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Global Village @ Savannah Music Festival, Trojan Records & Trinidad Independence Day

Monday, August 27

The final Monday of every month, we offer our special concert series, Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival, featuring world music artists and groups who have appeared at the prestigious annual festival that takes place each spring in Savannah, Georgia. This time it’s mandolin master Mike Marshall and Choro Famoso. In a several decade career, Marshall’s work has spanned bluegrass, Americana, classical, jazz, and here with Choro Famoso, the lively and influential sound of Brazilian choro, whose roots go back to the late 19th century and whose influence continues up to the present day.

Tuesday, August 28

Global Village celebrates the birthday of Joseph Shabalala, the founder and director of the acclaimed South Africa vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. We also pay tribute to two artists who passed away last week, Malian singer Khaira Arby and bongo pioneer Jack Costanzo; and there’s more music from the Trojan label for the August 50th Anniversary feature – this time from the Ethiopians and Phyllis Dillon.

Wednesday, August 29

Global Village highlights some contemporary sounds from Indian musicians or inspired by Indian music. We begin (as all endeavors should) with a salute to Ganesh from TriBeCaStan, and continue with the Indian-inspired Subcontinental Drift album from Canada’s Sultans of String, acclaimed sarod player and composer Amjad Ali Khan, contemporary singer Manek-E  and a collaboration between Indian sitarist Shujaat Husain Khan and Iranian singer Katayoun Goudarzi.  We’ll also get to some music from Dan Hicks, John Martyn, and Earth Wind & Fire.

Thursday, August 30

Global Village wraps up the August feature celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the U.K.-based Trojan Records with a few more classics from the label, including some early Jamaican Blue Beat from Laurel Aitken, the original version of “The Tide is High” from the Paragons, one of  the label’s first hits from the Harry J. All Stars, and some pioneering dub tracks as well. There’s also new music from Angelique Kidjo (her reworking of the Talking Heads album, Remain in Light), Cumbia Chicharra from Marseilles, roots reggae revivalist Kabaka Pyramid, and the latest Playing for Change project.

Friday, August 31

Global Village celebrates Independence Day of Trinidad and Tobago. The twin island nation has a rich musical culture, famed for its calypso, soca (a modernized form of calypso) and steel drum music. Some great performers and recordings, along with some different approaches to the sounds of the country are featured in this Independence Day special – including music from the Mighty Sparrow, Lord Kitchener, David Rudder, Calypso Rose, Andy Narell…and Maya Angelou!

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.