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The Cosmic Barrio with Betto Arcos
Music from around the world and around the block!
Category: World
Location: Los Angeles
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January 10, 2018 09:02 PM PST

An interview with Bonga - in Portuguese. This is the 4th podcast from the Oslo World fest and one of the most meaningful interviews I've ever done in my radio career. It was an honor to spend 30 minutes with an artist of such stature.

In addition to an in-depth interview, this podcast also also includes 3 songs:

1. Tonokenu (from "Recados de Fora")

2. Mona Ki Ngi Xica (from "Angola 72")

3. Recados De Fora (from "Recados de Fora")

He was born José Adelino Barcelo de Carvalho in Kipiri on 5 September 1942, but changed his name to Bonga Kuenda when he reached his teens, already showing a keen awareness of the realities of Portuguese colonialism. He learned about music from his father and rapidly grasped its potential impact when linked to the political aspirations of his generation and an inexhaustible melancholic vein.

As he is always quick to explain, he never faltered in his principles: “All Angolan culture was under Portuguese domination. Traditional languages were banned, as was African music. We had no weapons to fight with, so we organized cultural resistance, especially by forming folk groups, including Kissueia, my first band. With Kissueia, I sang songs that revived ancestral African forms and whose lyrics clearly referred to the troubled situation at the time, poverty, colonial violence and latent revolt.”

In the mid-Sixties, Bonga’s athletic talents took him to Portugal. There, he ironically became the national 400 & 200 meters champion under his birth name, while playing an active part in the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola.

When the Salazar regime finally realized he was playing a double game, he managed to get out just in time and went into exile to the Netherlands. There, in 1972, he recorded a harrowing first album soberly entitled “Angola 72” (today available on the Lusafrica label). This record quickly became the soundtrack of Angola’s struggle for independence...

January 05, 2018 10:52 PM PST

Este es un viaje por México, a través de la guitarra. Los invito a que me acompañen a conocer el mundo rico y complejo de la música tradicional mexicana con la guitarrista Anastasia Guzmán. En este programa, Anastasia nos platica sobre la riqueza de la guitarra mexicana, con ejemplos de tres variantes de la guitarra en México - jarana jarocha, jarana huasteca, vihuela - y algunos géneros musicales de varias regiones del país.

December 30, 2017 02:39 PM PST

An interview with the legendary singer Calypso Rose, recorded a few hours before her electrifying performance at the Oslo World fest. On October 31st, two hours after arriving in Oslo, I was privileged to spend 20 minutes with the undisputed Calypso Queen from Trinidad & Tobago. This is her story, along with songs from her latest album, "Far from Home".


1. Calypso Queen.

2. No Madame.

3. Leave me Alone.

December 11, 2017 09:13 PM PST

This is the second podcast from the Oslo World festival - an interview with Wael Koudaih, AKA-Rayess Bek, talking about the project “Love and Revenge”. This music and video project was created by Randa Mirza - AKA “La Mirza - and Wael Koudaih - AKA “Rayess Bek”, with Mehdi Haddab on electric Oud and Julien Perraudeau on keyboards.

November 27, 2017 01:00 PM PST

First in a series of podcasts focused on artists who performed at the Oslo World 2017 festival. This program features an interview with classical guitarist Derek Gripper, talking about his work translating and performing the music of Mali's Toumani Diabate.

October 29, 2017 11:34 PM PDT

Esta es la segunda parte del programa dedicado a músicos participantes en el BOmm 2017 - Bogotá Music Market. En esta ocasión, platicamos con Redil Cuarteto, Las Añez, Lucio Feuillet, y Masilva.


1. Redil Cuarteto / Remolino en el Estero, Legado Ancestral.

2. Las Añez / Don Tomate.

3. Lucio Feuillet / Sangre y Tierra.

4. Masilva / Abelardo.

October 29, 2017 10:50 PM PDT

Este es un programa enfocado en artistas colombianos participantes en el BOmm - Bogotá Music Market 2017. En esta primera parte, platicamos con las bandas Chimó Psicodélico, Bazurto All Stars, Zalama Crew, y Bambaranda.


1. Chimó Psicodélico / Oriundo, Conmoción Interior / Alcaraván.

2. Bazurto All Stars / No Hago Más Ná.

3. Zalama Crew / La Bulla / La Bulla.

4. Bambarabanda / Sur / Surestar.

September 25, 2017 09:57 AM PDT

Este es un podcast especial, desde el Festival Nacional de la Mejorana, en Guararé, Panamá. En este programa escucharán las diferentes expresiones de la Mejorana, género musical tradicional de Panamá, uno de los géneros hermanos del Punto Cubano y el Son Jarocho, entre otros, que surgieron en el Caribe en el siglo XVI, como resultado del mestizaje entre tres grandes culturas, la española, la indígena y la africana.

September 01, 2017 06:44 PM PDT

Entrevista con 'Unico Trío', en vivo desde el Festival "Colombia al Parque". 'Único Trío' está conformado por tres egresados de la Universidad Pedagógica Nacional de Colombia: William Henao, guitarra; Iván Poveda, bandola andina; y el profesor de ambos, Oscar Santa Fé, tiple. Amigos y compañeros que hacen lo que más les gusta: explorar las posibilidades de interpretación de instrumentos tradicionales, con una visión contemporánea.


1. Enémene (Pasillo)
2. Sólo de Bandola (Iván Poveda)
3. Unico (Bambuco en 9/8)
4. Ahí viene corriendo Iván (Guabina)

Album: "Personalmente" / www.unicotrio.com

July 30, 2017 02:10 PM PDT

En esta ocasión "El Barrio Cosmico" les presenta una entrevista con Vico Díaz, bajista y compositor de Guadalajara, Jalisco, líder del grupo de jazz mexicano Toktli.


1. Camino Real.

2. Con mi Jarana.

3. La Víbora de Cascabel.

4. Colima.

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