turn to again and again. They should have some global impact, perhaps spawning imitators and spreading certain rhythms. And they should have clear roots in their local culture, have a message that’s rooted in that culture but is also universal. Finally, they should simply hit you where it counts.

Here are the top 20 albums of 2010 that hit Spin The Globe where it counts:

Most of these have been reviewed previously on SoundRoots, so dig around and enjoy the music. Happy exploring, friends!

2010-11-26 Music of Gratitude

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday…despite the general overconsumption of food, the day is about gratitude for family, friends, and other blessings. It cuts across religious and ethnic lines, and is something we can celebrate together. Despite everything, there’s a lot to be grateful for. And this upbeat, family-friendly, positive-message show is the soundtrack to a day of gratitude over greed. Enjoy. Pumpkin pie with knife

Remember, you can catch the archive of this show for a limited time at soundroots.podomatic.com

Hour 1
Amampondo  –  Yeye  –  Vuyani
Kobo Town   –  Beautiful Soul  –  Independence
Tony Allen  –  Celebrate  –  Secret Agent
Aurelio Martinez  –  Ereba (Cassava Bread)  –  Laru Beya
Ba Cissoko  –  Badina  –  Seno
Kari Iveland   –  O Store Gud  –  Avtrykk
SambaDa  –  Casa de Mainha (My Mother’s House)  –  Gente!
Olof Arnalds  –  Allt I Guddi  –  Innundir Skinni
Amanar  –  Awadam  –  Alghafiat
Vera Bila & Kale  –  Pandzdzenore (Five People)  –  Kale Kalore
Vilddas  –  Vilges Suola  –  Haliidan

Hour 2
Barrio Chino  –  Je Te Salue Marseille  –  Mediterra Nostra
Pena  –  El Mayoral  –  Pena
Johnny Clegg  –  Give Me the Wonder  –  Human
Ziggy Marley  –  I Love You Too  –  Family Time
Abraham Inc.  –  Moskowitz Remix  –  Tweet Tweet
Laya Project  –  Glorius Sun-Ya Allah-Muliya-Farihi (Ferenz Kallos Remix)  –  A New Day: Laya Project Remixed
Soznak  –  Traffic Jambo  –  Dear Dad Tango
Shye Ben-Tzur  –  Worshipper of Love  –  Shoshan
Edson X & MA3  –  Rhada Krishna (Maha Mantra)  –  Krishna Lounge
Dhiwoniso Maraire  –  Rebel Woman  –  Listen to the Banned
Fela Kuti  –  No Agreement (Part 2)  –  Fela-The Best of the Black President
Hard Proof Afrobeat  –  Alloy  –  Hard Proof

2010-11-19-Top 10 World Music CDs

Lots of new faces on this month’s chart. At #1 is a compilation of great music from artists whose music has been banned and repressed in countries as varied as Zimbabwe (Chiwoniso Maraire), Iran (Mahsa Vahdat), and Turkey (Ferhat Tunc).world music top 10 list from Spin The Globe

I’ve been raving about Abraham Inc., and their full album doesn’t disappoint me or the listeners who called in raving about “The H Song.” Then there’s the unexpected change of flavor on the new album from Garifuna artist Aurelio Martinez, who has brought in guest artists including Youssou N’Dour and Orquestra Baobab, adding a West African root to his new-world music. I suspect I don’t need to sing Ojos de Brujo’s praises to you, and their 10-year celebration CD is a treat. And the final new addition is the collaborative Sufi-favored goodness of Nagore Sessions.

We also heard some new releases, show previews, a birthday song for Ofra Haza, and finished with a cut from one of Knitting Factory’s new re-releases of Fela Kuti albums, which just never get old.

Remember, you can catch the archive of this show for a limited time at soundroots.podomatic.com

Hour 1
Mardi Gras.bb  –  Americanos  –  #10-Von Humboldt Picnic
Rahim AlHaj  –  Missing You / Mae Querida  –  #9-Little Earth
Nagore Sessions  –  Ya Haja  –  #8-Nagore Sessions
Ojos de Brujo  –  Corriente Vital (Feat. Nitin Sawhney)   –  #7-Corriente Vital: 10 Anos
Axum  –  Hakshivu Na  –  #6-Axum
Aurelio Martinez  –  Laru Beya / At the Beach (feat. Orquestra Baobab)    –  #5-Laru Beya
Pena  –  El Mayoral  –  #4-Pena
Abraham Inc.  –  The H Tune (Hava Nagila)  –  #3-Tweet Tweet
Justin Vali  –  Orchidee  –  Justin Vali
Afrocubism  –  Nima Diyala  –  #2-Afrocubism
Aziza Brahim  –  Regreso  –  #1-Listen to the Banned
Ofra Haza  –  Kirya  –  Kirya

Hour 2
Toto La Momposina  –  Yo Me Llamo Cumbia  –  La Bodega
Umnachter Project  –  Wurzelwicht  –  Schall und Rauch
Shye Ben-Tzur  –  Dar E Yar  –  Shoshan
SKRUK & Mahsa Vahdat  –  Med Blomster I Fang  –  I Vinens Spiel
Niraj Chag  –  Bangles  –  Yoga
Takashi Hirayasu & Bob Brozman  –  Chim Don Don  –  Nankuru Naisa
Correo Aereo  –  Petenera Del Itsmo  –  Provinces
Shiela Chandra  –  Quiet 1  –  Quiet
Forty Thieves Orkestar vs. Mahala Rai Banda  –  The Man Who Drinks  –  Electric Gypsyland 2
Fela Kuti  –  Sorrow Tears and Blood  –  Opposite People / Sorry Tears and Blood

2010-11-12 Portugal Meets Pakistan

Is there musical common ground — or at least complementary sounds — in the music of these two very different nations? Can qawwali and fado co-exist? Listen and find out. Also in hour 2, some fantastic new releases that seem determined to complicate my almost-finished Best of 2010 list. Portugal Meets Pakistan - on Spin The Globe world music radio

Remember, you can catch the archive of this show for a limited time at soundroots.podomatic.com

Hour 1
Ana Moura  –  A Penumbra  –  Leva-Me Aos Fados
Temple of Sound & Rizwan Muazzam Qawwali  –  Solar East  –  World 2002
Kumpania Algazarra  –  Gipsy Reggae  –  Kumpania Algazarra
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan  –  Rang Rangeela  –  Charkha the album
Lula Pena  –  Fria Claridade  –  World 2003
Sabri Brothers  –  Saazina or Naghma  –  Tasleem
Rui Junior  –  Em Certeza  –  Farol Musica sampler
Shabaz  –  Caravan  –  Shabaz
Dead Combo  –  Rumbero  –  Sound of the World
Gaudi + Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan  –  Dil Da Rog Muka Ja Mahi (Pinch Remix)  –  Dub Qawwali Remixes
Tucanas  –  Djidji  –  Maria Café
Badar Ali Khan  –  Kalander Trance Remix  –  Lost in Qawwali II

Hour 2
Mafalda Arnauth  –  O Voz Da Minh’ Alma  –  Women’s World Voices 5
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan  –  Mustt Mustt (Lost in His Work)  –  Mustt Mustt
Cacique’97  –  Sr. Diplomata  –  Cacique ’97
Amanar  –  Alghafiat  –  Alghafiat
Willie Colon  –  Che Che Cole  –  Salsa Explosion: The NY Salsa Revolution 1970-1979
Antibalas Ft. Mayra Vega   –  Che Che Cole (Makossa)  –  Daptone Gold
Abraham Incorporated  –  Baleboste: A beautiful picture  –  Tweet Tweet
Think of One  –  Maconha Do Brasil  –  Chuva Em Po
Johnny Clegg  –  Congo  –  Human
Steve Steppa  –  Malaki Ha Shalom  –  Clavicula Salomonis
Toubab Krewe  –  Carnavalito  –  TK2
Pena  –  Huaquero Viejo  –  Pena
Amal Murkas  –  Bhallelak  –  Listen to the Banned

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