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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3/25/15 Global A Go-Go: Wednesday March 25 3-5 PM

I thought it was pretty cool when I had a Brazilian musician on my show a few weeks ago (see for details).  This week, I have a whole Brazilian band playing live in the studio.

All the way from Porto Alegre (nearly as far south as you can go in Brazil) come Marcelo Fruet & Os Cozinheiros.  They're working their way across the USA, including a stop at SXSW in Austin last week, and they're in Richmond now.  And you'll hear them play live on Global A Go-Go starting at about 4:00 on Wednesday.

Also this week: what would Yma Sumac fronting The Mamas & The Papas sound like?, and the Senegambian sound.  Plus I'll be giving away a pair of tickets to see tUnE-yArDs at the National on March 30 with Son Lux and Richmond SXSW heroes Avers.

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3/18/15 Global A Go-Go: Wednesday March 18 3-5 PM

I'll be joined in the studio this week by Bernadette Stephens Cruse, lead singer of Fado Nosso, Richmond's leading fado band.  Fado is the Portuguese blues, a 200-year-old genre that combines folk melodies, influences from Lusophone colonies Brazil, Cape Verde and Angola, and the ineffable feeling Portuguese speakers refer to as saudade.

Fado Nosso will be a central part in a unique event that's happening this weekend: a music/dance performance called Amalia at Dogtown Dance Theatre.  Bernadette and I will talk about Fado Nosso, Amalia, fado and more starting at about 4:00.  She's also bringing a set of some of her favorite fado songs to introduce you to this unique genre of music.

Also on this week's program: Brazilian rock including a song by Marcelo Fruet & Os Cozinheiros, who will play live on next week's show; and the latest and greatest from West Africa.

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3/4/15 Global A Go-Go: Wednesday March 4, 3-5 PM

What were you listening to in 1978?  If you were around then, the answer is probably "disco" -- for a couple of years there, you pretty much couldn't avoid it.  And things were similar in Africa, where disco was widespread, popular and influential.  This week on Global A Go-Go, you'll hear a few examples of late 70's Afro-disco like the South African group Harari (pictured above).

Also this week: it's cumbia time!, a set of music from Zimbabwe, and some mariachi and banda influenced songs.

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2/27/15 Global A Go-Go: Friday February 27, 5-7 PM

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:, 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.

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2/20/15 Global A Go-Go: Friday February 20, 5-7 PM

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.

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