Category Archives: Wo’ Pop

2016 Top Ten List Spotlight: Darek Mazzone

For the rest of the year, we’ll be spotlighting our KEXP DJs Top Albums of 2016, leading up to our 2016 90.3 Top Album Countdown! Voting ends on Friday, December 9th at 6:00 PM PT, so let us know your favorites now, and tune in on Friday, December 16th to hear if your picks madeRead more…

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Live Video: Thievery Corporation

D.C. duo Thievery Corporation bring 20 years of genre-bending electronic wizardry and 10 additional musicians to perform a career spanning set live in the KEXP studio.

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Live Video: Lakou Misik

Formed after the disastrous 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Port-au-Prince band Lakou Misik combines the diverse talents of elder and younger musicians and of modern and traditional styles into a unified message of hope, strength, and pride for listeners at home and beyond. The 9-member multigenerational collective joins KEXP’s Jon Kertzer for a positively joyous sessionRead more…

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Live Video: Dengue Fever

Though they hail from Los Angeles, Dengue Fever are like Cambodian ambassadors to the Pacific Northwest. On their recent return to the KEXP airwaves, the six-piece seemed right at home, even in our new studio. The band’s instrumentation is uniquely cinematic, a multicultural modernization of the psychedelic rock popular in Cambodia during the ’60s andRead more…

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Live Video: Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Musical lore has it that Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the iconic South African mbube group, was founded by Joseph Shabalala after having a series of dreams in which he heard their sounds. It goes unmentioned whether or not Joseph dreamt of 50 years of worldwide success as perhaps the most well-known cultural export of South Africa.Read more…

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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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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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