Ian Coss is a music scholar and performer based in Boston. His love of music and microphones started early, eventually leading him abroad to Indonesia and Japan where he spent two years making field recordings and learning to accompany shadow-puppet plays. Now back in his native Massachusetts, Ian is currently pursuing a PhD in ethnomusicology at Boston University and performs regularly in the area.
As part of "Movement,” an ongoing series from The World about the lives and work of immigrant musicians, Ethiopian American musician Meklit Hadero recounts conversations with fellow musicians in Ethiopia about the unifying role of music and culture amid the conflict in Tigray.
“Movement,” a one-hour special from The World, brings you stories of global migration through music. Together, host Marco Werman and Ethiopian American singer Meklit Hadero blend song and narrative in a meditation on what it means to be American. We follow a once-undocumented singer in San Francisco on a long-awaited trip back to Mexico, reflect on the experience of exile with a Syrian DJ and hear a Sudanese American artist play his first-ever show in Sudan — all guided by Hadero as she reflects on her own American story.
Somalia is known as a land of poets. But what happens when Somalis are forced to flee their homeland, and settle here in the US — can the poetry live on in their new homes?
This past summer, an iconic Haitian band called it quits. Carimi wasn't just another pop group, though. It was Haiti's original boy band.
Memories of their country are sometimes triggered by songs. And the memories they bring up can be bittersweet, or sometimes just bitter.
In Indonesia, where record-pressing plants went out of business decades ago, vinyl is enjoying a renaissance. Here’s how a new generation of collectors is finding their treasures.
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How do you find albums in a country where all the record-pressing machinery was dismantled?
The Haitian radio scene in New York is booming, but it is forced to operate on the margins, between stations with stronger signals — and FCC licenses.
How do you learn an instrument you are not supposed to play? Listen to a 27-year old drummer from rural Kenya who found a way.