The goal of this show is simple: opening minds through Music!
We bring you interviews with world-renowned musicians from every part of the globe, as well as our own explorations of musical styles, instruments, and artists. If you believe, like us, that open ears = open minds, then come with us into broader horizons!
We Will Return Soon! (Upcoming Episodes Trailer)
Like all of us, the global pandemic has hit The World Music Foundation hard. We're excited to return soon and we're excited to share with you a sneak peek of upcoming episodes along with some updates on what we've been up to.
Rhymefest: American Rapper, Writer, Community Organizer, and Explorer
In this week’s episode John meets with American rapper and prolific creator, Che “Rhymefest” Smith to discuss Hip-Hop and his Hollywood acting debut, along with topics ranging from Chicago’s youth, spirituality, various life changing trips around the world, and much more. Rhymefest's upcoming album is titled Love Lessons Part 1. This episode also includes the world-premier of an amazing track from the upcoming album, featuring Black Thought (aka Tariq Trotter of The Roots) & Raheem DeVaughn.
Wu Fei: Genre-bending Composer, Guzheng Virtuoso & Vocalist From Beijing
Wu Fei describes herself as an ancient soul trapped in a feisty woman's body. Hailing from Beijing, China, Wu Fei is a multi-talented composer and guzheng virtuoso, known also for her improvisational singing and piano playing. Fei talks to John about transitioning from China to the U.S., how both countries have influenced her and her music, and what it was like to hear American music for the first time in her teenage years. She also discusses her critically acclaimed original work "Hello Gold Mountain."
Louis York: American Griots, Weirdo Workshop Founders, and Multi-GRAMMY Nominated Musicians
This week's episode takes us to Nashville, TN, USA where John visits Weirdo Workshop, the music label and creative headquarters for our guests, Louis York, to speak with them about their new album and everything that's brought them to this point in their careers. Louis York is the powerful duo of multi-GRAMMY nominated songwriting and production team, Claude Kelly and Chuck Harmony. Their debut album is titled American Griots and it's a sonic adventure that's deserving of their incredible backstory.
Roberto Fonseca: Cuban Pianist, Composer, and Bandleader
Self-proclaimed "crazy, romantic musician", Roberto Fonseca, speaks with John about his recently released 9th solo album, Yesun, along with the life experiences and musical training that have brought him to this point. Roberto is a GRAMMY nominated, Cuban pianist, composer, producer and bandleader, and on this album he experiments with a wide range of musical forms. Roberto also talks about his tenure with the Buena Vista Social Club and this forever changed his approach to music making.
Femi Kuti: Afrobeat Legend And Concerned Citizen Of The World
John spoke with Afrobeat icon Femi Kuti from the Shrine in Lagos, Nigeria, where he shared his life-changing transition from the Saxophone to the Trumpet and the effect this has had on his music and his thoughts. Femi is the son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, and is considered a torch-bearer to his father’s legacy, but in this interview Femi explains why he believes that his mother, Remilekun Taylor, is actually 90% responsible for who he is.
Not your average music podcast
Opening minds to break barriers is what this podcast will do for you! Not only will you learn about music, but you also get to hear the most inspiring and fascinating stories about HISTORY... not in the boring way it was told in a classroom!
As the musician open up and share their journey you will feel like you are right there with them!
I love this podcast so much. Listen to it religiously. Please keep adding more episodes!
Music Lovers of the World Unite!
I love listening to all kinds of music (except thrash metal, maybe), but I’ve never taken the time to think about the perspective, story, and history of music that is from cultures unfamiliar to me. The episodes I’ve listened to have been eye-opening, to say the least. I even learned much more about American Blues, which I thought I knew a ton about! The perspectives of the artists, how they started, and what they’ve been through has taken my music listening to a much deeper level. Respect!
***Bonus - I have heard a ton of names of new artists and instruments I am now working on discovering.***