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, November 11

This time in the Global Village, more music for the November Mongolia feature, including Anda Union, who are also the November featured artists in the Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival series. We’ll also hear the latest from Mali’s Hama Sankare, Rasgueo, and the Moon over City Ruins album that explores the music exchange between China and Japan many centuries ago. Global Village marks birthdays of Finnish oud and guitar player Jussi Reijonen and percussionist, composer, and second generation AACM world-jazz artist Kahil El Zabar.

Tuesday, November 12

This time in the Global Village, it’s music from the Spanish guitar and Spanish guitarists. We’ll hear legendary new flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia, classical guitarist John Williams (performing Rodrigo’s famous "Concerto de Arunjeuz"), and folkloric guitarist Pipo Romero. We also remember the late Hossam Ramzy with music from an album he did with flamenco guitarist Rafa El Tachuela

Wednesday, November 13

Global Village pays tribute to Tabu Ley Rochereau - one of the giants of African music and one of the architects of the popular soukous style of music. We’ll highlight music from early in his career when he worked with Le Grande Kalle, some of his classic recordings, and several key artists who emerged from his influential bands.

Thursday, November 14

Global Village remembers Buckwheat Zydeco on his birthday and also gets to music from South African kora-inspired guitarist Derek Gripper who was also born on this date. Plus more for the November Mongolian music feature, this time from the Buryati/Lithuanian group Udu – and we’ll hear new music from Russia’s Otava Yo, the Cape Verdean Funana compilation Pour Me a Grog, and UB40.

Friday, November 15

Global Village marks the birthday of Czech Republic-born, New York-based Latin music artist Marta Topferova. We’ll hear music from several of her albums and use them as a jumping off point to explore some other Latin sounds as well, including music from the Buena Vista Social Club and from new releases by Cuban-Canadian artist Alex Cuba, Colombian-Canadian musician Roberto Lopez, Senegalese artist Diali Cissoko, and Congolese Rumba veteran Wuta Mayi (from his first new album in several decades and also from an earlier release as part of the soukous supergroup, the 4 Stars).

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Monday, November 4

In a special edition of the show, Global Village remembers legendary conguero Carlos “Patato” Valdes on his birthday. Born in Cuba and based in the U.S. starting in the ‘50s, Patato became one of the giants of Latin music and Latin jazz, working with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Tito Puente, Willie Bobo and more, and recording a series of stunning albums under his own name. We’ll hear some of his early appearances on jazz albums from the likes of Kenny Dorham and Grant Green, music from his long stint with world-jazz flute great Herbie Mann, and music he did as a leader and as a key member of the Conga Kings.

Tuesday, November 5

We’ve got some global guitars this time in the Global Village, including Indian electric guitarist Prasanna, Indian slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya, Jamaican guitar legend Ernest Ranglin, the guitar duo of Larry Coryell and Steve Khan, a flamenco guitar/ukulele duo featuring Pepe Romero and Daniel Ho, the Montreal Guitare Trio, Mandinka guitar master Djessou Mory Kante, Malagasy guitarist D’Gary, and more.

Wednesday, November 6

Global Village marks the birthday of Adolphe Sax, the man who invented the saxophone, with a program devoted to saxophone music and musicians from around the world. We’ll hear music from Africa’s Manu Dibango and Seun Kuti, Jamaica’s Skatalites and Dean Fraser, Balkan artists Fanfare Ciocarlia and Boris Kovac and a bossa nova classic featuring jazz saxophone giant Stan Getz.

Thursday, November 7

Global Village marks the birthday of Joni Mitchell with music from the legendary singer-songwriter and covers of her songs from Monty Alexander’s Ivory and Steel, and Los Cenzontles. Plus music for the November Mongolia feature, remembering Hossam Ramzy, and the new Red Gold Green & Blue, and World Peace compilations.

Friday, November 8

Global Village devotes to the show to some different kinds of reggae this time – including pianist Monty Alexander’s new reggae-jazz album of Thelonious Monk compositions; Japanese folk-reggae from the Minyo Crusaders; blues-reggae from the new Red, Gold, Green & Blue all-star set; new albums from former Gladiator Clinton Fearon and U.K. reggae pioneers Steel Pulse; South African reggae great Lucky Dube; Toots & the Maytals with Bonnie Raitt (whose birthday is today – Bonnie is a November featured artist on Strange Currency and Crossroads this month); and in conjunction with the November Music of Mongolia feature, we’ll hear some related sounds from Albert Kuvezin & Yat-Kha doing a Bob Marley cover.

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  1. Garifuna Collective – Aban (Stone Tree)
  2. Santana – Africa Speaks (Concord)
  3. Altin Gun – Gece (Glitterbeat)
  4. Minyo Crusaders – Echoes of Japan (Mais Um Discos)
  5. Otava Yo – Do You Love (ARC Music)
  6. Dona Onete – Rebajo (Mais Um)
  7. Alma Afrobeat Ensemble – Monkey See Monkey Do (SlowWalk)
  8. Clinton Fearon – History Say (Kool Yu Foot/Brown Boogie)
  9. Baba Sissoko – Amadram (Home)
  10. Tinariwen – Amadjar (Anti-)

Monday, October 28

The final Monday of every month, we present 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 festival that takes place each spring in Savannah, Georgia.

This time, it’s a performance from Richard Thompson. A founding member of the pioneering English folk rock group, Fairport Convention, guitar hero, and powerful songwriter, Thompson has increasingly focused in recent years on live performance, crafting unique, witty, moving and one-of-a-kind concerts, including this one from the Savannah Music Festival.

Tuesday, October 29

Global Village goes to Togo for music that rarely gets featured in world music releases. Still, a few compilations, including the Togo Soul 70 and Afro-Beat Airways sets, have offered a tantalizing glimpse into the lively sounds from that African nation. Also this time, we’ll hear music from the legendary Congolese rumba band L’Orchestra Afrisa International, a Spanish Afrobeat group Ogun Afrobeat, and some ska and reggae from the Skatalites and Third World, respectively.

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Wednesday, October 30

Global Village celebrates the birthday of Latin Soul Jazz percussionist Poncho Sanchez with music from across his career. We’ll hear some of his early work with West Coast Latin jazz pioneer Cal Tjader, guest appearances with the Caribbean Jazz Project and Dr. John, and music from albums he did as a leader including his Grammy-winning release Latin Soul.

Thursday, October 31

Things are about to get a bit scary in the Global Village. Join us for the annual Global Village Halloween special for lots of ghoulish global sounds.

Friday, November 1

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:

  • Legendary Congolese Rumba star Wuta Mayi
  • Canadian-Colombia artist Roberto Lopez
  • Haitian group Lakou Mizik with a number of New Orleans stars
  • Music of Mali from Mah Damba, Habib Koite, and Invisible System
  • A new compilation of Funana music from Cape Verde
  • Udu with their melding of Buryat and Lithuanian influences
  • And Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and other influences blend in new titles from both Nawaris and Ombra.

Monday, October 21

Global Village marks birthdays of the Queen of Salsa Celia Cruz and one of the giants of jazz, Dizzy Gillespie, focusing on his pioneering Latin and World jazz work. We’ll also hear Angelique Kidjo’s recent tribute to Celia Cruz, along with new music from Guts, the Garifuna Collective, the Minyo Crusaders, and Lila Downs.

Tuesday, October 22

Global Village offers a birthday special with Canadian soprano saxophone and flute player, composer, Juno Award winner, and recipient of the Order of Canada, Jane Bunnett. In a series of groundbreaking recordings, Bunnett worked with some of the most dynamic musicians in Cuba and explored an often unknown variety of styles, from the folkloric to the contemporary, from across that country. We talk with Bunnett as she delves into the history of the music, the artists she found, and the distinctive and inventive music she created with them. The show also features a wide array of selections from her many Cuban projects.

Wednesday, October 23

Global Village travels the globe for a fascinating array of guitar artists and styles this time, including great Nigerian guitar bands led by Prince Nico and King Sunny Ade, Indian slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya with a tribute to Hawaiian guitarist Tau Moe, flamenco guitarist Jose ‘El Piru’ with French cellist Matthieu Saglio, Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizo, and three great players collectively known as the Malagasy Guitar Masters.

Thursday, October 24

Global Village highlights the roots reggae revival and some of the premier Jamaican artists who have shaped the roots renaissance in Jamaica. We’ll hear music from Protoje, Jah9, Chronixx, Raging Fyah, Kabaka Pyramid, and Jesse Royal.  We’ll also hear music from U.K. reggae band, The Skints, along with music from the Bollywood Brass Band, Brian Marsella’s Imaginarium, and the Debo Band.

Friday, October 25

Global Village pays tribute to the late drummer Ginger Baker with music he did with Fela and some Nigerian inspired music from one of his later album. The show also marks the birthday of Brazilian bossa nova pioneer, guitarist, and songwriter Roberto Menescal, including music he did with contemporary bossa group Bossacucanova. Plus the latest from Santana, the Rough Guide to World Jazz, and Spain’s Alma Afrobeat Ensemble.

Monday, October 14

Global Village celebrates Canadian Thanksgiving Day with music from a wide array of Canadian artists. We’ll hear traditional, folk, and roots music from Beyond the Pale, Jayme Stone, Vishten, Jon Brooks, the Jerry Cans, Harry Manx, and Ten Strings & a Goat Skin, along with a variety of world sounds from Lorraine Klaasen, Danny Michel with the Garifuna Collective, Kobo Town, Roberto Lopez, the Souljazz Orchestra, and Ron Korb.

Tuesday, October 15

Global Village marks the birthday of Fela, one of the true giants of African music and the creator of Afrobeat, a style that wedded strong social commentary to equally powerful African music and American funk.  The program features classic sounds from Fela, and music from his sons Femi and Seun, Tony Allen who was the long-time collaborator and musical director for Fela’s band, the Red hot + Fela compilation, and American and European bands inspired by the Afrobeat sound.

Wednesday, October 16

In conjunction with the October Turkish Psychedelic Folk Rock feature, Global Village this time highlights some contemporary Turkish and Turkish expat bands including Gaye Su Akyol, the Turkish-Canadian group Minor Empire, the Netherlands’ Altin Gun, Hamburg’s Derya Yildirim, and ‘70s Turkish psychedelic rock star Fikret Kizilok. Plus music from Richard Thompson, this month’s Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival artist, new music from Tuareg group Tinariwen, and some American afrobeat from the Chicago Afrobeat Project.

Thursday, October 17

Global Village marks Dessalines Day, a national holiday honoring the first leader of the independent nation of Haiti, with a program devoted entirely to music of Haiti. Highlights include roots music bands Boukman Eksperyans and Boukan Ginen, compa pioneers Nemours Jean-Baptiste and Webert Sicot, hitmakers Coupe Cloue and Tabou Combo, vocal ensemble Grupo Vocal Desandann (now known as the Creole Choir of Cuba), and Haitian jazz artist Jacques Schwarz-Bart.

Friday, October 18

Global Village devotes the show to a wide array of contemporary Latin jazz styles and artists – including recent releases from Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda (with harmonica player Gregoire Maret and special guest Bela Fleck), Bay Area Brazilian guitarist Ricard Peixoto, Canadian saxophonist and flutist Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, pianists Bill O’Connell (with the Afro Caribbean Ensemble) and Oscar Hernandez (with Alma Libre), and guitarist Steve Khan.

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Monday, October 7

Global Village marks birthdays of cellist Yo-Yo Ma (from some of his world music projects) and Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez (from two of his Quincy Jones-produced albums); highlights music from three releases newly nominated for Latin Grammys from Eddie Palmieri, Chucho Valdes, and Cimarron; continues the October Turkish Psychedelic Folk Rock feature with music from a top new release in the genre from Umut Adan; and remembers Egyptian percussionist Hossam Ramzy in a guest appearance with the Gipsy Kings.

Tuesday, October 8

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, Ali Farka Toure, Baaba Maal with Mansour Seck, Miriam Makeba, and the Mahotella Queens.

Wednesday, October 9

Global Village marks birthdays of several artists who brought together world and jazz influences in their work – South African pianist and 2019 NEA Jazz Master Abdullah Ibrahim, vibes and marimba player Dave Samuels, flutist Yusef Lateef, and father and son Cuban pianists Bebo and Chuco Valdes. Plus some Turkish psychedelic rock and flamenco jazz from Germany, and a new World Jazz compilation from Rough Guide.

Thursday, October 10

In conjunction with the October Turkish Psychedelic Folk Rock feature, Global Village goes all day-glo with a program devoted to psychedelic sounds from around the world. We’ll hear Latin, Turkish and Asian psychedelic sounds from the likes of Pucho & the Latin Soul Brothers, Mexico’s Sonido Gallo Negro, Afrosound from Colombia, Turkey’s groundbreaking psychedelic group Moğollar and contemporary Turkish psychedelic compilation Saz Power, and two guitarists inspired by Jimi Hendrix, Vietnamese guitarist Nguyen Le and Indian guitarist Prasanna.

Friday, October 11

Global Village celebrates Pulaski Memorial Day to honor the Polish Revolutionary War hero Casimir Pulaski and Polish Americans.  The program highlights a wide array of contemporary Polish bands ranging from traditional and avant-folk, to African, klezmer and jazz influenced groups. Plus such American artists as Polka King Frankie Yankovic, punk polka pioneers Brave Combo, and U.S. based Polish world-jazz singer Grazyna Auguscik – along with a polka classic from Berlin’s 17 Hippies. Artists featured include Warsaw Afrobeat Orchestra, Maria Pomianowska & Groupe Gainde, Janusz Prusinowski Trio, Kapela Maliszow, Tegie Chlopy, Motion Trio and Jarek Bester.

  1.   Los Wembler’s de Iquitos – Vision del Ayahuasca (Barbes)
  2. Various – Red Gold Green & Blue (Trojan Jamaica)
  3. Mao Ya – Moon Over City Ruins (Rhymoi Music)
  4. Guo Gan Trio – Gobi Desert (Felmay)
  5. Alma Afrobeat Ensemble – Monkey See Monkey Do (SlowWalk)
  6. Santana – Africa Speaks (Concord)
  7. Alex Cuba – Sublime (Caracol)
  8. Minyo Crusaders – Echoes of Japan (Mais Um Discos)
  9. Cimarron – Orinoco (Cimarron)
  10. Altin Gun – Gece (Glitterbeat)

Monday, September 30

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 September Cuban Music Feature, it’s Canadian-Cuban singer, composer, and percussionist Adonis Puentes & the Voice of Cuba Orchestra. Born and raised in Cuba where he began playing at the age of six and soaking up the rich traditional forms of Cuban music, Puentes has matured into a powerful artist in his own right, crafting what he describes as “fusion with Cuban roots.” His Savannah debut headlined the Festival’s Latin Dance Party and offered a non-stop mix of lively originals and well-known and loved Afro-Cuban classics.

Tuesday, October 1

Global Village celebrates the birthday of one of Senegal’s greatest stars and one of the giants of world music – Youssou N’Dour. The program highlights music from his early work with Etoile de Dakar, music recorded on his breakthough tour with Peter Gabriel, and his Grammy-winning Egypt album – along with guest appearances he made with Orchestra Baobab, Harry Belafonte, Carlou D, and more.

Wednesday, October 2

Global Village celebrates Gandhi Day (a national holiday in India and also the UN-designated International Day of Non-Violence) with a wide array of music from India. Highlights include music from Ravi Shankar, his daughter Anoushka Shankar, guitarist Prasanna (who also was born on this date), the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band, the Soul March release commemorating Gandhi’s Salt March, and Indian-jazz fusion from Vijay Iyer and the Taal Tantra Experience.

Thursday October 3

Global Village celebrates German Unity Day, a national holiday in Germany marking the 1990 reunification of then East and West Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Featured are a number of German world bands, including the pioneering group Dissidenten, prog rock and world band Can, German reggae artist Jahcoustix, Berlin’s 17 Hippies, Köln’s Schäl Sick Brass Band, and the full, original version of Kraftwerk’s iconic “Autobahn.”

Friday, October 4

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:

  • Malian kora player Baba Sissoko
  • A new instrumental album from Bruce Cockburn
  • Flamenco guitarist Jose Antonio Rodriguez
  • The eclectic electric Russian folk of Otava Yo
  • Cultural caretakers the Garifuna Collective
  • And reggae from Stick Figure, Clinton Fearon and Pepper

Monday, September 23

Global Village welcomes in the first day of Fall with songs of the season from a wide array of artists and styles of music. We’ll hear selections from Astor Piazzolla, Bob Dorough, Ralph Towner (with and without the group Oregon), the Zombies, Ahmad Jamal, and more. Night Train also has a fall special tonight, 10 p.m. to midnight.

Tuesday, September 24

Global Village marks the birthday of “Mr. Bongo” – Latin and Latin jazz percussionist Jack Costanzo. And as the September Cuban music feature continues, there are selections from Willy Chirino’s Afro-Cuban Beatles tribute, the Cuban doo-wop group Los Zafiros, and percussion master Mongo Santamaria. Plus the latest from Eljuri, Tiken Jah Fakoly, and the Alma Afrobeat Ensemble.

Wednesday, September 25

In conjunction with the Global Village September Music of Cuba feature, it’s an Africa-Latin show, highlighting some fascinating connections between African and Afro-Cuban music and musicians. We’ll hear selections from the East Africa compilation Urgent Jumping, Cameroon’s Richard Bona from the first project he did with an Afro-Cuban band, Angolan artist Ricardo Lemvo and his Latin group Makina Loca, Congolese Rumba and Soukous stars Wendo Kolosoy, Kanda Bongo Man and Kekele, Senegal’s Orchestra Baobab, and the meeting of African and Latin musicians in the group Africando.

Thursday, September 26

Global Village marks birthdays of Cesar Rosas (Los Lobos, Los Super Seven) and Brazilian singer Gal Costa; continues the Cuban music feature with Adonis Puentes (this month’s Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival series featured artist), his twin brother Alex Cuba (with special guest Omara Portuondo from the Buena Vista Social Club) and guitarist Manuel Galban (another Buena Vista member); and highlights new music from the Red Gold Green & Blue ‘reggae meets the blues’ all-star album, Colombian group Cimarron, Santana, and Peruvian chicha pioneers Los Wembler’s de Iquitos.

Friday, September 27

Global Village celebrates the birthday of Robbie Shakespeare, bassist and half of the legendary Jamaican ‘Riddim Twins’ with Sly Dunbar. We’ll hear recordings the duo did together, along with guest appearances they made with Grace Jones, Black Uhuru, Burning Spear, Monty Alexander, Barry Reynolds and more in this special edition of the show.

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