Mark R. Thomas - host/producer


My Musical Influences & Interests:

My World Beat Playlists

Music is the universal language of mankind. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

2005 will be my fifteenth year hosting the "World Beat," on KMSU/KMSK, The Maverick Radio Network, on the first Saturday of each month. On the show, I play music from all around the planet. I was originally inspired about the idea of doing a world music show by Fiona Ritchie's "Thistle & Shamrock. and then later by Georges Collinet's Afropop Worldwide. In the early days, timeslot for the show was between Thistle & Shamrock and Afropop Worldwide. So I structured the show to start with Celtic Music and concludes the show with about fifteen minutes of Afro Cuban and African music, for the segue to Afropop Worldwide. I continue to use this format even though KMSU no longer airs the Thistle and Shamrock.

During the past fifteen years world music has grown and evolved as a genre. It has been a real pleasure to participate in this growing musical movement. With each passing year I help listeners to explore new areas of the world through music. With each passing year I make efforts to broaden my skills as a radio producer. I've been operating the board since February 1999, which give me more creative control and a sense of satisfaction. With the advent of streaming audio KMSU.org now broadcasts the World Beat online.

My original interest in world music began in the 1960's, when as a teenager I picked up on the sound George Harrison playing the sitar on Norwegian Wood. I soon developed a deep interest in the music of Ravi Shankar. Later, in the early 70's I listening to roots Woody Guthrie, Josh White, Odetta, Leadbelly and recordings from Nonesuch Records of Gregorian Chant, African Drums and Tibetan chant. I heard the echoes of classical Andean music in the Simon and Garfunkle song "El Condor Pasa." Then in the 80's Fiona Ritchie turned me on to Celtic Music and George Collinet brought Afro Pop to the world

My enjoyment of hosting and producing the World Beat is greatly enhanced through the connectivity of my World Beat playlists, on the Web. They connect me to a world music artists and their record labels from all around the globe.

Below is a small selection of World Music that I have aired on the World Beat. Check out my playlists for more info on the music that I play on The World Beat.

African
Afro-Cuban
Ancient
Andean
Asian
Australian
Basque
Brazilian
Cajun
Celtic:
Chant


Chinese
Creole
Fado
Finnish
Flamenco
French
French
Galician
Greek
Gypsy
Hawaiian Slack Key
India
Inuit
Italian
Mediterranean
Middle Eastern
Native American
Nordic Roots
Norwegian
Pacific Islanders
Portuguese
Reggae
Scandinavian
South Asian
Swedish
Tibetan
Trance
Tuvan
Zydeco

Favorite Links:

Mark's World Beat Playlists  The playlists from my KMSU World Beat shows with links to World Beat Record Labels and some artist's websites.

Afro Pop Worldwide  Afro Pop Worldwide celebrates the contemporary musical cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora. The host, George Collinet, is the driving force behind global awareness of Afro Pop and yes, that is WORLDWIDE.

Echoes   John Diliberto and Kimberly Hass host and produce excellent two hour radio shows featuring artist interviews along with a mix of world, acoustic, ambient, new age, space, trance and fusion music. My favorite radio show. Thanks John and Kimberly for helping to define the sound of the global village.

Hearts of Space  Steven Hills defines space music and produces fine world music. case in point: "Geno D'Auri"

Thistle and Shamrock  For 15 years Fiona Ritchie has produced the best Celtic music radio show on the planet.

World Cafe  David Dye hosts a really heady mixture of new music, artist interviews and in-studio music.

 



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Modified by: MRT 26 March 2000
Last Updated: 29 January 2005