Yes that’s right, this radio program just reached double digits. We’ve played something like 8000 different artists on the show. It has been a magnificent globetrotting musical odyssey. My mind has been cracked open, and I can distill the experience into 3 words: HUMANS ARE AMAZING.
I’ve got nothing but love for all the people, especially musicians who grace every street corner, café or bar, playing for thousands or hiding in their bedroom chasing something mysterious and sublime. A special thanks to the almighty Internet and all its participants, for the invisible yet herculean effort of gathering all recorded music into one easily accessible place. Up until the last ten to twenty years, a show like this could not have existed. And of course a huge round of applause to you, every listener who has made the choice to try something new. It may seem trivial, but you are manifesting global awareness through your own openness to other cultures. Way to go! Earthlings be free!
We celebrate a decade of border smashing with a retrospective of music played on Wandering Rhythms, the cream of the crop as they say. Groove on.
For those like me who are tired of the same old holiday songs, here’s a couple playlists celebrating musical diversity while still being festive.
African, Latin American, Indian, Pandemic-themed and more Christmas non-classics:
Winter Solstice-themed music to get you through the darkest days and into the light:
A funky music mix for a wacky summer right here. Dive in and explore new music spanning the globe – the closest thing to international travel that we’re gonna get this year.
La Gallera Social Club @ Vancouver Folk Festival. Twin brother attack!
La Gallera Social Club are one of the freshest bands to hit my ears and eyes in quite some time. Incorporating many deep Afro-Latin rhythms from the Caribbean coast of Venezuela with the aesthetic of ’60s psych meets time-warped EDM. Más bueno que comer con los dedos!!
Hear an exclusive interview with Alexis Romero, guitarist/vocalist of La Gallera Social Club, RIGHT HERE, por favor.
A country of many intertwining traditions… The music of Bosnia is forever linked to the nations surrounding it, which together make up the former Yugoslavia. This week we welcome our friends Bojan and Zoran to the program, a pair of fearless musical scholars who present us with the history of popular music in Bosnia.
During the 70s and 80s, Sarajevo was the mecca of rock music in the Balkans. We’re talking stadium-sized guitar riffs and women screaming every word. Need proof?
We share some of the best bands of this era, the electric Gypsy sounds that came before it, the most influential composer of the 20th century, and amore.
Listen to the Bosnian feature here.
Listen to the global mix here.