Category Archives: Wo’ Pop

Live Video: Chimurenga Renaissance

Already, between the blazing Seattle sunlight and constant music he’s been cranking out, it’s been a solid summer for Chimurenga Renaissance‘s front-man and activist Tendai Maraire. After having released his album riZe vadZimu riZe in March, an ambitious collage of contemporary rap and traditional Zimbabwean instrumentation, he’s finishing up Shabazz Palaces‘ highly-anticipated Lese Majesty andRead more...

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Video Roundup: Bastille Day

Just recently, the USA celebrated our independence by blowin’ up fireworks, and now it’s France’s turn! It was on this day in 1789 that 80,000 disgruntled citizens stormed the Bastille, a Parisian prison, thus inciting the French Revolution. As a salute to our fellow defenders of human rights, KEXP shares a Francophile-friendly Video Playlist spotlightingRead more...

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Live Video: Yann Tiersen

With his eighth album, Infinity, on store shelves, international sensation Yann Tiersen, with his current collaborative outfit and a dazzling array of multicolored bells, toy pianos, and obscure woodwinds, cleverly crammed themselves into the studio for a cinematic live set, bringing the highly-acclaimed artist’s sound to our eager listeners’ ears. A violinist since his youngerRead more...

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KEXP Presents: 2014 Father’s Day Kids Dance Party

UPDATED: And we’re SOLD OUT! Thanks to everyone who purchased tickets! There may be some tickets available at the door on the day of the event. Thank you again! You better act with cat-like reflexes to make sure you’ve got your tickets for the always-popular KEXP 2014 Father’s Day Kids Dance Party, happening this Sunday,Read more...

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Live Video: Tinariwen

Recently, Wo’ Pop favorites Tinariwen played a live set for KEXP while moving through Seattle on their sold-out international tour to promote their new album, Emmaar. Drawing influence from West African music, traditional Tuareg assouf stylistics, and bootlegged albums by western artists, Tinariwen’s bluesy sound is informed by a deep appreciation for diverse composition. InterestinglyRead more...

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Spring Fundraising Drive: A Message from DJ Darek Mazzone

KEXP DJ Darek Mazzone is out of town and unable to be on the air, but he still wanted to share his passion for listener-powered radio and his show Wo’Pop in particular. Watch his video below: If you journey with Darek Mazzone every Tuesday night, help power his show and the music you hear withRead more...

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2013 Top Ten List Spotlight: Darek Mazzone

For the rest of the year, we’ll be spotlighting our KEXP DJs Top Albums of 2013, leading up to our 2013 90.3 Top Album Countdown! Tune in on Thursday, December 19th for KEXP’s One-Day Radio Rally as we countdown the top albums of the year, as voted on by KEXP listeners. Bombino with Darek MazzoneRead more...

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R.I.P. Cheb I Sabbah

I first met Cheb i Sabbah as most people did: through his music. I had been a lover of classical Indian music for years, and was completely transfixed by Chebiji’s reworking of these classics for the intelligent dancefloor. His debut album Shri Durga was a staple for me whenever I closed a set in theRead more...

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KEXP Suggests: La Sera at the Nordstrom French Fling

Get ready for a très chic celebration this Thursday, October 10th! Nordstrom Downtown Seattle is launching a new series of pop-up shops, featuring a handpicked selection of goods, including exclusive and limited-edition items. The first series: an homage to all things French. Join KEXP’s DJ Sharlese from 6:00 to 8:00 PM as she spins FrenchRead more...

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Live Video: Sidi Touré

The latest album from Malian songwriter and guitarist Sidi Touré, released in the US by Thrill Jockey, is called Koïma, named for a dune near his home city of Gao. “Koïma” can be translated to mean “go hear”, and the dune, which sits at the edge of the Niger River, is said to be aRead more...

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