Ok, that headline is clearly a play on the cliche. But, I’d like to confess that I do have some “daddy issues” for this week’s World Music Show (6/16). And the issues lie squarely with me in that, being a father, I have no problem with sharing my World Music tastes and library with my kids.
Ok, that’s not a shocker right? I mean, I’ve been doing the World Music Show for roughly 11 seasons now, which translates to something like 10 or more years, I don’t know, it gets hazy when I think about the early days of my show. Since that time, my kids--Piper (12) and Emmett (8), who are the voices you hear at the end of almost every show with my silly “I’ve got Big Soap” song, have enjoyed raiding my CD library.
And that’s a good thing, right? I mean, the music we as parents listen too often influences our children’s tastes. Sure, I’m happy that my son also has taken a shine to my Clash and Tom Petty CDs, but he’s just as comfortable listening to a “hits” radio station as he is putting on his favorite John Coltrane CD. But he also enjoys all the music I feature on my show (and is currently borrowing a CD on Indian Bollywood dance music).
While my daughter’s preference leans more towards Latin and Brazilian music, her other choices tend to lean more heavily on the “hits pop radio side. And I’m ok with both--after all both Piper and Emmett need to develop their own likes and dislikes of music. You can also add that I’m a very proud Dad that my kids are well-rounded when it comes to their listening habits.
So what is my issue? Well, it’s that more kids aren’t exposed to World Music or any music other than “hits” radio. There’s so much breadth and depth out there in the world, that we’re all doing a disservice if we don’t expose kids to more music. If your kids are growing up in multicultural household then perhaps the kids get more exposure to different style of music (if their allowed to wander around the radio or Pandora dial). But perhaps they also get pigeon-holed into one format of music. Who knows?
Now, enough with my issues, you want to know what I’m featuring on this week’s show. Since it is Father’s Day weekend, I will admit that I’ll be playing a few Father/Son/Father/Daughter combinations. However, it’s only limited to a few choices (if you know of more, let me know).
So, we’ll hear from Bob Marley and family, as in Ziggy Marley along with the Melody Makers. We’ll also check out both Norah Jones and Anoushka Shankar along with their Dad Ravi Shankar. Plus, I’m throwing in the family Kuti--as in both Seun and Femi Kuti, who are the offspring of famed Afrobeat co-founder Fela Kuti. And, interspersed between some of these tracks will be clips of the children speaking about their fathers, which will be cool to hear. Rounding out the family tracks will be both Moreno Veloso and his father Caetano Veloso.
Other highlights of the show this week will be some new music from Chancha Via Circuito. Led by Pedro Canale, the songs on “Bienaventuranza” (which means bliss) are full of Andean instruments (as in flutes and charangos), mixes with folkloric elements as well as electronic beats, which means many of tunes are danceable.
Also included in the new music line-up will be a track by a North Carolina-based Senegalese kora master named Diali Cissokho. A while ago he took his American bandmates from Kaira Ba back to his hometown of M’bour to record an album together, what became “Routes.”
Not to missed is some new music by the Tanzania Albinism Collective. You may remember my interview with producer Ian Brennan last year when he released the first collection of music. A quick background on this is that TAC are a group of people who were banished to Ukerewe Island because of their albinism. To many in African culture, people with albinism are thought to either possess evil powers or hold some type of magical influences. But the bottom line is that many are persecuted and face daily prejudices because of their skin. Brennan has collected more music from these amazing survivors.
Other highlights on this week’s show include music by Kiran Ahluwalia, Trio da Kali and the Kronos Quartet, and a song from collection of Haitian music by a band called RAM. Their new CD, called “August 1791,” is the group’s seventh album. On it, the band harnesses all the elements that came together and led to the country’s unprecedented founding: the African and the Creole, the rural and the urban, the Christian and the vodou, the traditional and the exploratory. It’s a very unique album.
There’s more music of course, but I’ll make you tune in so you can enjoy all the fun. The World Music Show airs Saturday nights from 8:00-10:00 p.m. on WCVE Music, 93.1 & 107.3 or you can stream it via this website. Follow the show on Twitter @wcveworldmusic and on Facebook at The World Music Show on WCVE.