We all know that music has the power to bring people together, but Chicago musician and composer Michael Miles really delivers on that promise. He performs with artists in the Middle East on what he calls “musical diplomacy tours."Michael also works with kids.
This last year has produced a surprising amount of manmade and natural disasters: the Gulf Coast oil spill, the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, the U.S. federal budget, to name a few. Catastrophe has always been fodder for musical creativity, but few have proven as tuneful as Chernobyl.
On Global Notes, our weekly look at the world of music, Jerome and Radio M host Tony Sarabia sample some of the artists coming to the Old Town School of Folk Music on Saturday for the Acoustic Africa concert.
Libyan-American hip hop artist Khaled M has closely followed the fight to oust Muammar Qaddafi. Khaled lives in Chicago but grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, home to a Libyan-American community active in opposition politics.
Jerome and Radio M host Tony Sarabia remember Jamaican producer Coxsone Dodd. His recordings at the legendary Studio One facility in Kingston put reggae on the map and made names out of artists like Bob Marley and Lee Scratch Perry. Coxsone Dodd died in 2004.