Author Archives: Saoirse O'Leary


Toshio Matsuura and WIRED HOTEL ASAKUSA join forces to bring you WW Tokyo


WW Tokyo is a fortnightly radio broadcast led by Toshio Matsuura on Worldwide FM. We are delighted to announce our new partnership with WIRED HOTEL ASAKUSA, who will be hosting WW Tokyo live from their cafe bar, ZAKBARAN.


WIRED HOTEL ASAKUSA is a new creative hub and local community hotel in Downtown Tokyo, celebrating Japanese culture where the modern and traditional merge. Together Toshio Matsuura and WIRED HOTEL ASAKUSA curate two hours of radio which combines Toshio’s signature sound with Worldwide FM’s diverse sensibilities.

We welcome anyone who wishes to join us in enjoying the vibrant space and Toshio’s selections. You can find WIRED HOTEL ASAKUSA at 〒111-0032 Tokyo, Taito, Asakusa, 2 Chome−16−2

Watch our debut broadcast from WIRED TOKYO ASAKUSA below.

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Motor City Drum Ensemble, Roni Size, Channel One and more join Worldwide FM as new monthly shows


Motor City Drum Ensemble, Roni Size, Channel One, Mr G & K15, CoOp Presents and The Brownswood Forum join Worldwide FM as new monthly shows.

Our Worldwide FM family is expanding, as we invite some brand new monthly shows to the station.

Chameleonic DJ, record collector and producer Motor City Drum Ensemble joins us on the second Wednesday of each month. Roni Size and Channel One will be curating a six hour Sound System Special every first Thursday, with Roni Size giving us Drum and Bass, and Channel One selecting dub. We’ll also be welcoming Mr G and K15 who will be digging deep every month, as part of our six hour Jazz Special every third Thursday. IG Culture is welcomed to the family too, with CoOp Presents Selectors Assemble, with friends and family on rotation every third Friday for an exploration of broken beat. Finally, The Brownswood Forum will be making a return, with the original members reuniting, reminiscing and rediscovering every fourth Thursday. From LA, Thalma de Freitas will be exploring Brazilian culture and music with live guests on the second Wednesday of every month.

You can catch our regular hosts and existing DJ’s in their usual slots, as they bring their global discoveries to Worldwide FM. Existing regular shows include Lefto, Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy, Bugge Wesseltoft, Soundway, Toshio Matsuura, Ennio Styles, Jeremy Sole, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Esa, Kate Hutchinson, 22aFrancis Inferno Orchestra, Jimetta Rose, Le Mellotron, Emma Warren, Prequel, Steve Nalepa, Andrew Jervis, Mark de Clive-LoweSeano, Jimetta Rose, Jeremy Sole and Jonny Rock.


New Orleans: Six of Saturns Jazz Festival with Ace Hotel


Worldwide FM is delighted to announce that we are broadcasting from Six of Saturns festival, an event celebrating jazz, music and culture in its spiritual home, New Orleans.

With daily live broadcasts hosted by Gilles Peterson (from 4-6PM BST (10AM-12PM local time)), the festival takes place at Three Keys, located within Ace Hotel New Orleans, running from 27 April to 7 May.

You can follow the event on social media by using the #SixofSaturns hashtag.

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Spoken Word Special with Anthony Joseph, Rohan Ayinde, Leanne Wright and Paul Bradshaw// 06-04-17


We explore the art form of Spoken Word with the Worldwide Family and guests.

Spoken Word Special: Paul Bradshaw with Anthony Joseph // 06-04-17 // 12-2PM BST

Founder of Straight No Chaser and part of the Worldwide Family, Paul Bradshaw welcomes Anthony Joseph, performance poet, spoken word artist and frontman for the Spasm Band.

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Spoken Word Special: Leanne Wright with Rohan Ayinde // 06-04-17 // 2-4PM BST

resident DJ Leanne Wright is joined by Rohan Ayinde, an interdisciplinary artist working primarily with poetry and photography focusing on race, politics and all the other constructs that shape our lives. The duo are also joined by South London multi instrumentalist Dominic Whalley, who plays percussion for Jungle.

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A Gil Scott-Heron tribute with Gilles Peterson, Dave Okumu, Lemn Sissay, The Last Poets, Jono McCleery & Roger Robinson // 30-03-17

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Two days before what would have been his 68th birthday, we celebrate the life and legacy of jazz musician and spoken word artist Gil Scott-Heron.

Gil Scott-Heron Tribute Show: Dave Okumu with Jono McCleery and Lemn Sissay // 30-03-17 // 12-2PM BST


Viennese DJ Dave Okumu hosts poet Lemn Sissay and vocalist Jono McCleery as they explore Gil Scott-Heron’s work and pay tribute through music, live performance and words – including a live performance from Jono McCleery.

Roger Robinson with The Last Poets (rebroadcast) // 30-03-17 // 2-4PM BST

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Poet Roger Robinson takes the reigns for an extended words and music show with the godfathers of hip-hop, The Last Poets. Long-time friends of Gil, they share memories of some past encounters and struggles with the spoken word giant.

Gilles Peterson: Gil Scott-Heron Tribute // 30-03-17 // 4-6PM GMT

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Gilles presents two hours in tribute to the late spoken word artist, Gil Scott-Heron, just before what would have been his 68th birthday.


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Sound System Culture Special // 16-03-17

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A day of appreciation and celebration of sound system culture, with new and familiar selectors.

Sound System Culture Special: David Rodigan & Gilles Peterson // 12-2PM GMT

Gilles Peterson is joined by Reggae selector David Rodigan following the release of his new autobiography My Life In Reggae. Rodigan talks through 12 of his favourite tracks during this strictly vinyl special, playing music from artists that have strongly influenced his career.

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Sound System Culture Special: Earl Gateshead // 2-3PM GMT

Earl Gateshead has been DJing since 1979, taking his London reggae sound worldwide. He presents an hour from his vast collection for our Sound System Culture Special.


Sound System Culture Special: Shere Khan // 3-4PM GMT

Shere Khan is a new generation soundman who is bringing older dub styles and sound into a new era. He presents an hour of vinyl brought back from his recent visit to Kingston, Jamaica for our Sound System Culture Special.

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Jazz Special with Paul Bradshaw, Mr G, K15 & Nubya Garcia // 02-03-17


We turn to Worldwide friends and family to explore the history, current scenes and future of jazz music for a six hour special.

Paul Bradshaw with Orphy Robinson // 12-2PM GMT

Paul Bradshaw, founder of Straight No Chaser, is joined by Warriors Int. vibes-master, Orphy Robinson to talk about his Third Eye All Stars’ much anticipated rendering of Van Morrison’s 1968 masterpiece Astral Weeks.

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Nubya Garcia // 2-4PM GMT

London based saxophonist Nubya Garcia represents young London’s jazz scene alongside her band with two hours of records, as they spill the beans about upcoming projects and shows.


Mr G and K15 // 4-6PM GMT

Long-standing UK house master and Phoenix G. label owner, Mr G joins Wild Oats and Eglo-signed multi-genre maverick, K15, for a special two hour jazz show. 20170302 Mr G + K15




International Day: Melbourne, LA, Rio, Brussels & London // 01-03-17


Every Wednesday International Day samples local music scenes from around the world, presented by some friends who have helped put their cities on the map.

This week we’re headed to Melbourne, LA, Rio, Brussels and London.

WW Melbourne with Ennio Styles with Bohjass and Prequel with Harvey Sutherland & CC:Disco

Broadcaster Ennio Styles brings spiritual jazz outfit Bohjass, before producer Prequel invites analogue synthesist and keyboard supremo alongside Australia’s first lady of disco, CC:DISCO! for a four hour session.

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WW LA presented by Jeremy Sole & Jimetta Rose

Jeremy Sole presents ‘Family Values’ with Thalma de Freitas & Laercio de Freitas for a live duet, Jimetta Rose welcomes Fatima and Cameron Graves (West Coast Get Down) into her Garden of Sound, and Stones Throw celebrate a special with Dan Digs and Koreatown Oddity.

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WW Rio: A Point of View with Kassin & Joao

Alexandre Kassin and his musical partner Joao present two hours direct from Rio de Janeiro.


WW Brussels: Earlybird with Lefto

Weekly show with Lefto, the Brussels based selector and Studio Brussels host.


WW London with Gilles Peterson

Gilles represents London with two hours live from our HQ.

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Gilles Peterson presents ‘Cape Town Sounds’

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Gilles Peterson presents ‘Cape Town Sounds’, an audio documentary exploring the music of the city and what makes it unique.

As part of Lufthansa’s City of the Month campaign, Gilles travelled to Cape Town in early February to speak to some key figures of the varied musical movements of the city, including the indigenous music of the Khoisan bushmen, Cape jazz, 80s kwaito, bubblegum pop, hip-hop and spoken word, all the way through to today’s burgeoning electronic music scene.

Gilles and Esa also hosted a Worldwide FM pop-up radio broadcast live from Cape Town, featuring many of the guests from the documentary, which you can listen to below.

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Worldwide Family Takeover // 23-02-17

The studio is taken over by our very capable friends from Brownswood, Future Bubblers and long time collaborators.

Worldwide Family // Brownswood Radio // 12-1PM GMT

Brownswood‘s Ruby and Jake lift the lid on Gilles’ label, journeying through its colourful 10 year history and unchartered future.

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Worldwide Family // Future Bubblers // 1-2PM GMT

Amy and Selassie offer an insight into their talent discovery and development programme, Future Bubblers, powered by Brownswood Music. Strictly new, UK music.

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Worldwide Family // Sophie Callis // 23-02-17 // 2-3PM GMT

Monthly show from London DJ and Worldwide Family member, Sophie Callis.

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Brand new monthly show from Canadian London DJ and Worldwide Family member, Leanne, who brings new music and surprise guests.

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