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Time To Spread Your Wings

Get ready to spread your wings and some Big Noise on this week’s World Music Show (9/24). That’s right, we’ll check out some Funky Tropicalismo music which has a big band sound to it, plus we’ll get a Brazilian groove going with Bebel Gilberto and a few others. And if that weren’t enough for you, how about some world music covers of some of your favorite pop songs? Don’t be shy, come read what’s up for this week’s show.

Time To Crank It Up!

It’ll be an eclectic mix on this week’s World Music Show (9-17). From some Afro-Brazilian mixes and songs recorded as part of the Zomba Prison Project, to some Irish punk music about a summer in Siam as well as some Japanese groove pop, it’ll be like we turned the musical blender on Frappe’.

The BirthdayBash Revisited

A few weeks ago, well, actually about a month ago, there was a bash, a BirthdayBash to be exact. Dubbed “The World Music BirthdayBash,” it was a celebration of World Music, The World Music Show and um, my birthday. In case you missed it (and the live Facebook feed), on this week's World Music Show (9/3), I’m broadcasting highlights from that event.

No Travel Visa Required

From East to West and North to South, it’s time to get your compass out of that drawer for this week’s World Music Show (8/27), because in the next two hours, we're going to try cover all the points of musical interest on the continent of Africa. So grab a map and get that sextant ready because the trip is about to begin, right after these musical beats.

The Cult of Personality

Ok, the title for this week's World Music Show (8/20), is really a play on words. It's in no way a sly reference to an African American heavy metal band known as Living Colour. The title is merely a reference to an icon in Bolero music that is the crux of existence for a group featured on this week's show.

A Mighty Mighty Show

Call it what you will, but come this time of year, the heat and humidity cause my brain to get a little wonky. It's a good thing I don't have hair, otherwise I could add big hair to my conundrum. However, despite the wonkiness of the season, I am able to get solace by playing some music that fits perfectly into this season. With that in mind, on this week's World Music Show (8/13), we'll get our Reggae vibes on by grooving to tracks from Bob & Ziggy Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh and more.

All Dressed Up

I'd like to say that I had the foresight to schedule this week's World Music Show (8/6) around the spectacle that is the Summer Olympics. Sure, I can see it now, a full hour or two of Brazilian music; me spinning the tunes while wearing my Carnaval outfit. The list could go on an on. However, this week's show was centered around another spectacle--my birthday, and the upcoming BirthdayBash (Friday, August 5).

Conquering Rulers, Turkish Freakout And Some Fuzzy Bananas

On the next episode of the World Music Show (7/30), we'll tackle beats from the New York salsa band Los Hacheros, sample some new cuts of Fado from Ana Moura, and go back in time to hear some fuzzy Brazilian and Turkish guitar from a variety of bands, circa 1960s through 70s. But that's just the promo teaser for the show. For more meat, for more of the gooey good stuff, for more of the filler, you'll have to break open the crust, lift the top layer of bread, break that Oreo cookie open in order to learn more.

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.

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