This week on Global Village: Reissues of rare African recordings, Arbor Day with Orchestra Baobab
Monday April 21
Global Village travels to Italy for music from Calibro 35, and their blend of funk, jazz and Italian crime drama soundtrack music, and for world-jazz ensemble, Elianto; to Eastern Europe for traditional music from the group Harmonia; and to Africa for Malian guitarist and vocalist Sidi Toure, popular ‘70s Ghanian band Vis-A-Vis, and Benin’s most famous export, Angelique Kidjo.
Tuesday April 22
Global Village marks the birthday of Latin soul and boogaloo star Joe Cuba; continues with more music from April featured artist, flamenco guitar great Paco de Lucia – this time from his breakthrough Fuente y Caudal album and also on a song he did with revered flamenco singer Camaron de la Isla; and highlights new music from the Let’s Boogaloo Vol. 6 compilation and Ziggy Marley.
Wednesday April 23
This time in the Global Village – music from Buika, Bebo (Valdes), Bossacucanova, Bembeya Jazz National, and lots of brass – including the Bollywood Brass Band, the Crescent City’s New Birth Brass Band, and Romanian gypsy brass band Fanfare Ciocarlia with gypsy jazz guitarist Adrian Raso. Plus more music from flamenco jazz guitar great Paco de Lucia, the Global Village featured artist for April.
Thursday April 24
Global Village highlights two important reissues of rare African recordings – the self-titled 1977 release from Ghanian Afrobeat pioneer Ebo Taylor and the third in a series of compilations from Benin’s Orchestre Poly-Rythmo with selections never before released outside Africa. Plus music from one of the classic ‘60s Prestige albums from Pucho & the Latin Soul Brothers, some Hammond organ work from Steve Winwood and classics from James Brown and Richie Havens.
Friday April 25
Global Village celebrates Arbor Day with music from the critically acclaimed Senegalese band, Orchestra Baobab and some other tree-themed tunes. Also more from April featured artist Paco de Lucia as part of the Guitar Trio with Al DiMeola and John McLaughlin, and new music from Mike Marshall & the Turtle Island Quartet.