Ok, first up, my apologies to the Milk Advisory Board (since that's where the "Got..." came from). I guess the headline should read "Get Fado?" since the first hour of this week's World Music Show (4/5) features some great Fado music. And my apologies to the band Cafe Tacuba, who are pictured above. They are not Fado musicians. They appear in hour of the World Music Show. It's such a great picture that I had to feature it. But let's get back to Fado music. For those not in the know, you may be asking yourself, or me, really, just what is Fado music?
Glad you asked.
Fado music hails from Portugal's past, circa 1800s. It started out as mournful music about the sea and about the poor--think Blues accompanied by some beautiful guitar music. Well, jump forward to now and Fado--though still steeped in it's roots--has allowed itself to include some upbeat tunes. And the spine running through all of Fado music is the guitar. So, to kickstart this week's show we'll hear some choice Fado music (side note: the word "choice" is culled from my Southern California upbringing, so apologies to all those who may have a hard time swallowing that word choice) from the band Fado Em Si Bemol and Bajofondo. Both of these bands have been around for some time and both have been paying homage to orginal Fado and both have been playing more contemporary Fado music.
Mixed into that first Fado set will be a non-Fado song by the Columbian band Aterciopelados. From that auspecious start, we'll head into some worthy radio play that you might here on stations in a few different countries in Africa. We'll start off with new music from Beninese singer Angelique Kidjo, who's stellar new CD Eve is full of great material. Then we'll go back a few years to hear a World Music classic by Manu Dibango, which is the song "Reggae Makossa."
And as an adendum to that earlier guitar work, we'll hear from a Zimbambwan guitar master simply known as Tuku, but who is actually Oliver Mtukudzi. His music is so well known that it's been dubbed "Tuku Music," and Tuku has been called the Otis Redding of Zimbabwe.
As a second adendum to that guitar music, we'll continue the trend (because I've always wanted to be a trendsetter), with some really great guitar music from South Africa, off a CD called: Homeland. A Collection of Black South Africa Music. Off that CD, we'll hear from Dilika and Mzikayifani Buthelezi. Then, to end the first hour, we'll head to Ghana to hear some classic Hi-life/Afrobeat music from The African Brothers International Band and from Gyedo-Blay Ambolley and His Creations. Plus, we'll hear some of the best drumming in the world from the legendary Babatundi Olantunji.
For hour two, the lid is blown off in terms of sound and direction. We'll bounce all over the map, too. Starting off, we'll hit the clubs in South London to hear some Sofrito music, which is Tropical Discotheque music steeped in dancehall sounds. And weaved into those sounds are heavy tropical beats from Africa, the Caribbean and South America. Off a cool compilation called Sofrito, we'll hear from Quantic and Gnonnas Pedro, who cover the classic song "Yiri Yiri Boom." Mixed into the first set will a couple of songs from the band pictured above Cafe Tacuba.
Then, doing a 180, we'll hear some sort of punk music from the Irish band The Pogues. I say sort of, because the song we'll hear isn't drunken screaming (though that has it's place in the musical lexicon). And in turn, another 180 will ensue when we go back to the 60s to hear some French pop music from Johnny Hallday and David Winter. And for yet another 180, we'll hear a French transition from the Police (doing their French song "Hungry for you") and another track that is reggae-inspired.
Piggy-backing on the Police will be a couple of cover tunes--one of the Police song "Spirits in the Material World (see the trifecta of songs?) by Karsh Kale; and the other of the Led Zeppelin song "Four Sticks," done by the Indian duo Midival Punditz.
And just to keep things interesting I'm going to keep hush-hush on the rest of the show. It's good to keep you guessing. Tune in to the World Music Show Saturday at 8:00 p.m. on Richmond Public Radio, 88.9 WCVE or online at this website. Follow the show on Twitter @wcveworldmusic.