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:
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.
What does a West African garage band sound like? You'll hear one this week on Global A Go-Go -- Baba Commandant (pictured above) & The Mandingo Band from Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso.
They do rehearse in a garage (videos are available), and they rock out just as aggressively as an American garage band. It's just that the rhythms are a hell of a lot more complicated.
Also this week: the sound of spiritual jazz, music of Morocco and Algeria, and a visit to NYC's barrio.
This week's program is my first chance to share 2015's music with you. The year may still be very young, but I already have some winners to bring to your attention, starting with Gandadiko by Mali's Samba Toure (pictured above), which I already can tell will be one of my favorite albums of the year.
I also have excellent new releases to share from Kasse Mady Diabate, Boubacar Traore (looks like another banner year for Malian music, what else is new?) and the Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band. Plus some old favorites sprinkled throughout, because that's how we roll on Global A Go-Go.
Global A Go-Go kicks off 2015 with one last look back at 2014. This week, the focus is on individual songs: my favorite singles of the year, top tracks from albums that didn't quite make my best-of lists, and great songs hidden on otherwise forgettable long-players.
This annual "Best of the Rest" show invariably turns out to have just as much great music as the two program ("Best New Releases" and "Best Reissues/Compliations") that precede it -- like it or not, we're living in a singles era again, so recapping my favorite albums of the year misses a lot of top-shelf material. Check it out for yourself and see.
This week on Global A Go-Go, I'll run through my favorite compilations and reissues of 2014. For ten years, this category has been a consistent source of great material for my radio program, and it remains the fastest and cheapest way to build a great music collection.
The boom in global cratedigging has led to a plethora of excellent compilations and reissues, and 2014 continued this trend. Classic recordings from Turkey, southeast Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, Brazil, and all parts of Africa: all these and more are represented on my list, and on this week's show. Tune in and find some new old music to love.
Click "Read more" to see my 2014 Top Ten (compilations and reissues division).