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Maria Bakkalapulo is an American journalist and ethnomusicologist. She has contributed to the BBC, MTV Iggy, Noisey / VICE, The World (BBC/ WGBH-Boston), CBC, NPR, National Geographic Music, Songlines Magazine, TIME Magazine, The Wire Magazine, Marketplace, Miami New Times, Going Places (Malaysia Airlines) and more.

For over a decade, Maria Bakkalapulo has been exploring and documenting events around the globe with a focus on the human condition in locations as varied as the USA, Indonesia, China and Scotland. Maria brings to her stories a distinctive approach to understanding cultures, music and the world around us. From trance ceremonies on the island of Bali to songs of freedom in East Timor to Islamic death metal in Jakarta, her work delves into the unique and unusual using all forms of media currently available.

Maria graduated with a BA in sociology and communications from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. Starting her career in music as a host and producer of her own world music program in Florida, she moved to New York City to work as a publicist for Peter Gabriel’s global music label, Real World Records. A few years later, Maria decided to go east to begin her work as a freelance journalist documenting Hong Kong’s territorial handover from British to Chinese rule. Soon after, she travelled to Thailand to produce an in-depth story about the disappearing traditional music of hill tribes in the north. Maria continued her education at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and received a master’s degree in ethnomusicology. After completing her studies, she returned to New York City where she worked at SOB’s (Sounds of Brazil), a popular world music venue in downtown Manhattan. She returned to her work as an independent journalist and continues to pursue this passion today. Check out the homepage for information on her most recent project, the documentary short “Street Punk! Banda Aceh,” where the spirit of punk refuses to die.






Niall Macaulay is a Scottish videographer,  producer, sound recordist and photographer. His work has been used by the BBC, MTV Iggy, Noisey/VICE, The World, Songlines Magazine, The Wire Magazine, National Geographic Music and more.

Niall is also the technical director for the Rainforest World Music Festival and Borneo Jazz, both in Sarawak, Borneo. He is also the FOH engineer for the Scots Weekend in Belgium. Niall has toured mixing live sound and made live and field recordings of hundreds of bands around the the globe. His production credits include Mercury Prize nominated album Red Rice by English folk artist Eliza Carthy, and Where Young Grass Grows by the world famous Tuvan throat singers, Huun Huur Tu. Niall has worked with a huge variety of productions, from the live audio mix and DVD remix of the surrealist Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band’s UK reunion tour, through FOH for the comedians Harry Hill and Ross Noble, to the UK RBS conferences. Producer, editor and cameraman for “Street Punk! Banda Aceh,” the documentary short. More information about this on the homepage.


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