World Treasures Music on KMAH Radio
One of the many beneficiaries of the internet age and vinyl revival is world music. People can now dig back through history, unearth long-forgotten records and search out rare private presses, soak up the sounds of niche African communities, West Indian indigenous sounds and anything in between. One man who has been doing that most of his adult life is Leeds-based DJ and collector Mike Greenwell.
He documents his finds on his World Treasures Music blog and radio show of the same name on Leeds station KMAH. He does so with a respectful sensitivity and will only share afro, dub, hip-hop, soul, calypso and much more that has been properly licensed, officially released or reissued, mindful of the fact that plenty of these sounds have been put out by people with no regard for the originators.
Greenwell also champions these sounds at Leeds party Cosmic Slop – a party run to fund the Music and Arts Production charity, which helps young people for whom mainstream education doesn’t work. The party is also well known for its sound system, which was built by MAP founder Tom Smith and is revered by big names like Theo Parrish and Floating Points (who often play, for free, unannounced).