Django’s Birthday, Top Tens 2013-15 & Best Of 2016

Jan 23, 2017

Global Village celebrates the birthday of gypsy jazz guitar great Django Reinhardt

Monday, January 23

Global Village celebrates the birthday of gypsy jazz guitar great Django Reinhardt with music from the master himself, from his Hot Club of France partner – violinist Stephane Grappelli, and from some of the many contemporary artists and groups that have been inspired by his music to offer both traditional and contemporary forms of his trademark ‘gypsy jazz’ sound.

Tuesday, January 24

Throughout 2017, Global Village celebrates its 10th anniversary (the show debuted on January 8, 2007) with a variety of specials and features, starting this month not only with the Best of 2016, but a look back at the Top 10 from the first ten years of the show. This time it’s the Best of 2013. Among the highlights – two powerhouse Italian neo-folk acts (Riccardo Tesi and Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino), two fascinating projects featuring the Garifuna Collective, and lots of great music from Africa, including Kenyan and Ghanian compilations and releases from Tuareg band Tamikrest and the father of Ethio-jazz, Mulatu Astatke.

Basque musician and composer Kepa Junkera

Wednesday, January 25

Throughout 2017, Global Village celebrates its 10th anniversary (the show debuted on January 8, 2007) with a variety of specials and features, starting this month not only with the Best of 2016, but a look back at the Top 10 from the first ten years of the show. This time it’s the Best of 2014. Among the highlights, a groundbreaking project bringing together Basque and Galician artists headed up by Kepa Junkera, an essential compilation of classic tracks from Haiti on Haiti Direct, and a wide range of sounds and styles from Africa from Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, Djessou Mory Kante, Sia Tolno and more.

Thursday, January 26

Throughout 2017, Global Village celebrates its 10th anniversary (the show debuted on January 8, 2007) with a variety of specials and features, starting this month not only with the Best of 2016, but a look back at the Top 10 from the first ten years of the show. This time it’s the Best of 2015. Among the highlights are some remarkable releases from Brazilian artists including Forro in the Dark, Bixiga 70 and the Amplificador compilation, Buffy Sainte-Marie’s remarkable and powerful album Power in the Blood, and music with Scandinavian, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean influences from Bolo, NO Blues, Sinikka Langeland, Titi Robin and Anouar Brahem.

Jamaican reggae singer Clinton Fearon

Friday, January 27

Global Village continues the January Best of 2016 feature with more show favorites from the past year, including roots reggae releases from Quantic and from veteran singer and former member of the Gladiators Clinton Fearon, an impressive recent album from Mongolian neo-folk group Anda Union,  alt-Latin projects from Carrie Rodriguez and Eljuri, and cross-cultural musical meetings of Rahim Alhaj with Amjad Ali Khan, and Guo Gan with Emri Gültekin.