Monday, December 18
Some different Afrobeat sounds this time in the Global Village with music from Afro-Latin Afrobeat band Esso Afrojam Funkbeat, Toronto’s Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble, Chicago Afrobeat Project, Warsaw Afrobeat Orchestra, Antibalas, Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band, and Afrobeat in a different time signature from Fela’s son, Femi Kuti.
Tuesday, December 19
Global Village marks the birthdays of New Orleans legend Professor Longhair and the Father of Ethiojazz Mulatu Astatke. Plus new music from Cuban pianist Hilario Duran, Gullah band Ranky Tanky, roots reggae group The Expanders, and The Original Sound of Burkina Faso compilation.
Wednesday, December 20
It’s a Global Village holiday extravaganza, featuring seasonal favorites done world music style and holiday songs from various corners of the globe. Highlights include the salsa Christmas classic Asalto Navideño, a favorite from Louis Armstrong, a tiny Nutcracker from the Modern Mandolin Quartet, a holiday favorite done punk-polka style by Brave Combo, and songs of the season from the Caribbean and New Orleans.
Thursday, December 21
Global Village marks the first day of winter with a show devoted to songs of the season. Artists featured include Leonard Cohen, Gil Scott-Heron, Boys of the Lough, Bebel Gilberto, ErsatzMusika, Loreena McKennitt, Esquivel and more.
(Strange Currency and Night Train also mark the Winter Solstice tonight.)
Friday, December 22
It’s a Global Village holiday extravaganza, featuring seasonal favorites done world music style and holiday songs from various corners of the globe. Highlights include some of Grant Green’s “Favorite Things,” a trenchant holiday original from Pumpkin Head Ted, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones with Tuvan throat singers with an inventive new take on a holiday favorite, a gypsy jazz celebration from the Gypsy Hombres, some Caribbean seasonal favorites, a South African reinterpretation of a holiday classic, and music from A Nomad Christmas.