Global Village @ Savannah Music Festival, Global Drums & Global Duos

May 24, 2019

Banjoist Bela Fleck, tabla player Zakir Hussain and bassist Edgar Meyer

Monday, May 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 event that takes place each spring in Savannah, Georgia.

This time, in conjunction with the May Drum feature, it’s one of the world’s most accomplished percussionists and an artist who helped define modern tabla playing, Zakir Hussain. We’ll hear him with two equally accomplished and eclectic musicians, popular banjoist Bela Fleck and award-winning bassist Edgar Meyer, in a program that combines jazz, classical, Americana, and Indian music into one seamless and entrancing whole.

'De Palenque à Matongé' from Dizzy Mandjeku and Ale Kuma
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Tuesday, May 28

It’s a Soukous Special this time in the Global Village as we highlight the popular Latin-flavored, guitar-laced Congolese dance music. We’ll hear the legendary band leaders Franco and Tabu Ley Rochereau, Paris-based artists Kanda Bongo Man and the Four Stars, the ‘Queen of Soukous’ M’Bilia Bel, and a marvelous new Afro-Colombian project from Dizzy Mandjeku and Ale Kuma that revives the Latin/African style in a fresh new way.

Wednesday, May 29

It’s ‘Tea for Two’ this time in the Global Village with a show devoted to duos – twosomes from the same musical traditions, and also from different cultures who create an intriguing new blend of sounds. We’ll hear guitarists Ali Farka Toure and Ry Cooder, Talking Head David Byrne with Brazilian legend Caetano Veloso, kora player Ballake Sissoko with cellist Vincent Segal, cellist Matthieu Saglio with flamenco guitarist Jose ‘El Piru,’ singers June Tabor and Maddie Prior, the father and son duo of Toumani and Sidiki Diabate, and more.

Armando Peraza

Thursday, May 30

In conjunction with the May Drum Month feature, Global Village presents a special show to mark the birthday of legendary Latin jazz and Latin rock percussionist Armando Peraza. We’ll hear one of his earliest recordings with hep cat Slim Gaillard, along with work he did with Mongo Santamaria, Cal Tjader, Alice Coltrane, Santana (where he was a key part of the band for over two decades), and from the only album he did under his own name.

Friday, May 31

Global Village wraps up the May Drum Month feature with a birthday salute to widely-recorded Brazilian percussionist Paulinho da Costa with music he did with Bobby McFerrin (just named a 2020 NEA Jazz Master), Eliane Elias, the Crusaders, and Joe Pass.  We’ll also wrap up with music from drummers Steven Kroon, Tony Allen, Bobby Matos and John Santos.  Plus new music from Brazil’s Sociedade Recreativa, Brazilian-Portuguese duo Coladera, Brazilian guitarist Carlos Barbosa-Lima, and new generation French Afrobeat band Monkuti.