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Birthdays of Joe Zawinul, Mavis Staples, Bela Fleck & More

Monday  July 7

Global Village celebrates the birthday of world jazz fusion great Joe Zawinul and also of Cuban-born Latin jazz percussionist Arturo Stable. Plus more music from the RealWorld label and this year’s Woman Festival lineup – the July Global Village feature – and new African sounds from Yaaba Funk and Sia Tolno (with Fela drummer and musical director Tony Allen).

Music from Joe Zawinul will also be featured tonight on the Night Train.

Tuesday July 8

Global Village pays a visit to Cuba in a variety of different forms  – with music from pioneering Cuban bassist Cachao and from the groundbreaking Cuban band, Irakere;  Bobby Sanabria’s new tribute to the birthplace of Latin jazz, Que Viva Harlem, where Afro-Cuban and jazz influences first met; Jaro Milko’s new mashup of Cuban and Balkan music; the RealWorld label’s Creole Choir of Cuba, who combine Haitian and Cuban influences;  and Canadian based, Cuban born artists Hilario Duran and Alex Cuba.

Wednesday  July 9

This time in the Global Village it’s ‘bluegrass world’ – as the show highlights a number of groups and artists bringing bluegrass, Latin and other influences together. Highlights include Brazilian bluegrass from Matuto, a Brazilian project from newgrass mandolinist Mike Marshall, Louisville’s Appalatin, and a meeting of Willie Nelson and Carlos Santana.

Thursday  July 10

Global Village celebrates birthdays of “soul folk in action” legend Mavis Staples and banjo star Bela Fleck. Plus more music from RealWorld Records and the Womad Festival – the July feature in the Global Village – this time from Charlie Musselwhite and Madagascar’s Justin Vali – and new music from Fela’s son Seun Kuti, and two new Rough Guide compilations – Scottish Music and Arabic Jazz.

This week’s Crossroads will also feature a special performance from Mavis Staples recorded live at the Newport Folk Festival.

Friday July 11

Birthday celebrations in the Global Village for Michael Rose of Black Uhuru and Terry Garthwaite of Joy of Cooking, more music for the July feature from RealWorld Records and this year’s Womad Festival lineup, and new music from Mali’s Oumar Konate, tropical popster Hollie Cook, and Afrosoul star Bibi Tanga.