Monday, December 14, 2009

Sounds Imported 12/13/09

Hey world music fans. This week I played a bunch of tunes I found across the interweb world that I think you'll dig. We had some bollywood steel slide guitar, some taarab music from east Africa, some folk pop sung in Catalán, and some Bahian surf guitar. Here's the playlist:

Arrington De Dionyso|Tak Terbatas
Manel|En la que el Bernat se't troba
Manel|Dona estrangera
s. hazarasingh|chhedo na dekho na (from 'jigri dost' 1969)
s. hazarasingh|mast baharon ka (from 'farz' 1968)
kazi aniruddha|o haseena (from 'teesri manzil' 1966)
kazi aniruddha|main hoon pyar tera (from 'teesri manzil' 1966)
van shipley|chahe mujhe koi junglee kahe (from 'junglee' 1962)
Retrofoguetes | O Falso Turco
Retrofoguetes | Enmáscarado
Matano Juma | Dada
Zuhura Swaleh | Ya Zamani
Zein l'Abdin | Musiwe na Mshangao
Yasseen Mohamed | Ni Wewe
Matano Juma | Mpelekee Muhibu
Dariush Talai, Madjid Khaladj | Hekayat-2 (en Neyshabourak Et Nava)
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba | Andra's Song
Miriam Makeba | Maria Fulo
Araci Cortes With Orch. Brunswick | Quero Sossego
Mosh Ben Ari | Eem Rak Na'iz

Check 'em all out here:

Let me know what you think and enjoy!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

SOUNDS IMPORTED SHOW 12/6/09: Live Carnatic (South Indian Classical) Music Performance

This past Sunday we had a stellar performance from the amazing South Indian classical vocalist (and also UM audio engineering grad student) Krithika Rajagopal. Providing a stellar accompaniment for her on the Mridangam drum was her friend and fellow UM student Saheelan Sinnarajah. Here are the songs that they performed in order:
1) Chalamelara – Rangasamy Nattuvanar
2) Vathapi Ganapathium – Muthuswami Dikshitar
3) Deva Deva – Swathi Thirunal
4) Chalamelara – Tyagaraja
5) Nidhichala Sukhama – Tyagaraja
6) Telisi Rama – Tyagaraja
7) Shiva Shiva – Tyagaraja
8 ) Chinnan Chisu – Bharathi
9) Samayamidhe – Patnam Subramanya Iyer
10) Thillana – G. N. Balasubramanya
11) Jayathi Jayathi – Mayuram Vishwanaata Shaastri
You can download and listen to the whole performance here
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Friday, November 20, 2009

Sounds Imported! 11/15: Greece

This past sunday I played a bunch of awesome music from Greece. I don't have the exact playlist, but some of the CD's I played music from were:

You can check out some of that here:

I also played some awesome tracks from a 1972 National Geographic vinyl record called simply "The Music of Greece" which you can check out here.

In addition to that I played some tracks from vinyl from 1968 called "Bouzoukee: The Music of Greece" led by Bouzoukee player Iordanis Tsomidis , Speros Kapos on baklama, George Karathanasis on accordion, Alex Panos on Guitar, Haralambas Papafogos and a bass player named James Bond! Check it!

Well that's about all the World Music I can handle for now. Be sure to check out my show streaming live this sunday from 6:30-8PM  on 90.5FM in Miami, and right here.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Ghulam Ali

My awesome roommate found this tape by Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali at a local thrift shop here in Miami. Ghulam Ali is an amazing singer of classical Hindustani music and he is usually performing on vocals and harmonium, along with violin, sitar, and tablas players to accompany him. Here's the tape: 

Here's a video of him performing in a rather formal concert that's no less impassioned than any of the recordings:

Hope you all enjoy it!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Just found this awesome live video of the amazing Moroccan traditional music group Nass El Ghiwane performing a song called "Essiniya"
check it out:

Also if you don't already have one, sign up for for one reason only:
their fm worldbeat community. If you're a livejournal member (no money involved here it's free to sign up) you can join the group and check out the hundreds of amazing world music albums they post to that group. I've come across so much good/strange/beautiful music from that group that I've eventually used on my radio show, so I highly recommend it! Right now they've got 16 albums of Native American music, A Buddha Bar compilation, a Swedish band called Diablo Swing Orchestra that puts their genre as "Avant-garde/symphonic/operatic metal" and that's just the first 3!
Check it!:

On that community blog I found that has a bunch of free world music MP3's up. Just go to and type in "free world music mp3" in the search bar and you'll find them. Pretty awesome stuff. A bunch from Putumayo and some other world compilations.

I stumbled across this Indian music site that has all different styles of Indian music categorized by region and style which can give you a pretty good overview of the vast range of music that enormous country has to offer. The mp3 streams are not the highest quality, but what they lack in quality, they at least compensate for in the huge quantity of music available. If you sign up for the site (also free) you can save playlists (called PCDs) and go back and listen to your favorite tracks whenever you want.

That's all I've got for now, time to go play some avant-garde jazz!


Sunday, November 8, 2009


Hey kids, Today I played a bunch of music from Haiti and various other French speaking and otherwise awesome music filled nations. I did have some sweet vinyls that I was going to play, but the WVUM studio is pretty lax on fixing their turntable. I will be transferring some of those vinyl tracks to my computer so you guys can check em out. That's all for now!
6:34 PM Antoine Dougbè Et Black Santiago | Dou Dagbe Wé
6:38 Ti Band L’avenir | Mizisyen
6:47 Magnum Band | Libete
6:54 Ralph Thamar | Mi Se La
7:00 Ti Band L’avenir | Ti Band L’avenir / Panamam Tombe
7:03 Ensemble L’avenir | Ensemble L’avenir / Ti Zwazo
7:08 SÈ Kool | Pa Dèkourajè
7:13 Carimi | Ayiti (Bang Bang)
7:18 Sakad | Rebati Kay-La (Rebuild The House)
7:22 Ti Band L’avenir | Haiti Chèrie
7:31 Haiti Twoubadou | Ki Demon Sa-A
7:37 DP Express | E E E E
7:44 Kassav’ | RÈtÈ (Live Version)
7:48 Egschiglen – Elstiin Ganga
7:51 Alan Raghallaigh | The rocks of bawn
7:53 Staff Benda Billi | Sala Keba
7:56 Los Destellos | Valicha
7:59 Ghulam Ali | Aek to Chehra aesa ho

Let me know what you think!

Sunday, November 1, 2009


Oi amigos do blogspot!
I played some beautiful fado music, some indian slide guitar, and lots of other good ones on SOUNDS IMPORTED! sunday. Here's the playlist:

Artist Name
Mariza - Por Ti!
Mariza - Loucura
Cristina Branco - Ai Vida
Mafalda Arnauth - Talvez Se Chame Saudade
Amália Rodrigues - Primavera
Debashish Bhattacharya - Gypsy Anandi
Debashish Bhattacharya - Maya
Gilberto Gil - Domingo no Parque (feat. Os Mutantes)
The Caribbeanas - Melody De Amour
Lord Christo - Tantie Earnestine
Anon - Unknown –from the Cambodian Cassette Archives Khmer Folk & Pop music
Paco De Lucía & Raphael Canizares - Los Gitanos
Ayub Ogada - Dala (Album)
Agepê - Ela Não Gosta De Mim
Cristina Branco - Meu Amor é Marinheiro
Sabicas - Danza árabe - Damasco
Traditional Music Of Peru 4 - 300 Pounds Of Gold
Lars Hollmer - Prozesscrik
Dungen - Panda
Eskorbuto - Ratas en Biskaia
Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabate - Kaira

Check it out here:

Also found this sweet blog:

And this awesome distro company that has tons of world music from various different labels:

That's all for this week kids. I'll try to keep on top of keeping this thang updated. Be sure to check out my next show on sunday from 6:30-8PM on 90.5FM in Miami and online at!

Much Love,


Sunday, October 4, 2009


Hey there world music lovers! My name is Taylor and I'm a DJ at WVUM 90.5 the University of Miami's radio station. I do a world music show there every sunday from 6:30-8PM and I usually pick a different country to explore every week. If you're not in the Miami area you can check out the show streaming live from our website WVUM.ORG and also I'll be posting all the music that I play each week here on this blog. Plus any sweet music I find out there in internet world or acquire myself I'll be happy to share with all you kids. So for today I'll give you what I've got now:

Music from Gabon:

Music of Iraq:

World Music Mix:

Mongolian Music:

Let me know what you think email me: