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A Trip To Colombia, Salute To Nana Vasconcelos, Global Saxophones & Lots O’ Birthdays

Monday, March 21

Global Village pays a visit to Colombia for a wide array of styles and artists – including the popular contemporary rock group Aterciopelados, Carlos Vives (from his 2014 album that took home two Latin Grammys), the Afrosound of Colombia Vol. 2 and Colombia! The Golden Age of Discos Fuentes compilations, and a contemporary classical album featuring guitar music of Colombia.

Tuesday, March 22

Global Village pays tribute to eclectic and adventurous Brazilian percussionist Naná Vasconcelos. The critically acclaimed artist released a series of recordings under his own name and as part of the Codona trio with Don Cherry and Colin Walcott. He was a longstanding partner with both Egberto Gismonti and Pat Metheny, and a much in-demand guest artist with such diverse performers as Laurie Anderson, the Talking Heads, the Gipsy Kings, Trilok Gurtu, Gato Barbieri, Paul Simon and more. We’ll highlight music from his own releases and some of his many guest appearances in this special edtion of Global Village.

Wednesday, March 23

Saxophones go global this time in the Global Village – with music from saxophonists from Nigeria (Femi Kuti), Norway (Jan Garbarek), Brazil (Paulo Moura), Jamaica (Roland Alphonso of the Skatalites), and France (reggae saxophonist Stepper). Plus music from William Onyeabor, Sly & Robbie,and the Pipperment Twist compilation of ‘60s twist and rock instrumentals from Spain.

Thursday, March 24

Global Village celebrates birthdays of harmonica player Lee Oskar (of the group War), oboist Paul McCandless (from the group Oregon), and bassist and cofounder of the German avant-rock and world band Can, Holger Czukay. Plus more music from March featured artists 17 Hippies and Solas – and new music from the Bosnian band Divanhana and Tuareg group Terakaft.

Friday, March 25

Global Village marks birthdays of salsa pioneer Johnny Pacheco, Chuck Greenburg of the world chamber jazz fusion band Shadowfax, and the Queen of Soul – Aretha Franklin. Plus more music from March featured artists 17 Hippies and Solas, a classic from Afrobeat creator Fela, and some contemporary salsa from a new release from Los Hacheros.

Chris Heim produces and hosts Global Village, a nationally and internationally distributed world music show; the nightly jazz show Night Train, and Crossroads, KMUW’s twice-weekly blues and R&B show. Chris is also a critic and freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Utne, Global Rhythm, Dirty Linen, and Option, among others.