Ghana’s Independence Day, African Classics, Music Of Ethiopia & International Women’s Day

Mar 6, 2017

Ghanian artist Ebo Taylor

Monday, March 6

Global Village celebrates Ghanaian Independence Day with highlife and afrobeat sounds from such acclaimed artists as E.T. Mensah (“The King of Highlife”), Ebo Taylor, K. Frimpong, Pat Thomas and such groundbreaking compilations as Afrobeat Airways and Ghana Special that introduced music of that country to a wider international audience.

Tuesday, March 7

Global Village explores music from Ethiopia including music from the groundbreaking Ethiopiques series, U.S. based singer Aster Aweke, contemporary instrumental band Qwanqwa, the father of Ethio-jazz Mulatu Astatke, and Dub Colossus. Plus Afro-Brazilian sounds from Bixiga 70 and Tuareg /desert rock band Tinarawen.

Cape Verde’s Cesaria Evora

Wednesday, March 8

Global Village celebrates International Women’s Day with music from female artists from around the world – including Cape Verde’s barefoot diva Cesaria Evora, the Queen of Salsa Celia Cruz, Mali’s acclaimed Oumou Sangare, fado star Mariza, African vocal group Zap Mama, and rock icon Marianne Faithfull.

Strange Currency and Night Train will also have Women's Day Specials tonight.

Thursday, March 9

One of the more exciting developments in both jazz and world music has been the meeting of those two genres in works by artists from around the globe. Global Village explores some of those fusions of traditional styles and jazz from South Africa’s Hugh Masekela, Indian jazz fusion group the Arun Ramamurthy Trio, Haitian jazz ensemble Mozayik, Morocco’s Majid Bekka – and from the jazz side, Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood, and Brad Goode.

Global Village features Fela Kuti

Friday, March 10

This time in the Global Village, for the March world music classics feature it’s legendary songs and artists from Africa, including a variety of styles from Nigeria, South Africa, Mali, and more. Among the artists featured are Fela, King Sunny Ade, Miriam Makeba, Manu Dibango, and more recent impressive albums from Debademba, and the duo of Ballake Sissoko and Vincent Segal.