The term "Legendary" gets tossed around quite a bit--even by me (but in my defense, I feel like I do play quite a few, truly legendary musicians on the show). But, on this week's World Music Show (1/25), not only will I play a few legendary musicians but I will actually have an interview with someone who is part of a legendary ensemble.
To coincide with the appearance of South Africa's Ladysmith Mambazo, this week's show will spend a good chunk of time (most of the first hour in fact) hearing a few choice selections from this truly legendary group. And, as an added bonus, I'll feature part of an interview with one of the groups longest members, Albert Mazibuko. Next to founder Joseph Shabalala, Mazibuko (who is actually the cousin of Shabalala), has been with the group from its inception back in the late 1950s. They are the only two original members of the orginal line-up. However, the group is still a family affair, since it's stafffed with sons and grandsons of Shabalala and others. Ladysmith Black Mambazo will be playing at the Carpenter Theater on Sunday, 1/26 and (if you're reading this before the program aires) I'll be giving away two pairs of tickets on my show Saturday night.
As for what you'll hear from LBM, the best place to start is with their appearance on Paul Simon's Graceland album. Why not go back further in their career, to their beginning? Well, the fact of the matter is, that when they appeared on Simon's album, that moment catapulted them into a whole other relm of listeners. Suddenly, in Western media especially, they were everywhere. And with that appearance, they have been able to keep the world's attention ever since. During my interview--which will be broken down to a couple of different shows, you'll get to hear Mazibuko respond to their legacy, their future and to collaborations with other artists. Besides some Simon's collaborations, we'll hear a couple of other collaborations featuring Pheobe Snow and Des'ree. And we'll hear from their CD honoring Shaka Zulu, as well as some songs dedicated to when they grew up on a farm--in fact, one of their songs, "Voices like Thunder," is from their CD "Songs from a Zulu Farm."
Now, as mentioned, LBM only takes up part of the first hour of the World Music Show. Once that's done, we still have a good hour and a half to fill. No need to worry as to what you'll hear. Remember I mentioned that I do play a few legendary musicians on the show? Well, coming up right after the interview will be a couple of tracks off the new CD by Beninese singer Angelique Kidjo (another artist who is touring--though, not to RVA). Her new CD, called Eve, is a powerful statement of a singer who's still at the top of her game. We'll check out two new tracks off of that (I played two others the previous week).
For the rest of the first hour, we'll rely some of my favorite songs to bring us to the top of the hour, including tracks from two differnet Playing For Change CDs as well as some other notable musicians.
In hour two, that "legendary" term gets thrown out the window. But, don't let that stop you from sticking around. In this chunk, I've lined up a ton of new music as well as some "new-to-me-music." We'll kick off the hour with two tracks off the new CD by the French trio, We Are Enfant Terrible. Called "Carry on," we'll dive into this new album for the first of many shows to come. Paired with them will be songs from Cornershop and the British loungy/electronic band Morcheeba.
Then, to keep the newness going, we'll hear some of the "best German Hip-Hop," (according to my pal Josh, who sent me this CD) by the band CRO. This is the "new-to-me-music." And, also thanks to Josh, we'll hear some coold Dutch music from the band Bettie Serveert. Then, to keep that pumping vibe going, we'll revisit some tunes from when the organization called Red Hot (as in Red Hot + Blue, Red Hot + Rio) released a CD called Red Hot + Riot. The CD was all about giving love to Nigeria's Fela Kuti. And, since the late 1980s, the organization is all about raising money to fight the AIDS crisis. They've released a ton of great music. We'll hear a couple of songs off this CD that include musicians such as Lateef, Mixmaster Mike (who has Dj'd for the Beastie Boys), D'Angelo, Femi Kuti and Macy Gray.
Then, to revisit that Dutch/Holland mi, we'll check out some "hip" music from Holland. And, despite what you've just read, they'll be even more bits of music mixed in. So, perhaps it's not too much of a stretch to say that this week's World Music Show may in fact become "legendary." In any event, after listening, you can let me know your thoughts below. The World Music Show aires Saturday nights at 8:00 p.m. on Richmond's Public Radio, 88.9 WCVE or online via this website. You can follow the show on Twitter, @wcveworldmusic.