Monday February 25
The final Monday of every month, we present Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival, a monthly concert series showcasing top world music artists and groups who have appeared at the prestigious annual festival that takes place each spring in Savannah, Georgia.
This time, in conjunction with the February Harp feature, it’s the harp-like sound of the African kora, played by one of the masters of the instrument, Ballake Sissoko. His work as a leader, with kora legend Toumani Diabate and bluesman Taj Mahal, and as part of an elegant duo with French classical cellist Vincent Segal have won Sissoko international attention and acclaim. We’ll hear the Malian master in an entrancing solo performance this time from the Savannah Music Festival.
Tuesday February 26
Global Village highlights music from the Grammy and Latin Grammy nominated (and winning) Musas Vol.2 album from acclaimed Mexican singer and songwriter Natalia Lafourcade for her birthday. Plus more harps for the February feature from Veracruz (Grupo Mono Blanco) and Spain (Rodrigo Romani) and music from our top pick of 2018, Samurai Accordion, with a song written by Kepa Junkera from the group, who is on the road to recovery from a stroke he suffered last month.
Wednesday February 27
It’s Independence Day in the Dominican Republic and the climax of a month of carnival celebrations that goes on there every year. Global Village celebrates with classic and contemporary merengue and bachata from Juan Luis Guerra, Wilfredo Vargas, Luis Vargas and more. Plus music from Red Baraat, DJ Dolores, and some blasts from the past from BeatleJazz and Jesse Winchester.
Thursday February 28
Global Village marks birthdays of the great Latin jazz and Latin soul percussionist Willie Bobo, and pioneering Danish world-jazz guitarist Pierre Doerge. The show also wraps up the February Global Harps feature with music from Celtic Harp master Alan Stivell (with Youssou N’Dour), pioneering jazz harpist Dorothy Ashby, and there’s new music from the Franco-Ethiopian group Ukandanz and from Mali’s Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba.
Friday, March 1
It’s New Month/New Music time in the Global Village. Each month, Global Village devotes an entire show to the best of recently released and forthcoming world music albums.