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.

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 was recognized by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters in 2020.

"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. A new monthly series features concert performances from the innovative and eclectic Ground Up Music Festival in Miami Beach.

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Monday, May 3

Global Village is both folky and funky this time as we mark birthdays of musicians and activists James Brown and Pete Seeger. We’ll hear music from Brown along with several African artists inspired by his deep funk style. And along with music from Seeger, we’ll hear selections from a recent album from Kronos Quartet celebrating his music. We’ll also hear music from Beolach, who just took home two Canadian Folk Music Awards, and a new release from Made Kuti, the son of Femi Kuti and the grandson of Afrobeat creator Fela Kuti.

Tuesday, May 4

Z is for Zither this time in the Global Village. In conjunction with the May Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature, we’ll highlight the zither from China (the ancient guqin), and similar instruments that evolved from it in Vietnam (đàn tranh), Korea (gayageum), Mongolia (yatga), and Japan (koto) in music ranging from the traditional to contemporary works that also draw on classical, jazz, and popular music. Artists and groups featured include Tri Nguyen, Jim Snidero, Khusugtun, Yat-Kha, and the Yamato Ensemble.

Wednesday, May 5

Global Village celebrates Cinco de Mayo with a wide array of styles and sounds from musicians and bands from Mexico and of Mexican heritage – including Esquivel, Lila Downs, Santana, Los Lobos, Mexican Dubwiser, the Mexican Institute of Sound, Linda Ronstadt, and more.

Thursday, May 6

Global Village celebrates World Accordion Day with a wide array of styles and sounds from musicians and bands from all across the globe who incorporate the squeezebox into their music – including Nigeria’s I.K. Dairo, Basque artists Korrontzi and Kepa Junkera, Poland’s Bester Quartet, Italy’s Riccardo Tesi, Berlin’s 17 Hippies, Boston’s Grand Fatilla, Argentina’s Chango Spasiuk, and Romania’s Taraf de Haidouks.

Friday, May 7

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:

  • The powerful voice and charismatic presence of Christine Salem from Réunion Island
  • Cypriot Antonis Antoniou of Monsieur Doumani and Trio Tekke with a new solo project
  • Italian neo-folk master and multi-instrumentalist Stefano Saletti with his Banda Ikona lineup exploring sounds of the Mediterranean
  • An exquisite and moving project from the Corsican group L’Alba that also draws on a range of Mediterranean influences combined with the distinctive vocal traditions of the island.
  • A 10th anniversary celebration from the nine-piece Parisian Afrofunk brass collective, Balaphonics

And as we kick off the May feature celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we’ll hear a live album from pipa master Wu Man with sheng player Wu Wei, and a meeting of Asian, European, and jazz influences in the group Greekorea.

  1.   Teaspoon & the Waves – Teaspoon & the Waves (Mr. Bongo
  2. Hallelujah Chicken Run Band – Take One (Analog Africa)
  3. Warsaw Village Band – Waterduction (Karrot Kommando)
  4. Various artists – Zanzibara Volume 10 (Buda Musique)
  5. Various Artists – Best of the Transglobal World Music Chart 2020 (ARC Music)
  6. Jupiter & Okwess – Nakozonga (Zamora)
  7. Monika Lakatos – Hangszin (FolkEuropa Kiado)
  8. Jah Light – Almighty Zion Keepers (AZK Productions)
  9. Joao Selva – Navegar (Underdog)
  10. Ignacio Lusardi Monteverde – Del Canto Gitano (ARC Music)

Monday, April 26

The final Monday of every month, we present Global Village at the Savannah Mus ic Festival, our award-winning monthly concert series (First Place in the 2020 Kansas Association of Broadcasters Annual Awards in the Special Program category) showcasing top world music artists and groups who have appeared at the prestigious annual festival that takes place each spring in Savannah, Georgia.

Throughout April Global Village has been featuring world music siblings, so this month’s show will showcase brothers Sergio and Odair Assad. The guitar-playing duo have won international acclaim for their virtuosity and wide-ranging musical explorations. We’ll hear both in a program that includes classical, Brazilian, tango, and original music from the Assad Brothers.

Tuesday, April 27

Global Village marks Independence Day in Sierra Leone with music from that African nation, including Janka Nabay, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, palm wine guitarist S.E. Rogie, and afrofunk classic from Geraldo Pino, and a compilation of ‘50s palm wine music from Sierra Leone released on the Original Music label established by pioneering world music writer and label owner John Storm Roberts.

Wednesday, April 28

In honor of Jazz Appreciation Month,  Global Village devotes the show this time to Indo-jazz fusion – from the pioneering work of Joe Harriott and John Mayer, to the popular sounds of Shakti with John McLaughlin, contemporary efforts from the Taal Tantra Experience and Sameer Guptu, and some fusions with other influences from L. Subramaniam and Trilok Gurtu.

Thursday, April 29

Global Village marks the 88th birthday of Willie Nelson with some different sides to his music – including reggae, Latin, and Django Reinhardt inspired selections. The show also marks birthdays of Latin jazz flutist Dave Valentin, Latin percussionist Ray Barretto, and jazz legend Duke Ellington; continues the April Siblings feature with music from the Mexican marimba band brothers of Son Rompe Pera; and highlights new releases from Choro de Rua, and from Raul Gutierrez with a tribute to Perez Prado.

Friday, April 30

Global Village celebrates International Jazz Day with a variety of world jazz sounds, combining jazz with Asian, Indian, Latin, African, and other influences. Among the artists featured are Paris-based Vietnamese guitarist Nguyen Le, Latin jazz pioneer Mario Bauza, Ethiojazz creator Mulatu Astatke, Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda with Swiss harmonica player Gregoire Maret, and John McLaughlin with Shakti.

Monday, April 19

Global Village celebrates the birthday of oud player Amos Hoffman with music he did as a leader and as a guest with bassist Avishai Cohen and the Idan Raichel Project. We also continue the April Siblings feature with music from the Golan Heights brothers in Tootard and the Algerian brothers who lead the group Sidi Bemol. We’ll also hear new music from Made Kuti (the son of Femi Kuti) and from a new compilation of European flamenco-inspired guitarists, Canadian Folk Awards 2021 World Music winner Zal Sissokho, and a blast form the past from Stevie Wonder.

Tuesday, April 20

Global Village marks Chinese Language Day, designated to celebrate the language and culture of one of the six official languages of the United Nations. Global Village celebrates by exploring some of the musical languages of China - traditional, contemporary, and cross-cultural collaborations. We’ll hear selections from the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York, the Shanghai Quartet, Guo Gan with musicians from Turkey, rock drummer Zhao Muyang, Manhu, and phe Mipa player Gao Hong with Syrian oudist Issam Rafea.

Wednesday, April 21

Global Village travels to the southwestern Indian Ocean for music from islands off the coast of Africa, including Madagascar, Zanzibar, Reunion, the Seychelles, Rodrigues, and Mauritius. Among the artists featured are Tarika, Taj Mahal with the Culture Musical Club of Zanzibar, the Malagasy Guitar Masters, and new releases from the folkloric group Sakili from Rodrigues, and Volume 10 in the Zanzibara series showcasing the emergence of modern taarab music in Zanzibar.

Thursday, April 22

Global Village marks Earth Day with topical songs from Tom Lehrer, Jimmy Cliff, Marvin Gaye, Chicago Afrobeat Project and more. Plus birthday salutes to Latin bugaloo star Joe Cuba and Hawaiian guitar great Gabby Pahinui.

Friday, April 23

Global Village celebrates two Language Days observed by the United Nations on this date – Spanish and English Language Days (two of the official languages of the UN) – with a variety of great Latin sounds and songs in both languages. We’ll hear music from Cuba, Colombia, Spain, Argentina, and the U.S. from Gloria Estefan, the Hip Spanic Allstars, Vocal Sampling, Alex Cuba with Buena Vista vocalist Omara Portuondo, Ry Cooder with Buena Vista guitarist Manuel Galban, and more.

Monday, April 12

Global Village celebrates the birthday of the legendary Herbie Hancock with the world music side of his work, including music from the globe-spanning Imagine Project, guest appearances with African artists Manu Dibango (of “Soul Makossa” fame) and Foday Musa Suso, and covers of his songs from Mongo Santamaria, Pucho & the Latin Soul Brothers, and the Jazz Jamaica All Stars.

Tuesday, April 13

Global Village continues the April Siblings feature with music from some sisters. We’ll hear the twins Las Hermanas Caronni from Argentina and the Lijadu Sisters from Nigeria, the English folk duo the Rheingans Sisters, and Persian singers Marjan and Mahsa Vahdat. There’s also new music from the Lusophone band Ayom, Danish neo-folk duo Vaev, and Ethiojazz and Afrobeat band Azmari. And we’ll also hear a selection from 2021 Grammy winner Jim ‘Kimo’ West.

Wednesday, April 14

Global Village highlights contemporary Afrobeat this time, with music from Fela’s sons Femi and Seun Kuti, Kiala – who worked in one of Fela’s bands, the Chicago Afrobeat Project, and Ghanian Afrobeat veteran Ebo Taylor. We’ll also hear some funky sounds from Mexico’s Sonido Gallo Negro, legendary New Orleans’ Mardi Gras Indian group Wild Tchoupitoulas with the Meters and the Neville Brothers, and Nigeria’s Shina Williams & His African Percussionists.

Thursday, April 15

Global Village features Portugal Não-Fado (non-fado), the rich array of Portuguese styles and artists who draw on traditional and other influences instead of fado. We’ll hear the delicate exploratory music of the accordion group Dancas Ocultas, the innovative bagpipe and vocal group Gaiteiros de Lisboa, Portuguese Guitar traditional and early music master Pedro Caldeira Cabral, guitar master Julio Pereira, the Afro-Portuguese stylings of Catarina dos Santos, and more.

Friday, April 16

Global Village marks the birthday of jazz flutist Herbie Mann with the world music side of his work. We’ll hear some of his pioneering Brazilian music, one of his Impressions of the Middle East, and a different track from his breakthrough Village Gate album. In conjunction with the April Siblings feature, there’s music from Sergio and Odair Assad (the featured artists for this month’s Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival) and from Beausoleil (with Michael and David Doucet).

Monday, April 5

Global Village continues the April Siblings feature with a program showcasing brother bands, including New Orleans’ Neville Brothers, the violin-playing Veracruz-based Villalobos Brothers, the German Klazz Brothers & Cuba Percussion, Hawaii’s Pahinui Brothers (with special guests Ry Cooder and David Lindley), and South Africa’s Manhattan Brothers with Miriam Makeba. We’ll also hear new albums from Femi Kuti, Omar Sosa, the Jah Jazz Orchestra, and Kosmo Sound.

Tuesday, April 6

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. And we also remember the late Hossam Ramzy with music from an album he did with flamenco guitarist Rafa El Tachuela.

Wednesday, April 7

A special show this time in the Global Village as we celebrate the birthday of Ravi Shankar. We’ll hear the master sitarist with Yehudi Menuhin and George Harrison, his compositions performed by daughter Anoushka Shankar and violinist Daniel Hope, music from his nephew Ananda Shankar, and more.

Thursday, April 8

Global Village marks International Romani Day with a program devoted to a wide array of Roma artists, including the Gipsy Kings, the ‘King of the Gypsy Violinists’ Roby Lakatos, the ‘Queen of the Gypsies’ Esma Redzepova, some great brass bands – Fanfare Ciocarlia, the Boban and Marko Markovic Orkestar, and the Kocani Orkestar - and more.

Friday, April 9

In conjunction with the April Siblings feature, Global Village features music from Le Trio Joubran, three oud-playing brothers from Nazareth who perform an exquisite contemporary form of Middle Eastern music. We’ll also hear the latest releases from 3’Ain, Rafiki Jazz, and Esbe, and some different takes on sounds of Spain from La Banda Morisca and guitarist Louis Winsberg.

  1.   Various artists – Zanzibara Volume 10 (Buda Musique)
  2. Komasi – Mezclatotal (Yapa)
  3. Fely Tchaco – Yita (Tchaco)
  4. LaLaLa Napoli – Cavalluccio (La curieuse)
  5. Afrika Mamas – Ilanga (ARC Music)
  6. South Pasifika Sound Project – Across the Pacific (Heaven)
  7. Anansy Cisse – Anoura (Riverboat)
  8. Faratuben – Sira Kura (Sounds of Subterrania / Cargo)
  9. Cati Plana and Pau Puig – Tretze Vares (Microscopi)
  10. Nordic Fiddlers Bloc – Bonfrost (NFB Records)

Monday, March 29

The final Monday of every month, we present Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival, our award-winning monthly concert series (First Place in the 2020 Kansas Association of Broadcasters Annual Awards in the Special Program category) showcasing top world music artists and groups who have appeared at the prestigious annual festival that takes place each spring in Savannah, Georgia.

Throughout March Global Village has been celebrating Women’s History Month and we continue the salute here with a performance from Fatoumata Diawara, the acclaimed singer, songwriter, actress, and - rare for an African woman - guitarist, whose work has garnered both Grammy and Oscar nominations.

Tuesday, March 30

Global Village goes all day-glo this time with a program devoted to psychedelic sounds from around the world. We’ll hear Latin, Turkish, and Asian psychedelia from the likes of New York’s Pucho & the Latin Soul Brothers, Mexico’s Sonido Gallo Negro, Colombia’s Afrosound, groundbreaking Turkish psychedelic band Moğollar, and two artists inspired by Jimi Hendrix, Vietnamese guitarist Nguyen Le and Indian guitarist Prasanna.

Wednesday, March 31

Global Village celebrates one of its favorite holidays - Hug a Medievalist Day, marking the occasion with music from and inspired by the Middle Ages from DOA, Kirk Elliott & the Orchestra of Unmitigated Gaul, Radio Tarifa, Trio Mediaeval, the Dufay Collective, Jordi Savall with Hesperion XXI, and more.

Thursday, April 1

Global Village kicks off the April Siblings feature with music from Sergio and Odair Assad (the featured artists for this month’s Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival concert); marks the birthday of reggae legend Jimmy Cliff (including music from The Harder They Come soundtrack, which was just inducted into the National Recording Registry); and highlights world music nominees for this year’s Canadian Folk Awards – including the Sultans of String, Okan, Mazocote, Emilyn Stam & John David Williams, Aviva Chernick, Zal Sissokho, and Benjamin Barrile.

Friday, April 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:

The return of a ‘70s classic from South African saxophonist Teaspoon & the Waves

Classic tracks from Zimbabwe’s pioneering Hallelujah Chicken Run Band

The Transglobal World Music Chart’s Best of 2020 compilation

Ivorian reggae artist Jah Light

The French-Swiss Jah Jazz Orchestra

A sunny Brazilian set from Joao Selva

A stunning new work from the Warsaw Village Band

And a meditative new project from pipa player Wu Man with shakuhachi player Kijiro Umezaki.

Monday, March 22

Global Village highlights female artists from Asia this time, 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 some different approaches to Indian and Middle Eastern music from Trilok Gurtu, Nordic Raga, and the Modus Quartet.

Tuesday, March 23

Global Village marks birthdays of singer Chaka Khan, Latin jazz vibes player Dave Pike, and keyboardist, songwriter, and producer Damon Albarn (with Blur, Tony Allen, and Amadou & Mariam). We also remember one of the great singers of Senegal, Thione Seck, who passed away recently, and highlight new releases from Komasi, Choro de Rua, and Fely Tchaco.

Wednesday, March 24

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 Postizos, and three great players collectively known as the Malagasy Guitar Masters.

Thursday, March 25

Global Village remembers Johnny Pacheco, who passed away in February. in this special edition of the show for his birthday. We’ll hear the legendary singer, songwriter, producer, band leader, multi-instrumentalist, and co-founder of the pioneering salsa label, Fania Records, from his first single to classic tracks he did with the Fania All-Stars, Celia Cruz, Pete Rodriguez, David Byrne, and more.

Friday, March 26

Global Village highlights music from Turkey this time, including traditional music from the Music of Turkey compilation, the meeting of Turkish and other musical forms on Baul Meets Saz and from Coşkun Karademir, some classic and contemporary Anatolian psychedelic rock from the pioneering Cem Karaca to modern artist Umut Adan, and as we continue the Women’s history month feature, we’ll hear from London-based Turkish singer-songwriter Olcay Bayir, and Turkish rocker Gaye Su Akyol.

Monday, March 15

Shakespeare taught us to beware the Ides of March, but for Global Village it’s a happy excuse to explore music from Italy – including a project that reimagined the music of Ancient Rome, leading traditional and neo-traditional groups like Officina Zoe, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, and Banda Ionica, and the great Italian neo-folk accordionist, Riccardo Tesi , both with his Banditaliana group and as part of a world accordion group, Samurai Accordion.

Tuesday, March 16

Global Village features music this time from Ebo Taylor and Pat Thomas -  two stars of Ghanaian music whose careers at one point intertwined, who both drew on highlife and afrobeat influences, and who both later in their lives and careers found new international success.  Among other selections, we’ll hear some of their early work together, Taylor’s breakthrough international release Love and Death, and the funky collaboration between Thomas and the band Marijata.

Wednesday, March 17

Global Village celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a wide array of Irish sounds, traditional to contemporary, classic recordings and more recent releases. Among the artists featured: Lunasa, Kila, the Chieftains, Afro Celt Sound System, Sharon Shannon, and Altan.

Thursday, March 18

Global Village continues the March Women’s History Month feature in a program devoted to Latinas in world music. We’ll hear the Queen of Salsa Celia Cruz, Angelique Kidjo (in a tribute to Cruz) and Aymee Nuviola (who played Cruz in a telenovela), also Peru’s Susana Baca, Colombia’s Toto La Momposina, Canadian-Cuban duo Okan, Mexican-American artist Lila Downs, Austin’s Carrie Rodriguez, and more.

Friday, March 19

In conjunction with the March Women’s History Month feature, Global Village marks the birthday of Brazilian pianist, singer, and composer Eliane Elias, along with music from other great Brazilian women in music – from legends like Elis Regina, Clara Nunes and Gal Costa, to contemporary stars including Ceu and Bebel Gilberto.