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, July 16

Global Village celebrates birthdays of ska and reggae star Desmond Dekker, salsa star Ruben Blades, Brazilian guitarist Bola Sete, and West Coast Latin jazz pioneer Cal Tjader. Plus more music for the Hot July/Cool Nordic Sounds feature with Finnish accordionist Markku Lepistö (with Samurai Accordion), and new music from the Turbans, African Scream Contest 2 with music from Benin, and reissues from the Gladiators and Buena Vista bassist Cachaito.

Tuesday, July 17

Global Village goes to Estonia for some traditional, neo-folk and classical music with roots in Estonian folk music. We’ll hear music of Arvo Pärt and Tormis performed by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and the contemporary ensemble, Tormis Quartet from a new tribute album they did. Plus selections from Trad.Attack!, Mari Kalkun , the award-winning Estonian-Belgian group Estbel, and the Estonian-Ukranian band Svjata Vatra.

Wednesday, July 18

Global Village marks Nelson Mandela International Day – a special day of commemoration, celebration, and public service designated by the United Nations in honor of South African leader Nelson Mandela’s birthday. The show highlights music in honor of Mandela and the fight against apartheid in South Africa that still resonate today, including works from a number of musicians from South Africa. We’ll hear selections from Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Artists United Against Apartheid, Abdullah Ibrahim, Brenda Fassie, Harry Belafonte and more.

Thursday, July 19

In conjunction with the Hot July/Cool Nordic Sounds feature, Global Village heads to Norway for a wide array of traditional, classical, jazz and world inspired music. We’ll hear pioneering world jazz saxophonist Jan Garbarek and contemporary sax and goat horn world jazz player Karl Seglem; Hardanger fiddle player Annbjorn Lien; Sami artist Mari Boine; early music lute and guitar player Rolf Lislevand; contemporary classical group Trio Mediaeval; Norwegian-African ensemble Monoswezi and more.

Friday, July 20

Global Village celebrates Colombian Independence Day with a wide array of different styles of music and artists from that South American country. We’ll hear the popular folk styles of cumbia and vallenato, classical music, salsa, and contemporary Latin rock, from such artists as Carlos Vives, Aterciopelados, Joe Arroyo, Sidestepper, and more.

Monday, July 9

Global Village celebrates both the Independence Day of Argentina and the birthday of one of its most famous singers, ‘new song’ great Mercedes Sosa. Tango from traditional to contemporary along with electro, regional traditional, tango jazz and more are featured in performances from Carlos Gardel, Astor Piazzolla, the Tango Negro Trio with Juan Carlos Caceres, Chango Spaziuk, Gotan Project and more. And as we continue the July ‘Nordic Cool’ feature, we’ll also include a bit of tango from Finland.

Tuesday, July 10

It’s Bela and the Bahamas this time in the Global Village as we mark the birthday of banjoist Bela Fleck with some of his world music projects, and Independence Day in the Bahamas, which we celebrate with music from Joseph Spence, the Baha Men, Exuma and more.

Wednesday, July 11

Another round of global guitars this time in the Global Village, including music from Jamaican legend Ernest Ranglin, guitar wizard David Lindley, German guitarist Leni Stern from her latest African project, 3, the Malagasy Guitar Masters, and as we continue our ‘Hot July Nordic Cool’ feature, ‘the Jimi Hendrix of Norway’ – Terje Rypdal, and Norwegian world-folk artist Michael Krumin’s latest release with Nutopia. Plus a new compilation of music from South African legend Hugh Masekela, the latest from Monsieur Doumani from Cypress, and Angelique Kidjo’s new reworking of the Talking Heads’ album, Remain in Light.

Thursday, July 12

In conjunction with the ‘Hot July-Cool Nordic Sounds’ feature, Global Village heads to Sweden for traditional and contemporary folk music, along with selections inspired by jazz, world, and reggae influences, and some cross-cultural collaborations. We’ll hear music from Vasen (featured on the next Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival concert special at the end of the month), Garmarna, the Swedish Sax Septet, Reggae Team, Nordic Raga, and some sublime and award-winning music from Ale Moller with Lena Willemark.

Friday, July 13

Global Village marks birthdays of Cuban pianist and composer Harold Lopez-Nussa (including music from his latest release) and of percussionist Pete Escovedo (both as a leader and as a special guest with Bobby McFerrin and Santana). Plus new music from Tribu, and Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 – and more cool Nordic sounds for a hot July – this time from Monoswezi (a group featuring musicians from Norway, Zimbabwe and Mozambique) and from the new album from Tunto.

Album Cover Art

  1. Bombino – Deran (Partisan)
  1. Various – African Scream Contest 2 (Analog Africa)
  1. Tunto – Ilona (Aani)
  1. Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 – Black Times (Strut)
  1. Playing for Change – Listen to the Music (Motema)
  1. Hugh Masekela – ‘66-’76 (Wrasse)
  1. Nancy Vieira -Manha Florida (LusAfrica)
  1. Samba Toure – Wande (Glitterbeat)
  1. Rahim Alhaj Trio – One Sky (Smithsonian Folkways)
  1. The Turbans – The Turbans (Six Degrees)

Monday, July 2

Global Village kicks off the July ‘Cool Nordic Music’ feature with the varied sounds of Nordic Jazz – including the pioneering work of Jan Garbarek, emerging bands like the Sun Trio, the distinctive sax and goat horn folk-jazz of Karl Seglem, Nordic groups that incorporate Brazilian influences such as Nordic Choro and Jukka Eskola’s Orquesta Bossa, and Eurojazz players Terje Rypdal, E.S.T. and Arild Anderson.

Tuesday, July 3

It takes two…or three or four to tango – and Global Village has that many and more lined up to showcase the richness of tango music. We’ll hear classic sounds from ‘The Black Pearl of Tango,’ Lagrima Rios, and a favorite from early tango star Carlos Gardel performed by Berta Rojas on her Latin-Grammy nominated album, History of Tango. There’s ‘new tango’ music from Pablo Ziegler in a piece called “Mahavishnu Tango” that he wrote with jazz guitar legend John McLaughlin, and tango-reimagined by Germany’s Quadro Nuevo.

Wednesday, July 4

Global Village celebrates birthdays of Bill Withers and Fred Wesley with music from both, including one of many tracks Wesley did as part of the JB Horns with James Brown, along with music both did under their own names. Plus new music from Seun Kuti (Afrobeat legend Fela’s son), Mexico’s Sonido Gallo Negro, and The Turbans – and as we continue our July Nordic feature, one of the pioneering neo-folk groups from Finland, Varttina.

Thursday, July 5

Global Village celebrates another Independence Day – this time of Cape Verde – with music from the island nation’s legendary Cesaria Evora, Evora’s musical director Bau, songwriter Teofile Chantre and protégé Fantcha, rising star Elida Almeida, Bana - the ‘King of Mourna,’ and the Space Echo compilation that captured the developing modern sounds of ‘70s and ‘80s Cape Verde.

Friday, July 6

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:

Angelique Kidjo’s reinterpretation of the Talking Heads’ album Remain in Light

Buena Vista guitarist Eliades Ochoa with  Alejando Almenares in  a set of traditional Cuban instrumentals

Live recordings from Two-Tone punk-ska bands the Selecter and the Beat

Italian reggae band Mellow Mood

North Carolina based Senegalese artist Diali Cissokho with his band Kaira Ba

Finnish female new-folk band Enkel, to help kick off the July ‘Cool Nordic Sounds’ feature

And groundbreaking ‘50s recordings from Central and East Africa on a new compilation, Listen All Around.

Monday, June 25

The final Monday of every month, we present 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 every spring in Savannah, Georgia. This time, in conjunction with our June Caribbean American Heritage Month feature, it’s the Haitian roots music group Chouk Bwa Libète. Since the late ‘70s, one of the most powerful trends in contemporary Haitian music has been the rise of mizik rasin or roots music, a style drawing on folkloric and Haitian vodou music. Chouk Bwa Libète, which formed in Haiti in 2012, takes a spare approach, performing original and traditional music with just voice, drums and dance. Their appearance at the 2017 Savannah Music Festival marked their U.S. debut.

Tuesday, June 26

Global Village celebrates the birthday of Brazilian tropicalia great Gilberto Gil with music from collaborations he did with Caetano Veloso, Milton Nascimento, and Jorge Ben. We’ll also hear a piece he did on the groundbreaking Beleza Tropical release that marked the debut of David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label. Plus new compilations from South African legend Hugh Masekela, Benin, and the Playing for Change project. And as we continue the June Caribbean American Heritage Month feature, there’s music from Dede Saint-Prix from Martinique, and roots reggae group Raging Fyah from Jamaica.

Wednesday, June 27

As part of the June Caribbean American Heritage Month feature, Global Village travels to Cuba for music from Cuban guitarists, including acclaimed classical guitarist Manuel Barrueco (from his Cuba! Album) and two guitarists associated with the Buena Vista Social Club – Manual Galban (from his earlier work as guitarist and musical director with the Cuban doo wop group Los Zafiros) and Eliades Ochoa (on a release with sister Maria Ochoa and Alma Latina). Plus some guitar music from a solo release by  John Doyle (a former member of Solas), Berlin’s 17 Hippies with special guest guitarists Marc Ribot and Jakob Ilja, guitarists Beppe Gambetta & Tony McManus, Spanish guitarist Carlos Timon, and legendary Senegalese guitar band, Orchestra Baobab, whose influences include music of Cuba.

Thursday, June 28

Global Village continues the June Caribbean Heritage Month feature with a program devoted to two popular styles of music from Trinidad and the French Antilles, soca and zouk. We’ll hear soca stars Black Stalin, Calypso Rose, and David Rudder, one of the groups that helped establish zouk, Kassav, and we’ll sneak in some roots sounds from Martinique and the pioneering release, Hurricane Zouk, along the way.

Friday, June 29

Throughout June we’ve been highlighting music from and inspired by the Caribbean. One of the most popular styles from there is reggae; and we wrap up our June feature with some proof of its broad influence, as we showcase reggae-influenced music from other parts of the world. Among the artists featured are Warsaw Afrobeat Orchestra, the Wailing Souls, the Easy Star All Stars, Rebel Tumbao, and Tiken Jah Fakoly.

KMUW Music is celebrating the first day of summer on Thursday, June 21, with five hours of music. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight for songs of the season. 

Monday, June 18

Global Village continues the June Caribbean Heritage Month feature with a trip to Haiti. We’ll hear music from featured group Tabou Combo, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year; the roots music group Chouk Bwa Libete, featured next week in the next edition of our special series, Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival; one of the legends of Haitian music, Nemours Jean-Baptiste; and the Creole Choir of Cuba, a vocal group made up of Cubans of Haitian descent.

Tuesday, June 19

Global Village continues the June Caribbean Heritage Month feature with a trip to Jamaica to celebrate the birthday of guitar great Ernest Ranglin. The show features music from his solo projects, as well work he did as lead guitarist and musical director for Jimmy Cliff, and as a guest artist with the Skatalites, Monty Alexander, the Melodians, Millie Small, Jackie Mittoo and more.

Wednesday, June 20

Global Village marks World Refugee Day with music from artists from many different corners of the world who were once refugees. Among the artists featured: the Refugees for Refugees project, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, NEA Heritage Fellow Rahim Alhaj, Western Sahara’s Aziza Brahim, Ugandan artist Samite and more.

Thursday, June 21

Global Village welcomes in the new season with songs of summer from Bob Marley & the Wailers, Desmond Dekker, Ray Barretto, Bill Withers, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Michael Franti & Spearhead and more.

(Strange Currency & Night Train also have summer specials tonight.)

Friday, June 22

It’s Take Your Dog to Work Day and Global Village (and four legged friends) howl along to songs from Jesse Winchester, the Roches, Rufus Thomas, Nick Drake, Big Mama Thornton and more. Plus music from African greats Orchestra Baobab and King Sunny Ade, the Balkan-inspired group Tipsy Oxcart, kora player Seckou Keita, and the Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten Cambodian rock soundtrack.

Monday, June 11

In conjunction with the June Caribbean American Heritage Month feature, Global Village visits some of the islands of the Caribbean whose music is not as well known. We’ll hear artists from Dominica, St. Vincent, Curacao, the Bahamas, Montserrat, St. Croix, the U.S. Virgin Island, St. Lucia and more. Among the artists featured are Exuma, Blinky & the Roadmasters, Stanley & the Ten Sleepless Knights, Arrow, and even a Caribbean flavored number from Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman & Howe.

Tuesday, June 12

Global Village celebrates Chick Corea’s birthday with music he did with Bela Fleck and from his classic My Spanish Heart album. We’ll also hear one of his compositions performed by Dominican pianist Michel Camilo and Spanish guitarist Tomatito. Plus new music from the NEA Heritage Fellow Rahim Alhaj, Cape Verdean singer Nancy Vieira, Malian artist (and former Ali Farka Toure bandmember) Samba Toure, the Kora Jazz Trio, and Finland’s Tunto.

Wednesday, June 13

It’s the birthday of guitarist and songwriter Jorge Santana (Carlos’ brother) and Global Village highlights music he did with Malo, the group he fronted, and as a special guest with the Fania All Stars. Plus more music for the June Caribbean American Heritage Month feature from Cuba’s Orquesta Akokan, and Haiti’s Boukman Eksperyans. We’re also featuring Tabou Combo, the acclaimed Haitian compas band that has made the U.S. home since the early ‘70s and this year is celebrating a 50th anniversary.

Thursday, June 14

Global Village remembers one of the great voices of African music, Papa Wemba, on his birthday. The show features music from Zaiko Langa Langa, a popular group he cofounded and where he first rose to stardom; his acclaimed Viva La Musica lineup; in appearances as a special guest with Manu Dibango and the Big Blue Ball project from RealWorld; and in covers of his songs from Africando and Juan Luis Guerra.

Friday, June 15

Global Village features some world jazz sounds this time – including the jazz-inspired styles of Afrobeat (from Italy’s Mamud Band), pioneering world chamber jazz ensemble Oregon, a Middle Eastern jazz project from guitar and oud player Amos Hoffman, and Flamenco Nuevo (from the Jazzpaña featuring Vince Mendoza, Steve Khan, the WDR Big Band and more).  And as Global Village continues the June Caribbean American Heritage Month feature there’s Haitian Mini Jazz (from the Mini All Stars), contemporary Cuban jazz from Roberto Fonseca, and the Jazz Jamaica lineup. 

Monday, June 4

Get out the popcorn as Global Village kicks off the June Caribbean American Heritage Month feature with ska and reggae at the movies. We’ll highlight movie and TV show themes done ska style along with music from reggae movies, including the classic The Harder They Come, Rockers and Countryman. Among the artists featured are the Skatalites, Jimmy Cliff, Sly & Robbie, Bob Marley & the Wailers, and Madness.

Tuesday, June 5

Since 1972, the United Nations has declared June 5th to be World Environment Day to support environmental efforts around the globe. Global Village marks the occasion with a wide array of songs about the environment from such artists as Jimmy Cliff, 9Bach, Adrian Belew, Randy Newman, the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Bruce Cockburn and more.

Wednesday, June 6

Global Village marks birthdays of Jamaican born pianist Monty Alexander and guitarist Grant Green. We also pay tribute to Kasse Mady Diabate, one of the great singers of Mali who passed away recently, with music he did under his own name and from the classic Kulanjan album with Taj Mahal and Toumani Diabate. Plus new music from Tuareg/desert blues guitarist Bombino, and from the latest Playing for Change release.

Thursday, June 7

As part of the June Caribbean American Heritage Month feature, Global Village highlights steel drum music. We'll hear some of the legendary steel orchestras of Trinidad from the great Caribbean Carnival Series, Monty Alexander's Ivory & Steel group with pan player Othello Molineaux, steel drum player Andy Narell with calypsonian Relator, and more.

Friday, June 8

It’s World Oceans Day – an effort started by the Oceans Project in 2002 and recognized as an annual event by the United Nations since 2008 – to draw attention to the importance of healthy, sustainable oceans. Global Village marks the occasion with songs about the seas from Frankie Ford, the Marvelettes, Quartet San Francisco, Dee Dee Bridgewater, John Abercrombie with Ralph Towner, Elvis Costello, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Vishten, Lucky Oceans and more.

Album Cover Art

  1. Hugh Masekela – ‘66-’76 (Wrasse)
  2. Ebo Taylor – Yen Ara (Mr. Bongo)
  3. Sonido Gallo Negro – Mambo Cosmico (Glitterbeat)
  4. Kiala & the Afroblaster – Money (Turnagain Music)
  5. Leni Stern – 3 (LSR)
  6. Shina Williams & His African Percussionists – African Dances (Mr. Bongo)
  7. Malagasy Guitar Masters – Volo Hazo (Buda Musique)
  8. Catrin Finch/Seckou Keita – Soar (ARC Music)
  9. Femi Kuti – One People, One World (Knitting Factory)
  10. Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 – Black Times (Strut)