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Global Village At Savannah Music Festival, Global Guitars, Cuba And New Releases

Monday, April 27

The final Monday of every month, we present Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival, a monthly concert series showcasing top 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 April Ravi Shankar feature, we’ll hear music from Zakir Hussain, an artist who made his American debut performing with Shankar, has gone on to be regarded as one of the world’s greatest tabla players, and in pioneering collaborations with artists like John McLaughlin, Mickey Hart, Bela Fleck and more, developed and expanded the boundaries of world music and world jazz fusion. This performance features the Savannah debut of his Masters of Percussion, a project started in the ‘90s that showcases some of India’s finest percussionists in performance with Hussain.

Tuesday, April 28

Global Villages devotes the show this time to some of the roots and branches of Cuban music. We’ll hear Bebo Valdes and Cachao on a classic album together; the groundbreaking group Irakere and former member Paquito D’Rivera; master guitarists Eliades Ochoa (of Buena Vista Social Club and Cuarteto Patria) and Alejandro Almenares; and extending our journey further out, Habana meets New Orleans with the Jambalaya Brass Band, the Cuban influence in Africa with the legendary Congolese rumba band Orchestre Afrisa International, and Latin goes ska with the Brown Rice Family.

Wednesday, April 29

Some Latin sounds this time in the Global Village as we mark birthdays of Latin jazz flutist Dave Valentin, Latin jazz and soul percussionist Ray Barretto, and harmonica player Toots Thielemans (with music from his Brazil Project recordings). We even make a Latin connection for the April feature with music from Anoushka Shankar’s Traveller album that brought together Indian and flamenco music. Plus new releases from Latin percussionist Robby Ameen and Brazil’s Bossacucanova with Roberto Menescal.

Thursday, April 30

Global Village highlights global guitars – including music from Bert Jansch, one of Africa’s finest guitarists, Djelimady Tounkara, German-born African-inspired guitarist Leni Stern, Swedish flamenco guitarist Robi Svard, and Cuban guitarist and Buena Vista member Manuel Galban.

Friday, May 1

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:

  • Psychedelic neo-rebetiko from Trio Tekke
  • Latin sounds by way of Scandinavia from Liga Latina
  • An eclectic new world project from cellist Matthieu Saglio
  • A solo project from Buena Vista guitarist and vocalist Eliades Ochoa
  • The Finnish fiddling folks of Frigg
  • And the musical meeting of Syrian oud player Issam Rafea and Chinese pipa player Gao Hong.

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.