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World Guitars, African Accordions, Trinidad Independence Day, Afrobeat Party & New Month/New Music

Monday, August 29

Global Village throws an Afrobeat party with music from August featured artist Tony Allen as part of Fela’s band and recording under his own name with Fela’s Africa 70 band and Fela as producer. Plus Afrobeat sounds from two U.S. – based Afrobeat bands – The Funk Ark and Antibalas – and an Afrobeat/Gnawa fusion from the Fangnawa Experience release.

Tuesday, August 30

Global Village highlights a variety of global guitarists – including Santana, English folk great John Renbourn, African-fusion player Leni Stern, and Latin Grammy-winning flamenco guitarist Tomatito with the legendary Paco de Lucia.

Wednesday, August 31

Global Village celebrates Independence Day of Trinidad and Tobago. The twin island nation has a rich musical culture, famed for its calypso, soca (a modernized form of calypso) and steel drum music. Some great performers and recordings, along with some different approaches to the sounds of the country will be featured in this Independence Day special.

Thursday, September 1

Global Village explores the meeting of accordions and African music, with Nigerian accordion pioneer I.K. Dairo, the meeting of Congolese rhumba star Papa Noel and French accordionist Viviane A, and Tunisian oud player Anouar Brahem’s trio which features the instrument.

Friday, September 2

It’s New Month/New Music time in the Global Village. Each month, Global Village devotes an entire show to the best of new world music releases.  Among the highlights this time:

An exquisite lost album from Mailian artist Vieux Kante

A magical meeting of ancient and modern Mediterranean influences on Thrace: Sunday Morning Sessions

Two decades of great Haitian music on the new compilation Tanbou Toujou Lou

Previously unreleased music from the great Latin jazz and soul percussionist Willie Bobo

And new Latin sounds from Melbourne’s San Lazaro, Richard Bono with Mandekan Cubano, and the Cuban Rare Groove compilation.

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.