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Ian Stewart

Articles by Ian Stewart

It's Simple: Just Listen

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.

Taking the High Note

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.

Love: World Music Style

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?

Viva la World Music!

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.

Voices Like Thunder

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 Globally/Listen Locally

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.

You've got Airmail

In this age of digital downloads, instant messaging and up-to-the-minute updates on people's various or nefarious activities, it's nice to actually get a piece of mail. And it's even more exciting to get a package sent via Airmail all the way from Cyprus. Now, occasionally my inbox--both my physical and electronic one--get various packages of new music stuffed inside of it. While some gifts are good, others are not (and they mysteriously find another box to live in). That's why when a new CD that's really good comes my way, it's like a miracle of science.

2013--Raves & Faves

Forget those other end-of-the-year "best-of" lists. Sure, they have a purpose and offer some valid recommendations, plus they have the luxury of showcasing all the new music that was released this year. But on this week's World Music Show (12/28), you'll get a better "best-of," compilation! How so? I'll take some of the new music that came my way and combine it with some of my favorite songs from the six seasons of hosting the World Music Show--hence, it's the annual "Raves & Faves" show, 2013 edition.

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Yes, it's that time of year, which means it's time for the annual World "Holiday" Music Show (12/21)! Peppered throughout the two-hour program will be tunes not normally heard during the holiday season. Then, mixed throughout the rest of show, will be songs that fit perfectly into this time of year. 

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