Explore music from around the world, with presenter Pierre Tremblay. Each week he introduces a unique mix of sounds, musical styles and languages. Whether traditional or contemporary, familiar or unusual, the selections you'll hear will always be captivating.
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Saturday 1.10pm -3pm
This week World Vibes commemorates in song the upcoming 31st Anniversary of the June 4th 1989 Beijing Massacre, with songs from Greater China : ie Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Mainland. That's two hours of Cantonese and Mandarin language songs, starting with the most recent songs and going back thrirty-one years in time to 1989. Click on 'World Vibes' above for more details.
Our first hour starts with the latest song released last year by ElectroPop duo Tat Ming Pair 达明一派 (HK), then through the 2010's with pro-democracy duo VIIV (HK), a live recording from missing and presumed sequestered Nanjing based singer-songwriter Li Zhi 李志 (PRC), a banned song from Shijiazhuang based band Omnipotent Youth Society 万能青年旅店 (PRC), then on to 2000's songs with a tribute to the students from post-punk Nanjing based P.K.14 (PRC), a tribute to the Goddess of Democracy from Li Zhi, a tribute to Ding Zilin's 丁子霖 Tiananmen Mothers from Wuhan based SMZB 生命之饼 (PRC), ending the first hour with the original recording of 'The Square' 广场 from Li Zhi. All the mainland songs are banned on the mainland, of course, enjoy.
Our second hour continues our sampling of some of the Greater China songs commemorating June 4th Beijing Massacre, now up to the 1990's, with a reaction to Beijing's censorship of the massacre from iconic Beyond (HK), an early June 4th inspired song from Tat Ming Pair, a now banned song from Jacky Cheung 张学友 (HK), a protest song for the students from Andy Summer 夏韶声 (HK), onto songs from 1989 with a poem by then Beijing student leader Wang Dan 王丹 performed by Tom Chang 张雨生 (Taiwan), an initial reaction to the massacre from the cream of Hong Kong's Entertainment Stars, then on to songs recorded just before the June 4th killings, with Qinghua U 清华大学 students parodies of songs, one from Cui Jian 崔健 (PRC), ending the tribute programme with a cover of Cui Jian's "The Last Gun" 最后一枪 from Li Zhi. Lest we forget, enjoy.
This week World Vibes has two musical themes on offer ! First our Featured Newly Released Musical Album from Franco-Algerian 'Kingston-sur-Loire' Reggae artiste Brahim ! And Hot New Hits, with everything from FrancoElectroRootsPop to ElectroAfroLatinoCumbiaMerengueBeat, with TransAtlanticElectroGrooveHipHop and more, from a lot of places on the planet ! Click on 'World Vibes' above for more details.
Our featured album starts off with Nairobi based AfroPop vocalist trio plus guitarist Sauti Sol (Kenya), then our first track from our new featured album 'Ainsi vivent les hommes' (So live men) the latest and fifth studio album from Tours based Reggae artiste Brahim Mahrez aka Brahim (France-Algeria), then in between more album tracks we hear new creations from North Ontario based Francophone ElectroRootsPop duo De Flore (Canada), multilingual multigenre Berklee College of Music graduate Saifa (Guyana), Erfurt based ElectroPopReggae DJ Clueso (Germany), Sète based lyrical sextet Zoufris Maracas (France), and after one more track from our featured album we end the first hour with a multilingual CongoRumbaRap tribute to African Success from Badi & Boddhi Satva (Congo-Belgium-Central African Rep). New musical ideas and inspirations, enjoy !
Our second hour starts off with new sounds from sizzling ElectroAfroLatinoCumbiaMerengueBeat sibling duo Sotomayor (Mexico), then our first track from 'Kingston-sur-Loire' Tours based Reaggae artiste Brahim's latest and our Featured Album, and in between succesive album tracks we sample new creations from TransAtlantic Montréal based ElectroGrooveHipHop DJ duo Of Course producing Parisian William Maurer aka Oré (Canada-France), a doubly posthumous release from two African Giants, recently deceased Afrobeat co-creator Tony Allen and AfroJazz trumpeter Hugh Masakela (Nigeria-South Africa), a return from the Corrège 'heart-on-their-sleeve' trio Trois Cafés Gourmands (France), AfroPop Queen meets AfroVoodoon Diva with Yemi Alade & Angélique Kidjo (Nigeria-Benin-US), ending the hour and the show with our last 'love addiction' Reggae track from our featured album.