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It’s tired and perhaps a tad trite, but I do have to say that this week’s World Music Show (5/26) is going to be very global. I mean, just looking over my list, you’ll hear music from Palestine, Italy, Senegal, Sweden by way of New York and practically all points in South America will be covered.

So let’s start exploring.

Right off the bat, let’s talk about that music out of Palestine. The band 47Soul are made up of members from Palestine and Jordan. They created a sound they dubbed Shamstep, which mixes elements of Hip-Hop/electronica and Folk while also blending lyrics in both Arabic and English. They recorded their new CD "Balfron Promise" in Balfron Towers, a building in London in which they’ve been living for the past few years. The building is sort of like the American version of the famous Brill Building in that many artists live and work there. United Kingdom bands like Oasis, The Verve and Wiley have recorded and shot videos there.

From Italy, we’ll have a chunk of music, including classics from Fred Buscaglione and Maria Pierantoni Giua. But we’ll also have some newness from the big band CGS (Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino) and one track from Agricantus--a group that’s been playing music since the 1980s. Their new CD is called “Akoustikos,” and it invokes sounds from ancient Sicily, the Mediterranean, the Middle East and Africa. But it’s not a dated sound but rather an updated selection of tunes with the help of electronics.

I don’t want to jump the gun just yet, but one of the new songs we’ll hear will be from the excellent percussionist Lara Klaus, who is one of the members of the all female band Ladama. Ladama is in the midst of a US tour right now, which came after their South American tour and in between all of what they do (Ladama does more than put on shows, they hold workshops and bring together communities of people in the name of education, female empowerment and art), Lara had the time to record and put out a CD. I’m working on an interview with her, which will be on air soon, but until then, we’ll hear a new track off of “Forca do Gesto” called “Pedra.”

Other newness to get excited about include tracks from Leni Stern’s new album simply called “3,”  another track from the latest by DJ Nikodermus and still new fresh tunes from Thornato (he’s our New York by way of Sweden musician). Plus we’ll hear another new track from the band that mixes music from Kuwait and Louisiana. Mush those two places together and you get the name Kuwiasiana. They have a big band sound mixed with world beats.

Another highlight will be a cover of Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power,” by a band called Brownout. This band, who’s been known to cover Black Sabbath and Prince, do a really great instrumental of the Public Enemy song, filled with Latin, Funk and Soul beats.

So do you think that’s all? Nope, not by a long shot. We’ll also check out another new track off the latest by Ziggy Marley’s “Rise to Rebellion” CD; a track from the latest by The Turbans and another new cut off the Brazilian Girls latest CD “Let’s Make Love.”

I’m sure I’ve left a bunch of other great bands/songs out, but that’s because I want you to tune in. Join the fun this Saturday night from 8-10 on 88.9 WCVE or 93.1 and 107.3FM.* Stream the show too via this website, where you can also get track listings too. Follow me on Twitter @wcveworldmusic and on Facebook at the World Music Show on WCVE.

*Program note. Starting with the June 2 show, you’ll only be able to hear the World Music Show on 931FM or 107.3FM (or streaming it). Our new station is WCVE Music. 88.9FM will be WCVE News (where you can still hear me doing news and feature stories).