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

11/25/15 Global A Go-Go: Wednesday November 25, 3-5 PM

On Wednesday at 3 PM you might be on your way to visit relatives for Thanksgiving, but I'll be in WRIR's studios bringing you two hours of music that will make sitting in traffic a little bit more tolerable.

This week you'll hear a track from Analog Africa and Teranga Beat's fabulous new Senegal 70 compilation, a song recorded in 1976 and unreleased until this Friday.  Also on the new music tip there's singer-songwriter M'Toro Chamou from Ile De Mayotte; French soul-reggae band Soul Sugar; Jamaican dancehall toaster Protoje; and XIXA, a chicha band from Tucson -- all artists being played for the first time ever on Global A Go-Go.

Oh, and a new record from an artist that I've played more than a few times -- Bio Ritmo's brand new single, which goes on sale December 1.

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11/18/15 Somos Familia

Very few words, just listen.  And feel free to comment via Twitter: @thediscocat, giving the studio a call: 804.649.9737, or finding Cosmic Slop on Facebook.

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11/11/15 Global A Go-Go: Wednesday November 11, 3-5 PM

How good could a band who never released a recording during their original life be?  In the case of Dieuf-Dieul De Thies (pictured above), the answer is "on par with the best-known Senegalese artists of their day: Orchestra Baobab and Etoile De Dakar."

Volume 2 of Dieuf-Dieul's original 1981-82 sessions has just been issued by Teranga Beat Records; you'll hear a nice long, spacious selection from it on this week's program.  By the way, the band's original members are so excited about their 30-year-delayed career as recording artists that they've reunited to gig in Senegal and are hoping to tour Europe and the USA next year.  More power to them!

Also this week: dub and blues, two great tastes that taste great together; the newest Balkan beats from Germany, Bosnia, Moldova and Washington DC; and 21st century Afrobeat.

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11/4/15 Global A Go-Go: Wednesday November 4, 3-5 PM

By popular demand I'll play some roots reggae this week, including a request to hear The Mighty Diamonds plus the new album by Cote D'Ivoire's Tiken Jah Fakoly (pictured above), probably my favorite reggae release of the year.

Also this week: the oriental sound in West African music, another trip to the Islamic funk belt, and guitar heroes of the Sahel.

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10/28/15 Global A Go-Go: Wednesday October 28, 3-5 PM

Amother successful WRIR fund drive, our 22nd, is now in the books.  Here's a big Global A Go-Go thank you to the over 480 donors who contributed more than $38,000 in our Fall 2015 Fund Drive.  And a special thanks to the 42 folks who named Global A Go-Go as one of their favorite programs -- I'm truly honored.

Remember, it's not too late to donate -- we still have the special Fall 2015 Fund Drive premiums available if you donate online by clicking that red "Donate now" button in the top right hand corner of your screen.

Now that we've wrapped up another successful fund drive that will keep WRIR in the black for another six months, it's time to celebrate the best way I know how: with two hours of killer music from around the world.

I have lots of new October releases to share with you this week: Austin's Latin funk killers Grupo Fantasma (pictured above); ace Malian sideman Adama Yalomba stepping out in front of his own band; deep reggae grooves from Jamaica's Luciano, Akae Beka of St. Croix and New Zealand's Fat Freddy's Drop; and DC Balkan blasters Black Masala.

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10/21/15 Global A Go-Go: Wednesday October 21, 3-5 PM

(Art by Lynn Murphy for the Go Bike! project)

Richmond Independent Radio's Fall 2015 Fund Drive is currently underway; it continues through Tuesday October 27.  We're intending to raise $35,000 in this fall's drive, which will keep WRIR doing everything it does for Richmond and for our listener base, 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.  Capoeira Resistencia will be performing live on Global A Go-Go on Wednesday October 21.  Capoeira Resistencia was founded in 1992 by Mestre Panao (Robson Alexandre Pedro) in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  Mestre Panao moved to Richmond in 2006, where he operates his studio on Buford Road in Bon Air.

Capoeira is an over 400 year old Brazilian martial art developed by West African slaves and escaped slaves; it incorporates dance, acrobatics and music along with self-defense.  After soccer, it's believed to be the second most popular sport in Brazil, and it's developed a strong following of participants in the USA and all over the world.  The music of capoeira, performed by voices and percussion instruments, is an integral part of the practice of the sport -- games, exercises and performances are always accompanied by music.

Here's a special incentive to get you to donate.  There will be a $500 challenge during Global A Go-Go -- the first $500 that's donated during my program, starting on Wednesday at 3 PM, will be matched by a pair of generous contributors.  So get some extra bang for your buck -- 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 Fall 2015 Fund Drive!

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