World Music Foundation Podcast

World Music Foundation Podcast


Latest Episodes

Rhymefest: American Rapper, Writer, Community Organizer, and Explorer
February 11, 2020

In this week’s episode John meets with American rapper and prolific creator, Che “Rhymefest” Smith to discuss Hip-Hop, his upcoming album, and Hollywood acting debut, along with topics ranging from Chicago’s youth, spirituality, various life...

Wu Fei: Genre-bending Composer, Guzheng Virtuoso & Vocalist From Beijing
January 27, 2020

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 musician and composer known for playing and improvising on the traditional Chinese guzheng as well as improvisational...

Louis York: American Griots, Weirdo Workshop Founders, and Multi-GRAMMY Nominated Musicians
December 16, 2019

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...

Roberto Fonseca: Cuban Pianist, Composer, and Bandleader
November 11, 2019

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 in his musical journey. Roberto...

Femi Kuti: Afrobeat Legend And Concerned Citizen Of The World
November 04, 2019

As a renowned Afrobeat and Jazz musician with four GRAMMY nominations, Femi Kuti is well-respected around the world for opening minds through the power of his music. John spoke with Femi from the Shrine in Lagos, Nigeria, where he shared the details...

Goat Picnic: Hill Country Music of North Mississippi
October 21, 2019

John travels down to Coldwater, MS for the 69th Annual Goat Picnic in honor of fife & drum legend, Otha Turner. What started off as something else, ends up being a a good handful of great conversations with musicians (and even some audience...

Mei-Ann Chen: Award-Winning Taiwanese-American Conductor & Music Director
September 23, 2019

Praised for her dynamic, passionate conducting style, Taiwanese-American conductor Mei-Ann Chen is acclaimed for infusing orchestras with energy, enthusiasm and high-level music-making, galvanizing audiences and communities alike. In our conversation...

Mile of Music Festival Part 2: Afro-Cuban, Mariachi, Ghanaian Drumming, and Menominee Flute Interviews & Workshops
September 09, 2019

Last week, we spoke with Brian & Leila Pertl, and members of the Music Education Team, who have helped design the Mile of Music Festival, especially the cultural education components. This week, we’re speaking with the teaching-musicians...

Mile of Music Festival Part 1: Cultivating An Inclusive View Of Local Music
September 02, 2019

We were delighted to discover the Mile Of Music Festival, which curates international music workshops alongside concerts of Americana and Folk music. Several of the Americana acts were imported nationwide and even internationally, but all of the...

Jess Sah Bi & Peter One: Ivory Coast Guitar & Vocal Duo
August 12, 2019

Jess Sah Bi & Peter One, musicians from Côte d'Ivoire in West Africa, recall hearing the harmonies and guitars of Simon and Garfunkel and Cat Stevens for the first time and how that impacted their music from that point onward. In our conversation...