Every year, it's my favorite weekend of the year. It's the first thing I put on my calendar. You know I'm talking about the weekend of the Richmond Folk Festival, which this year is next weekend, October 13-15.
The Festival seems to get more international with each passing year, and this week on Global A Go-Go (Sunday October 8, 1:00-3:00 PM on WRIR, for two weeks afterwards at wrir.org/listen, check your local listings for airing on other radio stations, and any old time at my podcast site) I'll highlight a number of global artists that I'm looking forward to seeing at the 2023 Richmond Folk Festival.
You'll hear Stanley & The Ten Sleepless Knights from St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Grupo Mono Blanco from Veracruz Mexico, Lutchinha from Cabo Verde (via Massachusetts) and the amazing Baba Commandant & The Mandingo Band from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso.
And let me put two others on your list: Genticorum from Quebec Canada and Bio Ritmo from right here in the RVA. Both were played on this show within the last two weeks, so I'm skipping them today but you shouldn't skip them at the Festival.
Also on this week's program: New Scandinavian folk-rock by Rüüt and Fränder, new Anatolian rock from Poland (no lie) by MLDVA and a reissue of one of West Africa's finest: Léon Keïta & Les Ambassadeurs Internationaux.
All the podcasts: radio4all.net/series/Global%20A%20Go-Go
Artist | Country | Song | Recording | Label | Year
Oliver Lake | USA | Separation | Matador Of 1st & 1st | Passin' Thru | 1997
Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros | England UK | Global A Go-Go | Global A Go-Go | Hellcat | 2001
Rüüt | Estonia | Kiriküüt | Kiriküüt | Nordic Notes | 2023
Fränder | Sweden-Estonia | En Sommarkväll | Fränder II | Nordic Notes | 2023
Garmarna | Sweden | Dagen Flyr | Forbundet | Season Of Mist | 2020
Boulpik | Haiti | Souvenir D'Afrique | Konpa Lakay | Lusafrica | 2014
Kobo Town | Trinidad & Tobago-Canada | Road To Fyzabad | Jumbie In The Jukebox | Cumbancha | 2013
The Jolly Boys | Jamaica | The Passenger | Great Expectation | eOne Music | 2011
Stanley & The Ten Sleepless Knights | St. Croix US Virgin Islands | Don't Walk Deh | Quelbe! Music Of The U.S. Virgin Islands | Smithsonian Folkways | 2016
Los Lobos | USA | La Pistola Y El Corazón | La Pistola Y El Corazón | Slash | 1988
Grupo Mono Blanco | México | El Cascabel | ¡Fandango! Sones Jarochos De Veracruz | Smithsonian Folkways | 2018
Betsayda Machado & La Parranda El Clavo | Venezuela | Pueblo De Fiesta | Loe Loa: Rural Recordings Under The Mango Tree | Odelia | 2017
Venezonix | USA-Venezuela | Ponsigué (feat Carlos Talez) | Ponsigué (feat Carlos Talez) - Single | Nacional | 2023
Kristi Stassinopoulou & Stathis Kalyviotis | Greece | Gia Mia Stigmi | NYN | Riverboat | 2016
Mavrika | Greece-England UK | Clapping Song | Mavrika | Psolista | 2012
MLDVA & Çınar Timur | Poland-Turkey | Fesupanallah | MLDVA & Çınar Timur | Shapes Of Rhythm | 2023
Edip Akbayram | Turkey | Sev Beni Beni | Edip Akbayram | Sayan | 1974
Kavita Shah | USA-Cabo Verde-Portugal | Angola | Cape Verdean Blues | Folkalist | 2023
DJ Circuito | Cabo Verde-USA | A Min Kre Bai (feat Lutchinha) | A Min Kre Bai (feat Lutchinha) - Single | RFSeven Music | 2020
Tulipa Negra | Cabo Verde-Netherlands | Corpo Limpo | Súmara Tempo | self-released | 1984
Baba Commandant & The Mandingo Band | Burkina Faso | Mantcha Mantcha | Sira Ba Kele | Sublime Frequencies | 2018
Léon Keïta | Guinée Conakry-Mali | Ifarana | Dance Edition No. 16 | Analog Africa | 2023-1978