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Global Village @ Savannah Music Festival Debuts + Remembering Steve Nisbett And Hugh Masekela & More

Monday, January 29

Monday in the Global Village we kick off Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival, a special new monthly concert series featuring world music artists in performance at the acclaimed Savannah Music Festival. In conjunction with our January Best of 2017 feature, we begin the series with Vicente Amigo, widely regarded as the finest flamenco guitarist performing today. He is a master of traditional forms, yet also a fearless innovator, and his work has won numerous awards, including a Latin Grammy and a Grammy nomination for his 2017 album, Memoria de los Sentidos.

Tuesday, January 30

Global Village pays tribute to South African legend Hugh Masekela and Steve Nisbett, drummer and cofounder of the influential British reggae band Steel Pulse who passed away in January, along with Earl Lindo of the Wailers, reggae star Frankie Paul, and Latin jazz flutist Dave Valentin who died in 2017. Plus more favorites from 2017 – from Ozomatli and Tamikrest – and Grammy reggae nominee Morgan Heritage.

Wednesday, January 31

Global Village wraps up the January Best of 2017 feature with a look back at the show’s Top Ten favorite albums of the past year. Selections include some different sounds from Spain, music from the Middle East, and an impressive and varied array of African releases. The full list of show favorites is on our website at kmuw.org.

Thursday, February 1

Global Village kicks off the February duos feature with music from Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal (who will be featured in this month’s Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival special at the end of the month), and 2017 favorites Amine & Hamza, and Matthieu Saglio & Jose ‘El Piru.’ We also continue this week’s tribute to legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela and drummer and Steel Pulse cofounder Steve Nisbett.

Friday, February 2

It’s New Month/New Music time in the Global Village. Each month, Global Village devotes an entire show to the best of recently released and forthcoming world music albums.  Among the highlights this time:

Accordion supergroup, Samurai Accordion

Tango meets the Balkans in the latest from Otros Aires

A beautiful new project from contemporary Cuban jazz artist Alfredo Rodriguez

Indian jazz from Sameer Gupta

Boogaloo from Spanglish Fly

North African inspired music from Gabacho Maroc

The latest from indigenous activist, singer and songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie

And contemporary UK folk band Stick in the Wheel