Islands, Fourth of July, Cape Verde, Franco, Zawinul and Cuban Pianists

monday july 4th

Global village celebrates the 4th of July with a rich array of music from artists around the world who now call America home, American artists inspired by the sounds of the world, and some of this country’s many great regional and ethnic music. Among the artists featured are three NEA Heritage Fellows – new klezmer pioneer Andy Statman, US-based Iraqi oud player Rahim AlHaj and Hawaiian guitarist Ledward Kaapana.

tuesday july 5

In conjunction with our Isles of July feature, Global village celebrates Cape Verde Independence Day. We’ll hear the music of the legendary Cesária Évora, Bau, Teófilo Chantre and his protege Fantcha, Elida Almeida, Bana – the ‘King of Morna’ and the Space Echo compilation which captured the developing modern sounds of the 70s and 80s. Vert.

Wednesday July 6

Global village marks the birthday of one of the giants of Congolese music – guitarist, songwriter and bandleader Franco, who helped shape the sound of Congolese rumba in a career that spanned four decades and hundreds of recordings. There’s also new music tonight from Colombian guitarist Juan Carlos Quintero, São Tomé & Príncipe band Africa Negra and top-flight salsa band Spanish Harlem Orchestra.

Thursday July 7

Global village features the world music side of jazz fusion keyboardist Joe Zawinul’s music on what would have been his 90th birthday. We’ll hear compositions he wrote and performed with Weather Report and as the leader of several of his own bands. We will also hear the latest from Ibibio Sound Machine, Avataar and Dawda Jobarteh.

Friday July 8

In conjunction with the July Islands feature, Global village heads to the music-rich island of Cuba for a program dedicated to Cuban pianists. We’ll hear from contemporary masters and rising stars, including grandfather and son Bebo and Chucho Valdés, Rubén González of the Buena Vista Social Club, Canadian artist Hilario Durán, and next-generation artists Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Harold López-Nussa.

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