Global A Go-Go
Bill Lupoletti | Fridays 5 - 7pm
I describe Global A Go-Go as "music from around the world in the universal language of groove." In short, you could call it a world music program that emphasizes the danceable over the folkloric.
"World music" is one of those terms that everybody uses but nobody claims to like; I guess I'm that group too. My favorite definition of world music is that it's "local music from somewhere else." That's a pretty good description of my show as well: most of the artists I play aren't the least bit obscure, they're just popular somewhere other than Richmond Virginia.
I live in a metropolitan area (and a country, for that matter) that is becoming more diverse at a rapid pace. Not everybody recognizes it, and more than a few people are actively resistant to it. But resistance is futile: America has always been a multicultural nation, and now's the time for a little bit more multicultural radio programming.
I've been recording and podcasting my show since 2004, even before WRIR began broadcasting. You can find a ridiculously large number of Global A Go-Go podcasts here:
With Ukraine (in dark blue above, graphic courtesy of the Canadian Joint Delegation to NATO, @CanadaNATO) in the news every day, I thought this would be a good time to feature that country's music on the radio.
I have some assistance in this effort: my frequent guest Vlad Cuiujuclu, the only person I know who has four U's in his surname, has selected most of the music for this week's program. Vlad, a native of Moldova, is well-versed in all forms of Eastern European music -- we'll spin everything from folk to punk and electronica on this mind-broadening, newsworthy edition of Global A Go-Go.
My colleague David Noyes of The Motherland Influence (Sundays at 5 PM on WRIR) has been raving all year about the compilation of music from Burkina Faso that's pictured above. I finally bought a copy, and guess what -- he's right to rave, it's fabulous, one of the best things I've heard all year. I'll play you a track this week (first of many to come, I'm sure) so you can hear for yourself.
Also on this week's program: brand new music by Malouma (not only one of Mauritania's most famous singers, also the first woman ever elected to that country's legislature); Manu Chao collaborating with Colombia's Doctor Krapula; and some killer salsa dura.
This week on Global A Go-Go, you'll hear Afrobeat in all its varieties: a 1969 Fela Kuti classic reissued; the jazzy influences of Shaolin Afronauts, Zongo Junction and Somi; and an Afro-Latin burner by Jungle Fire (pictured above). And they're all new releases, to boot.
Also this week: Turkish psych from the 60s, 70s and 80s; music of the maroons -- escaped African slaves in the Caribbean and South America; the Berlin beat -- my favorite Berlin bands that didn't play in town when I was there.
Bill's out of the office today, so I'm (Garry Morse, DJ for WRIR's Lost Music Saloon, Mondays 5-7 p.m.) filling in for him. I lived on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands for 8 years, and on Guam out in the Pacific Ocean for another 7 years. I've been lucky enough to be able to travel around the globe, and in addition to the sights and experiences that foreign trips allow, I've always made it a point to sample two things during my travels: Local music & local foods!
Today's Global a Go-Go will focus primarily on the music of Africa, and on the music of various islands around the world, but you'll also hear music from the Middle East, Europe, Japan, Southeast Asia and Australia as well. That's a lot of exotic music, but most of it will be friendly to Western ears.
So kick back, and ENJOY!
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I'm back after two weeks on vacation -- thank you to Otto Konrad and Eric Walters for holding down the fort in my absense. And that's my back above, perusing the miles of "Weltmusik" (German for "world music") at Dussmann das KulturKaufhaus in Berlin. Who says the music mega-store is dead?
On this week's show, you'll hear two bands I saw live in Berlin: Chile's Chico Trujillo and local cumbiamba La Mula Santa. I'll also offer a belated tribute to Charlie Haden, play salsa Africana circa 1969 and today, and wrap things up with a set of Afro-funk.