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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  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.

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.

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