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Crescent City Centennials, Egberto Gismonti, Finland Independence & New Month/New Music

Monday, December 3

Global Village kicks off the December feature celebrating the centennial birthdays of Professor Longhair and Dave Bartholomew and music of New Orleans. We’ll hear a classic from ‘Fess, a song Bartholomew wrote with Fats Domino that was recorded by guitarist Snooks Eaglin, and music from other Crescent City groups including the Wild Magnolias, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and the New Orleans Nighthawks with special guest Henry Butler (who will be the featured artist on December’s Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival program later this month). Plus new music from the Hip Spanic Allstars, the Ska Around the World compilation, and Jose Alberto ‘El Canario’ & Septeto Santiaguero album in tribute to classic Cuban songs, which just took home a Latin Grammy (their second) for Best Traditional Tropical Album.

Tuesday, December 4

Global Village this time is devoted to one of South Africa’s richest musical contributions – the distinctive sound of South African jazz. American jazz was a big influence in the South African townships almost from its birth, carried to the country by American performers, records and film. After World War II, there was a remarkable flowering of South African jazz led by such greats as Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Abdullah Ibrahim and more. We’ll hear music from them and some of the South African jazz musicians who followed in this special edition of the show.

Wednesday, December 5

Global Village marks the birthday of Egberto Gismonti with a program devoted to his music.  The influential Brazilian pianist, guitarist and composer’s work is deeply rooted in a wide array of Brazilian musical styles, but also incorporates classical, jazz and other influences. We’ll hear music from several of his own releases, work he did with Yo-Yo Ma, Nana Vasconcelso,  and Charlie Haden & Jan Garbarek, along with covers of his compositions by Sharon Isbin, Trio da Paz, Eddie Daniels, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and Mike Marshall.

Thursday, December 6

Global Village marks Independence Day in Finland, the date marking the country’s 1917 separation from Russia. The show highlights a broad range of music from traditional styles of different regions of the country, to rock, jazz, Balkan and African-inspired music from Finnish bands. Among the groups and artists featured – the Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble, Piirpauke, Slobo Horo, Teija Niku, Sampo Lassila Narinkka, Hedningarna and Frigg.

Friday, December 7

It’s New Month/New Music time in the Global Village. Each month, Global Village devotes an entire show to the best of recently released and forthcoming world music albums.  Among the highlights this time:

Scottish band Breabach

Afro-funk from Vaudou Game and Baba Commandant & the Mandingo Band

Malawian music from Takula

Haitian-American singer and songwriter Malou Beauvoir

And reissues from Guadaloupe’s Feeling Kreyol, Nubian great Ali Hassan Kuban, and a new boxed set that brings together the five great albums (including Cachao’s classic Descargas in Miniature) that made up the groundbreaking Cuban Jam Sessions series recorded in Havana from the mid-50s to the mid-60s.