Global Village

Weeknights at 7pm

Join us weeknights at 7:00 p.m. for a musical adventure with Global Village. From classic recordings to the latest new releases, from right around the corner to halfway around the world, host Chris Heim presents a wide range of world music, along with jazz, rock, folk and other styles, artists and songs with world and roots influences. Each month, we also focus on a particular artist, style or theme, going deeper into the music and offering some rare and seldom heard selections. And the first Friday of every month, hear the best new releases with the Global Village Top 30 show. Each night is a different musical journey, with music that is unusual and intriguing, yet still seems very close to home.  

Once again, Global Village is a winner in the annual Public Radio Exchange (PRX) Zeitfunk AwardsGlobal Village has been named the #1 Most Licensed Series and KMUW has been named the #1 Most Licensed Station.

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Monday, October 8

Global Village celebrates Canadian Thanksgiving Day with music from a wide array of Canadian artists. We’ll hear traditional, folk, and roots music from Beyond the Pale, Jayme Stone, Vishten, Jon Brooks, the Jerry Cans, Harry Manx, and Ten Strings & a Goat Skin, along with a variety of world sounds from Lorraine Klaasen, Danny Michel with the Garifuna Collective, Kobo Town, Roberto Lopez, the Souljazz Orchestra, and Ron Korb.

Tuesday, October 9

Global Village marks the centennial birthday Cuban pianist (and October featured artist) Bebo Valdes. It is also the birthday of his son, Chucho Valdes, and we’ll hear music from  the two together (including from their Grammy winning album, Juntos Para Siempre), along with a song Chucho wrote for his father.

Plus birthday salutes to vibes player Dave Samuels, flutist Yusef Lateef, and South African pianist (and newly named 2019 NEA Jazz Master) Abdullah Ibrahim.

Wednesday, October 10

As part of the Hispanic Heritage Month feature, Global Village heads to the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti and is famous for its son, bachata and merengue music. We’ll hear those styles, Dominican-influenced jazz and more in this show from such popular Dominican artists as Juan Luis Guerra, Luis Vargas, Joan Soriano, Michel Camilo, Wilfrido Vargas, and Johnny Pacheco.

Thursday, October 11

Global Village celebrates Pulaski Memorial Day to honor the Polish Revolutionary War hero Casimir Pulaski and Polish Americans.  The program highlights a wide array of contemporary Polish bands ranging from traditional and avant-folk, to African, klezmer and jazz influenced groups. Plus such American artists as Polka King Frankie Yankovic , punk polka pioneers Brave Combo, and U.S. based Polish world-jazz singer Grazyna Auguscik – along with a polka classic from Berlin’s 17 Hippies. Artists featured include Warsaw Afrobeat Orchestra, Maria Pomianowska & Groupe Gainde, Janusz Prusinowski Trio, Kapela Maliszow, Tegie Chlopy, Motion Trio and Jarek Bester.

Friday, October 12

In conjunction with the October Hispanic Heritage Month feature, Global Village highlights music from the legendary group, Orchestra Baobab. The group formed in 1970 and its inspired combination of Cuban and Senegalese music made it one of the top bands of the era. New styles and sounds led to Baobab disbanding in the ‘80s, but they reformed in 2001 and both their past and later releases attracted a new world music audience. The show highlights music from across the band’s career, from early recordings to their most recent release. Plus more Latin sounds from Colombia’s Systema Solar, and the Gypsy Cuban Project.

Album Cover Art

  1. Dur Dur Band – Dur Dur of Somalia Vol 1 & 2 (Analog Africa)
  1. Eddie Palmieri – Full Circle (Uprising/Ropeadope)
  1. Samba Toure – Wande (Glitterbeat)
  1. Fatoumata Diawara – Fernfo (Shanachie)
  1. Invisible System – Bamako Sessions (Riverboat)
  1. Cachaito – Cachaito (World Circuit)
  1. Afro Cuban All Stars – A Toad Cuba Le Gusta (World Circuit)
  1. Delgres – Mo Jodi (PAIS)
  1. Nes – Ahlam (ACT)
  1. Robi Svard – Alquimia (Asfalt Tango)

Monday, October 1

Global Village celebrates the birthday of one of Senegal’s greatest stars and one of the giants of world music – Youssou N’Dour. The program highlights music from his early recordings to music recorded on his breakthrough tour with Peter Gabriel, and his Grammy-winning Egypt – along with guest appearances he made with Orchestra Baobab, Harry Belafonte, Carlou D, and more.

Tuesday, October 2

Global Village celebrates Gandhi Day (a national holiday in India and also the UN-designated International Day of Non-Violence) with a wide array of music from India. Highlights include music from Ravi Shankar, his daughter Anoushka Shankar, guitarist Prasanna (who also was born on this date), the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band, the Soul March release commemorating Gandhi’s Salt March, and the Psychedelic Bollywood compilation.

Wednesday, October 3

Global Village celebrates German Unity Day, a national holiday in Germany marking the 1990 reunification after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Featured are a number of German world bands, including the pioneering group Dissidenten, prog rock and world band Can, German reggae artist Jahcoustix, Berlin’s 17 Hippies, Köln’s Schäl Sick Brass Band, and the full, original version of Kraftwerk’s iconic “Autobahn.”

Thursday, October 4

Global Village marks World Animal Day, an event that traces its roots back to 1920s Berlin and is dedicated to bringing attention to issues of animal welfare and protection. Global Village marks the occasion with a wide array of animal songs from Adrian Belew, 9Bach, Roaring Lion, Pink Martini, Manu Dibango, Buena Vista Social Club and more.

Friday, October 5

It’s New Month/New Music time in the Global Village. Each month, Global Village devotes an entire show to the best of recently released and forthcoming world music albums. Stay tuned for highlights. 

Monday, September 24

The final Monday of every month, it’s Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival, a monthly concert series featuring world music artists and groups who have appeared at the prestigious annual festival that takes place each spring in Savannah, Georgia.

This time, in conjunction with the September Music of Mali feature, it’s Trio da Kali. The balafon, bass ngoni, and vocal trio burst onto the world music scene last year with the Ladilikan album done with the acclaimed contemporary classical ensemble, Kronos Quartet. Trio da Kali is deeply rooted, both personally and musically, in the traditions of Malian music and their debut appearance at the Savannah Music Festival this past spring proved the versatile and moving Trio brilliantly adds to its long and rich history.

Tuesday, September 25

Global Village highlights music from and inspired by Turkey – including selections from the Istanbul Oriental Ensemble, the folkloric group Kardeş Türküler; U.S.-based Turkish artist Omar Faruk Tekbilek; Kansas City-based world jazz group Alaturka; and some ‘70s Turkish psychedelic rock from Edip Akbayram.

Wednesday, September 26

In conjunction with the September Music of Mali feature, Global Village devotes a show to female singers of Mali. The country is distinct and somewhat unusual for the prominent role female singers have. We’ll hear some of the legends – including Oumou Sangare, Caoumba Sidibe and Kandia Kouyate, along with such raising stars as Rokia Traore and Fatoumata Diawara; plus Trio da Kali, featuring the powerful voice of Hawa Diabate, and the collaborative project, Les Amazones d’Afrique, that featured several Malian singers.

Thursday, September 27

Global Village celebrates the birthday of Robbie Shakespeare, bassist and half of the legendary Jamaican ‘Riddim Twins’ with Sly Dunbar. We’ll hear recordings the duo did together, along with guest appearances they made with Grace Jones, Black Uhuru, Burning Spear, Monty Alexander, Barry Reynolds and more in this special edition of the show.

Friday, September 28

Global Village celebrates birthdays of soul singer Ben E. King and Brazilian soul and funk pioneer Tim Maia – and wraps up the September Music of Mali feature with music from Songhoy Blues, Boubacar Traore, the pioneering Les Ambassadeurs band, Toumani Diabate’s Symmetric Orchestra, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, and a preview of a new album from Sekou Bah.

Monday, September 17

Global Village heads to Prince Edward Island this time to showcase music from three talented contemporary folk ensembles: Vishten, the East Pointers, and Ten Strings & a Goatskin. Also on tap, music from indigenous Canadian artist Buffy Sainte-Marie,  Swedish folk group Vasen, English folk rock from Sandy Denny with Fotheringay, Herbie Hancock’s Imagine Project, and as the September Music of Mali feature continues, more from the Tuareg/desert rock band Tinariwen.

Tuesday, September 18

As part of the Global Village September Music of Mali feature, a special show devoted to some of the wide range of styles and artists of that country. We’ll hear legendary guitarist Ali Farka Toure, his son Vieux Farka Toure, the father and son release from Toumani and Sidiki Diabate, one of the great traditional singers of Mali, Kasse Mady Diabate, and his equally talented daughter who is part of Trio da Kali (our featured artists in this month’s Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival), Salif Keita’s groundbreaking Soro album, and the remarkable women of Wassoulou, including famed singer Oumou Sangare.

Wednesday, September 19

It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day! In honor of the occasion, Global Village has a special show filled with songs about pirates from the likes of Roger McGuinn, Marianne Faithfull, Bob Marley, Al Stewart, the Almanac Singers with Woody Guthrie, and, of course, some music from the Pirates of Penzance!

Thursday, September 20

In conjunction with the September Music of Mali feature, Global Village devotes a show to Malian guitarists. We’ll hear Djelimady Tounkara, a member of the influential Super Rail Band and widely regarded as one of the country’s and one of the continent’s finest guitarists, the acclaimed and eclectic Boubacar Traore, the legendary Ali Farka Toure, Samba Toure who worked in Ali’s band, and rising guitar stars Oumar Konate and Sidi Toure.

Friday, September 21

Global Village marks International Day of Peace, a day set aside by the United Nations since 1982 in support of world peace. The program highlights topical tunes from a variety of artists from around the world, including Third World, Vieux Farka Toure, Van Morrison, Sameer Gupta, the Holmes Brothers, Edwin Starr, Van Morrison, and more.

Monday, September 10

In conjunction with the September Music of Mali feature, Global Village devotes this program to some of the key Tuareg or ‘desert blues’ bands that have come to international prominence in recent years. The Tuareg call the Sahara home and are found in several different countries, including Niger and Algeria, as well as Mali. We’ll hear from the Mali-based bands Tinariwen (who first helped bring the Tuareg to a wider world music audience), Terakaft and Tartit, as well as Toumast, Etran Finatawa, Bombino, Group Inerane, Imarhan and Ezza.

Tuesday, September 11

Global Village celebrates Ethiopian New Year with a program devoted to music from that country. We’ll hear the ‘Father of Ethio Jazz’ Mulatu Astatke, several artists and bands based in the U.S. with Ethiopian members or inspired by Ethiopian music (including Aster Aweke, Debo Band, Budos Band and Either/Orchestra), and some popular artists during the ‘Golden Age of Ethiopian Music,’ including Mahmoud Ahmed, who was also among the first Ethiopian artists featured on international releases.

Wednesday, September 12

Global Village features the kora, the 21-string harp-like instrument from West Africa. We’ll hear several musicians from Mali (for the September feature), including acclaimed player Toumani Diabate (with Ali Farka Toure, on the Songhai project, as part of Afrocubism, and with jazz trombonist Roswell Rudd) and Ballake Sissoko (with cellist Vincent Segal and as part of the 3MA lineup) – plus contemporary players Ba Cissoko from Guinea and Dawda Jobarteh from Gambia, and the Portland based world jazz ensemble, the Kora Band.

Thursday, September 13

Global Village highlights brass and other bands from the Balkans, and some artists and bands from other parts of the world inspired by those sounds. Among the artists featured are Romania’s Fanfare Ciocarlia, Serbia’s Boban & Marko Markovic Orkestar, Slovakia’s Balkansam6el, and American groups the Raya Brass Band, Slavic Soul Party & Cocek! Brass Band.

Friday, September 14

Global Village celebrates the centennial birthday of Cachao. The great Cuban-born bassist (who made America his home in the ‘60s) helped to create mambo music and the descarga (or Latin jazz jam session). His career enjoyed a revival starting in the ‘90s and he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, named a National Heritage Fellow, and won several Grammys. We’ll hear music he did in the ‘50s in Havana with Chico O’Farrill, later albums he did under his own name, guest appearances he made with Albita, Gloria Estefan and Hubert Laws, and covers of his compositions by his nephew (and Buena Vista Social Club member) Cachaito, Chucho Valdes and Cal Tjader. Global Village will also celebrate centennials of both Cachao and Cuban pianist and composer Bebo Valdes in October for the second half of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Monday, September 3

We are working on this Labor Day here in the Global Village! Join us for some great songs about work and working from a wide array of artists and in a wide array of styles. Among the artists featured: Tom Waits, Toots Hibbert, the Strawbs, Abbey Lincoln, the Roches, Jimmy Reed and more.

Tuesday, September 4

Global Village kicks off the September Music of Mali feature with contemporary duo Djeneba et Fousco and Tuareg group Terakaft, and celebrates the birthday of gypsy jazz guitarist Bireli Lagrene. Plus new music from Riccardo Tesi & Banditaliana, Mike Marshall & Caterina Lichtenberg, and another of the Nighthawk reggae reissues, this time from Justin Hinds.

(Night Train also features music from Lagrene tonight.)

Wednesday, September 5

A special edition of Global Village in tribute to the great pianist Randy Weston, who passed away on September 1st at the age of 92. Weston was a pioneer in bringing attention to the African roots of American jazz and his distinctive style was a deep fusion of jazz and African influences. We’ll hear music from his groundbreaking 1960 album Uhuru Afrika, the classic two-disc set The Spirits of Our Ancestors, and his Grammy-nominated release Tanjah. We’ll also hear covers of several of his compositions that have become standards from John Renbourn, Mark Whitfield and Ray Barretto.

Thursday, September 6

This time in the Global Village we head a bit north and west of our featured country of Mali for some contemporary releases from and inspired by the Middle East and North Africa. Highlights include French guitarist and composer Titi Robin, Iranian singer (and former Axiom of Choice member) Mamek Khadem, Paris-based world-fusion artist Aziz Sahmaoui,  the Dutch ‘Arabicana’ band NO Blues, Iranian vocalist Mahsa Vahdat with soul and gospel singer Mighty Sam McClain, Israeli percussionist Zohar Fresco, and even some heavy metal from the Arabic Rock Orchestra.

Friday. September 7

It’s New Month/New Music time in the Global Village. Each month, Global Village devotes an entire show to the best of recently released and forthcoming world music albums.  Among the highlights this time:

The remastered debut album from the Afro Cuban All Stars featuring members of the Buena Vista Social Club

Early Latin-soul tracks from the father of Ethiojazz, Mulatu Astatke

The latest from Latin jazz powerhouse Eddie Palmieri

Haitian roots and blues rock from Moonlight Benjamin

Music inspired by the sounds of Guadaloupe, the Caribbean and the Crescent City from Paris-based Delgres

And some fantastic, funky and rare sounds from a popular ‘80s group from Somalia, the Dur-Dur Band.

Album Cover Art

  1. Various Artists – This is Trojan Boss Reggae (Trojan)
  2. Various Artists – This is Trojan Rock Steady (Trojan)
  3. Various Artists – This is Trojan Dub (Trojan)
  4. Various Artists – Ska & Reggae Classics (Trojan)
  5. Various Artists – This is Trojan Roots (Trojan)
  6. Cesare dell’Anna & GiroiBanda – Guerra (11/1)
  7. Amsterdam Klezmer Band & Sondorgo – Szikra (Vetnasj)
  8. RAM – RAM 7: August 1791 (Willibelle)
  9. Red Barat – Sound the People (Rhyme & Reason)
  10. Kabaka Pyramid – Kontraband (Kabaka Pyramid)

KMUW Music has been hard at work to bring you 5 hours of music on Labor Day, September 3. Tune in from 7 p.m. to midnight as Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train team up to celebrate with an evening of specials.

Claudia Kempf

Monday, August 27

The final Monday of every month, we offer our special concert series, Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival, featuring world music artists and groups who have appeared at the prestigious annual festival that takes place each spring in Savannah, Georgia. This time it’s mandolin master Mike Marshall and Choro Famoso. In a several decade career, Marshall’s work has spanned bluegrass, Americana, classical, jazz, and here with Choro Famoso, the lively and influential sound of Brazilian choro, whose roots go back to the late 19th century and whose influence continues up to the present day.

Tuesday, August 28

Global Village celebrates the birthday of Joseph Shabalala, the founder and director of the acclaimed South Africa vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. We also pay tribute to two artists who passed away last week, Malian singer Khaira Arby and bongo pioneer Jack Costanzo; and there’s more music from the Trojan label for the August 50th Anniversary feature – this time from the Ethiopians and Phyllis Dillon.

Wednesday, August 29

Global Village highlights some contemporary sounds from Indian musicians or inspired by Indian music. We begin (as all endeavors should) with a salute to Ganesh from TriBeCaStan, and continue with the Indian-inspired Subcontinental Drift album from Canada’s Sultans of String, acclaimed sarod player and composer Amjad Ali Khan, contemporary singer Manek-E  and a collaboration between Indian sitarist Shujaat Husain Khan and Iranian singer Katayoun Goudarzi.  We’ll also get to some music from Dan Hicks, John Martyn, and Earth Wind & Fire.

Thursday, August 30

Global Village wraps up the August feature celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the U.K.-based Trojan Records with a few more classics from the label, including some early Jamaican Blue Beat from Laurel Aitken, the original version of “The Tide is High” from the Paragons, one of  the label’s first hits from the Harry J. All Stars, and some pioneering dub tracks as well. There’s also new music from Angelique Kidjo (her reworking of the Talking Heads album, Remain in Light), Cumbia Chicharra from Marseilles, roots reggae revivalist Kabaka Pyramid, and the latest Playing for Change project.

Friday, August 31

Global Village celebrates Independence Day of Trinidad and Tobago. The twin island nation has a rich musical culture, famed for its calypso, soca (a modernized form of calypso) and steel drum music. Some great performers and recordings, along with some different approaches to the sounds of the country are featured in this Independence Day special – including music from the Mighty Sparrow, Lord Kitchener, David Rudder, Calypso Rose, Andy Narell…and Maya Angelou!