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Life is Like a Box of...

As the now infamous line from the film “Forrest Gump,” goes: “..life was like a box of chocolates, you never now what you’re going to get.” Well, on this week’s World Music Show (11/11), we could use that well worn adage to convey that we may not now what we’re going to hear.

Hey, Chill Out Man.

Once in awhile it’s a good idea to just chill out. You know, kick your feet up, sip a beverage or two and relax. With that in mind, this week’s World Music Show (10/28) has the perfect soundtrack. Get ready to enter the World Lounge.

That’s right, for pretty much the entire two-hour show, we’ll delve into some groovy, chill-out, lounge-inspired beats that provide a good background to whatever you’re doing this Saturday night.

Some of the highlights from our trip to the World Lounge include many tracks off several Putumayo record label releases, including:

Protest Songs From Around The World

Like peanut butter & jelly, the themes for this week’s World Music Show (10/21) go together rather well. Ok, the themes of “New Music” and “Protest Songs,” is nothing like one of my favorite sandwich combinations. It was a long shot at best, but that shouldn’t deter you from checking out this week’s stellar line-up.

For the newness, we’ll be checking out a handful of never-before-heard bands (on this show at least), to some new tracks from some of the new bands that we’ve been featuring lately.

Heavy Metal Cumbia?

I love open-ended questions for leads. As in, what do you get when you cross Heavy Metal with Cumbia music? Glad you asked, because on this week’s World Music Show (10/14) you’ll get the answer.

And that answer will come from my interview with the leader of the Oakland, Ca based band called La Misa Negra (who’s name is a reference to a Heavy Metal group—to find out which one, you’ll have to tune in).

Paradise Has No Border

Let’s face it—it’s been a rough week. No getting around it. So hopefully on this week’s World Music Show (10/7) the musical choices will help our tired souls and perhaps lift us up a bit.

In hour one, we’re going to take the mellow/string driven road by hearing new music from the new collaboration featuring Mali’s Trio Da Kali and the long running Kronos Quartet. Their new CD, called “Ladilikan” is like a cross-cultural fertilization, in which both parties bring their A game to the turntable.

Keynotes of a World Musical Nature

I’ll get right to the point for this week’s World Music Show (9/30). I’ve got a few worthwhile things going on. From a musical nod to storm and earthquake ravaged Puerto Rico and Mexico, to some new music, it’ll be a shame to miss.

There’s been a ton of natural disasters going on lately, which seems overwhelming to fathom (especially for those directly involved). But what can we do (besides of course donate much needed money, supplies and attention) to ease the trauma of such events?

Membership Worthy

On this week’s World Music Show (9/23), I have three major reasons that are membership worthy. However, there are a few things that need to be said.

It’s an age-old Public Radio adage. You pay for the things you value—such as magazines, cable connections and coffee. But when it comes to Public Radio, which is available in many distribution outlets, it seems to be a freebie. I mean, you turn it on, or hit the streaming button and there it is—day and day out, whenever you need it.

No Time to Mess Around

I’ve got a basket full of new music to unwrap on this week’s World Music Show (9/9). Ok, wait—that’s a lie. Really, every track on this week’s show was downloaded digitally. Is that redundant? Because when you download something doesn’t that imply “digitally”?

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