Global Village at GroundUP, Portuguese-Speaking Africa, Trinidad, Gloria Estefan and What’s New

monday august 29

On the last Monday of each month, we present our award-winning monthly concert series featuring the world’s top artists and music groups. This month, we’re heading to the GroundUP Music Festival in Miami Beach, an innovative event featuring unique concerts, master classes and artist interactions, all in a tropical setting.

Alongside the August Global Drums feature, we’ll hear the music of one of the most exciting percussionists on the Latin music scene today, Pedrito Martínez. Originally from Cuba and now based in the United States, Martínez helped found the Afro-Cuban/Afro beat band Yerba Buena, appeared on a hundred albums, worked with a who’s who of musicians and leads his own band, presented here in an uninterrupted and energetic performance of contemporary Afro-Cuban music.

Tuesday August 30

Global village visits Portuguese speakers, the five nations of Africa – Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and São Tomé – where Portuguese is an official language. Among the artists featured are Cesária Évora from Cape Verde, Angolan singers Bonga and Waldemar Bastos, Orchestra Marrabenta Star from Moçambique, Super Mamba Djombo from Guinea-Bissau and São Tomé, Africa Negra.

Wednesday August 31

Global village celebrates Independence Day in Trinidad and Tobago. The twin island nation has a rich musical culture, famous for its calypso, soca (a modernized form of calypso), and steel drum music. Some great performers and recordings, as well as different approaches to the sounds of the country, are featured in this Independence Day special – including music from Mighty Sparrow, Lord Kitchener, David Rudder, Calypso Rose, Andy Narell…and Maya Angelou!

Thursday, September 1

Global village celebrates singer Gloria Estefan’s birthday with music from her Spanish-language albums and appearances she’s made with Celia Cruz and BB King. We are also launching our September feature on the world violin with eclectic master Federico Britos. And we’ll hear new music from Colombian band Rebolú, contemporary shisha band Bareto and Malian guitar star Vieux Farka Touré.

friday september 2

It’s time for the new month/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:

  • The long-awaited reunion of two giants of Cuban music – Chucho Valdés and Paquito D’Rivera
  • Colombian singer Xiomara Torres
  • Another cross-cultural collaboration of Senegalese kora player Ablaye Cissoko with French accordionist Cyrille Brotto
  • Innovative Ethiopian singer Minyeshu
  • And in conjunction with the September feature Global Violins, we’ll hear from projects led by Gerd Putscheff, Päivi Hirvonen and Optur.

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