Bobby McFerrin's 'VOCAbuLarieS' and Balkan brass meets Gypsy jazz guitar

Mar 10, 2014

Ten-time Grammy winner Bobby McFerrin's release, VOCAbuLarieS. The album is a meticulously crafted intersection of voice, orchestra and improv.
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Monday,  March 10

Global Village marks the birthday of eclectic French percussionist Mino Cinelu. We’ll celebrate with music from his first solo album and guest appearances he made with new-flamenco star Vicente Amigo, legendary Malian singer Salif Keita, and guitarist Al Di Meola. Plus more great voices of South Africa – this time the Mahotella Queens – and some great ersatz Afrobeat from the Daktaris.

Tuesday, March 11

Global Village celebrates birthdays of new tango creator, Astor Piazzolla, and also vocalist Bobby McFerrin. McFerrin’s massive VOCAbuLarieS project, a collaboration with Chick Corea and a piece inspired by South African vocal music will be featured. South African vocalists are the March feature in the Global Village and the critically acclaimed Soweto Gospel Choir will also be part of the program.

Wednesday, March 12

Global Village celebrates the birthday of trombonist and Skatalites co-founder Don Drummond; continues with more great voices from South Africa for the March feature; highlights music from Juno nominees - the Lemon Bucket Orkestra; and features new music from the Haiti Direct compilation, The Scientist Meets Ted Sirota’s Heavy Dub, Serbia’s Boris Kovac, and Brazil’s Bossacucanova.

Thursday, March 13

The Global Village ‘Great Voices of South Africa’ feature continues with music from the legendary Miram Makeba. Plus, the new Balkan brass meets Gypsy jazz guitar project from Adrian Raso & Fanfare Ciocarlia, Rabih Abou-Khalil’s blend of Middle Eastern music and jazz, new avant second line from the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble and, to round things, out some “Space Capades.”

Friday, March 14

Global Village highlights the cumbia-influenced chicha style of music from ‘60s Peru and some contemporary cumbia from Argentina. Also, music from Malian kora player Ballake Sissoko, some Malian-inspired jazz from violinist Regina Carter, reggae legend Jimmy Cliff and Balkan reggae from Mahala Rai Banda.