Global A Go-Go

Bill Lupoletti | 3:00 - 5:00p.m. Wednesdays

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:

Fan of Global A Go-Go? You might also enjoy these other WRIR programs: The Motherland Influence - If Music Could Talk - Ambiance Congo - The Other Black Music - Mellow Madness

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Recent Blog Entries

7/8/15 Global A Go-Go: Wednesday July 8, 3-5 PM

The album pictured above has just been reissued by Analog Africa Records, as part of their Amara Toure collection simply entitled 1973-1980.  This is noteworthy because:

  • It's one of the best but least-heard African LPs of the 70s and 80s, and
  • You no longer need to spend $350.00 to buy a copy

Nope, in fact you can hear a track from it for free on this week's show, along with some other artists of similar vintage: Etoile De Dakar, Bembeya Jazz and Les Ambassadeurs.

Also this week: sounds of the Maghreb, mo' cumbia, and Balkan jazz.

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7/1/15 Global A Go-Go: Wednesday July 1, 3-5 PM

I've been listening to a lot of vintage South African music lately, courtesy of the incredible music blog Electric Jive (, which is run by a group of record collectors that includes Richmond's own Siemon Allen.

On this week's show I'll spin a set of SA music from the late 70s and early 80s that combines local traditions with the influence of globally-popular African-American music of that era.  There are a few terms for it: Soul Jive, Disco Jive, Bump Jive.  Whatever you call it, it's all funky, catchy, danceable music and really hard to find nowadays.  Tune in and check it out for yourself.

Also this week: folk-rock in French, the golden age of Mali is now, and psychedelic cumbia.

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6/24/15 Global A Go-Go: Wednesday June 24, 3-5 PM

The June solstice is in the rear view mirror, and we've hit 99 degrees on the thermometer.  So it must be time for a summer dance party, and Global A Go-Go delivers the goods this week.

Colombia's Bomba Estereo (pictured above), Trinidad's Bunji Garlin and South Africa's Nozinja are making the music you'll hear on global dance floors this summer -- you get all of them and more on this week's program.

Also this week: some jazzy ska, Balkan brass & beats, and the golden age of West Africa featuring new discs from Les Ambassadeurs and Amara Toure.

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6/17/15 Filling in for Bill

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6/10/15 Global A Go-Go: Wednesday June 10, 3-5 PM

One of the best party bands in the world, Chile's cumbia ambassadors Chico Trujillo (pictured above) have a new album -- you'll hear their take on Tex-Mex norteno music on this week's show, along with some artists who are closer to the source.

Also this week: Turkish folk-rock from the 1970s, a roots reggae sampler, and salsa with trombones.

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6/3/15 Global A Go-Go: Wednesday June 3, 3-5 PM

The latest and greatest sound in electronic dance music comes all the way from Limpopo, in northeast South Africa: that's the birthplace of Soweto-based producer Richard Mthetwa, aka Nozinja (above center, with two members of the Tshetsha Boys).

Nozinja's first-world debut album Lodge has just been released by Warp Records, and it's a blast.  You'll hear two tracks from it on this week's show, plus one by the Tshetsha Boys.

Also this week: contemporary son oriente from Cuba; calypso, konpa and highlife; and some new music from Mali and Niger.

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