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:
Recent Blog Entries
With the year winding down to its close, it's time for Global A Go-Go's look at the best world music releases of 2013. I'll devote three weeks to this subject:
- This week you'll hear my favorite new recordings of the year: Global A Go-Go's Top Ten, plus an additional ten runners-up
- On next week's program (December 13), I'll feature my favorite compilations, reissues and historic recordings from 2013
- And in two weeks (December 20), it's the best of the rest: my favorite songs, top tracks from albums that didn't quite make the list, and hidden gems
Click "Read more" to see the winners.
11/29/13 One Wild and Crazy Guy
Filling in for Bill tonight. We're going to travel to the Czech Republic and play music in lots of different genres with a special focus on Czech tramping music and their unique bluegrass tradition. But there will be plenty of other music as well. So keep it tuned here. Because I'm one wild and crazy DJ...
Yortuk Festrunk (aka The Haberdasher)
Link to Czech Heritage Society - http://www.virginiaczechslovak.org/
I'm featuring a set of one of my current pleasures, Turkish psychedelic rock from the 1970's, on this week's edition of Global A Go-Go. You'll hear a recent reissue by Alpay, two tracks from the legendary Baris Manco, and one by Derdiyoklar Ikilisi (pictured above), a band that knows how to travel in style.
Also this week: what's new in the world of Afropop, mo' Balkan beats, and salsa from around the world.
"I have a VW Bug and a guitar / I'm for Flamengo and I have a black girl named Tereza / I'm a boy of average intelligence, that's right / But even so I am very happy, content, I don't owe anything to anybody"
Jorge Ben Jor, "Pais Tropical," 1969
Jorge Ben Jor (pictured above) is Brazil's everyman-poet, a man who's beyond legendary in his home country. He's on tour in the USA for the first time in eight years, and I'm looking forward to seeing him this Saturday at the Howard Theatre in DC. To get warmed up for the event, this week I'll spin a set of his tunes and a medley of covers as well.
How about a set of Balkan blasters this week? Como no! I'll be spinning some tunes that will have you up and spinning, including a pre-release from Kal (pictured above), one of my favorite bands from ex-Yugoslavia, and new ones by the Boban & Marko Markovic Orchestra and from a pairing of France's Latcho Drom with Hungary's Parno Graszt.
I'll also have a ticket giveaway in which one lucky listener will win a pair of passes to see reggae legends Black Uhuru at the Southern in Charlottesville. More info here:
Thank you to the 506 people who donated more than $40,000 so far during WRIR's Fall '13 Fund Drive. It's been a great success once again, thanks to you the listener -- you make this station possible, and we're so grateful for your support.
I said "so far" for a reason -- we're happy to continue accepting your donations, and providing you with some awesome donor premiums, even thought the drive is officially over. You can help take us to $41,000 and beyond by clicking and donating here:
And a special thank-you goes out to the 47 donors who named Global A Go-Go as one of their favorite WRIR programs. I'm flattered, and I owe all of you a great program this week -- hell, I owe you a great program every week.