Have Guitar, Will Travel
On the cusp of the summer season (or rather the impending onslaught of humidity-riddled days), I thought it fitting to pepper a few of the upcoming shows with some live music. To kick off this week's World Music Show (6/8), we'll start this celebration with some highlights from a music festival that took place in Nijmegen, which is in the Netherlands.
Called the Music Meeting, this weekend festival runs the gamut of world musical styles--from Gypsy music, to Garifuna to Brazilian. Musicians travel from around the globe to play here. We'll hear from the band Chiwoniso, who are from Zimbabwe; and we'll hear from the late Andy Palacio & the Garifuna Collective, who are from Honduras. Also featured in this set--but not "live," will be some Rumba music from Portland, Or from the band Pepe & the Bottle Blondes.
From there, the show will get a tad rebelous--well, not really. However, if we were in Russia, that statement might ring true. Why? Well, the long-running band DDT, with lead musician Yury Schevchuk, is known for pushing the boundaries of politically-fueled music. Schevchuk, who also plays solo, has been compared to the likes of Dylan and Lennon. Mixed into this chunk of music will be a couple of tunes from a band who also likes to push the buttons of the political system--Cafe Tacuba. Named after a cafe in Mexico City that attracts all the artistic types, Cafe Tacuba has putting out great albums and selling out shows all over South America. Plus, we'll hear some Dutch World Music from Izaline Calister and the band Dirindi, featuring the singer Marzieh Reyhani--who I swear is channeling Carmen Miranda.
To close out the first hour, we'll head over to Brazilian (save for one, secret surprise) to hear some fantastic Brazilian cover songs from some very cool Brazilian and other World Music artists, including one track from Alice Smith & Aloe Blacc and another featuring the band Forro in the Dark, Brazilian Girls and Angelique Kidjo. Then, we'll hear a few cuts from the Brazilian artist Seu Jorge, who'll a great cover of a David Bowie song, then he'll partner with the band Almaz.
To continue the live music theme, we'll hear a great set of songs featuring Caetano Veloso and David Byrne (when they played live at Carnegie Hall, then we'll hear Byrne when he played live on Austin City Limits. Plus, we'll hear a produced collaboration between Byrne and Fatboy Slim when they partnered together to produce the CD "Here Lies Love," which is about the life of Imelda Marcos and her relationship with her Nanny, We'll hear a song featuring singer Nellie McKay.
And since I'm in the mood for live music to celebrate the summer months, for some reason, my brian thinks it'd be a good idea to play some desert blues music from the band Tinariwen, who hail from Mali. I guess I want to think that even though the humidity here will drive me batty, it's not as bad as being in the Sahara Desert. Also in this set of music will be tunes from Nigeria, circa 1970s, by Ali Chukwumah & His Peace Makers International. Then we'll hear a couple of cover tunes--one originally from U2, but done here by Vieux Farka Toure and another by Rokia Traore, covering Bob Marley.
To close out the show, and to keep the summer vibe going, we'll hear some reggae music--but not your typical Frat boy reggae or your typical reggae. Nope, we'll hear reggae from around the globe in just three songs. First will be from Kingston, Ontario's Bedouin Soundclash, second will be from New Zealand's Katchafire and last will be from Chile's Godwana--all fine examples of reggae from places other than Jamaica. And, as usual, I'll throw in a few musical surprises to make you say "what the what?'
After this week's World Music Show, I think you'll be more than ready for the summer months. If you're going to a local, outdoor world music show, let me know below--I'd love know. The World Music Show is heard Saturday nights at 10:00 p.m. on 88.9FM or online. You can follow the show on Twitter, @wcveworldmusic.