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The show will focus on an eclectic mix of international artists—some relatively well-known, among them Zimbabwe's Oliver Mtukudzi and Argentina's Bajofondo, but others that are fairly obscure, including staunch practitioners of traditional forms such as Iraqi maqam master Hamid El-Saadi. Each show will feature about 45 minutes of performance footage and another ten of the artists talking about themselves and their work—the program will be narrator-free. Thirteen episodes are being made, running on WYCC every Friday at 9 PM starting on 4/19, and you can check out the entire concert lineup, which begins tonight with Habib Koite and Eric Bibb, here. The show will air only on WYCC, but the obvious goal is for the program to be picked up for syndication. Let's keep our fingers crossed, as international music has never proven to be an easy sell.
Ulrich Krieger, Fathom (Sub Rosa)
Kanon (Aki Takase, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, and Axel Dörner), Beauty Is the Thing (Doubt Music)
Sophie Agnel, Bertrand Gauguet, and Andrea Neumann, Spiral Inputs (Another Timbre)
The Doc Watson Family, Tradition (Rounder)
Raoul Björkenheim, Bill Laswell, and Morgan Ågren, Blixt (Cuneiform)