Monday, February 08, 2016

From the Isle of Music program slated for WBCQ Feb 8

Thanks to Bill Tilford for news of his upcoming programming. - sounds great !!

The next edition of From the Isle of Music will air on WBCQ 7490 kHz at 8:00-0900 EST, 0100-0200 UTC. Programming is dedicated to the music of Cuba.

This weeks show will include an interview in English with (and the music of) Zule Guerra, a rising Jazz singer and bandleader in Havana whose influences include Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald.  She is also educated as a biochemist.

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Each program, in addition to a variety of music, will  include an interview that I recorded with a musician, usually but not always in Cuba during my trips there.  Subsequent weeks will have a different Cuban musician each episode, and much of the music will be very difficult to find off the island.   It won't be another "Buena Vista Social Club" showcase - this is meant to be a program of discovery, and most of the names will be unfamiliar to North American listeners.

Shortwave was my window to the world as a child (including the music of Cuba), and I look forward to giving back.Special guests (recorded interviews with music) the first few weeks will be

Arturo O'Farrill (Jazz) in Santiago de Cuba
Zule Guerra (Jazz & Blues) in Habana
Septeto Santiaguero (Traditional Son) in Santiago de Cuba
Juan Chacon (Jazz) in Habana

In addition, every show will feature a few different genres of Cuban music.

For an official QSL card, you will need to write to WBCQ (see the instructions on the website), but we are also interested in your feedback about the program – where you are listening, when and how, and if you were listening via radio, reception quality along with your favorite part of what you heard. If you send that via email to, each month there will be a different email thank-you available that will include a photo of something fun that we saw in Cuba.

Para una tarjeta oficial de QSL, hay que enviar un informe de recepción a WBCQ (vea las instrucciones de la página web, pero también estamos interesado en sus comentarios sobre el programa – dónde está escuchando, cuándo y cómo, y si usted fue capaz de escuchar con la radio, la calidad de la recepción, junto con su parte favorita de lo que usted escuchó. Si lo envía por correo electrónico a, cada mes un correo electrónico de agradecimiento distinto que incluye una foto de algo interesante que vimos en Cuba estará disponible.
Best regards,
William "Bill" Tilford, Owner/Producer