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World Music Matters

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World Music Matters

World Music Matters

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Paris is a hub for musicians from all over the world. Our weekly show is a forum for sharing that music, and exploring its emotional impact. World Music Matters is hosted by RFI's Alison Hird.

Latest Episodes

World Music Matters - Hachalu Hundessa: the Oromo singer who helped transform politics in Ethiopia

"Everyday I walk in this city, I know I walk alongside death," singer Hachalu Hundessa said just days before he was shot dead in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on 28 June.We hear how the 34-year old protest singer became the voice of the Oromo ethnic group. "He was the soundtrack of the 2018 revolution that brought change to Ethiopia" Awol Allo told RFI.

15 MIN1 w ago
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World Music Matters - Hachalu Hundessa: the Oromo singer who helped transform politics in Ethiopia

World Music Matters - 'Black Lives Matter', and songs are showing it's a fact

Inspiring speeches are great, but a song can travel and connect people like nothing else. After the tragic death of George Floyd, musicians are helping to bring issues of police violence and social justice to the fore. Beyoncé, queen of R 'n' B, and the young gospel singer Keedron Bryant have just released songs with a strong 'Black Lives Matter' message.

11 MIN2 w ago
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World Music Matters - 'Black Lives Matter', and songs are showing it's a fact

World Music Matters - Ariana Vafadari breathes life into Anahita, Persian goddess of water

After exploring Zoroastrian chants on her 2016 album “Gathas, songs my father taught me”,mezzo soprano Ariana Vafadariputsfemininity to the fore with the heart-wrenching “Anahita”, inspired by the Persianprophet Zarathustra and the goddess of water. Ten deeply spiritual songs set to Oriental maqam scales, tracinga pathfrom despair to resolution.

17 MIN3 w ago
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World Music Matters - Ariana Vafadari breathes life into Anahita, Persian goddess of water

World Music Matters - The Eddy: a love letter to jazz in modern, multicultural Paris

There are big names in The Eddy, a Netflix series about a struggling jazz club in Paris. But the real star is jazz. And since coronavirus is depriving us of the thrill of live music, the jazz sessions recorded with its ownsix-piece band provide music lovers a much needed fix. Composer Glen Ballard and saxophonist Jowee Omicil talk about the joy of putting music first.

19 MINJUN 13
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World Music Matters - The Eddy: a love letter to jazz in modern, multicultural Paris

World Music Matters - Mugogo!: electronic music from the coast of Kenya

When Swiss beatmaker FlexFab was doing a set in the coastal town of Kilifi, Kenya, a young Kenyan rapper Ziller Bas grabbed the mike and delivered his "Swengflow". The chemistry was immediate and six months later the two artists are set to release their debut EP Mugogo! A dancefloor must.

12 MINJUN 6
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World Music Matters - Mugogo!: electronic music from the coast of Kenya

World Music Matters - Touki: how West Africa's kora found kindred spirit in the banjo

When musicians Amadou Diagne and Cory Seznec had a chance encounter in a bar in Bath in 2007, they knew one day they would record together. Thirteenyears later, after many "touki" (journeys), they've embarked on a new musical adventure with a debut album Right of Passage. They talk to RFI about making new roots music with kora, banjo and guitar.

17 MINMAY 31
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World Music Matters - Touki: how West Africa's kora found kindred spirit in the banjo

World Music Matters - Chadian band Pulo NDJ creates sounds out of its Lomé lockdown

When N'Djamena-based electro band Pulo NDJ found themselves stranded in Abuja with no chance of returning to Chad because of the coronavirus, they made their wayto Lomé, set up a home studio and recorded a song about living in lockdown. Their story is one of friendship and remaining creative through the crisis.

11 MINMAY 22
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World Music Matters - Chadian band Pulo NDJ creates sounds out of its Lomé lockdown

World Music Matters - Djibouti's Groupe RTD make international 'Dancing Devils' album debut

Djibouti is better known as a strategicoutpost than a hotbed of music butGroupe RTD, the country's national radio band, are one of its best kept secrets. By day they play at official ceremonies, off duty they let riptheir love ofAmerican jazz, Indian Bollywood, Jamaican reggae and Somali funk. Forthe first time ever an independent label, Ostinato Records, was allowed to capture that sound and release it to the outside world on the upcomingDancing Devils of Djibouti album.

14 MINMAY 18
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World Music Matters - Djibouti's Groupe RTD make international 'Dancing Devils' album debut

World Music Matters - Sarah McCoy sings, and lives, the blues

Sarah McCoy is undoubtedly one of the most exuberant and talented singer-songwriters around, unafraid to bear her heart and soul in hermusic. "Honesty is important," says the 35-yearold American. "If I werejust singing about how it's sunshiny all the time, well some people can do that, but it's my job to sing about when it rains."

14 MINMAR 18
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World Music Matters - Sarah McCoy sings, and lives, the blues

World Music Matters - Olgha Nk: a strong voice lamenting the pain of Cameroon's Anglophone crisis

Olga "Olgha" Nkweti is a singer-songwriter from the English-speaking part of Cameroon. She began singing professionally aged just 17 and has made a name crafting covers of popular songs into Pigdin English, but also writes her own soulful afro-pop compositions. She talks to RFI about composing the song Coldto draw attention to the innocent victims caught up in the Anglophone conflict.

12 MINMAR 6
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World Music Matters - Olgha Nk: a strong voice lamenting the pain of Cameroon's Anglophone crisis

Latest Episodes

World Music Matters - Hachalu Hundessa: the Oromo singer who helped transform politics in Ethiopia

"Everyday I walk in this city, I know I walk alongside death," singer Hachalu Hundessa said just days before he was shot dead in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on 28 June.We hear how the 34-year old protest singer became the voice of the Oromo ethnic group. "He was the soundtrack of the 2018 revolution that brought change to Ethiopia" Awol Allo told RFI.

15 MIN1 w ago
Comments
World Music Matters - Hachalu Hundessa: the Oromo singer who helped transform politics in Ethiopia

World Music Matters - 'Black Lives Matter', and songs are showing it's a fact

Inspiring speeches are great, but a song can travel and connect people like nothing else. After the tragic death of George Floyd, musicians are helping to bring issues of police violence and social justice to the fore. Beyoncé, queen of R 'n' B, and the young gospel singer Keedron Bryant have just released songs with a strong 'Black Lives Matter' message.

11 MIN2 w ago
Comments
World Music Matters - 'Black Lives Matter', and songs are showing it's a fact

World Music Matters - Ariana Vafadari breathes life into Anahita, Persian goddess of water

After exploring Zoroastrian chants on her 2016 album “Gathas, songs my father taught me”,mezzo soprano Ariana Vafadariputsfemininity to the fore with the heart-wrenching “Anahita”, inspired by the Persianprophet Zarathustra and the goddess of water. Ten deeply spiritual songs set to Oriental maqam scales, tracinga pathfrom despair to resolution.

17 MIN3 w ago
Comments
World Music Matters - Ariana Vafadari breathes life into Anahita, Persian goddess of water

World Music Matters - The Eddy: a love letter to jazz in modern, multicultural Paris

There are big names in The Eddy, a Netflix series about a struggling jazz club in Paris. But the real star is jazz. And since coronavirus is depriving us of the thrill of live music, the jazz sessions recorded with its ownsix-piece band provide music lovers a much needed fix. Composer Glen Ballard and saxophonist Jowee Omicil talk about the joy of putting music first.

19 MINJUN 13
Comments
World Music Matters - The Eddy: a love letter to jazz in modern, multicultural Paris

World Music Matters - Mugogo!: electronic music from the coast of Kenya

When Swiss beatmaker FlexFab was doing a set in the coastal town of Kilifi, Kenya, a young Kenyan rapper Ziller Bas grabbed the mike and delivered his "Swengflow". The chemistry was immediate and six months later the two artists are set to release their debut EP Mugogo! A dancefloor must.

12 MINJUN 6
Comments
World Music Matters - Mugogo!: electronic music from the coast of Kenya

World Music Matters - Touki: how West Africa's kora found kindred spirit in the banjo

When musicians Amadou Diagne and Cory Seznec had a chance encounter in a bar in Bath in 2007, they knew one day they would record together. Thirteenyears later, after many "touki" (journeys), they've embarked on a new musical adventure with a debut album Right of Passage. They talk to RFI about making new roots music with kora, banjo and guitar.

17 MINMAY 31
Comments
World Music Matters - Touki: how West Africa's kora found kindred spirit in the banjo

World Music Matters - Chadian band Pulo NDJ creates sounds out of its Lomé lockdown

When N'Djamena-based electro band Pulo NDJ found themselves stranded in Abuja with no chance of returning to Chad because of the coronavirus, they made their wayto Lomé, set up a home studio and recorded a song about living in lockdown. Their story is one of friendship and remaining creative through the crisis.

11 MINMAY 22
Comments
World Music Matters - Chadian band Pulo NDJ creates sounds out of its Lomé lockdown

World Music Matters - Djibouti's Groupe RTD make international 'Dancing Devils' album debut

Djibouti is better known as a strategicoutpost than a hotbed of music butGroupe RTD, the country's national radio band, are one of its best kept secrets. By day they play at official ceremonies, off duty they let riptheir love ofAmerican jazz, Indian Bollywood, Jamaican reggae and Somali funk. Forthe first time ever an independent label, Ostinato Records, was allowed to capture that sound and release it to the outside world on the upcomingDancing Devils of Djibouti album.

14 MINMAY 18
Comments
World Music Matters - Djibouti's Groupe RTD make international 'Dancing Devils' album debut

World Music Matters - Sarah McCoy sings, and lives, the blues

Sarah McCoy is undoubtedly one of the most exuberant and talented singer-songwriters around, unafraid to bear her heart and soul in hermusic. "Honesty is important," says the 35-yearold American. "If I werejust singing about how it's sunshiny all the time, well some people can do that, but it's my job to sing about when it rains."

14 MINMAR 18
Comments
World Music Matters - Sarah McCoy sings, and lives, the blues

World Music Matters - Olgha Nk: a strong voice lamenting the pain of Cameroon's Anglophone crisis

Olga "Olgha" Nkweti is a singer-songwriter from the English-speaking part of Cameroon. She began singing professionally aged just 17 and has made a name crafting covers of popular songs into Pigdin English, but also writes her own soulful afro-pop compositions. She talks to RFI about composing the song Coldto draw attention to the innocent victims caught up in the Anglophone conflict.

12 MINMAR 6
Comments
World Music Matters - Olgha Nk: a strong voice lamenting the pain of Cameroon's Anglophone crisis
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