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Protest Songs From Around The World

Like peanut butter & jelly, the themes for this week’s World Music Show (10/21) go together rather well. Ok, the themes of “New Music” and “Protest Songs,” is nothing like one of my favorite sandwich combinations. It was a long shot at best, but that shouldn’t deter you from checking out this week’s stellar line-up.

For the newness, we’ll be checking out a handful of never-before-heard bands (on this show at least), to some new tracks from some of the new bands that we’ve been featuring lately.

La Misa Negra:
This Oakland, Ca based band got their debut last week on the show with the interview with their leader, Marco Pollo Santiago, in which we not only got to hear how his love of Heavy Metal/Thrash and Punk combined to make his style of Cumbia music. But we also got to sample quite a few tracks off their debut CD (including their cover of the Black Sabbath song “National Acrobat”). However, I’m still combing through their great CD, so we’ll get hear another great, pumped up song off of it.

El Tambor de la Tribu:
This Latin band has been topping the charts (wow, that makes me sound like Casey Kasem—anyone? Anyone?) in South America since their debut back in 2004. The Guatemalan group combines a bunch of Latin rhythms with some avant-garde sounds into a mix of Rock, Soul and Pop. Plus, they’ve been lucky enough to land Ad-Campaign deals with MTV and McDonalds.

Boogat:
Boogat is a Canadian-Mexican musician from Montreal who blends Hip-hop with Latin music. This is his third release, which he wrote entirely in Spanish. On it he mixes electronic beats into a blender filled with hip-hop and even Reggae. His inspiration came from living in Mexico’s Capital City for a year in a search for his own personal connection to the culture. Since his mother was from Mexico, he wanted to explore its neighborhoods, Music and subcultures. His CD, San Cristobal Baile Inn, is named after St. Christopher—the patron Saint of travelers.

Monoplasma:
This duo boasts two members who participated in some other well-known Latin bands but decided to branch out on their own. After hitting the stages of many California and Mexican music festivals, they came up with their CD called “1.” Their vibe is Latin-indie Rock.

Other Newness:
We’ll hear some new (and already well-loved) tracks from Ladama, Mexican Institute of Sound, Meklit, Piers Faccini, Skye & Ross and Cafe Tacvba.

Now, for the Protest part of the show. Protest songs in all matter of form have been around for a long time. And with the all the turmoil going on in the world, it got me thinking about what World Music Protest songs sound like or that are out there. Being familiar with many of the Western songs, I thought it’d be an interesting take.

So, we’ll hear cuts from a couple of CDs by Playing for Change—the group that is no strangers to covering and creating some songs that fall under this category. And we’ll also hear two tracks off a tribute CD to the Irish band U2 done by the African musicians Vieux Farka Toure and Ba Cissoko (namely, “Bullet the Blue Sky” and “Sunday Bloody Sunday”).

But, we’ll also check out a few from Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Seun Kuti (no stranger to protest songs about the state of chaos that plagues Nigeria), the English Beat and even one from David Byrne (that one may be a “stretch”).

Plus, we’ll have a chunk of tunes from the Marley family including Ziggy, Stephen and of course Bob. The family, also no strangers to writing about the ills that fall on Jamaica as well as on Black People around the globe.

It’s going to be an interesting show to say the least—so tune in Saturday from 8-10pm to 88.9 WCVE Richmond Public Radio. Stream the show via this website and check out live, streaming tracks listings too. Follow the show on Twitter @wcveworldmusic and on Facebook at The World Music Show on WCVE.