Savannah Music Festival/Rokia, Desert Blues, Ghana Stars, Latina Artists & Latin Soul

Mar 21, 2019

Rokia Traore

Monday, March 25  

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 festival that takes place each spring in Savannah, Georgia. This time, it’s Malian singer, songwriter and guitarist Rokia Traore. From her first release in 1997, Traore was an instant star, a thoughtful and charismatic performer blending Malian traditions with jazz, rock and classical influences, and seamlessly moving from delicate and trance-like to soaring and powerful.  

Tuesday, March 26

Global Village highlights music from ‘desert blues’ artists and groups, including Etran Finatawa, Tinariwen, Tamikrest, and Terakaft. We’ll also hear music from the pan-Latin band Ladama, the Sweet as Broken Dates compilation of Somalian music, and world music classics from a recently reissued album from Nubian star Ali Hassan Kuban, the new flamenco group Pata Negra, and the West Coast Afro-Cuban group Conjunto Cespedes.

Berta Rojas

Wednesday, March 27

In honor of Women’s History Month, Global Village highlights music from a wide array of Latina artists, including Gloria Estefan, the Buena Vista Social Club’s Omara Portuondo, the Queen of Salsa Celia Cruz, Paraguayan classical guitarist Berta Rojas, the multi-national group Ladama, Argentina’s Las Hermanas Caronni, Spanish New Flamenco singer Martirio, Mexican-American star Lila Downs, legendary Cuban Trova singer, guitarist and composer Maria Teresa Vera, and more.

Thursday, March 28

Tim Maia

Global Village highlights some Latin soul, funk, and boogaloo sounds this time – including Joe Cuba’s big boogaloo hit, “Bang Bang,” Brazilian soul pioneer Tim Maia, Latin rock favorites Santana, and contemporary Latin soul bands Buyepongo, Palo!, and Money Chicha.

Friday, March 29

Ebo Taylor

Global Village wraps up the March Music of Ghana feature with Ebo Taylor and Pat Thomas -  two stars of Ghanaian music whose careers at one point intertwined, who both drew on highlife and afrobeat influences, and who both later in their lives and careers found new international success.  Among other selections, we’ll hear some of their early work together, Taylor’s breakthrough international release "Love and Death", and the funky collaboration between Thomas and the band Marijata.