World Music: Wimme, "Bamboo Honey" Category: World Music (Finland/Sami) Wimme Saari is from the Sami people, otherwise known as Laplanders, who are the oldest indigenous people of northern Europe. Although he sings the traditional "yoik" songs of his people, Wimme is an adventurous experimenter as well, blending free improvisation into the mix both with his vocals and instrumentation. In "Bamboo Honey" the sound is a startlingly high tech contrast to the earthy sound of the yoik. The video itself is a shamanistic journey into another reality, where modernity and ancestry merge.
Kayhan Kalhor: Songs of Hope Category: World Music Kayhan plays the kamancheh, or Persian spike fiddle. In a unique position, he represents both tradition and innovation in Iran. From the Link TV series Rappers, Divas & Virtuosos: New Music from the Muslim World.
Mariem Hassan: Voice of the Saharawis Category: World Music For the last 13 years Mariem Hassan’s heartfelt, piercing voice has been the musical ambassador of the Western Saharan people. From the Link TV series Rappers, Divas & Virtuosos: New Music from the Muslim World.
H-Kayne: Hip-Hop Moroccan Style Category: World Music Hip-hop has only taken hold in Morocco the last six years, and it is largely thanks to H-Kayne, a group of four young men who grew up listening to Biggie and Tupac. From the Link TV series Rappers, Divas & Virtuosos: New Music from the Muslim World.
Anusheh: The Secret Words Category: World Music Anusheh is a fiery, outspoken Bangladeshi singer-songwriter who has pioneered the fusion of traditional rural songs with rock music, giving them new life. From the Link TV series Rappers, Divas & Virtuosos: New Music from the Muslim World.
UN Day Concert: A Tribute to Peacekeeping Category: World Music In 2009, the UN Day Concert celebrated "A Tribute to Peacekeeping," focusing on the heroic work of UN peacekeepers in some of the most troubled areas of the world. Watch performances by a variety of artists from around the globe.
World Music: Shubha Mudgal, "Babul" Category: World Music (India) In this video about domestic female abuse, a child walks through a party in which all the adult couples seem happy as they socialize. But as she looks at three of the couples, she sees the humiliation and violence with which each woman has been treated prior to arriving at the party. The video was produced by Breakthrough TV an organization dedicated to dealing with social problems in India. The use of a traditional song form underscores the pathos of each wife's situation.
Lila Downs Interview Category: World Music Possessing one of the most extraordinary voices in world music, Lila Downs is as much of a performance artist as a singer. Her repertoire which can range from traditional to original generally references her native Mexican heritage. In this interview, she discusses her childhood in Mexico, growing up the daughter of a mixed marriage, and her eventual turn to topical songs inspired by the music of Mercedes Sosa.
World Music: Kiran Ahluwalia, "Teray Darsan" Category: World Music This seductive melody, composed by Kiran Ahluwalia and arranged by Rez Abbasi, beautifully encapsulates the urdu ghazal (love song), which was born in India in the 16th century when the language was a mixture of Persian and Hindi.
Link TV's Best Video Finds of 2009 Category: World Music We always look forward to sequencing our "best of" collections. It's fun to find the thematic, visual or musical connections that they have as a group. This year's themes were life, death, the family, industrialization, the environment, human rights, and partying. Check it out!
Saz Category: World Music This provocative documentary goes behind the ghetto walls of Ramlah in Israel to look at a year in the life of budding Palestinian hip-hop star Sameh Zakout, a.k.a. Saz, whose belief in peace can be at odds with those closest to him.
World Music: Jair Oliveira, "Tiro Onda" Category: World Music (Brazil) Jair Oliveira is part of a generation, descendents of the great MPB artists, who are forging new sounds and original takes on the bedrock of Brazilian song. The son of the legendary Jair Rodrigues, "Jairzinho" as he was called as a child, has been performing since the age of six, and has never ceased creating music. He had already sold millions of CDs before he attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Now a producer, a songwriter, consummate performer, and even an actor, he also has a warm, inviting presence demonstrated here in this live performance in Sao Paolo. "Tiro Onda" is a sassy, clavé driven ode to taking life easy, and the audience certainly lends its support.