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On this week’s World Music Show (7/26), we’ll have a lot of music, big ideas and social streams of consciousness to digest. But don’t worry, it won’t be as heavy as all that sounds.

First, with the harassment. The band Tinariwen--an amazing band of musicians from the desert regions of Mali--are getting bombarded on social media prior to an upcoming show in Winston-Salem, N.C. It’s because of their background as Tuareg musicians. And, as a quick primer, Mali has a long history of both political and religious strife. But Tinariwen are all about the beauty of the desert and about their people. There’s no place for any such harassment. So, I’ll be playing a song in honor of them.

Secondly, the band that’s fighting racism and classism. Mariachi Los Comperos has been playing Mariachi music since 1961. They’ve gone well beyond the streets and cantinas of their early years. Now, in their music, they’re fighting the racism and classism that Mariachi music has been associated with for decades. It’s mostly against the working class people who enjoy the music. But of course, now everyone has been enjoying this genre. We’ll celebrate their efforts by playing a track called “Beautiful Maria.”

As for what Dutch ethereal/nomadic music sounds like, well, it sounds like the duo Wolf & Moon. At the recent Petite Celine show at the Tin Pan (and by the way, where were you all?), Wolf & Moon opened started the night. The two are from Germany but relate more the Netherlands as they’ve spent most of their time there. You’ll understand once you hear both “Getaway” and “Nowhere & Here.”

The rest of the show will fall into that streams of social consciousness and big music. We’ll hear from Vieux Farka Toure, Rodrigo y Gabriela, the Mexican Institute of Sound, Mr. Pauer, Boogat and Bombino, who will be playing at this year’s Richmond Folk Festival!

Plus, I’ll have new music from Lakou Mizik who reimagine the classic New Orleans song “Iko Iko.” Many historians believe the beats and song descended from Haitian folklore. So the Haitian band Lakou Mizik decided to retell it using help from the Mardi Gras band 79rs Gang, The Preservation Horns and even Arcade Fire's Win Butler.

Thrown into the rest of the show will be two classic Italian songs, including one by Fred Buscaglione, who was a star in the late 50s. He was known for creating this lovable hoodlum persona based on Hollywood movie icons such as Clark Gable.

Michael Franti & Spearhead, Ceu, Mosquitos and Barro will help us relish the recent break in that nasty humidity we had last week. And I’ll get my 80s fix in by playing Fun Boy 3, the English Beat and The Clash.

The World Music Show airs Saturday nights from 8-10pm on WCVE Music. 93.1 & 107.3FM and can be streamed at Plus you can also see live streaming track listings. Follow me on Twitter at @wcveworldmusic and on Facebook at The World Music Show on WCVE.