Fine Works of the Earthen People

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2018 was a year. There was more humanity in the world than ever before. It was wild. But the people made some brilliant sonic documents that just might outlive their creators. Here is a supremely subjective best-of-2018 music mix, blatantly ignoring all other best-of list. Mostly obscure music from far away that I think is exciting. Hope you hear something fresh (PLAYLIST HERE). Bless the creators out there!

And look here, an uncut dance mix!

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Sardinian Rock through the Ages

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Who built the nuraghes? Probably ancient humans using anti-gravity. Or dinosaurs.

The mystical Mediterranean island of Sardinia is covered with over 7000 megalithic rock sites that date back at least 3000 years. If the magical people who made these structures had electric guitars and distortion pedals, I bet this is the kind of slow and heavy music they would have played in those temples…

It’s a metal stereotype to be associated with pre-Christian paganism, but somehow it just feels right. Like a protest against the single-minded pursuit of forward progress, time dissolves in a musical trance. May the earth-shaking riffs wake the ancient wizards!

Hear Sardinian rock amidst many other local and global sounds as we visit the secret music scene of a singular giant isle:

Safari ya Tanzania // Muziki na Ugali

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Elephamily in Serengeti

I went to Tanzania; for real~! After a whirlwind trip of music and discovery in Africa, Wandering Rhythms is back making waves of radio:

The second hour of this week’s show is a musical safari through Tanzania, showcasing some of the musicians I encountered on my trip. One of the clear highlights was the Sauti za Busara Music Festival in Zanzibar City, bringing bands from across Africa together for one of the most exciting annual gatherings on the continent.

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Msafiri Zawose and band – Sauti za Busara Festival 2018

I had the honour of speaking with one of Tanzania’s finest musicians, Msafiri Zawose, whose brilliant new album Uhamiaji bridges Wagogo traditions with electro futurism!

The Littlest Nation of Nauru

 

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Nauru: Independent since 1968. In need of tree planters since 1978.

You can circle the island of Nauru in about 30 leisurely minutes by car. Yet the world’s smallest independent republic faces some big world problems. The slow-motion threat of rising sea levels, rampant obesity, poverty, a controversial refugee detainment centre… A far cry from the roaring 70s, when vast phosphate deposits (a.k.a. bird poop) made Nauruans some of the wealthiest islanders in the world.

But humans tend to bounce back, and here we cheer for Nauru! Discover some far-out sounds that span both the ups and downs :

If all the kids are like this little unnamed artist, we can only assume that there’s a bright future ahead for Nauru. Environmentalism, killer hooks, and amazing special effects all rolled into one… also no doubt the lyrics are uplifting and amazing:

Sweet Sounds of 2016

Another wonderful, tragic, shocking, mundane, electric and sublime Earth year is reliably rotating to an end (though we never really stops spinning). To salute sweet ’16, behold a continuous mix of fresh music featured on Wandering Rhythms over the past four seasons. These globally-minded sonic wizards point the way to a bright and hybrid future. Jump on it~!