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Cut to the Chase

Listen. I've got to make this quick. You see, sometimes, there are so many things pulling at me, from all sorts of directions, that once in awhile, it's hard to find the time to share the beauty of sound that awaits you on Saturday night. I'm sure that's true for many of us. So the blog for this week's World Music Show (5/4) is going to cut to the chase. That's right, no fluffy filler information--just the main bits that will hopefully sway you to tune into this week's show.

Right off the bat, you want to be sure to tune in to listen to some local World music. That's right, RVA actually has quite the dearth of world beat musicians. And if you like great guitar work, then you'll really enjoy the work of Leah Kruszewski. Not only is she talented, she's quite the busy musician, too. Earlier this year, she released a new CD with her band Fado Nosso, and this very weekend, she's turning out another CD with another band---Suenos Gitanos. Suenos Gitanos play flamenco-inspired music with classical guitar and jazz influences. That combination is a great mix. Plus, Kruszewski is so dedicated to her craft that she's raising money via Kickstarter to be able to fund one year of flamenco guitar composition in Seville, Spain. The funding goal (approx $19K) must be reached by May 20th for the project to happen. Find more information or help her on her journey by going here

After that main point, what else is there? Well, here's the gist: 

  • Fado music from Fado Em Si Bemol
  • Guitar music from Norway via Asgeir & Mo
  • More Flamenco guitar music, but this time from the legendary Gipsy Kings

A nice chunk of African music from:

  • Angelique Kidjo (with a couple songs that feature both John Legend and Bono)
  • Oliver Mtukudzi
  • Issa Bagayogo with some awesome electronic sounds that feature the Kamele N'Goni

An odd mix that features:

  • the French version of Tom Waits, otherwise known as Arthur H. (pictured above)
  • Another fun band from France who go by the name CQMD
  • Some moody music from Los Lobos.

For hour two, the shift and tempo will change. We'll hear tracks from:

  • Fela Kuti
  • Fela Kuti--the Broadway musical
  • The dozens of musicians from Playing for Change
  • Some Mento music from The Jolly Boys (doing great covers of both The Rolling Stones and The Doors)
  • Some Naked music from The Talking Heads
  • And a nice pairing of Japanese pop from Pizzacato Five and Ursula 1000  

So that's the show, in a nutshell. But just becuase this week's blog is hefty with brevity, it by no means should diminish the sounds you will enjoy. Let me know what you think. The World Music Show aires Saturday Nights at 10:00 p.m. on WCVE Public Radio, 88.9FM or online via this website. You can follow the show on Twitter, @wcveworldmusic