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In The Global Village: Bastille Day, Nelson Mandela International Day, Sixties World & the Silk Road

Monday  July 14

SPECIAL: Global Village celebrates Bastille Day with a special show devoted to music from France. Along with traditional music and musette, the show highlights French world music groups, and artists from different corners of the world who now call France home. Among the performers featured – Lo’Jo, Paris Combo, Kanda Bongo Man, Manu Dibango, Bibi Tanga, and Maurice el Medioni.

(Strange Currency and Night Train will also be celebrating Bastille Day tonight.)

Tuesday July 15

Global Village journeys along the ancient Silk Road trade route – with stops, traditional and contemporary, along the way in Pakistan, India, Turkmenistan, Somalia, Syria, and China. RealWorld artists (the Global Village July feature) Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the Guo Brothers, Waaberi, and Ashkhabad – along with the latedy from Fareed Haque, Shanren, and the Kronos Quartet are among the highlights.

Wednesday  July 16

Global Village marks birthdays of West Coast Latin jazz pioneer Cal Tjader, Brazilian guitarist Bola Sete, salsa star Ruben Blades, and roots reggae hitmaker Desmond Dekker. Plus more music from the RealWorld label, the July feature in the Global Village, this time from the acclaimed gospel group, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and the Afro Celt Sound System.

Thursday  July 17

It’s an irruption of the Sixties this time in the Global Village with music from or inspired by the decade from Ravi Shankar, Booker T & the MGs, Peruvian chicha band Grupo Celeste, Brazilian soul pioneer Tim Maia, The Funk Ark and Los Straitjackets.

Friday  July 18

SPECIAL:   Today is Nelson Mandela International Day, established by the UN in 2009 on Nelson Mandela’s birthday to honor his years of public service and work for peace and freedom.  Global Village marks the occasion with the rebroadcast of a special tribute that originally aired on Human Rights Day, shortly after his passing, in 2013. The program features music in tribute to and inspired by Mandela and the struggle against apartheid, by musicians from South Africa and around the globe - including Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Abdullah Ibrahim, Sathima Bea Benjaimin, Johnny Clegg, the Special AKA, Artists Against Apartheid and more.