All Over the Map
Whether it's called the "Shuffle Show," or the "Spinning Songbook Show (to rip off Elvis Costello's touring show), or anything else in a similar vein, this week's World Music Show (2/23) falls into this same category. And that's ok, because when it comes down to it, isn't it great that in a mere two hours, you can musically travel to different parts of the globe right from the comfort of, well, wherever you happen to listen to the show?
So, as stated above, this show will be all over the map. We'll jump start the program with some new music, called Fado, which is a style of Portuguese guitar playing, by a band called Fado Em Si Bemol. Fado can be traced to the 1820s in Portugal, but probably has much earlier origins. Fado historian and scholar Rui Vieira Nery states that "the only reliable information on the history of Fado was orally transmitted and goes back to the 1820s and 1830s at best" (according the all-knowing Wikipedia). We'll hear from the band Fado Em Si Bemol, who apparently just reunited for a new CD called "QB (Quanto Baste)." This Portuguese quintet invariably plays music that lifts the soul, surprises us and is full of profound innovation. We'll hear the cuts “Matilde,” and “Marcha Do Bairro Alto."
In that same set, we'll also hear some music from the Republica Dominicana by Luis Vargas and Juan Batista. And from there, we'll jump around to the French Caribbean to hear some Haitian rara (music inspired by a Haitiian folkloric festival) by Michel Martelly and the band Haiti Twoubadou. Then we'll hear some great live Zouk music by one of the leading Zouk bands around called Kassav. Zouk music is essentially the national music of the Martinique and Guadeloupe. The style emerged in the early 1980s, largely as the result of this group.
Also in that set will be some Brazilian music by the band Forro in the Dark, and some Timbalada music (which is also Brazilian, with an emphasis on heavy percussion sounds) by Armandinho and we'll hear from New York/Latin musician Issac Delgado, off his CD "LOVE."
But, perhaps my jumping theme gets stalled here, for we'll basically stay stuck with some Latin/Brazilian sounds (like that's a bad thing, right?). We'll hear a great cover of the David Bowie song "Starman" done by Seu Jorge, and we'll hear some classic music from Gal Costa and Paulinho Moska. And we'll hear a Cuban beat cover the U2 song "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," by Coco Freeman and U2. To close out hour one, we'll hear a nice track from Zimbawe musician Oliver Mtukudzi.
To re-engage the theme of "All Over the Map," in hour two, we'll dance around the planet by hearing tracks from Ireland's Punk Ambassadors (at least at one time), The Pogues. And then we'll move to France to hear some 60s Pop by Brigette Bardot and Jacques Dutronc. This will transition forward in years, but not in location, in which we'll hear from a French Nouvelle band called Java. And to close out this first set (a lot of music in this one set, right?) we'll hear some Alternative Latin music by a German DJ, who calls himself Senor Coconut, and who does 80s Pop covers--in this case, he'll cover the Eurhythmics song "Sweet Dreams."
How's that for "all over the map"?
Other hightlights in hour two include some travels to Africa to hear songs from Organic Grooves, featuring Muhamadou Salieu Suso, then we'll move over to Germany to hear from Radio Citizen and the singer Bajka, and then we'll close out one chunk of music with some Nippon Bossa Nova music (translation--Japanese inspired Bossa Nova) by a girl group called J Girls and by a band called The Cupids.
To round out the show, we'll hear a couple of Tabla Beat tracks by master musician Karsh Kale, then a new song by the British/Indian band Cornershop and by a band called The Beatles...hmm, what World Music Song will they play? I think the Map has been uniquely covered...if not, there's always next week.
The World Music Show is heard Saturday nights on 88.9FM WCVE Public Radio or online via this website. You can follow the show on Twitter, @wcveworldmusic.