Surpreme Being of Blogness
First things first. Let me explain the title of this week's blog and in-so-much, the theme of this week's World Music Show (12/10). The title refers to a group called The Supreme Beings of Leisure. They play this wordly, loungy sort of music whose grooves just feel good when the volume is turned up. But more about this style of music in a bit. Let's run down the list of what to expect in the minutes leading up to the chunk of Lounge music.
For instance, to kick off the first set, we'll hear from Brooklyn's own, Dan Zanes. His music has been called "Family Style," but really, it's a mix of everything, from a little Spanish guitar influenced folk tunes, to danceable kids music with a reggae beat, Dan Zanes style of music covers all facets of great music. I'll feature a cut off of his CD "Nueva York," with a song that features the Villa Lobos Brothers. And in that set, you'll also hear some really great Latin music from David Byrne, off his CD "Rei Momo." And, I'll play the title track from the Woody Allen movie "Vicky Christina Barcelona."
It'll be an easy transition from that set to the next with some music from Brazil. You'll hear tunes from Rita Ribeiro, Lazzo, Paula Morelenbaum, and Bebel Gilberto. During this whole set, your volume control needs to be turned up to an acceptable level that will enable your senses to fully enjoy the beats.
That set will be followed by a nice chunk of music that will feature music from the Broadway musical Fela! as well music from South Africa and a really moving piece by Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate. I'll round out the first hour with some French music, include a couple of songs from legend that is Serge Gainsbourg.
And now, for the theme mentioned at the top of this blog. Oh, but wait, there's some other music at the top of hour two that I need to mention before we get to that. Like, there'll be a nice chunk of music that will feature a song by Bob Marley, that will segue into a song by Ziggy Marley (with a connectable theme, even), followed by a couple of tunes from Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. I know you wouldn't want me to not mention if and when I play some songs by the Marleys.
Plus, in another chunk, of music, I'll be stretching the theme of World Music by playing a couple of interesting tracks. One will be by the one or two hit wonders that were World Party, which was led by Karl Wallinger. And another track by the Brit/pop band The Sundays. Why play such tracks? Well, the World Party nod should be an easy one--name recognition. Plus, Wallinger has played with World Music icon Peter Gaberiel. And The Sundays, well, their moody, alternative music had some worldly influences to it.
And now for that Worldly/Loungy music I was talking about. I'll start with the Supreme Beings of Leisure. The SBL, as they're called, are an electronic/trip-hop band from Los Angeles, which include Multi-Instrumentalist/Programmer Ramin Sakurai. An interesting side note, Ramin Sakurai composed the theme music for the PBS documentary series FRONTLINE/World News.
They'll be followed by the band Ursula 1000. I say band, but really, Ursula is really one guy, Alex Gitmo, who's a DJ best known for Ursula 1000, which was a wide-ranging musical project that included lounge, breakbeat, glam and cha cha.
I'll follow them with a band called Touch & Go. They are a British jazz-pop musical ensemble, with their most notable singles being "Would You...?", "Straight... to Number One", and "Tango in Harlem." Their music also has a worldy/loungy mix that I like.
So, after some digging in my musical library and after a lot of listening, I thought that having some worldly/loungy music would be a fun thing to have on the World Music Show. I hope you think so too. The World Music Show aires Saturday nights at 10:00 p.m. on WCVE Public Radio. You can follow me on Twitter, too, @wcveworldmusic. During each broadcast, I tweet footnotes about the msuic I'm playing.