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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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Robert Plant turns 70 on Monday, August 20, and Global Village and Strange Currency are teaming up to celebrate. Tune in from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. for three hours of music from Robert Plant, Led Zeppelin and other Plant projects, and notable covers. 

Monday, August 13

It’s a kora extravaganza this time in the Global Village with a wide array of artists and styles of music that incorporate the exquisite, harp-like traditional instrument of West Africa. Among the artists featured: kora great Toumani Diabate, electric kora players Seckou Kouyate and Dawda Jobarteh, Foday Musa Suso with contemporary classic ensemble Kronos Quartet, Seckou Keita in imaginative pairings with harp player Catrin Finch and Latin jazz pianist Omar Sosa, the Kora Band jazz ensemble, and guitarist Derek Gripper’s impressive re-imagination of the kora on six strings.

Tuesday, August 14

Global Village pays a visit to Morocco, with music from the traditional to the contemporary. Among the highlights are selections from Aziz Sahmaoui, Titi Robin with Medhi Nassouli, Hassan Hakmoun, and two jazz artists inspired by Moroccan Gnawa music, Randy Weston and Archie Shepp.

Wednesday, August 15

Global Village marks Indian Independence Day with new releases featuring Indian artists. We’ll hear music from new Rough Guide compilations featuring Indian master musicians Ravi Shankar, Ali Akbar Khan, and Zakir Hussain,  along with the latest from contemporary artists Sameer Gupta, Kiran Ahluwalia, Anandi Bhattacharya, Bombay Rickey and Red Baraat.

Thursday, August 16

Global Village heads to Italy for a variety of different sounds from pioneering neo-folk accordionist Riccardo Tesi, the Napoli Mandolin Orchestra (with spaghetti western music!), Stefano Saletti with his Piccola Banda Ikona group, folk/jazz saxophonist Enzo Avitabile, and the traditional pipes groups Zampogneria.

Friday, August 17

Global Village marks birthdays of several artists who combine jazz and world influences – Spanish bagpiper Cristina Pato, Lebanese oud player Rabih Abou-Khalil, Polish singer Grazyna Auguscik, and for his centennial birthday we’ve also got some Bossa Nova Soul Samba from jazz saxophonist Ike Quebec.  We’ve also got some Brazilian sounds from Mike Marshall & Choro Famoso, our featured artists for this month’s Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival special at the end of the month. And we’ll highlight some new world jazz albums, including the latest from Tribu and Akira Tana, and there’s more for the Trojan Records 50th Anniversary feature, this time from ska legends, the Skatalites, and reggae singer Barry Brown.

Monday, August 6

Global Village celebrates Jamaican Independence Day with music from the island nation, including Bob Marley & the Wailers, solo projects from original Wailers Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh, ska from the Skatalites and associated artists, a rock steady hit from the Paragons, and conscious reggae classics from Culture and Burning Spear.

Tuesday, August 7

Global Village marks Ivory Coast Independence Day with a program devoted to music from that West African nation, including legendary artists and rising stars in a variety of styles, from traditionally inspired music to Ivorian reggae, soukous, afrobeat and zouglou sounds. Among the artists featured on the show are Alpha Blondy, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Dobet Gnahore, Pierre Antoine, and Jean Baptise Zibodi along with selections from the Ivory Coast Soul and Cote d’Ivoire 50th Anniversary compilations.

Wednesday, August 8

Global Village marks the birthday of English folk guitar great John Renbourn for his birthday, along with music from his bandmate in Pentangle, Bert Jansch. We’ll hear music they did as a duo and as part of Pentangle, along with solo projects from both.

Thursday, August 9

Global Village marks South Africa’s National Women’s Day. Now a public holiday in that country, it commemorates the anniversary of an event that took place on August 9, 1956, as 20,000 women of all races took to the streets to protest the country’s pass laws. Global Village highlights music from a number of female South African performers including Miriam Makeba, Bhusi Mhlongo, the Mahotella Queens, the Afrika Mamas, and Brenda Fassie.

Friday, August 10

Since we devoted our regular New Month/New Music new releases show last week to the new 50th anniversary compilations from Trojan Records (for the August feature) and other new reggae releases, we’re adding a second New Month/New Music show this month to highlight some of the great titles from other parts of the world that have just come out.

Among the highlights:

A brilliant new contemporary Italian banda release from Cesare Dell’anna & GirodiBanda

More Euro sounds from the Barcelona Gipsy Balkan Orchestra, the Amsterdam Klezmer Band with Hungary’s Sondorgo, the Greek Fusion Orchestra, and volume two in VampiSoul’s Czech Up! series for rock, jazz fusion, funk and more they are releasing in conjunction with a long-standing Czech label

And there’s new music from Haiti’s RAM, and a reissue of a classic album from Buena Vista Social Club member Cachaito.

Album Cover Art

  1. Various Artists - Nordic Notes Vol.5: Folk from Estonia (Nordic Notes)


  1. Angelique Kidjo – Remain in Light (Kravenworks)
  1. Ebo Taylor – Yen Ara (Mr. Bongo)
  1. Tunto – Ilona (Aani)
  1. Hugh Masekela – ‘66-’76 (Wrasse)
  1. Nancy Vieira - Manha Florida (LusAfrica)
  1. Samba Toure – Wande (Glitterbeat)
  1. Various – African Scream Contest 2 (Analog Africa)
  1. Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 – Black Times (Strut)
  1. Eliades Ochoa & Alejandro Almenares - Dos Gigantes De La Musica Cubana (Tumi Music)

Monday, July 30

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 Hot July/Cool Nordic Sounds feature, the Danes Meet the Swedes in a special double bill with veteran Swedish folk trio, Vasen,  and classical and traditional ensemble, the Danish String Quartet.

Tuesday, July 31

Global Village highlights some ‘roots’ sounds – including the song “Roots,” the B-side of a single from Bob Marley and the Wailers, and a roots reggae  album from Ivory Coast’s Tiken Jah Fakoly – as we highlight reggae this month as part of our Trojan Records 50th Anniversary feature. Plus some world jazz sounds from Brazilian singer Joyce Moreno, the world jazz blends of the Souljazz Orchestra and of TriBeCaStan, and the jazz-influenced Afrobeat of Fela.

Wednesday, August 1

Global Village marks Benin’s Independence Day with a program devoted to music from that West African nation. We’ll hear one of its most famous singers, Angelique Kidjo, along with jazz guitarist Lionel Loueke, the big band Afrobeat of the Gangbe Brass Band, the reunited legendary Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou, and rarities from artists who helped shape the sound of contemporary urban music in Benin.

Thursday, August 2

Global Village highlights music from the diverse international lineup of artists on the Easy Star label. We’ll hear music from London’s Skints, Leeds’ Gentleman’s Dub Club, New Zealand’s Black Seeds, East Coast band John Brown’s Body, and California’s The Expanders – plus the Easy Star All Stars projects that covered classic albums from Pink Floyd, the Beatles, Michael Jackson and Radiohead, and featured a host of reggae legends.

Friday, August 3

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:

Something a bit different as Global Village kicks off the August feature marking the 50th anniversary of the influential U.K. ska and reggae label, Trojan Records, with music from a series of new compilations that have come out to mark the occasion. We’ll also highlight the latest in the reissue series of reggae titles from Nighthawk Records; showcase two of the key figures in Jamaica’s roots revival movement who have new albums out – Protoje and Kabaka Pyramid; and get to new releases from reggae influenced bands from Guam (the For Peace Band) and California (Slightly Stoopid).

Monday, July 23

Global Village highlights some fantastic fiddles, including Indian violinist L. Subramaniam and roots music fiddler Alison Kraus, both born on this date; and we’ll also hear classical and Nordic folk ensemble, the Danish String Quartet, and the Swedish trad trio, Vasen (featuring the nyckleharpa or keyed fiddle in their instrumental lineup) – both featured in concert next week in the next edition of Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival. Plus some music from South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, who was just named a 2019 NEA Jazz Master, the first African-born artist so honored.

Tuesday, July 24

Global Village has another bout of Accordion Mania with a wide array of releases featuring the instrument. Among the highlights – albums from two impressive Finnish accordionists, Teija Niku and Maria Kalaniemi, as we continue the Hot July/Cool Nordic Sounds feature; also French neo-folk trio of Maes, Martin & Gruel,  I.K. Dairo ( who introduced the accordion into Nigerian Ashiko music), zydeco star C.J. Chenier, Poland’s Motion Trio, and Russian émigré group Ersatz Musika.

Wednesday, July 25

Global Village marks Tunisian Republic Day, a national holiday in Tunisia, with a wide array of artists and styles of music from that country, from Louisa the Tunisian, a popular artist during and after World War II across North Africa and in France, through cross-cultural and contemporary artists such as oud player Anouar Brahem, Amine & Hamza, Bargou 08, DuOud and Eurovision Song Contest Winner Amina.

Thursday, July 26

Today marks the birthday of cuatro player and salsa great Yomo Toro. Global Village pays tribute to him in a special edition of the show that features music spanning his seven decade long career - including both albums under his own name along with recordings he did with the Fania All Stars, Willie Colon, Hector Lavoe, Roswell Rudd, Daniel Ponce, David Byrne and Ned Sublette.

Friday, July 27

Global Village continues the Hot July/Cool Nordic Sounds feature with a visit to Finland. We’ll hear traditional and contemporary folk, jazz and rock influenced music, Finnish Tango and more from such influential groups and artists as the hit group Varttina, kantele master and key figure in the Finnish folk revival Martti Pokela, accordion master Kimmo Pohjonen with Kronos Quartet, electro-bagpipe group Pare, the all-harmonica lineup of Svang (from their new Tango album), and more.

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.