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.
Presenting the sonic spectrum of Panama.. a gorgeous pan-African palette that perplexes the pigeon-hole efficiency of predefined taste. A country borne out of the complex cultural mixing between Indigenous peoples, Europeans, and Africans, over two thirds of modern-day Panamanians are of mixed-ancestry (called mestizos).
The monumental construction project of the Panama Canal in the early 20th century brought about further diversity, as many black Caribbean workers settled in the country and brought along their own shifting rhythms (calypso, rumba, etc.). Panama’s music has over time developed a stronger Afro-Caribbean vibe than its other Spanish-speaking neighbors, and there is a real eagerness to combine these with the Latin styles (cumbia, salsa, merengue..) of other Central and South American countries.
Later on, Panama was the first country to create a Spanish offshoot of reggae, known simply as Reggae en Español. One of the first acts to legitimize this sound was Nando Boom:
We will also explore other modern sounds of Panama, including the unclassifiable Combos Nacionales of the 70s, and some intriguing new psych rock bands.
Stream part 1: Global Mix
Stream part 2: Panama