PRI's The World: Global Hit
To listen to an audio podcast, mouse over the title and click Play. Open iTunes to download and subscribe to podcasts.
A daily spotlight on international musical artists and trends. Created by host Marco Werman, the Global Hit features interviews with musicians, critics and deejays around the globe.
||This is what happens when hip-hop collides with the War on Terrorism||Author Hisham Aidi talks with host Marco Werman about his new book "Rebel Music: Race, Empire and the New Muslim Youth Culture." Aidi critiques efforts by Western governments to use hip-hop and Sufi music to influence Muslim youth.||3/5/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||La Vida Boheme provides the soundtrack to Venezuela's protest movement||An album released by a Venezuelan band nearly a year ago is inspiring the growing protests in Venezuela. The group's lyrics seem to capture both the despair amidst the country's high crime, rising inflation and troubled economy and the hope for change.||3/4/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||How a Lebanese singer got a Hollywood gig singing 'White Rabbit' in 'American Hustle'||The version of Jefferson Airplane's classic psychedelic tune "White Rabbit" gets a new set of Arabic lyrics in the Oscar-nominated film "American Hustle." It's performed by a young Lebanese singer name Mayssa Karaa.||2/28/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Flamenco music legend Paco de Lucía dies at 66||The late Paco de Lucía was a legendary Flamenco guitarist. In 2012, de Lucía spoke to The World before a concert in Boston about his love of life on the road.||2/26/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Carnival celebrations are underway in Haiti, with a surprise band from Canada||Mardi Gras is not until next Tuesday. But if you're in Haiti, you could be forgiven for thinking that Carnival's been going on for several days already. Some of the popular Haitian acts are performing as well as Arcade Fire, one of the top alt-rock bands||2/25/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||A beloved Iranian singer releases a music video in support of gay rights||Googoosh is a well-know Iranian singer whose career in her country ended with the Islamic revolution in Iran. Now recording in the US, she has stirred controversy among Iranians around the world by releasing a music video on Valentine's Day that portrays||2/21/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Why this violinist wants to change the theme song to 'Game of Thrones'||Acclaimed violinist Lara St. John is an avid fan of "Game of Thrones." But episode after episode, she got fed up with the theme song which features a digitized cello. She came up with a solution to re-record the cello part of the theme and give it to HBO||2/19/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||'Japan's Beethoven' may not be deaf, and admits paying someone to write his music||Famed composer Mamoru Samuragochi, known as "Japan's Beethoven" because he claims to be deaf, has admitted that he paid a ghost writer to compose his music. And the ghost writer says Samuraghochi may not actually be deaf.||2/6/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||'Haiti Direct' is a new collection of dance tunes from the golden age||Record producer Fred Paul and band manager Ulrich Pierre Louis have released a new collection of Haitian dance music from 60s and 70s. It's a time machine called "Haiti Direct" and it will make you scratch your head.||2/5/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||For Christine Salem, it's percussion where she really feels like her soul||Christine Salem is a percussionist and she sings, too. But it's the percussion that, as she says, really feels like her soul.||2/3/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||What's 'forbidden' about this avant-Arabic ensemble from Vancouver?||10 Vancouver musicians from across this spectrum have gotten together to apply their chops to music from the Arabic-speaking world. The group is called Haram, an Arabic word meaning "sinful" or "forbidden." But, just what is forbidden about their music?||1/31/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||What would Genghis Khan rock to if he could? Mongolian folk metal||If Genghis Khan, founder of the Mongol empire and fearsome military leader, were alive today, what kind of tunes would he be listening to? A couple of Beijing-based Mongolian musicians say it would be their band playing Mongolian folk metal.||1/30/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||'RagaSON' is an album that fuses Indian ragas with Mexican Son Jarocho||We often showcase musicians who fuse the cultural styles to create a unique sound. This time we meet an American musician who combines his Indian music with sounds from Veracruz, Mexico.||1/29/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Pete Seeger woke up America with songs across several cultures||The late Pete Seeger wrote his own songs about politics and culture, and also covered Cuban folk songs, African spirituals and traditional Irish tunes.||1/28/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Daft Punk does something no other French music group has||Sunday night at the Grammys, Daft Punk was at the center of everything. The French musical duo, made mainstream by its summer hit Get Lucky, took home four Grammys, more than any French music group before it.||1/27/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Listen to a former Norwegian model's debut album of 'shoegaze' music||Carmen Villain was one of Norway's top models and she's just released her debut CD of art pop music, "Sleeper", and it is dreamy, brooding and hypnotic.||1/16/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Filipina caregiver in Israel rockets to fame on X-Factor||A Filipina caregiver, once part of a faceless crowd of foreign workers, surprised Israel by winning one of its most popular TV singing contests. She won the Israeli version of the popular show the X-Factor.||1/15/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||A blues singer spent 10 years in a North Vietnam prison for singing about love||During the US-Vietnam war, North Vietnam's government only allowed music that encouraged people to fight for the nation. And bluesy love songs were associated with South Vietnam and Americans. That's how a young musician ended up spending a decade in pris||1/14/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||This 18-year-old singer found her mentor in Azerbaijan and ended up on stage in London||For the past four years, the World Routes Academy has flown young British musicians all over the globe to mentor with masters of traditional music. 18-year-old singer Fidan Hajiyeva was a perfect candidate for the Academy.||1/10/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Congolese singer Baloji aims to change his country through music||Baloji was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and lived there until he turned seven. The country isn't particularly safe, and Baloji wants that to change. So he uses his music to promote that change.||1/9/14||Free||View In iTunes|
A Better Look At Today's World
This podcast is simply THE BEST one out there. Every weekday when this podcast comes out, you can hear different types of music from all around the world. They go to Africa, Asia, South America, Europe, and North America. Always it is a different mix of tunes. The hip-hop from Africa is completely different from the hip-hop in Europe, which is completely different from the hip-hop in South America. It is impossible to even compare one day's artists to the next, and what each song means for that country. By listening to this, you can better the way you look at the world, and better understand the different cultures of the world. Even for people who really don't find this interesting, try it. I thought this would be really bad, but if you give it 1 try, I guarantee you will like it.
The best podcast to find out about the world music
I learn about so many different kind of music and musicians around the world (and here in the US) through this program. It is simply the best.
This performance was very moving and varied. At times it sounded like a bird calling against a backdrop of native drums. At others is was a very Western guitar riff. I looooooooooooved it.
- Category: Music
- Language: English
- © Copyright 2013 Public Radio International. All rights reserved.