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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.

The Long & Short of It

I love themes. I love dissecting stories, plots, ideas and songs. Plus, I love twists. Twists in literature, and in song lyrics and in movies. However, only a few of these points are a part of this week's World Music Show (11/21). Namely, a theme. And the theme for this week's show is "The Long & Short of It." And the "it" is of course, World Music. And broken down even further, it means that we'll explore an hour of some very long World Music Beats paired with an hour of some very short but sweet World Music tracks.

Running on World Music

Ok legs, let's go. We've got many miles to cover. On this week's World Music Show (11/14), we're trying to cram too much stuff into one theme or idea. First up, there's the show happening this week, which has it's own playlist. And if you can't tell, the theme is about running (more on that in a moment). And second, there's a brand new function or "thing" that we've created for you to enjoy (if you're a runner or even if you're not) which is also dedicated to running (more on that later).