The World Music Scene in Boulder

by Joel Davis and Angel Romero

The college town of Boulder (Colorado) is nestled against the Flatiron
mountains, 48 km west of Denver.
‘s picturesque setting alone distinguishes it from other urban
communities in the Rocky Mountain states. The city has been a favorite
destination for artists, musicians and other bohemians for many years. 


KGNU 88.5 FM. World music is a significant
part of the station’s 63 hours/week of freeform programming. Specialty shows
include: African Roots, Saturday, 4p-6p MT; Musica Mundi, Wednesday,
7p-9p; and One World, Sunday, 10p-midnight. e-mail:

Radio 1190 (KVCU) 1190AM. One of the
nation’s best college radio stations. Mostly indy music, hip hop, electronica
during the regular rotation but some world music is creeping in. Great specialty
TerraSonic, Saturday, 10a-noon MT. e-mail: LABELS

Silver Wave Records. The label
initially started as a new age and jazz label, but soon it developed into one of
the finest contemporary Native American music labels.


The American Music Research Center (AMRC) is a rare music repository dedicated to exploring the rich tradition of American music. The AMRC shares its resources with students, faculty, scholars, and the public through concerts, symposia and lectures, publications, and other scholarly activities. E-mail:


Bantaba Dance and Drum Studio
provides African dance and drumming classes. 691-B S. Broadway, Boulder, CO
80305. Phone: +1 303-499-6484. E-mail:

Naropa University has a
BA in Music, focusing on
the study of music history, jazz and world music traditions, giving students an
appreciation of the richness of the world’s music heritage. Phone: (303)
546-3548, (800) 772-6951. E-mail:

University of Colorado at Boulder,
The College of Music
.Admissions and Advising. Phone: +1 (303) 492-6352.


World music artists have appeared at the following venues:


Boulder Theater,
2034 14th St.,Boulder,
Fox Theater,
1135 13th St., Boulder, 303-443-3399
or 303-447-0095.
13th St., Boulder, 303-473-WINE.
Bantaba Dance and Drum Studio
University of Colorado Grusin School of Music

Denver (and suburbs):

Red Rocks
, Morrison, 303-640-7300 or
Swallow Hill Music Hall

[Photo 1 courtesy of the Boulder Convention & Visitors Bureau. Photo 2) Robert Mirabal, a Silver Wave Records artist].

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.