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Jump for Joy!

Not sure why I just decided to quote the Teletubbies in the headline for this week's World Music Show (3/30). It could be because of the cover picture, which is the band XTC. They, like the Teletubbies, were also British, and from this picture it looks like they were having quite a bit of fun. However, this may lead you to ask, why is that band being featured on the World Music Show? Well, believe it or not, there is one song in their canon that I think plays as a "World Music" type of song, but I'm getting ahead of myself.

The Girl Born Twice

In a “what if” scenario, the U.S. Constitution is suspended and America reverts to ancient Rome’s bread and circuses – modern technology replaces the sword and executions are televised.  Everything not approved by the governing powers is forced underground – from music to Faith.

It's Nearly Africa

Right off the bat, I'm going to claim ignorance. However, said ignorance will have to be blamed on my age--not at this present time, but when I was a young lad. Growing up in the sheltered San Fernando Valley, a suburb of Los Angeles, my only reference to Africa (the theme of this week's World Music Show 3/23), well before digging deeper into Geography classes, was the Warner Bros. cartoons of Bugs Bunny. I had no idea that the continent was made up of many different countries and cultures. 

New Glows in the Dark EP Blends Jazz and Hip-Hop

Glows in the Dark is a band led by Richmond-based guitarist and composer Scott Burton. The band has the instrumentation of a typical jazz quintet, but the music is anything but typical. The repertoire ranges from cinematic grooves inspired by soundtracks of horror flicks, crime films and kung-fu movies to more abstract avant-garde textures.


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