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Hit the Frappe' Button

In one of my early explanations of what the gist of the World Music Show is, I compared it to hitting the frappe' button on a blender. Why frappe? Well, it sounds better than the shred or the simple chop button, right? On this week's World Music Show (7/23), I think the show comes close to mimicking this metaphor. That said, you can guess that it's going to be a mixed up show.

Wake Up!

Look, I don't mean to pummel your senses down with the fact that it's been uber hot here in RVA. But when it gets like this, my mind tends to become rather sleepy. And with that in mind, some of the tracks for this week's World Music Show (7/16) are of a dreamy and sleepy nature.

(Don't) Fear the Music

Ok, let's get that title reference out of the way before it scares anyone off from listening to this week's World Music Show (7/9). It's a play on the title to AMC's "Walking Dead" spin-off, "Fear the Walking Dead." Now, how, you may ask, can I associate that show with this week's World Music Show? Well, there's a great tie-in, which I'll get to, right after this brief commercial break.

The Tip of the Iceberg

Looking out among the vast sea of sounds for this week's World Music Show (7-2-16), I see that we'll groove to some electronic tango music and we'll visit some beats from the magical land of Bongolia. Plus, we'll even hear what Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, sounds like when he plays with some Aztec Indians. And that, as they say is just the tip of the iceberg.

A Desert Heat

As if the heat and humidity weren't enough to bear, on this week's World Music Show (6/25), we'll head to the Saharan desert to get relief from some desert blues music, which features lush guitar and cooling rhythms. And we'll dive into the sauna to hear some Red Hot + Rio beats, just to be ironic. Plus, for kicks we'll also check out some Malaysian ukulele songs as well as some 60s French Pop music. Then to put all that into perspective we'll hear some Garifuna music from the Caribbean regions, which are sure to add a little bit of a breeze to the hour.

The Unfamilar

It's always good to look for things in unfamiliar places. Why? Because on the off chance that when you find something, it'll be unique. Or it will be a surprise. But not like those junky surprises found at the bottom of the Cracker Jack box. No, I'm talking about the unexpected--the kind of surprise what makes you stop in your tracks to listen. So for this week's World Music Show (6/18), I'm hoping that what you find will be remarkable and even phantasmagorical (though, I may be overselling this week's show just a tad).

Liven up Yourself!

It's just like clockwork, at least for me. And it's usually around this time of year, when the weather starts to beg us to come outside, that I start hankering to do something. And one of the best things to do outside, at least with a group of people besides running a marathon (though, I'm sure that is debatable), is to see a live show. So, on this week's World Music Show (6/11), I'm going to try to capture that feeling of a live show.

The World in a Snapshot

Listen: This past week was a little tough. Life threw me just a little too many curve balls, which made it hard to write out an overview for the show. So for this week’s World Music Show (6/4), I thought I would stoop to doing a basic and random photo essay.

The photos, which don't included everyone on the show, are tagged and as mentioned they’re in no particular order. You’ll just have to tune in to hear when I play some of the below artists. I may mention a bit or two about them as well.

A World Music Picnic

I'm in a bit of a pickle for this week's World Music Show (5/28). You see, it's a holiday weekend, which brings to mind summer, picnics and the like. But to wrap a theme around these images, especially a "World Music" theme is no picnic. In fact, after careful consideration, I think it's best to remember that it's all about the music. And that on this particular holiday, the two driving forces I'm dealing with don't match.

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