Monday March 24
Global Village marks the birthday of Paul McCandless with music he did with the group he co-founded, the world chamber jazz ensemble, Oregon – along with guest appearances he made with Bela Fleck and Nguyen Le. Plus a classic from Van Morrison and new music from Anoushka Shankar- daughter of Ravi Shankar, and the critically acclaimed Tuareg group, Tinariwen.
Tuesday March 25
Global Village celebrates the birthday of musician, songwriter, producer, salsa pioneer, and co-founder of Fania Records and the Fania All Stars – Johnny Pacheco. Plus more great South African voices for the March feature – this time from the Soweto Gospel Choir and also Ladysmith Black Mambazo with Mavis Staples – and new music from Australian afrobeat band, the Liberators, the Spanish flamenco Nuevo group Jerez Texas, and the new compilation The Ultimate Guide to Spanish Folk.
Wednesday March 26
Global Village highlights fiddles and flutes this time – including the ‘fiddles’ of Beausoleil, Jordi Savall, and Violons Barbares, and the flutes of Yusef Lateef, Flook, and a featured flute in music from the Pacific Mambo Orchestra, this year’s surprise winner of the Tropical Music Grammy. Plus new music from two new Rough Guide compilations – Scottish Music and Arabic Café.
Thursday March 27
Global Village highlights some interesting and different world fusions – including the meeting of jazz and traditional Puerto Rican music from trombonist Roswell Rudd and cuatro player Yomo Toro; a blend of Sicilian, Middle Eastern and jazz influences by the Italian group Ettna; the acclaimed Songhai project with kora player Toumani Diabate, flamenco Nuevo group Ketama, and English folk-rock bassist Danny Thompson; and guitarist Bill Frisell with Brazil’s Vinicius Cantuaria.
Friday March 28
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 new album Eve, dedicated to the women of Africa and featuring a number of female choirs), the Silly Sisters, the Roches, and for the March ‘Great Voices of South Africa’ feature – the Mahotella Queens and the 12 Apostles Church Choir.