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Ian Stewart

Articles by Ian Stewart

Welcome to French 101

Do you ever dream about a place that you've never been to? I do, and for me, France is one of those places for me. I've never been to France, but through all the films' pictures and of course music, I feel like I can almost walk the streets with my eyes closed. So, with that, on this week's (5/14) World Music Show, we’re all going to take a trip there together, well, musically at least. So, for just about two hours, we’ll be transported.

Paul Simon & Fela Kuti: A Retrospective

With the move from my afternoon slot to a more, permanent night-time gig here at WCVE Public Radio, I'm able to explore more themes than I was able to earlier in the day. So, with this new time, I've been trying to expand what I play, along with ideas I want to share. So, this week (5/7), I wanted to look at two artists who have really made an impact on me, and on the World Music landscape in general.

Islands in my Mind

Each week on the World Music Show, I like to try and come up with a theme, or exlpore an idea that I think you--the listener--would like. But for some reason,this week (4/30), my mind kept drifting to islands and faraway places. It could be the recent rash of storms or the teasing of warm, non-humid weather. Well whatever the reasoning behind my wandering thoughts, I decided to investigate some island music.

Covering The Covers And Artists Who Double Dip

You know, I really love doing the World Music Show. And with every show, there are segments or chunks, as I like to call them, that I feel truly gel. And there are other chunks that are good, but don't seem to have that magic. But then there are entire shows that I feel truly transcend the euphoric feeling I get when putting tunes together. This week I've put together one of those shows. I feel like I've been able to mix every aspect of World Music as well as inject a bit of humor in songs.

A Bossa-Gypsy Explosion

With these brief hints of spring that have come across the skies of Virginia lately, it got me thinking about what kind of warn weather music I like to listen to. So on this week's World Music Show (4/16), I'll have some pretty bouncy grooves BossaNova style, along with some music from the Wine lands. Plus, for some reason I really felt like hearing some Gypsy music.

Some Super Twangy Guitar

This week (4/6) I've had some twangy guitar riding around the trails of my mind. Why? Well, I just like the sound of this style of guitar, which I mostly find in South Africa. That style I'd twangy, jangly and just downright fun to hear. I think I first became aware of this sound when I first heard Paul Simon's breakthrough album "Graceland." I can still hear many of the opening tracks. With that, many of the tracks in the first hour are from South Africa--like the band Elias Mathbula & the Chivani Sisters and the band Majozi.

A Cool Drink of Water

So recently, I was trapped in the desert, scraping my knees against the grainy sand from palm tree to palm tree, hoping to find a cool drink of water. Instead, I found some great music to ease my travels and propel me to find a nice mirage to whittle away the hours while baking under the hot sun. Well, ok, that whole mini-story was of course a travesty of my imagination. But, the true part was the music.

I Still Dance to Ska Music

So, I have a confession to make. I still dance to Ska music, as well as to Reggae music, too. What's the difference? Well, Ska dancing has more of an arm swinging, loopy sort of movement; while Reggae dancing--to me--is more of a swaying sort of dance. Why the admission? Well, this week part of The World Music Show is dedicated to Ska, Reggae and Dub music (more on what that is in a bit).

Women of the World Unite(d)! (Plus some other great tunes)

For this week's show (3/19), I wanted to make sure that I highlight some of the great singers and musicians I've come to admire in the world of World Music. The list of artists I've picked is by no means complete--and it shouldn't be. But, it's enough to hopefully get you started on a quest to find out more about whom I'll be playing. Plus, maybe you'd like to add your two bits below. Who did I miss? Once you hear my show on Saturday, come back here to let me know--maybe I'll be able to play them at a later date.

World Music Show: What Is It?

What’s the World Music Show? It’s marimbas, castanets, kalimbas and even a digeridoo. It’s sound images that take you everywhere from a cafe in Mexico City to the shores of the Ivory Coast. It’s a mix of everything that makes music the universal language. It’s also music that you may not associate as “World Music,” like a tune from a familiar artist, such as Paul Simon or David Byrne, who are able to infuse their songs with the beats of distant cultures.