Category Archives: Wo’ Pop

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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KEXP Presents: Wo’ Pop World AIDS Day at the EMP Museum

Wo’Pop, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Lifelong invite you to join us at the EMP Museum to observe World AIDS Day on Monday, December 1st. This free, all ages event will run from 5-10 p.m., featuring art, snacks, educational materials, cultural elements, and musical performances from Chimurenga Rennaissance and Thomas Mapfumo & theRead more…

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Live Video: Arga Bileg

Arga Bileg swings. And we’re incredibly grateful the Mongolian band made time to swing by KEXP recently to record a session with Wo’Pop’s Darek Mazzone. Currently on their second tour of the U.S., Arga Bileg fuses traditional Mongolian instruments such as the horsehead fiddle — made of bamboo and horse tail — with Western compositions.Read more…

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Live Video: Ziggy Marley

Ziggy Marley, the multi-Grammy award winning musician and son of Reggae legend Bob Marley, likens being a musician to being a farmer – he waits for the writing season, tends the seeds of ideas, and harvests a crop of songs. “The music comes organically,” he says. And what sweet fruit it is. Watch as MarleyRead more…

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KEXP Top 12 Spotlight: Darek Mazzone

KEXP wants to know: “Who are your Favorite Artists of All Time?” Pick out a dozen musicians, bands, projects, and share them with us before Friday, September 19th at 6:00 PM PST. And then tune in during KEXP’s Fall Fundraising Drive, September 26th through October 3rd, to hear which artists your fellow members of theRead more…

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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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