Radiodiffusion Internasionaal is devoted to the evolution of popular music from Africa, the Middle East, India and Asia and the proliferation of Western influences on these non-Western cultures. The focus is primarily the music from the mid 1960s to the mid 1970s.
Unlike today where rehashing old trends seems to be the norm, there was a time when Rock 'n' Roll was still exciting. It was a new style of music that had started to progress beyond it's early roots of jazz, blues and country and had become an art form all it's own. Eventually bands like The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Beach Boys, The Ventures and The Shadows as well as James Brown and the Famous Flames and the "Motown Sound" would influence popular culture around the world.
Since radio was still one of the main forms of entertainment, these new sounds began to bleed over into other countries and different cultures. The broadcasts of radio stations could be heard anywhere. What kind of influence would this music have on that of Non-Western cultures? And, how would the music of these distant cultures be influenced by Rock 'n' Roll?
Some of these regions are fairly well documented, others there is hardly any information at all. For instance, there are many websites as well a handful of compilations of Turkish music from the late Sixties and early Seventies. And the music of Ethiopia and Western Africa has tons of material that is readily available. But India has hardly anything, except the Simla Beat albums of 1970 and 1971. And Iran? There was a huge music scene there before the Khomeini Regime took over, but recordings from that period are hard to come by. Even Iraq had Rock 'n' Roll, as heard on the "Choubi Choubi! Folk and Pop Sounds from Iraq" compilation from Sublime Frequencies.
The music is out there, somewhere, waiting to be discovered...