Occur Goes Global - The Music of Bahrain

Monday, August 31, 2015 at 6:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music As one of the less conservative nations in the Persian Gulf, the Kingdom of Bahrain is home to an impressive swath of music. Traditional seafaring songs seep into metal riffs; pop rubs shoulders with jazz; and folksy troubadours tip their hats to the labor movement. Here are five acts from Bahrain that are worth a listen:   Hot Laser   Kicked out of his school choir because the conductor didn’t like his Axl Rose-ish voice, Robert “Jungle” Jennings... READ MORE

Occur Goes Global - The Music of Antigua and Barbuda

Monday, June 29, 2015 at 6:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music A luxury destination for world travelers - particularly sailors - the Caribbean islands of Antigua and Barbuda hum with steel, whistles and shouts of delight. The soca tradition marries soul and calypso, and today's Antiguan artists infuse mainstream pop and reggae into the mix. We've featured five below that will perk up your ears and your being.   King Short Shirt   This electric septuagenarian has crowned himself the Cassius Clay of Calypso, and for good measure. Since 1964, he’s... READ MORE