The government of Liberia has commissioned a new pop song to raise awareness about the country's first census in nearly 25 years. The census gets under way today. Anchor Marco Werman has today's Global Hit.
Anchor Marco Werman introduces us to the sounds of jazz musician and chromatic harmonica player, Olivier Ker Ourio. Ourio is originally from the Reunion Islands in the Indian Ocean, but has lived in Paris for the past 15 years.
Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Erin Potts and Deyden Tethong, partners at Air Traffic Control - a group that connects musicians to movements for social change; Potts was one of the organizers of the Tibetan Freedom Concerts held in the 90's.
Lonny Shavelson reports on one man's efforts to bring a cultural tradition from rural India alive in California. Devendra Sharma helps Indian professionals working in the San Francisco Bay area perform an Indian folk opera known as Nautanki.
Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe is up for re-election tomorrow. Mugabe is blamed for much of the country's recent troubles. Anchor Marco Werman samples some songs that trace Zimbabwe's post-colonial struggles under Mugabe.
Anchor Lisa Mullins introduces us to the music of the Badila Ensemble. Members of the group have been recruited from France, India and Iran. The ensemble's latest CD is called "Qalandar Express: Love Songs of the Mystic Riders."