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Human Rights Day, Independences Days Of Burkina Faso & Kenya, Violin Day & Global Pianos

Monday, December 10

It’s Human Rights Day – marking the anniversary of the U.N. adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Global Village marks the occasion with music from around the world in celebration and support of human rights. Highlights include music from Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, the Listen to the Banned compilation, Femi Kuti, and Toots Hibbert of Toots & the Maytals (who was also born on this date).

More information about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights can be found here:


Tuesday, December 11

Today is Independence Day in Burkina Faso and Global Village marks the occasion with a show devoted to music from that West African nation. Highlights include music from one of the country’s most revered musicians, Amadou Balake; pioneering electronic group Burkina Electric; the internationally acclaimed group Farafina; traditional artists Gabin Dabire and Le Freres Coulibaly; and the Bambara Mystic Soul compilation that highlighted the rich and diverse music of ‘70s Burkina Faso.

Wednesday, December 12

Global Village marks Jamhuri or Republic Day, celebrating the independence of Kenya, with a program devoted to Kenyan music from a variety of artists, including benga pioneer and star D.O. Misiani, the Kenyan-American group Extra Golden, the guitar and bottle band Abana Ba Nasery, and the first internationally released studio album from a popular group of Congolese musicians who made their career in Kenya, Orchestre Les Mangelepa.

Thursday, December 13

It’s World Violin Day and Global Village celebrates with music from a number of violinists from around the world. We’ll hear the violin and cello quartet, the Fretless, who just was named Instrumental Group of the Year in the Canadian Folk Music Awards, another Canadian group – the Sultans of String, Mathias Duplessy and the 3 Violins of the World (from China, India and Mongolia), a Paolo Conte song from the Hot Club of San Francisco’s new 30th anniversary compilation, the famed Cuban charanga band – Orquesta Aragon, violinist Regina Carter from her Africa-inspired project, Reverse Thread and more.

(Strange Currency and Night Train also celebration Violin Day tonight.)

Friday, December 14

Global Village highlights global pianists this time – including 2019 NEA Jazz Master and South African great Abdullah Ibrahim, Cuba’s Chucho Valdes and Cuban-born, Canadian-based artist Hilario Duran, new tango player Pablo Ziegler, December featured artist Professor Longhair, and Crescent City pianist Henry Butler, who will be the featured artist in December’s Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival monthly concert series show later this month.