WMI PLUS At Home Library

WMI PLUS At Home experiences bring music from around the world into the comfort of your home. Renowned artists share their lives, instruments, and stories from their personal environments, bringing an intimacy and uniqueness to each event. These talks are led by fellow musicians, journalists, and ethnomusicologists.

WMI PLUS At Home events are supported by a grant from Con Edison and by world music lovers like you. We thank you!

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Lokua Kanza with Banning Eyre

Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo and now based in Paris, Lokua Kanza is an exceptionally gifted multi-instrumentalist who sings in several languages. His most recent album released in 2021 entitled Moko, meaning “one” in Lingala, celebrates Lokua’s return to the stage after an 11-year hiatus. He shares music and talks with Banning Eyre (Afropop Worldwide) about his prolific career.

Natu Camara with Darek Mazzone

Multi-lingual Guinean artist Natu Camara shared music and joined Darek Mazzone (host of “Wo’ Pop” on KEXP Radio) for a conversation about using music as a means to build cultural bridges and to promote the empowerment of women and girls.

Leyla McCalla with Mike Block

Haitian-American Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Leyla McCalla (Carolina Chocolate Drops, Our Native Daughters) sits down with Grammy Award-winning cellist Mike Block (Silkroad Ensemble) to share songs and chat about her path from cello to banjo and finding her voice, her musical influences, and the inspiration she derives from her Haitian legacy.

Ballaké Sissoko with Banning Eyre

Malian kora master and Griot Ballaké Sissoko joins WMI from his home studio in France for an At Home conversation in which he shares music and chats with Banning Eyre (Afropop Worldwide) about his many collaborations including his most recent album Djourou, as well as the history and cultural significance of the kora.

Arturo O’Farrill with Philip Klint

Grammy Award-winning pianist, composer and educator Arturo O’Farrill — leader of the “first family of Afro-Cuban Jazz” (The New York Times) and son of the late, great Cuban composer Chico O’Farrill, shares music and talks with Emmy Award-winning journalist Philip Klint (NY1 Noticias) about the evolution of latin jazz, and his travels to Cuba and Mexico.

Dobet Gnahoré with Jacob Edgar (Cumbancha)

Dobet Gnahoré is a Grammy Award-winning songwriter and musician from Côte d’Ivoire, and one of the freshest talents to emerge in African music in the last few decades. She sings in seven languages and embraces many musical styles. Dobet is joined in conversation by Cumbancha label President and ethnomusicologist, Jacob Edgar, as she shares songs from her new album, Couleur, which will be released on Cumbancha. 

WMI PLUS At Home with Sonny (Riyaaz Qawwali) and Asad Ali Jafri (South Asia Institute)

Sonny, Artistic Director and singer of the ethnically and spiritually diverse group Riyaaz Qawwali, one of the only musical ensembles of its kind in the United States, is joined in conversation by South Asia Institute Executive Director, Asad Ali Jafri, as they explore the past, present, and future of this devotional music tradition.

WMI PLUS At Home with Las Cafeteras and Juan Díes (Sones de México)

Members of Las Cafeteras, a celebrated Chicano band out of East L.A. known for their joyous, multi-faceted blend of the folkloric Son Jarocho music of Veracruz with hip-hop, zapateado dance, and incisive social consciousness, discuss their music, instruments, and their commitment to social justice in a conversation with Juan Diaz, a fellow musician and educator from the band Sones De México.

WMI PLUS At Home with Simon Shaheen and Wanees Zarour

This At Home session features a conversation of longtime WMI friend and acclaimed musician and composer Simon Shaheen with fellow Palestinian musician and educator Wanees Zarour. Shaheen, an internationally acclaimed virtuoso on both the oud and violin, talks about his extensive musical journey in promoting Arab music in the West and  demonstrates his instruments. 

WMI PLUS At Home with Anoushka Shankar and Priya Darshini

Join world-renowned Grammy Award-nominated composer and sitarist Anoushka Shankar in an intimate conversation with her friend and fellow  Grammy Award-nominated musician Priya Darshini. Anoushka shares music and stories about her career and continuing her family’s musical legacy. Anoushka has recorded and released over 15 albums as a solo artist in addition to the collaborations with her late father, sitar master Ravi Shankar. 

WMI PLUS At Home with Foday Musa Suso and Emily Bishton

Longtime World Music Institute friend and internationally renowned Gambian kora player, Foday Musa Suso joins Emily Bishton in a conversation about Suso’s music, his instrument, the 21-stringed kora from West Africa. Suso shares music and talks about his  autobiography, “A Village Griot Boy and the World”, which Bishton co-authored, followed by a Q&A with attendees.

WMI PLUS At Home with Dom La Nena and Catalina Maria Johnson (Beat Latino)

Multi-lingual vocalist and cellist Dom La Nena joined journalist Catalina Maria Johnson (Beat Latino) for a special WMI PLUS At Home conversation from Paris. Dom played music and shared stories about her unique career path that took her from Brazil to Argentina and France.

WMI PLUS At Home – Wu Fei and Abigail Washburn with Jeremy Goldkorn

Merging American and Chinese folk songs, Wu Fei and Abigail Washburn’s eponymous collaborative album, produced by Bela Fleck, features traditional music from the hills of Appalachia to the prairies of the Xinjiang region. The two demonstrate their instruments, perform songs from the album, and chat with journalist Jeremy Goldkorn.

WMI PLUS At Home – Ethiopian Music with Kibrom Birhane, Kaethe Hostetter, and Marié Abe


WMI PLUS At Home with Grupo Rebolu and Michael Birenbaum Quintero


WMI PLUS At Home with Dan and Claudia Zanes and Sonia De Los Santos


WMI PLUS At Home with Seamus Egan and Steve Winick

Join us for an At Home conversation with multi-instrumentalist, composer and co-founder of Irish American super group Sólas, Seamus Egan, who demonstrates traditional Irish instruments and chats with folklorist Steve Winick. We also offer a feature concert with Seamus and friends that you can rent for $10: learn more

WMI PLUS At Home with David Broza and Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul and Mary)

Israeli songwriter, guitarist and humanitarian David Broza shares music and talks with his longtime friend and fellow humanitarian Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul and Mary) about creating music for social change, and the experience of recording his instrumental album “David Broza en Casa Limón” in Spain with Grammy Award-winning artist and producer, Javier Limón.

WMI PLUS At Home with Carlos Nuñez and Steve Winick

Multi-instrumentalist Carlos Núñez joins us for an exploration of the music of Galicia, Spain’s northwest region, which is rich in vibrant Celtic traditional music. He is joined by folklorist, writer, and educator Stephen Winick.

WMI PLUS At Home with Ehsan Matoori and Max ZT

Acclaimed Iranian musician, composer, and educator Ehsan Matoori shares his mastery of the santur (Persian dulcimer), as we explore the instrument’s history and migration from Iran to cultures around the world. He is joined by national US hammered dulcimer champion Max ZT (House of Waters) as they discuss Ehsan’s latest project and exchange insights into composing music with traditional instruments to fit within a modern context.

WMI PLUS At Home with Zakir Hussain and David Ellenbogen

Grammy Award-winning artist and WMI Honorary Board Member Zakir Hussain shares stories from his life and career; beginning with traditional Indian percussion studies with his father, tabla legend Alla Rakha, to collaborations with music icons including George Harrison, Mickey Hart and the Grateful Dead,  among others. 

WMI PLUS At Home with Armenian Duduk Master Arsen Petrosyan

Arsen Petrosyan, master of the duduk, shares his passion for this ancient Armenian woodwind instrument made from apricot trees. Its mystical sound sets an otherworldly tone in film and TV soundtracks including “Gladiator” and “Game of Thrones”. The session is moderated by Sima Cunningham – a singer/songwriter of Armenian descent who has lived, volunteered and toured extensively in Armenia over the past 10 years.

WMI PLUS At Home with Ladama and Catalina Maria Johnson

LADAMA features four exceptionally talented women from across the Americas who combine traditional and non-traditional instruments and styles into a unique presentation of Latin alternative music. For this event, they share songs and talk with journalist Catalina Maria Johnson (Beat Latino, NPR) about their recent album, ‘Oye Mujer’.

WMI PLUS At Home – the Japanese Koto with Yumi Kurosawa and Ted Wiprud

Yumi Kurosawa shares her mastery of the traditional Japanese instrument, the koto, and talks with fellow composer and arts veteran Theodore Wiprud about some of the inventive collaborations she has engaged in with other artists to create a unique interpretation of this ancient art form.

WMI PLUS At Home – Brazilian Percussion with Cyro Baptista and Billy Martin

Innovative Brazilian percussionist and multi-instrumentalist Cyro Baptista talks with fellow musician and collaborator Billy Martin (Medeski Martin & Wood) about their shared passion for Brazilian drumming, while showcasing various rhythms and instruments from across Brazil.

WMI PLUS At Home – Arpa Llanera with Edmar Castaneda and Jay Loomis

Colombian harpist Edmar Castañeda plays the arpa llanera or plains harp, and talks with ethnomusicologist Jay Loomis about bringing this traditional instrument to the world’s stage with his unique style.

WMI PLUS At Home – The Music of Tibet with Techung and Tim McHenry (the Rubin Museum)

Techung is a Tibetan singer, songwriter, and performer who grew up in exile in Dharamsala, India. He showcases traditional Tibetan music and instruments, and discuss the crucial work of preserving and archiving the endangered music of Tibet with the Artistic Director of the Rubin Museum, Tim McHenry.

WMI PLUS At Home – Kathak Dance with Aditi Mangaldas and Rajika Puri

Award-winning Indian kathak dancer, choreographer, and Principal of the Drishtikon Dance Foundation, Aditi Mangaldas shares video excerpts from her choreographic works, followed by a conversation with Rajika Puri, dancer and co-curator of WMI’s annual Dancing the Gods Indian dance festival.

WMI PLUS At Home with Farah Siraj and Tom Pryor

Jordan’s Musical Ambassadress and WMI Honorary Board Member Farah Siraj in a conversation with noted world music journalist Tom Pryor about the intersection of Arabic and Andalusian sounds in flamenco, Farah’s work as a human rights/refugee advocate, and her musical collaborations.

WMI PLUS At Home with Alam Khan and Saraswathi Ranganathan

Alam Khan and Saraswathi Ranganathan in a conversation about Indian classical music, the sarod and the veena, as well as the Ali Akbar College of Music founded by Alam’s father Ali Akbar Khan, where Alam is currently a senior instructor. Saraswathi Ranganathan is a musician, composer and veena master.

WMI PLUS At Home with Balafon Master Balla Kouyaté and Banning Eyre (Afropop Worldwide)

Balla Kouyaté (Silkroad Ensemble / NEA Heritage Fellow) and Banning Eyre (Afropop Worldwide)  discuss the music of Mali, showcasing the instrument, the balafon, and discuss the West African Griot tradition, to which Balla’s family belongs.

WMI PLUS At Home with Mehmet Ali Sanlikol and Ronnie Malley

Grammy Award-nominated singer, multi-instrumentalist, and composer Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol (Dunya Ensemble / New England Conservatory) and Ronnie Malley (The Band’s Visit / Intercultural Productions) discuss Turkish musical styles and traditional instruments.