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A World Music Holiday Package

To get the ball rolling, I just want to wish all of you--whatever tradition or holiday you celebrate, a joyous, restful, and magical time. On this week's World Music Show 9 (12/22), we'll try our best to showcase some of what this season has to offer. It's going to be a mish-mash of Holiday tunes that will hopefully put you in the right frame of mind.

To speed the process, because there are so many things tugging for our time right now, I'm going to give you the gift of getting right to the point. Now, this list doesn't have all the latest releases or hoopla that accompanies many "holiday shows." But, it does have heart, spirit and the fun that I think the season needs.

And, now, here's what to look forward to. We'll kick off the show with a medley by Isreal Kamakawiwo'ole, who is from Hawaii and who also did the great mash-up of "It's a Wonderful World" and "Over the Rainbow." You may have heard this on a few, tear-jerking commercials, though, this version is a little more jazzed up. A couple of my favorites in this set will be from a mini-compilation from a little CD that found its way into my stocking awhile courtesy of Starbucks. It features a song by the folks at the Playing for Change organization, along with a nice rendition of "I Believe in Father Christmas," done by U2

Other highlights in this first hour include songs by Susan Gaeta (who sings a song about the trials of Sephardic Jews); some wonderful music out of Isreal and a couple of great songs from Pink Martini--one of which features NPR correspondent Ari Shapiro, while the other is a Ukrainian Bell Carol. 

The rest of the hour will highlight songs from New Orleans, as well as some Jazz-Blues Holiday songs (sure, this should be on John and Henry's show "Time for the Blues" but I think it fits in fine here) that are a different take on any traditional songs this time of year. But, if you can, you need to stick through to the end of hour one becaue I'll play a little bit of mischief from the mind of Mexican band leader Esquivel, who has a few songs from his Space Age Bachhelor Pad.

The World Music Holiday tunes basically stop at the end of hour one, but the mood that the holidays inspire live on in hour two. In that hour, we'll hear some Celtic music from the Scottish band Capercaillie and from Mick McAuley. And, you'll hear a fun song that features the lengendary P-Funk frontman George Clinton. Also in hour two, we'll some tracks from Ali Farka Toure, Toumani Diabate, Kinobe, Issa Bagayogo and Michael Franti and Spearhead

If you can, tune in to this week's World Music Show, becuase I think the tunes will put you in the right frame of mind. The World Music Show aires Saturday nights at 10:0 p.m. on WCVE Public Radio. You can also listen online at this website. And, you can also follow me on Twitter, @wcveworldmusic.