2013-03-22 Global Water Music

boy water drummingIn celebration of UN World Water Day (https://www.un.org/en/events/waterday/), this show features music about water and things watery (rivers, rain, clouds…) Plus a few new releases from the likes of Oliver Mtukudzi, The Skatalites, and Kobo Town.

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2013-03-15 Balkan Music + Artesian Rumble Arkestra live at KAOS

Artesian Rumble ArkestraThanks to David and Seamus of the Artesian Rumble Arkestra for coming in today to share some background on the band, community-based music in general, and the general sexiness of the tuba. The show included some exclusive ARA tunes recorded live in the KAOS performance studio, along with lots of Balkan music to get you all ready for this weekend’s Balkan Night Northwest.

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2013-03-08 International Women’s Day

Mamy WataWe celebrate UN International Womens Day with music from women across the globe, from South Africa to France, Bulgaria to Palestine, and beyond. To some extent, I steered clear of the well-known names of world music, and tried to highlight some younger and less-well-know musicians. Hope you find things here to enjoy, and to prompt you to find out more about the artists. Women: Can’t live without ‘em, wouldn’t want to.

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2013-03-01 Global Cover Songs

Coverlar bugotakTwo hours of crazy, inspired, eclectic global cover songs, including a tango version of “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” a polka version of “People Are Strange,” a Tuvan throat-singing version of “Come Together,” and lots more. Artists include Angelique Kidjo, Bugotak, Ska Cubano, Celtic Pink Floyd, Fanfare Ciocarlia, and Ojos de Brujo, among many others. Thanks for all the calls during the show; have a great weekend, and enjoy the music!

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2013-02-22 Top 10 World Music CDs, February 2013 edition

Red Baraat - Shruggy JiLots of new names on the chart this month — if my math is right, there are just three holdovers from January, including the bhangra stylings of #1 Red Baraat. More Indian flavors follow with the new release from raga slide-guitar virtuoso Debashish Bhattacharya. Also included: Oratnitza updates Bulgarian folk, Vusi Mahlasela sings to the people, Leni Stern continues her affair with West Africa, Flavia Coehlo shows new directions in Brazilian sound, Mr. Haris Pilton does some Gypsy dance tunes, Mop Mop finds a mystical isle of world-jazz-funk, Camile does live vocal gymnastics, and Koby Israelite shows that blues know no borders.

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2013-02-15 Global Love Songs

Heart made of national flagsGlobal songs of love this week, from a mother’s love for a newborn (Ojos de Brujo) to songs of romantic love, plus a few odd cover versions of songs made famous by The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley, and Hot Chocolate. Live Locally, Love Globally!

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Hour 1
Rokia Traoré & Rhythms del Mundo
“IS THIS LOVE” from Rhythms Del Mundo Africa

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2013-02-08 Mali Music + Aja Salvatore interview

Brothers in Bamako, MaliMusic from a nation in turmoil. A hijacked rebellion now finds the rebels turning against their former Islamist allies as the latter try to ban music, culture, tolerance, fun, and other things that have always made Mali, Mali. For clearer and more detailed explanations of the conflict, see this. And for the impact on musicians, check out this.

This show celebrates the music of Malian musicians, particularly those from the North, currently the location of much of the strife. Musicians are among those calling for an end to the violence, as in the video “Voices United for Mali” spearheaded by Fatoumata Diawara. And we talked about the conditions in Mali with Aja Salvatore of Kanaga System Krush Records, who recently spent some time in the west African nation and is making a documentary on Malian musicians.

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2013-02-01 Global Beats & World Rhythms

hand-drummingThis week, a show celebrating diverse rhythms from all over the planet, from flamenco to bhangra to didgeridu. Plus some new releases and concert previews in hour 2. Happy listening, and have a great weekend.

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KAOS at 40

KAOS wolf howlSpin The Globe has been on KAOS for a long time, but not since the beginning. KAOS turns 40 this year, and is celebrating with a variety of events and outreach. You’ll find various KAOS folks at fairs, music sales, wine tastings, and right here in the radio station bringing you the great shows you love, including live performances such at the appearance by Brass Menazeri Balkan Brass Band this morning on Spin The Globe.

To make sure you don’t miss any of the fabulous happenings, keep an eye on the new KAOS blog. And if you’re a longtime fan or a past KAOS programmer, perhaps you have some old posters, recordings, or other station paraphernalia you could share with us. See the blog for how to submit things.

I’ll be digging through the STG archives, and contributing interviews and photos accumulated over the years. Watch for those on the blog. And if you have ideas about how KAOS should be celebrating, be sure to let the station know.

Here’s to the next 40 years of KAOS!

2013-01-25 Brass Menažeri, Live!

Brass Menazeri

Brass Menazeri (photo ©Scott Allan Stevens)

What a blast to be joined in the studio by Brass Menažeri as they start their farewell tour. Group leader/founder Peter Jaques is headed off to Greece to study music, and the band is calling it quits. But not before shows in Seattle, Vancouver BC, Olympia, Santa Cruz, and their home base of Oakland. If you’re on the West Coast, don’t miss your last chance to see these guys live! They joined us for a live studio set and a little conversation this week. Thanks to Nicki for engineering!

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