Desert Island Disc (Global A Go-Go Remix) by Bill Lupoletti & Alyssa Salomon, photographed by Alyssa Salomon. Click to enlarge.
Global A Go-Go is a weekly two-hour world music radio program that I've been hosting since 2004. It's usually produced live in the studio and can be heard on both the FM radio band and as a webstream simulcast. It is rebroadcast on other radio stations, and it's available as a podcast as well.
Global A Go-Go originates in the studios of WRIR Richmond Independent Radio 97.3 FM in Richmond, Virginia, USA, from which it is broadcast live every Monday from 3 to 5 PM Eastern time USA. A live broadcast has a certain energy and realness that's hard to duplicate in any other format -- that's what I'm aiming for each week. During the Covid-19 pandemic, I'm producing the show from my home studio; I'll be back in WRIR's Studio A with live broadcasts once it's again safe for me.
In addition to broadcasting at 97.3 FM in Richmond, WRIR simulcasts its programming on a webstream. So if you have a broadband connection and a media player, you can listen live to Global A Go-Go from anywhere in the world.
Global A Go-Go is rebroadcast on seven radio stations: CKDU 88.1 FM in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; CKUW 95.9 FM in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; KBOG 97.9 FM in Bandon, Oregon, USA; KRFP Radio Free Moscow 92.5 FM in Moscow, Idaho, USA; WMNB 107.1 FM in North Adams, Massachusetts USA; WXDR 98.9 FM in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; and the internet radio station Caribriddims International at caribriddims.com. The program is available to be aired by any non-profit radio station free of charge via the A-Infos Radio Project, also known as Radio4all.net.
There's a comprehensive online archive of Global A Go-Go programs (I'm not kidding about it being comprehensive -- the recordings go all the way back to August 25, 2004) here: radio4all.net/index.php/series/Global+A+Go-Go
These recordings can be downloaded for your listening pleasure, and you can receive Global A Go-Go every week as a podcast.
In addition, WRIR's website has a listening portal that allows you to stream any program for two weeks after it's been aired. You can find the listening portal here: wrir.org/listen
|Map by Chris (DJ CJ) Dalbom|
MUSIC FROM AROUND THE WORLD
IN THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE OF GROOVE
I describe Global A Go-Go as "music from around the world in the universal language of groove." In short, you could call it a world music program that emphasizes the danceable over the folkloric.
Global A Go-Go is all about decolonizing your ears. My goal with this program is to expand your listening horizon: I want more people to listen to more music from outside their own country, language, culture and comfort zone.
You'll hear plenty of newly released music on Global A Go-Go, but I also feature classic and historic recordings on virtually every program. I play music from all continents (OK, not Antarctica) -- if I tallied everything Africa would certainly come in #1 and South America would probably be #2. And I do play music from the USA when it fits the context.
GLOBAL IS LOCAL
"World music" is one of those terms that everybody uses but nobody claims to like; I guess I'm that group too. My favorite definition of world music is that it's "local music from somewhere else." That's a pretty good description of my show as well -- most of the artists I play aren't the least bit obscure, they're just popular somewhere other than Richmond, Virginia.
In addition to local music from somewhere else, I play quite a bit of what you might call "culturally hybrid" music -- music that draws on multiple, independent cultural traditions. Hybridity is a hot topic in academia, but my interest in it is anything but academic. I'm simply a lifelong fan of music, and to my ears the most interesting, exciting music in the world right now reflects the ever-decreasing distance between cultures in today's world.
I hope you enjoy listening to the program, and I'd certainly be happy to hear from you. You can leave me a comment on the site, or drop me a line via email at globalagogoradio [at] gmail [dot] com.
P.S. If you'd like me to hear your music for potential airplay (I'll share it with other WRIR DJs as well), you can send recordings to me at this address:
Assistant Music Director for World Music
WRIR 97.3 FM Richmond Independent Radio
P.O. Box 4787
Richmond, VA 23220