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Latin Styles, Human Rights Day, Tango Day, Kenya Republic Day & Violin Day

Monday, December 9

Global Village highlights a variety of Latin sounds from artists and groups from many different corners of the globe. We’ll hear Yapunto, a French group inspired by Afro-Colombian music, Colombian artists Los Piranas, Machuca andToto La Momposina, Canadian-Colombia artist Roberto Lopz, Cuban cuatro player Kiki Valera, the Afrocubism project featuring African and Cuban arists, Peruvian chicha pioneers Los Destellos and Los Wembler’s de Iquitos, and Congolese rumba artists Sam Mangwana, Franco and Rochereau.

Tuesday, 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, Miriam Makeba, 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.

Wednesday, December 11

It’s National Tango Day in Argentina – marking the birthdays of two giants of traditional tango music – Carlos Gardel and Julio de Caro - who were born on this day. Global Village celebrates with music from them and from both classic and new tango artists from Argentina and around the world. Among the artists featured are new tango pioneer Astor Piazolla, vibes player Gary Burton, Finland’s Pedro’s Heavy Gentlemen, and Spain’s Otros Aires.

Thursday, 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, 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.

Friday, December 13

It’s World Violin Day and Global Village celebrates with music from a number of violinists and bands featuring violin from around the world.  We’ll hear the Canadian violin and cello quartet – the Fretless, 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, the famed Cuban charanga band – Orquesta Aragon, violinist Regina Carter from her Africa-inspired project, Reverse Thread, and more.

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.