Shows: International

From the oldest field recordings of isolated cultures to high-production-value commercial world-music CDs, our international DJs bring you wonderful sounds from around the globe. It might be Australian aborigine, classical Chinese, Polish political, or Yemeni youth-ritual—a sampling of many kinds of music of a particular place, or the details of one specific style. DJs explore the cultural and social context of the music, the performers, the instruments, and the meanings of the lyrics.

Tune in for information about Chicago-area performances and announcements about related arts events. Interesting guests and ticket-giveaways are frequent features.


Start Stop Show DJ  
3:00pm 5:00pm

Radio Salsa Clásica con El Caobo

Host, El Caobo, spins the very best of classic and contemporary danceable SALSA, MAMBO & CHA-CHA-CHA for discerning dancers and listeners alike; with periodic interviews of renowned artists, dancers and other industry professional.
El Caobo


4:00pm 5:00pm

Afro-Caribbean Connections, Kizomba LifeStyle Radio

My Genre is Afro-Music like: 1. (Kizomba, Semba and Afro-House) this is from Angola. 2. (Soukous) from the Congo. 3. (Afro- Beats) from Nigeria and Kenya. 4. (Caribbean Zouk) from the islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique. 5. (Kompa) from Haiti. 6. (Bachata Tipico) from Dominican Republic.
5:00pm 6:00pm

Chicago Is the World

Chicago is the World is a global music radio program showcasing traditional & contemporary world music, with special attention given to local world music artists, cultural workers, performance artists and more. Join your host Demetrio as we explore various musical genres and stories from around the globe. learn more at
Maura Joyce
& Aleksandra Majka
6:00pm 7:00pm

Relentless Reggae

Running the roughest cuts from yard. With a moral obligation to raise the consciousness with a groove, Microphone Bill runs cuts from Studio One to Exterminator, Bob to Sizzla, and Augustus to Mad Professor.
Microphone Bill


4:00pm 5:00pm

Romanticas Mexicanas y mas

Join DJ el Cachorro for your weekly fill of music from our friend and neighbor from the south. Music from different regions and covering different topics, but you can always expect some (Hopeless) romanticism. We have music to suit you and how you’re feeling from week to week.
DJ El Cachorro
5:00pm 7:00pm

Music Around the World

Marta's meandering musical magical-mystery mind weaves together the sounds of (and interesting facts about) all sorts of music from all over the globe -- from rare field recordings of long-ago isolated tribes in faraway places to contemporary urban pop songs from all continents. Sometimes she has in-studio or phone chats with musicians, composers, producers. Also word about live performances in the Chicago area (and often offers of free tickets) plus info about ethnic festivals, films, exhibitions, and other presentations.


1:00pm 3:00pm

Roots Revival Fridays

Playing the best of Roots Reggae from the foundation up to present!
Wadadah II
3:00pm 5:00pm

Soca Diner

Mr Mongoose
5:00pm 7:00pm

Rendezvous Afrika

A whirlwind tour of the continent—East, West, South, and Central—with musical guide Isaac of Ghana. You won’t be able to sit still!


2:00pm 5:00pm

Calypso Cavalcade

Calypso Cavalcade, Music of Trinidad & Tobago West Indies, is Chicago's only and longest to date Soca/Calypso radio show. A blend of Soca/Ragga/Calypso/Chutney/Rapso/Social Comentary/Steel Drum, the music presented in a non stop party format. More music less talk -- definitely setting the mood for all night partying.
5:00pm 6:00pm

Les Fauves

Albert Burford
6:00pm 7:00pm

Laila bileyl / Nights with Laila

Arabic music from all around the Middle East and Africa, especially Egypt, and Arabic inspired world music.