Global Ginga invites you to its special tonight to ring in the new year!
The program will feature music by the artists that made my 2022 so special with appearances in my show and live performances in the Bay Area! It's going to be a fun hour as we reflect on how each artist made us feel!
I remember being blown away by Venezuela's Nella at the Bing Studio. No wonder she is Latin Grammy winner! How about the crazy and fun time with Ozomatli at the Guild Theater? Brazil's Marisa Monte showered us with memories as she played music from her classic repertoire and the long-waited new album, Portas. Small Island Big Song beautiful performance at Bing Auditorium reminded us how important it is to take care of our planet and to preserve our culture. Pink Martini's night under the stars with the symphony at Frost Amphitheater was unforgettable! The show ended with their fabulous interpretation of the song "Brazil." There wasn't one person still in that crowd! How about Lila Downs? OMG! What an honor to interview this amazing woman/artist/activist who has blessed the world with her captivating voice! She can inspire our senses singing about mole and mezcal and we are right there, dancing next to her like there is no tomorrow!
Earlier in the year, Brazil's Monobloco had everybody feeling like Rio's Carnaval had just arrived in San Francisco in July! I never thought I would say this, but they played longer than my dance endurance! How about Bomba Estereo? More than two hours of music under the bright night sky in Berkeley prior to performing at the Latin Grammys. They were nominated for Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Alternative Music and Best Alternative Song. They are winners in my book!
For the third consecutive year, Michael Franti is my most played artist according to Spotify's Wrapped! As such, my year would not be complete without a live Franti performance! In 2022, he came back to one of my most recommended music venues, the Mountain Winery in Saratoga! It is always one of the most uplifting shows. The man is like Bob Marley - it's impossible not to want to be a better person when you experience the Franti music boost!
Aloha! Hawaii came to Stanford! Thanks to Stanford Live, we had the Holo Holo Festival with the headliner, Kolohe Kai!
Finally, we got to hear Sergio Mendes who had everybody dancing to "Mais Que Nada" at the fabulous venue, Yoshi's in Oakland. Some of our listeners got to attend the sold out show and guess what? We met the legend!
To close out the season, we welcomed Okaidja Afroso to the Bing Auditorium to hear Jaku Humor, a well-grounded story of the beautiful and ancient fishing culture of the coastal Gãdangmé natives of Ghana. His angelic voice will uplift your spirit with the song, Luna.
Global Ginga is grateful for the opportunity to serve the Bay Area community and the world with expertly curated playlists featuring contemporary and traditional world fusion and everything in between from African beats to Latin grooves! Every Friday, at 6 pm, we transport you to faraway lands through the magic of world music. Tune in via live stream online for a fresh dose of global sounds, culture, chats and ticket giveaways! Podcasts also available.
Let's make more epic memories in 2023!
One World. One Beat.