November 2017 Global Beat Archives

Opening today's program in St. Paul with long-time music professor at Macalester, Sowah Mensah's cd, "Gourds – NTOA".  Then another artist with MN roots, Lila Downs from Oaxaca.  Then music from Haitian ensemble, Boukman Eksperyans.  More diversity as African bandleaders, Ricardo Lemvo (Congo) & Mashek Fashek (from West Africa) are followed by a Trin-bagonian Kaiso star – Black Stalin – doing his own truth-telling.  Back home to 2 tracks from MN-born Bob Dylan and a relatively unknown song by Iowan Greg Brown.

As election results came in overnight – this was an election themed show in small parts; continuing to survey the horizon around the planet – since we are – still – all earthlings.  A typical purview of the musical landscape – in broad strokes.  From Monk onto Ukraine – and of course, Africa back to Afro Cuban rhythms and some sweet sounds of gospel-folk-rock.

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