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Get ready for some beautiful sounds on this week’s World Music Show (5/5). From early recordings of a master desert blues guitarist to some new music coming out of Turkey, Bulgaria, Israel, Iran, Greece, Spain, and England (and that’s just one band!), as well from Great Britain and Canada, the two-hour show will be a great place to stop and sit a spell.

 Starting off with some great guitar music, we’ll hear from the first recording of legendary desert blues guitarist Ali Farka Toure. This Malian legend defined desert blues for a whole bunch of musicians--not only in Africa but beyond that continent. His style was unique all to himself and he inspired a whole host of musicians, both Western and from his region, such as Bombino and Tinariwen. Called “The Source,” he was able to get the talents of fellow musicians such as Taj Mahal, Group Asco and Hamma Sankare. This is a reissue of this classic album.

In the same vein, meaning some great, beautiful guitar work, we’ll hear from Issa Bagayogo, KIng Sunny Ade, Bombino and some great guitar music out of Soweto, South Africa. Plus, we’ll check out some classic sounds from Baaba Maal, Aurelio, and Brenda Fassie.

 Flipping the record over, for hour two, we’ll head to Latin America to hear from Los Fabulous Cadillacs, Los Lobos and the flamenco sounds from South of France from the Gipsy Kings. And for an interesting twist, we’ll hear the beautiful voice and guitar playing from Canada’s Alex Cuba, who’s actually from Cuba but who moved to Canada. I guess that’s not too big of a twist, right?

We’ll then turn on the Reggae beats with tracks from the latest CD by Hollie Cook, then some classics from Shabba Ranks and Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers.

 Rounding the show will be a chunk of new music from The Turbans, who have musicians from ‘manywhere’ just refer to that list I mentioned above. Plus, we’ll hear another song from Great Britain’s Two Man Traveling Show.

As usual, this list doesn’t highlight everything so be sure to tune in Saturday night at 8pm on 88.9 WCVE or 107.3 or 93.1. Or you can stream it via this website. Plus, also on this site, you can check out live streaming track listings. Follow me on Twitter @wcveworldmusic or on Facebook at The World Music Show on WCVE.