Sure, that title is a mixed up metaphor. But I could think of no better nod to the great chunk of tunes we'll hear on this week's World Music Show (10/25). And, as the headline suggests, a good portion of the show will be dedicated to music from different parts of Africa.
The World Music Show
If you could only look at these pictures and trust that what's lined up on the virtual turntable for this week's World Music Show (10/18), will be songs by some of greatest World Music musicians, as well as upcoming artists, ever assembled in a two-hour chunk. But alas, you'll have to trust my song selecting abilities (and not the fact that I just used the word "alas" in a sentence). And within this week's blog, I'll try my best to convey why you should join me for this week's show.
Reason #1--Hour 1:
There's the old adage "There's nothing to fear but fear itself," coined by FDR. And while that, of course, could apply to all sorts of things today, could that include music? If there are things outside of our normal realms that we don't quite "get," should music--especially World Music--be lumped into that summation? On this week's World Music Show (10/11), we'll attempt to break down some of the barriers that may be blocking those who may indeed fear new and different music.
Ah, word play. Like music, it's such a fun thing to do and hear. And on this week's World Music Show (10/4), we'll play some musical, non-verbal gymnastics. The emphasis will be on the "play" part. Because throughout this two-hour shindig we'll play all sorts of musical games, such as Hopscotch, Connect Four and Trivial Pursuit. As you can probably guess, it's going to be a Giant show.
Sprinkled thoughout many of these World Music Show shows will be snippets of locally grown World Music. But once in awhile, such as on this week's show (9/27), you'll get a good chunk of local Richmond World Music all in one shot. And if you think RVA doesn't have a lot to offer in terms of bands and musicians who cover this genre, think again.
Listen. I'm not actually saying that if you tune into this week's World Music Show (9/20) that you'll be too cool for school. But, if you do happen to check out this week's show, you may walk away with a few new tunes to hum and perhaps a broader appreciation of music from around the globe.
In retrospect, it seems so simple.
In thinking about The World Music Show (9/13) for this week and about Public Radio in general, the gist of it all--the purpose and/or result is to expand your mind. Savvy listeners like yourselves relish on being "in the know," and on being entertained while at the same time learning a few new things during whatever program you tune in for. Am I right?
Look. Mixing musical genres on the World Music Show is not unsual. I mean, there always seems to be a mash-up of Afro-pop, Latin Alternative or Funky Salsa music exploding through the speakers on any given show. And on this week's World Music Show (9/6), we delve into a mix of Pop and Rap--German Style--by the artist CRO.
But that's not all.
Remember my World Music Blog from last week? If not, I'm sure if you look around here a bit you'll be able to find it. To refresh your memory, the title was "Women who Rock." Now, after looking over last week's show, I realized that there, of course, could have been more women featured under this umbrella. So, on this week's World Music Show (8/30), I will continue highlighting some Women who Rock--World Music Style.