May 24: Afrobeat!
The touring Broadway show Fela! about the Nigerian originator of Afrobeat hits Seattle next week. We’ll celebrate with songs from the many Afrobeat bands that have since emerged worldwide, from NYC’s Antibalas to Portugal’s Cacique’97 to Fela’s own offspring who are keeping the form vibrant.
May 31: Global Music of the 1980s
The first in a series of STG shows highlighting the world-music sounds of different decades. The 80s were when I really began discovering global sounds, so you’ll hear some of my early favorites plus many 80s artists & songs I’ve discovered since. Requests very welcome.
June 7: Caribbean Sounds
Calypso, reggae, ska, son, salsa, bachata, soca, and other styles of music, prompted by great new CDs by Kobo Town and Lord Mouse & the Kalypso Katz. Requests welcome!
June 14: Dances of the World
Some music isn’t meant for dancing. We’ll be ignoring that music this week, as we celebrate different dance tunes from across the planet.
June 21: Honk! A Celebration of Global Horns
HONK! Fest West returns this weekend, and we’ll get the party started with brass / marching band music of many styles on this week’s show. We’ll play special attention to bands that will be appearing at HONK!, but will probably include others as well. Feel free to request your favorite group of honkers!