2020-07-10 Musical Collaborators + Ed Hanley interview

Ed Hanley’s short tabla film, Mushroom

We’ll focus on some of the most fascinating cross-cultural musical collaborations this week: South African meets India; Tuva meets Italy; Pakistan meets Canada; Senegal meets Wales. You get the idea. Plus an interview with Ed Hanley, who plays tabla with Autorickshaw and has a new short film out called Mushroom. (for a 50% off code to view “Mushroom,” visit STG on Facebook.) To view Ed’s photos of The Longest Train in India, click here.

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2020-07-03 Global Songs of Struggle and Liberation


July 4 marks Independence Day here in the USA, but some are still fighting for their liberation and a full recognition of their rights. Music of struggle, solidarity, and the inevitable triumph of liberty and justice for all.

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2020-06-26 Ethiopian Funk, Jazz, & Groove

Samuel Yirga

Ethiopia seems to be one of those countries with an outsized influence on the music of the world. From jazz to funk to reggae to other sounds, you’ll hear it from Ethiopian artists and foreign artists adopting Ethiopian elements.

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2020-06-19 Music of the Caribbean

June 20 marks the Summer Solstice for those of us in the north. And June 19 is the birthday of Jamaican guitarist Ernest Ranglin. Put them together and you get a show of great Caribbean music to usher in the summer.

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2020-06-12 Top 10 World Music Albums, June

Oumou Sangare – Acoustic

Hear a song from each of the best new global releases, plus other worldly sounds — new and old — in hour 2.

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2020-06-05 Honk@Home: World Brass & Street Band Music

Gangbe Brass Band

This weekend was supposed to usher in HonkFest West, an annual street party of brass bands, marching groups, drums, weirdos, and freaks. We may have to keep our weirdness at home (note: the fest is postponed, but not officially cancelled), but we can still march and dance to great music.

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2020-05-22 Songs of Better Days + Kobo Town Interview

Drew Gonsalves and Calypso Rose

We talk with Drew Gonsalves of Kobo Town about his music, and what he’s doing during lockdown. Also, we hear songs about brotherhood, togetherness, and unity. Why are there so many of these? Because we’re better together, clearly. Even if right now we have to stay a bit apart.

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2020-05-15 Top 10 World Music Albums

It’s week 9 of the stay-at-home situation here in Washington State, but there’s still enough global music flowing to compile a great Top 10 list. Hear a song from each of the top albums, plus other global music new and old.

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2020-05-08 Remembering Tony Allen, Master Drummer of Afrobeat

Tony Allen

Tony Oladipo Allen was born July 20, 1940 in Lagos, and over the next 79 years he would change the sound of drumming forever. While primarily known for the 15 years he spent as drummer and band leader with Fela Kuti, Tony Allen had a whole second career post-Fela. He not only released his own albums encompassing jazz, afrobeat, and electronica — he also collaborated with musicians ranging from Brazil’s Meta Meta to Jamaica’s Ernest Ranglin to American Jeff Mills to South Africa’s Hugh Masekela… and many more.

Tony Allen died in Paris, his home for many years, April 30 at age 79. This show is a remembrance and appreciation of his life and work. Helping put his music into context is Michael Veal, professor of ethnomusicology at Yale, leader of the Aqua Ife Big Band, and author of books including Fela: The Life And Times Of An African Musical Icon and Tony Allen: An Autobiography of the Master Drummer of Afrobeat.

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