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Stuffing the Stockings with World Music Cheer

Well, it’s that time of year—the time in which I try to think of some cliche that will combine the theme of holidays with world music in order to pique your interest to unwrap this blog—there, there’s the cliche.

Not that cliche’s are that bad—it’s just they’re so easy during this time of year. Visions of “Unwrapping,” or “stockings full of…” or even, “gifts filled with…” are just a tad too easy. However, don’t let the lack or overstuffing of cliches on this week’s World Music Show (12/23) stop you from continuing. Because I may lapse into a few here and there.

No White Elephant Gifts Here

If you’re not familiar with the term “White Elephant Gift,” then let me explain. It’s basically regifting a gift you’re not too thrilled with. And they’re usually given during holiday parties, where most of the gifts are unusually tacky, funny or downright strange (that’s right, I’m talking to you Talking Bass Wall fixture!). Some of the gifts can be very cool, though, and thus during the gift exchange part of the party, participants can “take” a gift they like better than the one they opened—usually up to three times. It’s a fun party to be at.

Somersaults of Sound

So, don’t think that I’m slipping you a mickey on this week’s World Music Show (12/9) since last week’s ran in a similar vein—meaning that it’s another “Best Of” show! That’s right, 2017 had so much to offer that we’re stretching out the fun all month long (save for the annual World Music Holiday Show).

With that, let’s dive right into some of the best releases that appeared on my radar this past year.


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