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Fado, Italy, Toots, Tanzania, Human Rights Day And Burkina Faso

Monday, December 7
A visit to Italy this time in the Global Village for some of the many artists and bands that are exploring, and sometimes reinventing, the traditional musical forms of that country. We’ll hear selections from Riccardo Tesi & Banditaliana, Cesare dell'Anna & GirodiBanda, Agricantus, Brigan, BandAdriatica, Newpoli, the Hot Club of San Francisco (doing a Paolo Conte song), and even some Italian reggae from Mellow Mood.

Tuesday, December 8
Today is the birthday of the late, great reggae legend Toots Hibbert and Global Village marks the occasion with a number of his classic recordings. In conjunction with the December Fado feature, we’ll hear music from one of the stars of the music, Mariza (this month’s featured artist on Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival) along with fado veteran Maria da Fe. And we’ll hear the latest from the Star Feminine Band, Les Amazones d’Afrique, Kubix, Los Piranas, and Shooglenifty.

Wednesday, December 9

Today is Independence Day in Tanzania and Global Village joins in the celebrations with a show devoted to music from that East African nation, including the popular sounds of taarab, dance band music, and bongo flava. We’ll hear some Tanzania’s most popular ensembles, including the 115-year-old Ikhwani Safaa Musical Club, Remmy Ongala and the horn-driven Mlimani Park Orchestra, and the fascinating musical meeting of bluesman Taj Mahal with the Culture Musical Club of Zanzibar.

Thursday, 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 selections from Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Miriam Makeba, the Listen to the Banned compilation, and Femi Kuti.
More information about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights can be found here.

Friday, 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 band 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.

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.