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RootsWorld is published continually, only on the WWW. If you would like to make a submission for review, do so after reading the FAQ.
So who are these people? Why should you read what they have to say?
- Cliff Furnald: editor, publisher
Founded RootsWorld in 1993. Produces a weekly Thursday AM radio program at WPKN-FM in Bridgeport, CT and has contributed to fRoots, Dirty Linen, CMJ and many other publications. If this isn't enough, there's more.
- Melanie Bodin: Managing editor, wrangler of language and form
Our newest contributors:
- Chris Wheatley is a journalist, writer and musician who splits his time between Oxford and Cambridge, UK. He has an enduring love for roots and world music of all varieties and is just as likely to be found listening to Ewan MacColl as he is Mongolian throat singers. He is indebted to the advice and encouragement of his wife, his son and his mother, without whom he would never have come so far.
- Michael Stone hosts Jazz Worldwide on WWFM 89.1–HD2 and jazzon2.org. He also contributes to fRoots. With Pedro Meira Monteiro, Stone's current project is "Cangoma Calling: Spirits and Rhythms of Freedom in Brazilian Jongo Slavery Songs," a volume based on historian Stanley Stein's 1948–49 field recordings of former Brazilian slaves singing jongo work songs and signifying chants.
- Tom Pryor is a freelance writer, editor and producer specializing in international music and culture. He is the former Editorial Director of Nat Geo Music and his work has appeared in Afropop Worldwide, Songlines, MTV Online, NPR and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn, New York and is probably watching a cat video instead of your band right now.
- Tyran Grillo is an academic with an undying addiction to music. He currently runs "between sound and space," a blog dedicated to ECM Records.
- George De Stefano is a New York City-based critic and author who writes mainly about culture, politics, and ethnicity. His book, 'An Offer We Can't Refuse: The Mafia in the Mind of America' (Faber and Faber, 2006) explores pop culture images of Italian and Italian American organized crime, from the silent film era to the present.
- Alex Brown is the editor and host of Splinters & Candy, a weekly radio show and music blog dedicated to eclectic global music. You can hear him on Monday afternoons on WVKR FM 91.3 in Poughkeepsie, NY or online at www.wvkr.org
- Lee Blackstone is a radio producer and freelance writer from NY.
- Marty Lipp writes a monthly column on world music for Newsday (NY). As a freelancer, he has contributed to Global Rhythm, The Beat, Details, the New York Times and the Washington Post. As a father, he is currently trying to brainwash his 18-month-old son into loving Brazilian and Irish music.
- Tom Orr says he is simply Tom Orr
Occasional and past contributors:
- Waldemar Wallenius is a veteran of Finnish music journalism and an occasional broadcaster, active since the late 1960s. He was founder and editor of Blues News, Musa, Soundi, Fanzine and WUM magazines, among other projects. We dragged him out of retirement.
- Greg Harness holds degrees in music theory, history, and management. He lives in the rural American West where his barn is much bigger than his house. He hosts a radio program on KRBX in Boise.
- Maria Ezzitouni is a Swedish freelance writer who writes in Swedish and English. She lived in Florence, Lisbon, New York and London before re-locating to her husband's homeland, Algeria four years ago. There she has mostly been writing about the evolving Algerian music scene, with contributions in British fRoots and Swedish Lira. Find her online.
- Dylan McDonnell is a gigging musician and private music teacher from New Haven, CT. His interest in and enthusiasm for many sound- and lifeways worldwide has led him to join the RootsWorld community. Dylan graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in Musical Studies, concentrating in Ethnomusicology. In 2014, Dylan studied abroad in Dakar, Senegal, where he examined relationships between sound and politics in the city's hip hop scene. He can be seen performing with the New Haven-based groups José Oyola & the Astronauts and Kindred Queer, as well as in various jazz combos around town.
- Nokware Knight is Nokware Knight
- Seth Premo looks at life through the filter of being an amateur woodworker, combat veteran, music performer/transcriber/multi-instrumentalist, and biology student. He also spends too much time pining over the loss of The Gong Show.
- Nondas Kitsos is a Greek preservationist looking for ways to transcribe the "gamma" sound in English.
- Georgianne Nienaber is an investigative and political writer (mostly). She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, Independent Reporters and Editors, the Memphis Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the International Folk Alliance.
- Rosa Vieira de Almeida is from Portugal via Macau, China. She enjoys reading and thinking about issues such as transnationality, creolization and (post)colonialism but also dreams of one day becoming a seamstress, a computer programmer and an EMT.
- Bill Nevins is a poet, teacher and rabblerouser in New Mexico. He is also a New Mexico Music Commissioner, appointed in 2005 by Governor Bill Richardson
- Nyasha Laing is a Belizean-American filmmaker and cultural advocate from New York City and a graduate of Yale University.
- David Cox is a writer, editor, and activist living in Ontario, Canada. David co-organized the Quarter Moon Coffee House in Bloomfield, Ont., and he also contributes to rambles.net.
- Louis Gibson is an Oxford educated professor of sinusology on his native island of Watoo in the far-western south Pacific. In addition to his research into the nasal sounds of languages, he also plays the cabloo and translates the local poetry into iambic pentameter in his spare time.
- Philip Palmer is an English freelance music writer, saxophonist and translator based in Krakow. He has contributed articles to Jazzwise, focusing on the music scene in Poland.
- Stacy Phillips is a player of fiddle and dobro. He has written numerous books about the instruments.
- Warren Senders is a musician (including the Anti-Gravity ensemble), classical Indian vocalist and life-long student of Indian musical culture
- Peggy Latkovich is a freelance writer and world music aficionada.
- Philly Markowitz is a Canadian world music broadcaster and mother of 2 free-range kids who has recently taken up the accordion.
- Staffan Jonsson is a young fiddler from Sweden who is turning into a Norwegian hardangerfiddler.
- Eric Iverson is a critic and visual designer in St Paul/Minneapolis.
- Helene Dunbar is a regular contributor to Irish Music Magazine.
- Jamie O'Brien
- Joe Grossman is joe grossman.
- Christina Roden is a writer, publicist, producer and marketing consultant specializing in world and classical music. She lives in New York City.
- Opiyo Oloyo is originally from Uganda. He is a radio producer and school teacher in Toronto.
- Graeme Counsel is an ethnomusicologist and host of Radio Africa in Melbourne, Australia
- Jennifer Byrne has spent time studying music in both Mozambique and Ghana. Her main area of interest is tufo singing from northern Mozambique. Born in Ireland, she now lives in London.
- Dave Dalle, a music graduate and pianist, has been hosting a folk and classical radio program for over five years in Ottawa.
- Sophie Parkes is an English student from England who says she's "fiddling mad." She also is a regular contributor to Fiddle On, the UK's only specialist fiddle publication.
- Steve Taylor is an ex-geologist and avant garde cartoonist who throat-sings.
- Peter Evan was born on an island in Lake Superior and now lives on a much warmer one in the Pacific. He is
a world traveler, medieval historian, freelance writer, and sanshin player.
- Michal Shapiro is a painter, designer, recording artist and producer. She is currently a music programmer for Link TV.
- Tracy M. Rogers is the editor of The Aurora Review, a poet, photographer, and freelance music reviewer. She likes jazz music, crocheting and drinking green tea.
- Renzo Pognant divides his musical tastes between jazz, minimalism and Indian music.
In his free time runs a record label and organizes live performances in Italy.
- Craig Tower is an Afrophilic vegan cyclist currently studying the anthropology of local radio in Mali at Northwestern University.
- Jose Ortega "Sitoh" is a photographer from Barcelona, Spain.