More than 11 years ago, my wife and I read a great book called “What to Expect when Expecting,” which if you don’t know is about having a baby. Well, on this week’s World Music Show (2/25), I could stretch or mutilate that title and pirate it for this week’s show, as in “What to Expect in World Music.” I admit, it is a stretch. And, for those who may be looking for hidden clues in this blog, no, my wife and I are not “expecting.”
I am expecting you to have a great time reading this and of course listening to this week’s show. But I do know that you perhaps need a little teaser—a little reassurance that this foray into World Music is worth your time. So with that, allow me to layout briefly what this week’s show is all about.
It’ll be an eclectic mix of styles—a mishmash of sounds including Afro-Cuban, Hi-Life, desert blues and a smattering of French tracks both new and old. Speaking of new, we’ll hear new music from a variety of folks and we’ll even give nods to some local world beats. And if that weren’t enough, I’ll even briefly explore how some Western musicians use World Beats in their songs.
Now for the nitty gritty.
In hour one, we’ll hear some new music from local band Afro-Zen Allstars. They’ve got a really great new CD out called Greatest Hits. In fact, they’re a great way to start off the show, in which the first chunks of music will include bands like Afrosonic, I Speak Fula (which features some great Kora playing) and an Afro-beat band out New York called Kokolo.
Thrown around these sets too will be some cuts from Seun Kuti (son of Fela and a stellar musician in his own right), Germany’s talented multi-instrumentalist Leni Stern (who has a thing for African beats), and classic tracks from both Angelique Kidjo and Moussa Doumbia (who’s screaming intro may scare you a bit, or wake you up).
Ending the hour will be a bevy of French music, staring off with an acrobatic set from Lo Jo, who play style of French Nouvelle music, which has tinges of classic Chanson as well as some French New Wave, too. Plus, they’ll be a mix of some classic tracks, including a cover of the Rolling Stone’s “Paint it Black,” and a French-Caribbean dance number that will get you to your feet (unless you’re driving). The set will end on a nice acoustic note with a tune by Thomas Durtonc.
For the second act or trimester (just kidding), we’ll hear some new music from Arian Saleh’s new CD called Antoinette. He likes to mix Jazz and with Gypsy and acoustic rhythms. Tossed in here too will be some sort of new music from Bacao Rhythm Steel Band and Balkan Beat Box.
The newness will continue with a song from the soon-to-be released album by the long running band out of Senegal, Orchestra Baobab. This band started as a hotel band back in the late 60s/early 70s when Afro-Cuban music was the rage (has it done away? I don’t think so). They’re new CD (“dropping” as the kids say, at the end of March) is called Tribute to Ndiouga Deing. Dieng was one of the original singers.
They’ll kick off a mixed up set that will include some desert blues music from Tinariwen, and some new music from Ceci Bastida and some still fresh music from Ceu’s album called Tropix.
In another odd mashup, we’ll hear some Irish folk songs from The Pogues mixed with some electronic goodness from local band PitbullsonAcid (also known as Brian Beggs) and some Icelandic bar music/not-sure-what to call it from MC Bjor.
Ending the show will be that nod to some Western musicians who have used World Beats to further their musical endeavors. Who will I play? Ah, there’s the rub—you’ll have to tune in.
The World Music Show airs Saturday nights from 8:00-10:00 p.m. on Richmond Public Radio, 88.9 WCVE. You can stream the show via this website and you can also find the show on Facebook (The World Music Show on WCVE) and on Twitter (@wcveworldmusic). As with all the shows, here’s hoping that you’ll enjoy the beats, get some good information and perhaps laugh a bit too.