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Exotica music is a style of the past — but a handful of artists are keeping the genre alive.
Darrell Brogdon (@kprbrogdon), who hosts the "Retro Cocktail Hour" at Kansas Public Radio, tells Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson that exotica is influenced by Polynesian culture. In the 1950s the music was a "siren song," according to Brogdon, "for a whole generation of people, particularly ex-servicemen, who were stationed in the South Pacific and became introduced to Polynesian culture, and hence the boom in this music in the post-war years."
Alika Lyman Group, "Swingtime in Honolulu"
Ìxtahuele, "Curitiba Train"
Jazztronik, "Adventures in Paradise"
Christopher de Groot, "Holiday Road Carnage"
This segment aired on April 5, 2017.