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Ian Stewart

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Jump For Joy!

Right off the bat, let me say Happy Holidays and yada yada yada and all that stuff that goes along with the season. And, throughout this season, they'll be nuggets of World Music type of celebration tunes to bring the globe closer to us here in RVA. But, as for this week's World Music Show (11/29), let the fun commence!

So, About This Week's Show...

So, about this week’s World Music Show...which by the way falls on this Saturday 11/22/14, will be jammed packed with a whole bunch of goodness. From Tropical Discotheque music, to desert blues music to classic French pop music by a racontour, this week's show will be filled with sounds that reach far beyond the typical. So, come with me now, as we examine, albeit briefly, on a tour a what to expect for this week.

In Your Face--But in a Good Way

If I were one to use all caps, in order to prove a point--as in trying to shout about this week's World Music Show (11/8), then the entire text would in essence be all caps and look like I was yelling. But, luckily for you, I don't need to scream or get in your face about this week's show. I don't even need to use exclamtion points. Because the music selected for the two hours, will simultaneously be in your face, while at the same time, not over power you to turn the chanel. 

A World Music Circus

Alright, here's the low-down for this week's World Music Show (11/1). By now, if you're a frequent listener to this venue of world tunes, then you know that we regularly criss-cross the globe in the formats of both time and space. And if you don't know this, well then, this may be the perfect show for you to dip your musical toes into. Wait, that metaphor really clashes with all normal standards, which actually fits right in with this week's show.

Viva la Africa

Sure, that title is a mixed up metaphor. But I could think of no better nod to the great chunk of tunes we'll hear on this week's World Music Show (10/25). And, as the headline suggests, a good portion of the show will be dedicated to music from different parts of Africa.

If Pictures Could Sing

If you could only look at these pictures and trust that what's lined up on the virtual turntable for this week's World Music Show (10/18), will be songs by some of greatest World Music musicians, as well as upcoming artists, ever assembled in a two-hour chunk. But alas, you'll have to trust my song selecting abilities (and not the fact that I just used the word "alas" in a sentence). And within this week's blog, I'll try my best to convey why you should join me for this week's show. 

Reason #1--Hour 1:

Hey You! Don't Fear Music!

There's the old adage "There's nothing to fear but fear itself," coined by FDR. And while that, of course, could apply to all sorts of things today, could that include music? If there are things outside of our normal realms that we don't quite "get," should music--especially World Music--be lumped into that summation? On this week's World Music Show (10/11), we'll attempt to break down some of the barriers that may be blocking those who may indeed fear new and different music.

Love this Giant---Show!

Ah, word play. Like music, it's such a fun thing to do and hear. And on this week's World Music Show (10/4), we'll play some musical, non-verbal gymnastics. The emphasis will be on the "play" part. Because throughout this two-hour shindig we'll play all sorts of musical games, such as Hopscotch, Connect Four and Trivial Pursuit.  As you can probably guess, it's going to be a Giant show. 

Locally Global

Sprinkled thoughout many of these World Music Show shows will be snippets of locally grown World Music. But once in awhile, such as on this week's show (9/27), you'll get a good chunk of local Richmond World Music all in one shot. And if you think RVA doesn't have a lot to offer in terms of bands and musicians who cover this genre, think again.

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