A Haitian Tribute to Nelson Mandela, Africa's First Rock Band, and 'Classic Meets Cuban'
Monday February 17
SPECIAL: Global Village celebrates Presidents’ Day with music from artists who ran for or won the position of president – including Dizzy Gillespie, Fela, Ruben Blades, and the current president of Haiti – Michel Martelly – plus some ambassadors from Haiti and Brenda Fassie’s musical tribute to South African president, Nelson Mandela.
Tuesday February 18
This time in the Global Village, it’s music from Cape Verde’s ‘barefoot diva,’ Cesaria Evora; roots reggae great Burning Spear; Crescent City favorites, the Meters; and music from both the Albion Country Band and the current edition of the Albion Band headed up by the son of founding member Ashley Hutchings.
Wednesday February 19
Global Village highlights artists from across the African continent – including Nigeria’s BLO (often credited as Africa’s first rock band), the Central African Republic’s Bibi Tanga & the Selenites (named for moon creatures in an H.G. Wells story), Uganda’s Geoffrey Oryema, the critically acclaimed Congelese band Staff Benda Bilili, and February featured artist (from Benin) Angelique Kidjo.
Thursday February 20
It’s a kora extravaganza this time in the Global Village, with a wide array of kora styles from the more traditional to unusual musical fusions put together by violinist Regina Carter, singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, the Kora Band, the World Kora Trio and more.
Friday February 21
Global Village marks the birthday of classical guitar legend Andres Segovia and of world-blues artist Corey Harris. There also more from February featured artist Angelique Kidjo – this time from the Oyaya! album, which celebrates the links between African and Caribbean music, and the Oyo album, which features music from artists who helped shape her sound. Plus, classics from Peter Tosh and War, and classical meets Cuban with a new import release from the Klazz Brothers & Cuba Percussion.