music from The Wanton Bishops, Dakha Brakha, Baby Metal and Geomungo Factory
Rita Ray presents some of the most exciting and newest rock from some of the most unlikely places. The Wanton Bishops for example are from Beirut, but their musical homeland is the southern states of the US. They recently made a pilgrimage tour to Texas which was filmed for a documentary.
There is also a growing rock scene in India, as well as Angola, where musicians and fans alike find it the best way of expressing the violence they have lived through and the anger and frustration they often feel.
Dakha Brakha is an all-female Ukrainian band fast winning fans with a highly inventive, high energy sound which often includes rock elements. Rock tends to dominated by men, but in Japan Baby Metal is a somewhat bizarre but very popular combination of cute girl trio and heavy metal.
Also in the programme, two examples from opposite corners of the globe – Finland and Korea – of rock sounds produced by instruments not traditionally associated with rock. Geomungo Factory from South Korea create a totally modern rock sound with ancient Korean zithers. Alamaailman Vasarat (which translates as Hammers of the Underworld) produce their avant garde rock with saxophones, clarinets, percussion, cellos, pump organ and grand piano. There is no guitar in sight!