Haitian Flag Day, Global Pianos, Cameroon Day, Marc Ribot And IMA World Nominees And Winners

May 18, 2020

Monday, May 18

In conjunction with the May Haitian Heritage Month feature, Global Village marks the Haitian Flag and Universities Day holiday with music from a variety of Haitian artists and groups. We’ll hear roots, compas and cross cultural collaborations from Boukman Eksperyans, Tabou Combo, Lakou Mizik (with special guest Leyla McCalla – the May featured artist in the Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival show that will air next week), the Neville Brothers with Les Freres Parents, and more.

Tuesday, May 19

Global Village highlights global pianists this time – including NEA Jazz Master and South African great Abdullah Ibrahim, Cuba’s Chucho Valdes and Cuban-born, Canadian-based Hilario Duran, new tango player Pablo Ziegler, and the Crescent City’s Professor Longhair and Henry Butler.

Wednesday, May 20

Global Village marks National Day of Cameroon with a program devoted to music by artists from that African nation. We’ll hear an update of Manu Dibango’s big international hit, Soul Makossa; Sam Fan Thomas’s big makossa hit, African Typic Collection; the bikutsi rock of Les Tetes Brulees; singer-songwriters Gino Sitson, Blick Bassy, and Henri Dikongue; and former Zap Mama member Sally Nyolo.

Thursday, May 21

Global Village marks the birthday of critically acclaimed guitarist and much-in-demand session player Marc Ribot. We’ll hear music he did with one of several groups he leads, Los Cubanos Postizos, and guest appearances with a wide array of artists, from Tom Waits (with whom he made some of his earliest appearances on record) to Robert Plant & Allison Kraus, Brazil’s Vinicius Cantuaria and Caetano Veloso, Afro-Peruvian star Susana Baca, Colombian rock band Aterciopelados, his brother Greg Ribot and more.

Friday, May 22

This year’s Independent Music Awards, normally a concert and ceremony in June, was moved up and moved online. In this special edition of Global Village, we celebrate the nominees and winners in a variety of world music related categories. We’ll hear selections from Eljuri, the Orchid Ensemble, Okan, Daniel Ho & the Suzhou Masters, Cimarron, and more.