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Songlines Awards + Visits To France, Togo & The Twilight Zone

Monday, May 7

Global Village goes to Togo for music that rarely gets attention in world music releases. But a few compilations, including the Togo Soul 70 and Afro-Beat Airways sets, have offered a glimpse into the lively sounds from there. Also this time, music from the legendary Congolese rumba band L’Orchestra Afrisa International, Spanish Afrobeat group Ogun Afrobeat, and some ska and reggae from the Skatalites and Third World.

Tuesday, May 8

For the past decade the UK world music magazine Songlines has presented awards honoring artists with impressive recordings in the past year. There are a variety of award categories, including for artist and group, and also by geographic region, the last of which will be announced this Friday, May 11th. In this special edition of the show, Global Village highlights nominees in a number of different categories in advance of the announcement of those 2018 winners.

Wednesday, May 9

Global Village heads to France for a wide array of sounds from that country – from traditional to contemporary French music, along with some of the many artists from other parts of the globe who now call France home.  Among the artists featured – musette accordionist Michel Macias, jazz accordionist Richard Galliano, DJ and producer St. Germain, former Zawinul Syndicate member Aziz Sahmaoui, French ‘Mediterranean blues’ artist Titi Robin, Paris-based Vietnamese artists Huong Thanh & Nguyen Le, soukous star Kanda Bongo Man, and contemporary bands Lo’Jo and L’Attirail.

Thursday, May 10

Global Village marks birthdays of drummer Sly Dunbar (half of reggae’s legendary ‘Riddim Twins’ with Robbie Shakespeare) and of Haitian star Coupe Cloue. Plus more music for the Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature – this time from Bombay Dub Orchestra and MC Yogi.

Friday, May 11

It’s the annual Global Village Twilight Zone Day celebration with music inspired by the famed TV sci-fi show or capturing its trademark eerie vibe. Among the highlights, a song from Lorraine Feather inspired by the first episode of the show, re-workings of the show’s theme song by Manhattan Transfer and the B52s, and some general weirdness from Les Baxter, TriBeCaStan, Madness, Raymond Scott and more.