In retail, they call this the "Dog Days of Summer." Translation: there's not much going on. Now, could we transfer this metaphor over to the World Music genre? Or at least to certian programming on a certain public radio station? Answer: not by a long shot. Becuase while in the outside world there's heat, humidity, bugs, and possible general malaise (unless you're on vacation or about to go on vacation), here in radio land, we can travel to whereever the mood strikes us--which is exactly what we'll do on this week's World Music Show (7/12). Let the festivities begin!
And as is my habit during this time of year (ok, it actually happens a few time throughout the year), I like to feature more live music than usual. It's my way of transporting myself-and hopefully you--to venues to hear some great live shows. We'll start the first hour with a couple of songs from a festival in the Netherlands called Music Meeting. The weekend festival showcases musicians from all over the globe. The two cuts we'll hear are from 2008. One is from the Zimbawe band Chiwoniso and the other is from Belize/Honduran/Nicaragua band Andy Palacio & the Garifuna Collective (Andy Palacio, who passed away a few years ago, was the leader in the style called Garifuna, which is a mix of Caribbean and tropical music).
From there, we'll get a rough guide to World Music via the people who make the Rough Guide series (both books and music). Off their CD, we'll hear the band Kekele as well as the musician Mory Kante, who is both a singer and a Kora Player. At one time, he played with Salif Kieta. Also in this second set, we'll hear from the Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Toure.
For another set of tunes, we'll check out some new music from a band that I've never played before. The band Oy (pictured) has a new CD out called "No Problem Saloon." This Berlin-based duo are the Swiss-Ghanaian vocalist and musician Joy Frempong and drummer and producer Lleluja-Ha. They blend strains of electronica, drums and humorous storytelling with African lyrical elements. That humor side is evident on their song "Hallelujah! Hair!" Thrown into their set will be some desert music by the Tuareg guitarist Bombino.
Rounding out the hour will be songs by Curumin, Undersea Poem (who used to be the band Mosquitos), and some German Bossa Nova music from 2raumwohnung (AKA 2-Room Apartment) and more Bossa Nova from the Brazilian/French musician Pierre Aderne. The theme is "Bossa Nova from around the World."
For the second half of the show, we'll get back to the live music theme I pushed on you earlier. We'll hear a track from when the Buena Vista Social Club landed on stage at Carnegie Hall. And speaking of Carnegie Hall, we'll also hear two songs from when the Brazilian artist, Caetano Veloso was that establishments "Artist in Residence." Plus, as luck would have it, he invited friend and New Yorker, David Byrne, to partner with him on a few songs.
In another chunk of music, we'll switch from live and go to Jamacia. In this set we'll hear some new music from Ziggy Marley (off his new CD "Fly Rasta"), then go back in time to hear some classic Ska music from Dave & Ansell Collins as well as from Toots & the Maytels. We'll cap off this set with another classic from Ziggy's father, Bob Marley, with his song "Simmer Down."
Though there's no more live music for the rest of the hour, there is new music to be heard. In another set, we'll here a music from the band Dirtwire as well from the bnad La Chiva Gantiva. Dirtwire, who are from the San Francisco Bay Area, feature music with the late Tuvan throat-singing master Kongar-ol Ondar. And the band La Chiva Gantiva play frenetic carnival-type music.
We'll continue that live music theme with a new track from the Nigerian musician Seun Kuti (yes, son of Fela), who is still playing with Fela's old band Egypt 80. And we'll end with music from the Brazilian area known as Pernambuco (which held some some Wrold Cup matches!) and from Paul Simon.
So, don't fret if you've got those summer doledrums because the World Music Show has a cure to fix what ails you. Tune in Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. on Richmond Public Radio, 88.9 WCVE or online via this site. Get show show updates via Twitter, @wcveworldmusic.