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West and Central Africa

Friday, April 10, 2015

Today's New Sounds features contemporary music from West and Central Africa. Traditional African rhythms combine with creative uses of semi-broken electronics, and energetic choruses.

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Studio 360

Songhoy Blues: Music in Exile

Thursday, April 09, 2015

In Northern Mali, Islamic extremists drove musicians from their homes in a movement against art. But a band that formed in exile made amazing music anyway. 

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New Sounds

New Music from Mali

Friday, January 23, 2015

Listen to music from Mali, mostly recordings from 2012, featuring Rokia Traoré, Sidi Touré, Amadou & Mariam with members of TV on the Radio, the group Tamikrest, and more.

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New Sounds

With The Touré-Raichel Collective

Monday, November 24, 2014

For this New Sounds, hear performances by Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré and Israeli pianist Idan Raichel, known as the Touré-Raichel Collective, plus other global acoustic music.

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New Sounds

Songs for Peace, From Mali

Friday, October 24, 2014

On this edition of New Sounds, hear politically-inspired music from Mali, including music from Vieux Farka Touré’s album “Mon Pays,” the collective 'Voices United for Mali', & more.

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PRI's The World

They'll never admit it, but many countries pay ransoms to get their hostages back

Thursday, August 21, 2014

If you're being held hostage by terrorists overseas and you're French or Spanish, there's a good chance your government will find a way to free you — by paying a ransom through indirect means. If you're American or British, your best bet is to try and escape — or hope for a daring military raid.

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New Sounds

African Crossover Music

Monday, August 11, 2014

For this New Sounds, listen to musicians from Belgium, Switzerland, the U.K., and Italy working together with musicians living in Kenya, Senegal, Mali, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso.  Hear the late American slide guitarist Bob Brozman working together with Guinean kora player Djeli Moussa Diawara from a record called “Ocean Blues.” Then there’s music from another American guitarist Ry Cooder, collaborating with the late great Malian guitarist Ali Farka Toure, along with some Saharan desert blues from Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara.

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New Sounds

Music from Sub-Saharan Africa

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Listen to music from Niger, Mali, Senegal and Uganda on this New Sounds program.  Hear selections from “Delicious Peace,” a new collection of songs by the Peace Kawomera (“Delicious Peace”) interfaith fair trade coffee farmers from Uganda.  The songs, each sung in the regional language, are about the economic benefits of growing coffee, to the importance of peace among different regions, encouraging neighbors to join the cooperative and teaching methods for producing higher quality coffee. Rather than being harvest songs, these are performed at community gatherings, at meetings of the cooperative, and at wedding receptions of members.  

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New Sounds

Global Acoustic Music

Saturday, May 10, 2014

For this New Sounds, we’ll hear some global acoustic works from the Touré-Raichel Collective.  It’s a collaboration between Malian musician Vieux Farka Touré and Israeli producer/keyboardist Idan Raichel which came about following a concert in Tel Aviv.  The results are stunning and elegant conversations between guitar (Touré) and piano (Raichel), where the strings of the piano are sometimes plucked like a harp or kora.  The songs are anchored by Israeli bassist Yossi Fine and Malian calabash player Souleymane Kane.

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New Sounds

December 2013 New Releases

Thursday, January 02, 2014

For this New Sounds, John Schaefer sifts through the avalanche of CDs stacked dangerously in his office to find a sampling of new releases worthy of showcasing in tonight's New Sounds program.  Also, he'll cull through the digital offerings and look back at some of the things that came out during 2013 that might have gone unnoticed on the chaos that is his desk, and ahead to some of the things that 2014 holds.

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New Sounds

New Music from West Africa

Saturday, October 12, 2013

For this New Sounds, hear some loping Tamashek guitar music from the brand new record, "Aratan N Azawad" by the North Malian band, Terakaft, and some new music from the South Malian Vieux Farka Touré, with his father, Ali Farka Toure.  Then take a listen to some jazzy big band music from Volker Goetze, featuring  Ablaye Cissoko on kora.

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New Sounds

New Music from Mali

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

This New Sounds program presents music from Mali, but focuses on recordings from 2012 (mostly), the year when the country was split by civil war & the Islamist takeover of the north; and the subsequent intervention by the French army and neighboring countries.  Despite this period of violence, and the ban on music due to strict interpretation of Sharia law in the northern part of the country, there has been a whole bunch of incredible music, both imbued with defiance, and straight pleas for peace, making its way out of Mali. Hear new music from Rokia Traoré, who has temporarily relocated to Paris for the safety of her young son, during the Malian conflict.  Also, listen to a prayer for peace from guitarist /singer/songwriter Sidi Touré (who is appearing this Saturday, 10/5 at BAM Cafe).

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New Sounds

Vincent Segal & Ballake Sissoko

Monday, September 02, 2013

“Chamber Music,” the quietly elegant record from Ballaké Sissoko, who plays the traditional kora, a lute-harp from Mali, and Vincent Ségal, the French cellist who plays for the trip-hop band Bumcello, came about because Sissoko approached Segal after a Chocolate Genius show.  Following improvisatory leads, they wrote intimate and warm global chamber music, which sounds like it came about in the still of the night.

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New Sounds

Songs for Peace, From Mali

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

On this edition of New Sounds, hear politically-inspired music from Mali speaking out against the old government as well as in response to the ongoing situation in the north;  the 2012 nationalist uprising, subsequent Islamist takeover and most recent French intervention in January of 2013.  With the takeover in the north, the hardline fundamentalists imposed sharia law, banning music (including the annual Festival in the Desert), yet that hasn’t stopped many musicians from singing, playing, and speaking out for peace and freedom. 

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New Sounds

New Releases, May 2013

Friday, May 31, 2013

It's that time of the month again for the new releases show on New Sounds. John Schaefer carefully separates the wheat from the chaff for this show.  He'll sort through the stacks of new CDs, the strange Soundcloud free-associations, and the highly anticipated digital submissions which have come across his desk and into his inbox over the past month to present some of the finest new releases. He'll skim off the cream. He'll pick the lentils from the ashes. You get it.

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New Sounds

A Weave of Musical Cultures

Monday, May 27, 2013

For this New Sounds, we’ll hear a collaboration between two giants - Bill Frisell and Brazilian singer/songwriter/guitarist/percussionist Vinicius Cantuaria - which melds traditional Latin rhythms with loops and improvisational jazz.  There’s also music from global musician composer/DJ/tabla-playing/producer Karsh Kale.  Plus, hear Afro-Indian sounds from Trilok Gurtu & the Frikyiwa Family who combine south-Malian percussive styles with the rhythmic influences of Gurtu’s Indian heritage.  And much more.

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New Sounds

African Crossover Music

Friday, April 26, 2013

For this New Sounds, listen to musicians from Belgium, Switzerland, the U.K., and Italy working together with musicians living in Kenya, Senegal, Mali, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso.  Hear the late American slide guitarist Bob Brozman (he passed too soon, on April 24, at the age of 59) working together with Guinean kora player Djeli Moussa Diawara from a record called “Ocean Blues.” Then there’s music from another American guitarist Ry Cooder, collaborating with the late great Malian guitarist Ali Farka Toure, along with some Saharan desert blues from Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara. 

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New Sounds

Global Acoustic Music

Monday, April 22, 2013

For this New Sounds, we’ll hear some global acoustic works from the Touré-Raichel Collective.  It’s a collaboration between Malian musician Vieux Farka Touré and Israeli producer/keyboardist Idan Raichel which came about following a concert in Tel Aviv.  The results are stunning and elegant conversations between guitar (Touré) and piano (Raichel), where the strings of the piano are sometimes plucked like a harp or kora.  The songs are anchored by Israeli bassist Yossi Fine and Malian calabash player Souleymane Kane. 

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New Sounds

Music from Sub-Saharan Africa

Friday, April 05, 2013

Listen to music from Niger, Mali, Senegal and Uganda on this New Sounds program.  Hear selections from “Delicious Peace,” a new collection of songs by the Peace Kawomera (“Delicious Peace”) interfaith fair trade coffee farmers from Uganda.  The songs, each sung in the regional language, are about the economic benefits of growing coffee, to the importance of peace among different regions, encouraging neighbors to join the cooperative and teaching methods for producing higher quality coffee. Rather than being harvest songs, these are performed at community gatherings, at meetings of the cooperative, and at wedding receptions of members.  Enjoy “Get Up and Grow Coffee!” as a free download on our blog

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Soundcheck

A Modern Revolution: Hip Hop Shines Over The Arab Spring

Monday, March 18, 2013

As the Arab Spring echoed throughout the Near East and North Africa, rappers led the way in Egypt, Tunisia, and even in Mali. Two of the leading musicians, Deeb, from Egypt and Amkoullel, from Mali, join us in the studio for a discussion about the importance of their music to their respective countries — and to perform a few songs.

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