As I write out this week’s World Music Show (4/20) blog, I’m blaring “Divine Intervention” by Matthew Sweet in the empty office (it’s a holiday weekend for some). Before you comment that it’s not a World Music track, it’s ok--I’m global and play all sorts of things.
But I find it ironic or perhaps appropriate that this song is playing because on this week’s show, we’re paying a musical homage to Paris, France. Since the tragic fire at Notre Dame earlier in the week, I’ve been thinking about history and music and art and things of this nature. One striking image from scrolling through Twitter was that of the people of Paris huddled together singing as they watched the cathedral burn. It reminded me that music brings people together.
Hour one will be filled with a bunch of great French tunes meant to send some good vibes to France as they come to grips with that fire.
We’ll bounce around the musical landscape of French music, with acoustic tracks from both Jacques Dutronc and his son Thomas. They’ll be a little Django-inspired cut from Les Primitifs du Futur, which includes famed cartoonist R. Crumb on mandolin.
A bevy of classic and swinging 60s French pop songs will take up a good chunk of the hour, with hip shaking songs from Alice Dona, the screen star Brigitte Bardot and the singer Eileen, who covers Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots are Made for Walking.”
Jumping forward to more current music, we’ll hear from the trio Delgres who play a mix of Cajun-esque music with a nod to the Black soldiers in Napoleon’s army, a song from Pink Martini’s upcoming film and an electronic cut from another trio called We Are Enfant Terrible. Plus, I’ll play a song from the former First Lady of France, Carla Bruni, who also happens to be a musician (and model).
Not to missed will be some French Nouvelle tunes from Lo Jo and Arthur H. and a cover of a Serge Gainsbourg song by Portishead.
Hopefully, France will feel our love after this show.
For hour two, we’ll hear a “twofer” from Alex Cuba. I’ll feature a beautiful new song of his called “Dividido” followed by a track off of his “Healer” CD called “Half a Chance,” which features the musician Ron Sexsmith.
Also in the new category will be a tune from a bluesy/funky group called Ellis Mano Band. This Swiss group is made up of former studio musicians and television stars. John Porter, Co-host of WCVE’s Time for the Blues, passed along this CD.
Other tracks to watchout for will be from Afro Cuban All Stars, Vieux Farka Toure, Los Lobos, Cafe Tacvba, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, Somi, and Nina Miranda. Ending the show will be a sweet treat theme with songs from Fjorka, Cibo Matto and Shonen Knife.
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