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Aakash Mittal Podcast 262


Saxophonist Aakash Mittal draws his inspiration from a plethora of sources.  We sit down and talk with him in anticiaption of Aawaz trio show March 11 at National Sawdust.  We'll also hear his live set from 2017s Ragas Live Festival at Rubin Museum of Art with Rez Abassi on Guitar and Alex Ritz on Drums.

Randy Weston Podcast 261


An intimate conversation with Randy Weston at his home in Brooklyn in 2010.  The master jazz musician tells tales of his times with Charlie Parker, Max Roach, Fela Kuti and countless legends.  Among many accomplishments, Mr. Weston is responsible for bringing gnawa music to a much larger audience, so we thought we'd share this interview before we host Innov Gnawa at a concert at the Mercy Home in Brooklyn this Wednesday.  Tickets for that concert 2/28/18 are available here on the airbnb platform

Sameer Gupta’s Circle Has No Beginning - Podcast 260


In anticipation of his album release Feb 16 at Littlefield, the tabla/drumset maverick came to WKCR and shared some exclusive live tracks.  



Simon Shaheen - Podcast 259


We get to hang at home with Simon Shaheen!  He performs live on the oud and shares a few live performances.  We also had an in-depth discussion about maqam and the history of Arabic Music.  

Hugh Masekela Interview Podcast 258


I just got word that the great Hugh Masekela passed away.  This week we revisit a 2013 interview with him.

Hugh Masekela is the most well known jazz musician from Africa.  His first big hit was in 1968 and he has sold millions of albums, won multiple Grammys and worked with everyone from Stevie Wonder to Dizzy Gillespie. Fresh off a tour with Paul Simon, he and his band are super-refined, with perfect vocal harmonies, deep grooves, and inspired improvisations.    Masekela is considered a legend of South African Music and the apartheid struggle, but that's not how he see's it.

I got to spend sometime backstage with him and now so do you!


Here's one quote from the interview:

"I never had a career, I had an obsession with music.  And my obsession with it, and maybe a little gift that I had, threw me into the area, but my aim, even when I came overseas, was to learn and to study and everything else is a coincidence.  But I didn't plan to make it for myself.   If you look at anybody who is out there to make it for themselves they self-destruct.  They become very big and then they self-destruct. As long as you've got the "me" thing in your head you're doomed." - Hugh Masekela


Georgia’s Iberi Choir Podcast 257


The Iberi Choir brings the Georgian Polyphonic Traditional vocal singing around the world.  Fresh after a triumphant performance at Global Fest, we sit down with their leader Buba Murghulia and listen to tracks from their album "First"


Georgian Folk Choir “Iberi” was established officially on September 3, 2012. The idea of the Group formation was initiated by singer Buba Murgulia who from 1994 to 1996 was a member of the State Ensemble for Song and Dance, he was a member of “Kapela” as well as vocal group Ensembles under Technical University of Georgia from 1995 to 2000 and in 2010 he was a member of the Group “The Shin”, participating at that in European and Georgian concerts of the above mentioned Group. B. Murghulia is also the member of the bands of successful Georgian Composers Zaza Marjanishvili and David Malazonia`s Ethno Jazz Band "IRIAO". Together with the Head of the Group Buba Murghulia the Group comprises 9 performers and majority of them have been in this field for a long period of time.

Bass Legend Bakithi Kumalo


Bakithi Kumalo is a four time Grammy Winning bassist who came to the world's attention on Paul Simon's Graceland Album.  We hang with him and here one of his new tracks.  

Hatim Belyamani Returns


Hatim Belyamani returns with a new version of and shares recordings he made in Brazil and China.



Knoel Scott of the Sun Ra Arkestra Podcast 255


A great discussion with Knoel Scott, a multi instrumentalist and band leader who has played with with the Sun Ra Arkestra since 1979.  Recorded backstage at the Opus 1 Festival in Maryland.  We also hear his original composition, "Harlem Nocturne," featuring Marshall Allen.  

Knoel is in town this week to play at the Nublu Jazz Festival.  

Recalling the Valley - Podcast 254


Recored and broadcast live at the Ragas Live Festival 2017 from the Rubin Museum of Art, we hear the world premier of the new project:  Recalling the Valley. 

Jay Gandhi (bansuri) and Max ZT's (hammered dulcimer) pay tribute to their world-renowned teachers, Shivkumar Sharma and Hariprasad Chaurasia.  With Ehren Hanson on tabla they will perform music inspired by their gurus’ beloved album, “Call of the Valley.”  

The new group will perform Friday December 8th as part of the Brooklyn Roots Series, produced by NYC Radio Live for Airbnb! 

Time: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Location: Mercy Home for Children, 273 Willoughby Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Tickets here : $20