As the title to this week’s World Music Show (1-6) implies, it’ll be a bare-bones sort of show. Now, does this mean that there won’t be any spark or fire beneath the beats I’ve cooked up for us? Not at all. It just means that with all the hoopla and rigermorale of the holiday season behind us, it’s a good time to just take a step back and enjoy the show.
Heating up the first chunk of tunes in the first hour will be a couple of tracks from a new release by an Italian band who--no pun intended--know there way around the musical kitchen. I say ‘no pun’ because the band CGS, say in their press release that their style of music, which is Western Pop for this album, that the songs on “Canzoniere” are made up using their own special sauce. In fact, when you look at the cover above, that Coca-Cola ™bottle is filled not with soda but with sauce.
CGS are a seven-piece band who use every type of instrument. From button accordions to bagpipes, they have an infectious sound. The title translates to songbook, which also means that many of the songs make direct emotional connections to people by using the themes of love, loss of love, joy, sorrow and everyday experiences.
From there, we’ll hit up Brazil to hear some creative tunes from Tom Ze and Moreno Veloso. Then for the second half of the hour, we’ll head to Africa to hear from bands such as Mongwana Star, Tinariwen and Burkina Electric--who were one of the first electronic bands in Africa.
Burkina Electric are a group from Ouagadougou, the capital city of Burkina Faso. They are one of Africa's first electronic acts. Despite the group's African origins, they are mostly based in New York City. They formed in 2007. And on their debut CD, which came out some years ago now, they had help with composer Lukas Ligeti, son of famed Hungarian composer Gyorgy Ligeti.
Also featured in these sets are tracks from Youssou N’Dour, Issa Bagayogo, Ali Farka Toure and Toumani Diabate, who partner together on a beautiful song called “Warbe.”
For hour two, we’ll head from Africa to Latin America. It’s here that we’ll unfortunately kick off some of that chill because we’re going to crank up the beats and volume.
From Spain, we’ll hear a “twofer,” from the amazing chameleon Bebe. She always seems to be changing her sound and styles, and with each new twist and turn, she pulls us right along with her. Off her “Un Pokito de Rock n Roll” CD we’ll hear some really pumped up songs.
Not to be outdone in terms of creativeness, we’ll also hear from Max Capote, who seems to channeling his inner Vegas singer (but in a good way) and from the Buenos Aires musician and composer, Axel Krygier, who’s CD “Hombre de Piedra,” is all about the adventures of a time traveling Bigfoot from the Stone Age.
We’ll switch gears a bit from the more alternative Latin music to hear some funky New York Salsa music from the big band sound of Los Hacheros. Then we’ll fly back to Buenos Aires to hear some Latin Ska music from Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, then we’ll head to LA to check out some great roots rock music from the long running band Los Lobos. I guess you can say this whole set is full of Los.
One chunk of music you’ll want to be sure to hear will be a set of local music. We’ll hear from Happy Lucky Combo, Rattlemouth and PitBullsonAcid. All three of the bands and people have some very fun, World Music tracks.
Of course, throughout the show, they’ll be other surprises thrown in as well. The World Music Show airs Saturday night from 8:00-10:00 p.m. on 88.9WCVE Richmond Public Radio. Stream the show and get track listings via this website. Plus, get show updates and leave messages via Twitter @wcveworldmusic and via Facebook at The World Music Show on WCVE.