Monday, November 29
The last Monday of each month is Global village at the Savannah Music Festival, a monthly concert series featuring the world’s best artists and bands who have performed at the prestigious annual event that takes place each spring in Savannah, Georgia.
This time around, in conjunction with the saxophone month of November, it’s the popular Romanian Roma fanfare Fanfare Ciocărlia. The group’s first major tour and debut album in the late 90s paved the way for Balkan brass bands on the international stage. They remain among the most successful brass ensembles, topping the world’s music charts, touring internationally and appearing in several films. The group celebrated its 25th anniversary with the release of the new album, It wasn’t hard to love you.
Tuesday, November 30
It’s Tuesday I give and Global village devotes the entire show to trendy songs. We’ll hear clips from the Playing for Change series, The Same Heart soundtrack, Bob Marley, The Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band, and more. Launched in 2012 by 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation, Giving Tuesday hopes to encourage charitable giving in the spirit of the holiday season.
Wednesday December 1
Global village marks World AIDS Day with a special dedicated to the music side of the world of “Red Hot” releases, a series of about two dozen recordings in a variety of styles to benefit the Red Hot Foundation. Since its debut in 1989, the Red Hot series has involved some 400 hundred international artists and raised millions of dollars for AIDS education and prevention programs around the world. Among the artists featured on the show are João Gilberto, Tony Allen, Los Lobos, David Byrne and Salif Keita.
Thursday 2 December
Global village dedicates this special to the first inductees of the Transglobal World Music Chart Music Hall of Fame. TWMC is a group of music critics and radio hosts from around the world who collaborate each month on a list of new world music releases and share information and resources to bring the best of world music to their audiences. Global village was among the judges of this first annual event, honoring important living artists, industry and media excellence, and major personalities who have passed through the In Memoriam category. This special edition of Global Village features selections from all the musicians honored this time around. For the full list and more on the TWMC, visit http://www.transglobalwmc.com/
Friday 3 December
It’s the new month / time for new music in the Global Village. Each month, Global Village dedicates the entire show to the best of recently released and upcoming world music albums. Among the highlights this time:
- Two awe-inspiring ’70s compilations – one featuring pioneering Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi and the other featuring unreleased Ghanaian highlife from the Essiebons label
- The return of Swedish folk-rock group Hoven Droven
- Puuluup original Estonian nu-folk
- New Mediterranean music by Molo Sayat
- The catchy horns and percussions of A Espetacular Charanga do França
- And two new holiday releases – Los Asesinos’ inventive Latin jazz picks up holiday classics and contemporary songs from Sarah Aroeste’s Hannukah