Get Up, Stand Up!
Perhaps you're in need of a little movement. You know, we're already halfway through September (though I feel like Summer just started), and I'm guessing that between Summer and the impending Fall, you may need to Get Up & Stand Up! You know, some up-beat music may be just the ticket to help you with any seasonal transitions. So on this week's World Music Show (9/15), I've culled together some tracks from around the globe that will help get your blood flowing.
What better way is there to get started than with some Mambo music? We'll hear a classic tune--and I'm talking from the late 1940's--updated by the Columbian bandleader Ernesto "Fruko" Estrada, who leads the band Fruko Y Sus Tesos. He's updated the song "Mambo #5," which is one of the quintessential classics of the Mambo repertoire--done originally in 1949 by Cuban Perez Prado, who was considered the "King of the Mambo." From this we'll move to some Bachata music from the Dominican Republic by two stars of this genre, Juan Bautista and Ramon Cordero. Bachata music, which can be heard blaring out of car radios, bars and storefronts in Dominican neighborhoods, is a style reminiscent of Cuban son or Mexican ranchera. Its instrumentation is distinct from traditional merengue, in that the guitar (or it's smaller cousin the requinto), is the most prominent instrument in bachata (as opposed to the accordion in merengue.) There is some strong, sharp plucking of the guitar in bachata that makes it instantly recognizable.
What's a "get up and move" party without a couple of slow songs thrown in? We'll get a mix of both fast and slow from the band Latin Playboys, who are really a couple of musicians from Los Lobos (David Hildago, Louie Perez) partnered with a couple of stellar musicians (Marc Ribot, Tchad Blake). And if you like a more, rhythmic style of slow dancing, then you'll like the song "El Aire," that is done by Ecuadorian/New Yorker Cecilia Villar Eljuri, who simply goes by Eljuri. With this song, she's able to make a Latin/Reggae song--thanks in part to the help of famed musician/producers Sly & Robbie.
Some other higlights of bopping music for hour one, include songs by Dakar's Orchestra Baobab, Columbia's Orquesta de Edmundo Arias, and a song by the Oakland, CA based band Antioquia. Plus, I'm throwing in a couple of my favorite songs by Ladysmith Black Mambazo that feature pairings with Melissa Etheridge, Joe McBride and Zap Mama. Mixed in hour one will also be a couple of danceable Cajun songs, too. And, I'll even throw in a snappy, fun song that features both Mick Jaggar and Peter Tosh, that you may have heard before.
The pace will change--just a bit--in the second hour. I'll kick off the hour with a rare interview with Bob Marley from the 1970s in which he talks about his music--and that will segue into a couple of rare songs from his first tour of the United States, also back in the 1970s. These were part of a radio interview he did for a station out in San Francisco.
To keep that Reggae vibe going--because, you can also groove to Reggae music--I'll throw some songs from Shabba Ranks, the Jolly Boys (who'll do a cover of an Amy Winehouse song), Peter Tosh and the Beastie Boys. Yep, the Beasties do a duet of sorts with the legendary dub pioneer Lee "Scratch" Perry. In fact, you can say that this chunk of music isn't just Reggae, but a mix of that, plus Mento and Dub music.
And, in another set, I'm not sure if you could consider this danceable or not, but who knows? People dance to their own beats, right? In any event, you'll hear some live music from David Byrne, back when he took the stage at Austin City Limits. He'll do a great song that he first wrote for the Tejano singer Selena. And he'll perform a song from his Talking Heads days. I'll also throw in some tunes from Beck, who does a nice job mixing in some Flamenco style music in one of the songs.
As always, I've left out some other surprises for you, since, I don't want to spell out the entire show for you, otherwise you may not want to tune in. So, I think after this week's show, your blood will be circulating and you'll be able to face the rest of September and the impending Fall season.
The World Music Show can be heard on WCVE Public Radio, 88.9FM or online via this website Saturdays at 10:00 p.m. You can follow my exploits on Twitter too, @wcveworldmusic.