For today’s combo Geo Quiz/Global Hit, we’re heading for the capital of Mongolia. It’s the home of Mongolia’s growing alternative music scene. Lauren Knapp profiles the grunge band that pioneered new music after the fall of communism: Nisvanis.
Karen Mukupa is a Danish-Zambian rapper from Copenhagen and she has been dubbed the Danish hip hop queen. In her new album Human, she raps about her mixed race.
Alex Gallafent profiles the Japanese rock bank L’Arc~en~Ciel. The band performed Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.
The World’s Marco Werman was in Senegal last month covering the country’s first round of elections. While there, he had the chance to speak to the father of Senegalese musician and one-time candidate Youssou N’dour.
Mumiy Troll is one of the most successful rock bands in Russia today. The band is now recording its new album in Hollywood and releasing all the songs in English.
A group of singing grandmas from a remote village are to represent Russia in the Eurovision contest. Jessica Golloher brings us the music of the Buranovo Grannies.
Marius Asp, our Global Hit DJ based in Norway, tells us about electronica artist Lindstrom. Lindstrom is one of the central figures in the so-called “space disco/Oslo disco” movement.
Jason Moon is an Iraq vet and folk singer. He recorded his album “Trying to Find My Way Home” as a way to understand his battle with PTSD.
The Black Truth Rhythm Band recorded only one album “Ifetayo” in the short time it was together in Trinidad. Anchor Marco Werman tells us more about the band that helped create Caribbean funk.
Janka Nabay is known in his native Sierra Leone as the Bubu King. Nabay fled the aftermath of Sierra Leone’s civil war and he is now in the US, with a new band, playing the music from home.
El Resplandor is a fictional resort in Dubai, not unlike the hotel in the Stephen King thriller, “The Shining.” Band Nettle’s Jace Clayton dreamed up the music inspired by King’s creepy novel and the movie of the same name.
Volonté fuses her love of tango with the blues on her new album and is in the midst of a world tour titled “The Blue Tango Tour.”
Red Band is the name of a very popular rock group in Israel that became famous thanks to its own TV show that features puppets.
Terenga Beat is a new record label based in Dakar. Its founder is a Greek DJ who fell in love with Sengalese music years ago, especially its 1960s Afro-Cuban iterations.