Women of the World Unite(d)! (Plus some other great tunes)
For this week's show (3/19), I wanted to make sure that I highlight some of the great singers and musicians I've come to admire in the world of World Music. The list of artists I've picked is by no means complete--and it shouldn't be. But, it's enough to hopefully get you started on a quest to find out more about whom I'll be playing. Plus, maybe you'd like to add your two bits below. Who did I miss? Once you hear my show on Saturday, come back here to let me know--maybe I'll be able to play them at a later date.
So, who's on my list? First off, I couldn't wait to play one of my favorite songs by Benin singer Angelique Kidjo. She's got such a powerful voice and to hear her sing--in any language--is just a treat. She recently had a Grammy-nominated CD out called Oyo in which she does both her own compositions, as well as some amazing cover tunes--like this one called "Cold Sweat." If you know your musical history, James Brown originally did this song.
If we move the compass needle over to Ethiopia, you'll enjoy the song "Gurumayle" from the singer Gigi. Her first CD got some help by some heavy weight musicians, like Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and drummer Karsh Kale (who I'll feature later in this first hour and in the second hour). Also, Gigi sings in her native Amharic language, and mixes jazz, folk, and electronica in her work.
Another highlight of this hour is from singer Juju Stulbach. She's from Brazil and lives there was well as in New York with her husband and band mate in the band Mosquitos. The band, which is a trio, does a mix of Bossa Nova and Indie pop. Stulbach, who sings in both English and Portuguese, has a voice with a nice lilt to it. I think you'll enjoy the song "Avocado."
I mentioned the drummer Karsh Kale, well, he's playing drums on a song that features sitar player Anoushka Shankar and Shankar's half-sister Norah Jones (they're dad is legendary sitar player Ravi Shankar).
Later in that hour, I have a little fun with a musical comparison between iconic samba singer Carmen Miranda and Brazilian chanteuse Bebel Gilberto. The song? "Chica Chica Boom Chic." It's fun to hear these two songs side by side.
And, if that's not enough, I take the comparison factor a bit further by comparing Bebel with her mother Astrud Gilberto doing the classic Jobim song "Aqua de Beber." Look, this first hour is going to be great and there are many more great female musicians in this hour, so you'll want to listen in.
As for the second half of the show, it's filled with a bunch of gooey goodness that will get you bopping and grooving. I mentioned Karsh Kale earlier, well, he shows up solo with his version of The Police song "Spirits in the Material World."
Another highlight of this second hour is some new music by the long running vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. I'll feature two songs off their new CD "Songs from a Zulu Farm."
And, lastly, for my weekly artist spotlight, you'll hear a song from local Richmond group Kevin Davis & Bancaribe. They play a mix of rumba, Afro-Cuban and Rhythm & Blues music with soul. They are a frequent fixture at many local Richmond events, such as The Richmond Folk Festival.
So you see, this week is in line to be another great show. Let me know what you think below after you hear the show. The World Music Show with Ian Stewart airs Saturday nights at 10:00 p.m. Follow me on Twitter @wcveworldmusic