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..
The ancient city of Khartoum – where the White Nile and Blue Nile meet and flow towards Egypt. Timeless oud-heavy music feeds the heart of Arabic Africa, and we hope for peace amongst all Sudanese..
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!
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:
Sicily, a semi-autonomous island of 3-legged women, a beautiful ancient language, and many experimental sounds. Bellu!