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Haden & Renbourn Birthdays, Ivory Coast Independence & South African National Women’s Day

Monday, August 5

Global Village hosts a little folk fest this time, with music from pioneering as well as contemporary folk artists who range from traditional to modern approaches to folk. We’ll hear August featured artist John Renbourn with Pentangle, the English folk rock group he co-founded, and also with Robin Williamson. We’ll hear Williamson as well as part of the Incredible String Band, and we’ll hear contemporary bands like the Gloaming, the Furrow Collective, and Flook, along with Rhiannon Giddens from her brilliant new album There Is No Other, and Sam Reider, the featured artist for this month’s Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival show.

Tuesday, August 6

Global Village remembers Charlie Haden on his birthday with a tribute program that focuses on the world music side of his work with the Liberation Music Orchestra, Cuban pianist Gonazlo Rubalcaba, Greek guitarist Nana Simopoulos, Portuguese Guitar master Carlos Paredes, and as part of an international trio with Brazilian guitarist Egberto Gismonti and Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek.

Wednesday, August 7

Global Village marks Ivory Coast Independence Day with a program devoted to music from that West African nation, including legendary artists and rising stars in a variety of styles, from traditionally inspired music to Ivorian reggae, soukous, afrobeat, and zouglou sounds. Among the artists featured on the show are Alpha Blondy, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Dobet Gnahore, Pierre Antoine, and Jean Baptise Zibodi, along with selections from the Ivory Coast Soul and Cote d’Ivoire 50th Anniversary compilations.

Thursday, August 8

Global Village marks the 75th birthday of August featured artist and English folk guitar great John Renbourn, with music he did under his own name, with Pentangle, and with his bandmate in Pentangle, Bert Jansch. We’ll also hear some solo work from Jansch as well.

Friday, August 9

Global Village marks South Africa’s National Women’s Day. Now a public holiday in that country, it commemorates the anniversary of an event that took place on August 9, 1956, when 20,000 women of all races took to the streets to protest the country’s pass laws. Global Village highlights music from a number of female South African performers including Miriam Makeba, Bhusi Mhlongo, the Mahotella Queens, the Afrika Mamas, and Brenda Fassie.