How can this be? It’s only July already the summer doldrums are creeping down on me like I’ve been splashed by kids going down the slide at the community pool. For this reason, on this week’s World Music Show (7/14) I’m culling together a batch of summer-specific tunes to help those like me who may need to hop on a floaty at said pool and chill a bit.
What I’ve got in mind are some cover tunes, like “Magot Tcheri” by Fatal Mambo. This is their version of the classic “In the Summertime,” originally done by Mungo Jerry. Don’t worry if you don’t remember Mungo Jerry--once you hear the tune, it should sound very familiar.
Keeping us in the summer mood will be some tunes by Mosquitos. We’ll dive into the title track from “Sunshine Barato” and hear a cut off their new CD called “Mexican Dust.” Plus, we’ll “Drive Around in Cars,” with the help our friends Complicated Animals.
Still dragging a bit? If so, then some of the tunes from Bob Marley (another off that great CD of Remixes I got last week will help); one of my favorites by Paul Simon off his “Graceland” CD (the song “Gum Boots” always puts me in a good mood). These few tracks will blend in nicely from a song by the British Reggae artist Hollie Cook as well as with some classic 2-Tone songs by The English Beat and The Specials.
Other uplifting songs by La Vida Boheme, Ladama, Nsimbi Nsimbi and the DJ Nickodemus will keep us away from any summertime blues too.
If new music will take your legs or head out of the sand, then you’re in luck. We’ll hear new stuff from David Byrne, Agricantus, Eliana Cuevas and a unique band called Very Be Careful. Plus, we’ll another great track from Angelique Kidjo’s take on the Talking Heads album “Remain in Light.”
These trinkets of basic information don’t do this week’s show justice. You’ll just have to tune in--whether you’re feeling the dregs of summer or you’re simply in the mood to groove. The World Music Show airs Saturday nights on 93.1 & 107.3 FM, and you can stream it via this website. Come back during the show and check out the live streaming of tracks. Follow me on Twitter @wcveworldmusic or on Facebook at The World Music Show on WCVE.