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A World Music Tribute

If you're a frequent listener to the World Music Show, then you may know that I love cover songs--you know, when a World Music artist or band covers a well known song or artist, but does it in their own unique and worldly way. Well, on this week's World Music Show (1/30), I'll do this once again. However, it'll come with a tinge of sadness. But then we'll take that tinge and tweak it back up to some positive beats.

This is a Journey into Sound

It'll be a combination of African music on this week's World Music Show (1/23). From Afro-Latino to Afro-Portuguese to African Blues, we'll dip our toe into the pool of beautiful sounds that this continent has to offer. Plus, we'll also check out some strong female voices from around the globe as well as some Asian Groove music.

Did You Say, Shuffle?

A shuffle here...a shuffle there...here a beat...there a beat, that's the theme for this week's World Music Show (1/16). In fact, you could call it a "What's on my IPod Show." From Brazilian and East African tracks to Indian sitar music and classic Ska, it'll be a mishmash of styles. And, if you really want remember this show, you should grab your cassette recorder and put the mic right next to your speakers and hit record, because the show is going to be that good.

Are You Ready?

If you were to look over the weather calendar or almanac for the past month, then you might be one to utter the phrase, "If you don't like the weather in Richmond, just wait 30 minutes." Now, I think that phrase actually came from somewhere else, but you can get where I'm headed. The weather here has been very wacky here lately. And with that in mind, on this week's World Music Show (1/9), it'll be time to grab the sun tan lotion and a towel because we're getting into beach mode in order to battle this kooky weather.

Smells Fresh!

So it may be a brand new year as well as a brand new season, but on this week's World Music Show (1/2), we'll take a dip back to hear more of my favorite songs and styles from previous seasons. From a big chunk of Latin music, featuring Samba Soul and Electronic Tango sounds to a nice bag of African music, featuring tracks from South Africa, the sounds may not be new, but they will be fresh (at least this time around).

It's the End All

And just like that! Poof! It's the end of the year, and the end of season 8 for the World Music Show. But before this year departs, we're going to have a little run down of some of my favorite tracks from the past year. And we'll feature some of the best tracks that local Richmond/World Music bands have to offer. So, on this week's World Music Show (12/26), it's the annual Best Of/Locals/Favorites show. We'll check out tracks from Bio Ritmo, Rattlemouth, Mighty Joshua and from Brian Cruse and his multiple projects.

Feliz Joyeux Natal

A little mixing of languages there in that title, but the meaning is the same. From wherever you're from, and for whatever you happen to celebrate, tis' the time for a wish of Happy Holidays or Boas Festas (Portuguese), Bonnes Vacances (French), Felices Vacaciones (Spanish)...you get the point. On this week's World Music Show (12/19), celebrating the holidays World Music style is what it's all about (at least for the first hour).

Friends, Food & Frivolity!

Tis' the season for Friends, Fun and Frivolity, which is good because that's sort of the theme for this week's World Music Show (12/5). But it's also the season for hectic comings and goings, and with that in mind, here's a brief rundown: We'll groove to some Malian guitar work courtesy of Ali Farka Toure, and dance to some Cumbia tunes from Chico Trujillo. Plus, we'll hear new roots-reggae music from Cas Haley as well as some Bi-lingual Latin love songs from the singer Carrie Rodriguez.

An Ode to France

On this week's World Music Show (11/28), we'll give a musical nod to France. From acoustic to Django-inspired tunes, to even some electronic and acrobatic gypsy pop music, I'll cover some very swinging music. Plus, on the outskirts of all that, we'll hear some local reggae music from the Mighty Joshua as well as some Bombay beats.

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