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Global Roots Radio

The mission of Global Roots Radio is to showcase the various ethnic, immigrant and hyphenate communities in the greater Kansas City area. Global Roots is a bi-lingual magazine show
featuring the music and public affairs, language and culture of various ethnic
communities, in their own voice.

Global Roots aims to provide a venue for the many immigrant and second generation communities in the Kansas City metropolitan area to showcase their culture, music and language, in their own

The program invites guests, to air music from their own collections, and speak about their communities in KC and back home. (Engineering and technical expertise provided by KKFI/Global Roots Crew).

Upcoming episodes

Ethiopian Connection: Music for the Origin of Nile River November 29, 2015 | 3:00 p.m.

Helen Gebre-Amlak is back with brand new music in the third month of the new Ethiopian year 2008!

Tune-in for the latest Ethiopian jams!

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Back in Baroque? tune-in to find out, with Serdar Tuncten and Gerald Trimble! December 6, 2015 | 3:00 p.m.

Gerald Trimble and Serdar Tuncten return with their knowledge and personal vast collection of Baroque and Turkish music, to curate another episode of Global Roots Radio!

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the sights and sounds of Ukhrul, Manipur India! December 20, 2015 | 3:00 p.m.

Rakmila Shaiza, Kansas City community activist, will join us to share indigenous music and culture of her hometown in the mountainous Ukhrul district of Manipur, Northeastern India through stories and recent field recordings!

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Happy Holidays from around the world in Kansas City! December 27, 2015 | 3:00 p.m.

Local Rondalla Ensemble plays holiday songs and guest-hosts from The Philippines, Bolivia and Germany join-in for a winter holiday celebration!

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Recent episodes

Indonesian adventures! November 22, 2015 | 3:00 p.m.

Guests will share their Indonesia with us through music, and stories!

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Happy Diwali! November 8, 2015 | 3:00 p.m.

Join in for an on-air celebration of Diwali, which signifies the victory of light over darkness and is the biggest holiday in India, with live music and more!

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New ancient music and its Eastern roots! November 1, 2015 | 3:00 p.m.

Join Serdar Tuncten and Gerald Trimble as they share music and stories from their recent travels to Turkey and France!

Innovative and progressive artists in the filed of early music (Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque) and the origins of these styles in Eastern music!

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A cultural tour of Iran through music October 25, 2015 | 3:00 p.m.

Tune-in to Global Roots Radio 3-5 PM for a journey through two hours of Persian music and culture.

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Global Roots Radio celebrates KKFI October 11, 2015 | 3:00 p.m.

Let's party on the air! It's our 77th show! Join us to uplift and support Community Radio in Kansas City during the Fall Pledge Drive! Send love to KKFI and Global Roots Radio and donate on

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The Garifuna of Honduras Plus Ethiopia
October 4, 2015 | 3:00 p.m.

Alfredo Lopez, of OFRANEH, and Community Radio activist will be on the first hour of Global Roots Radio to talk about his people, the Garifuna, Afro-Indigenous Hondurans and their inspiring Resistance to the U.S. Drug War, violent displacement and forced migration to the U.S. In the second hour of the program, Helen Gebre-Amlak brings us more from Ethiopia.

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September 27, 2015 | 3:00 p.m.

A journey through Gambia

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Bollywood Swinging September 20, 2015 | 3:00 p.m.

Venkat Manda returns with a Bollywood Edition featuring old and new favorites! Hindi singers Mohd Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar and recent visitors to Kansas City - Abhijeet Sawant and Srikant Narayan are featured in this special edition of Global Roots Radio.

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Thailand September 13, 2015 | 3:00 p.m.

A journey through Thailand

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Highlights From the 2015 Ethnic Enrichment Festival September 6, 2015 | 3:00 p.m.

The 36th Annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival took place in Swope Park in August. KKFI was on hand to capture some of it.

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