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The shimmering sounds of the gamelan have fascinated and delighted Western visitors to Indonesia for half a millennium.
Amal al-Atrash (Arabic: آمال الأطرش)...better known by her stage name Asmahan (أسمهان Asmahān), was a Syrian singer and actress. Having immigrated to Egypt in childhood, her family knew the composer Dawood Hosni, and she sang the compositions of Mohamed El Qasabgi and Zakariyya Ahmad.
We've been ogling over Kara Van Malssen's Silk Road audio project for a while now, so it's about time we interrogated this internationally recognized sound archivist once and for all. If you haven't heard, Kara and her team of adventurers will be driving from the UK to Mongolia this summer as part of the Mongol Rally , and she'll be collecting sounds from every country in their path that she'll then curate into a series of audio pieces. What's this year's hot jam in Almaty, Kazakhstan?
April 5: Shankarmania! April 7 is the birthday of Ravi Shankar, the first he won’t be around to celebrate with us.
Ravid Kahalani Yemen Blues LGM/Global Lev In an interview for PRI’s The World, Yemen Blues spearhead Ravid Kahalani, an Israeli whose parents migrated from Yemen, explains the influence of Skip James, Blind Lemon Jefferson and others on his music, though you certainly wouldn’t necessarily know it from this disc.
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A few years ago while eating a taco I first heard the magnificent sound of brass band music from the Mexican state of Sinaloa. Immediately I bought a bunch of CDs and videos.
By Catalina Maria Johnson on February 24, 2011
A high-energy celebration of polyphonic rhythms, Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra unifies four percussion batteries into one distinct voice: North Indian tabla, Afro Cuban bata, Brazilian samba and West African djembe. They link the past and the present, the sacred and the secular with a symphonically textured fusion of traditional and contemporary drumming and choral compositions.
And the RCA Goes To...
This list, though not completely comprehensive, includes world music radio shows from all over the world.