Breaking Sound Barriers: Persian Flamenco!

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Just when you think there ain’t nothing new..  Presenting Farnaz Ohadi, whose sublime new spin on Flamenco is a world of its own.  Farnaz sings in Farsi and incorporates Persian instrumentation, yet her music still remains faithful to the Spanish roots of Flamenco.  Hear an exclusive interview with Farnaz, as she shares brand new music from her debut Bird Dance LP, out October 1st (along with an album release show):

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Matato’a band of Rapa Nui flyin’ high

Also on the program – a tropical trip to Rapa Nui aka Easter Island!

Tropical Ryukyu Grooves

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Rockin’ the sanshin ina rubadub stylee

Well this is a pleasant surprise..  Despite an unsettling history of occupation from outside forces, the Okinawa Islands (formerly the Ryukyu Kingdom) in the deep south of Japan are home to an amazing array of tropical musical flavours!  Not only a singular style of folk music (lovin’ that sanshin), but reggae and cumbia and oh my 神!!  Much more!

Also on this week’s program – Arab electro, Nigerian disco, Aussie soul, Incan prog, and who knows what else..

Tri-Generational Radio Waves)))

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Nick & Ken & Hank Lagasse

As my grandfather Hank celebrates his 90th birthday this August, I had the surreal honour of hosting him and my father Ken as guests on Wandering Rhythms for the first time.  That’s right, 3 generations together on the air!  They share wise words and quirky stories about growing up in the roarin’ rural 20s (“take good care of your horse”), and the swingin’ 60s (“stay away from Squirrel girls”).  Some things change, and some don’t.  Love who and where you come from!

Interview with Trad.Attack!

Vancouver’s Folk Music Festival is an amazingly eclectic showcase of bands from around the world – the perfect place to discover young bands before they blow up on the international scene.  On their first Canadian tour, Trad.Attack! were hands-down one of the standout acts at this year’s festival. Mixing ancient Estonian folk music with punk rock virility, they have transformed the Baltic scene and are ready to take over the world – one country at a time.  They also happen to be hilarious and very skilled in the Canadian language.  Hear an exclusive Wandering Rhythms interview with Trad.Attack! right here:

Impromptu background music provided by another Folk Fest delight, Betsayda Machado y la Parranda el Clavo, on their first tour to el norte: