Global Revolutions will be featuring Cafe International every Monday morning at 11am from October 17 through November 7. Hosted by Canadian producer and music journalist Dan Rosenberg, Cafe International features interviews and music from accomplished world musicians. WORT listeners may already be familiar with Dan through his interviews with Ukrainian musicians in the wake of the Russian invasion. You can find more of Dan’s work at danrosenberg.net. See the schedule below for our initial run of Cafe International:
- Monday, October 17 – This episode of Cafe International, recorded in Vourvourou, in the Halkidiki region of Greece, features virtuoso guitarist, Dimitris Mystakidis. A master of rebetiko guitar – Dimitris Mystakidis grew up in Thessaloniki and is a professor of folk and traditional music at the University of Epirus, the author of two books, and numerous critically acclaimed CDs
- Monday, October 24 – Grammy–nominated singer Fatoumata Diawara (Mali) talks about the world’s migrant crisis, women’s rights, female genital mutilation, and the efforts to preserve ancient Timbuktu manuscripts. Hear music from her new album Maliba, composed to support the digital preservation of the manuscripts, which came under threat from the militant Islamist group Ansar Dine.
- Monday, October 31 – As we remember those who passed in our annual Día de Muertos show, we feature Dan’s interview with the late, great Lhasa de Sela. Her groundbreaking album, La Llorona turned 25 this year. Her music is haunting and captivating – and as fresh as when it was recorded in 1997. We’ll feature an interview with Lhasa from just after La Llorona was released, and hear how she grew up, living on the back of a school bus, traveling across Mexico and the United States before moving to Montreal. Also on the program, two special guests look back on Lhasa’s influential career: Philly Markowitz, former host of the CBC’s radio program “Roots and Wings” and award winning singer and actress, Amanda Martinez.
- Monday, November 7 – An interview with Bombino, the first artist from Niger ever to be nominated for a Grammy. He tells us about learning to play guitar as a child refugee in Algeria.
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