(photograph by Tanja Softic)
Dobrodosli means "welcome" in Serbo-Croatian and many of the related South Slavic languages. Every week, I start Global A Go-Go with this word and today I get to welcome some new listeners.
Because this (Sunday August 29, 1:00-3:00 PM on WRIR, for two weeks afterwards on the wrir.org
archive player, check your local listings for airing on other radio stations, and any old time at my podcast site
) is my first program in a new time slot: Sundays from 1 to 3 PM. I'm looking forward to sharing Sunday afternoons with you.
If you're not familiar with Global A Go-Go, let me tell you a little bit about the show. I describe it as "music from around the world in the universal language of groove." I like to say that the program's purpose is to decolonize your ears: to get you out of the bad habit of behaving as though the music of your culture and time is the sun around which all other musics orbit.
While I do play some things that could be classified as "folk music," Global A Go-Go isn't particularly folkloric: mostly I play music that is or has been quite popular, just not popular in Richmond or Virginia or the USA.
A typical two-hour episode will include artists from 10 or more countries, and performances recorded over six or more decades. This week's show is pretty typical, with 11 countries from five continents spanning eight decades. Without any further ado, let's jump into the program; I hope you enjoy the journey with me today.