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For 18 years, David McBurnie has been hosting music programs here at KPFA with his unique global perspective. Born in NYC and raised in Port of Spain, Trinidad, in the Caribbean, he's absorbed diverse musical influences that he has shared on the long-running "Spirit of Carnival," "Rhythm Drive," and now "Music of the World."
Sandy Miranda has been broadcasting music on KPFA since 1988. She had her first music lesson at age 5, studying violin, piano, guitar, Congolese and Nigerian drums, percussion, and ukulele—but her favorite instrument is the mixing board. She’s traveled around the Pacific Islands, Indonesia, Mediterranean islands, Europe, Scandinavia, Scotland, Ireland, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Australia, looking for the local music that carries the culture of the people. Sandy is particularly interested in what heals us, and has found music to be key. She believes that a tremendous amount of history and wisdom is held in traditional music, and that solutions to many of society’s woes can be found there. She can be heard mixing roots, vintage, jazz, ambient, multilingual hip-hop, folk, dance, and tribal sounds on any particular show. And she loves to hear from listeners, because she sees radio as a two-way street.
In a musical journey that began in England in the late 1970's, composer, performer, multi-instrumentalist and radio DJ Stephen Kent has blazed a trail across five continents, living at various times in the UK, Spain, Australia and the USA. His musical scores, composed for theatre, circus and dance companies, have received international acclaim and his work as a performer and recording artist has established him as a unique talent in the global music scene. He is one of the foremost exponents of the Australian Aboriginal Didjeridu in contemporary music.