Don't worry. This week's World Music Show (4/26) won't be entirely dominated by men. But in looking over this week's playist, I noticed that the male voice does take prominence this week (which means in the coming weeks, I'll have to reverse this particular menu--it's only fair). The good thing is that the "Men of Meaning," as the title refers to, come from an array of locales and all have unique and distinct sounds.
Articles by Ian Stewart
On this week's World Music Show (4/19/14), the choice of tunes will be smooth, crisp, taut and on fire! And the brunt of them will have a Latin flare (hence this week's title). Spread over the two-hour journey, we'll hear genres ranging from Rumba, to Samba, to even some American Pop Standards redone in the vein of an upbeat dance number. So, buckle up, because it's time to lay down the fuse that will set this show off.
Ok, first up, my apologies to the Milk Advisory Board (since that's where the "Got..." came from). I guess the headline should read "Get Fado?" since the first hour of this week's World Music Show (4/5) features some great Fado music. And my apologies to the band Cafe Tacuba, who are pictured above. They are not Fado musicians. They appear in hour of the World Music Show. It's such a great picture that I had to feature it. But let's get back to Fado music.
So I'm not sure how to say this. And I'm not sure I'm ready to share this bit of information with a worldwide audience, either. But, here it goes. I have a problem. I have this addiction to Brazilian and Latin music. I mean, not a World Music Show goes by in which I don't try to sneak a song or two (or three or four) into one of the two hours. Then, there are other times in which I throw caution into the wind and pretty much dedicate a good chunk of the show to this spectrum of music.
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.
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.