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Saturday Night Couch Music

So, let me be a little more general. Just becuase the headline for this week's World Music Show (9/28) is dubbing this "couch music," doesn't mean that you're required to listen to the show on the sofa, futon, et. al. It just means that finding yourself a cozy spot to enjoy all of this week's bounty, would be a good thing to do. Also, contrary to what the image may imply, this week's show is by no means a low-key type of show. They'll be plenty of chances to get up and boogie around or Ska dance or do my favorite thing--the "invent-your-own-dance" kind of movement.

Now, as they say, on with the show. 

I've said it before and I'll say it again--there is something great about compilation CDs. If you pick a good one, chances are there'll only be one (or two) clunkers mixed in. And with World Music compilations, you can check out a whole bunch of different styles, genres or countries all in one CD (this assuming that people still buy CDs). I miss the days of having a few great record stores in which you can pop in, grab a few CDs and test them out via any listening stations. Although, prior to those units, it was sometimes fun to throw caution to the wind and buy the CD based on the title and description. 

All of the above is a round about way of saying that in the first set of music for hour one, they'll be a bunch of songs from a few different compilation CDs. The first one is from a club in South London called The Mambo Inn. The Mambo Inn specializes in playing Big Noise/Funky Tropicalismo music, which is a mix of hyped-up Mambo and World Jazz/Jive music, some newly mixed by Djs and others from years ago. Off that, we'll hear Dj Food doing the song "Dub Lion," followed by the band Sweet Talks doing "Angelina."  Following that CD, we'll hear a few tracks off a couple of Putumayo CDs, namely Colombia and Music From the Coffee Lands, which we'll hear the band Los Warahuaco and Claudia Gomez.

Other hightlights of hour one inlude tracks from: The Gipsy Kings (doing a great cover of Frank Sinatra's "My Way"); some Fado music from Bajofondo and two cuts from the Best of Tom Ze, the artist, legendary Brazilian who, to me, is a cross between Tom Waits, Elvis Costello and perhaps David Bowie. Speaking of Bowie, we'll also hear from another Brazilian Seu Jorge and the band Almaz. Jorge once did a great CD of David Bowie covers for the film "The Life Aquatic" (which he also appeared in). And speaking of covers, Jorge and Almaz do a great cover of the Michael Jackson song "Rock with You." 

And closing out hour one, will be more Brazlian music, including tracks from another great compilation, this time from Luaka Bop, called "What's Happening in Pernambuco;" and the Putumayo compilation "Festa Brasil." And we'll round out the hour with a beautiful song by the singer Ceu

For the second hour, you'll want to hop off of that couch and start grooving. Kicking of the firs set of music will be tracks from Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Fela Kuti's original band!); Some Ska music from The Specials and then some classic Ska music (circa 1960s) from Dave & Ansell Collins and from Eric Donaldson (doing the oringal version of "Cherry Oh Baby," once covered by UB40). And we'll end that first chunk of music with some Mento music, which is original dancehall music, from the Jolly Boys, who cover the song "I Fought the Law," once covered by The Clash.

Jump-starting another set will be more powerful, uplifting music from Oakland based Michael Franti & Spearhead. In fact, it'll be a trifecta of songs from Franti, as we'll hear songs off his CDs "All Rebel Rockers," and "The Sound of Sunshine." Wedged into this set will also be tracks from the legendary Jimmy Cliff (a new on off his "Rebirth" CD) and an old track--one of favorites--from the late Peter Tosh

To close out the show--something I'm calling my Blender Mix--we'll hear cuts from Latin Playboys, Pizzicato Five, Karsh Kale and some classic French Pop Music from Eileen, covering another Sinatra--Nancy. Yep, it's her song "These Boots are Made for Walking." So, in retrospect, it's funny that I just noticed that I'm doing two covers of two different Sinatra's. 

With this week's show, I'm recommending both a couch session and a "jump-up and groove" session, becuase, you know, movement is fun. The World Music Show can be heard Saturday nights at 8:00 p.m. on WCVE Public Radio, 88.9FM or online via this website. You can follow the show on Twitter, @wcveworldmusic.