It’s one of my favorite times of year but it has nothing to do with the seasons or the upcoming Father’s Day holiday (though, I do have a tiny wish list of possible gifts). On the contrary, it’s the time when I cull together my annual or semi-annual World Music Show “covers” edition (6/2). And what that means for you is that for two hours you’ll get to hear some really fantastic versions of some popular and not-so-popular Rock, Pop and even Rap tunes done with a World Music beat. And really, when I say ‘this time of year,’ don’t set your calendars to it, as I usually just whip out a covers show whenever the mood strikes me.
And with that, here’s what to expect (in no particular order):
Recently Released Covers:
Angelique Kidjo “Once in a Lifetime.” Kidjo is no stranger to World Music Covers--having conquered musicians such as Curtis Mayfield, Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones. Well, she’s just released a remake of the Talking Heads “Remain in Light,” and if her rendition of “Lifetime” is any indication of what to expect on “Light” then we’re all in for a treat. We’ll also hear her version of the Hendrix track “Voodoo Child.”
Brownout “Fight the Power.” This 9-piece outfit formed fifteen years ago with members of the Grammy Award-winning Latin revival orchestra Grupo Fantasma and they excel at cover tunes as well as their own creations. They’ve been a backing band for Prince, among a few others and did a whole slew of shows as Brown Sabbath--a Black Sabbath cover band. On their latest CD “Fear of a Brown Planet (Six Degrees), they tackle Public Enemy. It’s a CD chock-full of great covers.
Well, ok-this is a false statement as this is pretty much the whole rest of the show. I mean, from the get-go with two versions of Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side,” (one by Spain’s Albert Pla, the other by our friend Monica da Silva), to a few Marley-related themes (Bob Marley’s “Concrete Jungle” by Ceu and Ziggy Marley covering Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind), what’s not to love? Plus, there's another Dylan cover with Mariachi El Bronx doing "Love Sick."
A theme within a theme, such as the two Kidjo tracks and Marley theme, is a that I’ll try to feature two-tacks on the same song. Beside the Lou Reed song, we’ll also hear two takes on Caetano Veloso’s “Baby.” One done by the duo of Alice Smith and Aloe Blacc, and other done live by Bebel Gilberto. Then there’s two Paul Simon songs to consider. One is a great version of “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes,” covered by Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Melissa Etheridge and Joe McBride, and a sweet version of the Simon & Garfunkel classic “Cecilia,” done by guitarist Jesse Cook.
Want more? Well, we’ll also dive into an 80s theme with a couple of tracks by the great Latin band Los Crema Paraiso, who do Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus” and Tears for Fears “Everybody wants to Rule the World.” And we’ll also hear Nouvelle Vague cover the virtually unknown Altered Images (though, I loved them!) who did “I Could be Happy.” Plus, we’ll hear a Morrissey cover of “Suedehead” done by Mexrrissey.
Rounding out the fun will be a Beatles cover of “Norwegian Wood” done Reggae style and a Reggae take on The Clash’s “Guns of Brixton," done by Jimmy Cliff. Oh, there’s a few more inside the two hours, but you’ll have to tune in.
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