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Women Of World Music, Ides Of March & Don Drummond (Skatalites)/Les Baxter Birthdays

Monday, March 12

Global Village marks the birthday of trombonist, composer and Skatalites co-founder Don Drummond with some of his classic ska songs done by his own band and the Skatalites. Plus more for the Women’s History Month feature, including the eclectic Las Hermanas Caronni and South African legend Miriam Makeba (with some different music from her time living in Guinea) – and new music from Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez, Guinean artist Moh Kouyate, and a reissue from reggae group, the Gladiators.

Tuesday, March 13

Global Village continues its March celebration of Women’s History Month with a program featuring Asian female artists, including Chinese pipa player and Silk Road Ensemble member Wu Man, Chinese pipa player and music educator Gao Hong, Vietnamese singer Huong Thanh, and from Central Asia, Yulduz Usmanova. Plus new music from Nordic Raga, Modus Quartet, and Ilios Steryannis.

Wednesday, March 14

More music this time in the Global Village for the March Women’s History Month feature, including Leyla McCalla (featured in concert later this month on Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival), Kiran Ahluwalia, and from Finland Maria Kalaniemi and the Vilma Timonen Quartet.  Plus new music from Otros Aires, the Payadora Tango Ensemble, Nutopia, and Samurai Accordion – and a birthday salute to exotica pioneer Les Baxter.

Thursday, March 15

Global Village marks the Ides of March with music from Italy – including a project reimaging the music of Ancient Rome, leading traditional and neo-traditional groups including Officina Zoe, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, and Banda Ionica, and the great Italian new folk accordionist, Riccardo Tesi with his Banditaliana group and as part of a world accordion group, Samurai Accordion, from their new release Te.

Friday, March 16

“Legends” this time in the Global Village, with music from some great figures in music from around the world, including South Africa’s Miriam Makeba and the Queen of Salsa Celia Cruz for the March Women’s History Month feature, also African hitmaker Manu Dibango, one of the longest running groups in reggae, Third World, and Latin percussion master Candido.

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.