Music of Ghana, Ides of March, Juno Nominees & Birthdays of Don Drummond & Les Baxter

Mar 7, 2019

Monday, March 11 

Tony Allen

It’s an Afrobeat extravaganza this time in the Global Village. Highlights include music from Tony Allen as a leader and on a classic from Fela, Afrobeat inspired music from Brazil’s Bixiga 70 and Spain’s Alma Afrobeat Ensemble, and as we feature music from Ghana this month, we have some Ghanaian highlife from Ebo Taylor, the African Brothers and Marijata.

Tuesday, March 12 

Global Village marks the birthday of trombonist, songwriter and Skatalites co-founder Don Drummond with music he did with the Skatalites and under his own name. We’ll also hear new music from the Ska Around the World compilation, Australian Afrobeat group the Public Opinion Afro Band, and Ohio reggae artist Gingermon. And as we highlight music of Ghana this month, there’s music from popular Ghanian reggae artist Rocky Dawuni.

Wednesday, March 13 

E.T Mensah

It’s highlife time this time in the Global Village, with music from Ghanian artists including ‘The King of Highlife’ E.T. Mensah and contemporary band the Highlife Starsp; London-based bands Osibisa and Hi-Life International; the ‘burgher-highlife’ of German-based Ghanian artist George Darko; highlife inspired jazz from Randy Weston, Pharoah Sanders and Marcus Miller; and even some early highlife from Fela.

Thursday, March 14

King Ayisoba

Global Village highlights music from some of this year’s Juno nominees in advance of the Awards ceremony this weekend. We’ll hear music from Vishten, Emmanuel Jal, the Aerialists, Dubmatix, and the Fretless – nominees in the world, instrumental, roots, and reggae categories this year. Plus music from Rokia Traore, the featured artist in this month’s Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival show later this month, from Les Baxter for his birthday, and from Ghanian artists De Frank, E.T. Mensah, Ebo Taylor and hiplife artist King Ayisoba for the March Music of Ghana feature.

Samurai Accordion's album 'Te'
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Friday, March 15  

Global Village marks the Ides of March with music from Italy – including a project reimagining the music of Ancient Rome, leading traditional and neo-traditional groups including Officina Zoe, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, and Banda Ionica, and the great Italian new-folk accordionist, Riccardo Tesi with his Banditaliana group and as part of a world accordion group, Samurai Accordion, from their new release Te, which topped the Global Village Best of the Year list for 2018.