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A Smorgasbord of Sound

On this week's World Music Show (1/28), I feel like I took all the cool sounds and songs from around the globe and put them into a blender and came out with a show worthy of a few hours. Where to begin, oh, where to begin! Ok, how about with a few tracks from the Maylasian singer and ukelele player Zee Avi.  Her voice is smooth, deep, sultry and even whimiscal. And her songs evoke a bit of magic, too. 

Beats, Raps & Ford Mustangs

I love getting mail--especially when it's from a record label like Putumayo. To open up a new CD and explore the sounds within makes me giddy. On this week's World Music Show (1/14), we'll all get to explore some new Brazilian beats from a new release by the folks at Putumayo. But what makes this Brazilian release different from their others is that all the tracks are culled from Brazil's Indie music scene. So, the mixes range in everything from Roots-influenced music to bouncing berimbaus to Afro-Brazilian rhythms and retro samba soul.

Reggae vs. Ska/Dub: Battle Royale

I like competition. When the the Olympics come on, no matter if it's summer or winter, I try to watch as many sporting events as I can. To me, seeing the various countries compete for the Gold Medal is sports in it's purest form. So, on this week's World Music Show (1/7), I decided to have my own battle of sounds. It's good way to get the new year started, don't you think? And I could think of no better opponents to battle it out in your speakers then Reggae vs. Ska & Dub. Sure, you could say that these Jamaican stalwarts are pretty much one and the same.

Putting a Cap on 2011

Yes, it's true--the end of 2011 is here. And, I feel lucky enough to have had the chance to play some great World Music for you, especially in the new time slot of 10pm to Midnite (The World Music Show was on Saturdays at 1pm while the Opera was out of season). So on this week's World Music Show (Saturday at a special time, 8:00 p.m.), I get the opportunity to play of my favorite new songs from the past year.

Bells will be Ringing

Ok, quick quick. Like that magician in the family holiday TV classic "Frosty the Snowman," I'm Busy, Busy, Busy. It's holiday time, and like many of you, there's lots to do. But, I wanted to make sure that those who want to be in the know, knew what to expect from this week's World Music "Holiday" Show (12/24). So, in honor of the Holiday Season, I'll skip the superfluous stuff and get right to it. 

The theme running in my on-air promo's for this week, say, "what does Holiday World Music sound like?"  Well, it'll sound like this: 

A Little Respite

Ah, the weather. It's always a perfect conversation starter, which is why I'm starting this blog with it. Earlier last week, when I pulled CD's for The World Music Show (12/17), the weather was a whole lot cooller. I thought "Finally! Winter is upon us." But today, as I write this, the temps were hovering near 70 degrees. And when the show actually aires, the tempurature will go back down to a more December-like number. It's whacky, this Richmond weather, but that's Richmond for you, right?

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.

Top Gifts for World Music Fans

Do you have someone on your list this holiday season who loves World Music but you don't know your Afrobeat from your K-pop? Well, fear not, for I have come up with a list of some of the best gift choices to get that World Music lover on your list. Think of this as my gift to you--and if you end up purchasing any of the music I've listed below through our website, then WCVE will get a small gift as well. It's a holiday win-win, so let's get started.

World Music--USA Style

Once, a few years ago, I was in the dark when it came to World Music. I assumed that the term World Music meant music from, you know, other parts of the world beside my own backyard. Well, fast forward a few years--and a few 100 shows of my World Music Show and I've come to learn that yes, Ian, there is World Music in your own backyard. And in fact, there is World Music to be found from all over the United States. 

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