Madison World Music Fest artists on the radio

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Posted by on July 31, 2009 at 18:54:25:

Madison World Music Fest artists on the radio
Katjusa Cisar | July 31, 2009

Stuck inside or in a car on this gorgeous afternoon? Caravan, the weekly world music show on WSUM/91.7 FM, is broadcasting music today 4 to 6 p.m. from artists coming to the Madison World Music Festival September 16 to 19.

Here are a couple of the musicians Caravan host Paul Baker will be playing:

Algeria native and now San Francisco-based Cheb i Sabbah has been DJing since the mid-'60s. He draws on North African, Jewish and South Asian genres for his style, finding inspiration in the kind of transcendental music that reportedly caused Rolling Stone Brian Jones to hallucinate more than 40 years ago in Morocco. He's also produced several world music compilations (in 2005, NPR recorded an interview with him about a mix of traditional Moroccan music that he produced).

In a 2002 article, the San Francisco Bay Guardian described Cheb i Sabbah's longstanding Tuesday night gig at a local club as full of wonder, rapture, bliss and "more than a touch of bewilderment."

"Cheb i produces albums performed by master musicians evoking singular elements of brilliance, and he brings them together to create a sonic prayer," writes Peter Nicholson. "The individual elements of Cheb i's music are ancient. Not old like loops recycled from the '80s, but old like hundreds and hundreds of years old. Vedic chanting comes from the Indian Vedas, the oldest basic Hindu scriptures, and has been practices for centuries."

Listen to Cheb i Sabbah's music at his MySpace page. He's playing a free show at the Memorial Union at 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19.

Kepa Junkera is a Spanish Basque composer and plays the trikitixa (a traditional Basque button accordion).

Junkera is performing at the Willy Street Fair at 2:30 p.m., also on Saturday, Sept. 19.

Caravan airs on the dial at 91.7 FM or streaming live at

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