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Here Comes the Beat

That's right. Here comes the beat, along with Ska, harmonies and some desert guitar music. In fact, this week's World Music Show (2/20) could be titled or sub-titled: Beats, Ska & Harmonies (as a reference to the Rap band with a similar name).

But this is just the tip of the drumstick my friends.

It's Time to Line Up for World Music!

On the turntable (and I use that term figuratively) for this week's World Music Show (2/13), will be some new Brazilian music from a singer who's sold more than 20 million albums worldwide and who's the best female performer in that country with the most #1 hits. Plus, she's also virtually vinyl. Plus, get ready for a mini-salute to the Mexican band Cafe Tacuba, the band who's singer could be channeling Tom Waits.

Harmony

Harmony. Harmony can mean many things. From the obvious meaning in music to the slightly obscure or obtuse one in terms of cohesiveness, harmony is nice solid word. On this weeks World Music Show (2/6), I'll attempt the almost impossible: To stay harmonious throughout the two-hour broadcast.

A World Music Tribute

If you're a frequent listener to the World Music Show, then you may know that I love cover songs--you know, when a World Music artist or band covers a well known song or artist, but does it in their own unique and worldly way. Well, on this week's World Music Show (1/30), I'll do this once again. However, it'll come with a tinge of sadness. But then we'll take that tinge and tweak it back up to some positive beats.

Did You Say, Shuffle?

A shuffle here...a shuffle there...here a beat...there a beat, that's the theme for this week's World Music Show (1/16). In fact, you could call it a "What's on my IPod Show." From Brazilian and East African tracks to Indian sitar music and classic Ska, it'll be a mishmash of styles. And, if you really want remember this show, you should grab your cassette recorder and put the mic right next to your speakers and hit record, because the show is going to be that good.

Are You Ready?

If you were to look over the weather calendar or almanac for the past month, then you might be one to utter the phrase, "If you don't like the weather in Richmond, just wait 30 minutes." Now, I think that phrase actually came from somewhere else, but you can get where I'm headed. The weather here has been very wacky here lately. And with that in mind, on this week's World Music Show (1/9), it'll be time to grab the sun tan lotion and a towel because we're getting into beach mode in order to battle this kooky weather.

Smells Fresh!

So it may be a brand new year as well as a brand new season, but on this week's World Music Show (1/2), we'll take a dip back to hear more of my favorite songs and styles from previous seasons. From a big chunk of Latin music, featuring Samba Soul and Electronic Tango sounds to a nice bag of African music, featuring tracks from South Africa, the sounds may not be new, but they will be fresh (at least this time around).

It's the End All

And just like that! Poof! It's the end of the year, and the end of season 8 for the World Music Show. But before this year departs, we're going to have a little run down of some of my favorite tracks from the past year. And we'll feature some of the best tracks that local Richmond/World Music bands have to offer. So, on this week's World Music Show (12/26), it's the annual Best Of/Locals/Favorites show. We'll check out tracks from Bio Ritmo, Rattlemouth, Mighty Joshua and from Brian Cruse and his multiple projects.

Feliz Joyeux Natal

A little mixing of languages there in that title, but the meaning is the same. From wherever you're from, and for whatever you happen to celebrate, tis' the time for a wish of Happy Holidays or Boas Festas (Portuguese), Bonnes Vacances (French), Felices Vacaciones (Spanish)...you get the point. On this week's World Music Show (12/19), celebrating the holidays World Music style is what it's all about (at least for the first hour).

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