Monday, September 17, 2018

Last Dance

Some of the hottest -- and raunchiest -- dance and party tracks from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and the Americas

Thursday, September 6, 2018


Founded by Dominican-born Johnny Pacheco and Italian-American Jerry Masucci in 1964, Fania Records took its name from a song by Cuban singer Reinaldo Bolaño and made international legends of a mostly pan-Latin roster including Puerto Ricans Cheo Feliciano, Héctor Lavoe, Adalberto Santiago, and Bobby Valentín; Panamanian Rubén Blades; Cuban Celia Cruz; and New Yorkers Ray Barretto, Willie Colón, and Larry Harlow (Lawrence Ira Kahn).

This special show features bomba, boogaloo, latin jazz and rock, plena, salsa, son, soul, and more from Fania CDs plucked from the shelves of Spanish Harlem's Casa Latina Music and El Barro Music Center; Bronx's Casa Amadeo; Brooklyn's San German Records; and the legendary Record Mart in the Times Square / 42nd Street subway station.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Radio Agadez

Folk, electronica, radio collage, sung poetry, Tuareg blues, and more from the Republic of Niger

Monday, August 27, 2018


Classics and deep cuts from Mina, Moroder, and a handful of our favorite psychedelic and progressive tracks from The Boot.

Friday, August 17, 2018

A Trip to Nouri Brothers

Discs plucked from the shelves of Paterson, New Jersey's greatest self-proclaimed"shopping center": Nouri Brothers, where new stock butts heads with decades-old, dust-covered gems we didn't even know were available on this continent.

This three-hour tribute features Morocco's Grande Voix d'el Aita, Syria's King of the Oud, some long out-of-print Oum Kalsoum, mid-period Nass El Gihwane and Jil Jilala, nascent raï, jaw-droppingly rare Fayza Ahmed, and much, much more.

Listen to the show in the archives

Tuesday, August 14, 2018


Three hours of experimental, field recordings, film hits, folk, funk, pop, rock, and traditional sounds from the Indian Ocean (Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Réunion, Seychelles, and Sri Lanka).

Monday, August 6, 2018

Bad Boys

Provocation, poor taste, questionable ethics, incompetence, regrettable decisions, and egregious criminal acts, featuring:

Russia's "unsurpassed master of profanity." 

The Cairene laundry presser whose ode to bin Laden was yanked from the Egyptian airwaves. 

The troubled Jamaican genius who spent the last years of his short life in prison for murder. 

Japan's greatest unpop star. 

The Beirut underground star whose fuck you to Lebanon's military leaders nearly ended his career. 

The creepy American hustler whose death unleashed a torrent of horrifying not-so-secret secrets.

Listen to this show in the archives

Monday, July 30, 2018

We Can't Stop Smoking in the Vicious and Blue Summer

A three-hour soundtrack to an imaginary Wong Kar-wai film, featuring 78s from Lebanon, Poland, Thailand, and Turkey; Belgian disco; Taiwanese rock; Okinawan bossa nova; Latin rhythms from Colombia, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela; Brazilian lo-fi; bubblegum from Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia ... and more!

Listen to the show in the archives

Sunday, July 22, 2018


Three hours of some of the most extreme music ever recorded, from early experiments by pioneers Hijokaidan, Merzbow, and Hanatarash, to ear-piercing, mind-melting home recordings by K2, Pain Jerk, the Geriogerigegege, Violent Onsen Geisha, Incapacitants, Solmania, and more!

Listen to the show in the archives

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Jackson Heights

Take a musical journey with Bodega Pop Live on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio through the streets of one of the most diverse neighborhoods on the planet: Jackson Heights. Three hours of Peruvian punk, Tamil electronica, Ecuadorian soul, Punjabi party music, Venezuelan prog, Bangladeshi disco, Panamanian dancehall, Pinoy hip hop, Mexican psychedelic, Tibetan folk, and more!