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 […]
Hear Dan Talmo‘s exclusive interview with Cuban artist and Amsterdam resident Estrella Acosta, which aired on Global Revolutions Mon. Jan. 11, 2021. In August of 2020 Estrella released a new album of traditional Cuban songs, a tribute to her motherland and its great troubadours. (Album art […]
WOMEX-the Worldwide Music Expo-was forced to go virtual this year instead of its planned live presentation in Budapest. There were advantages and disadvantages with this decision. While the personal connections and ability to see musicians perform live were significantly diminished (though not completely eliminated,) the greatly reduced admission fee and elimination of travel costs allowed […]
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 […]