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Spring Under Cover

The band Los Crema Paraiso channels Tears for Fears and Depeche Mode with ease.

It’s that time of year again. It’s time for cover tunes--well, more importantly it’s time to support WCVE Music & WCVE News by becoming a member of our stations. Click that donate button you see on the top of page.

But back to the cover tunes that you’ll hear on this week’s World Music Show (4/27). When I put together a pledge show, I like to make it fun. So during this Spring Membership show, I’ve culled together some of my favorite World Music cover tunes--and I invited a guest host to help us all have fun.

Louise Ricks works at our station as a Digital Producer. You’ve seen her work on the WCVE Instagram account. Plus, if you’re into the arts, you may have seen her performing (singing & acting) in any number of plays around Richmond. During our two hours together, I quiz Louise to see if she can recognize some of the unique cover tunes.

Not to be a spoiler, but here’s what we’ll be playing--though, if you want to be surprised and try to play along with “Guess that Song!” then stop reading here.

We’ll kick off the hour with two track by the Latin supergroup Los Creme Paraiso. The band is made up a musicians who are from other well known Latin groups. They’ll cover Tears for Fears “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” and Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus.”

From there, we’ll check out a Cuban-inspired cover or rather re-imagining of Coldplay’s “Clocks” done with Coldplay themselves from an album called Rhythms del Mundo). Mixed into this set will be “International Playboy,” which the 80s Smiths singer and solo artist Morrissey originally sang, but will be covered by the Mexican Morrissey cover band Mexrrissey. And we’ll also hear one of two Eurythmics covers--this one will be of “Sweet Dreams,” performed by Senor Coconut while the other will be of “Here Comes the Rain Again,” done by the Icelandic musician Hafdis Huld.

In one chunk of music, I’ll play three tracks from the amazing organization Playing for Change. PFC uses dozens of musicians from around the world in their songs. Literally. They record musicians, sometimes recorded on the streets or riverbanks of where they normally play, then mix them into a well known song. We’ll hear covers of “Stand by Me,” “War/No More Trouble,” and “La Bamba.” All three of these are amazing covers. PFC also raises money (as does Rhythms del Mundo) for really good causes.

Rounding out the hour will be a really great U2 cover of “Bullet the Blue Sky” done by the guitarist Vieux Farka Toure.

For the second half our Spring Membership show, you’ll hear covers of Hall & Oates “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do),” Phil Collins “In the Air Tonight,” and the Mungo Jerry classic “In the Summertime.”

You want to miss a live cover of Curtis Mayfield’s “Move on Up,” done by Angelique Kidjo and Branford Marsalis; a Latin cover of Blondie’s “Call Me,” done by Gaby Moreno; and Ceci Bastida re-imagining the Psychedelic Furs song “Pretty in Pink.”

Closing out the fun show will be a Reggae version of the Beatles “Norwegian Wood,” a Mento version of Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab,” and a beautiful version of “You are my Sunshine” done by Yusuf, aka Cat Stevens.

Join the fun on this week’s World Music Show Saturday from 8-10pm on WCVE Music 93.1 & 107.3FM or stream it via this website. Also check out the live streaming track listings here too. Follow me on Twitter @wcveworldmusic