Afro-Cuban Latin jazz, Spanish composers and 'new-bossa' fusion in the Global Village

Apr 7, 2014

Afro-Cuban Latin jazz percussionist Mongo Santamaría among Monday's birthday tributes.
Credit Jack Hooke

Monday April 7

Global Village celebrates birthdays of Latin jazz and soul percussion master Mongo Santamaria, pioneering Nigerian drummer Olatunji, and sitar legend Ravi Shankar. Plus more from April featured artist Paco de Lucia, this time from an album he did featuring music from one of the great 20th century Spanish composers, Manuel de Falla - and de Falla’s Seven Popular Spanish Songs from the new classical-world project from Grammy-winning classical mandolinist Avi Avital.

Tuesday April 8

Global Village highlights some sounds from contemporary Brazil – including two albums featuring new-bossa artist Vinicius Cantuaria (one with Bill Frisell, the other a new release with Ricardo Silveira), the latest from new-bossa band Bossacucanova, and the second album (just being released internationally) from Garotas Suecas, who offer a contemporary spin on the Brazilian tropicalia sound.

Wednesday April 9

Global Village features some different contemporary twists on traditional music - including the modern rock approach to Ethiopian music of the Debo Band, a new take on classic Bollywood music from The Bombay Royale, an update on exotica from Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica, and a modern, funk-inspired form of Balkan music from Kottarashky and the Rain Dogs. Plus the world side of bluesman Taj Mahal and of jazz guitarist Al DiMeola.

Thursday April 10

Global Village marks the birthday of contemporary Latin pianist, composer, and vocalist Omar Sosa, and of exotica star, Martin Denny. Plus more music from April featured artist, Paco de Lucia - this time from the critically acclaimed Siroco album, that marked his return to a more traditional flamenco style, and also from an album in tribute to him from saxophonist Jorge Pardo and pianist Chano Dominquez – and new music from South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the U.K.’s Afrobeat and Afro-Brazilian inspired group, Da Lata.

Friday April 11

This time in the Global Village, the focus is on music from Africa – including some classic Nigerian juju from Chief Ebenezer Obey, contemporary African sounds from Guinea’s Ba Cissoko, Paul Simon’s groundbreaking Graceland album, and two albums featuring African star Angelique Kidjo as a guest artist – one with African jazz guitarist Lionel Loueke and another guesting with popular South African singer-songwriter Vusi Mahlasela.