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Time to Escape?

Say, is it the time of year when you may want to escape to an island? You know, just a quick breather to get away from all the hustle and bustle or the minutiae and hyperbole that often happens around this season? Sure, it’s been a very interesting and tough year on all sorts of fronts, so I propose that on this week’s World Music Show (12/3) we take a little trip to a musical island out in the middle of somewhere in which we will just soak up not the gentle rays of the sun, but the calming effects of beats.

Class Is In Session

It’ll be a history lesson on this week’s World Music Show (11/26), as we’ll explore the history of Afrobeat and Hi-life music, from its inception to its legacy. Plus, we’ll dance around to new music from the French band Nouvelle Vague as well as to tunes from the Irish punk band The Pogues and to even some Cafe Samba music.

An Oasis of Beats

Looking into the crystal ball for this week’s World Music Show (11/19), I see that I’ll be Playing for Change. Is there a double meaning behind this? Plus, on the horizon, I notice that we’ll find out just what’s happening in Pernambuco, Brazil. And we’ll head to the Oasis (no, not the band Oasis) to hear some very interesting tunes, including a couple from two local bands.

It's In The Stars

By the looks of things, meaning in the astrological charts or in the tea leaves, all points are aiming that this week’s World Music Show (11/12) will be a good one. However, as always, please no wagering or offsite betting.

Time to Ska!

It’s going to be a sort of a throwback on this week’s World Music Show (11/5), however, it’ll also be tinged with a current thread that will all come together at the end. Sound vague but tantalizing enough to draw you in for a couple of hours? Good.

An Homage to Electric Issa

We’ll start this week’s World Music Show (10/29) with a tribute to a musician who plugged in the kamele N’goni and became known as ‘Electric Issa.” And we’ll explore other sounds from the African Continent, including Brazilian/Afro-folk songs. Plus, in hour two, it’ll Red Hot in the land of Rio. With all that, it’ll be a show worth the price of admission—but more on that in a moment.

A Bevy of Sound

Welcome one and all to the fabulous spectacle that is this week’s World Music Show (10/22). Ok, perhaps that’s over selling it a bit, but that could be because I’ve seen the playlist and I know that this week’s show will do its best to thrill and entertain you—or at least it’ll help you pass the time for a few hours on a Saturday night.

Accordion Crimes & Other Misdemeanors

So what does the Accordion, Keith Richards and Led Zeppelin have to do with World Music? Well, they’re all part of this week’s World Music Show (10/15/16), in which we’ll investigate crimes against the accordion, or rather we’ll explore this magical instrument as it travels through some of the crevasses of World Music. As for the Richards and Zeppelin reference? You’ll have to read through this week’s Top Ten List to find out.

The Digital Non-Divide

Come one, come all to the land of new music! That’s right, It’ll be a bevy of new music on this week’s World Music Show (10/8), including new music from Don La Nena, Latin bands Compass and San Lazaro and new, moving songs the Zomba Prison Project.

A Musical Travelogue

On this week’s World Music Show (10/1), we’ll create a travelogue of musical souvenirs, with highlights in alternative Portuguese tunes, as well as some Rock-n-Roll tracks out of Russia. Plus, we’ll hear a melding of African & Brazilian music, as well as some groovy Gypsy songs.

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