Shows: International

From the oldest field recordings of isolated cultures to high-production-value commercial world-music CDs, our international DJs bring you wonderful sounds from around the globe. It might be Australian aborigine, classical Chinese, Polish political, or Yemeni youth-ritual—a sampling of many kinds of music of a particular place, or the details of one specific style. DJs explore the cultural and social context of the music, the performers, the instruments, and the meanings of the lyrics.

Tune in for information about Chicago-area performances and announcements about related arts events. Interesting guests and ticket-giveaways are frequent features.

Tuesday

Start Stop Show DJ  
4:00pm 5:00pm

Voces de la Canción Mexicana

Enjoy the many sounds of our neighbor to the south: the best vocalists and instrumentalists performing a variety of regional and historic styles to present you the beauty, the stories, and the feelings of Mexico.
Adolfo “el Dragón”
5:00pm 6:00pm

Chicago Is the World

Chicago is the World is a global music radio program showcasing traditional & contemporary world music, with special attention given to local world music artists, cultural workers, performance artists and more. Join your host Demetrio and co-host Brenda Lee as we explore various musical genres and stories from around the globe. learn more at http://www.chicagoistheworld.org
Demetrio
6:00pm 7:00pm

Relentless Reggae

Running the roughest cuts from yard. With a moral obligation to raise the consciousness with a groove, Microphone Bill runs cuts from Studio One to Exterminator, Bob to Sizzla, and Augustus to Mad Professor.
Microphone Bill

Thursday

4:00pm 5:00pm

Radio Salsa Clásica / El Tornado Tropical

“El Caobo” spins the very best of danceable salsa and cha-cha-chá; both classic and contemporary, with periodic interviews of renowned artists, dancers and other industry professionals. The music of this show is for the discriminating dancer and casual listener!
El Caobo
5:00pm 6:00pm

Music Around the World

Marta's meandering musical magical-mystery mind weaves together the sounds of (and interesting facts about) all sorts of music from all over the globe -- from rare field recordings of long-ago isolated tribes in faraway places to contemporary urban pop songs from all continents. Sometimes she has in-studio or phone chats with musicians, composers, producers. Also word about live performances in the Chicago area (and often offers of free tickets) plus info about ethnic festivals, films, exhibitions, and other presentations.
Marta
6:00pm 7:00pm

Party from Damascus

A wide variety of music and special guests from the Arab world. Pop music from Lebanon, contemporary radio hits from Egypt, traditional music from Syria—and rhaks sharki (bellydance) music! The sounds of celebration, of real life, Arab style! The belly-dancer hostess invites you toget up and shimmy with her! For more information, check out her website.
Erika, the Sultan’s favorite

Friday

1:00pm 3:00pm

Algoriddim

Heavy rhythms, soulful harmonies, driving horn lines and serious dubbing. It all comes together on algoriddim in a two hour mix every other friday afternoon from 1 to 3 pm on WHPK. Each show takes you on a journey through a theme, featuring roots reggae tunes from a certain producer, studio or style.
Benja
    — Alternating with —  

Roots Revival Fridays

Listen in for a contemporary union of deep rhythms and exotic harmonies as DreadRock mixes a live studio set. Electro, traditional musics, and heavy beats come together on an international scale every other Friday at 1-3 pm central time.
Selecta T
3:00pm 4:00pm

Soca Diner

Mr Mongoose
4:00pm 5:00pm

Gateway to Brazil

Steve and Marcos take you to South America’s largest country on the wings of its many kinds of songs.
Steve
& Marcos
5:00pm 7:00pm

Rendezvous Afrika

A whirlwind tour of the continent—East, West, South, and Central—with musical guides Isaac of Ghana, Silvia of Kenya, and Kenyi of Uganda. You won’t be able to sit still!
Kenyi
& Silvia
& Isaac

Saturday

2:00pm 4:00pm

Calypso Cavalcade

Calypso Cavalcade, Music of Trinidad & Tobago West Indies, is Chicago's only and longest to date Soca/Calypso radio show. A blend of Soca/Ragga/Calypso/Chutney/Rapso/Social Comentary/Steel Drum, the music presented in a non stop party format. More music less talk -- definitely setting the mood for all night partying.
Mike Sears
4:00pm 6:00pm

Vwa Lakay: The Voice from Home

Frantz brings you music and news from the diaspora as well as direct from the island.
Frantz
6:00pm 7:00pm

Belizean Melody Music Show

Explore the diverse music, lifestyles, and cultures that Belize has to offer. The country of Belize is bordered to the north by Mexico, south by Spanish Honduras, west by Guatemala and east by the Caribbean sea. There are about seven ethnic groups of people in Belize, the Creole or Kriol, Garifuna, Spanish, the Mestizos, Kechi, the Mayan Indians and the Mennonites. It is the only country in Central America where English is the official language, but Kriol, Spanish and Garifuna are more commonly spoken.
Randolph