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Ian Stewart

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Un Saludo a la Música Latina Tradicional

On this week's World Music Show (2/18), besides our usual forays into some varied and unique sounds from musical hotspots around the globe (more on these later), we'll be holding a salute to traditional Latin music (which is the translation of this week's blog headline). We're talking about hearing some classic "Son" Cuban music as well as some marimba music from Guatemala. Plus, we'll take a listen to "Musica Ranchera," otherwise known as Mexico's soulful "country music."

What's in it for you? 

The Sound of Sunshine

Right off the bat, I'm going to tell you that this week's headline for the World Music Show (airing 2/11) could be thought of as an oxymoron, or at best, a cruel trick for your ears. How so, you say? Well, in hour two of this week's show, I'm highlighting a few songs from Michael Franti & Spearhead

Not Your Average Run of the Mill Blog

In looking over this week’s World Music Show playlist (2/4), I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m stumped. That’s right, I’m stymied as to what to hang a hook on. There’s so much goodness for your ears that it’s hard to pick just one thing, just one artist as to give you a reason to tune in. So, let’s break it down so I give you a dozen reasons to listen.

A Smorgasbord of Sound

On this week's World Music Show (1/28), I feel like I took all the cool sounds and songs from around the globe and put them into a blender and came out with a show worthy of a few hours. Where to begin, oh, where to begin! Ok, how about with a few tracks from the Maylasian singer and ukelele player Zee Avi.  Her voice is smooth, deep, sultry and even whimiscal. And her songs evoke a bit of magic, too. 

Beats, Raps & Ford Mustangs

I love getting mail--especially when it's from a record label like Putumayo. To open up a new CD and explore the sounds within makes me giddy. On this week's World Music Show (1/14), we'll all get to explore some new Brazilian beats from a new release by the folks at Putumayo. But what makes this Brazilian release different from their others is that all the tracks are culled from Brazil's Indie music scene. So, the mixes range in everything from Roots-influenced music to bouncing berimbaus to Afro-Brazilian rhythms and retro samba soul.

Reggae vs. Ska/Dub: Battle Royale

I like competition. When the the Olympics come on, no matter if it's summer or winter, I try to watch as many sporting events as I can. To me, seeing the various countries compete for the Gold Medal is sports in it's purest form. So, on this week's World Music Show (1/7), I decided to have my own battle of sounds. It's good way to get the new year started, don't you think? And I could think of no better opponents to battle it out in your speakers then Reggae vs. Ska & Dub. Sure, you could say that these Jamaican stalwarts are pretty much one and the same.

Putting a Cap on 2011

Yes, it's true--the end of 2011 is here. And, I feel lucky enough to have had the chance to play some great World Music for you, especially in the new time slot of 10pm to Midnite (The World Music Show was on Saturdays at 1pm while the Opera was out of season). So on this week's World Music Show (Saturday at a special time, 8:00 p.m.), I get the opportunity to play of my favorite new songs from the past year.

Bells will be Ringing

Ok, quick quick. Like that magician in the family holiday TV classic "Frosty the Snowman," I'm Busy, Busy, Busy. It's holiday time, and like many of you, there's lots to do. But, I wanted to make sure that those who want to be in the know, knew what to expect from this week's World Music "Holiday" Show (12/24). So, in honor of the Holiday Season, I'll skip the superfluous stuff and get right to it. 

The theme running in my on-air promo's for this week, say, "what does Holiday World Music sound like?"  Well, it'll sound like this: 

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