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

5/20/15 Global A Go-Go: Wednesday May 20, 3-5 PM

Lila Downs (pictured above) has a new album out -- it's called Balas Y Chocolate (Bullets & Chocolate), it's one of the best things I've heard this year, and you'll hear a song from it on this week's program.

And there's more new music to go with Lila's: Balkan jams by Tipsy Oxcart and Taraf De Haidouks, salsa meets timba by Ola Fresca, cumbia from Rana Santacruz, chango-ska by Macaco (hey, he must be George Allen's favorite singer!) and The Very Best's Afro-electronica.

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5/13/15 Global A Go-Go: Wednesday May 13, 3-5 PM

It's cumbia time this week on Global A Go-Go: Balkan brass inna cumbia stylee courtesy of Fanfare Ciocarlia and G-Flux, a new track from Calexico, and whole lot more.

Also this week: jazzy new sounds from Mali; ska, rocksteady and dancehall; and beautiful new songs by Elida Almeida and Titi Robin & Mehdi Nassouli.

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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!

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