One of the good things about vacation is that you can kind of put things on hold. However, on this week’s World Music Show (8/11) even though I’ll be on a vacation, the show will be fresh and new (well, sort of).
If you hop on the Way-Back machine (*old reference to the “Sherman & Peabody” cartoon. It’s what they named their time machine) to last June, then you may remember that’s when WCVE had a “Launch Party.” This party was to celebrate our station split or launch of both WCVE News and WCVE Music. The event was held at the Hippodrome in downtown Richmond. There were stars (NPR’s Robert Siegel, Dan Roberts of “A Moment in Time”) and music from bands, including Richmond’s own Bolero band Miramar.
As luck would have--or rather, fate or really it’s what we do--we taped the whole show. The lucky part is that I now get to play the entire Miramar show on The World Music Show. Added to the 45-minute performance will be an interview I did with two Miramar members, Marlysse Simmons and Rei Alverez.
Back in 2016, on my “show within a show” called A Different Spin, I had them bring their favorite CDs into the studio and give them a spin. You’ll get to hear a snippet from this fun segment.
Because of that performance and interview, I decided to go raid my archives and pull out two more interviews. We’ll hear my chat with Latin musicians Ceci Bastida and Alex Cuba. Though both these artists fall under the “Latin” music umbrella, their styles couldn’t be farther apart.
Bastida’s style comes from her background that is steeped in Punk, Heavy Metal and 80’s alternative music. This is evident from her musical resume, which includes stints in the Punk band Tijuana No!; and from her membership in the Morrissey (The Smiths) cover band Mexrrissey. Her solo style is just as unique. I spoke to her from her home in L.A. and we talked about her background in alternative music and her efforts in helping immigrants in L.A.
Alex Cuba, on the other hand, has a style that features sweeping ballads and soulful lyrics. He has a soft touch on the strings and his voice is just an amazing accompaniment to said strings. Born in Cuba (Cuba is his stage name) he moved to Canada and has embraced the climate and the culture. I caught up with him while he was on the road--literally, heading home from a gig.
So even though I”ll be on vacation, this week’s World Music Show is worth checking out. You can hear it Saturday nights from 8-10 p.m. on 93.1 & 107.3FM WCVE Music. You can also stream it live here on the website and see live track listings too. Follow me on Twitter @wcveworldmusic and on Facebook at The World Music Show on WCVE.