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Disney World, Finland Independence Day, And Global Guitars & Percussion

Monday, December 4

Guitarists from several different traditions are featured this time in the Global Village – Teta from Madagascar, Latin/Caribbean jazz fusion player Ray Obiedo, Mali’s Boubacar Traore, world jazz pioneer Gabor Szabo, and Harry Manx, who brings together Indian music and the blues. Plus blasts from the past from the Grammy-winning Folksongs for a Nuclear Village album from Shadowfax, and the classic Shoot Out the Lights album from Richard and Linda Thompson.

Tuesday, December 5

Global Village celebrates the birthday of pioneering film animator Walt Disney with a visit to ‘Disney World’ – a program devoted to world, jazz, and other unusual versions of what have become iconic songs from such Disney films as 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.

(Strange Currency and Night Train will also feature Disney related music tonight.)

Wednesday, December 6

Global Village celebrates the Centennial Independence Day of Finland, marking the country’s 1917 separation from Russia. The show highlights a broad range of music from traditional styles of different regions of the country, to rock, jazz, Balkan and African-inspired music from Finnish bands. Among the groups and artists featured – the Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble, Piirpauke, Slobo Horo, Teija Niku, Sampo Lassila Narinkka, Hedningarna, and Frigg.

Thursday, December 7

This time in the Global Village we give the drummers (and percussionists) some – with music from drummer Ginger Baker, tabla player Sameer Gupta, conguero Poncho Sanchez, and percussionist Airto. Plus brass meets percussion with Red Baraat and the New Birth Brass Band.

Friday, December 8

Global Village highlights music from ‘desert blues bands’ Etran finatawa, Tinariwen, Tamikrest, and Terakaft. Plus new music from Ladama, the Sweet as Broken Dates compilation, and Saeid Shanbehzadeh – and some world music classics from Ali Hassan Kuban, Pata Negra and Conjunto Cespedes.

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.