The World is Moving
Don't be alarmed. I mean, the planet is always moving, right? However, in this case, this week's World Music Show (8/31) is moving to a new time-slot. Set your watches for 8:00 p.m. ET this Saturday (Not sure what the GMT is for my global audience, but you're all very savvy). The show will still be two-hours long and it will still be filled with great world beats and awful humor and corny segues. And as they say in show business...on with the show.
Inserting New & Improved Sub-Headline Here: It's a Labor of Love
Ok, there's the corny part--in writing. Call it my feeble attempt at connecting this Labor Day weekend with The World Music Show. A tiny pun to start your weekend with. But, with that mild injection of stilted humor is a smidgen of truth. Coming up with shows each week--shows that have some flow, some balance and some surprises really is a labor of love for me. So while the sub-head really has nothing to do with the Labor Day weekend, I like the message it conveys.
Here's what you can expect in hour one:
We'll kick off the 8pm hour with some funky Lain music from Sergio Mendes, will.I.am, The Black Eyed Peas and Stevie Wonder. Sound too good to be true? Well a few years ago, Mendes and Mr. I.am got together to record some of Sergio's classic tunes as well as a few of his and will's favorites. They did two CDs together, this was their first, called "Timeless." I'll follow that with some Latin Lounge music from the Spanish singer Bebe (who is so good, she gets two songs), as well a track from Wagner Pa & Brazuca Matraca.
Another chunk of music will morph from that Latin rhythm into a Bossa Nova beat, but with a twist. We'll hear what this genre sounds like when recorded by French musician Didler Sustrac and by the German husband and wife duo 2raumwohnung (Two-Room Apartment). And speaking of twisting genres or musical expectations or stereotypes, we'll hear what Reggae sounds like from Ghana by the musician Rocky Dawuni, then that little trend will continue when I'll play two tracks from a tribute CD to Bob Marley. We'll hear a great version of Marley's "Waiting in Vain," done by the band Northern Lights, which also features Canadian folk hero Jonathan Edwards. And we'll hear a stellar Brazilian version of "Concrete Jungle," done by the singer Ceu.
In the last bit of music for hour one, we'll head over to Africa to hear the a great pairing of musical geniuses--Ali Farka Toure and Toumani Diabate. And we'll hear the last master of the Biram (which is a holy instrument, sort of like a 5 string harp) played by Mamane Barka (be sure to click through the pictures above). Plus, we'll end it with a track from King Sunny Ade and then some electronic Kalimba (thumb piano) music from the band Konono No. 1, who are from Kinshasha.
As for the nine o'clock hour:
Put your kicks, sneakers or high-tops on because we'll be doing some globetrotting in this hour. Ok, really, it'll be your ears and mind that will do the traveling. We'll start off with a couple of cuts off the first Playing for Change CD, which if you haven't heard of this organization and what they do, please visit the link (after reading the blog of course). What they do is both amazing and inspirational. We'll hear the Tracy Chapman song "Talkin' Bout a Revolution," and the Bob Marley song "War/No More Trouble," which features the singer Rocky Dawuni (who we heard in hour one), Bono (yep, that guy from U2) and Bob Marley himself (yes, there is some crafty tech-work involved).
From there, we'll hear some awesome South African guitar music, that sort of reminds of California Surf music. Off a CD called "Homeland: A Collection of Black South African Music," we'll hear from Elias Mathebula & the Chivani Sisters as well as from Mzikayifani Buthelezi. Then off a CD called "Soweto Street Music," I'll play cuts from Kid Malume and Philip Encobo.
From there, let's cut to the chase--here's a basic rundown: Some World Lounge music from Germany's Radio Citizen and the singer Bajka, another German artist, DJ Jasmon will play a cool song, then from France/Argentina, we'll hear from Gotan Project. We'll round out that set with a few tracks off some Luaka Bop record compilations, including songs from Domenico + 2, and Jorge Ben.
To close out the first show at the new time slot, we'll hear from a former child piano prodigy out of Japan, Matsuki Auyumu. As a grown up, he's turned his focus more to experimental pop music. And we'll hear from the French trio We Are Enfant Terrible and finally some music about food by the defunct band Cibbo Matto (which features the help of Sean Lennon).
So, even though there is a new time slot in place, The World Music Show will still live up to the standards that we grown in the 10:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. time slot (hey, remember when the show was on Saturday afternoons at 1:00 p.m.?). You can hear the World Music Show at 8:00 p.m. on 88.9FM WCVE Public Radio, or online via this website. You can also follow the show on Twitter @wcveworldmusic.