I don’t want you to think of this week’s World Music Show (5/18) as a repeat. I know it may seem that way because a bulk of the featured musicians this week you’ve been hearing over the past, well, few weeks. But this is only because as of late I’ve been getting a ton of great world tunes at World Music headquarters (*meaning, my little ol’ desk)
This means that because of the girth of music, I’m able to dig deeper into some really great albums and share tunes you may not hear on Spotify or somewhere else. Let’s get right to the usual suspects.
She just released yet another new album--and within the same year as her “Remain in Light” Talking Heads homage. On “Celia,” she pays another homage--this time to legendary Cuban Salsa singer Celia Cruz. I’ve been playing two tracks on each show, so if you’re keeping score, we’ll be checking out tracks four and five, which are “Baila Yemaya” and “Toro Mata.” She’ll kick off the show, so be sure to turn this up.
And if you are a scorekeeper, then you may know that Youssou N’Dour is now on his 35th album! Amazing. And don’t think he’s being lazy by reworking some of his older tunes--he’s allowed. In fact, I love when artists go back to rework their earlier songs or do different versions since both the songs and the artists have matured and can bring a different meaning to their songs. On his new release called “History,” he does this and also does a little studio magic with some earlier songs by the Nigerian-American drummer Babatundi Olantunji. You’ll hear what I mean when I play “Takuta.”
A newbie on compared to the above two musicians. This American “girl with the French name” took a chance by mixing her favorite Samba beats with Reggae ones, sought out some stellar session musicians who’ve worked with everyone from Miles Davis, to Astrud Gilberto to Steel Pulse and Ziggy Marley, and got them to help with her debut album.
Another newbie on the scene. This six-piece band hails from Amsterdam. Lead musician Jasper Verhulst fell in love with Turkish folk and psychedelic music and gets to now express it. It’s a wonderful mix.
El Mato a Un Policia Motorizado
This Argentinian indie rock band knows how to captivate my ears--and I’m sure they’ll do the same for yours. Their sound is not harsh or too out in left field but just right at home plate.
I know last week’s show featured an interview with Josh Waters Rudge of the band and that you got to hear at least two tracks from their new CD “Swimming Lessons,” but that wasn’t enough. Their sound is all over the map in terms of genres, but it’s not all of the floor in terms of mess. They’ve been dubbed as a “Tropical Punk” band, but don’t let that slip you up. Their sound is unique with hints of familiarity.
For the rest of this week’s show, you’ll get to hear some really nice World Music Identifications--meaning, I’ve asked some musicians who I play often, to record themselves saying “You’re listening to the World Music Show…” along with a nice message they wrote on their own. It was so nice of Meklit and Hector “Coco” Barez to help me out with this task (more in the works).
Besides them, look out for tracks from King Sunny Ade, Paul Simon, Fantomaticos, Angelica Garcia, Hafdis Huld, and Jupiter & Okwess. Plus, we’ll hear an early live recording of Ziggy Marley and Melody Makers when they played at the Hollywood Palladium in the early 80s. A show I was lucky to see. Be sure to check out the great video for Angelica's song "The Devil Can Get In" because it's fantastic!
We’ll also groove to some classic Bollywood remixes from Asha Bhosle and Rahul Dev Burman, and skip around to tracks from Juana Molina, Playing for Change and Petite Celine. Well, I’m not that sure about skipping, but they’ll be enjoyable.
I promise, next week, I’ll have a whole new batch of music and a new theme to dive into. The World Music Show airs Saturdays at 8 pm on WCVE Music. Via the airwaves, it’s on 93.1 or 107.3FM in the Richmond area. You can stream the show digitally here too as well as get live, streaming track listings. Follow me on Twitter @wcveworldmusic or on Facebook at The World Music Show on WCVE.