Author Archives: Darek Mazzone, Wo-Pop

Immigrant Songs: Mako & Munjuru

One of the cornerstones of Wo’Pop, and what has kept it a unique program is its focus on emerging global music and genres. This focus on the new is important, but you have to have context in order to make sense. Traditional music can be quickly overwhelmed by new ideas and the essence of itsRead more…

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Darek Mazzone at WOMEX 15 in Budapest

This October was my first visit to the WOMEX Conference, the annual World Music Expo that happens in different European Cities with a focus on International music. Yes, I’ve been involved in the World Music scene for years and it’s a bit odd that I’ve not been before, but I always found the timing tooRead more…

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Immigrant Songs: Winston Jarrett

Can you believe there was once a time where Reggae wasn’t a word everyone recognized? In the musical world you have to really be in awe of how a sound from a tiny island in the Caribbean has propelled itself into the Global Consciousness. The legendary Reggae singer Winston Jarrett can clearly remember when theRead more…

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Immigrant Songs: Kultur Shock

There are many paths that lead one to emigrate and there are many roads to becoming a musician. When you combine the two, you often find a unique beast that exists in between dimensions. The legendary Balkan band Kultur Shock is such a beast. Sometimes a musician or band creates a persona to sell toRead more…

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KEXP at the OFF Festival: Day 5, Part 2 – Wrap up and thoughts to the future

We wrapped up our location at the porcelain factory, now known as Porcelana Śląska Park, still amazed at the potential of the space and what we accomplished there in so few days. We had one more night at the OFF Festival and were eager to check out some headliners. Patti Smith performing Horses promised toRead more…

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KEXP at the OFF Festival: Day 5, Part 1 – Juxtapositions

KEXP @ The OFF Festival: Day 5. Part 1 Tribes have been the dominant social structure for humanity. Tribes evolved into villages, towns, countries. The dominant feeling I’ve been trying to find words for in my first week being back in Poland is that I’m back with my tribe. This makes moving in crowded citiesRead more…

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KEXP at the OFF Festival: Day 4, Part 2 – Summer nights at the Festival: FOOD! BEER! Where is the vodka?

After an exhausting day shooting four bands at the Porcelain Factory, we piled into our transport vans our sponsors provided, which were a lifesaver, and hit the hotel to clean the dust off our bodies. It was time to hit the OFF Festival! It was our second night so we all felt a little surerRead more…

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KEXP at the OFF Festival: Day 4, Part 1: The Porcelain Factory, and I sound odd

It’s Day 4 with KEXP at the OFF Festival, and I’ve had some tie too think and absorb all this Polishness. Linguistically and culturally my coming back to Poland has been a wonderful revelation. The country has changed dramatically, in many ways going from black & white/2D to vivid color/3D.  That transformation began in 1989Read more…

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KEXP at the OFF Festival in Katowice, Poland, Day 3, Part 2

We’ve heard about the Off Festival from many friends. KEXP’s Cheryl Waters and Jonathan Poneman of Sub Pop have been advocates for it for many years. But as in all things experiential, you really have to experience it to grasp it. The festival grounds are in a huge park 10 minutes out of the city.Read more…

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KEXP at the OFF Festival in Katowice, Poland, Day 3, Part 1

Having some time to sleep a few nights in Poland, I’m remembering more of what my life was like here. It’s not tied to cinematic flashbacks, more akin to indentations in my psyche. I’m a very different person than the one who stayed here in an alternate universe. Poland is a very different place andRead more…

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