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Ian Stewart

Articles by Ian Stewart

Love--World Music Style

Man, I have to tell you--there is so much love packed into this week's World Music Show (2/14), that you're going to want to grab a doggie bag to take the remainder of beats left over after the show's over. Mixed metaphors aside, the show is brimming more than 31 songs about love, done World Music style--and done with the sub-headline of: The Good, the Bad and The Ugly (or an addendum to this may be: strange, off-kilter or just off).

Sitars, Strings, Bongos & Gypsies

One of the best parts of hosting a show based around World Music, is that you get to feature all sorts of instruments you won't normally find, say, in your average Rock or Jazz band. So, with that in mind, on this week's World Music Show (2/7), we'll get to sonically sample all sorts of unique instruments and sounds for that matter. Because when it boils down to it--what's better than hearing music that you don't normally get to listen to?

The Perfect Getaway

Sometimes, in the depths of these frigid days, you need an escape plan. You know, a place in which you can wash away the cold days of winter and bask in the glow of all things warm. Whether it be just a beam of sunlight streaming through the car window or an actual trip to warmer climates, little breaks in the dregs of winter cold sure do make a big difference. So, on this week's World Music Show (1/31), we'll attempt to bottle that warmness, then pour it out over the airwaves or digital waves in hopes of bringing some sunlight into the cold nights of January.

When Worlds Collide

This week's World Music Show (1/17/15), will play like an an episode of "When Worlds Collide." After looking over this week's set list, I've noticed that there's seems to be quite a bit of mash-ups going on. From Samba Soul 70s music, to Electronic Tango music, to techno-ish throat singing, the term "When Worlds Collide," will take on a new meaning--and those brief examples are just the tip of the iceberg (or the start of the record, or the first track of the CD or side one of the cassette--ok, enough bad metaphors). I think you get the point.

African Odyssey

Once in awhile, it's a good idea to take a trip. You know, get faraway in order to explore a region's culture in order to see the world in a different light and perhaps gain insight on yourself. So, with that in mind, on this week's World Music Show (1/10/15), we'll do just that--just think of the savings!

My Picks for the Best of 2014

Sure, I'm jumping on the bandwagon for an annual "Best of" list for this week's World Music Show (12/27). However, unlike the other music websites, including the big ones (like NPR), my list is more, shall I say, homegrown. This means my list features songs, and artists that I was lucky enough to get ahold of either through sheer begging or through the goodwill of artists and/or record labels. However I came across this music, the list is filled with some great tracks that not only came out this year, but are also on my favorites list.

Get Excited! It's the Annual World Music Holiday Show!

You know, during this time of year, there are a lot of lists floating around. From Christmas & Channukah Wish Lists, to "Best Of" lists to grocery lists to major to-do lists. So, on this week's World Music Show (12/20), I'll jump on the bandwagon by giving a quick list of what to expect during my annual World Music Holiday Show

Tis' the Season

Ok, Ok--we can't escape it. We're too far in, so we might as well accept it. So, whether you're a Scrooge or a proud holiday-sweater-themed-wearing embracer of the season, this week's World Music Show (12/13) may good for whatever side of the holiday fence you happen to fall on. However, this isn't the annual World Music Holiday Show--that'll come next week.