On each episode of RMI, we’ll travel to a new remote location and discover the most exciting, potentially dangerous and wildly innovative underground music scenes we can.
It’s a globalized world, and thankfully, the American Top 10 is far from the pinnacle of human achievement in popular music. Today, the best guitar player might be living in Niger’s Sahel, the hottest dance club may be in Cartagena, Colombia, and the most innovative political rap might come from Iran or Israel.
We’ll go to all these places (and more), and bring you a smart, funny, irreverent, and raw look at the amazing music and the complex social dynamics surrounding it.
Part travel show, part music showcase, and part ethnography, we want to see what young people in other parts of the world are up to on a Saturday night. Through the powerful shared medium of music, we hope to bring a sorely missed human element to TV.
We filmed our pilot episode in Kisumu, Kenya from December 2010 to February 2011. We partied with the Rastas on Lake Victoria, recorded ancient jams deep in the countryside, and fell off zero motorcycles. Follow our blog for updates: exclusive video and audio from the pilot and a live account of our rag-tag crew’s quest to get Raw Music International on TV.