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:
Global A Go-Go closes out its 10-year Friday night run with an all-African program. You'll hear singer-songwriters from Senegal and Mali, the Walias Band (pictured above) as part of a set of Ethiopian music (kinda like what I'll be spinning later on Friday at Portrait House: https://www.facebook.com/events/604152343049030), classic highlife, and some Afro-funk to wrap things up.
Starting on Monday, WRIR is expanding its music programming to start at 3 PM on weekdays, and Global A Go-Go is part of that expansion. Please join me every Wednesday from 3 to 5 PM starting on March 4th, either on the air or on the webstream. And if that time isn't convenient for you, WRIR's listeing portal and my podcasts allow you to listen to me on Friday at 5, or any time you choose.
Temperatures below zero Fahrenheit may be in the cards tonight, so we could really use a Carnaval Do Brasil, right? Well, there's one going on at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery this evening -- it features Jailton "Dende" Macedo (pictured above) and his band, plus Bio Ritmo, Capoeira Resistencia and WRIR's own Mike Murphy spinning Brazilian vinyl.
I'll be spinning Brazilian sounds on the air as well: some tropicalia, a track from Dende and two from his former employer, Carlinhos Brown. Also this week: new music by The Sway Machinery and Aziz Sahmaoui, bands that dig mariachi and banda, and the funky rhythms of Wassoulou.
Global A Go-Go visits Madagascar this week -- the world's fourth largest island and biggest producer of vanilla is also an exporter of a wide variety of outstanding music.
You'll also hear some reggae hybrids: reggae meets salsa, for example, in the case of Rebel Tumbao (pictured above). But how about reggae meets the synagogue? Got that too. Plus new Dengue Fever, Central American garifuna music, Haitian konpa and more.
Tonight is WRIR's tenth anniversary party, the Party For The Rest Of Us, getting underway as soon as Global A Go-Go wraps up at 7 PM. The festivities take place, as always, at the Renaissance Ballroom, 107 W. Broad Street, right smack in the middle of the First Fridays action. We're looking forward to seeing all of you there!
And tonight marks the tenth time that Global A Go-Go has provided the prelude to WRIR's anniversary party. I'll send you on your way to the party with new and old West African sounds, some Latin remixes, Indian and African brass, and a little DC go-go on your way out the door.
Black Masala (pictured above) returns to Global A Go-Go this week. They're a gypsy-inspired brass band from Washington DC who damn near blew the doors down when they played in WRIR's Live Room back in June.
Black Masala is back in Richmond for another live performance -- they're at the Camel Friday night along with M.H. And His Orchestra and Love Logic. But before that, they'll be back in the Live Room on Global A Go-Go -- don't miss it!
I have a whole set of Brazilian music cued up for you this week, including one from the great Jorge Ben (pictured above with his VW Beetle) and covers of two of his hits. Also new music from Brooklyn dhol-and brass octet Red Baraat and west coast reggae jack-of-all-trades E.N Young, a set of Congolese classics, and much more.