Global Hit
A spotlight on international musical artists and trends. Created by host Marco Werman, the Global Hit features interviews with musicians, critics and deejays around the globe. Subscribe to the podcast: RSS iTunes
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The ‘strange grace’ of singer Arooj Aftab
The World May 04, 2021
In her latest record, “Vulture Prince,” Pakistani composer Arooj Aftab uses words from Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib and 11th-century Persian poet Jalāl ad-Dīn Mohammad Rūmī, alongside electronic samples and touches of jazz trumpet.
Arts, Culture & Media
Netflix’s big bet on foreign content and international viewers could upend the global mediascape — and change how people see the world
The Conversation April 16, 2021
An Italian media scholar raised on American TV assesses Netflix's ambitious strategy to create original productions in Italy, Japan, Brazil and beyond — and distribute them globally.
Femi Kuti and Made Kuti continue Afrobeat legacy in two-part album
The World April 12, 2021
The roots of Afrobeat — not to be confused with the more pop-oriented Afrobeats, which has exploded in popularity in recent years — is socially conscious music, according to Made Kuti, Fela Kuti's grandson.
Genesis Owusu's debut album 'Smiling With No Teeth' doesn't shy away from issues of race
The World March 03, 2021
Ghanaian Australian artist Genesis Owusu speaks with Marco Werman about his experience growing up in Australia and how Prince inspired him to be true to himself.
Artist Shungudzo feels an urgency to 'use her words' to fight against racism
The World January 18, 2021
In her music and poetry, Shungudzo tackles the racist experiences she had growing up in Zimbabwe and the US.
Tunes that kept The World spinning in 2020: A playlist
The World December 15, 2020
Music from artists featured on The World, suggestions from our team and anthems of 2020 — all on our end-of-year playlist.
Global Hit
‘African in New York’: Shirazee's personal twist on an iconic song by Sting
The World December 11, 2020
With Sting's blessing, Benin-born musician Shirazee flipped his 1988 hit "Englishman in New York," to "African in New York." Host Marco Werman speaks to Shirazee about his inspiration for the song.
‘Osmanity': Ottoman Empire's founder inspires a new album
The World October 14, 2020
Trumpet player and ethnomusicologist Will Magid is the creative force behind the musical project Balkan Bump. He has a new album out Oct. 23 called "Osmanity."
US immigration politics make their mark on Grammy-nominated J.S. Ondara
The World January 17, 2020
The World's host Marco Werman interviews Grammy-nominated musician J.S. Ondara.
Iconic musician Carlos Santana creates ‘mystical medicine music to heal a twisted, crooked world’
The World August 01, 2019
Woodstock 50th anniversary music festival has been officially canceled. Carlos Santana, who performed at the epic 1969 Woodstock festival, talks to The World about the power of music to unite and heal a troubled world.
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