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:
DJ Otto JD subbing in for Bill this week. Beautiful day and beautiful music,
And check out one of our featured groups tonight, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino. Enjoy.
Karikatura (pictured above) is a band that sounds like an amalgam of all the music you hear if you spend a day walking around New York City neighborhoods: the sounds coming out of apartment windows, shops, passing cars and even the subway. It's Afrobeat, cumbia, klezmer, hip hop and more rolled up into one young, very enegetic sextet.
Speaking of the subway, one of their longest-running gigs is in the Union Square subway station, as part of the Music Under New York program. They've also toured the world, and Ropeadope Records just released their first full-length album. They're making a stop in Richmond on Friday night at Balliceaux; before that happens, they'll do a live set on this week's edition of Global A Go-Go.
It happens that I live in a Congressional district (Virginia's 7th) where the key issue in the recent Republican primary was immigration -- not the economy, not unemployment, not healthcare. Here's a quick summary: the incumbent disliked immigration and wanted to make it more difficult, the challenger disliked it even more.
As the grandson of Italian immigrants (some of them illegal, even under the relatively relaxed laws of the early 20th century), I find both of those candidates' points of view repugnant. I think immigration is one of the main things that makes America great, and I think we ought to encourage more of it.
Since I've got the floor for two hours on the 4th of July, I'll use it to do a radio show on this subject -- two hours of great American music made by people who emigrated to America. Or if you prefer, you can call it two hours of music Dave Brat doesn't want made in America.
Here at WRIR, the flavor of summer 2014 is most definitely "Latin." We've received more good-to-excellent new Latin music releases in the last couple of months than at any other time in the first ten years we've been on the air.
We have so much good new Latin music that I'm going to feature an hour of it on this week's program. You'll hear WRIR premieres of new discs by Angolan-Congolese-American salsero Ricardo Lemvo (pictured above) and by Peuvian chicha supergroup the Cumbia All Stars, a track by Bio Ritmo (celebrating with a record release show at the Broadberry on Sunday night), and much more.
Also this week: one from Debo Band (also in town this weekend, Saturday night at the Broadberry), and a set of songs by "the James Brown of [your country's name here]."
This week, Global A Go-Go goes live -- Black Masala (pictured above), DC's gypsy-inspired brass band, plays live this Friday on Global A Go-Go before taking the stage at Balliceaux later that night.
If you haven't heard Black Masala yet ... well, you probably haven't been listening to my radio show lately. They're the Washington Area Music Association's 2013 "Best New Artist," they include members of DC-area stalwarts Thievery Corporation, See-I and Yellow Dubmarine, and they sound like a more Balkanized version of No BS! Brass. It's gonna be hot in the Live Room tonight!
Also this week: Mande virtuosos, twangy guitars of Latin America, and salsa's trombanga sound.
This week on Global A Go-Go, Elin (pictured above with Brazilian legend Jorge Ben) and Ben Takis of the band Alma Tropicalia drop by the studio for a chat. DC-based Alma Tropicalia, who specialize in psychedelic samba and Brazilian funk, will play later on Friday night at Balliceaux; we'll talk about the gig, the joys of tropicalia, DC's Brazilian community, and much more some time after 6 PM.
Also on this week's program: great female voices of the Sahara; brass bands from around the world; and of course some Brazilian psychedelia.