2012-09-21 The Groove of Peace

UN International Day of Peace - the soundtrackThis week, a celebration of peace through global music. We’re celebrating the UN International Day of Peace (https://www.un.org/en/events/peaceday/). We also had a set celebrating a couple of birthdays of great African musicians. Both Nigeria’s King Sunny Ade and Zimbabwe’s Oliver Mtukudzi were born on Sept. 22 (different years). Have a peaceful week, and enjoy the music!

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2012-09-14 Top 10 Global CDs, September edition

Obo Addy at KAOS-fm, 2007

Obo Addy at KAOS-fm, 2007

Our usual joy at spinning global sounds for you was diminished this morning upon learning of the passing of Obo Addy. Born in Ghana, Addy became a master drummer at age 6, and more recently made his home in Portland, Oregon. He was at the center of so much performing, teaching, and cultural educating that it’s hard to imagine the world without him. Our best to his family and friends and students, and may he find new rhythms in the great beyond.

The show must go on, however, and we counted down the month’s Top 10 global CDs, most of them new entries since the last chart. Listen, explore, enjoy!

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2012-09-07 Choro Tomorrow Live! Brazilian Music Day! 13 Years of Spin The Globe!

Choro Tomorrow at KAOS

Choro Tomorrow live at KAOS

What a beautiful day for a celebration! Early September, and the forecast is for sun with a high of 86 degrees. Perfect for an on-air party celebrating STG’s 13th Anniversary and with Brazilian Music Day. We celebrated with a live performance from Olympia-based Choro Tomorrow and many other Brazilian sounds.

You’ve been an integral part of the show, whether you’ve been listening from the start back in 1999, or just tuned in this week. So thanks for listening, and I’m always eager to hear your feedback on the show or ideas for future shows.

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2012-08-31 Bumbershoot Preview + New Releases & more

Bumbershoot logoBumbershoot may not be your first stop for global music, filled as it tends to be with pop and rock acts. But it has enough this year to perk up the ears of the “world music” fan, including Ana Tijoux, Bombino, Debo Band, Omar Souleyman, and Cascadia ’10. Also of note are great New Orleans sounds from Soul Rebels and Rebirth Brass Band. Mix those in with some new releases, and son…you’ve got yourself a radio show!

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2012-08-24 Global Tango

tango dancersThis show was big fun, as we explored the sounds of tango worldwide, from traditional sounds represented by Piazzolla and Gardel, to global and cutting-edge versions of the Argentine musical form. I wasn’t able to get the requested Yiddish tango into the show, but we sure heard an otherwise wide variety of tunes. Plus a few new releases and show previews near the end of the show.

Wonder if they had this much fun a couple weeks ago at the Tango at the Fountain dance here in Olympia?

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2012-08-17 Global Songs about Animals

Dancing Hippos - global music about animalsOn my bike ride to the radio station this morning, I passed a doe and two fawns, and a death-defying squirrel. It was an interesting prelude to this show, which featured music from all over the planet about animals, domesticated, wild, even imaginary.

Thanks for the calls and requests — I was unable to find a couple requested songs in the KAOS library, but hope you’ll find something engaging in the playlist. There’s something there for lovers of dogs, cats, dragons, chickens, even elephants.

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2012-08-10 Global Soundtrack for Your Summer BBQ

It’s FINALLY summer here in the Pacific Northwest, with some sustained sun and warmth. So we’re providing an upbeat, summery soundtrack of music to go with your BBQ, pool party, or just lazing around soaking in the season. This week we include music from Angelique Kidjo, Rachid Taha, The Bollywood Brass Band, Ba Cissoko, Freshlyground, Zap Mama, and many more. Enjoy, and have a great weekend. World Music for summertime

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2012-08-03 Back to Brazil

brazil luiz gonzaga forro musicianThe Brazil women’s soccer team may be out of the Olympics, but that won’t put a damper on this Sunday’s Brasilfest at the Seattle Center… and it didn’t rain on this radio show either. We heard all manner of Brazilian music, from forro to funk, for some two-thirds of the show. Plus new releases and more in hour 2.

It’s gonna be a sizzling weekend (’bout time!) here in Cascadia. Stay cool … and as always, live locally and groove globally until next Friday’s show.

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2012-07-27 Baka Beyond live at KAOS

Baka Beyond performing live at KAOS-fm on Spin The Globe

Baka Beyond performing live at KAOS-fm on Spin The Globe

What a delight to have Baka Beyond live in the KAOS performance studio for a live set during this show! The band just flew in from the UK, and kicks off a mini-tour of the western USA, with stops in Washington, Oregon, and California in coming days.

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Hour 1
Chris Berry & the Bayaka of Yandoumbe
“Congo Beat (feat. Eluka, Singa & Bomenge)” from Oka!

Bibi Tanga & The Selenites “Banda a Gui Koua” from 40º of Sunshine

Orchestre Super Borgou de Parakou “A Na Gan Garo Ka Nam” from The Bariba Sound

The Brave “Derviche” from Moroccan Spirit

Balkan Beat Box “Smatron” from Blue Eyed Black Boy

Niyaz “Vafa” from Sumud

Ba Cissoko “Politiki (feat. Ibrahima Kourou, Abdoulaye Kouyate, Alhassane Camara, Laurent Rigaud ‘Samba’, Ava Saty Marching Band)” from Nimissa

Ozomatli “Love & Hope” from Street Signs

Debo Band “Yekefer Wegagene” from Debo Band

Carla Hassett “Janela” from Círculo

Sylvain Leroux “Oxossi” from Quatour Creole

Mahube “Oxam” from Music from Southern Africa

Hour 2
Baka Pygmy Women
“Sakwe Ngombi” from Baka in the Forest

Set break — Baka Beyond – live in the KAOS performance studio

Baka Beyond “Together Again” from Baka Beyond the Forest

Andy Statman “Mah Yedidus (How Beloved Is Your Rest)” from Old Brooklyn

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars “Global Threat” from Rise & Shine

2012-07-20 Leni Stern interview + July Top 10

Leni Stern

Leni Stern

We counted down the best new global sounds from the July Spin The Globe / SoundRoots Top 10 chart this week, with a break in the middle for a fascinating conversation with guitarist Leni Stern, who has recently found a great groove in collaborating with West African musicians. She’s currently on tour as well.

If you’re around the Olympia area this weekend, be sure to drop by the KAOS booth at Lakefair. I’ll be down there this afternoon, and would love to talk with you about global music. Or drop me a line here with any show comments or suggestions.

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