Mixin’ it Up on a Saturday Night
One of my favorite functions on my iPod or in my car CD player is the shuffle or random button. Why? Because I like musical surprises, especially after listening to a CD I love in its natural progression over and over and over again. So, after that repetition, I’m always ready to mix it up. With that personal admission said, on this weeks World Music Show (7/14), I’m once again hitting the shuffle button to see where the world musical nuggets fall.
This means that countries that are far away on the globe, will suddenly be mashed together in musical chunks. Although, with the first couple of songs I’m playing, the world is literally in both songs. You’ll hear the Bob Marley tune “Three Little Birds,” performed by a dozen local musicians from around the world. Plus, the song includes some famous ones such as Baaba Maal, and Keb' Mo'. All the songs off the new Playing for Change 2 CD have the whole world in each song, from a village in Mali to the favelas (slums) of Brazil, to New Orleans and India. Plus, the foundation serves a higher purpose of helping bring music to schools across the planet. Read more information at Playing for Change.
Also, this week you’ll hear Luis Conte, and music from the motion picture “Darjeeling Limited” and from Ladysmith Black Mambazo as well as music from Dakar with Orchestra Baobab. Plus, I found some World Music from The Police and from Joe Strummer, which you’ll want to listen for. And if that wasn’t enough, you’ll hear some French music from Portland, Oregon's Pink Martini and from France’s Lo-Jo.
And with that cavalcade of music, many of those bands and artists are mashed up right next to each other. So in one set of music, you’ll get some Brazilian music piled next to some French music. While in another set, you’ll Latin music put next to some Indian music, then next to some Caribbean music. That’s the beauty of the shuffle button.
The World Music Show aires Saturday nights at 10:00 p.m. You can also follow me on Twitter, @wcveworldmusic. On most Saturday nights during the show, I offer up behind the scenes tweets or info about World Music.