PRI's The World: Global Hit
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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 Bosnian War survivor has a musical interpretation of the Sarajevo Haggadah||The Sarajevo Haggadah was written in the 14th century as an illustrated guide to the Passover seder. Bosnian-born composer and concert accordionist Merima Kljuco was inspired to turn the book, and its story, into a piece of music.||4/14/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Norway's Stian Westerhus provides a spacey guitar soundtrack for Scandanavian spring||Norway's Stian Westerhus does things with instruments you won't hear from anyone else.||4/9/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||How the conflict in Crimea influenced the Mississippi Delta Blues||In the late 19th century a composer in Ohio would unwittingly write a song about the Crimean War that would go on to influence the history of rock n' roll.||4/2/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||How three violin-wielding brothers mix their music with immigration politics||Three musical brothers from Veracruz are taking on the US immigration debate through song. Their fusion sound is mixed with immigration in their latest album||3/31/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Singer Ana Tijoux blends traditional 'altiplano' sounds with rap in the soundtrack of Chile's student protests||You might not have heard of altiplano music before, but Ana Tijoux, a French-Chilean singer, effortlessly melds the Andes highlands sounds with rap music on her new album Vengo.||3/28/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||There's a new kind of bossa nova coming from the group BossaCucaNova||Tom Schnabel from KCRW shares some of the music from a new CD by a group that is updating bossa nova.||3/27/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||James McMorrow's haunting rendition of a classic 1980s pop tune changed his life||James Vincent McMorrow is an Irish musician who gained attention for his stripped-down rendition of an American hit, some thirty years after it topped the charts.||3/25/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||This is a mashup you should hear — 'Happy' by Pharrell Williams meets Nigeria's Fela Kuti||DJ 100 Proof mashes up the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti and his politically-charged songs with Pharrell Williams' popular hit, "Happy."||3/21/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Brazilian Girls' Sabina Sciubba drops her new solo record 'Toujours'||Sabina Sciubba is known for fronting the New York dance band Brazilian Girls. Now the singer, with influences from Germany, Italy and France, goes solo with her album, "Toujours."||3/19/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Malawi's campaign against music piracy is trapping its own musicians||Efforts are underway in Malawi to crack down on music piracy. But for some homegrown musicians there, the crackdown might be worse than the actual piracy of their music.||3/18/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Afghan rockers of Kabul Dreams now dream of making it big in the US||Kabul Dreams played its first US concert at South by Southwest Thursday night.||3/13/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||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|
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.
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