You know, a ton of shows, be it of the radio or television kind, may lay claim that theirs is the place where the fun begins. But, I happen to have it on good authority (from a certain big, yellow bird), that this place--and this show, is actually where the fun begins. So, on this week's World Music Show (8/29), I'll set out to prove any naysayers wrong. I'm not sure if a gauntlet will be thrown down or not, but we'll see.
Articles by Ian Stewart
Sometimes it's great to just take a journey into sound through the visual of pictures. So for this week's blog about this week's World Music Show (8/22), I'll attempt to express just that. And, in another attempt, I'll try to limit the verbiage I usually give to these blogs and try, hard as I might, to just skim through the highlights. Because when it comes down to it, the best way to experience the World Music Show is just tune in.
Sometimes I'm all about the phrases or just phrasing in general. There's something fun about word play that makes me giddy. I feel the same way about playing around with the genres and styles of World Music. So, on this week's World Music Show (8/15), I'll be doing just that--hence the header "Soup to Nuts."
And if you can't guess what the show will be like from that headline, just understand that it basically means we'll be covering a bunch of styles...a swath, if you will, of musical styles cut from the cords of world beats.
Ok, admit it. You like lists, right? To-do lists, not withstanding, I think we all like lists in terms of "best of" or "Top Tens." Well, coming up on this week's World Music Show (8/8/15) the show will sort of be like a list. It'll be a show in which we'll try to cram 50 songs into the span of just 2-hours. The bonus for you is that we'll skip all over the globe while we attempt this monumental feat. It's a special birthday show and the gift of 50 songs is from me to you, so get your pencils and pads of paper out, because since this birthday show, I'll need help counting.
It's no secret, at least if you're a frequent listener to the World Music Show. I love cover tunes--as in World Music versions of songs you've may have heard dozens of times before. So, on this week's World Music Show (8/1), we'll dive into worldly versions of songs originally done by Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie and U2--but that's just the tip of iceberg.
If I were a screamer or a loud talker, then I'd say this, in my best announcer voice (and not in all caps, because that's just wrong): Get Ready for the Battle Royale on this week's World Music Show (7/25) when we pit male vs. female in the realm of French pop singers from the 1960s. And in a lower,calmer voice, I'd also say that we'll sample some reggae done local style by the Mighty Joshua and we'll check out more music from Buenos Aires via Axel Krygier.
Got the Summertime blues? Are the dog says of summer getting to you? Now before you get confused, I'm not John Porter or Henry Cook from Time for The Blues--I'm not that cool. My genre is World Music. And on this week's World Music Show (7/18), we'll attempt to alleviate any of the doldrums you may be experiencing thus far into the summertime.
Listen. Don't panic. Just because there's a mention of "school," doesn't mean that it's time to head on back to it--if that's on your upcoming agenda. The term speaks for itself. And in regards to those two pupils of cool above, St. Vincent and David Byrne can be the definition of "too cool for school," and not just because they're wearing shades. But, we'll get to them in a bit.
Christmas in July? Sure, ther's a saying for that. I know I've read it somewhere. And I'm guessing it's retail related. However, in this case of this week's World Music Show (7/4), the title is apropos. You can say that it's my clever way of relating that I have a slew of new music to unwrap. We'll check out bands from Buenos Aires and Chile as well as from South Africa and Kinshasa--it'll be like the bow around this week's show. And inside the box we'll hear what rap music sounds like when it comes from Brazil and Senegal.
On the menu for this week's World Music Show (6/27), it'll be a Cuban & Latin feast of sorts. We'll sample some live music from Buena Vista Social Club, some film music from Mario Grigorov and some classic Cuban beats from the one & only Desi Arnaz. Plus, thrown into the mix will be desert blues music and some upbeat Brazilian music from the legendary man pointing a finger at you—Tom Ze.