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The Skints

The Skints submerge themselves in a variety of sounds Tom Sykes with permission by the band The Skints

What a great title for an album and for this week’s World Music Show (5-11). The album title comes from the new release by the British Reggae/Ska/Punk or Tropical Punk band The Skints. But it could encompass many things about the World Music Show.

I mean, we’re often dipping our toes into all sorts of different pools of genres on the show. And with each outing, we swim around the sounds from all over the globe until we get comfortable enough to go deeper. Then when we’re ready, we try a different pool.

Besides those analogies, on the show this week I speak with The Skints Josh Waters Rudge about their new album (and their last album “FM”), about the history of British Reggae/Punk and about one of their favorite bands Fishbone. And like Fishbone, The Skints musical style goes all over the map, jumping like Angelo Moore into the genres of Punk, Ska, Reggae, Dub and even into sweet ballads. Rudge likes it that way. My interview with him will be in hour two of the show.

Also in that hour, I’ll play a couple of protest or rather inspirational songs from UB40 and The Specials that revolved around when Nelson Mandela was in prison during the Apartheid era in South Africa. Remember when the world got together and musicians wrote protest songs or inspirational numbers, held large concerts and even refused to play in South Africa because of Mandela’s imprisonment? You don’t see this type of unification or dedication to causes that much lately.

But I digress…

Let’s talk about the first hour of the show.

In this chunk o’ music I’ll feature new music from a band called Altin GÜN. This band is really unique and cool. Founder and bass player Jasper Verhulst loves Turkish music. The band, who is from the Netherlands, dives into a genre called Anatolian rock--Anatolia being part of Asa Minor. Their style is a bit folky and bit psychedelic and just fun to listen to.

Paired with them will be other unique bands who combine unique genres, namely Appalatin--the band who mixes Latin music with Appalachian folk and DirtwireDirtwire are two members from another band called Beats Antique. They partnered with the late Tuvan throat singer Kongar Ol-Ondar to make an album that not only showcased his talents but mixed them together with some really great beats.

Speaking of new, we’ll dive into two new tracks from the latest album by Youssou N’Dour. Called “History,” (his 35th album!) he takes a fresh look at some of his older songs as well as pays homage to some other legends, like his longtime bassist and musical director Habib Faye and drummer Babatunde Olantunji.

And to add more to the pool of unique combinations, I’ll play a song from a band called Soulsha. This band takes West African, Celtic, and Funk beats and blends them into a really nice mix of upbeat songs. Mixed in with them will be ThornatoSerge Gainsbourg and We Are Enfant Terrible’s cover of Beck’s “I’m Think I’m in Love.”

It’ll be great to jump into this week’s World Music Show pool. Do so Saturday night at 8pm on WCVE Music: 93.1 or 107.3FM or via streaming at ideastations.org. Follow me on Twitter @wcveworldmusic or on Facebook at The World Music Show on WCVE.