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Women In World Music + Int. Women’s Day, Zakir Hussain, Bagpipe Day, Bobby McFerrin & Reggae Women

Monday, March 8

Global Village celebrates International Women’s Day with music from female artists from around the world – including Cape Verde’s barefoot diva Cesaria Evora, the Queen of Salsa  Celia Cruz, Mali’s acclaimed Oumou Sangare, fado star Mariza, African vocal group Zap Mama, and rock icon Marianne Faithfull.

The Women's Day special continues tonight on Strange Currency and Night Train.

Tuesday, March 9

Global Village marks the birthday of acclaimed Indian tabla player, composer, and educator Zakir Hussain. We’ll hear the NEA Heritage Fellow in a number of cross cultural projects – with jazz artists John McLaughlin and Charles Lloyd; with Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart (including on the release that won the first Grammy for Best World Music Album);  with contemporary classical ensemble, Kronos Quartet, Bollywood singer Asha Bhosle, and Chinese pipa player Wu Man; as part of a trio with Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer; and finally with his father, Alla Rahka, another legendary table player known for his work with Ravi Shankar.

Wednesday, March 10

Global Village celebrates International Bagpipe Day with a wide array of different bagpipe sounds from Scotland, Spain, Portugal, Finland and more. We’ll hear Galician pipers Cristina Pato and Carlos Nunez, Portuguese pipes from Gaiteiros de Lisboa and Seiva, Scottish groups the Tannahill Weavers, Wolfstone and Braebach, Finland’s Pare, and (of course) jazz bagpiper Rufus Harley.

Thursday, March 11

Global Village marks birthdays of new tango creator Astor Piazzolla (with performances of his compositions from him, the Nahui Cuarteto de Saxofones, and Al DiMeola), vocalist Bobby McFerrin (with Chick Corea), and the great Norteño accordionist Flaco Jimenez. We continue the March Women in World Music feature with music from Guinea’s Sona Diabate and Zanzibar’s Shakila. And there’s new music from the Danish-Malian band Faratuben, and the Catalan folk duo of Cati Plana and Pau Puig.

Friday, March 12

In conjunction with the March Women’s History Month feature, Global Village highlights women in reggae in this show. We’ll hear music from Millie Small’s groundbreaking ‘60s hit to the latest from Jah9, one of today’s top roots reggae revivalists, with stops along the way for music from Rita Marley, Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt (in solo projects from those I-Three members), Carlene Davis, Hortense Ellis, and Sandra Cross. We also remember two great Jamaican artists who recently passed away – original Wailer and reggae legend Bunny Wailer, and pioneering toaster and rap precursor, U Roy.

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.