Friday, November 17, 2017

Worse than the Vandals and Vikings Combined: Gaelic Storm and "Girls' Night in Galway"



Gaelic Storm performs today's random song called Girls' Night in Galway. Gaelic Storm is an American Irish band formed in 1997 in Santa Monica, California. They play traditional Irish and Scottish music, as well as original music in the Celtic and Celtic rock genres. Gaelic Storm got a huge break in 1997 when they were cast as the steerage band in the blockbuster movie Titanic. They have burnished their resume by touring aggressively and adding new instrumentation to their ensemble, such as Uileann, Highland and Deger (electronic) bagpipes. Girls' Night in Galway can be found on their 2015 album Matching Sweaters. The song is a warning to those who would be out on the town in Galway when the girls are out and about.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Folk Rock Gold: Trad.Attack! and "Kullakarva"


Our random tune for today is by Trad.Attack!, an innovative band from Estonia that starts from a base of Estonian traditional folk songs and adds modern rock and pop influences as well as looping of past voices in Estonian music and culture. Trad.Attack! is a multi-year multiple winner of the Estonian Music Awards. Formed in 2013, the band has a goal of performing in every country in the world. At last count they were up to 31. You can find this song, Kullakarva (Shimmer Gold), as the title song on their 2017 CD of the same name. Apparently, Bandcamp defaults to another song, so if you want to hear Kullakarva skip ahead to track 12...however, this is a very nice album in its entirety.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

She Loves Him: Nancy Ajram and "Yalla"



Today's random tune is by Nancy Ajram. From Lebanon and born into an Eastern Orthodox tradition in Beirut, she is a singer, multi-platinum recording artist and a three-time winner of the World Music Awards. She is one of the best-selling Middle Eastern artists of all time, with over 30 million records sold worldwide. She began singing at eight years old and soon began participating in contests. After studying music in her early teens, she released a couple of albums in the late 90s and early 2000's, but her big breakthrough came when she signed a contract in 2002 with noted Lebanese producer Jiji Lamara, who began to move her away from her "decent girl" image. The rest is history. This song, Yalla, can be found on her 2014 album Nancy 8.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Hands On: Family Atlantica and "Manicero"



Family Atlantica performs today's random tune, called Manicero. Family Atlantica is a band that spans an ocean and two continents, South America and Africa, building on African rhythms that came to South America through slavery and colonization. Those rhythms helped build Latin music, and later Latin music went back across the Atlantic to inspire African musicians in the 20th century and today. Listening to the band, you will hear echoes of Cuban rumba, Venezuelan tambor (a dance music) and tonada, Ghanaian highlife, calypso and even Ethiopian blues (a melancholy style of music). Manicero can be found on their 2013 album Family Atlantica.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Monday, November 13, 2017

A Little Like Clapton: Bidinte and "Ke Cu Minio Na Tchora"



Our random song for today is sung by Bidinte (originally born Jorge Da Silva Bidinite). From Guinea-Bissau, he is considered one of West Africa's top singer-songwriters and his music is inflected with flamenco, Guinean gumbe and Afro-Portuguese rhythms. A self-taught guitarist, he formed a band after meeting several musicians at a conference in Lisbon, Portugal in 1988 but it was in Madrid, Spain where he fell in love with the intricacies of flamenco. You can find this song, Ke Cu Minio Na Tchora, on his 1998 album Kumura, and on the various artists compilation Putumayo Presents: African Odyssey (2001).

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Eagle Feather: Samian and "La Plume d'Aigle"



Canadian rapper Samian brings us the random tune for today, called La Plume d'Aigle. Performing in both French and Algonquian, Samian is a member of the Abitibiwinni First Nation who was first noticed in 2004 after participating in a film project and performing onstage with the Quebecois hip hop group Loco Locass. He has won awards for his music, has acted in two films and has released three albums. La Plume d'Aigle can be found on his 2013 album Face à la Musique.

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

No Cop Out: Vieux Farka Touré and Julie Easterlin with "Took My Brother Down"



Took My Brother Down, today's random song, is performed by Malian musician Vieux Farka Touré and American singer-songwriter Julia Easterlin. A Malian singer and guitarist. Touré first took up guitar in secret because his father disapproved and enrolled in the National Institute of the Arts in Bamako. He released his first album in 2005 after getting permission from his father and the great Malian musician Toumani Diabaté He has since released seven albums and has collaborated with other musicians from around the world, including Israeli Idan Raichel in the Touré-Raichel Collective. Julia Easterlin, now performing under the name of Hite, has been described by the Boston Globe as a one-woman a capella group due to her use of a looping machine that allows her to layer her own voice. Her musical style includes jazz, gospel and Southern folk, and she lists Björk and Philip Glass as influences on her music. Took My Brother Down can be found on Easterlin's and Touré's album Touristes (2015).

The song is very current, given the number of police shootings in our country in recent years.

I heard you took my brother down
Like a beast his blood was found
Along the road to the edge of town
With all the sirens blaring

I've since heard tell his empty hands
Were raised above his head
Just when the shots rang out
And through his skin the metal went a-blazin'

A hole shot in the corporal wall
The shattered bone and then the fall
From citizen to matrydom
The people all a-glaring

And when his head did hit the earth
Were you reminded of his birth
Descending to his country
With ___ and hope abounding

But you're a man of principle
Of boundaries that are quite simple
And you start to get like a bomb
When the right people rub you wrong

And if you call it self-defense
Then you will bear no consequence
You put my brother in the ground
And who's gonna defend him now

I heard you took my brother down
Just a boy, his blood was found
Along the road to the edge of town
The people all a-starin'

I've since heard tell you've been set free
You're settled in your certainty
But honey I just don't believe
You've got it figured out.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Hear Them Grow: Lo' Jo and "Noisy Flower"



Lo'Jo, a French band that performs songs drawing from world music, gipsy music, North African music and French folk songs, brings us the random tune for today. Lo'Jo began in 1982 in the French city of Angers and performed locally for several years - with a rotating cast of band members and alongside acrobats, street actors, mimes and dancers. They became known worldwide in the 1990s after touring around Europe and appearing in New York City. In 1995 they solidified their lineup by adding Berber musicians Yamina Nid El Mourid and her sister Nadia - which opened the band to influences from North African music. This song, Noisy Flower, can be found on their 2017 album Fonetiq Flowers.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

You Should: Liber Terán and "Irme o Quedarme"



Our random tune for today is a cover of a Clash tune that you will recognize, and is performed by Liber Terán. Liber Terán is a founding member and former lead singer and guitarist of the Mexican band Los de Abajo, which focused on Latin ska, rock, salsa. reggae, cumbia, Son Jarocho and banda sinaloense. As a solo artist, Terán has expanded his repertoire to explore classic rock and roll and Balkan influences. You can find this song, Irme o Quedarme, on his 2008 CD El Gitano Western.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Fool Me Once: Old Blind Dogs and "The Wisest Fool"



Today's random song is called The Wisest Fool and is performed by the Old Blind Dogs. Old Blind Dogs were formed in 1990 when the three founding members met on a "buskers holiday" in the Scottish Highlands. The band was originally distinctive as it represented the music and traditions of Northeastern Scotland and sang in the dialect of Aberdeen and the region. The band focuses on traditional Scottish and Celtic music, with influences from rock, reggae, jazz, blues and Middle Eastern rhythms. The Wisest Fool can be found on their 2006 CD The Gab o Mey, and in this live version on their 2005 CD Old Blind Dogs Play Live. The song is about James VI of Scotland, later to become James I of England.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Fleeting Birds: Tish Hinojosa and "Las Golondrinas"



Tish Hinojosa, a south Texas Mexican-American singer-songwriter, brings us the random tune for today. Originally from San Antonio, Hinojosa sings traditional Mexican folksongs and her own compositions in both Spanish and English. She accompanies herself on guitar, playing right-handed even though she is naturally left-handed. This song, Las Golondrinas (The Swallows), can be found on her 1995 album Frontejas.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Two by Two: Thornato with Kongo Elektro and "Deux a Deux"



Today's upbeat song, Deux a Deux, is by Thornato and features Kongo Elektro. Thornato is the stage name of Swedish/American producer Thor Partridge, who has produced sought-after remixes and artists in countries as various as India (for Bollywood), South Africa, Colombia and Kenya. He also toured extensively with Oakland-based Beats Antique. He is joined on Deux a Deux by Kongo Elektro, a duo consisting of American/South African musician Daniel Eppel and Congolese/South African musician Mapumba Cilombo, who bill themselves as reinventing African dance music through electronic soukous and live looping. You can hear Deux a Deux on Thornato's 2017 album Bennu, released by Wonderwheel Recordings.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

She's a Crossfire Hurricane: Chaweewan Dumnern and "Sao Lam Plearn"



How about some Thai psychedelic spice for your random tune? Today's song, Sao Lam Plearn, is sung by Chaweewan Dumnern. There isn't much information on her other than she was born in Thailand in 1945, she sings Thai Molam, which is actually a Laotian form of flexible music that is tailored around the words of a text, and in its modern form is composed (rather than adapting already written poetry) and played with electric instruments. In 1993 Chaweewan Dumnern was named one of Thailand's National Artists. You'll recognize the guitar riff of this tune, though I don't think she has translated the original words into Thai but has put new ones to the song. You can find Sao Lam Plearn on the various artists compilation album Sound of Siam - Leftfield Luk Thung, Jazz & Molam in Thailand 1964-1975, released in 2010.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

She Took the Risk: Byrne and Kelly with "The Rag Man"



Today's random song is called The Rag Man, by Byrne and Kelly. Members of the popular Irish music group Celtic Thunder, Neil Byrne (from County Wicklow) and Ryan Kelly (from County Tyrone) put together a set of acoustic shows in 2012 and that led to their continuing as a duo. They combine traditional Irish and Americana music to get something that still feels like folk but has a bit of a difference. Their efforts were rewarded by the Irish Music Association in 2013 when they were named Best Duo in a Concert, Pub or Festival and awarded Best New Album for Acoustically Irish. You can find The Rag Man on their 2016 release Echoes. The song is about a woman who gives up her life to join a wandering rag man, who gets her pregnant and leaves her with the fire still burning in her heart.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Green Willow for a Year: The Poor Clares and "All Around My Hat"



The Poor Clares, an Irish band formed in New Orleans in 1993, sings today's random tune, called All Around My Hat. The Poor Clares, upon establishment, had an auspicious debut at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (Jazz Fest). They were not the typical Irish band, mixing their own compositions in with traditional Irish music and also throwing in some New Orleans jazz and Cajun music as well. After one of their founding members, Beth Patterson, left the group, they reformed under the name Re Mor (Gaelic for Big Easy). You can find All Around My Hat on their 1996 album Resurrected Lover. You can hear some of their unique sound in this funky take on an English traditional song from the 19th century.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Gypsy Brass: Mahala Raï Banda and "Colindat"



Romanian group Mahala Raï Banda brings us the random tune for today. Mahala Raï Banda is a gypsy band based in Bucharest, Romania. Formed by violinist and composer Aurel Ionita, the band plays in several styles and genres. They are often cited for their innovative and inventive arrangements that position them at the intersection between traditional popular music and club oriented music. They have played over 200 concerts in 26 countries and they have released at least two albums. Their music was featured in the movie Borat. This song, Colindat, can be found on their debut album Mahala Raï Banda, released in 2005.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Salsamuffin: Sergent Garcia and "Mi Ultima Voluntad"



Today's random tune is by Sergent Garcia, a band formed around French singer and guitarist Bruno Garcia, formerly guitarist for punk band Ludwig von 88. The band combines cumbia, reggae, salsa, raggamuffin, and rock into a style of music that they have termed "salsamuffin." The band's name is inspired by a character that is frequently ridiculed by the hero Zorro. There isn't much more information on the band or on the person, but you can find this song, Mi Ultima Voluntad, on their 2003 album La Semilla Escondida, and on the various artists compilation Putumayo Presents: Nuevo Latino.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

A Passing Fancy: Luca Mundaca and "Há Dias"



Our random tune for today is by Luca Mundaca, a Brazilian singer-songwriter, composer and arranger who won the 2008 Independent Music Award in the world fusion category. Now living in New York, she has been praised for her songs that polish the melodic roots of Brazil with a contemporary buff to create modern gems. She has also been praised for the emotion and intimacy present in her voice, adding poignancy to her brilliant melodies and profound lyrics. You can find this song, Há Dias, on her 2007 album Day by Day and on the compilation CD Putumayo Presents: Brazilian Lounge (2006).

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Just One: Rhany and "Un Mot de Toi"



Today's song is performed by Cheb Rhany Kabbadj, also known simply as Rhany. The song is called Un Mot de Toi (A Word from You). Originally from Morocco, Rhany is a singer and guitarist who was born to a Moroccan flute-playing father and an Algerian mother. Before living permanently in Morocco, he lived in Tunisia, Paris and the United States. His music is a blend from all of his travels, and includes elements of Cuban, Maghrebi, Latin, Spanish and Hindi styles. You can find Un Mot de Toi on the various artists compilation Putumayo Presents: North African Groove (2005).

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Sisterly: Gjallarhorn and "Systrarna (The Sisters)"



Our random tune for today is from Gjallarhorn. Gjallarhorn was formed in 1994 in a Swedish-speaking portion of Finland and performs world music based in the folk music and traditions of that region. As such, their music tends to be Swedish in nature, but based in acoustic folk music unique to the Ostrobothnian area. Gjallorhorn is also known for their use of the hardanger fiddle, an eight or nine string violin (as compared to four strings on a standard violin), and lead singer Jenny Wilhelm's singing technique called kulning, a technique based on Scandinavian cattle herding calls consisting of high pitched wordless tones designed to be heard over long distances. The band's name derives from the name of the horn of the Norse god Heimdallr, who blows the Gjallarhorn signaling the last battle of the Norse gods. This song, Systrarna (The Sisters), can be found on their 2006 release Rimfaxe.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Putting the Fun in Funaná: Zeca Di Nha Reinalda, João Cirilio and Blick Tchutchy with "Tchon Di Massa Pé"



Today's random tune is Tchon Di Massa Pé by Zeca Di Nha Reinalda, João Cirilio and Blick Tchutchy. Zeca Di Nha Reinalda, born Emmanuel Dias Fernandes, is a Cape Verdean who started his solo career in 1995 and specializes in a type of Cape Verdean music called funaná - he is known as the King of Funaná - which is considered the most upbeat music genre in Cape Verde with rhythms provided by the ferrinho, the saw and the güiro. I couldn't find any information on João Cirilio but assume he is also Cape Verdean, and Blick Tchutchy is a Cape Verdean musician currently living in France. You can find Tchon Di Massa Pé on the compilation album Putumayo Presents: Cape Verde (1999).

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Friday, October 27, 2017

The King of France: Françoise Atlan & l'Orchestre Arabo-Andalou de Fès with "El Rey de Francia/Qod niltou hibbi"



Our random song is by Françoise Atlan, a French singer born into a Sephardic Jewish family. She undertook musical studies, eventually finishing with degrees from St. Etienne and Aix-en-Provence conservatories. She has a natural voice, and is known for singing "nawbas" usually reserved for male singers. She has performed solo and in groups, notably with the group Aksak that concentrated on Turkish, Greek and Armenian songs. As a solo artist, she is considered one of the best performers of Sephardic romance songs. She is joined on the recording by Mohammed Briouel and his L'Orchestre Arabo-Andalou de Fes. Briouel is a Moroccan musician who focuses on Arab-Muslim music and Sephardic music. You can find this song, El Rey de Francia/Qod niltou hibbi, on the 2003 album Andalussyat, which explores the different types of music in Andalusia in Moorish Spain.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Rapping Ukraine: DakhaBrakha and "Karpatskyi rep"



ДахаБраха, or DakhaBrakha, brings us our random tune for today, called Карпатський реп, or Karpatskyi rep, or Carpathian Rap. A band from Ukraine, they present avant-garde music in the styles of several different areas of the world, including the Ukraine, India, Arabia, Africa, Russia and Australia, complete with instrumentation from those areas. DakhaBrakha's name is a combination of two Ukrainian words meaning "give" and "take." All the groups members are graduates of the Kiev National University of Culture and Arts, and DakhaBrakha was originally a project of the avant-garde theater project called Dakh. This theatricality is embodied in their shows, including their on-stage costuming. Karpatskyi rep can be found on their 2014 album Light.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Affairs at the Fair: Cathie Ryan and "A Mhaithrin, A'Leigfea 'Un An Aonaigh Me?"



Our tune for today is by Cathie Ryan, an Irish-American native of Detroit, Michigan who was exposed early to Irish musicians such as Tommy Makem and the Clancy Brothers, as well as American musicians such as Johnny Cash, Jim Reeves and Hank Williams. In her childhood she idolized her father, a tenor, who taught her how to interpret and honor songs by knowing their histories and contexts. She was also exposed to the music of Appalachia from neighbors who had migrated to Michigan to work in the auto factories and she gained an appreciation for the likes of Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline, as well as the local music out of Motown. Moving to New York, she learned more about traditional Irish music from her then husband singer-songwriter Dermot Henry and mentor Joe Heaney. After graduating from CUNY with a degree in English Literature and Secondary Education, she began teaching at Lehmann College in the Bronx, but left the classroom behind as her singing career began to blossom. She still continues to teach workshops in traditional Irish singing and Irish mythology and folklore. This song, A Mhaithrin, A'Leigfea 'Un An Aonaigh Me?, can be found on her 1998 album The Music of What Happens. The song is the plea of a young girl to her mother, begging her mother to let her go to the fair so that she can see her love, the shoemaker, and the mother denying the girl's request.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Groovin': Mickey Hart and Zakir Hussain with "Under One Groove"



Today's random tune is by Mickey Hart and Zakir Hussain. Mickey Hart is an American percussionist who was one of two drummers for the Grateful Dead, and who has been very influential on the global music stage as an archivist, recording global musical traditions on the edge of extinction. Zakir Hussain is an Indian tabla player, producer, actor and composer who has won many awards in both India and the US. Hart recorded an album called Planet Drum in 1991 on which Hussain was a featured performer. In 2007, both drummers along with Nigerian percussionist Sikiru Adepoju and Puerto Rican percussionist Giovanni Hidalgo released Global Drum Project to great acclaim and backed it up with a successful world tour. You can find this song, Under One Groove, on the album Global Drum Project.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Monday, October 23, 2017

A Beautiful Loom: Moya Brennan and "Tapestry"



Moya Brennan sings today's random tune, called Tapestry. A native to Ireland, Brennan comes from a musical family (one of her sisters, Eithne, is better known as the singer Enya) and the family's band Clannad have been credited with creating the contemporary Celtic sound. Brennan is the eldest of the siblings, and started her own solo career in 1992. She is often classified as Celtic or New Age, though she feels uncomfortable with the New Age label as her music often has Christian themes. She has recorded 25 solo albums, her music has been featured in film, and she has collaborated with numerous other musicians in a variety of genres. She has also been very candid about her life - in her autobiography The Other Side of the Rainbow she recounts her upbringing in her family and her struggles with alcohol, drugs and an abortion which made her reevaluate her life and become a committed Christian. To help others with similar problems, she has given much to philanthropic endeavors and is a Goodwill Ambassador for the Christian Blind Mission. Tapestry can be found on her album Signature (2006) and on the 2011 live album Heart Strings. The song compares Irish art, music, as a weaving together of a tapestry of silver and gold.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Hassan's Got Chops: Balkan Beat Box featuring Hassan ben Jaffar and Har'el Shachal with "Hassan's Mimuna"



Our random tune for today is by Balkan Beat Box, founded in 2003 by Tamir Muskat and Ori Kaplan in New York City. An Israeli band, their goal is to take ancient and traditional music and combine it with hip hop to create a more modern sound that would appeal to people in dancehalls and clubs. They cite as influences Boban Marković, Rachid Taha, Fanfare Ciocarlia, Manu Chao, and Charlie Parker. This song, Hassan's Mimuna, features Hassan Ben Jaffar and Har'el Shachal. Hassan ben Jaffar is a Moroccan master of Gnawa music, while Har'el Shachal is an Israeli performer on Middle Eastern G clarinet and saxophone. Hassan's Mimuna is from Balkan Beat Box's 2005 eponymous debut release.

If you'd like to see a video of a live performance of the song, here you go:



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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Collaborations: Zerina Cokoja and Mercan Dede with "Moj Dilbere Kud Se Seces"



Today's random song is by Zerina Cokoja and features Mercan Dede. I couldn't get much about Zerina Cokoja except that she was a model and singer in the former Yugoslavia and Bosnia Herzogovina. She moved to Germany during the Yugoslavian civil war but did not achieve much success with her music despite the Bosnian diaspora that was also settling there. However, after the war her music saw a resurgence and she has been performing traditional music. She collaborates on this tune with Mercan Dede, also known as DJ Arkin Allen, a composer, player of the ney (a Turkish flute) and the bendir (a hand drum). He fuses traditional Turkish acoustic music and other eastern styles with electronic sounds, horns, dance beats and his Sufi spirituality. This song, Moj Dilbere Kud Se Seces, can be found on the various artists compilation Homegrown Istanbul, Volume 1 (2006).

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Friday, October 20, 2017

The Moody Sea: Chantal Chamberland and "La Mer"



Chantal Chamberland, a French Canadian guitarist and vocalist from Quebec, Canada, sings today's random tune called La Mer. The music from La Mer was put to different lyrics in English and became Beyond the Sea, a major hit for Bobby Darin. Chamberland sings the original French lyrics, and her vocals are described on her website as smoky, sultry, bluesy and brassy, but critics have also called her vocals wistful and fragile, indicating the range of emotions that she can stir up. La Mer can be found on her 2008 CD The Other Woman, and on the various artists compilation Putumayo Presents: Jazz Around the World (2009). The song describes the changing moods of the ocean.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Without You, Only Half: Mariza and "Sem Ti"



Our song for today is entitled Sem Ti and is performed by Portuguese fado artist Mariza. Mariza was born in Mozambique before it gained independence from Portugal, and she is of mixed Portuguese and African heritage. When she was three her family moved to Lisbon and while young she began learning to sing in many styles, including jazz, gospel and soul. She adopted fado at the insistence of her father, who felt it would give her more acceptance in the Portuguese community. After the fado's most famous interpreter, Amália Rodrigues, died in 1999 Mariza was asked to perform a tribute in her memory, which led her to record a fado album. Fado was starting to regain popularity, and her album sold an astounding number of copies. She has since focused on fado, has released seven albums and has sold over a million records worldwide. Sem Ti appears on her 2016 album Mundo. The song laments that "Without you I'm half/Without you I'm not me."

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Song About His Country: Vieux Farka Touré and "Yer Gando"



Today's random tune is by Vieux Farka Touré. The son of the great Ali Farka Touré, Vieux Farka Touré is a Malian singer and guitarist. He first took up guitar in secret because his father disapproved and enrolled in the National Institute of the Arts in Bamako. He released his first album in 2005 after getting permission from his father and the great Malian musician Toumani Diabaté - they also agreed to be on the album. Vieux Farka Touré plays primarily Malian music, but has also collaborated with other musicians from around the world, including Idan Raichel of Israel and Julia Easterlin, a singer/songwriter from the United States. This song, Yer Gando, can be found on Touré's 2013 album Mon Pays.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Not Too Early: Mariana Sadovska and Kitka with "Awakening"



Our random tune for today is by Mariana Sadovska and Kitka. Mariana Sadovska is a Germany-based Ukrainian actress, singer, musician, composer and recording artist. Emerging from the theater world in Lviv, Ukraine, Sadovska worked in theater and theater production and led ethnomusicology trips and arranged cultural exchanges with numerous countries. She moved to New York in 2001 to be a music director with theater company La Mama. During this time she also began working on her own solo performances. She released her first solo CD in 2001. Kitka is a California-based group of all female singers that focuses on Eastern European women's vocal traditions. Their name means "bouquet" in Bulgarian and Macedonian. Begun in 1979, they have contributed to major motion pictures such as Braveheart, Jacob's Ladder and Queen of the Damned and have appeared on many national radio shows around the world. This song, Awakening, can be found on the 2007 album The Rusalka Cycle: Songs Between the Worlds, a vocal theater project and collaboration between Kitka and Sadovska that addressed the horror of the Chernobyl accident. The Rusalki are spirits of women who have died untimely or unjust deaths that reside uneasily in the earth. The project's theme is a summoning of these spirits to appease them and ask for their mediation between living humans and their environment.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Music to Heal: Phạm Mộng Hải and "Help Us In This Life (Hát Văn)"



From Vietnam comes our song for today, performed by Phạm Mộng Hải. The song is called Help Us In This Life (Hát Văn). While I can't find information on the artist, the album on which the song appears, Hanoi Masters: War Is a Wound, Peace Is a Scar (2015), is a various Vietnamese artists compilation of master musicians mostly in their later years who perform traditional Vietnamese folk songs or new songs in the traditional mode that all have the Vietnam War and its lingering aftermath as their unifying theme. The Guardian calls it "an extraordinary record" where "the recordings are all shot through with a sense of intense loss – the loss, the listener feels, not only of friends and family, but also of the innocence that a country that has endured a long history of colonial conflict can perhaps never again enjoy."

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Song of Love: Rachid Taha and "Kelma"



The random song for today is by Algerian artist Rachid Taha. Kelma first appeared on his 1995 CD Olé, Olé and then on his 1997 CD Carte Blanche. Now based in France, Taha's music is influenced by rock, punk, electronica and Algerian raï and has been described as "sonically adventurous." He first became exposed to music through his Algerian culture, but moved to France as a child where in his teens he worked menial jobs during the day but DJ'd at night playing Arab music, rap, funk, salsa and other music. He also soaked up raï, which was a music of political protest in Algeria during the 1980s. He co-founded a rock band in 1981 and became lead vocalist. Later in the 80s he went solo, and in 1989 he recorded with producer Don Was playing Arabic style beats, but didn't achieve much success with American audiences. In 1998 he recorded his breakthrough album Diwan, which were remakes of songs from Algerian and Arab traditions. He is known for playing the mandolute, essentially a fretted oud. He is described as an eclectic artist who is gregarious, quick with a smile, and who loves to party through the night. He also claims he is the inspiration for The Clash's Rock the Casbah.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Discovery: Vivienne Doğan-Corringham and "Esmerim"



Today's random song is called Esmerim and is performed by Vivienne Doğan-Corringham. A New York City-based British vocalist, composer and sound artist, her oeuvre includes music performances, audio installations and soundwalks. She is a certified teacher of deep listening, and is a past McKnight composer fellow. You can find Esmerim on the album Discover Music from Turkey (2015).

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Nails: Presque Oui and "L'Ongle"



Presque Oui, a French duo founded in 1998 and consisting of Marie-Hélène Picard and Thibaud Defever, sing our random tune of the day. Picard died of lung cancer in 2006 and Defever has continued on by himself. Presque Oui's songs deal with love, its vagaries and the mundane daily experiences of lovers. For example this song, L'Ongle, speaks of the often insignificant things that remind us of a partner and all the complex emotions that come with those things, like a little piece of fingernail found in a pocket. You can find L'Ongle on Presque Oui's 2005 CD Sauvez Les Meubles and on the 2006 compilation CD Putumayo Presents: Paris.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Slacking Isn't Slacking: Barry Flanagan and "Paniola 'Ona Slack-Key"



Today's random tune is by Barry Flanagan, one half of the duo Hapa, and the song is called Paniolo 'Ona Slack-Key. Flanagan is a white guy from New Jersey who is currently working with Hawaii natives Kapono Nāʻiliʻili, Tarvin Edwin Lono Makia, and Radasha Ho`ohuli. he has been a consistent 30 year member of Hapa, starting out as a partner to Keli'i Ho'omalu Kaneali'i. Following Kaneali'i, Flanagan teamed with Nathan Aweau, who eventually left Hapa for a solo career. Flanagan then duoed with Hawaiian chanter Charles Ka'upu, who described Hapa's goal as helping revive the Polynesian language and to totally change the way the world perceives Hawaiian music. Unfortunately, Ka'upu died suddenly and unexpectedly in his early 50s in 2011. In its new incarnation Hapa continues to draw from jazz, folk, blues, bluegrass, Latin, flamenco, rock, Irish music and slam poetry as well as traditional Hawaiian music. Hapa's debut CD in 1995 became the biggest selling album ever by a Hawaiian group, and they have since released eight albums. Paniolo 'Ona Slack-Key can be found on Hapa's 2005 album Maui, and on Flanagan's solo album Instrumental Peace, released 2014. Slack-key refers to a style of Hawaiian guitar playing.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Caribbean Guitar: Puerto Plata and "La Comelona"



Puerto Plata, the stage name of Dominican musician José Cobles, brings us the random tune today. Puerto Plata's music and singing is reminiscent of guitar music heard in the Dominican Republic in the 1930s and 40s, before it was stigmatized by dictator Rafael Leónidas Trujillo, who preferred accordion-heavy merengue tipico. By the 1960s, after Trujillo's assassination, Dominican guitar music began to develop into bachata. Plata does not play bachata, however, but a music closer in style to contemporary Cuba, even though it is inspired in the Dominican past. In addition, Plata's band features some of the Dominican Republic's finest musicians, such as guitar legends Edilio Paredes and Frank Mendez. This song, La Comelona, can be found on Plata's first internationally distributed CD, Mujer de Cabaret, released in 2007.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Peace in My Heart: Nawal and "Salama (Peace)"



Nawal, a musician from Comoros, performs the random tune for today. Nawal takes the traditional music of Comoros and incorporates influences from African and Arabic traditions. She sings in Comorian, French, Arabic and English, and she is a multi-instrumentalist. Nawal is one of the first women from her country to take the international stage and she is known today as "The Voice of Comoros." This song, Salama (Peace), is from her 2007 album Aman.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Watch for Reefs and Shoals: Niamh Parsons and "The Water is Wide"



Today's random tune is by Niamh Parsons, who performs The Water is Wide from her 2006 album Blackbirds and Thrushes. A singer of contemporary and traditional Irish music, Parsons started her solo career in Belfast in 1990. She had previously been a member of the band Killera in the 1980s with her husband. She was asked to sing for President Bill Clinton and Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern in Washington DC, and has made several television appearances in Ireland. The Water is Wide can also be found on the 2005 compilation album Celtic Wonder. The Water is Wide is of Scottish origin and is related to a Child ballad that chronicles the unhappy marriage of James Douglas, second marquess of Douglas. Some of its lyrics date back to the 1600s and it is a popular song that has been covered by many performers.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Winter Solstice: Tomás Kočko & Orchestr with "Kračún"



In keeping with yesterday's seasonal tune, we have today's random tune by Tomás Kočko & Orchestr called Kračún. A songwriter, composer, arranger from Moravia (Czech Republic) and researcher of music from Moravia and the Slavic countries. The music of Tomás Kočko & Orchestr combines the traditional with elements of rock, folk and jazz, and his albums are award winning. Tomás Kočko has also directed musicals and opera, and has acted in Prague stage productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, Hair, West Side Story and Beach Blanket Babylon. You can find Kračún on the 2011 album Koleda/The Carol.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Tis the Season: Ot Azoj Klezmerband and "Channukah, Oy Channukah"



Okay, so it's a little early in the season, but today's song is a holiday number by the Ot Azoj Klezmerband. Founded in 1994, the band plays music from the fictional country of Molvania, which consists of a blend of klezmer, Balkan, Turkish and Greek musics, as well as a sprinkling of Polish and Latin. The band was formed in 1994 in the Netherlands and is known for energetic performances using only acoustic instruments. They have released ten albums. This song, Channukah, Oy Channukah, can be found on their 1999 album Channukah - Festival of Lights.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Hurry It Up: Buckwheat Zydeco and "Time is Tight"



The late, legendary Buckwheat Zydeco performs today's random tune. Time is Tight is off of his 1989 album On a Night Like This. Buckwheat Zydeco is the stage name of Stanley Dural, Jr. He got the name "Buckwheat" from his childhood resemblance to a character on the Our Gang film shorts. Dural's father was an accomplished Creole accordionist, but Dural preferred rhythm and blues, and actually started out backing artists such as Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown and Joe Tex. He started his own funk band in the early 70s with some success, but then began backing zydeco legend Clifton Chenier as an organist and discovered the popularity of zydeco. His relationship to Chenier led him to take up the accordion, and after a year he felt confident enough to start Buckwheat Zydeco in 1978. Buckwheat Zydecoopened for and collaborated with some of the biggest names in music, and it was one of the few zydeco bands to achieve mainstream success.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Cheeseburgers and Fries All Around: Thomas Pigor and Benedikt Eichhorn with "Junk Junk Junk Food"



Why not follow up yesterday's song about drinking with something else bad for you - junk food! Junk Junk Junk Food is by German duo Thomas Pigor and Benedikt Eichhorn, a cabaret and chanson act from Berlin, who became known throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland for their "salon hip-hop." This style of music is described as a modern form of chanson with satirical lyrics. Junk Junk Junk Food can be found on the 2011 album Mit Pigor Durch Das Jahr.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Let's Drink Until Our Hearts Stop: The Pogues and "Streams of Whiskey"



The Pogues bring us our random tune for today! A Celtic punk band from London, The Pogues were formed in 1982 and became internationally prominent in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The band was originally fronted by Shane MacGowan, who left in 1991 due to drinking problems. The band has since been fronted first by Joe Strummer and then by Spider Stacy. The band broke up in 1996 after releasing their final album Pogue Mahone, but reformed in 2001 and has been playing regular gigs but has no plans to record a new album. The Pogues music is influenced by punk, but uses traditional Irish instruments such as tin whistle, cittern, mandolin and accordion. The band's name comes from "Pogue Mahone," an anglicized version of an Irish phrase meaning "kiss me arse." This song, Streams of Whiskey, can be found on their 1984 album Red Roses for Me, on the 1991 compilation The Best of The Pogues and on the 2001 compilation, The Very Best of The Pogues. The song sings the hope of going to a better place through alcohol.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Hear Last Night's Global Music Show on the Two Week Archive

Feel free to go to the KUNM Two Week Archive to hear last night's KUNM Global Music Show in part or full. Just enter Monday, October 2 at 10 pm to get the start of the show.

Like Sand in the Hourglass: Kate Rusby and "Old Man Time"



Our random song for today, Old Man Time, is by English singer-songwriter Kate Rusby. Described as a "superstar" of English acoustic musicians, and often called "the Nightingale of Barnsley" (after her home town), Kate Rusby was born into a musical family and learned to play guitar, fiddle and piano. She became the lead vocalist of the all-female Celtic band The Poozies before she broke through in her own right in 1995 on a collaborative album with fellow Barnsley native folk-songer Kathryn Roberts. She recorded her first solo album, Hourglass, in 1997. She was married in 2001 to Scottish musician and former Battlefield Band member John McCusker. She has since divorced and married Northern Irish musician Damien O'Kane, with whom she has two daughters and a dog named Doris who is often a part of Rusby's stage banter. Old Man Time can be found on Rusby's 1998 debut album Hourglass.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Tune into the KUNM Global Music Show tonight, 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Time

I know today's a tough day. Music can help heal. Tonight on the Global Music Show I will start with some new Afro-beat and Afro-funk, then I will indulge my latest musical crush, Estonian Ethno-folk and folk rock, by highlighting some modern Estonian bands. After that, more new music mixed with some older stuff from all over the place. Join me from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Time at KUNM 89.9 Albuquerque/Santa Fe, or stream live at kunm.org.

It's a whole world of great music you never knew about. Here's a preview:

Psyching Out Iran: Kourosh and "Ghazal"



From the 70s, today's song, Ghazal, is by Kourosh Yaghmaei, a guitarist, singer and one of the early pioneers of rock music in Iran. He first learned music on the santur and followed traditional Iranian music, but became interested in Western music that he heard on the radio, such as Bach. Listening to rock bands, he taught himself guitar, and in the early 60s joined a rock group called The Raptures, which played covers of Western rock bands such as The Kinks, The Beatles and The Monkees. In the early 70s he started his own band, with his brothers as members. He got his musical ideas by combining Iranian melodies, instrumentals, vocals, and tones with Western harmonies, scales, and modes. He had great success until the Iranian Revolution led to a ban on his performances. He did not perform much for three decades. His albums were only allowed to be re-released during the 1990s, though the Iranian diaspora has been very aware of his music. In 2011, the compilation album Back from the Brink - Pre-Revolution Psychedelic Rock from Iran (1973-1979) was released and brought him international attention. You can find Ghazal on that album. The song's title refers to a Persian and Arabic poetic form.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Psyching Out Turkey: Baba Zula and "Tavus Havası"



Baba Zula brings us today's random tune called Tavus Havası. Founded in 1996, Baba Zula is a Turkish alternative group that creates a psychedelic sound combining traditional Turkish instruments, electronica, reggae and dub. At the core of their sound is the saz, a Turkish bouzouki-like stringed instrument with a bright, high-pitched sound. Baba Zula became well known outside of Turkey when they appeared in the 2005 documentary Crossing the Bridge, and have since performed in many high profile world music festivals. They have released eight albums. Tavus Havası can be found on the soundtrack to Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (2006).

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Guidance: Vusi Mahlasela and "Ntombi Mgali"



Our random tune for today is by Vusi Mahlasela. Sometimes called "The Voice of South Africa" for his work in African folk music, Vusi Mahlasela served as an inspiration for the anti-apartheid movement with songs that focused on freedom, forgiveness and reconciliation. He has collaborated with musicians such as Dave Matthews, Josh Groban and Taj Mahal, has performed at many famous live concert events such as Live 8 and Live Earth, and sang for Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday celebration in London. ITV used one of his songs as their theme song for their World Cup coverage in South Africa, and he also performed at the South Africa World Cup kickoff concert. This song, Ntombi Mbali, is from his 2007 CD Guiding Star - that album garnered him Best Male Artist in the South Africa Music Awards. The song features Black Moses Ngwenya, a South African organist who was a co-founder of the Soul Brothers, a South African band that was one of the pioneers of the Zulu-inspired mbaqanga music.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Friday, September 29, 2017

I Heard the Calypso Today, Oh Boy: Kobo Town and "Kaiso Newscast"



Our random song is brought to us by Kobo Town. Founded by Trinidadian/Canadian Drew Gonsalves in 2004, Kobo Town refers to the neighborhood in Port Au Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, where calypso was conceived and first performed. Kobo Town blends calypso music with other Caribbean music, as well as genres such as ska, reggae, dub, rapso, zouk and hip hop. Gonsalves moved to Canada from Diego Martin, Trinidad & Tobago with his mother when he was thirteen. She was a Canadian citizen who was escaping her abusive marriage. He turned to music and poetry to deal with his situation and feelings of exile. He studied history and political science at Carleton University before taking up music as a career. This song, Kaiso Newscast, can be found on Kobo Town's 2013 album Jumbie in the Jukebox. The song opines how simpler the world would be if news was brought to us in calypso, rather than through outlets such as Fox and CNN.  After a short interview with Gonsalves, the song starts at the 2:00 mark.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Love Rising: Lira and "Ixesha"



Lira, whose name translates to "love" in the Sesotho language, brings us today's tune, Ixesha. Lira grew up in apartheid South Africa listening to musicians such as Miriam Makeba, Steve Wonder, Nina Simone and Aretha Franklin, and decided she would be a musician. After attending college, she got a job as an accountant and used her skills to record a demo CD. An accountant for two years, she turned in a letter of resignation and devoted herself to a five year plan to make it in music. She was discovered in 2000 by musician/producer Arthur Mafokate. She has since come to be considered South Africa's most prominent adult contemporary artist. Lira describes her music as elements of soul, funk, elements of jazz and African. Ixesha can be found on Lira's 2014 album Rise Again.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

An Afternoon Street Scene: Moussu T e lei Jovents and "Boulevard Bertolucci"



Today's random song is by Moussu T e lei Jovents, a Marseilles-based band that is inspired by the music of Marseilles between 1920 and 1930 and the melting pot that the city was and remains. They range musically from the blues to reggae to Brazilian music to music hall. The band splits its time between Marseilles, a French commune called La Ciotat, and Recife, Brazil. They are very comfortable singing in Occitan, the regional language of the southern third of France. They have released eight albums. This song, Boulevard Bertolucci, can be found on Moussu T e lei Jovents' 2006 album Forever Polida. The song is a snapshot of a street at 4:30 pm in the afternoon.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Preaching by the Choir: The Bulawayo Church Choir and "Wangal' Unozipho"



Wangal' Unozipho, our random tune for today, is performed by the The Bulawayo Church Choir. The song was part of The Power of One movie soundtrack. There is not much information on the group other than that they are from South Africa. We saw the movie many years ago. The Power of One is based on a novel by Bryce Courtenay and is the story of a young English boy in South Africa and his complicated relationships under apartheid with others in the country, both black and white. The Power of One soundtrack was released in 1992.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Roaming the Halls: Conjunto Céspedes and "Los Pasillos de Tia Conga"



Our random tune for today is called Los Pasillos de Tia Conga. It is performed by Conjunto Céspedes, who was founded in 1981 in San Francisco as Trio Céspedes. They soon expanded to a septet and released their first album in 1984. Their music has developed into a big band sound, and they explore Afro Cuban folklore, both religious and secular, and turn it into music that can be danced to. Los Pasillos de Tia Conga can be found on their 1993 album Una Sola Casa, and on the 1997 Putumayo various artists compilation ¡Latino Latino!

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Cross Cultural Seedings: Family Atlantica and "Enjera"



Today's random tune is supplied by Family Atlantica. Family Atlantica is a band that spans an ocean and two continents, South America and Africa, building on African rhythms that came to South America through slavery and colonization. Those rhythms helped build Latin music, and later Latin music went back across the Atlantic to inspire African musicians in the 20th century and today. Listening to the band, you will hear echoes of Cuban rumba, Venezuelan tambor (a dance music) and tonada, Ghanaian highlife, calypso and even Ethiopian blues (a melancholy style of music). This song, Enjera, can be found on their 2016 debut Cosmic Unity.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Celebrate Good Times: Rahim Alhaj and Amjad Ali Khan with "Celebrations"



Rahim Alhaj and Amjad Ali Khan perform our random tune for today. Rahim Alhaj is an Iraqi-American oud player and composer living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He began playing the oud at age nine and soon revealed a great talent for the instrument. A political activist against the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq, he was forced into political exile, first in Syria and Jordan and finally in the United States. He combines traditional Iraqi maqams with contemporary stylings and influences. Amjad Ali Khan is an Indian classical musician who plays the sarod, an instrument that his family claims to have invented - he is the sixth generation of his family to be a musician. He is a recipient of India's second highest civilian honor, the Padma Vibhushan. This song, Celebrations, can be found on their 2009 collaboration Ancient Sounds.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Friday, September 22, 2017

I'm All Ears: The Luminescent Orchestrii and "What the Water Said"



The Luminescent Orchestrii performs today's random tune, called What the Water Said. The Luminescent Orchestrii was founded as an experimental group based in the United States and was active from 2002 - 2012. Their oeuvre consisted of music influenced by Middle Eastern, gypsy, and traditional European music along with Appalachian fiddles, hip hop beats and an attitude often found in punk bands. They often used instruments that they had modified to create their sound. What the Water Said can be found on their 2009 album Neptune's Daughter.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Look Under Bridges: The Mediaeval Baebes and "Dance of the Trolls"



Today's random tune is by the Mediaeval Baebes. The Mediaeval Baebes began in 1996 when a group of friends led by Katherine Blake of Miranda Sex Garden broke into a North London cemetery and sang a capella in flowing white robes and leaf garlands. They soon became an ensemble, and their first album, Salva Nos, shot to number two on the classical charts. It not only are they very talented, they are also very beautiful women. The group has since had many incarnations. They sing in an array of obscure and ancient languages, and have placed three albums in the top ten of the classical charts and participated in the BBC's television series The Virgin Queen. This song, Dance of the Trolls, is from their 2000 CD Undrentide.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Folk-Rockin' Estonia: Paabel and "Meeste Laul"



The band Paabel brings us the random tune for today, called Meeste Laul. From Estonia, Paabel infuses jazz, pop and other modern musical sensibilities with traditional Estonian folk songs. In fact, the sextet is made up of five musicians who worked mostly in jazz, and one who worked mostly in folk. Brought together in 2007 for a competition in folk music reinterpretation, they have won since many music awards in Estonia and have performed in Finland, Lithuania, Hungary and the United States. Meeste Laul is from their 2012 album Üle Järve.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.