The Beat Authority with David Sommerstein


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Urban and world Music
The nine-note tune made famous in Carl Douglas' 1974 song has served as a stereotype of Asian music since the 19th century.
African psychedelia, funked-up Indian <em>bhangra </em>and haunting music from France by way of Cuba — a deep treasure trove of cuts to end your summer on a high note.
A veteran of Little Joy and Los Hermanos, Amarante makes warm, tender music as a solo artist. Here, he strips songs from <em>Cavalo</em> down to their essence using just his voice and a guitar from the '30s.
"Now is the time that I'm actually thinking of myself as a musician," says Issa. "Things are hitting me like, 'Oh, damn, you have this responsibility.'"
A look at unexpected musical hybrids: what happens when Mexican and Indian styles meet, and more.
Jason Hamacher wasn't trained as a photographer, a musicologist or a member of a religious community. The former Frodus drummer simply felt compelled to document this music.
Hear the 82-year-old Jamaican guitarist, arranger and legend perform four songs in the studio.
The Trinidadian soca star is ready to follow up on the success of his breakthrough single, "Differentology."

The Beat Authority with David Sommerstein airs Fridays from 3-5 pm.

David's Best Beats lists

08/22/14 edition of The Beat Authority with David Sommerstein:

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The Beat Authority with David Sommerstein is a Friday show. It's a kick into the weekend, a bounce for your afternoon, a swing for your end-of-the-week step. A fresh, eclectic choice of dance music from all over the world. You may hear cumbia or bluegrass or afrobeat or jazz, but it'll keep your head a-noddin' and your spirits up. Join in the groove and enjoy. And if you have suggestions, e-mail 'em in!

David SommersteinHost David Sommerstein says:

Ever since I got a Fisher Price record player for Chanukkah when I was four, I've been a musical sponge. My favorite stuff is music that ventures across genres, and music that makes you dance.

Globalization has been a mixed bag, but it's sure invigorated the world of music. Salsa from Israel, flamenco from east L.A., Algerian rai from Paris, hip-hop from Senegal, reggae from Morocco--artists are borrowing at will, threading the sounds they hear on TV and radio into their own traditions.

David Sommerstein

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Finding Music

You can find or special order any of the music heard on this program from local music stores, including:
Northern Music & Video, Potsdam: 315-265-8100
Ampersound, Saranac Lake:
Peacock Music, Plattsburgh: