Duo’s, Duets & Do-Overs
On this week's World Music Show (3/10), I felt like I struck the triple 7's on a slot machine or I scored a trifecta on a horse race. Here's why: Once in a blue moon I strike on a theme that I find enjoyable, quirky and do-able (as in not Pie-in-the Sky). Half the fun of doing this World Music Show is coming up with themes that I hope you get a kick out of.
As the title suggests, this week's theme is called "Duo's, Duets and Do-Overs," and I was able to cull together quite a bit of music with this theme. For instance, we'll hear from Alan Stivell and Youssou N'Dour with thier duet called "A United Earth 1," which was produced by two guys who head up the Afro-Celt Sound System. In that same chunk of music, we'll hear a duet from France that features the Major Boys and Aurelia, with a Cuban mixed song called "Sous le Soleil," or I'll follow the sun. And, another interesting duet in this set is one that has both Ziggy Marley and Cheb Mami, who is from Algeria.
One of my favorite duo's or perhaps they might be a duet, is a song by Serge Gainsbourg and French film actress Briget Bardot. Talk about an odd pairing. They were apparently dating at one point in time. They do the fun song "Bonnie & Clyde." Also In this set of music, you'll also hear a really sweet, melodic song by Ali Farka Toure and Toumani Diabete. It was one of the last collaborations they did before Toure passed away. And, if you've been listening to the show the past couple of weeks, you may have heard a new track from Ladysmith Black Mambazo off thier new CD (called Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Friends). Well, you'll get to hear a couple more tracks off this great two-disc CD set. One that features the beautiful voice of Natalie Merchant, and the other is a tremendously fun remake or "Do-Over," of the song "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes," that features both Melissa Etheridge and Joe McBride--you won't want to miss this.
And speaking do-overs, I'll play an interesting one that features Sergio Mendes and Fergie (from the Black Eyed Peas) of them covering the Burt Bacharach/Hal David tune "The Look of Love." That track can be found off Mendes' CD "Encanto." Off that same CD, we'll hear Mendes and Carlinhos Brown doing the song "Odo-ya." Plus, to continue the Brazilian theme of this set of music, I'll play a double dose of David Byrne--one that features him and the singer Cecila Cruz and the other that features Carlinhos Brown. In the first hour, I'll also play a fun song that features Dan Zanes and Father Goose, who's also known as Rankin' Don.
In hour two of the show, we keep going with the theme with a great duet that came out in the 1980s that paired reggae great, Peter Tosh, with the Rock-and-Roll legend Mick Jagger. Tosh had once opened for The Rolling Stones and they had become friends. And to continue the reggae theme of Duets & Duo's, we'll also hear a few awesome and unique pairings. We'll hear Shabba Ranks and Chevelle Franklin, as well as Michael Franti and Lady Saw; and Ziggy Marley (again) with the late Heavy D, as well as with Jack Johnson, Paula Fuga and Paul Simon (not all on one song). Plus, I'll re-introduce that Paul Simon song we heard earlier, but this will be the original with him and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
One of the highlights of hour two--in fact, one of the main reasons I came up with this week's theme, was to play a duet that features Jimmy Cliff and Elvis Costello. It's ok to build a show around one song I want to play, right? In any respect, this week's show will be a fun one. I hope you tune in, turn it up and send me a note of what you thought.
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