Category Archives: Wo’ Pop

2015 Top Ten List Spotlight: Darek Mazzone

For the rest of the year, we’ll be spotlighting our KEXP DJs Top Albums of 2015, leading up to our 2015 90.3 Top Album Countdown on Friday, December 18! Tune in to make sure your favorites made the list! Darek Mazzone’s 2015 Top Ten Albums artist album label Bomba Estereo Amanecer Sony Cheikh Lô BalbalouRead more…

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KEXP Presents: World AIDS Day Concert at Showbox at the Market 12/1

This Tuesday, December 1st, KEXP, in partnership with Lifelong, presents the 2015 KEXP World AIDS Day Concert at The Showbox at the Market. Enjoy a FREE concert from Ivan and Alyosha, Fly Moon Royalty, and Graig Markel and the 88th St. Band, with KEXP’s own DJ Darek Mazzone, as we shed light on the worldwideRead more…

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Music That Matters: Mad Dog & Pierogi Glutton

Check out some of the KEXP DJ’s favorite artists from the Pacific Northwest and around the world on-the-go. KEXP’s Music That Matters weekly podcast brings you an exclusive mix of new music from the world’s best independent artists. Currently, you’ll hear: Music That Matters, Vol. 477 – Mad Dog & Pierogi Glutton Wo’ Pop hostRead more…

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Live Video: Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba are set on changing the way we think about world music. Pushing the limits of traditional West African instruments themselves to embrace western styles and a more versatile melodic range, Bassekou Kouyate is proud of the modern innovations he’s made with the ngoni, a traditional stringed instrument, and rightly so. For generationsRead more…

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Live Video: Red Baraat

Brooklyn’s brassy big band Red Baraat stopped by on their way across the country on a national tour to bring their infectious world music into the KEXP live room. Led by percussionist Sunny Jain, the eight members draw on a Bhangra blend of North Indian rhythms mixed with hip-hop, funk and New Orleans jazz toRead more…

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Immigrant Songs: Chimurenga Renaissance

Seattle duo Chimurenga Renaissance is generating heat in both International Music and Hip-Hop. They are musical royalty and prodigal sons who have managed to cross-pollinate the traditional and the modern, bridging two continents, two cultures, two generations and two genres. The band came about through collaborations between Tendai Maraire from Shabazz Palaces and Hussein Kalonji,Read more…

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Immigrant Songs: Meklit

Immigrants move to a new country for a guarantee: That life can be better in ways that were impossible in the home country. This is certainly true for Meklit Hadero, an Ethiopian-born woman who, through her immigrant experience as well as her talent, became an intriguing artist in the US. Immigration is inherently a traumaticRead more…

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KEXP Presents Immigrant Songs: Song and Story from the Immigrant Experience

I’m very excited to announce the launch of Immigrant Songs, a cool new series that highlights foreign-born musicians and their music along with unique stories of the immigrant experience. I’ll be curating the series alongside Wo’ Pop host Darek Mazzone. While Derek and I have always championed a wide variety of music from around theRead more…

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Live Video: Aurelio

Over 10 years as an artist, Honduras’ Aurelio Martinez again graced the KEXP live room to share his unique blend of Caribbean folk pop and cultural activism and showcase tracks from his recently released album, Lándini. Aurelio’s musical heart beats with very personal, complexly simple tales that drip through his raspy voice and catchy cumbiaRead more…

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2014 Top Ten List Spotlight: Darek Mazzone

For the rest of the year, we’ll be spotlighting our KEXP DJs Top Albums of 2014, leading up to our 2014 90.3 Top Album Countdown! Voting ends on Tuesday, December 16th at 6:00 PM PT, so let us know your favorites now, and tune in on Friday, December 19th to hear if your picks madeRead more…

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