Sometimes putting two artists together, whether they're from similar backgrounds or from polar opposites, hits the proverbial ball out of the park. While in other instances, mash-ups of artists falls as flat as two-day root beer. Well, luckily, on this week's World Music Show (3/22), the latter won't happen becuase on the docket are great pairings as well as some choice random acts of world musical goodness.
Articles by Ian Stewart
I love seeing live music. There's something about watching the musicians do their work (or in my case standing on my tippy-toes while trying to catch a glimpse of the stage). It's great to sway with the crowd, groove on the funky songs and sometimes even close your eyes while listening to a song. I even love hearing the occasional offset twangs and mistunings.
Lately I've been searching for a deeper meaing of just what the World Music Show means to, well, the world at large. Ok, I'll admit, that the "world at large," is most likely just the fine listeners in Richmond, Va (and perhaps some other pin-dots on the globe). And that's a good thing, because being able to bring sound clips of the world to the ears of RVA is a worthy effort. I guess the meaning boils down to having a world without borders, at least musically. It's about bridging the gap via sound.
And with that, as the saying goes...away we go.
Ok, does anyone say that anymore? Or does anyone even remember what that means? With the slippage in newspaper readership and the full conversion to online reading, that phrase "Stop the Presses," doesn't really hold resonance any longer. So, for history's sake, the phrase means "Stop everything!" And on this week's World Music Show (3/1), we'll steal that term, but that means we may need to adapt it to "Stop the Turntable" or "Press Pause on the CD Player!"
I get it. I understand. Sometimes you just need a little nudge. Perhaps you're just checking out what The World Music Show is all about. Perhaps you were intrigued by the pointing finger of the legendary Brazilian musician Tom Ze. Or maybe that digit extending from Ze's hand has put you off from maybe reading more. Whatever the reason is, I get it. Just know this: Don't fear music.
When you look at that picture of Beninese singer Angelique Kidjo, you can just tell that she means business. She's been around for quite a while and as sung with a stellar line-up of talent as equal as hers. And sure, she has a new CD out, in which she partners with another great group of singers (which we'll continue to explore), but because of her majestic status, we've had to raise the bar on this week's World Music Show (2/15/14). Not that we frequently wallow in mediocrity, but upping the level to match Kidjo's status isn't a bad thing.
Is this love? What is love? Is love all you need? These questions plus many more may be answered on this week's World Music Show (2/8). I say "may" be answered becuase since love is a unviversal thing, an ambigous thing, and a fleeting thing, then I'm not sure if we'll be able to answer any or even some of those questions. However, since this is a music program, these thoughts can be addressed musically. In addition to those musings, we'll also be looking at love in this way: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Sound appropriate for the upcoming special day?
Once in awhile you just need to throw your hands up and celebrate. I'm sure if you look around, you'll find something to rejoice in. Besides the usual suspects of birthdays, anniversaries, new babies, etc, there are other things, such as, say, the temperature has risen above freezing, or that there is a new, stellar episode of The World Music Show (2/1/14)--that alone is a great reason to party, at least in my mind.
With that said, here's a sampling of what you can expect on this week's show.
The term "Legendary" gets tossed around quite a bit--even by me (but in my defense, I feel like I do play quite a few, truly legendary musicians on the show). But, on this week's World Music Show (1/25), not only will I play a few legendary musicians but I will actually have an interview with someone who is part of a legendary ensemble.
Listen: Ok, sure, I just borrowed that opener ("Listen") from the great Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. And with all due respect to the legacy of Mr. Vonnegut, I think he'd be OK with me snaking that line for this week's World Music Show blog (1/18). And, I'm sure you'll forgive me for tweaking the headline a bit from "Think Globally/Act Locally," to what you see above. Again, I think everyone will be OK with that. The reason being is that there is some great World Music to be found right here in RVA.