There is some Big Noise happening this weekend on the World Music Show. What do I mean by that? Well, it’s actually a nod to the title of a CD I’ll be playing in the second hour of Saturday night’s show. It’s called “Big Noise, Funky Tropicalismo,” the music of which can be heard in a club based in Brixton, London which features some swinging Mambo music spun by the DJ’s. But, I also thought it was a great title to describe this week’s show. Big Noise to me, in this case, describes a cacophony of sound--something like almost every World Music Show. Which really means, there’s a lot of great music to be heard.
For instance, in the first hour alone, you’ll hear some music from the late Remmy Ongala who was the voice of the Tanzanian people. His style of music is called “Ubongo,” and it’s the Tanzanian style of Conscious music--you know, lots of brains and heart behind each song. And, also in this first hour, you’ll hear a track by Mamane Barka who is one of the last masters of the Biram, which was at one point in history, a one the Toubou tribes major instruments.
Also in this hour, you’ll hear some tunes from BossaCucaNova, who revisit classic Brazilian tunes and add their own spin to it; and from the Cuban band Tiempo Libre, who play a rollicking style of upbeat music. Another highlight in this hour will be a track off the amazing guitar duo from Mexico known as Rodrigo y Gabriela. Their fingers are so fast that I bet if they were clocked, like Police Officers do at speed traps, they would exceed 40 miles per hour.
Plus, I’ll play another track off the newly released CD Red Hot + Rio 2 which features so many great Brazilians musicians. But, in this case, and for this hour, I’ll play a song from Madlib, Joyce Moreno and Generation March. And to close out the first hour, you’ll get into the swing off the Big Noise groove with a tune from the French band Paris Combo.
In hour two, you’ll hear some music from a now defunct French band called Mano Negra who play a some really funky, punk sort of French music. Plus, you’ll want to be sure to hear the tune--an “Afropean” track from Zap Mama. She has such a strong voice and she, who is Maurine Dualne, created the name “Zap Mama.” And, besides what I mentioned about the Funky Tropicalismo music, I’ll be playing some classic Ska music from The English Beat.
As you can probably tell, this week’s World Music Show is going to feature some Big Noise--but in a good way.
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