Specials: South African Gospel Choir, Fat Tuesday, Honoring Paco de Lucia

Mar 3, 2014

Featured group: The Soweto Gospel Choir
Credit sowetogospelchoir.com

Monday,  March 3

SPECIAL: In this special edition of Global Village, we talk with two members of the acclaimed South African group the Soweto Gospel Choir (currently in the midst of a three-month, 30-city tour of the U.S.) and explore music from the ensemble, including their latest and sixth album, Divine Decade. We’ll also highlight some other great South African voices – including Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Miriam Makeba. We’ll hear the original version of “Mbube” (later recorded as “Wimoweh” and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”) that was first done in South Africa in 1939 by Solomon Linda and the Original Evening Birds.

Tuesday, March 4

SPECIAL: It’s carnival time in the Global Village! Celebrating Fat Tuesday, Global Village heads to the hot spots of Brazil for samba sounds, Trinidad for calypso and steel drum music, and to the Crescent City for Mardi Gras Indian group Wild Tchoupitoulas, and Mardi Gras favorites from Professor Longhair, the Hawketts and more.

Wednesday, March 5

This time in the Global Village, it’s music with a Portuguese twist – including L’Arpeggiata’s Mediterranean project with special guest, Portuguese singer Misia; the debut release from veteran Cape Verdean singer Ze Luis; Brazilian singer, pianist and composer Tania Maria; and some samba reggae from Jimmy Cliff.

Thursday, March 6

SPECIAL: Global Village pays tribute to the legendary flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia, who passed away unexpectedly last week at the age of 66. He was known for his technical brilliance and for his pioneering work in shaping the ‘new flamenco’ style that brought different influences into the music. Global Village highlights work from throughout his career, including his first big hit from 1973 (“Entre Dos Aguas”) and from his Latin Grammy winning Cositas Buenas album, as well as collaborations with the legendary flamenco singer Camaron de la Isla, the Guitar Trio (with Al DiMeola and John McLaughlin) and with Chick Corea.

Friday,  March 7

New Month, New Music show – New releases featured the first Friday of every month on all three Friday evening music programs: Global Village, Strange Currency and Crossroads.

The Global Village New Month, New Music show features the best of new world music releases, this time including:

Riverboat Records’ 25th anniversary double-disc compilation

New 'Rough Guide' compilations: Arabic Café and Scottish Music

Acclaimed new Irish supergroup, The Gloaming

New Flamenco group Jerez-Texas

Mike Marshall with the Turtle Island Quartet

March's featured artists, the Soweto Gospel Choir.