Many musical styles in the Middle East and North Africa have been synonymous with resistance and freedom. For example, rai music which I feature quite a bit in this show originated in Oran Algeria. Traditionally lyrics of raï have concerned themselves with social issues, such as disease and the way in which native populations were affected by the policing practices in former European colonies. But things change, and raï over time has also began to be associated with love, which is a not a terrible innovation if you ask me. Also in this show, look out for Omar Suleymane, a north eastern Syrian musician that is tearing up the clubs from Syria to Belgium and New York.
About this Podcast
The transGlobal groove collective was born at Bates College in Lewiston Maine in 2002. Transmitting for a little over a year on WRBC 91.5 FM, it started with Professor’s Rose Pruiksma and Amyaz Moledina spinning heavy doses of international music that ran the gamut from folk and anthropological field recordings, to Indonesian Gamelan music and Tanzanian rap! It now has a new home at The College of Wooster in Wooster Ohio. The transGlobal Groove Collective is now led by Professor Moledina and features luminaries like Pierre Glitch and Dr. Foo. Selected playlists are provided below.
Please join us every Sunday from 12-4pm as we explore music though space and time. We are likely to play Tuvan throat music, Brazilian Samba, Mbalax, Ghazals or Cuban Son as we explore space and how globalization has increased the palette of musical influences that inspire contemporary music. We are also likely to play anything from Tex-Mex, 70s and 80 synth pop, Folk, and music from the Akron Punk Scene as we explore time and how these elements have influenced modern music as we know it today. In other words, this is the wierdest mix tape you will ever listen to! We currently transmit at WCWS 90.9 FM and also online.
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