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.
||How a 14-year-old girl is making Quechua cool in Peru — with music and lyrics from Michael Jackson||Renata Flores, an indigenous Peruvian, is also an Internet sensation. That happened after a video of her singing a Michael Jackson hit went viral. Flores wasn't singing the song in English or Spanish. Instead, she sang it in her native tongue, Quechua.||10/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The music scene in 21st century Dublin is changing — and this group is proof of that||Hare Squead is a hip-hop trio based in Dublin. They're first generation immigrants from Africa who happened to run into each other while skateboarding in Ireland's capital. Just two years later they're one of the hottest acts around.||10/8/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Flamenco was the soundtrack in this Armenian family||We have a story of a Flamenco musician in Los Angeles. But he's not Spanish ... he's Armenian. Vahagni's family left Armenia in September 1991, just a few weeks before the collapse of the Soviet Union.||9/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Is a verse about being in a psych ward too personal to be included in a new version of a song?||The song "Sweet Fanta Diallo (Adieu Soleil)" by the group Magic System caught my attention the other day. The band is from Ivory Coast. That's the same country where Alpha Blondy, the original singer of Sweet Fanta, is from. However, in Magic System's ver||9/4/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Saudi singer: People say, 'I hope you die, I hope you burn in hell, you're a slut.'||If you think it's hard to make it as a musician in the US, try Saudi Arabia. Music isn't officially illegal, but many Muslims there believe that music is forbidden — so not only are there no karaoke bars, but shredding that guitar solo might actually ge||8/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Reimagining 'Alice in Wonderland' as a hip-hop opera||A rabbit hole worth heading down? This Lebanese trumpet player has reworked the Lewis Carroll classic, setting it in modern France with a Malian beat.||8/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||JiHAE cares more about what's underneath — and it shows on her new record 'Illusion of You'||Seoul-born artist JiHAE's fourth record is worldly. And you can hear the maturity of her sound on the album titled "Illusion of You." It gets downright epic.||8/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Remembering Doudou Ndiaye Rose — a master who brought Senegalese drumming to the world||Doudou Ndiaye Rose was a master drummer from Senegal. And he played with the best of 'em — Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, the Rolling Stones, Josephine Baker. But perhaps his most personal performances were with his children and grandchildren, sometimes||8/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Upcoming elections in Haiti have politicians courting the 'King of Rabòday'||Haitian musician/producer Freshla is known as the King of Rabòday, a style of music he founded and whose roots are based in vodou. Freshla's also being courted by politicians who want his endorsement in this weekend's Parliamentary elections.||8/6/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||In exile, Zimo becomes Syria's pre-eminent Techno artist||Zimo is a Syrian techno and video artist living in exile in Lebanon. His real name is Samer Saem Eldahr and he calls his music project Hello Psychaleppo. From his home in Beirut, Zimo creates music and videos that pay homage to his homeland and city of Al||7/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||To this Ethiopian American singer, 'home is always in flux'||Ethiopian American musician Meklit Hadero talks about landing in Iowa, an ode to the Afro, and how her music is not so easily defined.||7/24/2015||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.
Not a pop station
This is not your average radio show to broadcast mind numbing music. This podcast provides knowledge behind the music and the global roots that it came from.
- Category: Music
- Language: English
- © 2015 Public Radio International. All rights reserved.