Catching Up with GPWW: Two Shows

We’re fast-forwarding the Gilles Peterson World Wide radio show to catch up, which means you get 2 shows at once today. That equals 4 full hours of high-quality GPWW.

In May 5th’s show, Gilles features 40 magical tracks, including some of his clear favorites like Gil Scott Heron, José James, Quadron and SBTRKT along with new ones like Twilight Tone, Kyle Hall, and Ezel.

GPWW 4/5 Part 1
 

GPWW 4/5 Part 2
 

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Moving swiftly along to May 12th’s show, Gilles starts with a new track by Cee-Lo called “I Want You,” written by Jack Splash. Then he gets into some Betty Davis, Fatima featuring Dam-Funk, Sofrito, Nas & Damien Marley, and new music by Paul White, Addison Grove, and Karizma. (And listen for the Giant Step shoutout – swoon!)

GPWW 4/12 Part 1
 

GPWW 4/12 Part 2
 

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Mulatu Astatke: The Man & His Influence

Mulatu Astatke is a musical titan, in the same league as the likes of Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade, yet he was first recognized to most people when The Paris-based world music record label, Buda Musique devoted the entire 4th installment of their respected series, Ethiopiques, to his compositions in 1998.

Astatke was born in 1943 in a town called Jimma in Ethiopia. His family sent him abroad to Wales to study chemical engineering, and instead, he came home with a degree in Music and a whole new sound brewing in his head. After Wales, he proceeded to the prestigious Berklee College of Music becoming the first African student to attend, studying the Vibraphone and percussion.

Mulatu Astatke – “Asosa” (from Mulatu Steps Ahead on Strut Records)
 

Read more, grab a few downloads, samples and more Ethiopian-influenced hip-hop after the jump.

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Nas and Damien Marley Discuss Distant Relatives & the Politics of Hip Hop and Reggae

Tomorrow at 7pm, National Geographic Live presents a one-of-a-kind evening with some of hip-hop’s most legendary figures. The event will feature Nas and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley in a discussion about the often under-appreciated evolution of and deep-rooted connections between reggae and hip-hop.

Hip-hop, now a multibillion-dollar industry, originated as a vital form of cultural expression in Africa that was translocated by the slave trade to the Caribbean and the American colonies. It blossomed a half century ago in the dance halls of Kingston, Jamaica, and soon migrated to the parks jams and recreational centers of New York City, where the culture became known as hip-hop. This evolution forms the basis of the Distant Relatives music project, a collaborative effort by Marley and Nas, which will comprise of an album set for release in early 2010, a documentary film, performances and a series of public discussions.

Joining Nas and Marley for this conversation, moderated by MTV VJ Sway, will be key players in the development of both musical genres, including Kool Herc, Rakim, Daddy U-Roy, King Jammy, Jeff Chang, Pat McKay, Waterflow and DJ Red Alert.

You can watch the event live streaming here.
Saturday 12, 7pm EST