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There can be two possible titles for this week’s World Music Show (8/23). One is the above, the other could have been Invasion of the Pseudo Covers. Perhaps that could have been the subhead, as its known in journalism lingo. And don’t worry, I’ll get to that “Pseudo” reference in a moment.

But I think the chosen headline better suits this week’s show because sometimes you need to put the spotlight on some strong female musicians. And to change up the delivery method this week, as in the way in which I dole out, tease and cajole you with superfluous verbiage in hopes that you’ll slog through this blog in order to gain a better understanding of what I’m playing, I’m going to just cut to the chase.

In no particular order, here’s who you can look forward to hearing this week:

  • Angelique Kidjo & Branford Marsalis
  • Anouska Shankar & Karsh Kale
  • Ali Farka Toure
  • Bombino
  • Bossacucanova (who, by the way, are coming to the States)
  • Los Lobos
  • Vieux Farka Toure
  • Elvis Costello & Jimmy Cliff
  • Rajery
  • Faye Tess & Lokua Kanza
  • Issa Bagayogo
  • Beat Pharmacy
  • Java
  • Nina Simone*
  • Dave Brubeck & Carmen McRae*

Anouska ShankarAnd as they say on Infomercials--but wait! There’s more! But I’ll let you tune in for the rest. And as for that “Pseudo Covers” notation for the subhead? Well, if you look over who I’ll be featuring, a couple of the artists should stand out as people you wouldn’t normally think of as World Music types. And if you can’t guess, I helped you out by putting an * by thier names. Those two artists are part of a new CD that just came out that features “redos” of classic songs done with a Brazilian twist---hence the “Pseudo” reference. After you hear them, you’ll see that they’re not covers, per se.

The World Music Show aires Saturday nights at 8:00 p.m. locally on 88.9 WCVE or oline via this website. Get show updates and missives via Twitter @wcveworldmusic.