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Gato Barbieri’s Birthday, World AIDS Day & New Month/New Music Time

Monday, November 28

Global Village remembers Latin jazz saxophonist Gato Barbieri for his birthday with music from some of his Chapter albums and the classic Bolivia. Plus more Haitian music for the November feature from Leyla McCalla, the Afro Haitian Experimental Orchestra with Tony Allen, and the recent Tanbou Toujou Lou compilation.

Tuesday, November 29

Global Village highlights highlife. One of the most popular styles of African music that emerged from Ghana and Nigeria, it fused African, Cuban and big band influences into a lively and danceable sound. The show focuses on some of the greats in highlife – including E.T. Mensah and Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe – along with Fela’s early highlife band, and Marcus Miller’s world fusion take on “Hylife.”

Wednesday, November 30

Global Village pays a visit to Cuba with music from pioneering Cuban bassist Cachao and the groundbreaking Cuban band, Irakere; Bobby Sanabria’s Que Viva Harlem tribute to the birthplace of Latin jazz where Afro-Cuban and jazz influences first met; Jaro Milko’s mashup of Cuban and Balkan music; Cuban born, Canadian based artists Hilario Duran and Alex Cuba; and to wrap up the November Haitian music feature, a look at the link between Cuban and Haitian music with selections from the Creole Choir of Cuba and the Haiti Direct compilation.

Thursday, December 1

Global Village marks World AIDS Day in a special show devoted to the world music side of the “Red Hot” releases, a series of nearly two dozen recordings in a variety of styles that benefit the Red Hot Foundation. Since it began in 1989, the Red Hot series has involved some 400 hundred international artists and raised millions of dollars for AIDS education and prevention programs around the world.

(NOTE: Strange Currency and Night Train will also mark World AIDS Day this evening.)

Friday, December 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:

The last of the 2016 new releases in this show, including

Mali’s Abou Diarra

Afrobeat meets James Brown from Vaudou Game

Balkan sounds from Balkansambel and from Kottarashky & the Rain Dogs

Finland’s neo-folk Okra Playground

Two reissues from Mr. Bongo – Record Club Vol. One and a rarity from Pedro Santos

Cuban pianist (including for Buena Vista’s Omara Portuando) Roberto Fonseca

The Bollywood Brass Band’s Carnatic Connection

And the latest from Basque accordionist Kepa Junkera.