Global A Go Go

Global A Go Go

Global A Go-Go is a weekly two-hour world music radio program that I’ve been hosting since 2004. It’s 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.

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.

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 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 Wednesday 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.

“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.

Globally yours,
Bill Lupoletti



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