Casa Babylon is an eclectic music program which aims to look at the various modern and traditional musical movements in the American continent and beyond. The name, Casa Babylon, is taken from Mano Negra's seminal 1994 recording titled "Casa Babylon." The Spanish and French band was one of the first to fuse a variety of world music elements with rock. Their musical fusion had a profound impact on urban youth in Latin American as well as in Mexico. The band also broke language barriers in that they sang in English, Spanish, French and Arabic and really saw themselves as musicians who were part of a large music scene worldwide.
The idea behind the program is to highlight the various musical movements and traditions that are coming out of Latin American and the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal) and looking at how old musical traditions often get juxtaposed and impact contemporary music.
The curious listener will have an opportunity to discover Mexican jazz, electronic music from Latin American, Mexican traditional folk music, Tangos, Hip-hop, Brazilian, Sones Cubanos, and other African influenced musical genres from the American continent. Here's a unique opportunity to listen to music that is multi-lingual and really reflects the diversity and richness of Latin American music. It could only happen on public radio.