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Viva la World Music!

Once in awhile you just need to throw your hands up and celebrate. I'm sure if you look around, you'll find something to rejoice in. Besides the usual suspects of birthdays, anniversaries, new babies, etc, there are other things, such as, say, the temperature has risen above freezing, or that there is a new, stellar episode of The World Music Show (2/1/14)--that alone is a great reason to party, at least in my mind.

With that said, here's a sampling of what you can expect on this week's show.

We'll kick off the show with some Tropical Discotheque music in a style called Sofrito. The Sofrito style mixes heavy tropical dancefloor sounds from Africa, the Caribbean and South America. But these sounds don't hail from any of those locales (I mean, originally, of course, sure). Instead, they were born, or at least mixed and mashed together in the clubs and rave parties of South London. Off a CD called Tropical Discotheque, we'll hear Banda Los Hijos de Lan Nina Luz as well as Kyerematen Stars. Added to this first set will a track from the Brazilian band Siba, who are from the northern area of Pernambuco.

Now, like all good celebrations, there comes a time to slow things down a bit. In another chunk of music, we'll hear some desert blues music from Ali Farka Toure, Habib Koite and Bamada and from the band Tinariwen. All three of these three songs are perfect for just swaying from side to side or for just bopping your head to the beat.

And sure, three songs is a good chunk of tunes to tone it a down for a bit. But, in the next set, we'lll get the beats going again by hearing some flamenco music from the Gipsy Kings, Sergio Mendes and (of the Black Eyed Peas), Forro in the Dark and Marc Ribot.

Then, closing out the first hour will be two great tracks from the long running East Los Angeles band Los Lobos. From their CD Town and the City, we'll hear the cuts "The Road to Gila Bend," and "Chuco's Cumbia."

When hour two ramps up, we'll keep the celebration going by starting off with a couple of songs off a great CD by the folks at the Luaka Bop record label, called The Soul of Black Peru. And those songs will be from Maria Lando and Roberto Rivas.

However, there's one, mini-celebration that I'm very excited about, and that involves the band Cibo Matto. This Japanese duo, which means food, is actually sometimes a trio (that once included Sean Lennon). Well, after a 15-year haitus, this band is coming back together. Sadly, there's nothing in my hands just yet, so instead we'll harken back to one of their best CDs, Viva! la Woman. Now, as mentioned, their band name means food and all the songs off this CD are all about food. We'll hear the tracks "Apple" as well as their cover of the Anthony Newly song "Candy Man."

BjorkOther highlights of this party show will be songs from the Iranian-American band Niyaz, the icelandic queen Bjork, some Jamacian mento music from the Jolly Boys and a two-song Riddim/Dub mix from the Beastie Boys. With all these party tunes, you'll want to be sure to stretch a bit beforehand, drink plenty of water and take a cool-down break afterward.

The World Music Show aires Saturday nights from 8:00-10:00 p.m. on Richmond Public Radio, 88.9FM WCVE or online via this website. you can follow the show via Twitter @wcveworlmusic.