Each edition of Higher Ground features Jonathan's weekly blend of new and legendary artists from unique regions of the world. \ His four hour broadcast celebrates a world music mix of such styles as Afro Pop, Salsa, Celtic Reels and Jigs, Sufi, Greek Café, Samba, Merengue, Bachata, Congolese Rumba, Delta Blues, Reggae, Bossa Nova, Cumbia, Son, Brazilian Gypsy Swing, Native American, Turkish Café, Zouk, Reggae, Klezmer, classical jazz and more.
"Join me each Saturday night when we celebrate, dance to, and learn about world music with African roots and more.... You'll hear unique styles from artists whose music connects people with prominent places around the globe."
- Jonathan Overby, Host/Executive Producer
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Listing of the music played on Higher Ground: song titles, albums, bands, etc.
World Music Spotlight
Jonathan interviews Cecilia Noël, a passionate and flamboyant singer and producer. In 2009 she produced her CD A Gozár! (to enjoy) and Latin Party was released in 2010 by Putumayo Records. Critics have called her the "Latin Tina Turner."
She created "Salsoul", a genre that describes her sound, combining elements of salsa, soul, jazz, funk, and afro-cuban. A Gozár! is a manifestation of Noël's love of music and dance and a dedication to her family in her native Perú.
New Orleans music icon Allen Toussaint talks with Jonathan Overby about his storied career and his plans to move forward in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Every week, Higher Ground explores the World Music scene with interviews and music clips from special guests around the globe.
34th Annual Tribute toThis year's tribute was held on January 20th, 2014. Listen to the WPR broadcast archive now!
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Our Theme SongOur Theme was composed by Jonathan in 1976 while he was a music student at San Francisco State University. He originally created the piece for the Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard Chapel's Youth Choir where he served as music director. When he arrived at Wisconsin Public Radio in 1994, Jonathan incorporated a revised application of the tune for his original Sunday morning talk show. The current framing of the song features the Lighthouse Chamber Singers with Jonathan singing the lead.
Higher Ground podcasts interviews and music from the World Music spotlights artists.
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