The country of Djibouti declared its independence from France in 1977, with few resources and ethnic divisions fomented by their former colonial master. Historically, Djibouti’s unique location at the narrowest southern point of the Red Sea puts it at a historical crossroads of trade, peoples, and cultures from Europe, Asia, and Africa. Like other African […]
Dan Talmo of Global Revolutions sat down virtually with local guitarist Christo Ruppenthal to talk about his new project: Antique Aloha, a CD of 10 tracks inspired by his collection of antique 78 rpm Hawaiian recordings.
Music and culture played an essential role in inspiring and mobilizing communities of color during the 2020 election. One of the most active bands in these efforts is the L.A. based activist and cultural heritage band Las Cafeteras. Rooted in Mexican Son Jarocho from the State of Veracruz, Las Cafeteras incorporates hip-hop, rock, and reggae […]
Last summer when we were planning a trip to East Africa, our Safari operator mentioned a music festival in Zanzibar. The Sauti Za Busara Festival is in its 17th year and includes performers from all over Africa. The schedule coincided nicely with our Tanzania national parks tour. Representing WORT, we received press credentials and were […]
November 11, 2018 marks centenary of Poland’s Independence after 123 years of absence from the map of Europe as a result of being partitioned by its neighbors: Russia, Prussia and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Poland regained independence through a long, persistent fight (including several Uprisings) and the steadfastness of the Polish people maintaining their culture, language, pride, customs, and beliefs despite living […]
Here’s one last installment from WOMEX 2017 in Katowice, Poland. For me, the networking dimension of WOMEX was much bigger this year than the past two years. The trade show hall comfortably fit all 300 trade stands. One could easily roam from stand to stand, make new connections, or stumble onto old friends. • Madison […]