Global Village

Weeknights at 7pm

Join us weeknights at 7:00 p.m. for a musical adventure in the Global Village. Host Chris Heim presents a wide range of world music, from classic recordings to the latest new releases, from right around the corner to halfway around the world. Each night is a different musical journey.  

"Brilliant music selection. Wonderful show. Always very enlightening for fantastic world music.” - Facebook Review

Each month, we focus on a particular artist, style or theme, going deeper into the music and offering some rare and seldom heard selections. The first Friday of every month brings Global Village’s best new releases feature. Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival, a monthly concert series showcasing world music artists at the prestigious annual festival, is in its third season, and a brand new festival series features concert performances from the innovative and eclectic Ground Up Music Festival in Miami Beach.

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Monday, July 6

Global Village marks the birthday of legendary Congolese Rumba star Franco, continues the July Summer Festival feature with live performances from Kassav and the Buena Vista Social Club, and highlights the latest from the Afro-Caribbean band, the Bongo Hop, and Scandinavian Latin group, Liga Latina.

Tuesday, July 7

Global Village celebrates the birthday of keyboardist and composer Joe Zawinul by exploring the world music side of his work as a leader, with Weather Report and guesting with Yusef Lateef and Salif Keita. Plus more concert recordings for the July Summer Festival Month feature and the latest from Mali’s Oumar Kounate, Gambia’s Dawda Jobareth, Morocco’s Majid Bekkas, and Lithuania’s Ojibo Afrobeat.

Wednesday, July 8

Global Village devotes the show this time to Malian guitarists. We’ll hear Djelimady Tounkara, a member of the influential Super Rail Band and widely regarded as one of the country’s and one of the continent’s finest guitarists; the acclaimed and eclectic Boubacar Traore; the legendary Ali Farka Toure; Samba Toure who worked in Ali’s band; and rising guitar stars Oumar Konate and Sidi Toure.

Thursday, July 9

Global Village celebrates both the Independence Day of Argentina and the birthday of one of the country’s most famous singers, ‘new song’ great Mercedes Sosa. We’ll hear tango from traditional to contemporary along with electro, regional traditional, tango jazz, and more in performances from Carlos Gardel, Astor Piazzolla, Chango Spaziuk, and Gotan Project and we’ll also sneak in a bit of Finnish tango from Pedro’s Heavy Gentlemen.

Friday, July 10

It’s Bela and the Bahamas this time in the Global Village as we mark the birthday of banjoist Bela Fleck (featured in this month’s Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival) with some of his world music projects, and also mark Independence Day in the Bahamas with music from Joseph Spence, the Baha Men, Exuma, and more.

  1. Jaako Laitinen & Vaara Raha – Borek (Playground)
  2. Aquarela – A Bela Vida (Buda Musique)
  3. Bamba Wassoulou Groove – Dankele (LusAfrica)
  4. Beto Jamaica – Rey De Mi Folclor Vallenato y Cumbia Colmbiana (OM Producciones Music)
  5. Liga Latina – Liga Latina (Multination)
  6. Awale Jant Band – Yewoulen (ARC Music)
  7. Damily – Early Years (Bongo Joe)
  8. Ibrahima Cissokho & Mandingue – Liberte Mom Sa Bop (Narrator)
  9. John Doyle – The Path of Stones (Compass)
  10. Ben & Winnie – La Proxima Traicion (Tanguero)

Monday, June 29

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, in conjunction with the June Accordion Awareness Month feature, it’s Band Courtbouillon, a Grammy-winning Cajun accordion supergroup featuring Wayne Toups, Steve Riley, and Wilson Savoy.

Tuesday, June 30

Global Village celebrates Independence Day of the Democratic Republic of Congo with music from some of the many great artists and bands that have come from that country. Highlights include music from soukous giants Franco and Tabu Ley Rochereau, the all-star lineups of the Four Stars and Kekele, one of the great female stars of Congolese music M’Bilia Bel, the father of Congolese Rumba Wendo Kolosoy, and two contemporary bands that harken back to the classic Congolese rumba sound, Black Bazar and Mbongwana Star.

Wednesday, July 1

Global Village celebrates Canada Day with a special show devoted to some of the many talented world music artists who call Canada home. We’ll hear Ensemble Polaris, Jayme Stone, Danny Michel, Lorraine Klaasen, Kiran Ahluwalia, Souljazz Orchestra, Dubmatix, and more, all of whom incorporate Latin, Indian, African, Caribbean and other world styles into their music.

Thursday, July 2

This time in the Global Village it’s reggae from everywhere but Jamaica. We’ll hear artists and bands from New Zealand, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Japan, South Africa, Sweden, Algeria, Ecuador and more. Among the artists featured in the show – Joan Osborne, Eljuri, Majek Fashek, Dub Colossus, and the Minyo Crusaders.

Friday, July 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:

  • Contemporary Moroccan sounds from Bab L’ Bluz
  • A new take on Mexican marimba music from Son Rompe Pera
  • Smart Latin rock from Nohe & Sus Santos
  • Eclectic London world music collective Lokkhi Terra
  • And Afrobeat from Lithuania with Ojibo Afrobeat.

Monday, June 22

This time in the Global Village, it’s music from Brazil and Cuba as we mark birthdays of Ray Mantilla, Deodato, Eliades Ochoa and Hermeto Pascoal (on accordion for the June Accordion Awareness Month feature). Plus the latest from Zimbabwean singer and mbira player Hope Masike, the London-based Senegalese Awale Jant Band, and Cuban son artist Kiki Valera.

Tuesday, June 23

This time in the Global Village, a show devoted to a wide array of global harps. We’ll hear Welsh harpist Catrin Finch with kora player Seckou Keita, the Chieftains Celtic Harp/Edward Bunting tribute, ancient Chinese harp revived in the Pan Jing Ensemble, Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda with Japanese pianist Hiromi, Galician harpist Rodrigo Romani, Venezuelan group De Norte a Sur, and Chicago-based Mexican folkloric ensemble Sones de Mexico.

Wednesday, June 24

This time in the Global Village, in conjunction with the June Accordion Awareness Month feature, we highlight some Colombian accordion, including music from vallenato great Lisandro Meza, a new album from cumbia and vallenato accordionist Beto Jamaica, and a recent release featuring music from Colombia’s famed Discos Fuentes label. Plus new music from Minnesota Afrobeat band Black Market Brass and L.A. folkloric group Cunao, tracks from Manu Dibango and Ry Cooder with Manuel Galban, and even a little surf guitar (!) from the Sentinals.

Thursday, June 25

Global Village marks the Independence Day of former Portuguese colony Mozambique with a show devoted to music from that nation. We’ll hear the popular Marrabenta music, bands that combine traditional music with contemporary and international influences, and more. Among the artists featured are the popular singer Wazimbo, Orchestra Marrabenta Star of Mozambique, Ghorwane, and Eyuphuro.

Friday, June 26

Global Village celebrates Independence Day of Madagascar, the date in 1960 when the island nation, renowned for both its unique ecology and captivating music, achieved full independence. It is celebrated now every year as a major public holiday. We’ll hear music from two groundbreaking compilations that introduced Malagasy music to an international audience – Madagasikara and A World Out of Time – along with individual releases from a number of key artists and groups, including Tarika, D’Gary, Dama, Rossy, Jaojoby, and Toko Telo.

Monday, June 15

In conjunction with the June Accordion Awareness Month feature, Global Village highlights some Nordic Accordion, including music from Maria Kalaniemi, Markku Lepisto, and Teija Niku. We’ll also hear new music from Macedonia from Esma’s Next Generation Band and the latest from Bulgaria’s Oratniza.

Tuesday, June 16

Global Village marks birthdays of one of Fela’s sons, Femi Kuti, and also of English folk rocker Iain Matthews (with Fairport Convention, Matthews Southern Comfort and Plainsong). We also remember Mory Kante and also Bonnie Pointer of the Pointer Sisters, highlight some reggae from New Zealand’s Katchafire, and the ‘vodou rock’ of Haiti’s Moonlight Benjamin.

Wednesday, June 17

This time in the Global Village, it’s steel guitars around the globe – a show devoted entirely to the steel guitar from its early days in Hawaii, though a remarkable transformation in Indian music, to the success it found in western swing, rock, sacred steel, and jazz. We’ll hear Hawaiian greats Sol Hoopi and Tau Moe, several generations of Indian guitarists, western swing legend Tom Morrell, sacred steel inspired rock group Robert Randolph & the Family Band, pioneering pop instrumental steel guitar hitmakers Santo & Johnny, and the Finnish group Southpaw Steel ‘n’ Twang.

Thursday, June 18

It’s a Beatle Birthday Party his time in the Global Village as we mark the birthday of Paul McCartney with a wide array of world music covers of his songs. We’ll hear selections from the Skatalites, the Easy Star All-Stars, Willy Chirino, Al DiMeola, Beatlejazz and more.

Friday, June 19

Global Village celebrates the birthday of Jamaican 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, the late, great Millie Small, Jackie Mittoo, and more.

Monday, June 8

It’s World Oceans Day – an effort started by the Oceans Project in 2002 and recognized as an annual event by the United Nations since 2008 – to draw attention to the importance of healthy, sustainable oceans. Global Village marks the occasion with songs about the seas from Frankie Ford, the Marvelettes, Quartet San Francisco, Dee Dee Bridgewater, John Abercrombie with Ralph Towner, Elvis Costello, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vishten, Lucky Oceans, and more.

Tuesday, June 9

Lots of tango and other music from Argentina (and with it lots of accordion and bandoneon for the June Accordion Awareness Month feature) tonight in the Global Village. Among the highlights are music from new tango creator Astor Piazzolla, German band Quadro Nuevo, Finnish all-harmonica band Svang, accordionists Riccardo Tesi and Chango Spasiuk, and more.

Wednesday, June 10

Global Village celebrates Portugal Day with music from that and related countries – including music from Brazil to celebrate the birthday as well of bossa nova pioneer Joao Gilberto. There’s music from Cape Verde (from Elida Almeida) and Angola (from Waldemar Bastos) and some great contemporary fado singers and Portuguese guitar players – including Mariza, Custódio Castelo, and the award-winning Rodrigo Costa Félix.

Thursday, June 11

Global Village hosts a little folk fest this time, with traditional, contemporary, and folk fusion sounds. We’ll hear music from guitar hero and English folk rock pioneer Richard Thompson, the eclectic Afro Celt Sound System, the U.K.’s Rheingans Sisters, Estbel from Estonia, Canadian singer-songwriter Jon Brooks, and we’ll even get to some accordion folk for the June feature with Quebecois group Genticorum, Scotland’s Talisk, and acclaimed Cajun band Beausoleil.

Friday, June 12

Global Village showcases the world music side of pianist and composer Chick Corea for his birthday in a special edition of the show devoted to his music. We’ll hear early work he did with Cal Tjader and Paco de Lucia, later guest appearances with Poncho Sanchez and Arturo Sandoval, a duo project with banjoist Bela Fleck, a recent release with his Spanish Heart Band, and even a cover of one of his compositions from the Italian mandolin orchestra I Mandolini Italiani.

Monday, June 1

It’s global soul and funk this time in the Global Village - as ‘Reggae Got Soul’ with Toots & the Maytals, Third World, the Beat, and Corey Harris. We’ll also hear West African soul and funk from the Ivory Coast Soul 2 compilation, William Onyeabor, and Vaudou Game; Latin soul from the Hip Spanic Allstars and Willie Bobo; and Crescent City soul from Dr. John and Cubanismo in New Orleans.

Tuesday, June 2

It’s Festa della Republica Day in Italy, a national holiday marking the date when Italy voted after World War II to become a Republic. Global Village celebrates with a show devoted to music from Italy, from neo-traditional to contemporary. We’ll hear selections from neo-folk pioneer and innovator (and accordionist for the June Accordion Awareness month feature) Riccardo Tesi, U.S. based groups Newpoli and Grand Fatilla, the Afrobeat inspired Mamud Band, and a special little treat at the end from the Napoli Mandolin Orchestra.

Wednesday, June 3

In conjunction with the June Accordion Awareness Month feature, Global Village highlights two father and son zydeco stars – Clifton and C.J. Chenier, and Rockin’ and Dwayne Dopsie. We’ll also remember African superstar Mory Kante who passed away recently, hear a classic track from Senegal’s Orchestra Baobab, and highlight new music from Mali’s Bamba Wassoulou Groove, Colombian cumbia and vallenato accordion master Beto Jamaica, Scandinavian Latin band Liga Latina, and German samba singer and songwriter Denise Krammer.

Thursday, June 4

A special edition of the show as Global Village marks the birthday of Cuban-born saxophonist and clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera. We’ll hear some of the many Afro-Cuban, Caribbean, classical and other projects that he’s done as a leader and with Irakere, Yo-Yo Ma, the Caribbean Jazz Project, Berta Rojas, Andy Narell, and more

Friday, June 5

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:

  • Lapland-Balkan beats from Jaakko Laitinen & Vaara Raha
  • Western classical guitar meets Indian sarod on Strings for Peace from Sharon Isbin and Amjad Ali Khan
  • Cassette rarities return from the Early Years of Madagascar’s Damily
  • Classical musician Oboman realizes a Brazilian dream with Aquarela
  • Irish superstar guitarist and singer John Doyle with a showcase for new original compositions
  • And new-tango from the piano and accordion duo of Ben & Winnie.

  1. Matthieu Saglio – El Camino de los Vientos (ACT)
  2. Trio Tekke – Strovilos (Riverboat)
  3. Eliades Ochoa – Vamos A Bailar un Son (Eliades Ochoa)
  4. Ibrahima Cissokho & Mandingue – Liberte Mom Sa Bop (Narrator)
  5. El Amir – Andalucia (Galileo)
  6. Liga Latina – Liga Latina (Multination)
  7. Frigg – Frixx (Frigg)
  8. Yorkston/Thorne/Khan – Navarasa: Nine Emotions (Domino)
  9. V.A. – Uzelli Elektro Saz (Uzelli)
  10. V.A. – 12 Bombazos Bailables (Vampi Soul)

Monday, May 25

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, in conjunction with the May Haitian Heritage Month feature, our featured artist is Leyla McCalla. The Haitian-American singer, songwriter, cellist and former member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops brings together string band, Haitian, blues, jazz, and classical music in a unique and captivating blend. This was her debut performance at the Savannah Music Festival.

Tuesday, May 26

Global Village marks the centennial birthday of singer and songwriter Peggy Lee with some of the Latin styled songs she did. We’ll also hear music from Sketches of Spain for Miles Davis’s birthday, music from Ruben Gonzalez for his birthday, a new album from another Buena Vista member Eliades Ochoa, and the latest world project from cellist Matthieu Saglio.

Wednesday, May 27

This time in the Global Village, it’s a program devoted to South African reggae. Among the highlights: one of the giants of South African reggae, Lucky Dube; Dube’s original group, the Slaves; a cover of a Bob Marley classic from Freshlyground; and reggae-inspired song from the late, great Johnny Clegg and from township favorites Mahlathini & the Mahotella Queens.

Thursday, May 28

In conjunction with the May Haitian Heritage Month feature, Global Village highlights some of the mizik rasin or roots music bands of Haiti – plus new music from Cypress (Trio Tekke), Colombia (a Discos Fuentes compilation), the Indian Ocean (the Soul Sega Sa series), and Senegal (Ibrahima Cissokho), and blasts from the past from Latin rock pioneers Malo, boogaloo star Bobby Valentin, and new-flamenco group Pata Negra.

Friday, May 29

Global Village pays tribute to guitarist, songwriter, and brother of Carlos, Jorge Santana, who passed away earlier this month with music from several of the albums he did with the groundbreaking Latin rock band Malo. Plus music from two Latin jazz artists born on this date – Hilton Ruiz and Wayne Wallace, the latest from Antibalas, Al DiMeola and the Awale Jant Band, and a wrap on this month’s Haitian Heritage Month feature with the acclaimed compas group Tabou Combo.

Monday, May 18

In conjunction with the May Haitian Heritage Month feature, Global Village marks the Haitian Flag and Universities Day holiday with music from a variety of Haitian artists and groups. We’ll hear roots, compas and cross cultural collaborations from Boukman Eksperyans, Tabou Combo, Lakou Mizik (with special guest Leyla McCalla – the May featured artist in the Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival show that will air next week), the Neville Brothers with Les Freres Parents, and more.

Tuesday, May 19

Global Village highlights global pianists this time – including NEA Jazz Master and South African great Abdullah Ibrahim, Cuba’s Chucho Valdes and Cuban-born, Canadian-based Hilario Duran, new tango player Pablo Ziegler, and the Crescent City’s Professor Longhair and Henry Butler.

Wednesday, May 20

Global Village marks National Day of Cameroon with a program devoted to music by artists from that African nation. We’ll hear an update of Manu Dibango’s big international hit, Soul Makossa; Sam Fan Thomas’s big makossa hit, African Typic Collection; the bikutsi rock of Les Tetes Brulees; singer-songwriters Gino Sitson, Blick Bassy, and Henri Dikongue; and former Zap Mama member Sally Nyolo.

Thursday, May 21

Global Village marks the birthday of critically acclaimed guitarist and much-in-demand session player Marc Ribot. We’ll hear music he did with one of several groups he leads, Los Cubanos Postizos, and guest appearances with a wide array of artists, from Tom Waits (with whom he made some of his earliest appearances on record) to Robert Plant & Allison Kraus, Brazil’s Vinicius Cantuaria and Caetano Veloso, Afro-Peruvian star Susana Baca, Colombian rock band Aterciopelados, his brother Greg Ribot and more.

Friday, May 22

This year’s Independent Music Awards, normally a concert and ceremony in June, was moved up and moved online. In this special edition of Global Village, we celebrate the nominees and winners in a variety of world music related categories. We’ll hear selections from Eljuri, the Orchid Ensemble, Okan, Daniel Ho & the Suzhou Masters, Cimarron, and more.