Betsayda Machado & Parranda El Clavo – Podcast 218

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Hailing from Venezuela, Betsayda Machado & Parranda El Clavo made their New York debut at GlobalFest this week.  The group’s electrifying live set, complete with pitch perfect harmonies, dazzling dancers, and irresistible rhythms earned them legions of new fans and a feature in the next days’s New York Times.

We sat down with Betsayda with her manager Juan Souki and learned more about the Afro-Venezuelan tradition. She talks us through a few tracks on their first album,  Rural Recordings Under the Mango Tree, which is available through the Indiegogo campaign that brought them here.

Betsayda Machado and Parranda EL Clavo

Rajasthani Folk Music Live at WKCR Podcast 204

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Vocalists Sattar Khan Langa, Manjoor Khan Manganiyar  join us at WKCR for a live in-studio set.  The music from this region is recognized around the world for its virtuosity and beauty.  The chance to see and hear real live Rajasthani folk music is really rare and these guys really blew us away.

Robert Browning Opens his Vault – Podcast 133

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Robert Browning, New York City’s most prolific producer of World Music events shares his personal recordings, highlights from his concerts from over the last 30 years.

We’ll hear rare recordings from Abida Parveen of Pakistan, Dimi Mint Abba from Mauritania, Noura Mint Seymali of Mauritania, Said Shanbehzadeh-bagpipe from Bushear Iran a; Village group from Luristan (South West Iran), Hassan Hakmoun of Morocco, Farid Ayaz, Abu Muhammad & Brothers Qawwal  from Pakistan  and a rare recording from India’s master of the Rudra Veena, Ustad Asad Ali Khan.

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Ustad Asad Ali Khan and his cosmic instrument, the rudra veena

Robert Browning has produced over 1,500 concerts of World Music,  including the Musical World of Islam (1993-94, 1995-96) concert series that featured artists such as Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (Pakistan), Simon Shaheen (Palestine), Sabah Fakhri (Syria), Necdet Yasar (Turkey), Alim Qasimov (Azerbaijan), the Master Musicians of Jajouka (Morocco), Shahram Nazeri (Iran) and Dimi Mint Abba (Mauritania).  The Festival of Greek Music & Dance (2000-2005) which included rembetika music as well as regional styles from throughout mainland Greece and the islands; and the New York Flamenco Festival(2001 – 2011), which featured many of Spain’s greatest musicians and dancers. Artists from Africa and the African diaspora played a major role in his concerts and included Kandia Kouyate, Oumou Sangare and Toumani Diabate (Mali). Ladysmith Black Mambaso (South Africa), Les Ballets Africains  (Guinea) and Los Munequitos de Matanzas (Cuba) and the Skatalites (Jamaica).

His Festival of India featured some of India’s must celebrated classical artists, including Lalgudi Jayraman, Maharajapuram Santhanam, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Shivkumar Sharma, and Zakir Hussain. The festival continued the following year with a concert at Carnegie Hall with some of the finest Rajasthani folk musicians opening for the celebrated sitarist Nikhil Banerjee.

 

Radhika Joshi-Ray, Brooklyn Raga Massive @ Art Cafe Podcast 122

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Radhika Joshi-Ray, Vocal;  Amod Dandawate, tabla; Achyut Joshi, harmonium

Live at Brooklyn Raga  Massive ‘s Jam Session at Art Cafe

Radhika Joshi-Ray is a Indian classical vocalist of the Jaipur Atrauli Gharana. She is a versatile singer and has a firm grounding in Hindustani classical music, as well as semi-classical forms of music such as Thumri, Dadra, Kajri, Hori and Chaiti.

Over the years, Radhika has evolved into a fine musician with a characteristic style of her own. The alaaps she renders in each Raga are a reflection of her deep thought on the various emotions and moods portrayed by various notes in a Raga. As a result, her music is a fine blend of both emotion and intellect.

Although classical music is Radhika’s forte, her Gurus have inspired her to respect and learn from all musical forms and traditions. Radhika has been eager to explore different styles of music and has sung in various Indian regional languages.

In addition to her pursuits in music, Radhika has a masters in Economics from Tufts University, Boston and is presently pursuing a PhD in Economics at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.

brm-logo-copy-1Brooklyn Raga Massive, an artist collective dedicated to the Indian Classical Musicians of Brooklyn hosts weekly concerts followed by jam sessions every Wednesday at 8pm  at Art Cafe, 
884 Pacific st at Underhill, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

Art Cafe is a bar and venue connected to The Village @ Gureje, an arts center and creative community that brings together artists, teachers and leaders from Brooklyn and beyond.

Hatim Belyamani of remix ←→ culture brings recordings from Morocco – Podcast 120

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This podcast we were joined by Hatim Belyamani, executive director of remix ←→ culture.  Hatim has been making incredible field recordings throughout Morocco in remote locations.  (Check out the picture below).  He will share these amazing recordings with the WKCR audience and conclude with a live remix of his own.

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One location in Morocco!


 remix ←→ culture is a nonprofit artist collective committed to growing a conversation between traditional music(ians) and digital remix art(ists). They love folk music traditions that have been evolving for a long time, and so and go find them in remote corners of the world.  They make high quality audio and video recordings of their live performances, using several microphones and cameras, each on different instruments.  This allows them not only to make beautiful videos of the original performance, but also to then create vide
o remixes of the separate instruments, and bring them to the public via participatory remix experiences.

The Hills and The Rivers and Cousin Boneless Street Folk Music -Podcast 109

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The Hills and The Rivers

This band formed when Isaac Hill and his sister Heidi began recording an album of Isaac’s new songs. Gathering their street musician friends together they formed a band that became bigger than the initial project.

Cousin Boneless

Solo acoustic acts Average Joey and Crisp Lake went on tour together, and eventually joined forces. Cousin Boneless plays Spooky Folk Punk with a revolving door of other members.

They’re trying to raise funds in the next week or so to buy a van to more efficiently tour.  If you’d like to support them, check out their indiegogo campaign.