KISL’s Meet the Voice

Pete: It is like that in North Africa now, and it is all self produced, very do-it-yourself spirit, but the context is different. They have a rich context of music and dance, a great example is the rhythm and dance style from Angola that has found its way into reggaeton and latin music. Don Omar has sampled these. Akon, who was born in West Africa and raised in the states now plays with mega stars, but recognizes his roots, his father was a traditional musician. That sort of stuff is fascinating to me, following the integration into popular music.

Pete: It is like that in North Africa now, and it is all self produced, very do-it-yourself spirit, but the context is different. They have a rich context of music and dance, a great example is the rhythm and dance style from Angola that has found its way into reggaeton and latin music. Don Omar has sampled these. Akon, who was born in West Africa and raised in the states now plays with mega stars, but recognizes his roots, his father was a traditional musician. That sort of stuff is fascinating to me, following the integration into popular music.

KISL: What do you think is the biggest difference between music we find popular here in America, and the styles of Africa?

Pete: A lot is different. For one thing a lot of African music is based on the pentatonic scale, which sounds different to western ears. A lot of rhythms are complex and layered. But the oral history that is told in similar. The Griots of Mali they influenced a lot of what the blues are today.

KISL: What do you think is community radio’s place on Catalina?

Pete: I think it is the most important for involvement, and even just freedom of speech. It is an outlet for people to share their creativity. We are so blessed in this community to have this resource where people can tell their stories. Everybody has a story and different interests, and there is a venue at KISL to share those interests and stories. Our goal is to get more people on the airwaves, we have a unique situation here, and we can share that uniqueness.

KISL: Can you give us a two-sentence synopsis of your life?

Pete: It is kinda the fundamental wisdom of the middle way, I lead such a mild life, but sometimes I regret all the bad decisions I haven’t made in my life. Taking advantage of opportunities and being present, that is a conscience goal of mine, that is where you will find me right now, on the streets joining in.

KISL: (Question we ask everyone-courtesy of Sarah L.): If you were in a white room with no windows or doors, and the walls were of an infinite height what song would you listen to that would lift you out of the room?

Pete: That is a good question. (pause). Lately I’ve been trying to focus on only listening to new music, and that ‘lifting’ type of inspiration hits me a lot of times when I hear a new song. I would say Oumou Sangare, she’s got a song called Seya. It carries a great sense of wonder and journey.

On the next Meet the voice: Steve-O and the Radio Free Catalina gang. To get involved with KISL or learn more about getting your own show on the air call 424-226-2837 (HAHA-BOATER) or contact Jordan Monroe the Community Outreach Director- jordanmonroe@kislavalon.com.

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