In All Languages

The In All Languages department is devoted to bringing listeners of WKCR 89.9 music that is hard to find because of its language, culture, or place of origin. Knowing that we cannot broadcast all the music in the world, we strive instead to air original and distinctive shows. No music is too popular or too obscure for our attention as long as it has a story yet to be told. Through these stories, we hope to provide a way to listen to music made in languages and contexts different from our own. 

By embracing many musical movements around the world, In All Languages can get out alternative versions of musical history, intriguing biographies, genre-blurring shows, and all kinds of rare recordings on commercial-free airwaves. We also interview and record artists making music today so that we can do our part to keep the music that we enjoy alive and growing. 

We hope to serve New York City’s diverse local communities, first-time listeners, and long-time enthusiasts alike. If you tune in to our current schedule, you could catch Reggae, Hindustani, Celtic, Cumbia, Indie Rock, Non-Western Classical, Field Recordings, Experimental, Folk, Carnatic, Afrofunk, Film Hits, Ethio-Jazz, Chuigushou, Hip Hop, and more.

 

Programs

Eastern Standard Time

  • Saturday 8am-12pm
Department: 
In All Languages

Eastern Standard Time” (formerly “Reggae Riddms”) is WKCR’s Jamaican
music program, airing Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. The program is
one of the last in the New York City market to focus on the “golden
era” of reggae of the 1970s. The program also features earlier ska and
rock steady, as well as later developments in the Jamaican dancehall.
The deejays also play locally-produced recordings and maintain close
ties with New York’s reggae community.

Since New York City is home to one of the largest Jamaican communities
outside the island, including sections of The Bronx, Queens, and
Brooklyn, the program has long been a home to visiting and
locally-based artists. Among the program’s studio guests have been Joe
Higgs, Cedric Brooks, Glen Adams, Burning Spear, Sly Dunbar, Sugar
Minott, Carlos Malcolm, Jr. Reid, Buju Banton, Johnny Clarke, Big
Youth, Phillip Frazer, Willi Williams, Wayne Smith, Ansel Meditations
Cridland, Carlton Livingston, Johnny Osbourne, Luciano, Bushman, Jr.
Kelly, Carlton Tetrack Hines, Carlton Patterson, Ricky Grant, Delroy
Williams, Milton Henry, U Brown, Ranking Joe, Judah Eskender Tafari,
Jerry Harris, Jr. Delahaye, Douglas Levy, Ranking Trevor, K Vibes, Rob
Symeonn, Bigga Haitian, Willow Wilson, and literally dozens of others.

Time: 
08:00

In All Languages

  • Sunday 11pm-Monday 2am
Department: 
In All Languages
Time: 
23:00

Middle Eastern Influences

  • Friday 12-1am
Department: 
In All Languages

Middle Eastern Influences is one of the latest additions to the IAL oeuvre. During the hour-long show, we feature a wide range of beautiful tracks from regions of the Middle East, North Africa, and even, at times, South Asia. Our programs are usually thematic by country or geographical area, and we attempt to play music that reflects the progression of a form or instrument over time. We are constantly developing the Middle Eastern Influences show, so feedback from listeners is greatly appreciated.

Time: 
00:00

Morning Ragas

  • Sunday 6-8am
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In All Languages

The sister show to Raag Aur Taal, this show focuses exclusively on the ragas of classical Indian music that are traditionally listened to at dawn or during the early morning. The Hindi/Urdu word "raag" is derived from the Sanskrit "raga" which means "color, or passion." The raga is not a tune, melody, scale, mode, or any concept for which an English word exists. Instead, a raag functions both as description and prescription; it describes a general melodic practice, while it prescribes rules on how to build a certain melody. Compositions in Indian classical music are built on the rules of a raag. The notion of the morning raga may then be thought of as an aural method of coloring the mind of the listener, through a combination of various acoustic characteristics, with sentiments that complement the morning atmosphere.

Time: 
06:00

Raag Aur Taal

  • Sunday 7-9pm
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In All Languages

Previously known as Garam Masala, Raag Aur Taal explores the sounds and rich cultural heritage of South Asia with hosts Pooja Agarwal and Swarup Swaminathan. The term "Raag Aur Taal" roughly translates to "melody and rhythm," indicating the classical nature of this program. Each week, we journey into the classical music traditions of the Indian subcontinent, as well as other artistic forms including dance and theater. Devotional and folk music is occasionally explored as well.

Time: 
19:00

Sounds of China

  • Saturday 6-8am
Department: 
In All Languages
Time: 
06:00

The African Show

  • Thursday 10pm-Friday 12am
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In All Languages

Our program of African music, news, and politics happens to be the longest running African show in New York. Founded by Joe Mensah, the African Show was co-hosted by the legendary Babatunde Olatunji until this team handed over the show to current host Lawrence Nii Nartey in the late 1970's. Nii is exceptionally proud of the wealth of music that the African continent has produced and strives to present African music in all its variety, from traditional to popular, from West to East, from North to South. Over the years, guests of the show include: I.K. Dairo, E.T. Mensah, Tabu Ley Rochereau, Manu Dibango, Sam Mangwana, Nana Ampadu of African Brothers International, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Soukous Stars, Hugh Masakela, and Doudou Ndiaye Rose. The show also plays host to an annual festival of African culture around Thanksgiving time.

Time: 
22:00