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World Music Ports of Call

Friday, December 19, 2014

Listen to an hour of world music which takes us to Madagascar, to Poland, and the Reunion Islands in the Indian Ocean, and to various other ports of call.

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The Takeaway

Fela Kuti: Firebrand, Innovator, and Rebel

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Political firebrand, musical innovator, Nigerian folk-hero, rebel, and global icon: Fela Kuti was a figure eminently of his time and also someone who was entirely ahead of his time. The story of Fela Kuti's journey is the subject of a new documentary.

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New Sounds

Global Jewish Music

Friday, July 18, 2014

There's music from the expected places, like Brooklyn's Andy Statman, David Krakauer's Klezmer Madness, and some from very unexpected places. Hear Cuban-Jewish music from Roberto Rodriguez, and a DJ collaboration from Socalled, along with some Afrobeat-meets-Jewish Nigerian style arrangements of Jewish wordless songs of praise from Zion80.

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New Sounds

New Releases, August 2013 (Special Podcast)

Monday, January 13, 2014

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For this program, listen to a whole bevy of world music: from Madagascar, Ethiopia, Poland, and India, to name a few.

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New Sounds

New Releases, August 2013

Friday, August 30, 2013

It's the most wonderful time of the month!  For this program, John Schaefer presents the pick of the piles.  There's music from Madagascar, Ethiopia, Poland, and India, to name a few.  Listen to Malagasy blues from Lala Njava, somkething from Mulatu Astatke's latest featuring Fatoumata Diawara, and Polish folk music singers accompanying themselves with kitchen instruments.  There's also a brand-new selection from the forthcoming "Red Hot & Fela" compilation as done by members of TV on the Radio, Kronos Quartet, and Stuart Bogie, the musical director of the broadway show, "Fela!" And more. 

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New Sounds

Global Jewish Music

Thursday, April 04, 2013

For this New Sounds, hear arrangements of Jewish wordless songs of praise from around the world.  There’s Nigerian style Afrobeat, trancey jazz, Afro-cuban dance music, a DJ collaboration, and music from the Jewish people of Uganda.  A Fela Kuti-style band, led by guitarist Jon Madof does up the prayers that Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach set to music, and takes as its name “Zion80,” a nod to Fela’s “Nigeria 70/Africa 70.”

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Tony Allen

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Fela Kuti once said "without Tony Allen, there would be no Afrobeat." Catch the genre's second son at Le Poisson Rouge Wednesday night, and download his killer "Secret Agent" here.

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New Sounds

Giants of African New Music

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Hear works by some of the seminal figures in the development of the global phenomenon called Afropop on this New Sounds.  We'll listen to  greats by Fela Kuti, Franco, Tabuh Ley Rochereau, Mahlathini, Youssou N'Dour, and more.

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