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Birthdays of Carlos Santana, Cat Stevens & Al Di Meola, Asian Rock & More Accordion Mania

Monday, July 20

Global Village celebrates the birthday of Carlos Santana (including a guest appearance with Angelique Kidjo and a live set with Buddy Miles), continues with more music from the Irish Celtic/World band, Kila, for the July feature (this time with music from their first full album and from a solo project from band piper, Eoin Dillon) – plus tracks from Tito Puente, Susana Baca, the Gipsy Kings and more.

Tuesday, July 21

Global Village marks the birthday of singer-songwriter Cat Stevens/Yusuf with music from throughout his career and covers of his songs from Jimmy Cliff and The String Cheese Incident. Plus more music from Irish band Kila for the July feature, and new music from Bolo, Warsaw Afrobeat Orchestra, and Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba.

Wednesday, July 22

Global Village marks birthdays of world jazz fusion guitarist Al Di Meola, Latin jazz saxophonist Mario Rivera, and a little salute to funk legend George Clinton for his birthday as well. Plus more music from Kila for the July feature (this time from one of the band member’s solo projects) and new music from Kinshasha’s Mbongwana Star.

Thursday, July 23

Global Village explores some classic and contemporary rock-influenced sounds from Asia, including selections from China’s Shanren, Rough Guide compilations from Vietnam and Cambodia, The Sound of Siam Vol. 2, Okinawa’s Shoukichi Kina, Vietnamese singer Huong Thanh, and the Pop Yeh Yeh set of ‘60s rock from Malaysia.

Friday, July 24

Accordion mania strikes once again in the Global Village, this time in a varied selection that includes the House Band’s Chris Parkinson, acclaimed Finnish accordionist Maria Kalaniemi, and one of Italy’s foremost neo-folk ensembles.  Plus music from Paris Combo, Canada’s Jaffa Road, reggae from the Coyabalites, and a special accordion surprise at the end of the show.