Monday, January 7
As part of the Global Village January feature, looking back at the past year in music, it’s a special show in tribute to artists who passed away in 2018. We remember legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, Rai star and activist Rachid Taha, South African guitarist Philip Tabane, reggae artists Steve Nesbitt and Irvin “Carrot” Jarrett, African-inspired jazz great Randy Weston, calypsonian Shadow, slack key guitarist Cyril Pahinui and more.
Tuesday, January 8
Global Village sets off on another exploration of world jazz. Among the highlights - the jazz side of Fela with his early band, Koola Lobitos; a tribute to John Coltrane from Carlos Santana with John McLaughlin; South Africa’s African Jazz Pioneers; Brazilian singer Flora Purim; flamenco-jazz from Terceto Kali; Lebanese oud player Rabih Abou-Khalil; and saxophonist Oliver Lake’s Steel Quartet.
Wednesday, January 9
Global Village features classic and contemporary Latin rock and soul this time – including veteran groups Santana, Malo (with Carlos Santana’s brother Jorge) and Mandrill, contemporary pan-Latin bands Grupo Fantasma, M.A.K.U. Soundsystem and Buyepongo, Congolese rhumba rock group Ry-Co Jazz, ‘60s Chicano rock pioneers Thee Midniters, and Latin soul jazz master Pucho with His Latin Soul Brothers.
Thursday, January 10
Global Village presents another instrument special – this time featuring global drums. We’ll hear pioneering Nigerian drummer Olatunji with special guest Carlos Santana; legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen with the Afro-Haitian Experimental Orchestra; drummer Henry Cole with the Afrobeat Collective and Taiko drums join Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble.
Friday, January 11
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. And since we’re featuring the Best of the Year throughout January, we especially focus on a number of 2018 releases, including albums 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.