Clear skies over the Isle of Man
Resting calmly in the eye of the UK, the Isle of Man hosts a surprising storm of folk and progressive sounds. The Manx language is also experiencing a triumphant rebirth, thanks in part to the weird wonders of social media. Hear Manx music of all stripes in this week’s far-out soundscape:
And here, a (not particularly clear) recording of the last known native speaker of the Manx language, Ned Maddrell:
Pope Francis needs a beat when he’s blessin’ on the street
This year’s Unorthodox Xmas special is a truly unique sonic feast! For the first hour, we substitute snow and chestnuts for sand and coconuts. Behold a tropical holiday fiesta of classics and obscurities:
And for the second hour, a trip to the hotbed of Holy: Vatican City! It’s not all choirs and crosses, there are forays into Pope-approved hip hop and prog rock along the way. I couldn’t possibly make that up.
Strummin’ on the Kumuz
Where the Caspian sea meets the Caucasus mountains lives the Republic of Dagestan. The most ethnically diverse corner of Russia, Dagestan is a place rarely explored by outsiders and only minimally administered by the national government. As ethnic Russians make up less than 4% of the population, Dagestan is a mix of dozens of different cultures and languages singing and fighting for respect.
The rocky terrain impedes modernization and helps preserve these traditions, but also provides shelter for guerrilla groups, whose drawn-out battles for independence have haunted the region for decades. Here we explore the many colours of Dagestani music, incorporating Central Asian and Middle Eastern melodies with a view to the north and the west. May these myriad rhythms help bring the people together, and make it known to the government that diversity should be celebrated.
Lezgians have learned to levitate in the thin mountain air
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):
Matato’a band of Rapa Nui flyin’ high
Also on the program – a tropical trip to Rapa Nui aka Easter Island!
The island of Crete – home to the Minotaur and many mysterious melodies. The lyra and laouto still echo throughout this sleek Greek paradise, but new sounds beckon..