As a surfer/skater kid who grew up in Southern California, I used to see that sign quite a lot when I would travel from my Valley home to surf spots along various parts of the Pacific Coast Highway. However, before you think I've changed format, this week's World Music Show (3/21), has nothing to do with California, or surf music. Instead, it has a lot to do with local World Music. Wait, you say, there's World Music here in RVA? Yes, yes there is. And we'll explore as much as we can--at least for the first hour.
Articles by Ian Stewart
Suppose you're new to this genre called "World Music." Or perhaps you're a seasoned listener. Or maybe you're listening tastes fall somewhere in between. Either way, I want to say this: don't fear music. Because whether you're a newbie or a grizzled veteran of global music, this week's World Music Show (3/14) has something for everyone. It's two hours of beats from around the world, sprinkled with bits of background as well some (hopefully) humor.
It's a Dub life.
Sure, I know that sounds rather interesting (at least I hope it does). But, it actually refers to a style of music, an off-shoot of Reggae and Ska.
Talk about some lost and found sound! On this week's World Music Show (2/28), we'll hear some recent--not even released yet--music as well as some found or rather discovered prison music from the city of Zomba and we'll take some Asian and African travels to unearth some global dance music. And that's just the tip of the musical iceburg, if there was such a thing.
The era of "new music" continues. You see, over the past few weeks, I've been lucky enough to feature some brand-spanking new music. And for this week's World Music Show (9/21), the trend continues. But don't worry, enjoying all this newness won't be complicated, which of course leads me to talk about the first bit of new music we'll hear.
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).
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?
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.
Sometimes, while pulling together selections for the weekly World Music Show, I like to imagine myself as a tour guide of sorts. A tour guide a sound, if you will. And for this week's show (1/24), my imagination matches most of what we'll be hearing.
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.