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Music Of South Africa, A Soulful Fourth, Cape Verde’s Independence Day & New Month/New Music Time

Monday, July 3

Global Village kicks off the July feature of music from South Africa with a program devoted to both classic recordings and contemporary releases from that country. Highlights include music from the Soul Brothers, Mahlathini & the Mahotella Queens, the African Jazz Pioneers, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Max-Hobo, Afrika Mamas, and The Rough Guide to South African Jazz.

Tuesday, July 4

It’s a soulful 4th of July in the Global Village as we celebrate birthdays of singer and songwriter Bill Withers and trombonist and past James Brown band member Fred Wesley. Plus more music from South Africa for the July feature including a cover of a Hugh Masekela composition from soul jazz organ great and 2017 NEA Jazz Master Dr. Lonnie Smith, Canadian-based artist Lorraine Klaasen, and one of the greats of South African jazz, Abdullah Ibrahim.

Wednesday, July 5

Global Village celebrates another Independence Day – this time of Cape Verde - with music from the island nation – including the legendary Cesaria Evora; Evora’s musical director Bau, songwriter Teofile Chantre and protégé Fantcha; rising star Elida Almeida; the ‘King of Mourna’ Bana; and a dip into the Space Echo compilation that captured developing modern sounds of Cape Verde from the ‘70s and ‘80s.

Thursday, July 6

Global Village marks birthdays of Santana drummer Michael Shrieve and Brazilian guitarist, composer and singer Toquinho. Plus more music from South Africa for the July feature, this time from trumpeter Hugh Masekela, singer Miriam Makeba (from the new Zaire 74 compilation) and guitarist Derek Gripper (on a new release from a music series presented by England’s famous Globe Theater). Also newly named NEA Heritage Fellow slack key guitarist Cyril Pahinui, and the latest from the great Congolese Rumba band L’Orchestre Afrisa International.

Friday, July 7

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, and among the highlights this time:

A 40th anniversary edition of Bob Marley & the Wailers' Exodus album with new material

Afro-Haitian jazz from Jowee Omicil

Mali’s Songhoy Blues

Balkan and klezmer music from She’koykoh, Divanhana live, and from a reissue of the first two albums from Les Yeux Noirs

Mexican alt-rock band Café Tacuba and Mexican American artist Lila Downs

A new compilation of music from Cuba and more.