Monthly Archives: November 2016


Worldwide FM pays tribute to David Mancuso


Last week we were met with the sad news that an all time great in dance music had passed away. Through his New York party, The Loft, David Mancuso shaped many of the sounds and attitudes that have permeated through club culture.

To celebrate his life and contribution to music, here’s a selection of tributes to David Mancuso that took place on air.

Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy’s 4hr tribute with Lucky Cloud partners Tim Lawrence and Jeremy Gilbert

Thristian’s 4hr tribute with Detroit Swindle, Ashley Beedle and Jeremy Newell on the phone

Francis Inferno Orchestra’s 2hr tribute

Kay Suzuki and Donna Leake’s 2hr tribute


Creative Class Series 3 – Gilles Peterson in Cuba

This summer Gilles Peterson went out to Cuba to continue WeTransfer’s Creative Class series, exploring how creatives are shaped by their relationship with technology.

Here’s an in-depth post on the This Works blog, where you can watch all 5 films, as well as an interview with Gilles, discussing his experiences and discoveries on this trip to Havana. You can watch all the films at

cuba-snaps-7For season three, WeTransfer creative director and world-renowned DJ Gilles Peterson went to Cuba to sit down with five people helping to define the creative culture of this fascinating and rapidly-changing country. In Cuba restricted technological developments and limited access to the internet have led to innovations and unique approaches to combining creativity and technology. Peterson says: “Regular trips to Cuba over the last 10 years or so have given me a remarkable insight into the rapid changes going on there. Overseeing this latest Creative Class series has allowed us here at WeTransfer to showcase artists who are shaping the future landscape in the world of music, art and design. They are all pioneering creative champions who have risen against all odds to make their mark.”

The five practitioners featured in this season’s Creative Class are:

Edgaro Gonzales
As a musician, DJ, producer and TV host, few people have their finger on Cuba’s musical pulse better than Edgaro Gonzales. His hip hop group Doble Filo is one of the country’s most popular acts and he has played a key role in bringing together Cuban sounds and international influences to create cutting-edge new music.

Ildolidia Ramos
Ildolidia Ramos is the lead dancer of Raíces Profundas, one of Cuba’s most respected dance troupes. Founded in 1975, the group is renowned for its ability to take viewers on a journey through Cuba’s musical heritage, and its dancers are famous for their intense dedication. Few though possess the exuberant energy that Ildolidia brings to her performances.

Wilfredo Prieto
Conceptual artist Wilfredo Prieto is one of the most intriguing creatives working in Cuba today. Trained as a painter, his work now sits somewhere between installation, sculpture and performance. He reimagines found objects and ordinary scenarios to make satirical points and his work has been exhibited around the world.

Susu Salim
Creative entrepreneur Susu Salim must be one of the best-connected people in Havana. She spent several years working for Vistar, Cuba’s trailblazing culture magazine which defied the national ban on indie publications. Susu now organises club nights and manages local musicians among her various other roles.

Idania del Río
Idania del Rio opened Cuba’s first independent design shop Clandestina, and as such is one of the leading voices in Havana’s contemporary visual scene. Her business sells products predominantly designed by young women and she has helped build a creative community that is redefining what Cuban design means to the wider world.

Damian Bradfield, President WeTransfer U.S.A., says: “In this series of The Creative Class we explore possibly the most creative city on earth, the city that has had to work the hardest to get exposure, recognition and visibility. Gilles takes us on a journey through Havana, introducing us to a new creative class; an almost creative ‘cast-away’ class.”

WWFM Le Mellotron Pop Up // Paris

Gilles and Thris Tian join Le Mellotron for a Worldwide FM pop up in Paris. Since 2012, Le Mellotron has been been broadcasting live from Paris, and the community station is now located in a bar in République.

The Pop Up kicks off with Gilles in the mix, followed by digger Victor Kiswell, music mogul Busy P, and Thris Tian. Then Hugo Mendez from Sofrito Records is in selection followed by DJ, producer and vocalist Piu Piu and finally Ludivine.

Le Mellotron also host a regular breakfast show on Worldwide FM, listen back here.


Worldwide FM will be broadcasting live from Milan JazzMi festival! // 11-11-2016


This Friday, Worldwide FM will be broadcasting live from Milan’s inaugural JazzMi festival in collaboration with Blue Note. The twelve day non-stop festival has been organised to immerse the people of Milan in Jazz’s rich story with an array of live shows, documentary screenings and lectures providing a jazz education for all ages.

Friday’s programme will kick off with a conversation between Gilles Peterson and Luciano Linzi the Creative Director of JazzMi introducing the festival for the first time and playing a collection of sounds that you can expect to hear throughout.

The discussion will be shortly followed by an hour with Grammy-winning, jazz extraordinaire Robert Glasper taking us through to the evening where Rocco Pandiani of Right Tempo Records will be playing a selection of tracks, finally finishing up with Gilles who has planned a medley of music from Horo Records, where there may even be time for a special guest!

15:00 (2pm GMT) – Gilles with Luciano Linzi, Creative Director of Jazz Mi festival.

16:00 (3pm GMT) – Rober Glasper in conversation.

17:00 (4pm GMT) – Rocco Pandiani of Right Tempo Records.

18:00 (5pm GMT) – Gilles Peterson with Ilhan Ersahin.