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Trojan Record’s 50th, India’s 71st, Ike Quebec’s 100th + Kora, Morocco, Italy & More

Monday, August 13

It’s a kora extravaganza this time in the Global Village with a wide array of artists and styles of music that incorporate the exquisite, harp-like traditional instrument of West Africa. Among the artists featured: kora great Toumani Diabate, electric kora players Seckou Kouyate and Dawda Jobarteh, Foday Musa Suso with contemporary classic ensemble Kronos Quartet, Seckou Keita in imaginative pairings with harp player Catrin Finch and Latin jazz pianist Omar Sosa, the Kora Band jazz ensemble, and guitarist Derek Gripper’s impressive re-imagination of the kora on six strings.

Tuesday, August 14

Global Village pays a visit to Morocco, with music from the traditional to the contemporary. Among the highlights are selections from Aziz Sahmaoui, Titi Robin with Medhi Nassouli, Hassan Hakmoun, and two jazz artists inspired by Moroccan Gnawa music, Randy Weston and Archie Shepp.

Wednesday, August 15

Global Village marks Indian Independence Day with new releases featuring Indian artists. We’ll hear music from new Rough Guide compilations featuring Indian master musicians Ravi Shankar, Ali Akbar Khan, and Zakir Hussain,  along with the latest from contemporary artists Sameer Gupta, Kiran Ahluwalia, Anandi Bhattacharya, Bombay Rickey and Red Baraat.

Thursday, August 16

Global Village heads to Italy for a variety of different sounds from pioneering neo-folk accordionist Riccardo Tesi, the Napoli Mandolin Orchestra (with spaghetti western music!), Stefano Saletti with his Piccola Banda Ikona group, folk/jazz saxophonist Enzo Avitabile, and the traditional pipes groups Zampogneria.

Friday, August 17

Global Village marks birthdays of several artists who combine jazz and world influences – Spanish bagpiper Cristina Pato, Lebanese oud player Rabih Abou-Khalil, Polish singer Grazyna Auguscik, and for his centennial birthday we’ve also got some Bossa Nova Soul Samba from jazz saxophonist Ike Quebec.  We’ve also got some Brazilian sounds from Mike Marshall & Choro Famoso, our featured artists for this month’s Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival special at the end of the month. And we’ll highlight some new world jazz albums, including the latest from Tribu and Akira Tana, and there’s more for the Trojan Records 50th Anniversary feature, this time from ska legends, the Skatalites, and reggae singer Barry Brown.

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.