Special Beat Service
On this week's World Music Show (1/12), the two-hour time allotment that is given this foray into tunes of the world will encompass a service of special beats that are designed to skip across various styles in said genre. And all that gobbledegook back there basically means is that during this week's show, you'll hear a little bit of this, and a little bit of that, world musically speaking that is. If you're a frequent listener to the show, then you know that some of the best World Music Shows are those in which the chunks of music that make up the time period, are those that involve mini-sound-trips to various locales around the planet.
With that, here's what you can look forward to in the first hour. Jumping off the block will be a couple of tracks from the CD Rhythms del Mundo: Cuba, which is a great CD that weaves the Buena Vista Sounds of Ibrahim Ferrer and Omara Portuondo and molds them onto contemporary rock and pop hits like barnacles on a whale. Yes, in fact, that's what I'd call these tracks--barnacles of sound on the whale that is pop music. We'll hear Dido and Faithless doing the song "Dancing Shoes," as well as the song "Modern Way," with the Kaiser Chiefs. In this same set will be a couple of U2 covers done with an African backbeat, namely featuring the voices of Angelique Kidjo (doing a great rendition of "Mysterious Way,") and that of Cheikh Lo (doing "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For").
Other highlights of hour one, include some heavyweight sounds from Sergio Mendes, who partners with Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am, as well as with singer Ledisi and Jovanotti. Plus, other folks mixed into this set will be Latin tracks from David Byrne's stroll into Latin dance music (Rei Momo) and a couple of songs from Mexico's long running alt-pop-rock band Cafe Tacuba.
In another chunk of music, be prepared to head to France, because that's where you'll hear tracks from troupe that is Lo Jo, known for doing impromtu street performances; and we'll take the way-back machine to here some Rock n' Roll tunes from 1960s Paris--this will include a cover of the song "Happy Together," done by Frank Alamo, and the song "Ecoutez," done by Elsa. Closing ou the hour, will be another cover, this one done reggae style by the great Peter Tosh with the song "Johnny B. Goode."
For hour two, all the musical stops will be pulled out--though, I'm not sure what that means here--I guess I like the sound of it. It could mean that we'll expand the norm and go deeper into more progressive (though, don't be confused with "70s progressive" music--not going to happen here) sounds.
We'll put the needle down first on some classic Ska music from the likes of Desmond Dekker & the Aces and then by John Holt. When I mean classic, I'm talking here about the styles known as Two Tone Ska or Rocksteady from the late 1960s. Thrown into this mix will be some Chilean Reggae (yep, there is such a style) with the band Godwana, as well as some more classic Ska, though this is more from my era of enlightenment--the 1980s. The English Beat will be played, with a couple of songs off their last CD as a band, called Special Beat Service (yep, that's where this week's blog title comes from).
To jump to the more progressive sounds I mentioned, we'll hear a couple of newer tunes from the band Cornershop as well from the Japanese experimentalist Matsukiu Ayumu. And a good companion to these songs will be a cut from France's trio known as We Are Enfant Terrible, namely the song "Becuase of the Bees," off their CD Explicit Pictures (highly recommended if you like songs that feature the NIntendo Gameboy as an instrument).
And keeping the electronic/progressive format going, we'll hear some electronic tunes from Arabia. The first being from Banco De Gaia, the second being from Karsh Kale, Hassan Hakmoun and Ustad Sultan Khan. To complete hour two will be more fun sounds--this time, from Asia with two bands who have now long been disbanded: Pizzicato Five and Cibbo Matto.
Well, there it is--in all its glory--the complete rundown of this week's World Music Show. Will you tune in? I hope so. But to do so, you need to know that The World Music Show aires on Saturday nights at 10:00 p.m. on WCVE Public Radio, on 88.9FM or online via this website. And, you should be warned that you can follow me on Twitter, @wcveworldmusic.