Música Latina con un Toque Pop!
It's alive! It's vibrant! And it deserves exclamation points! On this week's World Music Show (6/30), we explore the diverse world of Latin Music. From local music by the band Bio Ritmo to "cumbia" and "vallenato" music from Columbia, part of this week's show will have you both tapping your feet to swaying melodically to the incredible voices and rhythms Latin music has to offer.
But of course they'll be other music to digest. The show will kick off with a song by long running band from Ireland known as The Chieftains, who have a new CD that features a ton of amazing artists on it. We'll hear the song "When the Ship Comes In," which features The Decemberists on it. Also in this first set of music, you'll hear the French band Rouge Rouge, along with France's Major Boys doing a Cuban mix of thier song "Sous le Soleil" or "Under the Sun." Plus, I've snuck in a little Gypsy music from the band Balkan Beat Box, who are from Israel.
After that chunk of introductory music, the rest of the show will be Latin music with a Pop Twist (which is the translation of this week's headline). If you had time to hear only one song--and I hope that's not the case--then be sure hear the song "Men Senara" from the Spanish singer Bebe. Born to folk singer parents, Bebe has become one of Spain's biggest stars. Her voice and inflections are why I like this singer. Also from Spain, we'll hear the band Costo Rico, whose sound can be described as Reggae meets flamenco meets salsa.
We'll move the needle from Spain over to Columbia to hear some "cumbia" and "vallenato" music from the band Los 50 de Joselito, whose physical appearance as been described as looking like a Columbian "N'Sync." But, don't worry, their sound is more natural--they play acoustic versions of old Columbian classics. Also from Columbia, we'll hear the singer Tulio Zuloaga, who has done more than singing in his young career. He's been an actor, a television personality and even a disc jockey.
Not all the Latin music I play in this hour will come from different parts of Latin America. I'll play a funky song by the Brooklyn-based band Brooklyn Funk Essentials, as well as a nice long song by Richmond's own Bio Ritmo. Bio Ritmo frequently play shows in town, and they're worth seeing live whenever you get the chance (support your local World Music).
I'll finish off the "Latin" hour with some independent music from Brazil by the singer Tamy and by the band BungaLove. Plus, there's a little surprise for you at the end of the hour, with a track by a composer who was called the King of Space Age Lounge Music. You'll have to tune in to get the answer.
If you think hour one was fun, then wait until you hear hour two. I'll feature new music from the Britsh/Indian band Cornershop, who have a new release called "Urban Turban." Plus, I'll feature a tune from South African singer Yoav, as well as some Rock and Roll music from China by the band Carsick Cars. Oh, and then there's a song I'll play by the Indonesian band White Shoes and the Couples. All this is just in the first chunk of hour two!
Throughout the rest of the show, you'll hear some live music from David Byrne's appearance on Austin City Limits, as well as some Asian Groove music from Karmix and Badar Ali Khan. There's so much good music in this hour that you're doing yourself a disservice if you don't tune it.
The World Music Show aires on WCVE Public Radio every Saturday night at 10:00 p.m. or online via this fine website. You can follow my ramblings on Twitter, @wcveworldmusic.