World Music Foundation Podcast

World Music Foundation Podcast

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A podcast that explores the beauty and connectedness of musical cultures from every part of the globe.


Rhymefest: American Rapper, Writer, Community Organizer, and Explorer
Feb 11 • 66 min
In this week’s episode John meets with American rapper and prolific creator, Che “Rhymefest” Smith to discuss Hip-Hop and his Hollywood acting debut, along with topics ranging from Chicago’s youth, spirituality, various life changing trips around the…
Wu Fei: Genre-bending Composer, Guzheng Virtuoso & Vocalist From Beijing
Jan 27 • 56 min
Wu Fei describes herself as an ancient soul trapped in a feisty woman’s body. Hailing from Beijing, China, Wu Fei is a multi-talented composer and guzheng virtuoso, known also for her improvisational singing and piano playing. Fei talks to John about…
Louis York: American Griots, Weirdo Workshop Founders, and Multi-GRAMMY Nominated Musicians
Dec 16, 2019 • 63 min
This week’s episode takes us to Nashville, TN, USA where John visits Weirdo Workshop, the music label and creative headquarters for our guests, Louis York, to speak with them about their new album and everything that’s brought them to this point in their…
Roberto Fonseca: Cuban Pianist, Composer, and Bandleader
Nov 11, 2019 • 43 min
Self-proclaimed “crazy, romantic musician”, Roberto Fonseca, speaks with John about his recently released 9th solo album, Yesun, along with the life experiences and musical training that have brought him to this point. Roberto is a GRAMMY nominated, Cuban…
Femi Kuti: Afrobeat Legend And Concerned Citizen Of The World
Nov 4, 2019 • 37 min
John spoke with Afrobeat icon Femi Kuti from the Shrine in Lagos, Nigeria, where he shared his life-changing transition from the Saxophone to the Trumpet and the effect this has had on his music and his thoughts. Femi is the son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela…
Goat Picnic: Hill Country Music of North Mississippi
Oct 21, 2019 • 37 min
John travels down to Coldwater, MS for the 69th Annual Goat Picnic in honor of fife & drum legend, Otha Turner. What started off as something else, ends up being a a good handful of great conversations with musicians (and even some audience members) about…
Mei-Ann Chen: Award-Winning Taiwanese-American Conductor & Music Director
Sep 23, 2019 • 78 min
Mei-Ann Chen is acclaimed for infusing orchestras with energy, enthusiasm. In our conversation we follow her musical evolution from shy violin player in her birth country, Taiwan, to dynamic, trailblazing, internationally sought-after conductor. Mei-Ann…
Mile of Music Festival Part 2: Afro-Cuban, Mariachi, Ghanaian Drumming, and Menominee Flute Interviews & Workshops
Sep 9, 2019 • 63 min
Last week, we spoke with Brian & Leila Pertl, and members of the Music Education Team, who have helped design the Mile of Music Festival, especially the cultural education components. This week, we’re speaking with the teaching-musicians themselves to…
Mile of Music Festival Part 1: Cultivating An Inclusive View Of Local Music
Sep 2, 2019 • 48 min
We were delighted to discover the Mile Of Music Festival, which curates international music workshops alongside concerts of Americana and Folk music. Several of the Americana acts were imported nationwide and even internationally, but all of the…
Jess Sah Bi & Peter One: Ivory Coast Guitar & Vocal Duo
Aug 12, 2019 • 56 min
Jess Sah Bi & Peter One, musicians from Côte d’Ivoire in West Africa, recall hearing the harmonies and guitars of Simon and Garfunkel and Cat Stevens for the first time and how that impacted their music from that point onward. In our conversation they…
Pamyua: The Most Famous Inuit Band In The World
Jul 29, 2019 • 47 min
Pamyua’s musical footprint, spanning two decades and several countries, is a testament to the ongoing vibrancy of Inuit music, the group members, and their unique heritage. Brothers Phillip and Stephen Blanchett speak from the heart on issues of identity,…
Zeshan B: Chicago-Born Opera-Trained Indian Muslim Soul Singer
Jul 15, 2019 • 61 min
Chicago’s own Zeshan B’s fearlessness as an individual translates into music that knows no boundaries and takes from a wider range of influences than we may be used to hearing in one musician’s discography. In 2017 he released his critically acclaimed…
Strunz & Farah: Costa Rican-Iranian Global Fusion Guitar Duo
Jun 24, 2019 • 57 min
Originally from Costa Rica and Iran respectively, Jorge Strunz and Ardeshir Farah have brought the musical influences of their native lands into their highly virtuosic, rhythmic, and improvisation-rich original instrumental compositions, inspiring fans…
Aashish Khan - Living Legend of Indian Classical Music and Master of Sarode
Jun 17, 2019 • 48 min
Aashish Khan is the eldest exponent of an Indian Classical music lineage that reaches all the way back to the court of Mughal emperor Akbar the Great. He takes us back to the creation of his pioneering Indo-Jazz fusion band, Shakti, in the early 1970s, he…
Thomas Brooman, Co-Creator Of The Term World Music & Co-Founder Of WOMAD Festival
Jun 10, 2019 • 50 min
Thomas Brooman has always had a vision of a smaller musical world — from his early years spent among fellow awe-struck concertgoers during the European Rock-&-Roll boom, to his later work cultivating a collective of artists as co-founder of the globally…
Paramount Records: the Rise, Fall, and Resurrection
Jun 3, 2019 • 31 min
Our second episode brings us to a small town in the Northern part of the U.S. where we, surprisingly, find a deep Blues history. We follow Paramount Records through the peak of success, recording landmark artists that changed Western popular music…
Dave Pietro, American Jazz Saxophonist
May 27, 2019 • 56 min
Dave Pietro’s curiosity and workmanship have been the foundation of his decade’s long career as an internationally touring musician. He explains the value of truly listening— even if what you’re hearing confuses or frightens you at first. We touch on his…