Volunteer Profile: Rick Albert

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Rick Albert is the host of Rick Around the World, a worldbeat show that can be heard Tuesdays 5-7 PM. Rick has won the program of the year at CFBX three years in a row.

long have you been doing your radio show?

I have been doing my show for 14 years. My first broadcast was in September 2004.

What made you want to volunteer with CFBX?

A couple of friends had been telling me for a long time that I had a voice made for radio. Add to that my long standing love of music and it was a no-brainer.

I have a love of music, knowing that there’s always new music coming in, I’m always excited coming back after a couple of weeks and knowing new music has come in, and getting to discover it. Even if there’s nobody listening, I do this for myself. That’s why I’ve been here for almost 15 years.

What is your show about? What can we hear in your show?

My show is about music from all over the world. Mostly contemporary, sometimes traditional, but always music you cannot hear anywhere else.

World music has evolved rapidly, more so that when I started. World music is ethnic music from different countries. Because it’s music sung in a different language, we never get a chance to listen to this music, so I love bringing it to listeners so that they can hear this wonderful music from all over the world. Musicians often collaborate, so you get these fusions of different styles of music that come together in unique ways. It’s world classical music, it’s world pop music, it’s world electric music.

There’s lots of younger artists who are first-born immigrants, who have brought their culture with them, and given it a shot into modern music, so you hear a lot of crossover into other styles, like rock and hip-hop and reggae.

What makes your show unique? Why should we tune in?

My show is unique because nowhere wlese can you hear music from every corner of the world. This music is special because it reflects the make up of our multicultural society.

What was the best show you’ve done to date?

The best show, in my humble opinion, was a special I did on Mali’s iconic instrument, the kora. A lot of research went into that special. 20 years ago, that instrument was relatively obscure. However, now, I documented how it had crossed over into popular music everywhere.

Name an artist you’ve discovered in the past year you think your audience should know about?

bombinoSo many to choose from. Algeria’s Bombino is ridiculously talented, as is the remarkable interpreter of song, Egypt’s Natacha Atlas. But a musician which people should discover is Australia’s Aboriginal artist, the late Gurrumul. An amazing musician whose posthumous release should not be missed. I recommend also almost any and all Brazilian music.

What was a recent live concert or show you have been to that you enjoyed and why you enjoyed it?

Hands down, a summer time festival concert by Ry Cooder. He, of course, was his cool, laid-back genius that he is. But I also appreciated his generousity in sharing the stage with a younger generation, including his own son.

Are there any local artists, writers or musicians that you think your audience should know about?

Without naming any one individual, there is so much talent in this town. I don’t get out too much, but when I go to Music in the Park, I’m blown away by the talent and variety there.

Name another show on CFBX you enjoy and why you enjoy it.

There are so many excellent shows on CFBX. Lots of radio programmers delivering an excellent product. Vince Almond’s Blues Boogie and Bop (Tuesdays 4-5 PM) is an wonderful show. Vince is an encyclopedia or blues knowledge. I’ve been a lifelong admirer of Cayman’s show (Mind the Gap, Thursdays 4-5 PM), very melodic. Mike Trudeau’s show (For the Hearing Prepared, Sundays 4-5 PM) is very eclectic.

What are you plans for the show’s future?

To continue following the rapid evolution of world music as it becomes evermore part of the mainstream through crossovers between artists and cultures.