Crescent City Mardi Gras, President’s Day, Romania, Gambia & David Murray

Feb 15, 2021

Monday, February 15

Global Village celebrates Presidents’ Day with music from artists who ran for or won the office of president – including Dizzy Gillespie, Fela, Ruben Blades, and Michel Martelly – plus Les Ambassadeurs (because every president has some), and Brenda Fassie’s tribute to South African President, Nelson Mandela.

Tuesday, February 16

It’s carnival time in the Global Village! To celebrate Fat Tuesday, Global Village heads to several carnival hot spots, including Brazil for some samba, Trinidad for calypso and steel drum music, and the Crescent City for the Mardi Gras Indian group Wild Tchoupitoulas, and such New Orleans favorites as Professor Longhair, the Hawketts, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. The Mardi Gras celebration continues tonight on the Night Train, 10 p.m. to midnight.

Wednesday, February 17

Global Village heads to Romania for a variety of traditional and contemporary bands and styles – including critically acclaimed groups like Fanfare Ciocarlia, Taraf de Haidouks and Mahala Rai Banda.

Thursday, February 18

Global Village celebrates Gambian Independence Day with rarely heard music and musicians from that small West African country. Highlights include popular early post-Independence bands like the Super Eagles, the acclaimed pioneer ‘roots’ band Ifang Bondi, U.S. based Gambian kora player Foday Musa Suso (with the groundbreaking Mandingo Griot Society band), and Juldah Camara with Justin Adams.

Friday, February 19

Global Village marks the birthday of saxophonist David Murray with music from several of his world music projects – with the Gwo Ka Masters from Guadeloupe, Hungarian cimbalom player Kalman Balogh, and from his tribute to the Nat Cole En Español recordings. There’s also music from New Orleans drummer Herlin Riley (the featured artist in this month’s Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival show), new music from Danish folk duo Vaev, Belgian Ethiojazz and Afrobeat group Azmari, and from Choro de Rua.