Monday, June 25
The final Monday of every month, we present our special concert series, Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival, featuring world music artists and groups who have appeared at the prestigious annual festival that takes place every spring in Savannah, Georgia. This time, in conjunction with our June Caribbean American Heritage Month feature, it’s the Haitian roots music group Chouk Bwa Libète. Since the late ‘70s, one of the most powerful trends in contemporary Haitian music has been the rise of mizik rasin or roots music, a style drawing on folkloric and Haitian vodou music. Chouk Bwa Libète, which formed in Haiti in 2012, takes a spare approach, performing original and traditional music with just voice, drums and dance. Their appearance at the 2017 Savannah Music Festival marked their U.S. debut.
Tuesday, June 26
Global Village celebrates the birthday of Brazilian tropicalia great Gilberto Gil with music from collaborations he did with Caetano Veloso, Milton Nascimento, and Jorge Ben. We’ll also hear a piece he did on the groundbreaking Beleza Tropical release that marked the debut of David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label. Plus new compilations from South African legend Hugh Masekela, Benin, and the Playing for Change project. And as we continue the June Caribbean American Heritage Month feature, there’s music from Dede Saint-Prix from Martinique, and roots reggae group Raging Fyah from Jamaica.
Wednesday, June 27
As part of the June Caribbean American Heritage Month feature, Global Village travels to Cuba for music from Cuban guitarists, including acclaimed classical guitarist Manuel Barrueco (from his Cuba! Album) and two guitarists associated with the Buena Vista Social Club – Manual Galban (from his earlier work as guitarist and musical director with the Cuban doo wop group Los Zafiros) and Eliades Ochoa (on a release with sister Maria Ochoa and Alma Latina). Plus some guitar music from a solo release by John Doyle (a former member of Solas), Berlin’s 17 Hippies with special guest guitarists Marc Ribot and Jakob Ilja, guitarists Beppe Gambetta & Tony McManus, Spanish guitarist Carlos Timon, and legendary Senegalese guitar band, Orchestra Baobab, whose influences include music of Cuba.
Thursday, June 28
Global Village continues the June Caribbean Heritage Month feature with a program devoted to two popular styles of music from Trinidad and the French Antilles, soca and zouk. We’ll hear soca stars Black Stalin, Calypso Rose, and David Rudder, one of the groups that helped establish zouk, Kassav, and we’ll sneak in some roots sounds from Martinique and the pioneering release, Hurricane Zouk, along the way.
Friday, June 29
Throughout June we’ve been highlighting music from and inspired by the Caribbean. One of the most popular styles from there is reggae; and we wrap up our June feature with some proof of its broad influence, as we showcase reggae-influenced music from other parts of the world. Among the artists featured are Warsaw Afrobeat Orchestra, the Wailing Souls, the Easy Star All Stars, Rebel Tumbao, and Tiken Jah Fakoly.