Singing is at the center of South African music, which boasts a wide and rich array of vocal traditions. Two of South Africa's best known contemporary vocal groups - Soweto Gospel Choir and Ladysmith Black Mambazo - both have new albums and are currently on tour in the U.S. Throughout March, Global Village highlights music from the two, along with other great voices, vocal groups and vocal traditions throughout the recorded history of South African music.
Gospel artist Anita Wilson has released the single "That's What He's Done For Me" from her forthcoming sophomore project, Vintage Worship. Drawn to music and singing at an early age, the east St. Louis native developed a vocal style that merged traditional gospel with jazz, pop and R&B.
Night Train explores some jazz with international influences tonight – including music from Lebanese oud player Rabih Abou-Khalil, African guitarist Lionel Loueke, flamenco-jazz trumpeter Greg Duncan, the Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet and the Bobby Matos Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble. Plus, some “good vibes” from vibraphonists Gary Burton, Joe Locke, Stefon Harris and Christian Tamburr.
Monday, March 3:Blank Project is the latest release by Swedish-born singer-songwriter Neneh Cherry and her first album in 18 years. Cherry has said that the album is in part a mourning of her mother, who died in 2009. The singer is perhaps best known for her 1989 dance hit “Buffalo Stance.” We’ll hear from that record plus selections from featured artist Beck’s latest album, Morning Phase, his first album since 2008 and a record he has called a companion piece to his somber 2002 album Sea Change.