March 2016 Global Beat Archives

Today's show opens with a lot of French – la Francaise du Canada.  Groups from Quebec such as La Bottine Souriante and Le Vent Du Nord !  After that opening set we hear some tracks from Michael Franti and then we go south for La Musica de Cuba.  Highlights include Manolin, Paulito F.G. & Sierra Maestra, Omar Sosa & Bebo Valdes.  Additional highlights include Cigala & Buika from Spain before closing with a new track from Malian artist Rokia Traore.

Starting off with the new release I ended last week's show with — from Rokia Traore' of Mali – three tracks from the cd "Ne So".  Moving on from that inspration we hear from a couple other Mali interpreters: one Khaira Darby the other jazz chanteuse Dee Dee Bridgewater, coming to The Dakota this weekend for 2 shows both Sun. night & Mon.

Black Voices and Legends start out the program today.  Thelonious & Ella lead into Dee Dee Bridgewater and a two song set of her New Orleans tribute "Dee Dee's Feathers".  Then we jump into some Latin sounds of Cuba & Spain. I speak of the Cuba Film Festival's Thurs. night screening, "They Are We" – the story of a separated culture lost and then found 170 yrs. later.  This film will be shown only this Thursday night; 7 pm at St.

This week I open with tangos… a recent release from Ruben Blades and an international blend.  More Latin American songs follow ; from Lila Downs to Cuba.  Again Global Beat features more Cuban varieties in honor of President Obama's historic tour.

Upon hearing the County Attorney's ruling in Jamar Clark's death – Global Beat presents sounds of resistance from the apartheid days in South Africa, coinciding with the return next week to The Cedar of Vusi Mahlasela, from So.