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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4/29/15 Global A Go-Go: Wednesday April 29, 3-5 PM

(Photo at University of Richmond's Booker Hall by WRIR's own DJ Carlito)

I'm back and I'm bearing plenty of new music -- that's the focus of this week's program.  Journalist/musician Banning Eyre's new biography of Thomas Mapfumo (pictured above in colorful shoes) is about to be published by Duke University Press; Eyre has curated a best-of CD to complement his book, so you'll hear the words and music of the Lion of Zimbabwe.

Also new to Global A Go-Go this week: smoking Malian sounds from Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba and Khaira Arby, a beautiful new collaboration between French guitarist Titi Robin and Moroccan sintir player Mehdi Nassouli, and the reissue of a 1970's Turkish folk-rock nugget by Mazhar Ve Fuat.  And plenty of great older music to go along with it.

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4/22/15 World Music Rocks (Let’s rock this Earth Day)

After a brief reggae opener, we'll be digging into some Brazillian rock starting wiht Os Brazoes.  The wonderful thing about Brazillian music fans is that they love all kinds of music - not just samba and tropicale but even rock from the USA.  We'll be checking out some 70s Brazillian rock then moving around the Earth for rock from Europe all kinds of great grooves.

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4/15/15 Global A Go-Go: Wednesday April 15, 3-5 PM

(photo by Alyssa C. Salomon)

Richmond Independent Radio's Spring 2015 Fund Drive is currently underway; it continues through Tuesday April 21.  We're intending to raise $35,000 in this spring's drive, which will keep WRIR doing all the great things it does 24/7 for the next six months.

We'd really appreciate your support in keeping community radio radio strong in Richmond -- WRIR is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, and we're building to make the next ten years even better.  You can make a donation in one of three ways:

  1. By visiting our secure online donation site at
  2. By calling 804-622-9747
  3. Or by visiting us in person at 1621-B W. Broad Street (2nd floor)
As always, I have something special lined up for my listeners during the fund drive.  The Afro-Zen Allstars, one of Richmond's most exciting new bands, will be performing live on Global A Go-Go on Wednesday April 15; the band is scheduled to hit the airwaves at 3:15 PM.

Afro-Zen is an octet led by George Lowe, formerly of Rattlemouth; the band plays George's arrangements of classic African material by Mulatu Astatke, Thomas Mapfumo, Bembeya Jazz and others.  And it's a true all star ensemble, featuring members of some of Richmond's most illustrious groups: Bio Rimo, No BS! Brass, Hotel X and many more.

As a special incentive to get you to donate, I will personally match the first $500 that is donated during my program, starting on Wednesday at 3 PM.  So put my money where my mouth is -- donate during Global A Go-Go and your contribution will be doubled.  And don't forget to tune in, on the airwaves at 97.3 FM or online at

Thank you for your support in the past, and thank you for considering making a donation during WRIR's Spring 2015 Fund Drive!

Follow me below the fold, if you'd like, for a little more inspiration ...

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4/8/15 Global A Go-Go: Wednesday April 8, 3-5 PM

We'll dig deep into Zulu music this week on Global A Go-Go, with a set of maskanda (the music of Zulu troubadors) and another of mbaqanga (which is basically what happened when maskanda met American R&B and funk).

You'll hear South African superstars like Mahlathini & The Girls Of Mgqashiyo (pictured above) and Busi Mhlongo plus a host of deep, deep cuts, all very suitable for dancing.

Also this week: Cuban classics, and folk-rock from around the world.

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4/1/15 Global A Go-Go: Wednesday April 1 3-5 PM

Dateline: Richmond, Virginia
April 1, 2015
For Immediate Release

WRIR has been a pace-setter among low-power FM radio stations since it was founded in 2005: it had the largest service area of any LPFM, it was the first LPFM to carry National Public Radio programs, and it was the first to serve as its home city's official emergency broadcaster.

Now WRIR sets the pace once again by announcing that it is selling out to iHeartMedia (formerly Clear Channel Communications), America's largest owner of radio stations, with the sale closing on April 1, 2015.  Terms are undisclosed.

(for the rest of the press release, click "read more")

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3/25/15 Global A Go-Go: Wednesday March 25 3-5 PM

I thought it was pretty cool when I had a Brazilian musician on my show a few weeks ago (see for details).  This week, I have a whole Brazilian band playing live in the studio.

All the way from Porto Alegre (nearly as far south as you can go in Brazil) come Marcelo Fruet & Os Cozinheiros.  They're working their way across the USA, including a stop at SXSW in Austin last week, and they're in Richmond now.  And you'll hear them play live on Global A Go-Go starting at about 4:00 on Wednesday.

Also this week: what would Yma Sumac fronting The Mamas & The Papas sound like?, and the Senegambian sound.  Plus I'll be giving away a pair of tickets to see tUnE-yArDs at the National on March 30 with Son Lux and Richmond SXSW heroes Avers.

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