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Need a Lift?

Sometimes you need a little lift. And whether it comes from espresso, an electric shock or from music, either way it's a jolt that could help fuel a dip in your weekend momentum. So, on this week's World Music Show (5/24), I hope to do just that.

But, how are we going to achieve that? Well, through these robust and eclectic selections of music. For hour one, we'll head to a cafe in Cuba to hear from Jose Conde y Ola Fresca, who left Cuba with his family but still retains his Cuban Roots. He has said: "I feel in Cuban and think en Americano." Plus, we'll also hear Pedro Luis Ferrer, who is also from Cuba.

Mixed into the first few sets will be tracks from the Gipsy Kings, Caetano Veloso, Ceu and the band Kyerematen Stars, who, along with the band Quantic, are featured on a cool CD called "Sofrito." That style, "Sofrito," mashes up the sounds of the Caribbean, South America and Africa. But all those sounds were culled not from any of those countries, but from the Ravs and clubs of South London.

Another highlight and perked up couple of tracks guaranteed to get your funk on come from (sort of) long ago--the 1970s in Nigeria. We'll hear from The Don Isaac Ezekiel Combination as well as from Etubom Rex Williams & His Nigerian Artistes.

Vieux Farka ToureFor hour two, we'll keep the thumb of espresso and electric shock music going, but we'll tone down the effects, too--just a bit. We'll start off with the French Trio, Gotan Project who love to take Tango and Bossa Nova music and insert some electronic "Umph" to it. Partnered with them will be multi-instrumentalist Matsuki Ayumu, who at one time was a child piano prodigy.

Toning it down a bit will be a few tracks from the Playing for Change organization, which is a melding of dozens of musicians from around the globe who cover well known tracks as well as create their own tunes, too. We'll hear a great version of Bob Marley's "War/No More Trouble," as well as their own compilation called "Don't Worry."

For the rest of the hour, a few surprises including a cool cover of a U2 song done by Vieux Farka Toure and a couple of songs by David Byrne about Glass, Concrete and Stone.

The World Music Show aires on Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. on Richmond Public Radio, 88.9 WCVE or online at this site. You can follow the show on Twitter, @wcveworldmusic.