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A week-long tribute to Juan Formell, and birthdays of Steve Winwood, Stevie Wonder, & David Byrne

Monday May 12

Global Village marks birthdays of Steve Winwood and Brazil’s Bebel Gilberto –  highlights Balkan, British and Brazilian accordions for the May feature – and begins a week- long tribute to Juan Formell, founder of the pioneering Cuban band, Los Van Van.

Tuesday May 13

Global Village teams up with Strange Currency and Night Train to celebrate the birthday of soul legend Stevie Wonder. Plus more in a week-long tribute to one of Cuba’s most popular musicians – Juan Formell, the founder and leader of Los Van Van; new music from Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars and Adnan Joubran; and more for the May accordion feature, this time from Koby Israelite and Brave Combo.

Wednesday May 14

Global Village celebrates David Byrne’s birthday with some of his solo work, music with the Talking Heads, and guest appearances with Susana Baca and Forro in the Dark. Plus more accordion sounds – this time from Claudia Schmidt and Lenny Gomulka – and tributes to Hawaiian great Dennis Kamakahi and Los Van Van founder Juan Formell.

Thursday May 15

Global Village celebrates the birthday of pioneering jazz accordionist Gus Viseur (the only accordionist to play in the legendary Hot Club of France) and also Brazilian guitarist and bossa nova pioneer Oscar Castro-Neves. Plus tributes to Juan Formell of Los Van Van and Hawaiian slack key guitarist and songwriter Dennis Kamakahi, along with new music from the Latin Rare Groove compilation and Ibibio Sound Machine.

Friday May 16

The Global Village May Accordion feature continues with some accordion cumbia from one of Colombia’s most acclaimed ensembles, and from oud master Rabih Abou-Khalil performing with famed Italian folk-jazz accordionist Luciano Biondini. Plus some ‘blasts from the past’ from Mandrill and Sister Carol, and classic tracks from African saxophonist Peter King , and ‘70s Iranian soul sitarist Abbas Mehrpouya.