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Richmond's Own Mason Bates Talks About His Works

Recently named the most-performed composer of his generation, Mason Bates serves as the first composer-in-residence of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. A native Richmonder, his music “enlivens imaginative narrative forms with novel orchestral writing, the harmonies of jazz and the rhythms of techno, and it has been the first symphonic music to receive widespread acceptance for its unique integration of electronic sounds.”

Word to Your Mother

On this week’s World Music Show (5/12), I really don’t have anything planned for Mother’s Day. I just thought that the above headline was an eye catcher. But what I do have lined up could be of interest to any mothers out there, so I guess you can give a “word to your mother” about tuning in.

It's a Beautiful World

Get ready for some beautiful sounds on this week’s World Music Show (5/5). From early recordings of a master desert blues guitarist to some new music coming out of Turkey, Bulgaria, Israel, Iran, Greece, Spain, and England (and that’s just one band!), as well from Great Britain and Canada, the two-hour show will be a great place to stop and sit a spell.

Music You Can Shake A Stick At

What does this week's World Music Show (4/28) title mean? Well, it's all about the new music--they'll be more new music than you can shake a stick at--whatever that means. I'm not why that became a phrase.

Anyways, new music--that’s the key for this week’s World Music Show. Yes, I see what I did there, with that musical sort of pun, but don’t let that stop you from checking out this week’s show.

Because, here’s a brief glimpse into what to expect:

Talkin’ bout a Revolution

I think Tracy Chapman said it best when she sang ‘Talkin’ bout a Revolution.’ In this statement, which is both simple in context while at the same time powerful, it reminds me how in the world of world music, there are a slew of songs in this vein.

So on this week’s World Music Show (4/21) we’ll tackle this subject—using a few world music genres such as Afrobeat, Latin Rock and Reggae. But they’ll also be a few surprises along the way as well.

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