International Airspace: Songs for the Dead

On this month’s show we’re celebrating Mexico’s Día de Muertos with an entire show dedicated to music for the dead. From the funeral dirge to voodou ceremonies, we explore songs and sounds across the world that help us commune with the deceased.

Thanks for Hannah, Dana, Pame, Jimena and my beloved Mexico City family for all the help and inspiration for this month’s show.

Show tip:
The last track, Allen Toussaint’s funeral procession, is an extended field recording for this upload. I suggest listening to this track with headphones on. As the person recording wanders through the second line and the tempo picks up, you can hear various instruments and voices coming in and out of focus. Listen closely and you can really hear each mourner playing their heart out for Mr Toussaint 🙂

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Posted on: November 6, 2016

International Airspace: Another Country

After an eight-month break International Airspace returns to London Fields Radio, welcoming a new year with an eclectic mix of classical, jazz, blues and cross-cultural electronica.

This month features music from Cuba all the way to Mongolia including Laurie Anderson, the Rajasthan Express, Robbie Basho, Nina Simone and LV.

Image of Mongolian landscape by artist Daesung Lee.

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Posted on: January 24, 2016

International Airspace: I Can’t Breathe

After a week where we learned of the death of two more US citizens at the hands of aggressive law enforcement, we’re dedicating this week’s show to artists responding to the recent, not so recent and far too consistent tragedies and travesties of justice concerning men, women and children of colour and the police. From folk, to hip hop, to jazz and soul as well as field recordings, we’ll be playing music from early days of the US civil rights movement, as well as contemporary artists responding to recent events.

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Posted on: April 20, 2015

International Airspace: Ja-Ki-Mo-Fi-Na-Hey

For this months International Airspace we’re marking Mardi Gras by exploring the music and sounds of one of the world’s most fascinating cities, New Orleans. From brass bands, to cajun creole, Mardi Gras Indians and hybrid hip-hop, we’ll be discovering a jambalaya of cultures coming straight out of the Big Easy.

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Posted on: April 4, 2014

International Airspace: Viva Voce

This week we’re exploring oral traditions in music where songs and sounds have been passed down through generations of lived experience. In 45 minutes we’ll take you on a global journey through the chain gangs of Alabama, down the Gulf of Mexico to the mountainous sounds of Armenia and plenty more in-between.

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Posted on: March 10, 2014