Worldview’s music contributor and host/producer for Vocalo’s “Beat Latino” Catalina Maria Johnson joins us on Wednesdays for “Global Notes.” On this segment, Catalina chats with Eugene Hütz, the frontman of a “Gypsy Punk” band formed on Manhattan’s Lower East Side called Gogol Bordello, dedicated to bringing Eastern European and Romani musical influences into the U.S. by way of punk rock. Their name pays homage to renowned Ukrainian author Nikolai Gogol, and Hütz, who was born in Ukraine and came to the U.S. with his family as a refugee in 1992, has explained that just as Gogol smuggled Ukrainian cultural references into his Russian-language plays and literature, the band hopes to do the same with a range of Eastern European influences. Tune in to hear more about Hütz’s work, as well as a couple of songs from the band’s new album.
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