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About the Blog:

World Listening Post showcases contemporary music from around the globe in the form of brief album reviews accompanied by video clips. It encompasses a wide range of musical styles and encourages listeners to go beyond their own comfort zones by crossing national and linguistic frontiers.

As of May 2017, the blog has posted reviews of albums from more than 50 countries. It has received 10,000 visits from people in more than 130 countries.

WLP was launched in New York on June 17, 2015.

 

About the Blogger:

photo-2I used to think travel and music were separate interests. In my twenties, I journeyed around the world twice without really connecting them. I listened to music in India and Sri Lanka, in Lebanon and Israel, in Madagascar and Mozambique. For a brief while, I sang American folk and country songs in a nightclub in Kyoto, Japan. But I didn’t have a musical worldview. By the time I reached my thirties I was going to concerts to hear the local music wherever I traveled and also discovered that attending familiar Broadway shows (West Side Story in Swedish, Jesus Christ Superstar in Russian, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in Spanish) could give me a local theater experience essentially without a language barrier.

It all came together one night—I was in my forties by then—in Paris. I was in a poster shop, killing time before a nightclub show, when I realized I was walking in step with the captivating music from the store’s sound system. “Whose voice is that?” I asked a shop clerk, and she looked at me as if I was a tourist in Memphis who had never heard of Elvis. “That’s Francis Cabrel,” she said. At that moment, as I absorbed the sound of Cabrel’s classic, “Repondez-moi,” I became hooked on greatest French singer-songwriter of his generation. And the more I thought about it, I also realized that of all the great songs in the world, the vast majority are sung in languages other than English and most English-speakers are missing them.

Ever since then, the idea of seeing the world and hearing its music have become inseparable for me. Whenever I visit a country, especially for the first time, I wait for my Francis Cabrel moment, when a song from a taxi radio, a street busker or background music in a store, tells me that I am now in sync with not only the time zone but also the music realm. I am also more systematic now in my search for a country’s music. Immersing myself in a musical culture before a trip and listening to the music after I get home can make a one-week journey last much longer. Sometimes the trip is permanent: I met my wife at a performance of fado music in Rio de Janeiro.

This is the background and organizing principle of my blog. There’s a world of music out there that I no longer cut myself off from. Much of it is beyond my linguistic skills. This doesn’t matter to me and, I suspect, it won’t matter to many others if they open themselves to the experience.

World Listening Post is an extension of my more than 40 years in journalism. The search for music worth sharing is similar to the quest for stories worth telling. I don’t pretend that this blog offers a comprehensive look at the world’s music—if such a thing is even possible. Rather, it reflects my own taste, as well as my determination to ignore all borders in looking for the ultimate playlist.

If you read through my posts, you’ll likely notice a dearth of negative reviews. Every year I sample more than 1,000 new albums, and give a thorough listening to at least 500, but in the end I only review 52. My pans, as well as a lot of music I find good but not great, don’t make it into print.

If you have comments about my choices, want to make recommendations or just share ideas about music, please get in touch.                                                                             —Alan Tigay

 

8 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi: I am one of the most accute fan of Angelina Wismes. Please can you tell me how you heard of her? I would like to make her famous all over the world.

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    1. Hi Loulou, Although I do lots of research on various sites and in various publications to find artists, I “discovered” Angelina Wismes in the most traditional way possible. Last May I was in Paris and found her CD (which had just been released) in the music department of FNAC. Thanks for writing.

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      1. Dear Alan, many thanks for your reply: I was fortunate to attend two concerts performed by Angelina in Paris. She is just amazing. Have you watched the video of her song “Fly”??? She did write the lyrics and composed the music. Here is the link :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oq6LERE63vw. Just share it around. You will notice that her voice is low-pitched in “Fly” compared with the album dedicated to Barbara. Actually, Angelina’s voice is so rich that it can dive deep into grave tones and rise up to high-pitch melody. Anyway, listen to “Fly” and tell me what you think about it. Loulou

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      2. Hi Louou, Yes, I liked the video of “Fly” on youtube. I also liked Hijo de la Luna (by Mecano), one of the songs she performed on The Voice. BTW, I received a beautiful thank-you note from Angelina for my review. She posted it on her Facebook page and as a result my blog exploded with visits today. The best day I’ve had since I launched my blog six months ago. Regards, Alan

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  2. Dear Alan. I just wanted to let you know that I have been posting on my FB page Angelina’s photos since the first of december. I will do so through Christmas. They are all excerpts (screenshots as a matter of fact) from public videos featuring Angelina. Enjoy, That is my way to pay a tribute to her astonishing beauty. And don’t hesitate to talk about her in NYC …..Loulou.

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  3. Alan. Discovered your reviews on iTunes. Thanks for your thoughtful and well researched evaluations. They’ve directed me to some great new music and enlightened me further on the artists I already enjoy. Jim

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  4. Coucou.

    I hope that You someday will find Cumbia music. Originally from Colombia, but played also in Chile. Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Mexico. My favorite Cumbias come from Peru and especially I love Cumbia andinas. Cumbia is tropical, happy music.

    Bonne journée!

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