January 2017 Global Beat Archives

An opening set of modern music from the Arabian music scene – from Egypt & Jordan to No. Africa and France as well.  Then a set from Canadian veena blues player Harry Manx to Iowa poet Greg Brown.  Another couple tracks from Dee Dee Bridgewater's collaboration with Malian musicians, "Red Earth" – takes me into a set from Senegal & one track from Salif Keita as well.

Opening with some tasty Dylan covers, the program moves into the blues from Mali & Bonnie Raitt and West Africa and finally returning to a few more Dylan covers from Lucinda Williams & Michael Franti before landing in the poetry of John Trudell, who received support from Mr. Dylan when he was first publishing his own spoken word and crossover politically charged music.

Highlights today include women vocalists from Algeria &  Jordan – as well as instrumentalists from Nubia & Spain.  Vocals also from Mali & the Sahara region.  An old chestnut comes out in this first week of the Trump reign – "Winter in America" — closing with some West African & Latin dance tracks.