© 2022 Kansas City Public Radio
NPR in Kansas City
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
CS_logo_fixed.png
Central Standard

Nebulous

world_music_ladysmith-black-mambazo_0.jpg
singitonline
/
Flickr

What exactly is "world music"? Does it include songs that are sung in different languages ... or even bluegrass? As the Folk Alliance International conference gets underway in Kansas City, we explore what this nebulous term means to an ethnomusicology professor and two local musicians.

Guests:

  • Stephanie Shonekan, Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology and Black Studies, University of Missouri in Columbia
  • Enrique Chi, musician, Making Movies
  • Gerald Trimble, local musician and session leader at the Folk Alliance conference on "bluegrass as world music."

People don't make cameos in news stories; the human story is the story, with characters affected by news events, not defined by them. As a columnist and podcaster, I want to acknowledge what it feels like to live through this time in Kansas City, one vantage point at a time. Together, these weekly vignettes form a collage of daily life in Kansas City as it changes in some ways, and stubbornly resists change in others. You can follow me on Twitter @GinaKCUR or email me at gina@kcur.org.
Matthew Long-Middleton has been a talk-show producer, community producer, Media Training Manager and now the Community Engagement Manager at KCUR. You can reach him at Matthew@kcur.org, or on Twitter @MLMIndustries.