We asked Ian Stewart, host of The World Music Show, if he had any holiday gift ideas for world music lovers. Here's what he said:
Here are my three picks for Holiday picks--good stuff to round out a World Music Gift Package, plus help some great organizations:
If you have a World Music Lover in your family, here are just three perfect gift ideas that will give your World Music fan some great selections to listen, give you some back pats and help give a tad of money to some worthy organizations.
1). Playing for Change: They have two CD packages out that include a DVD about the making of the CDs. The production team, along with a film crew, travel the globe in search of inspiration through music. They've landed in places such as the Himalayan Mountains, Native American reservations and the streets and subways of the U.S. Their first CD features more than 100 musicians, some well known (like Keb 'Mo, Taj Mahal and even Bono) and some who have become well known because of PFC (like, harmonica & washboard player Grandpa Elliott). Songs covered on these CDs range from the familiar, such as "Higher Ground," "Stand by Me," "Biko," to new compositions, like "Groove in G." All the songs were recorded live by musicians then morphed together. The helpful part about purchasing this CD is that portions raised from sales go to raising money to bring music to schools all around the world. More info at playingforchange.com.
2) Rhythms del Mundo: Like PFC, the people behind Rhythms del Mundo take familiar songs and mix in both the musicians who originally recorded them (like Coldplay, or Beyonce, or Mumford & Sons), as well as others like Buena Vista Sound. Also like PFC, money raised by the sales from these CDs (there are at least 5 CDs of various styles to choose from, such as Africa, Cuba, Revival and more) goes to help Artists Project Earth (APE). APE was formed in the wake of the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster in 2004 and aimed to raise awareness and fund for climate change and disaster relief projects. More information at rhythmsdelmundo.com.
3) Red Hot & Rio 1 or 2: If you have a lover of Brazilian music, then these two, two-disc sets are a great gift. Both are chock full of Brazil cover songs, most done by the original Brazilian musicians but featuring a slew of Western, African and European musicians. For instance, you can hear originals such as Seu Jorge, Caetano Veloso or the group Aloe Blacc, paired with musicians such as Beck, John Legend, David Byrne, and Angelique Kidjo. According to them, the CDs are a modern tribute to the late 60’s Brazilian Tropicália movement. The albums shed new light on the songs of this influential, politically charged era, which changed the culture of Brazil forever. The Red Hot Organization raises money for HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. See more at redhot.org.