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On the 292nd edition of the show, we’ll start with some old tracks from Madagascar and Mali, then continue with some new music for ancient instruments, and folk music from Spain, Slovakia, England and Greece. Artists include Bidaia, Miriam Kaiser Trio, Mahaleo, Terak Anosy, Harp & A Monkey; Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll; Petroloukas Halkias & Vasilis Kostas; Orchid Ensemble, and Nahawa Doumbia.

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On the next edition of RootsWorld Radio, we’ll feature some of the final recordings by Malian vocal giant Salif Keita.  We’ll hear a Czech dream song, some deep jazz through the lens of folk traditions from Gambia and Trinidad. There will be semi-classical tango. And we’ll feature Hatitian-American, New York bred and New Orleans resident Leyla McCalla.  Other artists on the show include Ponk, Dawda Jobarteh, Etienne Charles, Pablo Aslan, and Bassekou Kouyate.

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On the 195th edition of RootsWorld, we’ll visit the dark fairy tales of Zulya and the Children of the Underground, the rhythm and reeds of NY’s Hazmat Modine, Welsh innovators 9Bach and the Afro-Haitian Experimental Orchestra. We’ll listen to a couple of classic sounds from the 80s, with Hank Jones, Cheik-Tidane Seck and the Mandinkas and some South African horns featuring a 1989 recording by Barney Rachabane. We’ll also hear some new music from Congolese guitarist and song writer Siama Matunzungidi (now based in the Minneapolis-St Paul and a fusion of East and further East with Iraqi oud player Rahim AlHaj and Indian sarod player Amjad Ali Khan.

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We start the 191st edition of RootsWorld Radio with tracks from the new recording by Terra Sangue Mare, Italian music of land, blood and sea by Michela Musolino, Fabio Turchetti and Michael Delia.  We’ll hear two Brazilian legends, live in concert; Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso recorded  in Sao Paulo last year.  Zmei3 play what they call “rough Romanian soul.”  And we’ll feature a few songs, and recitations, from the newest recording by the Welsh band 9Bach. The program will also include The Nils Økland Band (Norway), Mateja Gorjup (Slovenia), Melody Parker (US), a classic track from Riccardo Tesi & Patrick Vaillant, and a restaging of music from Paris-To-Kyiv, remixed by Swedish sound designer Anders Peterson.  Find out more about the music and  find a playlist online at

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RWR square 180The 159th edition of RootsWorld radio includes music from Nation Beat w/ Cha Wa and Silverio Pessoa (US/Brazil), Amara Touré (Guinea), Horoya Band National (Guinea), Les Ambassadeurs official (Mali), Totó la Momposina y Sus Tambores (Colombia, Davide Salvado (Galicia, Spain), Ilkka Heinonen Trio (Finland), and Hillfolk Noir (US).


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RootsWorld Radio: with The Henrys on Wednesday at 5 PM


RootsWorld Radio #156 will feature the music of The Henrys from their new CD Quiet Industry. The Henrys are a Toronto based ensemble led by guitarist and composer Don Rooke. The band’s latest recording follows their path of creating personal acoustic music that is neither folk, pop or jazz, and yet somehow is all of these. This is a band who has no genre to fit into, and in fact, has probably created their own. Quiet Industry also includes more songs than usual, most featuring their newest vocalist, Gregory Hoskins.

We’ll also listen to music from Sudan Dudan (Norway), Oumou Sangare (Mali), El Juntacadáveres (Argentina/Belgium), Buff’Grol (France), Esko Järvelä Epic Male Band (Finland), and Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba (Mali).

RootsWorld Radio: Wednesday at 5 PM


On the next RootsWorld Radio (#154), we’ll feature some unique music from the Aegean and Mediterranean with the very modern sound of Xáos, the Balkan and jazz tinged music of a collaboration of Melina Kana, Thanasis Papakonstantinou & Ashkhabad, and Cypriot trio Monsieur Doumani (our ‘Music of the Month’ selection for June). Other artists will include Rönsy (Finland), American-in-Croatia John Kruth, the trio of Anders Jormin, Lena Willemark & Karin Nakagawa, folk-pop band Jansberg (Denmark), folk fiddle from Eden MacAdam-Somer (US) and Balkan jazz from The Elina Duni Quartet (Albania and beyond).

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The 127th edition of RootsWorld Radio will feature more music and less chatter. We’ll start with some old Afro-jazz from Sweden, match that with a little folk-art music from same, and find our way through the guitars of Mali, the voices of the Sahara, Finland, Spain and Burkina Faso, hear some folk-electronica from Russia, acoustic roots music from England, global sounds from Copenhagen and a bit of JP Sousa on the concertina to wrap it all up. Artists will include Aziza Brahim, Djessou Mory Kanté, Himmerland, Spjärnsvallet, Volga, Spiro, Goodland Trio, Anna Kaisa Leides, Lea Nicholson, Amadou Ballake, The Joe Townsend Band and Carmen Paris.

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RootsWorld Radio: Wednesday at 5 PM

Danish music and more this week on RootsWorld Radio


Basco, in concert

This week, we feature the music of the Denmark-based band Basco, in an excerpt from a concert with the Danish Radio Big Band, and later in the show, a full set they performed at the Tønder Festival in August, 2014. In between, we’ll listen to music new and old from Suden Duden (Norway), Spiro (UK), Marta Sebestyén (Hungary), Rudl Trio (Norway), and Dálava (US).

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RootsWorld Radio at 5 PM, Wednesday

RWR square 180On the 123rd edition of RootsWorld Radio, we’ll feature two recordings that could easily make my personal Top 10 list for 2014. Guinean guitarist Djessou Mory Kanté‘s River Strings: Maninka Guitar is a solid collection of instrumentals, some traditional, most written by Kanté himself. It’s beautifully recorded with a no nonsense approach to arrangements and instrumentation, and offers the listener a guitar sound that abounds in elegant complexity and deep traditional rhythms.


Across the Atlantic, we’ll hear 2 tracks from Garifuna singer and band leader Aurelio. Michael Stone says in his recent RW review of Lándini that the recording is “Aurelio’s strongest outing yet.” I agree.

We’ll also visit Mali, Italy, Bulgaria, Trinidad, Finland and Spain and hear from artists including Bulgara, Hiite, Amadou & Mariam, Lord Kitchener, Luisa Cottifogli, Re Niliu, Piia Kleemola, and Lidia Pujol, Psàlite & Miguel Gil.

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