Friday, September 16, 2005

Audible Odyssey

One of my favorite things about good radio is how it exposes you to NEW music that you haven't heard, expanding your musical horizons and turning you on to artists you may never have discovered on your own.

Of course, commercial radio hasn't even approached this model for years. But luckily, college radio has been revived thanks to the wonderful Al Gore creation - the internet.

I just listened to 2 hours of the coolest global funk, reggae and hip hop courtesy of University of Austin's KVRX website. Every Friday from 12 - 2 PM (E) you can tune in to the Afro-boogaloo Odyssey, bringing you the best from the African diaspora. I guarantee that there are few places, even on satellite radio, where you can hear everything from Zion I to Fela Kuti, People Under the Stairs to Chico Cesar. And the best part is, I think I was only familiar with about five or six songs from the whole two hour playlist. But everything was fantastically funky and delightfully groovy. And the playlist on the site updates in real time - so you can go explore for more information about anything that catches your ear.

So consider this your invitation for a global voyage captained by your Dr. of Funkology - Thomas Fawcett. This man has traveled the globe as a musical ambassador - from dancing the robot to Andean flute music to singing James Brown in Costa Rican karaoke bars . And now he brings his vast knowledge and affinity for da funk to your eardrums.

And you can bet I'll be tuning in every Firday to boogie down to the Boogaloo.

3 comment(s):

  • Thanks for the support my man...I stay trying to spread good music to the masses. Keep up the good work!

    By Anonymous Thomas B. Astrofunkin', at 7:17 PM  

  • That photo is amazing!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:03 PM  

  • make yo mama sooo proud

    By Anonymous astromama, at 5:51 PM  

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