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Tropical Paradises

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Time to escape to the islands on this week's World Music Show pexels.com

Blame it on the season or the humidity or the fact that suddenly I’m feeling a bit lazy. But, it’s usually around this time of year that my mind drifts to thoughts of island breezes, Caribbean beats and tropical grooves.

But of course, I can use any excuse to play tropical beats any time of year. Either way, on this week’s World Music Show (6/29), this is the vein we’ll be in for a few hours.

We’ll start off by heading to the Caribbean island of Providence to hear a big band called Ondatropica. However, the band of 35 musicians started out with only two music lovers who happened to meet up outside of record store on the street of Bogota Colombia. Both of these men had bags full of albums in their hands when they first met. From there they knew they shared a love of Afro-Latin and Caribbean music. On their album “Baile Bucanero” they dive deep into the “Afro” side of Afro-Latin music.

Mixed throughout the two hours will be songs from a few Putumayo record label releases with the island theme. And, we’ll dig a bit deeper into the latest release from Angelique Kidjo. Kidjo just released an album celebrating the life of Cuban singer and Salsa Queen Celia Cruz. Partnered with her will be tracks from Buena Vista Social Club, Moreno Veloso and Columbian rock band Diamente Electrico.

For some new music, we’ll hear from Brazilian musician Sessa. Sessa channels the likes of Caetano Veloso, Tom Jobim and Leanord Cohen. Also I’m throwing in a really cool all female Mariachi band out of Los Angeles called Mariachi Reyna de Los Ángeles. And we’ll also hear a beautiful duet featuring Dawn Landes & Piers Faccini.

Then for hour two, we’ll check out some psychedelic Turkish folk music from a band called Altin Gun. I’ll pair them a band out Cyprus called Monsieur Doumani and a new song from the Mexican Dj/Producer Marron.

In a fun mini-theme, we’ll have a chunk of music dedicated to swimming and/or water in general (which goes along with the island theme). I’ll play a song by the British Reggae/Ska/all-around fun band The Skints. Their latest album is called Swimming Lessons. From that, I’ll play “Learning to Swim.” With that, you’ll hear a cover of the Loudon Wainwright III song “The Swimming Song,” done by the Icelandic singer Hafdis Huld.

Rounding out the show will be songs from Cheikh Lo, Fatoumata Diawara and the uber cool Dj/Producer Nickodemus and also cool band Cornershop.

The World Music Show airs Saturday nights from 8-10pm on WCVE Music. 93.1 & 107.3FM. It can be streamed via this website. Follow me on Twitter @wcveworldmusic and on Facebook at The World Music Show on WCVE.