"lively rhythms as we spin the globe"
Host: Lark Clark
4pm-6pm MT Sundays
Lark Clark’s World Spinning explores how music reflects culture and shapes hearts. Lark’s passion is to discover connections and to hear music that’s completely new to the ears.
Music bears the steps of people long ago – the Celts through Europe and on across the ocean, the Sephardic Jews’ hundreds of years of peace within Muslim Spain. We share Aha! moments when Cuba connects with Congo, James Brown with Cheikh Lo.
We catch the latest incarnations as worlds collide: Somalia meets hip hop in Canada, flamenco meets jazz in Majorca.
And speaking of the people’s steps, Lark loves to dance! You’ll always hear lots of lively rhythms – Arabic, Latin, Polynesian – as we spin the globe.
Featuring in-depth conversations with artists like Alex Cuba, Angelique Kidjo, Buffy Ste. Marie, or Zakir Hussein, experience the world through a multiplicity of cultural ears and eyes.
For a CKUA perspective on our changing world, connect with Lark and World Spinning.
Lark Clark on Mainstage at the 2015 Edmonton Folk Festival (Image: Tracy O’Camera)
Lark hit the road at age 17, leaving NYC for Seattle, LA and Mexico. Searching for her tribe took her to hippie communes in Mendocino, Powell River and Staten Island, where she gained first-hand knowledge about how Not to form a community, knowledge which came in handy later on. See below.
Lark first sang O Canada at a pot luck supper in the community hall at Lund, B.C. She brought raccoon stew. Living in the bush on Cortes Island and Haida Gwaii (monthly trips to the post office for mail and ice cream) provided education in the things she found most meaningful: how heavy is a 5-gallon bucket of water; what phase is the moon in now; how to strop a knife on a flat rock; how to can fish.
Realizing that she had forgotten to pursue her dream of acting, Lark re-entered the world via Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton. Graduation from the Music Theatre department led to a career in Industrial Acting (pizza commercials, how to change hospital bedsheets, and other dazzling roles). She is still recognized by surprised fans as The Busdriver and The Battered Woman.
After a singing stint with Pro Coro, Lark was struck by a bolt of harmonic lightning and founded the a cappella group Juba!, which sang southern African freedom songs and traditional music. Juba! performed in theatres and festivals across Canada, and sang in churches and schools in Zimbabwe.
Lark’s first steps on the world music path can be traced to a junior high school assembly where Nigerian drumming patriarch Babatunde Olatunji altered her DNA with Yoruba rhythms. She spent her high school years trying to figure out how African music became rock’n’roll. Her love of African music has led her to volunteer in a Zulu village in South Africa, to get spirit-possessed by Santeria in Cuba, and just generally to get down in the Baptist church.
World Spinning just seemed inevitable.