World Music Birthday Show: An astounding cluster of musician birthdays happens in July: Thomas Mapfumo, Franco, Mercedes Sosa, Mighty Sparrow, Angelique Kidjo, and Tony Allen. Also global figures The Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, and Haile Selassie. We celebrate with music from the former, and about the latter. If it’s your birthday in July, happy birthday to you as well!
UP NEXT: July 13: Top 10 World Music CDs, July edition
Hear a song from each of the ten best new world music CDs this week. Plus other new releases and old faves in hour 2.
July 20: AfroJazz
It’s the birthday of legendary drummer Tony Allen today. We celebrated his birthday a couple weeks ago, and today we’ll celebrate one of the musical styles he’s dug into (besides, of course, afrobeat). Tune in for a wildly varied exploration of African jazz, from Ethiopia to Nigeria to South Africa.
July 27: TBA