Thursday, April 6, 2023, 10:00am
By Miles Davis BBC News Online https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cornwall-33211440 The remarkable life of a former (enslaved African) who became a pioneer of classical music has been commemorated. The "genius" violinist Joseph Emidy, from West Africa, was enslaved for two long periods of his...
Cecilia as Patron Saint of Musicians
Friday, March 24, 2023, 10:00am
Saint Cecilia, an early Christian martyr, is famous for being the musician’s saint. From artistic depictions of her playing instruments to musical societies and festivals named in her honor, St. Cecilia’s association with music has a rich and very long history. Yet the story of how she gained her...
The Pace of Palm Wine Music
Saturday, December 3, 2022, 9:00am
Palm wine music began to attract its first audiences at the turn of the 20th century with a name liberated from a regional drink transformed into a hybrid folk-like style. Nevertheless, it remains an integral part of the region's cultural heritage, serving as an accepted musical currency for the...
In The Wake Of Wassoulou Music
Saturday, November 26, 2022, 9:00am
Wassoulou music, takes its name from its geographical birthplace, is a form that fuses traditional and contemporary elements authored by women vocalists. The style is set within a pentatonic scale using a hunter's harp and exhibited by womanist-centered vocals that are passionate, pointed, and...
The Music of Africa
Thursday, October 27, 2022, 10:00am
The study of African music is a study at once of unity and diversity. The range of indigenous musical resources and practices found on this vast continent is as wide and varies as its topography. In this informative and highly readable book, Professor Nketia provides an overview of the musical...
Sounds Of Nollywood
Thursday, October 27, 2022, 10:00am
Join with hosts Eme Awa and Georges Collinet, the voice of Afropop Worldwide, and special guests as they explore the music of Nollywood and its intersections with music, dance, and theater. https://africa.si.edu/education/online-video/sounds-of-nollywood/
Connecting With Cornish Music
Saturday, October 22, 2022, 9:00am
Helping to make the country of Cornwall unique, is the integral aspect of Music in everyday life where brass compositions, choral works, dance, and jingles, small and large, reveal the existence of a sweeping musical landscape with a rich, and diverse musical legacy.
Origin of the Organ
Saturday, October 15, 2022, 9:00am
Ctesibius, whose discoveries include elasticity, the water clock, and the water organ, a type of pipe organ the third century BCE, created an instrument called the hydraulis , a mechanical flute that used wind pressure regulated by water pressure on a set of pipes played in the arenas of the Roman...
Follow The Flute
Saturday, October 1, 2022, 9:00am
Flutes, after the human voice, are the earliest identifiable musical instruments, as paleolithic examples with hand-bored holes. Several flutes dating from about 43,000 to 35,000 years ago were discovered in Slovenia. Wisconsin and First Nation - Indigenous people have a long historical...
Charming The Charango
Saturday, September 24, 2022, 9:00am
The charango is among the most honored and exalted instruments in all of Andean culture. It has a long history dating back to the late 1400s, sometime after Christopher Columbus first came in contact with the people-populated islands of the Bahamas. What was discovered was an ancient world, despite...
Hindustani Music 13th - 20th Centuries
Tuesday, February 15, 2022, 10:00am
This text is well-suited for the serious student of Hindustani Classical Music. I was gifted a copy from a colleague while conducting research on the genre in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India in March of 2017. It remains a fascinating narrative on the wealth of styles from the distant past that influences...
Encyclopedia Of World Travel
Friday, September 3, 2021, 10:00am
Some years ago my appetite for all things old introduced me to vintage books and those that centered on world music were most appealing. From that love affair came the hunt for books about travel and not just your tourist friendly reference books which are generally excellent (I use them all the...
"Story Of America's Music"
Thursday, July 1, 2021, 10:00am
JAZZ begins in New Orleans, nineteenth century America's most cosmopolitan city, where the sound of marching bands, Italian opera, Caribbean rhythms, and minstrel shows fills the streets with a richly diverse musical culture. Here, in the 1890s, African-American musicians create a new music out of...
Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 10:30pm
One of the most impressive aspects of the history of spirituals is how a massive group of enslaved people was shackled against their will and inhumanely brutalized. Then separated from their immediate families, crammed in the belly of ships, were barely clothed, and forced to lay next to strangers...
What To Listen For In Music
Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 10:30pm
I still have a well-worn copy of this important introduction to music by Aaron Copland. My 3rd edition copy cost 35 cents and it was my 'go to' reference during my days as a vocal student at San Francisco State University. It was and remains in my view a solid mentoring ' guide to greater musical...
The Heart Of A Woman
Monday, July 20, 2020, 10:30pm
It has long been my view that hosting a radio program is a gift. And one of the many benefits of doing so is the privilege and opportunity to introduce new music to listeners. In my case, that benefit extends to announcing upcoming events, concerts, topical album releases, and publications...
African American Women Composers And Their Music
Thursday, July 9, 2020, 10:30pm
From my earliest days growing up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the U.S., I was 'surrounded' by music. My dad, who owned a jazz nightclub in Milwaukee, was a 'true-to-the-bone' jazz fan and live music enthusiast who managed to find a white baby grand piano which sat proudly in the back of the club. My...
Survey Of The World's Major Musical Cultures
Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 10:30pm
"This volume contains a wide-ranging survey of musics of the world in historical and social contexts, from ancient times to the present day. It begins by describing aspects of musical style and function in relation to the early developments of civilizations, as background to a study of later...
To Know Cuba Music Is To Love It
Thursday, June 11, 2020, 10:30pm
From time to time, I've shared my love for Cuba, its people, and especially the island's music. In many ways, a profoundly rich music steeped in sacred traditions linked to Africa. In 2007, I found myself staring at the television at the airport while waiting for a plane during one of my excursions...
New World Records
Friday, May 22, 2020, 10:30pm
March Issue features Devonian folk singer Seth Lakeman who talks about his Mayflower -inspired new project. We also feature Japan’s premier taiko-drumming group, Kodo, prior to their return to the UK. Other features include a piece on music’s role in keeping indigenous languages alive; an interview with the Sámi singer Marja Mortensson; a Beginner’s Guide to the Cuban composer, bandleader and pianist Omar Sosa, plus all the latest news, event listings and CD, book and world cinema reviews. As well as streaming excerpts from the Top of the World album, digital edition subscribers can download all 15 tracks which this issue includes Sam Lee, Yorkston/Thorne/Khan, Gyedu-Blay Ambolley and Michael Cleveland, plus an exclusive playlist by Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi, featuring music by Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, Rokia Traoré, Taraf de Haidouks and others.