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WKMS Explores Music from Around the World with Two New Programs

"Afropop Worldwide" and "Imported" will both air on January 5th, 2020.

This January, WKMS will add two new programs exploring music from across the globe and spanning all genres. Tune in to WKMS on January 5th to hear Imported and Afropop Worldwide.

Afropop Worldwide and Imported will return to WKMS on Sunday, January 5th at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m., respectively. Find more information on both programs below.

Afropop Worldwide, 9 p.m.
From PRX:
"Afropop Worldwide is America's first and longest-lived weekly program on the music of Africa and the African Diaspora.

Hosted by Georges Collinet from Cameroon and produced by Sean Barlow for World Music Productions, Afropop Worldwide draws on an unprecedented array of reporters, artists, and cultural guides to present an hour that is authoritative, comprehensive, and hugely entertaining. 

Says Billboard Editor-in-Chief Timothy White, "Serving as both keen entertainers and astute explainers in their programming of the absolute best of world music, the people behind Afropop Worldwide do a job that is impossible to overpraise.

Each carefully crafted broadcast features live concert tape, exclusive interviews, visits to musicians' houses, urban ambiance from around the African Diaspora and recordings so rare you won't even find them on Napster! Over the course of 15 years, the Afropop Worldwide staff has accumulated a unique archive of sound recordings, interviews, radio programs, multi-track concert recordings, photographs and out-of-print studio albums. Through its international network of artists, music professionals, fans, and supporters, Afropop Worldwide receives a never-ending stream of ideas, submissions, and inspiration."

Imported, 10 a.m.

Looking for a show where you can find Vietnamese hip-hop and Polish-Ukrainian ska-punk in the same set? Sundays at 10 p.m., Matt Markgraf (WKMS' former News Director) returns to the airwaves to host Imported, an international music show making its comeback on WKMS with fresh sounds from around the globe. From India to Ireland, from Spain to South Africa - you never know what you might hear on Imported.

Join Imported on a world tour each week through diverse musical styles, cultures, and languages to bring down barriers that divide and to foster greater harmony and understanding through the language of music. 

Imported was created by hosts Chris and Georgena Taylor about a decade ago for its first run, and we hope they'll return as guest hosts from time to time, along with other familiar voices on WKMS.

Tracy started working for WKMS in 1994 while attending Murray State University. After receiving his Bachelors and Masters degrees from MSU he was hired as Operations/Web/Sports Director in 2000. Tracy hosted All Things Considered from 2004-2012 and has served as host/producer of several music shows including Cafe Jazz, and Jazz Horizons. In 2001, Tracy revived Beyond The Edge, a legacy alternative music program that had been on hiatus for several years. Tracy was named Program Director in 2011 and created the midday music and conversation program Sounds Good in 2012 which he hosts Monday-Thursday. Tracy lives in Murray with his wife, son and daughter.
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