Monday, April 23
More global guitars this time in the Global Village for the April Guitar Month feature, including Indian electric guitarist Prasanna, Indian slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya, Jamaican guitar legend Ernest Ranglin, the guitar duo of Larry Coryell and Steve Khan, a flamenco guitar/ukulele duo with Pepe Romero and Daniel Ho, the Montreal Guitare Trio, Mandinka guitar master Djessou Mory Kante, and Malagasy guitarist D’Gary.
Tuesday, April 24
Global Village marks the birthday of John Williams, exploring some of the world music projects the acclaimed classical guitarist has done. It’s also the birthday of Cuban-born percussionist Horacio Hernandez and of percussionist Collin Walcott, who was a founding member of the pioneering world chamber jazz ensemble, Oregon, and part of the Codona trio with Don Cherry and Nana Vasconcelos.
Wednesday, April 25
In conjunction with the April Guitar Month feature, Global Village highlights guitar duos from around the globe. We’ll hear Malian legend Ali Farka Toure with Ry Cooder; Maninka guitar master Djessou Mory Kante with one of Africa’s greatest players, Djelimady Tounkara; Brazilian brothers Sergio and Odair Assad; the popular Costa Rican/Iranian duo of Strunz & Farah; and from Vietnam, Nguyen Le with Ngo Hong Quang.
Thursday, April 26
Today is Union Day, marking the date in 1964 when Tanganyika and Zanzibar united to become Tanzania. We’ll highlight music from some of the great guitar bands from that country, including Remmy Ongala, the Vijana Jazz Band and more; showcase groups from Zanzibar, including the Culture Musical Club performing with world-blues artist Taj Mahal, and the century old Ikhwani Saffa Musical Club; and conclude with a lovely piece called Tanganyika from a 1950s album of the same name from the Buddy Collette-Chico Hamilton Sextet.
Friday, April 27
Global Village marks Independence Day in Sierra Leone with music from that African nation, including Janka Nabay (who just passed away at the beginning of this month), Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, palm wine guitarist S.E. Rogie, and a compilation of ‘50s palm wine music from Sierra Leone from the Original Music label established by pioneering world music writer and label owner John Storm Roberts.