Cinco De Mayo, World Accordion Day & New Feature – Stevie’s 65th

May 4, 2015

Latin rock band Santana

Monday, May 4

Global Village highlights some ‘girl groups’ this time around – the rather rare offering in world music of groups featuring all-female lineups. We’ll hear Zap Mama, Angelique Kidjo (from her album Eve, dedicated to the women of Africa and featuring a number of female choirs), the Silly Sisters, the Roches, and from South Africa – the Mahotella Queens and the 12 Apostles Church Choir.

Singer Linda Ronstadt

Tuesday, May 5

SPECIAL: Global Village celebrates Cinco de Mayo with a wide array of styles and sounds from musicians and bands from Mexico and of Mexican heritage – including Esquivel, Lila Downs, Santana, Rana Santacruz, Mexican Dubwiser, the Mexican Institute of Sound, Linda Ronstadt and more.

Romania's Taraf de Haidouks

Wednesday, May 6

SPECIAL: Global Village celebrates World Accordion Day with a wide array of styles and sounds from musicians and bands around the globe who incorporate the squeezebox into their music – including Nigeria’s I.K. Dairo, Basque artists Korrontzi and Kepa Junkera, Poland’s Bester Quartet, Italy’s Riccardo Tesi, Berlin’s 17 Hippies, Boston’s Grand Fatilla, Argentina’s Chango Spasiuk, and Romania’s Taraf de Haidouks.

Thursday, May 7

Global Village marks the birthdays of roots reggae star Justin Hinds, Indian percussionist Ramesh Shotham, and saxophonist Arthur Blythe. Plus reggae group Third World with May featured artist Stevie Wonder, and new music from London-based contemporary reggae band the Skints, contemporary Cambodian rock band Dengue Fever, and Canadian Indian-blues guitarist Harry Manx.

Kora musician Sekou Kouyate

Friday, May 8

Global Village highlights some different instruments in this show – including the sitar of Anoushka Shankar, oud from Finnish player Jussi Reijonen, accordion by Italian neo-folk master Riccardo Tesi, and electric kora from the ‘Jimi Hendrix of the kora,’ Sekou Kouyate. Plus music from reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, Brazilian singer Bebel Gilberto, and flamenco great Paco de Lucia.