Global Village @ Savannah Music Festival – Leyla McCalla + North Africa, African Classics & More
Monday, March 26
This time in the Global Village it’s another edition of our series, Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival. Each month we head to the Festival for a performance from one of today’s top world music artists. For March, in conjunction with celebration of Women’s History Month, our featured artist is Leyla McCalla. The singer, songwriter, cellist and former member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops brings together string band, Haitian, blues, jazz and classical music in unique and captivating blend. This was her debut performance at the Savannah Music Festival.
Tuesday, March 27
Global Village journeys to North Africa for music from the pioneering Nubian singer and bandleader Ali Hassan Kuban, the Nile Project that brings together over a dozen artists from countries and cultures along the Nile River, Algerian great Maurice el Medioni – and as we continue our Women’s History Month feature - music from Mauritanian artists Malouma and Noura Mint Seymali, and Nubian group Alsarah & the Nubatones.
Wednesday, March 28
This time in the Global Village, it’s legendary songs and artists from Africa, including a variety of styles from Nigeria, South Africa, Mali, and more. Among the artists featured are Fela, King Sunny Ade, Manu Dibango, Debademba, and as we continue our Women’s History Month feature, music from South Africa’s Miriam Makeba and the Mahotella Queens.
Thursday, March 29
Global Village marks the birthday of Mory Kante, a pioneering guitarist, kora player and singer who was a member of Mali’s influential Rail Band, and launched an international career in the ‘80s with the hit song “Ye Ke Ye.” We’ll hear him with the Rail Band, as a solo artist, and guesting with another African legend, Manu Dibango (and special guest Herbie Hancock), along with a great version of his hit done by jazz fusion violinist Jean-Luc Ponty.
Friday, March 30
Global Village wraps up its salute to Women’s History Month with a program dedicated to reggae women. We’ll hear solo projects from the I-Threes: Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths and Rita Marley, early pioneers like Hortense Ellis and Dawn Penn, some reggae inspired music from Jamaica’s Grace Jones, British roots reggae singer Aisha, and one of the stars of the current Jamaican roots revival, Jah9.