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, September 16

Global Village celebrates Mexican Independence Day with music from Mexico – including a wide variety of regional styles, traditional and contemporary approaches, and American artists of Mexican heritage. Among the artists featured are Café Tacuba, Maldita Vecindad, Lila Downs, Los Lobos, Sones de Mexico, and Esquivel.

Tuesday, September 17

Tuesday’s Global Village continues the September feature with a program devoted to some of the many sounds and influences of Cuban music – from groundbreaking modern bands like Irakere and Buena Vista Social Club, to contemporary jazz performers like Harold Lopez-Nussa and Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, along with some different Cuban-inspired sounds from bands like  Senegal’s band Orchestra Baobab, Cuba-based Haitian group Desandann, and the classical meets Cuba music of the Klazz Brothers & Cuba Percussion.

Wednesday, September 18

Global Village marks Chilean Independence Day, pays tribute to the spirit of the Bahamas with music from the islands, and continues the September Cuban Music feature with music from the historic Cuban Jam Sessions recordings and a new Congolese Rumba inspired release from Dizzy Mandjeku & Ale Kuma.

Thursday, September 19

It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day! In honor of the occasion, Global Village has a special show filled with songs about pirates from the likes of Roger McGuinn, Marianne Faithfull, Bob Marley, Al Stewart, the Almanac Singers with Woody Guthrie, and of course, some music from the Pirates of Penzance!

Friday, September 20

Global Village pays tribute to “Egypt’s Ambassador of Rhythm,” Hossam Ramzy, who passed away on September 10th. The acclaimed percussionist recorded over a score of albums under his own name and worked with an illustrious collection of musicians from all over the globe. We’ll hear some of his own releases here, including his popular release Rock the Tabla, along with guest appearances he made with Jimmy Page & Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin fame, Afro Celt Sound System, Joan Armatrading, Rai star Khaled, Hungarian cimbalom master Kalman Balogh, Morocco’s Hassan Hakmoun, and Anne Dudley (Art of Noise) with Jaz Coleman (Killing Joke) from the Songs from the Victorious City album that takes its name from the translation of Cairo, where Hossam Ramzy was born.

Monday, September 9

Global Village continues the September Cuban Music feature with a program devoted to Latin Jazz, particularly Afro-Cuban based music. We’ll highlight the pioneering work of Machito as well as contemporary artists like Hilario Duran, Steve Khan, and Nestor Torres – plus Spanish guitarist Pipo Romero, the Guitar Trio of Paco de Lucia, Al DiMeola and John McLaughlin, Brazilian jazz artist Eliane Elias, and more.

Tuesday, September 10

When you’re featuring music of Incan Princess Yma Sumac and musical experimentalist Raymond Scott (both born on this date), things are bound to get a little bit wild.  We’ll also hear a Japanese folk song done boogaloo style off the new album from the Minyo Crusaders, some boogaloo from the ‘60s from the Latinaires, and ‘60s psychedelic rock inspired sounds from Peru and Turkey, from Los Wembler’s de Iquitos and Altin Gun respectively.

Wednesday, September 11

Global Village marks birthdays of English folk rock legend John Martyn and drummer Mickey Hart (best known for his work with the Grateful Dead, but we’ll be exploring music from some of his world music projects). The September Music of Cuba feature continues with selections from Havana-born percussionist Armando Peraza and the Cuban-influenced sound of Senegal’s Orchestra Baobab. Plus new music from Kurdish artist Adir Jan and Canadian world music ensemble Constantinople.

Thursday, September 12

Global Village celebrates Ethiopian New Year with a program devoted to music from that country. We’ll hear the ‘Father of Ethio Jazz’ Mulatu Astatke, several artists and bands based in the U.S. with Ethiopian members or inspired by Ethiopian music (including Aster Aweke, Debo Band, Budos Band and Either/Orchestra), and some popular artists during the ‘Golden Age of Ethiopian Music,’ including Mahmoud Ahmed, who was also among the first Ethiopian artists featured on international releases.

Friday, September 13

Global Village celebrates the Moon Festival (or Harvest Moon Festival or Mid-Autumn Festival as it is also known) which has been celebrated around the full moon at this time of year for millennia in a number of Asian countries. Global Village celebrates with music from some of those countries, including China, Vietnam, Korea, Cambodia, and Japan, with both traditional and contemporary sounds, various cultural fusions and more.

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Monday, September 2

We are working this Labor Day here in the Global Village! Join us for some great songs about work and working from a wide array of artists and in a broad array of styles. Among the artists featured: Tom Waits, Toots Hibbert, the Strawbs, Tennessee Ernie Ford, the Roches, Van Morrison, and more.

Tuesday, September 3

Global Village marks the birthday of popular southern African artist Dorothy Masuka and kicks off the September feature of Cuban Music, with music from Omara Portuondo (just named one of this year’s Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement recipients), the Puentes Brothers (including Adonis Puentes – the featured artist in this month’s Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival show airing later this month), Cuban band Asere, and the German band Bahama Soul Club’s Havana ’58 release.

Wednesday, September 4

Throughout September in conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month (which begins September 15th), we feature Cuban music – Cuban Americans, Americans influenced by Cuban music, Cuban musicians, and the influence of Cuban music around the world. In this visit to the Global Village, some old school Afro-Cuban/Latin soul both classic and contemporary. We’ll hear music from Malo, the Hip Spanic Allstars, Poncho Sanchez, Willie Bobo, and a fun rarity from Flash & the Dynamics.

Thursday, September 5

In conjunction with the September Cuban Music feature, Global Village features congueros in this edition of the show, including a number of players originally from Cuba and/or inspired by Afro-Cuban Music. We’ll hear both classic and contemporary conga players, from Desi Arnaz (who started as a bandleader and is credited with introducing the conga line to American audiences) and Armando Peraza (perhaps best known for his work with Santana) to such masters as Mongo Santamaria, Ray Barretto, Patato, Candido, and Poncho Sanchez (as a leader, and guesting with Francisco Aguabella and Jose Rizo’s Mongorama).

Friday, September 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:

  • An all-star cast doing classic blues and R&B songs on Red Gold Green & Blue
  • Pianist Monty Alexander with reggae versions of classic Thelonious Monk songs
  • Peruvian chicha pioneers Los Wembler’s de Iquitos
  • New afrobeat from Spain’s Alma Afrobeat Orchestra
  • Balkan brass band greats the Boban Markovic Orkestar
  • An exquisite meeting of traditional Chinese and Japanese music on Moon Over City Ruins
  • Hungarian artists Parno Graszt and also Lajko Felix & Volosi
  • And Cuban-Canadian singer-songwriter Alex Cuba (his twin brother Adonis Puentes will be the September featured artist for Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival).

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  1. Rhiannon Giddens – There Is No Other (Nonesuch)
  2. Tristan Driessens – A Folk Dancer’s Journey (Seyir)
  3. Santana – Africa Speaks (Concord)
  4. Cimarron – Orinoco (Cimarron)
  5. Coşkun Karademir – Öz (Kalan)
  6. Derya Yildirim & Grup Simsek – Kar Yagar (Bongo Joe)
  7. Guo Gan Trio – Gobi Desert (Felmay)
  8. Rasgueo – Echo (Galileo)
  9. Hope Masike – The Exorcism of A Spinster (Riverboat)
  10. Gaizca Project – Gaizca Project (Home)

Monday, August 26

The final Monday of every month, it’s Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival, a monthly concert series showcasing top world music artists and groups who have appeared at the prestigious annual event that takes place each spring in Savannah, Georgia.

This time, in conjunction with the August John Renbourn/Folk Feature, it’s Sam Reider & the Human Hands, an impressive new group that creates a distinctive sound drawing on folk, bluegrass, Americana, jazz and world music. The show captured the band’s debut at the Savannah Music Festival.

Tuesday, August 27

Global Village celebrates the birthday of one of the greats of Cape Verdan music, Cesaria Evora. In this special edition of the show, we’ll hear some of her earliest recordings, along with classic tracks, rare guest appearances, some of the artists with whom she worked, and some artists who claim her as an influence.

Wednesday, August 28

Global Village marks birthdays of Joseph Shabalala of Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Jamaican singer Beres Hammond; continues with more music from John Renbourn – with Pentangle and the John Renbourn Group; and highlights new releases from Japan’s Minyo Crusaders, Madagascar’s Damily and more.

Thursday, August 29

Throughout the month Global Village has been featuring music of English guitarist John Renbourn. But this time we turn to Brazilian guitarists, including Baden Powell, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Romero Lubambo, Vinicius Cantuaria (with Bill Frisell) and Chico Pinheiro. We’ll also hear music from Portuguese cavaquinho player Julio Pereira, Indian world-jazz percussionist Sameer Gupta, and world folk jazz group, the Modus Quartet. And we’ll sneak in a bit of English folk rock with the help of John Martyn.

Friday, August 30

It’s ‘Global Village Unplugged’ as the show highlights a wide array of acoustic artists and styles this time. We’ll hear music from Rhiannon Giddens, Mali’s Habib Koite, the Colombian band Cimarron, Italian mandolinist and singer Mimmo Epifani, Palestinian oud group Le Trio Joubran, and as we wrap up the August feature, John Renbourn with Pentangle and with guitarist Stefan Grossman.

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Monday, August 19

Global Village begins the week with music from pioneering American reggae singer Johnny Nash and supergroup drummer Ginger Baker, both born on this date, and more music for the August John Renbourn 75th Birthday feature, including music he did with Pentangle. Plus the latest from Afrobeat group Monkuti, the Ska Around the World compilation, and German-born, New York-based flamenco guitarist Adreas Arnold.

Tuesday, August 20

Global Village celebrates Szent István or St. Stephen’s Day – a major holiday in Hungary that marks the founding of the country. The program highlights a wide array of Hungarian music – from regional and national traditional styles, to contemporary jazz, Balkanbeats and more. Among the artists featured: acclaimed vocalist Marta Sebestyen, award-winning saxophonist Viktor Toth, world-jazz pioneer Gabor Szabo, cimbalom master Kalman Balogh, and tambura band Sondorgo.

Wednesday, August 21

August featured artist John Renbourn’s music has been dubbed ‘folk baroque’ and this time in the Global Village we’ll explore that in some of his music as a solo artist and with Pentangle, along with some interesting and different approaches to baroque and early music from Jordi Savall, the Elizabethan Session, the Pera Ensemble, the Dufay Collective, and Trio Mediaeval. Plus the latest from the Guo Gan Trio, Rhiannon Giddens, and Tristan Driessens.

Thursday, August 22

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 , Mauritanian artists Malouma and Noura Mint Seymali, and Nubian group Alsarah & the Nubatones. We’ll also hear some contemporary reggae from Raging Fyah and world jazz fusion from guitarist Al DiMeola.

Friday, August 23

Global Village wraps up the week with more English folk sounds. We’ll hear August featured artist John Renbourn with Pentangle and from his last solo album, along with music from Eliza Carthy and Linda Thompson, who were both born on this date. We’ll hear the two of them together on a Linda Thompson album, along with music Carthy did with the Imagined Village and with her father, Martin Carthy; and music Linda Thompson did both as a solo artist and with former husband Richard Thompson. Plus new music from the Dhoad Gypsies of Rajasthan, Turkish psychedelic folk artist Derya Yildirim, and Canadian group Constantinople with kora player Ablaye Cissoko.

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Monday, August 12

Global Village celebrates the birthday of legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen in a program devoted to his music – from the early highlife band, Koola Lobitos, and the original Afrobeat ensembles of Fela, to solo albums and guest appearances from throughout his career – including music from the documentary, Finding Fela, and a collaboration with one of the rising stars of contemporary African music, Sia Tolno.

Tuesday, August 13

Global Village switches from English folk to New Euro Folk this time with music from Portugal from fado singer Mariza, Portuguese Guitar player Custodio Castelo, singer-songwriter Lula Pena, concertina quartet Danças Ocultas, and Portuguese klezmer group Melech Mechaya. We’ll also hear music from Italian band Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, Albanian cellist Redi Hasa with Italian singer Maria Mazzotta, Spanish guitarist Pipo Romero, and Breton group ‘Ndiaz.

Wednesday, August 14

Global Village celebrates the birthday of English folk singer Maddy Prior with music she did with Steeleye Span, with the Carnival Band, as a solo artist, as a guest with Richard & Linda Thompson, and as part of the Silly Sisters with June Tabor.

Thursday, August 15

Fifty years ago on this date at around 5 in the afternoon Richie Havens took to the stage to kick off the Woodstock Festival. Global Village marks the occasion with some different music from Woodstock artists, songs performed at Woodstock done by other artists, and more. We’ll hear Richie Havens, the Incredible String Band, Ravi Shankar, Santana, and Joe Cocker – all of whom performed at Woodstock – along with a new album from Erik Applegate featuring  songs from and inspired by the festival, and a tribute to Jimi Hendrix from Indian electric guitar master Prasanna.

Friday, August 16

Global Village celebrates Statehood Day, an annual holiday in Hawaii to mark its admission as a state in 1959. We’ll hear early Hawaiian guitar master Sol Hoʻopiʻi, the legendary Gabby Pahinui with Ry Cooder, contemporary Slack Key guitar players Ledward Kaapana and Leonard Kwan, and some interesting fusions of Hawaiian music with Indian, classical, flamenco and Taiwanese music from Debashish Bhattacharya, Daniel Ho, and Keola Beamer.

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Monday, August 5

Global Village hosts a little folk fest this time, with music from pioneering as well as contemporary folk artists who range from traditional to modern approaches to folk. We’ll hear August featured artist John Renbourn with Pentangle, the English folk rock group he co-founded, and also with Robin Williamson. We’ll hear Williamson as well as part of the Incredible String Band, and we’ll hear contemporary bands like the Gloaming, the Furrow Collective, and Flook, along with Rhiannon Giddens from her brilliant new album There Is No Other, and Sam Reider, the featured artist for this month’s Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival show.

Tuesday, August 6

Global Village remembers Charlie Haden on his birthday with a tribute program that focuses on the world music side of his work with the Liberation Music Orchestra, Cuban pianist Gonazlo Rubalcaba, Greek guitarist Nana Simopoulos, Portuguese Guitar master Carlos Paredes, and as part of an international trio with Brazilian guitarist Egberto Gismonti and Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek.

Wednesday, 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.

Thursday, August 8

Global Village marks the 75th birthday of August featured artist and English folk guitar great John Renbourn, with music he did under his own name, with Pentangle, and with his bandmate in Pentangle, Bert Jansch. We’ll also hear some solo work from Jansch as well.

Friday, 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, when 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.

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  1. Söndörgő - Nyolc 8 Nyolc (SNDRG)
  2. Santana – Africa Speaks (Concord)
  3. Lucibela - Laco Umbilical (LusAfrica)
  4. Tiken Jah Fakoly – Le Monde Est Chaud (Barclay)
  5. Coladera – La Dotu Lado (Agogo)
  6. Yapunto – Yapunto (Yapunto)
  7. Dong Xi – Out of the Blue (Dong Xi)
  8. Romano Drom – Give Me Wine (Riverboat)
  9. Cimarron – Orinoco (Cimarron)
  10. Angelique Kidjo – Celia (Verve)

Monday, July 29

The final Monday of every month, it’s Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival, a monthly concert series showcasing top world music artists and groups who have appeared at the prestigious annual event that takes place each spring in Savannah, Georgia.

This time, in conjunction with the July Music of the Roma feature, it’s the popular Romanian Roma brass band Fanfare Ciocarlia. The band’s first major tour and debut album in the late ‘90s paved the way for Balkan brass bands on the international stage, and they remain among the most successful of the brass ensembles, topping the world music charts, touring internationally, and appearing in several films.

Tuesday, July 30

Global Village wraps up the July Roma music feature with a broad array of artists and styles of music from the original home of the Roma in northwestern India to Spain and beyond. We’ll hear popular brass bands Fanfare Ciocarlia and the Boban Markovic Orkestar, the Roma-inspired Istanbul Oriental Ensemble, Romanian village band Taraf de Haidouks, Russian Roma singer Lilya Erdenko, and contemporary and fusion sounds from the Gypsy Cuban Project, the Hungarian band Anselmo Crew, and Joe Zawinul.

Wednesday, July 31

Global Village celebrates “Uncommon Instruments Awareness Day” with music played on musical saw, zgamonium, bamboo ski poles, vegetables and more – along with the home made traditional instruments of Congolese favorites - Konono No. 1, electronics from Jon Hassell, and some instruments uncommon in (world) jazz – Rufus Harley on bagpipes, Howard Johnson’s modern approach to the tuba, and banjo and harmonica taking center stage for Bela Fleck & the Flecktones.

Thursday, August 1

Global Village marks the anniversary of the Concert for Bangladesh, which took place on August 1, 1971 in Madison Square Garden. The groundbreaking event was the first and a template for many benefit concerts that followed to aid a variety of humanitarian efforts. Global Village features music from the Concert, from the two key artists who helped put the event together - George Harrison and Ravi Shankar – and from other artists who performed there.

Friday, August 2

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:

New oud sounds and styles from Tristan Driessens, Yinon Muallem and Taichmania

New African releases from Mali’s Samba Toure, Zimbabwean artist and Monoswezi member Hope Masike, Guinean star Natu Camara, and the Congolese group Kokoko

And sounds from and inspired by music of Spain from the Gaiza Project and the Berlin-based flamenco jazz group Rasgueo.