More newness is seeping into yet another week’s World Music Show (5/6). This not only means good news for your ears, but good news for your method of listening—whether it’s a full-blown Hi-Fi system or a little transistor radio—ok yes, I’m totally dating myself. Because I’m sure you’re hunkered down in your Opal or your Volvo wagon while listening to the show, or perhaps you’re lying on your twin bed listening on your clock radio. But whatever your choice of listening device, this week’s show has something for everyone.
As for the newness, we’ll dive a little deeper into the new CD by Vieux Farka Toure, the Malian guitarist and son of the late Ali Farka Toure. He’s a master of the guitar—like his father was. His style is bold yet beautiful, strong yet soft. He’s deft at getting out sounds that only a master musician. His new CD is called Samba and off of that we’ll check out two songs: “Mariam,” and “Ouaga,” which hopefully showcases my statements.
Mixed in with him will be some tracks from the streets of Soweto and some Afrobeat from a band is far away from the African continent. The band Kokolo, which goes by the name Kokolo Afrobeat Orchestra, are an American Afrobeat band from the Lower East Side of New York City, that formed in 2001. Also in this set will be the song “Falani” by the band I Speak Fula and from Nigeria, circa 1970s, we’ll hear from Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Melody Maestroes, doing the song “Dododo (Ekassa No. 1).”
In trying to make your stereo happy, I’ll play more new music. We’ll check out a couple of tracks from the singer/songwriter and now actress Yasmine Hamdan. She’s a Lebanese artist who now lives in France. And she first became known for being in a band called Soapkills, who’ll we’ll also hear from. But now, she’s solo and her voice is sultry, lilting and it moves in an ethereal way. Off her new CD called Al Jamilat, I’ll play the songs “K2” and “La Ba Den,” which here’s the video from:
Continuing the trend of fresh and new will be a track from the new CD by Arian Saleh called Antionette, in the form of the song “Sword and Sheild,” and the song “I see Dem Fake Leaders,” by Ziggy Marley.
For hour two, we’ll keep the turntable spinning by hearing new music from the singer Somi. She’s an American singer and songwriter of Rwandan and Ugandan descent who’s voice is a powerful force of nature. Her style has Jazz and R & B elements mixed with sounds from those regions I mentioned. Her new CD is called Petite Afrique. Off of that, we’ll hear her take on the song “Alien in New York,” which was originally done by Sting. I say “her take” because—well, you’ll see.
Then, from the new CD by the artist Lula Pena, who is a Fado and World music singer, composer and poet from Lisbon, Portugal we’ll check out the song “Rose,” and you’ll hear that she’s pretty amazing.
And little by little, we’re getting a taste of what the newest CD from the Mexican band Cafe Tacvba is going to sound like. They just “dropped” (as they say in the record biz) a new cut from their upcoming CD called Futuro. They’ve been playing for years and their style is always innovative in terms of music and visuals. Plus, their singer NRU has such a great voice. The latest track is a song called “Que No,” whose video I wanted to post online, but it’s um, a tad racy, so I opted out—but you can go find it.
Paired with them and also from Mexico and also sounding somewhat like Tacvba, will be a new cut from Little Jesus doing the song “Nina Bien.” I’m really enjoying their CD, which is called Rio Salvaje. Also in here too will be the Mexican singer Ceci Bastida doing the song “Vas a Vemet,” She, by the way, also participates in the Morrissey cover band Mexrrissey.
And, you can’t get any newer or fresher than this. It’s some new music from a musician I’ve never heard of before. Omar Souleyman, is a musician from the village of Tell Tamer near the city of Ra's al-'Ayn in the northeastern region of Syria and he’s has a mix of tastes that influence his music…I’m just going to let you discover him along with me. This we’ll hear is “Ya Bnay ya.”
Don’t think there’s no more newness to be had. Because we’ll also check out some East-African Retro-Pop from the band Alsarah and the Nubatones. Their song is called “Ya Watan” and it’s pretty cool. You can see them perform a song on NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series. We’ll also hear the song “Ensen,” by a musician called Emel.
Rounding out the new music-fest will be the band Sonziera, which is brought to you by Giles Peterson, who heads this project. They’re reimagining Tam Tam, which is a Brazilian style of music. This track is all instruments—enjoy.
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