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:

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

10/31/14 Global A Go-Go: Friday October 31, 2014

Here at Global A Go-Go we can't let Halloween pass without a bite at the apple -- no razor blades please.

So this week you'll hear a supernatural Child ballad from Scotland, some Caribbean songs about duppies and jumbies (ghosts to you), music influenced by Santeria and vodoun (two religions where the dead remain among us), and a track by Ghana's Ebo Taylor that's one of the most chilling I know.

Plus plenty of what makes Global A Go-Go tick every week, including new music from Kevin Kinsella, Bang Data and Djessou Mory Kante, and an amazing 1955 reissue of the Caruso of Cuba, Abelardo Barroso.

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10/24/14 Yeni Nostalji Live!


Hey all, Enzo here from POP Goes The World, and this afternoon I get the privilege of sitting in for Bill Lupoletti on Golbal A Go-Go.

Bill had the forsight, before he left, to secure the classic Turkish pop of Yeni Nostalji to come play live for the show, and I can't tell you how excited I am to have them here!

We are still in the middle of our bi-annual fund drive, and, as you know, none of this would be possible without your support. These are the last couple of days of the fund drive, so if you haven't had the opportunity yet, NOW is the time to show your love to the radio station that's been at the vanguard of RVA's recent cultural revival!

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10/17/14 Global A Go-Go: Friday October 17, 5-7 PM

WRIR's Fall '14 Fund Drive gets underway today at 5:00 PM on Global A Go-Go.  The Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra, the only band I know that grows and builds its own musical instruments, will perform on-air in our Live Room.  This event kicks off 12 days of some of the best radio you'll ever hear, including 26 live performances from our studios.

You can hear the kickoff event on the radio at 97.3 FM in the Richmond area, or you can listen anywhere in the world that has an internet connection by browsing over to:

Our fund drive runs through October 28.  If you'd like to make a donation to support this remarkable project, you can do so by calling 804-622-9747, by visiting us in person at 1621-B West Broad Street, or via our secure online donation site at:

Thank you for your support in the past, and thank you for considering making a donation during the Fall 2014 Fund Drive!

Follow me below the fold, if you'd like, for more motivation ....

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10/10/14 Global A Go-Go: Friday October 10, 2014

The Guca Trumpet Festival (pictured above), held every August in Serbia, is the Woodstock or the Galax of Balkan brass: huge crowds and traffic jams, motivated (possibly intoxicated) revelers getting down to their favorite party music, bands and soloists competing for prizes, impromptu gigs popping up everywhere.

This week on Global A Go-Go, it's my own little Guca: you'll hear recordings of five groups, each of which could stake a claim to being the baddest Balkan brass band on the planet.  One of them is Serbia's Boban & Marko Markovic Orkestar, who will play three sets at this weekend's Richmond Folk Festival.

Also this week: ethno-tronica; the early years of the Latin rock sound; and some current West African dance hits.

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10/3/14 Global A Go-Go: Friday October 3, 2014

At WRIR, our cup (pictured above -- no, not really) currently runneth over with great new Afrobeat and Afro-funk records.  You'll hear nine of them this week on Global A Go-Go, including a track from the forthcoming new album by The Budos Band (actually pictured above).

Also this week: Sunda music from Bandung in West Java, and remembering your grandmother's stories during the Days of Awe.

In case you're wondering, yes we're having difficulties with our live stream (broadcast is fine) -- the computer that hosts it keeled over Thursday night, we probably won't have its brand-new replacement up and running until Saturday.  So bear with us in the interim; maybe now is a good time to check out one of the last two weeks' shows that you missed the first time, via our listening portal:

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9/26/14 Global A Go-Go: Friday September 26, 2014

Like thousands of people, I was captivated a couple of years ago by YouTube videos of a Thai marching band that features an incredible electric phin (3-stringed lute) player.  Their music is throbbing, visceral, hallucinogenic -- it really has to be heard to be believed.

Josh Marcy saw the same videos, went to Thailand, recorded the band, and now we have the first Western (or perhaps anywhere) release from Khun Narin's Electric Phin Band (pictured above).  You'll hear a nice, long selection from them this week on Global A Go-Go.  And check below the fold for of one those videos.

Also this week: new Indian-inspired music by Arun Ramamurthy and Kiran Ahluwalia, chicha and salsa, and more Balkan brass and beats in preparation for Boban & Marko Markovic's appearance at the Richmond Folk Festival.

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