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Paradise Has No Border

Let’s face it—it’s been a rough week. No getting around it. So hopefully on this week’s World Music Show (10/7) the musical choices will help our tired souls and perhaps lift us up a bit.

In hour one, we’re going to take the mellow/string driven road by hearing new music from the new collaboration featuring Mali’s Trio Da Kali and the long running Kronos Quartet. Their new CD, called “Ladilikan” is like a cross-cultural fertilization, in which both parties bring their A game to the turntable.

Kronos, of course, have been around from decades (started in 1973) and have played with a number of great musicians and in many a great style. But on this go-round, their lite of touch strings lasso around the vocals and sounds of Trio Da Kali in a way that feels like a warm blanket of sound.

As for other strings of note in this hour, we’ll hear from Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate, who also made beautiful string music together. And we’ll hear from Issa Bagayogo, Alex Cuba, the Gipsy Kings and the Ecuadorian/New Yorker guitarist Eljuri, who when she’s not rocking out, she’s crafting some sweet sounds out of her Gibson.

Also mixed into hour one will be music from two guys who created a big band called Ondatropica. They met while recording shopping on the streets of Bogota and decided to put out records of their own by grabbing a ton of local musicians. The format works.

Other highlights include tracks off the Red Hot + Lisbon CD called “Onda Sonora,” by Caetano Veloso & David Byrne, and Delfins & To Ricciardi; a song by the multi-instrumentalist Leni Stern and a thrown in cut from the Police.

For the second hour, we’ll lift the spirits by Ska dancing to two new songs off the great CD by Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra. This big band, who’s new album is called “Paradise Has No Border,” mixes Latin beats with the help of two Latin bands—Inspector and Los Autenticos Decadentas.  The combination is just a fun party of sound.

Continuing new music, we’ll also hear from Janka & the Bubu Gang, New Kingston, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, La Vida Boheme and Ladama. Plus, we’ll check out a new track of Cumbia music from a Oakland based band called La Miss Negra—which is reference to the band Black Sabbath—but don’t be scared. If you tune into my interview with founder Marco Pollo Santiago next week, you’ll understand why.

From there, it’s time for a chunk of my favorite pastime—listening to World Music Cover tunes. We’ll hear a couple of songs off the tribute to Creedence Clearwater called Quiero Creedence, by Los Lonely Boys and Diamente Electrico. I wanted to play something as close the Tom Petty sound as I could get on the show.

Rounding out the covers will be songs from Mexrrissey, Gaby Moreno (doing a Blondie cover!), and two from Nouvelle Vague. To find what tracks, you’ll have to tune in.

The World Music Show airs Saturday at 8pm on 88.9 WCVE Richmond Public Radio. You can stream the show via this website, and you can also get track listings too once the show airs. Plus, follow the fun on Twitter @wcveworldmusic and on Facebook by looking and like The World Music Show on WCVE.

Until next time…