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Birthdays Of Walt Disney, Tom Waits, Joan Armatrading, Dan Hicks, Joshua Bell & More

Monday, December 5

Global Village celebrates the birthday of pioneering film animator Walt Disney with a visit to ‘Disney World’ – a program featuring world, jazz, and other unusual versions of what have become iconic songs from Disney films like Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Lady and the Tramp and other classics. We’ll hear unique versions of those songs from the likes of Los Lobos, Miles Davis, Buster Poindexter, Peggy Lee and more.

Tuesday, December 6

It’s international reggae this time in the Global Village – with reggae-inspired sounds from Nigeria, Ghana, Poland, Russia and other far flung places where Jamaican music has been an inspiration. Among the artists and bands featured are Russia’s Ersatz Musika, Germany’s Jahcoustix, U.K. singer Hollie Cook, U.S. based artists Rocky Dawuni and Rebel Tumbao, and even a reggae-flavored song from Nina Simone.

Wednesday, December 7

Global Village marks birthdays of Tom Waits and Louis Prima, and highlights the latest releases from Spanish electo-nuevo-tango group Otros Aires, multiinstumentalist Tom Teasly, Miami’s Latin jazz and funk group Palo! and the Mr. Bongo Record Club Volume One compilation.

Thursday, December 8

Global Village journeys to Scotland for traditional and contemporary Scottish folk and folk. Among the artists and groups featured are such legendary performers and bands as Archie Fisher, Bert Jansch, the Incredible String Band and Capercaillie – and rising stars Karine Polwart, Emily Smith, Treacherous Orchestra and the Chair.

Friday, December 9

A birthday bonanza this time in the Global Village, celebrating those of Joan Armatrading, Dan Hicks, Emilio Teubal, Leonard Dillion and Joshua Bell. Plus the latest from the reggae group Frightnrs, eclectic Ethiopian band Damakase, the Barcelona Gipsy Balkan Orchestra, and the reunion of pianist Michel Camilo and flamenco guitarist Tomatito.

The show also mentions the remarkable Pulitzer Prize-winning story about Joshua Bell’s incognito performance in a subway station. Here’s a link to that piece: