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July 23, 2022 10:26 pm  #1

Bizarre Web Radio Station Gives New Meaning To The Term "World Music"

It's a labour of love for a guy in New Orleans who runs a truly eclectic web-based radio station aptly called "Radio Is A Foreign Country." Just don't expect to hear the hits.

"Many recordings come from small radio station broadcasts from across the globe, including folk and locally popular music that rarely is heard beyond its home region. Some music comes from tapes made by anthropologists and other cultural explorers, and there are some naturalist field recordings with ambient allure, such as the night sounds of forests or frogs in western Sumatra...

"A few of the tapes recently linked from the homepage include “Jaipongan,” featuring music from a red-light district in Java, Indonesia; “Mantra Machine” mixes Indian music from Mumbai, Mapusa and Western Ghats captured by Italian sound explorer Francesco Fonassi; and there’s a selection of music from Cambodia and Thailand released by the Netherlands’ Animist Records."

Not my cup of tea, but if you're truly looking for something different, you won't find many like this one. You can listen to it here. 

New Orleans internet radio station Radio is a Foreign Country unearths a world of obscure folk and regional music