Rob Weisberg

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:

Glory to Women II: More Groundbreaking Musicians From Around the World

Friday, March 15, 2019

New Sounds
Some of these musicians play instruments or perform in traditional styles usually reserved for men. Here are innovators Asnakech Worku, Siti Amina, Marta Periera da Costa, and others.
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Glory to Women: Groundbreaking Musicians From Around the World

Friday, March 08, 2019

New Sounds
New Sounds highlights trailblazing musicians who happen to be women, some playing instruments traditionally reserved for men, all with remarkable stories. Here are just a few.
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Thursday, July 28, 2016

A play about chimpanzees can make actors go bananas. 



Friday, June 18, 2010

A new play, "Hominid," reenacts a violent incident that took place in a chimpanzee colony. Primate expert Frans de Waal and the play's actors describe what it took to stage a chimpanzee drama with a very human story. Produced by Philip Graitcer, with


100% Colombian

Friday, January 29, 2010

The buzz around Colombian music is growing, and the country's biggest rock band, Aterciopelados, is up for a Grammy this weekend. Studio 360's Rob Weisberg explains how Colombia's coolest pop draws on old traditions that used to be called "grandpa's music."


Colombian Music (Way) Beyond Shakira

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 ...

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A Winter Wonderland of World Music

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.

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Guitars Dominate in the Global Village

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.


Seasonal Sounds to Shake Up The Holidays

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 no...

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Seasonal Sounds to Shake Up The Holidays

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 ...



Friday, November 20, 2009

A new play, "Hominid," reenacts a violent incident that took place in a chimpanzee colony. Primate expert Frans de Waal and the play's actors describe what it took to stage a chimpanzee drama with a very human story. Produced by Philip Graitcer, with


The Season for African Music

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 ...



Friday, July 10, 2009

For hundreds of years, musicians from India and Pakistan have taken the poetry called ghazal and set it to music. The songs project such deep longing that you don’t need to know Urdu to feel the pain. Produced by Rob Weisberg

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Botswana's Big Break

Friday, May 08, 2009

"The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" finishes up its season on HBO this weekend. It's based on the mystery novel series by Alexander McCall Smith. Botswana music producer Solo B. tells Studio 360's Rob Weisberg about the musicians on the ...

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Global Dance Music Coming to New York

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:


Aha Moment: Rock Posters

Friday, March 06, 2009

Stephen Byram has created album covers for everyone from the Beastie Boys to jazz great Dave Douglas. As a child of the 1960s, Byram became seduced by rock n' roll poster art. Produced by Rob Weisberg.

Weigh in: Has a work of art changed your ...

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World Music Descends on NYC

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 ...


Aha Moment: Joe Boyd

Friday, December 26, 2008

Joe Boyd witnessed key moments in music history, like hiring Pink Floyd as a London house band, or helping Bob Dylan plug in his electric guitar at the Newport Folk Festival. Joe describes the fateful afternoon he decided to go into music. Produced by ...


Extra Golden

Friday, December 19, 2008

Extra Golden is an unusual collaboration of musicians from Western Kenya and the Eastern USA. They recorded their first CD in Kenya, on a laptop, in a bar. Studio 360's Rob Weisberg asks the motley crew about how they manage to mix ...


Red Hot +Rio

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 ...