Where 2 Niles become واحد

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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..

The Smokin’ Strings of Kenya

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I have returned from a stellar and fruitful and beautiful journey to Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize – and thus the radio show is back for the first episode of 2016!  The first hour features exciting new music from China, Argentina, Thailand, Belize and other Earth-based locales..

The second hour takes us on a historical safari to Kenya, a land where elephants and stringed instruments roam supreme.  The guitar and nyatiti form the backbone of most Kenyan music, and singular styles have flourished here for many musical generations. But the real soul of modern Kenyan music is a genre called Benga, which draws on Congolese Rumba and takes it in new hyperkinetic directions.  This music is pure joy.. you just gotta let it in!

Harmonic Soulstice

As people in the northern parts of the planet begin to anticipate the return of the sun, here is a wacky and wonderful animated video from Ethiopia (middle-earth) that will warm even the farthest polar-dwellers:

Happy Solstice to all!  It has become easy to forget that Christmas and many other religious celebrations began as a way of deepening our connection with the natural world and its rhythmic cycles; remember this to stay grounded during the mad festival of consumption that we still call holy-days.  Let us sync back into the planet’s rhythms and swim in the harmonies.

Musiki wa dansi for the masses!

This week’s magical sonic diversion will bring us to Tanzania, an East African nation with an incredibly wide array of styles and traditions.  West African music is much better known on an international scale, but the far side of this rhythmically rich continent reveals hidden treasures aplenty.  Classical Arabic Taarab music, dansi music aplenty, bongo flava…

Will the surprises never end?  Love to all of humanity, and thank you for the music.