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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Throughout March, Global Village highlights one of Africa's most distinctive and enchanting instruments - the kora. We feature a wide range of recordings from legendary performers to emerging artists, traditional pieces to adventurous contemporary fusions that feature the kora.

  1. Rabih Abou-Khalil - Hungry People (World Village)
  2. Terakaft - Kel Tamasheq (World Village)
  3. Various - Cumbia Beat Vol.

This Wednesday evening, Chris Heim features one of the artists profiled in Robin D.G. Kelley's book Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz In Revolutionary Times.

Heim's review of the book:

Throughout February, Global Village teams up with Night Train (Louis Armstrong) and Crossroads (New Orleans Blues and R&B) for a month-long Mardi Gras celebration. In the Global Village, we journey to one of the world's carnival hotspots - Brazil.

  1. Tim Maia - Nobody Can Live Forever (Luaka Bop)
  2. Tunji Oyelana - A Nigerian Retrospective (Soundway)
  3. Various - Diablos del Ritmo (Analog Africa)
  4. Various - Cumbia Beat Vol.

1. When I Left Home: My Story by Buddy Guy (DaCapo Press) The newly named Kennedy Center honoree offered a surprisingly readable look back at his life here, including a vivid account of the tough times he faced at first in Chicago and intriguing portraits of some of the blues legends whose paths he crossed on the way to become one himself.

  1. Ensemble Polaris - Uncharted Waters (Pipistrelle Music)
  2. Anoushka Shankar - Traveller (Deutsche Grammophon)
  3. Rabih Abou-Khalil - Hungry People (World Village)
  4. Terakaft - Kel Tamasheq (World Village)
  5. Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars - Radio Salone (Cumbancha)
  6. Paco de Lucia - En Vivo (Decca)
  7. Enzo Avitabile - Black Tarantella (CNI Music)
  8. Staff Benda Bilili - Bouger Le Monde (Crammed Discs)
  9. The Funkees - Dancing Time (Soundway)
  10. KonKoma - Konkoma (Soundway)
  11. Antibalas - Antibalas (Daptone)
  12. The So

1. Various - Diablos del Ritmo (Analog Africa)
2. Terakaft - Kel Tamasheq (World Village)
3. Ensemble Polaris - Uncharted Waters (Pipistrelle Music)
4. Carlos Nunez - Discover (Sony Music)
5. Stefano Saletti & Piccola Banda Ikona - Folkpolitik (Finis Terre)
6. Tito Puente - Quatro (Sony Music/Latin)
7. Various - Cumbia Beat Vol. 2 (Vampi Soul)
8. Mary Jane Lamond/Wendy MacIsaac - Seinn (Turtlemusik)
9. Tim Maia - Nobody Can Live Forever (Luaka Bop)
10. Bester Quartet - Metamorphoses (Tzadik)

1. Various - Cumbia Beat Vol. 2 (Vampi Soul)
2. Ensemble Polaris - Uncharted Waters (Pipistrelle Music)
3. Tim Maia - Nobody Can Live Forever (Luaka Bop)
4. Souljazz Orchestra - Solidarity (Strut)
5. Antibalas - Antibalas (Daptone)
6. Quadro Nuevo - Grand Voyage (Justin Time)
7. Various - Songs for Desert Refugees (Glitterhouse)
8. Ablaye Ndiaye Thiossane - Thiossane (Sterns Music)
9. Jimmy Cliff - Rebirth (Sunpower)
10. Fatou Diawara - Fatou (Nonesuch)
11. Los Straitjackets - Jet Set (Yep Rock)

Throughout November Global Village highlights the music of Celtic Spain. Tucked into the northwest corner of the country, is the Celtic center of Galicia. It is a hilly and lush region of "a thousand rivers" and a beautiful coast with a corridor to the rest of Spain on one side, and Portugal, the Atlantic, and the Bay of Biscay on the other three. This beautiful and distinctive region has been shaped by a unique Celtic heritage, along with ties to the rest of Spain and, through a long history of seafaring and emigration, to many other parts of the world as well.

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