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Kyungso Park in session with Lopa Kothari

Korean gayageum player Kyungso Park in session with Lopa Kothari plus a Road Trip exploring the Narcocorridos or ‘drug ballads’ of Mexico.

Korean musician, composer and improviser Kyungso Park in session with Lopa Kothari, performing on the gayageum – a traditional Korean 12-stringed zither. Our Mixtape has been put together by Afro Celt Sound System founder Simon Emmerson, and for this week’s Road Trip, journalist Betto Arcos explores the Narcocorridos or drug ballads of Mexico - a controversial genre of folk-songs which tell stories of the real lives of drug smugglers and cartels.

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2 hours

Music Played

  • Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda


    • El Ndjoum.
    • Airfono.
    • 6.

    Approximate Distance

  • Ngoni ba


    • Miri’.
    • Outhere Records.
  • Emmanuel Jal & Nyaruach

    Ti Chuong

    • Naath.
    • Gatwitch Records.
    • 1.
  • Moonlight Benjamin


    • Siltane.
    • Ma Case Records.
    • 1.

    Be My Neighbour


    Rubin's Vase

  • Salif Keita

    Itarafo (feat. Angélique Kidjo & MHD)

    • Un Autre Blanc.
    • Naïve.
    • 4.
  • Katja Šulc

    I Danced with the Wind

    • KAMLISAJLAN - Homage to rromaní poetry.
    • 4.
  • Juan Gaytán & Frank Cantú

    El Contrabandista

    • The Roots of the NarcoCorrido.
    • Arhoolie Records.
    • 18.
  • Los Alegres de Terán

    Carga Blanca

    • Corridos De Contrabando.
    • Falcon Records.
  • Sergio Vega y Sus Shakas del Norte

    Las Parcelas de Mendoza

    • Ándale!.
    • Hilargi Records.
    • 4.
  • DJ Tudo

    No Rio da Curima (feat. Jose Tobias)

    • Mundo Melhor vol.1.
    • Mundo Melhor.
    • 1.
  • Le Trio Joubran

    Our Final Songs

    • The Long March.
    • Cooking Vinyl.
    • 9.


  • Catrin Finch


    • Soar.
    • Bendigedig.
    • 1.
  • Jackie Oates


    • The Joy of Living.
    • ECC Records.
    • 1.
  • Rising Appalachia


    • SINGLE.
    • Rising Appalachia.
  • Kong Nay

    Kroeun satreil

    • Kong Nay: A Cambodian Bard.
    • INEDIT.
  • Benin International Musical


    • BIM#1.
    • World Tour Records.
  • Tautumeitas

    Dai Citas Meitas

    • Folk And Great Tunes From Latvia.
    • CPL-Music.
    • 10.
  • Laima Jansone

    Pavasara Grīslis

    • Folk And Great Tunes From Latvia.
    • CPL-Music.
    • 17.


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