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It’s a Sofrito Party

Ok, listen. This week’s World Music Show (3/31) blog is going to be short and sweet. Time is of the essence this week, so I’m not going to delve too deeply into every wonderful musician that you’ll be hearing this week.

But I will say that everyone you’ll hear, you’ll enjoy all of them and it’ll be worthwhile to tune in or stream.

One group of note will be the duo of Eva and Peter. This duet play a style of Gypsy/Balkan and Romani music that both incorporates the past but has its roots in the present.

Peter plays the accordion, but it’s not the kind that shrieks your ears. Instead his playing pullis you in and whisps you along until before you know it, you’re someplace else. Then there’s the voice of Eva Salina. Salina amplifys the voices of past generations of Romani women musicians. They’re playing on April 2nd, at the Carole Weinstein International Center, International Commons at the University of Richmond at 7:30pm

Now, with the Sofrito party. Sofrito music is a blend of Caribbean, African and South American beats mixed together that will make you want to dance. But this style wasn’t started in any of those places. Nope, it began as club music in the party rooms in South London.

 Other great musicians to look out for this week include another duet guitarist Ali Farka Toure & Kora player Toumani Diabate. These two will blend nicely with the wonderful voices of Michael Kiwanuka and Alex Cuba (who are sadly, not doing a duet but I’ll feature them solo--which is just as good).

As for other Big Sounding music, we’ll hear some big band sounds from Mbongwana Star and Orchestra Baobab. Then we’ll visit Lisbon to hear some sounds from Onda Sonora, which is a two-disc compilation from the Red Hot group. Those are the folks who’ve put out CDs such as Red Hot + Blue, Red Hot + Riot and Red Hot + Rio (both 1 & 2). You get the idea.

 As always, they’ll be much more fantastic music than I’m listing here. So, do yourself a favor and tune in to The World Music Show this Saturday beginning at 8:00 p.m. on 88.9 WCVE or 107.3 WBBT or 93.1 WMVE. Or you can stream the show here via this website, which is the same place you can get track listings of what I play. Be sure to follow me on Twitter @wcveworldmusic and on Facebook at The World Music Show on WCVE.