Rob Weisberg is the host of WFMU's Transpacific Sound Paradise, the New York area's "peerless world music show" (in the words of Time Out New York). In a given hour Rob might be playing a chanteuse, a Chinese pipa player, a Balkan-style accordionist, a Jewish American trumpeter and a Brazilian pianist.
Global Rhythm and Roots magazines have published his writing on world music, and he was profiled by the Greek music magazine Difono. Rob's stories have also aired on Global Village, Pacific Time, and The Next Big Thing. He works as an engineer and producer for WNYC.
Rob Weisberg appears in the following:
Friday, June 18, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Colombia has a very wide range of musical styles, reflecting the country's strong regional cultures and diverse roots - African, indigenous, and European. It's similar to Brazil, and that shows in the music. But I think many of us are more conscious of the richness of Brazilian music. Here are ...
Thursday, January 07, 2010
GlobalFest, the annual festival of world music, takes over Webster Hall this weekend. We've got picks for the best shows on all three stages, and beyond.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
As I was getting psyched to see the band Tinariwen for the third time, a friend said, "Yeah, Tinariwen. They’re great, but they just do the same thing over and over." But, oh, that thing they do. I just can’t get enough of it.
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Aren't you tired of all the same old treacly seasonal saccharine that is relentlessly pounded into our heads on tv commercials and in shopping malls? Here's some music that you may not have heard one (or two or ten) too many times - if at all.
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
It's only December First, but you might already be tired of the saccharine holiday music that plays relentlessly in shopping malls and doctors' offices. WNYC's Rob Weisberg has some suggestions for some worldly music that you may not have heard one, or two, or ten too many times before. He ...
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Summer is always a good time for world music fans, thanks to all the festivals and smaller events that bring in artists from abroad and bring local artists out from the woodwork.
This Saturday, there's an unusual convergence of great African music in the city.
WNYC's Rob Weisberg walks us through some ...
Friday, July 10, 2009
Friday, May 08, 2009
Saturday, May 02, 2009
The international success of the Anglo-Sri-Lankan rapper MIA and her producer Diplo has sparked the spread of new, hard-edged, world-music-infused dance music. And a lot of it is coming through New York this spring. WNYC's Rob Weisberg has this musical preview:
Friday, March 06, 2009
Friday, January 09, 2009
Sunday night at Webster Hall - it's New York's annual sneak peak at bands that could be on the verge of international fame. Global Fest brings together 12 world music acts on three stages.
And WNYC's Rob Weisberg has his picks for the best in the bunch, including this band, La ...
Friday, December 26, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Almost 20 years ago, the "Red Hot" organization came up with a strategy to raise awareness and money around HIV/AIDS prevention. They presented big benefit concerts and multi-cultural, multi-artist recording projects. The original album, Red Hot and Blue, featured pop singers taking on Cole Porter Songs. Starting tonight, BAM will ...
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Barack Obama wasn't just popular among the young; he was the favorite of musicians from around the world. WNYC's Rob Weisberg has this musical tribute.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
DJs spinning souped-up versions of old European folk songs have been drawing crowds in Europe and in the US for the past several years. A notoriously rowdy downtown club called Mehanata was the original focal point in New York. Now, the scene has spread to other places. This week, a ...
Thursday, July 03, 2008