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GV@SMF-Trio Da Kali, Music Of Mali & Turkey, Birthdays Of Robbie Shakespeare & Ben E. King

Monday, September 24

The final Monday of every month, it’s Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival, a monthly concert series featuring world music artists and groups who have appeared at the prestigious annual festival that takes place each spring in Savannah, Georgia.

This time, in conjunction with the September Music of Mali feature, it’s Trio da Kali. The balafon, bass ngoni, and vocal trio burst onto the world music scene last year with the Ladilikan album done with the acclaimed contemporary classical ensemble, Kronos Quartet. Trio da Kali is deeply rooted, both personally and musically, in the traditions of Malian music and their debut appearance at the Savannah Music Festival this past spring proved the versatile and moving Trio brilliantly adds to its long and rich history.

Tuesday, September 25

Global Village highlights music from and inspired by Turkey – including selections from the Istanbul Oriental Ensemble, the folkloric group Karde? Türküler; U.S.-based Turkish artist Omar Faruk Tekbilek; Kansas City-based world jazz group Alaturka; and some ‘70s Turkish psychedelic rock from Edip Akbayram.

Wednesday, September 26

In conjunction with the September Music of Mali feature, Global Village devotes a show to female singers of Mali. The country is distinct and somewhat unusual for the prominent role female singers have. We’ll hear some of the legends – including Oumou Sangare, Caoumba Sidibe and Kandia Kouyate, along with such raising stars as Rokia Traore and Fatoumata Diawara; plus Trio da Kali, featuring the powerful voice of Hawa Diabate, and the collaborative project, Les Amazones d’Afrique, that featured several Malian singers.

Thursday, September 27

Global Village celebrates the birthday of Robbie Shakespeare, bassist and half of the legendary Jamaican ‘Riddim Twins’ with Sly Dunbar. We’ll hear recordings the duo did together, along with guest appearances they made with Grace Jones, Black Uhuru, Burning Spear, Monty Alexander, Barry Reynolds and more in this special edition of the show.

Friday, September 28

Global Village celebrates birthdays of soul singer Ben E. King and Brazilian soul and funk pioneer Tim Maia – and wraps up the September Music of Mali feature with music from Songhoy Blues, Boubacar Traore, the pioneering Les Ambassadeurs band, Toumani Diabate’s Symmetric Orchestra, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, and a preview of a new album from Sekou Bah.