When you look at that picture of Beninese singer Angelique Kidjo, you can just tell that she means business. She's been around for quite a while and as sung with a stellar line-up of talent as equal as hers. And sure, she has a new CD out, in which she partners with another great group of singers (which we'll continue to explore), but because of her majestic status, we've had to raise the bar on this week's World Music Show (2/15/14). Not that we frequently wallow in mediocrity, but upping the level to match Kidjo's status isn't a bad thing.
Enjoy top-drawer Virginia-based jazz courtesy of the Jae Sinnett Trio, led by Tidewater-based percussionist and music educator Jae Sinnett who also hosts a popular radio show himself. Jae is joined by one of a prominent fraternity of VCU Jazz graduates under professor Doug Richards…that would be bassist Terry Burrell. And on piano, a 27-year-old Virginia Beach native who has caught the attention of some of the music industry’s most prominent figures, including Quincy Jones.
We revisit an In Your Ear session with five talented players who had a short but sweet ride as a progressive band called Cadillac Sky. Organized in 2002 in the Dallas/Fort Worth area by lead vocalist/songwriter Bryan Simpson, applying a Texas state of mind to the bluegrass template, the band turned intriguing tunes and solid musicianship, into a meteoric career.
Is this love? What is love? Is love all you need? These questions plus many more may be answered on this week's World Music Show (2/8). I say "may" be answered becuase since love is a unviversal thing, an ambigous thing, and a fleeting thing, then I'm not sure if we'll be able to answer any or even some of those questions. However, since this is a music program, these thoughts can be addressed musically. In addition to those musings, we'll also be looking at love in this way: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Sound appropriate for the upcoming special day?
Once in awhile you just need to throw your hands up and celebrate. I'm sure if you look around, you'll find something to rejoice in. Besides the usual suspects of birthdays, anniversaries, new babies, etc, there are other things, such as, say, the temperature has risen above freezing, or that there is a new, stellar episode of The World Music Show (2/1/14)--that alone is a great reason to party, at least in my mind.
With that said, here's a sampling of what you can expect on this week's show.