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Dominican Republic Independence Day, Mardi Gras & New Month/New Music Time

Monday, February 27

It’s Independence Day in the Dominican Republic and the climax of a month (!) of carnival celebrations that go on there every year. Global Village celebrates with classic and contemporary merengue and bachata from Juan Luis Guerra, Wilfredo Vargas, Luis Vargas and more. Plus music from Red Baraat, DJ Dolores, and some blasts from the past from BeatleJazz and Jesse Winchester.

Tuesday, February 28

It’s carnival time in the Global Village! To celebrate Fat Tuesday, Global Village heads to some carnival hot spots: Brazil for some samba, Trinidad for calypso and steel drum music, and the Crescent City for the Mardi Gras Indian group Wild Tchoupitoulas, and such New Orleans favorites as Professor Longhair, the Hawketts and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

(Strange Currency and Night Train celebrate Mardi Gras tonight as well)

Wednesday, March 1

Global Village highlights music from several artists born on this date whose work brought together jazz and world influences – trombonist Benny Powell (who worked on Randy Weston’s African jazz projects), bassist Nilson Matta (of the critically acclaimed Brazilian group Trio da Paz), and guitarist Ralph Towner (co-founder of the pioneering world chamber jazz group Oregon). Plus the world music side of jazz guitar great Larry Coryell, who recently passed away, and a new world/jazz project from pianist Michel Camilo with flamenco guitarist Tomatito.

Thursday, March 2

Songs with a social conscience this time in the Global Village with music from Oumou Sangare, Pete Seeger, Bruce Cockburn, Playing for Change 3, the reunited ‘70s UK reggae band Black Slate, and, as we highlight world music classics this month, music from Afrobeat legend Fela, and from the groundbreaking Siembra album from Willie Colon and Ruben Blades that introduced a new sense of social conscience into contemporary salsa.

Friday, March 3

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:

Afro-Colombian sounds from The Bongo Hop

Afro-Caribbean Garifuna music from Aurelio

A comeback for Golden Age Ethiopian keyboardist and composer Girma Beyene in a new Ethiopiques Series release

The return of the band that backed legendary Congolese Rumba great Tabu Ley Rochereau, L’Orchestra Afrisa International

Different approaches to traditional music in compilations from China and Cape Verde

And the latest from two powerhouse Tuareg bands – Tinariwen and Tamikrest.

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.