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. Femi Kuti – One People, One World (Knitting Factory)


  1. Samurai Accordion – Te (Visage)
  1. Imarhan – Temet (City Slang)
  1. Nutopia – Nomad (Karmakosmetix)
  1. Gili Yalo – Gili Yalo (Dead Sea)
  1. Hollie Cook – Vessel of Love (Merge)
  1. Moh! Kouyate – Fe Toki (Foli Son)
  1. Djeneba & Fousco – Kayeba Khasso (LusAfrica)
  1. Tootard – Laisser Passer (Glitterbeat)
  1. Malagasy Guitar Masters – Volo Hazo (Buda Musique)

Monday, April 2

Global Village kicks off ‘Folkie Week’ with some UK Folk, including music from June Tabor, John Renbourn, and Karine Polwart - and some different approaches to folk music from Sweden, the Balkans, Canada and France. Then join us later in the week as Global Village marks birthdays of three legends of UK folk and folk rock – guitarist Richard Thompson (Tuesday), bassist Danny Thompson (Wednesday), and fiddler Dave Swarbrick (Thursday).

Tuesday, April 3

Global Village celebrates the birthday of legendary guitarist and English folk-rock pioneer Richard Thompson. We’ll hear music he did with Fairport Convention, with Linda Thompson, and with his own band, along with covers of his songs from June Tabor, Martin Simpson, the Albion Band and others.

Wednesday, April 4

Global Village marks the birthday of English folk and world bassist Danny Thompson with music he did with John Martyn, Nick Drake, the Songhai project, and Bert Jansch. We also remember legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela on what would have been his 79th birthday. It’s also the birthday of Dominican pianist Michel Camilo and we’ll hear him with flamenco guitarist Tomatito on two albums they did together including the Latin Grammy winning release, Spain Forever. And there’s new music from the Malagasy Guitar Masters (for the April Guitar Month feature), Afrobeat star Femi Kuti, and contemporary Malian duo Djeneba and Fousco.

Thursday, April 5

Global Village remembers the great folk fiddler Dave Swarbrick for his birthday with music from Fairport Convention and with Martin Carthy. Plus new music from Matthews’ Southern Comfort (headed up by Iain Matthews, an early member of Fairport Convention), Stick in the Wheel, and folk super-group The Gloaming.

Friday, April 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:

Contemporary Cape Verdean singer Nancy Vieira

Malian guitarist Sidi Toure

A preview of the second album from harpist Catrin Finch and kora player Seckou Keita

The Kora Jazz Trio

The ‘cosmic cumbia’ of Sonido Gallo Negro

Irish salsa from Baile an Salsa and traditional Irish music from Lunasa

And as we kick off the April International Guitar Month feature, the Malagasy Guitar Masters and Al DiMeola.

Monday, March 26

This time in the Global Village it’s another edition of our series, Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival. Each month we head to the Festival for a performance from one of today’s top world music artists. For March, in conjunction with celebration of Women’s History Month, our featured artist is Leyla McCalla. The singer, songwriter, cellist and former member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops brings together string band, Haitian, blues, jazz and classical music in unique and captivating blend. This was her debut performance at the Savannah Music Festival.

Tuesday, March 27

Global Village journeys to North Africa for music from the pioneering Nubian singer and bandleader Ali Hassan Kuban, the Nile Project that brings together over a dozen artists from countries and cultures along the Nile River, Algerian great Maurice el Medioni – and as we continue our Women’s History Month feature - music from Mauritanian artists Malouma and Noura Mint Seymali, and Nubian group Alsarah & the Nubatones.

Wednesday, March 28

This time in the Global Village, it’s legendary songs and artists from Africa, including a variety of styles from Nigeria, South Africa, Mali, and more. Among the artists featured are Fela, King Sunny Ade, Manu Dibango, Debademba, and as we continue our Women’s History Month feature, music from South Africa’s Miriam Makeba and the Mahotella Queens.

Thursday, March 29

Global Village marks the birthday of Mory Kante, a pioneering guitarist, kora player and singer who was a member of Mali’s influential Rail Band, and launched an international career in the ‘80s with the hit song “Ye Ke Ye.” We’ll hear him with the Rail Band, as a solo artist, and guesting with another African legend, Manu Dibango (and special guest Herbie Hancock), along with a great version of his hit done by jazz fusion violinist Jean-Luc Ponty.

Friday, March 30

Global Village wraps up its salute to Women’s History Month with a program dedicated to reggae women. We’ll hear solo projects from the I-Threes: Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths and Rita Marley,  early pioneers like Hortense Ellis and Dawn Penn,  some reggae inspired music from Jamaica’s Grace Jones, British roots reggae singer Aisha, and one of the stars of the current Jamaican roots revival, Jah9.

Monday, March 19

Global Village continues the March Women’s History Month feature with a birthday salute to Brazilian pianist, singer and composer Eliane Elias, along with music from the world-jazz group Musique Noir, Dee Dee Bridgewater from her Mali-inspired Red Earth album, and South African singer Busi Mhlongo.

Tuesday, March 20

Spring is here! And Global Village welcomes in the new season with a wide array of artists, styles and songs celebrating the ups (and downs) of spring. Among the artists featured: Dori Caymmi, the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York,  Hugh Masekela – and as we continue our Women’s History Month Feature, also music from singer-songwriter Erin McKeown, Mei Han and her Red Chamber classical and contemporary Chinese ensemble, and fado star Mariza.

(Strange Currency and Night Train also have Spring Specials tonight.)

Wednesday, March 21

Global Village marks the International Day of Nowruz. Honored in a UN Resolution, the date was chosen to mark the celebration of Persian New Year and the arrival of spring. It has been celebrated for several thousand years and across countries spanning Central Asia, the Balkans, and the Middle East. The show highlights music from a number of countries that celebrate Noruz as a national holiday and includes both traditional and contemporary music, including some ‘70s rock-inspired releases – and as we continue our Women’s History Month feature, music also from Iranian singer and activist Marjan Vahdat, and ‘the Queen of the Gypsies,’ Esma Redzepova.

Thursday, March 22

The Independent Music Awards honor small label and self-released projects in a wide array of styles covering over 90 categories and 400 releases. Global Village highlights some of the many nominees with world music influences in advance of this year’s Awards ceremony March 31st in Lincoln Center.  We’ll hear music from the duo of Cuban pianist Omar Sosa and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita; Jordanian oud player Karim Baggili; Vietnamese zither player Tri Nguyen; the Indian music Akshara Ensemble; Hawaiian ukulele player Daniel Ho with the Mongolian group, the Grasslands Ensemble; award-winning Canadian folk duo Cassie and Maggie; avant-accordionist Guy Klucevse; new tango pianist Emilio Solla; Latin flutist Carlos Cano; salsa dura singer Edwin Perez; and Ecuadorian singer Luz Pinos.

Friday, March 23

Global Village highlights global harps – including music from Veracruz from Sones de Mexico; acclaimed Venezuelan harpist Hugo Blanco; Alan Stivell – the artist who almost single-handedly revived interest in the Celtic Harp in the ‘70s; Rodrigo Romani – who pioneered the use of the Celtic harp in contemporary Galician folk music; and in conjunction with the March Women’s History Month feature, we’ll hear from pioneering jazz harpist Dorothy Ashby, contemporary world-jazz harpist Carol Morgan, and classical harpist Catrin Finch with Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita.

KMUW Music marks the First Day of Spring with five hours of music. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight on Tuesday, March 20 for songs of the season.

Tune in from 7 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, March 15 as Global Village and Strange Currency team up for an Ides of March music special.

Global Village gets the special underway with music from Italy – including a project reimagining the music of Ancient Rome, leading traditional and neo-traditional groups including Officina Zoe, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, and Banda Ionica, and the great Italian new folk accordionist, Riccardo Tesi with his Banditaliana group and as part of a world accordion group, Samurai Accordion, from their new release Te.

Monday, March 12

Global Village marks the birthday of trombonist, composer and Skatalites co-founder Don Drummond with some of his classic ska songs done by his own band and the Skatalites. Plus more for the Women’s History Month feature, including the eclectic Las Hermanas Caronni and South African legend Miriam Makeba (with some different music from her time living in Guinea) – and new music from Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez, Guinean artist Moh Kouyate, and a reissue from reggae group, the Gladiators.

Tuesday, March 13

Global Village continues its March celebration of Women’s History Month with a program featuring Asian female artists, including Chinese pipa player and Silk Road Ensemble member Wu Man, Chinese pipa player and music educator Gao Hong, Vietnamese singer Huong Thanh, and from Central Asia, Yulduz Usmanova. Plus new music from Nordic Raga, Modus Quartet, and Ilios Steryannis.

Wednesday, March 14

More music this time in the Global Village for the March Women’s History Month feature, including Leyla McCalla (featured in concert later this month on Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival), Kiran Ahluwalia, and from Finland Maria Kalaniemi and the Vilma Timonen Quartet.  Plus new music from Otros Aires, the Payadora Tango Ensemble, Nutopia, and Samurai Accordion – and a birthday salute to exotica pioneer Les Baxter.

Thursday, March 15

Global Village marks the Ides of March with music from Italy – including a project reimaging the music of Ancient Rome, leading traditional and neo-traditional groups including Officina Zoe, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, and Banda Ionica, and the great Italian new folk accordionist, Riccardo Tesi with his Banditaliana group and as part of a world accordion group, Samurai Accordion, from their new release Te.

Friday, March 16

“Legends” this time in the Global Village, with music from some great figures in music from around the world, including South Africa’s Miriam Makeba and the Queen of Salsa Celia Cruz for the March Women’s History Month feature, also African hitmaker Manu Dibango, one of the longest running groups in reggae, Third World, and Latin percussion master Candido.

KMUW Music is teaming up to celebrate International Women's Day with five hours of music from women artists. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight on March 8. In honor of Women's History Month, KMUW Music is also featuring women artists throughout March.

Monday, March 5

Global Village celebrates the music of Caribbean artist Eddy Grant with music from his early days in the pioneering inter-racial rock band, the Equals, through a number of his solo projects. Also music for the March feature celebrating women in world music for Women’s History Month – this time with music from legendary South African artist Miriam Makeba, a recent carnival remix EP featuring Cape Verde’s Cesaria Evora, Ethiopian artist Gigi, Brazili’s Flavia Coelho and Da Cruz, and the latest from ‘tropical popster’ Hollie Cook.

Tuesday, March 6

Global Village celebrates Ghanaian Independence Day with highlife and afrobeat sounds from such acclaimed artists as E.T. Mensah (“The King of Highlife”), Ebo Taylor, K. Frimpong, Pat Thomas and groundbreaking compilations like Afrobeat Airways and Ghana Special that introduced music of that country to a wider international audience.

Wednesday, March 7

Global Village continues the March Women’s History month feature with a program devoted to women of Africa. We’ll hear South African artists Miriam Makeba, the Dark City Sisters and Lorraine Klaasen (in a tribute to Makeba); Mali’s Oumou Sangare and Rokia Traore, along with a track from Les Amazones d’Afrique feature two singers from Mali; and Benin’s Angelique Kidjo, Eldia Almeida – a rising star from Cape Verde, Guinean singer Sia Tolno, and a rare female group from Nigeria, the Lijadu Sisters.

Thursday, March 8

Global Village celebrates International Women’s Day with music from female artists from around the world – including Cape Verde’s barefoot diva  Cesaria Evora, the Queen of Salsa  Celia Cruz, Mali’s acclaimed Oumou Sangare, fado star Mariza, African vocal group Zap Mama, and rock icon Marianne Faithfull.


Friday, March 9

Global Village marks the birthday of acclaimed Indian table player, composer and educator Zakir Hussain. We’ll hear the NEA Heritage Fellow in a number of cross cultural projects – with jazz artists John McLaughlin and Charles Lloyd; with Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart (including on the release that won the first Grammy for Best World Music Album);  with contemporary classical ensemble, Kronos Quartet, Bollywood singer Asha Bhosle, and Chinese pipa player Wu Man; as part of a trio with Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer; and finally with his father, Alla Rahka, another legendary table player known for his work with Ravi Shankar.

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  1. Samurai Accordion – Te (Visage)


  1. Julio Pereira – Praca do Comercio (Tradisom)
  1. Spanglish Fly – Ay Que Boogaloo! (Chaco)
  1. Otros Aires – Balkan Airs (Galileo)
  1. 3MA – Anarouz (Mad Minute)
  1. Gabacho Maroc – Tawassol (Sony)
  1. Alfredo Rodriguez – The Little Dream (Mack Avenue)
  1. Buffy Sainte-Marie – Medicine Songs (True North)
  1. Boubacar Traore – Dounia Tabolo (LusAfrica)
  1. Various – Rough Guide to the Music of West Africa (World Music Network)