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Midival Punditz

The Indian Duo Midival Punditz

Sometimes things boil down to this. Once in awhile, you just have to shuffle, as in hit the shuffle button. Perhaps this is true not only on your portable musical player of choice, but in life as well. You can get stuck doing the mundane. So on this week's World Music Show (5/16), we'll attempt to launch ourselves off of the lazy Susan of normality.

So with that, here's the run down for this week's show. We'll check out some summery Brazilian music from the likes of Moreno Veloso and Forro in the Dark; and we'll crank up some Latin rock by the artists Bebe and Marc Ribot. Plus, we'll sample new music from the duo Midival Punditz (pictured above).

Starting off the show and hour one will be the singer/songwriter, producer and guitarist Moreno Veloso. He recently put out his first CD in about 13 years, though don't think he's been lounging around. He's always putting out music in one form or another (Moreno +2). And if his name sounds familiar, it could be because of his dad, Caetano Veloso. Off his CD called Coisa Boa, we'll hear the songs "Le e Ca" and "Um Passo a Frente."

Partnered in that set we'll hear from Forro in The Dark. They'll do the songs "Asa Branca" and "Indios do Norte." And, by the way, that song "Asa Branca" will feature the vocal talents of David Byrne, who helped produced their album. He happened upon them in a bar they were playing in and liked them, so there you go.

In another set we'll hear from guitar master Marc Ribot. Ribot has been both a highly sought-after sessions player to a man who can stand well as on his own. Ribot has played with a ton of great musicians, including Elvis Costello. But he has also done some cool solo albums, including this one called "Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos." Off that, we'll hear the songs "Dame un Cachito Pa' huele" and the song "El Gaucho Rojo." Also in this chunk will be a couple of songs by the Spanish artist Bebe. Let's just say she's one fierce musician.

Then we'll check out some music from the Delhi-based duo who are known as the Chemical Brothers of Southeast Asia. The Midival Punditz have been together for 18 years driving an eclectic variety of styles. Off their new CD called Light, we'll here the song "Baanwarey." Saddled with them--well, perhaps that's not a good description--is the Indian slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya. He's got a trifecta of guitars and he's not afraid to use them.

Closing out the hour will be the Gypsy Rom band--as in Gypsy Romanian band Taraf de Haidouks. Their celebrating their 25th Anniversary by revisiting some of their classic songs. Off their CD called Of Lovers, Gamblers and Parachute skirts, we'll hear the songs "Balalau from Bucharest" and "Moldavian Shepherds Dance."

As for hour two, the shuffling madness will take off. We'll kick off the hour with Haitian musician Beethova Obas. He taught himself guitar and accordion at a young age. File that under--the More you know.

And did you know that The Beatles dipped their toes into a bit of World Music? Yep, we'll hear a different version of "Norwegian Wood," which can be found on their Anthology Series of CDs. Plus, we'll hear the song "Yay Balma" by the Taffetas. Now, do all of these song go together? Well, sort of, but only because it's the shuffle show on this week's World Music Show. And, they'll be more shuffling with Vieux Farka Toure, son of Ali Farka Toure. Vieux is also known as a great guitar player.

Rounding out the show will some world drumming care of Stewart Copeland of the Police, as well from the Brazilian duo Undersea Poem (that band used to be a trio known as Mosquitos). We also hear some guy named Paul McCartney doing a sort of World Music song called "Ou Est le Soleil," which can be found on his really great CD called Flowers in the Dirt, which features a bunch of songs he wrote with Elvis Costello.

Shuffling songs and themes and genres is a fun way to spend a Saturday night. Tune in Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. to Richmond Public Radio, 88.9 WCVE or check out our streaming system online via this website. And just for kicks, follow the show on Twitter @wcveworldmusic.