WBEZ | global notes http://www.wbez.org/tags/global-notes Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Obama's Syria speech and a preview of Chicago's World Music Festival http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-09-11/obamas-syria-speech-and-preview-chicagos-world-music-festival-108654 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP271407432433.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>President Obama addresses the nation and U.S. policy in Syria. The 15th annual World Music Festival returns to Chicago, we&#39;ll tell you what to expect.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F109916081&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-obama-s-syria-speech-and-a-preview-of-ch/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-obama-s-syria-speech-and-a-preview-of-ch.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-obama-s-syria-speech-and-a-preview-of-ch" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Obama's Syria speech and a preview of Chicago's World Music Festival" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 11:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-09-11/obamas-syria-speech-and-preview-chicagos-world-music-festival-108654 Chemical weapons in Syria, protest music and nature re-worked http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-21/chemical-weapons-syria-protest-music-and-nature-re-worked-108473 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP134672485158.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Violence in Syria intensifies after a deadly chemical weapons attack. An artist and a lumberjack give nature a facelift. Beninese men and women protest a possible constitutional revision and we&#39;ll examine how conflict in the Middle East has impacted the music scene.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F106542084&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/syria-update-protest-music-and-a-renewed-vision-of/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/syria-update-protest-music-and-a-renewed-vision-of.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/syria-update-protest-music-and-a-renewed-vision-of" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Chemical weapons in Syria, protest music and nature re-worked" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 11:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-21/chemical-weapons-syria-protest-music-and-nature-re-worked-108473 A landmark Turkish trial, climate change and conflict and jazz diplomacy http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-07/landmark-turkish-trial-climate-change-and-conflict-and-jazz-diplomacy <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP552456348912.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We discuss the conviction of former Turkish army chief and its reflection of Turkish politics. New research connects conflict around the world to climate change. Tony Sarabia and a U.S. Department of State official introduce us to the vibrant tunes born out of cold war jazz diplomacy.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F104438210&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-climate-change-s-impact-on-conflict-and.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-climate-change-s-impact-on-conflict-and" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: A landmark Turkish trial, climate change and conflict and jazz diplomacy" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 10:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-07/landmark-turkish-trial-climate-change-and-conflict-and-jazz-diplomacy The latest from Egypt, the new global media war and the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-07-03/latest-egypt-new-global-media-war-and-fes-festival-world-sacred-music <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP061115015630.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In Egypt, the military ultimatum for Muhammad Morsi comes to pass. A look at the rise of foreign-owned English-language broadcast networks. Catalina Maria Johnson highlights sounds and artists from the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F99559630&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-latest-from-egypt-the-new-global-med.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-latest-from-egypt-the-new-global-med" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: The latest from Egypt, the new global media war and the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 10:52:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-07-03/latest-egypt-new-global-media-war-and-fes-festival-world-sacred-music Worldview: 1.3.13 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-01-03/worldview-1313-104677 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/IMG_6290.jpg" alt="" /><p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-rape-in-new-delhi-india-s-first-art.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-rape-in-new-delhi-india-s-first-art" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: the rape in New Delhi, India's first art expo and global activism" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 11:55:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-01-03/worldview-1313-104677 Worldview: 1.2.13 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-01-02/worldview-1213-104651 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Worldview_CMS_tile_1200x900_2.png" alt="" /><p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-hillary-clinton-s-tenure-the-art-of-clim.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-hillary-clinton-s-tenure-the-art-of-clim" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Hillary Clinton's tenure, the art of climate change and the best global albums of 2012" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 11:34:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-01-02/worldview-1213-104651 Understanding the K-Pop explosion http://www.wbez.org/series/global-notes/understanding-k-pop-explosion-104069 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/6210441885_45e8e7e3b6_z.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>South Korean pop star PSY has topped the YouTube charts with his video Gangam Style. &nbsp;He&rsquo;s taken over Just Bieber&rsquo;s record with more than 810 million views. The artist is a product of South Korea&rsquo;s K-pop scene, a musical genre that&rsquo;s a mix of dance, electropop, hip hop and rock. It&rsquo;s also a growing subculture around the world and gaining popularity here in the U.S. &nbsp;<em>Morning Shift</em> host Tony Sarabia explains how the music got started and why it&rsquo;s become such a global phenomenon.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Featured tracks:</em></p><p>1 Gangnam Style -&nbsp;PSY</p><p>2 Butterfly - Super Junior</p><p>3 Lonely -&nbsp;2NE</p><p>4 R.E.A.L -&nbsp;Wonder Girls</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/mYPvAMrMzwI" width="560"></iframe></p></p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 12:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-notes/understanding-k-pop-explosion-104069 Worldview 11.28.12 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2012-11-28/worldview-112812-104067 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/4565668770_4bcc15c75e.jpg" alt="" /><p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-11-28-12.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-11-28-12" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview 11.28.12" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 11:42:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2012-11-28/worldview-112812-104067 Brazil's forro: Music 'for all' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/brazils-forro-music-all-101145 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/forro%20music%20AP.jpg" title="Joquinha Gonzaga plays accordion at New York's Lincoln Center during a 1999 tribute to his uncle, Brazilian folk musician Luiz Gonzaga. Luiz Gonzaga, known as the king of Baiao, was the first figure to popularize the Northeastern Brazilian folk music called forro, a fast and lively music driven by accordion, a bass drum and a triangle. (AP/Wanderlan P. Silva)" /></div><p>Quick, name two forms of Brazilian music. I bet most of you picked bossa nova and samba. They are after all the most known genres to come out of Brazil in the last 50-plus years.</p><p>What about forro? This genre of Brazilian music has not only influenced samba and bossa, but has swept Brazil and New York City in the past few years. Sadly there isn&rsquo;t much of a presence here in Chicago, although the band Swing Brasileiro is a good example. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/trip-rio-music-swing-brasileiro-100412">They played a set for us</a> on <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> in June.</p><p>Just so you know, in Portuguese, the double-R <em>is not</em> rolled, like it is in Spanish. In fact, the letter &quot;R&quot; sounds more like an &quot;H.&quot; Hence forro&#39;s pronunciation: FOH-hoe.</p><p>One theory behind the origins of the word forro is that it&rsquo;s a mispronunciation of the phrase &quot;for all.&quot; According to lore, British landowners would throw dance parties &quot;for all&quot; who could come.</p><p>The music&rsquo;s origins have more to do with cowboys and farmers than bastardized English, though. Forro is the sound of the fertile farmland and desert of the northeast of Brazil known as sertao.</p><p>Forro&rsquo;s syncopated rhythm is called the <em>baiao</em> and it has roots in African circle dances; it also incorporates polka and schottisches. The main instrument is a drum called the <em>zabumba&nbsp;</em><em>&mdash;</em>&nbsp;a bass drum that&rsquo;s played with a mallet on one hand and a stick in the other.</p><p>The godfather of modern forro is Luiz Gonzaga (1912-1978). He&rsquo;s credited with mixing the rural sound with a more urban feel and bringing instruments such as the accordion and triangle to the mix. As a matter of fact, the zabumba, and those two other instruments, are now considered the classic forro line-up. Gonzaga&rsquo;s tune <strong>&quot;Asa Branca&quot;</strong> is perhaps the most popular and beloved forro song. People from the Northeast would migrate to the <em>favelas</em> (slums) during the dry season and would often sing with nostalgia of returning to the land when the rains came. The protagonist in &quot;Asa Branca&quot; sings of having to leave the land and his lover because there&rsquo;s no rain and he can&rsquo;t make a living.&nbsp;Yes, it&rsquo;s a sad song; but he does promise to return.&nbsp;</p><p>In this video, you can watch the great Luiz Gonzaga wears the traditional&nbsp;<em>sertao</em>&nbsp;cowboy outfit doing some fancy forro dance moves.</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/zLm-oO-9DUA" width="601"></iframe></p><p>At times forro sounds like Cajun music, especially with the accordion. But at its core, it&rsquo;s good ol&rsquo; fashioned Brazilian country music for dancing.</p></p> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/brazils-forro-music-all-101145 Unearthing the strange sounds of Indian psych http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/unearthing-strange-sounds-indian-psych-100795 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AtomicForestAtJonnyCastle1978%20Now%20Again.jpg" style="height: 466px; width: 620px; " title="Indian psych-funk band Atomic Forest pictured here at Johnny’s Castle in 1978. (Courtesy of Now-Again Records)" /></div><p>One of the best things about hosting <em>Radio M</em> is the number of musical discoveries I get to make &mdash; especially psychedelic music from all corners of the globe. Brazilian, Thai and African psych are three of my favorites, mainly because of the juxtaposition of Western fuzz guitar with each country&rsquo;s respective indigenous musical traditions. There&rsquo;s seemingly no country left untouched by Western rock, beginning in the 1960s through the 1970s; that seems to have been the &ldquo;golden era,&rdquo; and it usually blows me away.</p><p>Not all global psych, though, takes that route. Case in point: psychedelic music from India. Indian psych sticks closely to the Western traditions but still manages to sound different.</p><p>The results are no less exhilarating. My latest find is a now-defunct band called Atomic Forest, courtesy of the fantastic L.A.-based label Now-Again. This was the only &lsquo;70s Indian psychedelic band to record an album; other recorded Indian rock belongs more in the garage rock category. Their <a href="http://www.nowagainrecords.com/tag/psych-reissues/">recently re-issued album</a> is called <em>Obsession</em>; it&rsquo;s a collection of the band&rsquo;s songs, solo work from the band&rsquo;s founder, Keith Kanga, and unreleased material that includes a song from an Indian stage production of <em>Jesus Christ Superstar</em>!</p><p>The story of this band is as weird as their take on some well-known rock tunes: The band was originally called 100 Ton Chicken. Kanga, apparently, grew up in a wealthy family, and when both his parents died, he lived in the family mansion with a <em>Rolling Stone</em>-reading grandmother who used part of the mansion as a brothel.</p><p>That turned out to be a good thing for Kanga; some of the money from the brothel was used to buy musical gear. But sadly, Kanga&rsquo;s psychedelic lifestyle caught up to him: He would later succumb to heavy drug use and died as a result. Another member of the band is now a traveling minister living in the U.S. Yet another, onetime vocalist Madhukar Chandra Dhas, also lives in the U.S. He provides some great insight into the band&rsquo;s history.</p><p>From the Beatles to Jethro Tull to movie themes, Atomic Forest Obsession&rsquo;s music never fails in its quirkiness, coupled with some pretty good musicianship. It was &mdash; and is &mdash; a find.</p></p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 11:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/unearthing-strange-sounds-indian-psych-100795