Richard Thompson, Birthdays Of Jimmy Cliff, Gil Scott-Heron & Hugh Masekela, And New Month/New Music

Mar 28, 2019

Gil Scott-Heron

Monday, April 1

Global Village marks birthdays of poet, activist and singer Gil Scott-Heron and reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, and features new music from Australian afrobeat group the Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, Ohio reggae artist Gingermon, and contemporary Turkish psychedelic rocker Umut Adan.

Mark Knopfler
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Tuesday, April 2

As part of the April Richard Thompson and folk rock feature, Global Village heads to Scotland for music from a wide range of artists, both traditional performers and those who add contemporary and other stylistic influences in their work. Among the artists featured are John Martyn, Shooglenifty, Old Blind Dogs, Karine Polwart, Big Country, Julie Fowlis, and (Glasgow-born) Mark Knopfler.

Richard Thompson

Wednesday, April 3

Global Village celebrates the birthday today of legendary guitarist, English folk-rock pioneer, and the show’s April featured artist, Richard Thompson. We’ll hear music he did with Fairport Convention, with Linda Thompson, and with his own band, along with covers of his songs from June Tabor, Martin Simpson, the Albion Band and others.

Orchestra Baobab

Thursday, April 4

Global Village marks birthdays of eclectic English folk rock bassist Danny Thompson (including music he did with Songhai, Eric Bibb, John Martyn, Bert Jansch, the Incredible String Band, and April featured artist – and no relation – Richard Thompson), legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, and Dominican pianist Michel Camilo. We also pay tribute to saxophonist Issa Cissoko, from the great Senegalese band Orchestra Baobab, who passed away recently.

Andreas Arnold
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Friday, April 5

It’s New Month/New Music time in the Global Village. Each month, Global Village devotes an entire show to the best of recently released and forthcoming world music albums. Among the highlights this time:

  • Kurdish singer and songwriter Adir Jan
  • German flamenco guitarist Andreas Arnold
  • A new 40th anniversary album from UB40
  • The latest from Ali Farka Toure band vocalist Hama Sankare
  • The eclectic Australian world-jazz band, the Vampires
  • The ‘Middle East Meets Mongolia’ sound of another Australian band, Equus
  • And new Tuareg rock from Kel Assouf.