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.

Listen to recent Global Village shows:

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  1. Various – Soul Sega Sa, Vol. 2 (Bongo Joe)
  2. Various – Leve Leve (Bongo Joe)
  3. Erlend Viken – Sastrugi (Grappa)
  4. Bossacucanova – Bossa Got the Blues (Six Degrees)
  5. Gyedu-Blay Ambolley - 11th Street, Sekondi (Agogo)
  6. Dàibhidh Stiùbhard – An Sionnach Dubh (Wildtune)
  7. Yukihiro Atsumi – Kachofugetsu (Nippon Notes)
  8. V.A. – 12 Bombazos Bailables (Vampi Soul)
  9. Vedan Kolod – Wild Games (CPKL Music)
  10. Mahala – Californeasca (Mahala)

Monday, March 30

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 March Irish-American Heritage Month feature, we’ll hear music from acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, four-time All-Ireland Champion, and founding member of Solas – one of the great Irish bands, Seamus Egan and the Seamus Egan Project. With music ranging from traditional to contemporary, amazing musical skill all around, and Egan’s own charming stage presence, the concert was one of the highlights of the 2019 Savannah Music Festival.

Tuesday, March 31

While we are all hunting through Barbara Tuchman’s A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century for hints, what better time, then, to celebrate Hug a Medievalist Day. Global Village marks 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.

Wednesday, April 1

Global Village marks the birthday of reggae legend Jimmy Cliff and also pays tribute to several artists who passed away recently – saxophonist and “Soul Makossa” hitmaker Manu Dibango, soukous star Aurlus Mabele, and Latin percussionist Ray Mantilla. We’ll also hear the latest from Ghanian highlife star Gyedu-Bley Ambolley and from a rare new compilation of music from Sao Tome and Principe.

Thursday, April 2

This time in the Global Village we highlight music featuring the erhu, a spiked fiddle that has been part of Chinese music for over a thousand years. We’ll hear music from acclaimed instrumentalist Guo Gan, erhu in a Chinese-Caribbean jazz setting from Dongfeng Liu, and traditionally oriented pieces from the Silk String Quartet and the Orchid Ensemble. Also featured in the show, music from Madagascar’s Toko Telo, NEA Heritage fellow Rahim Alhaj, and Mongolian band Anda Union.

Friday, April 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:

  • Anoushka Shankar, daughter of Ravi Shankar (our April featured artist)
  • Flamenco from El Amir and Kora Flamenco from Zal Sissokho
  • Balkan chamber music from Quintet Bumbac and contemporary Balkan Brass from Dzambo Agusevi
  • Irish music master Seamus Egan
  • Tuareg band Tamikrest
  • Uzelli Turkish psychedelic folk rock from the ‘70s and ‘80s
  • And Moroccan trance psychedelia from Majid Bekkas

Monday, March 23

In conjunction with the March Irish-American Heritage Month feature, Global Village devotes the show to a wide range of Irish and Irish-American artists and sounds. We’ll hear selections from the Chieftains, Altan, Van Morrison, Lunasa, the Gloaming, Liz Carroll, the Unwanted, and Seamus Egan – who will be featured next week in our March Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival show.

Tuesday, March 24

Global Village features the kora, the 21-string harp-like instrument from West Africa. We’ll hear several musicians from Mali, including acclaimed player Toumani Diabate (with Ali Farka Toure, on the Songhai project, as part of Afrocubism, and with jazz trombonist Roswell Rudd) and Ballake Sissoko (with cellist Vincent Segal and as part of the 3MA lineup) – plus contemporary players Ba Cissoko from Guinea and Dawda Jobarteh from Gambia, and the Portland based world jazz ensemble, the Kora Band.

Wednesday, March 25

Global Village celebrates Greek Independence Day with a program devoted to Greek music, both traditional and contemporary. We’ll hear the ‘Bob Dylan’ of Greece, George Dalaras; one of the country’s most famous composers, Manos Hadjidakis; popular singers Melina Kana, Glykeria, and Theodosia; Greek jazz bassist Giorgos Ventouris; and from Cypress (which also celebrates the holiday) Monsieur Doumani.

Thursday, March 26

Global Village explores traditional and contemporary folk sounds from guitarist Bert Jansch, Scottish band Breabach, Flemish mandolin ensemble MandolinMan, Canada’s Cassie & Maggie and Ensemble Polaris, Norway’s Majorstuen, Portuguese accordion ensemble Dancas Ocultas, and more.

Friday, March 27

This time in the Global Village it’s Latin-plus, as a variety of Latin styles come together with soul, jazz, Indian, reggae, and other styles. We’ll hear Latin soul jazz percussionist Poncho Sanchez, Senegalese rumba band Orchestra Baobab, Cuban a capella doo wop group Vocal Sampling, Latin jazz percussionist Ray Mantilla, Latin Indo Jazz pianist Mariah Parker, contemporary Afro-Colombian group Systema Solar, Latin ska from Ska Cubano, and some classic boogaloo from Joe Cuba and Mongo Santamaria.

Monday, March 16

Global Village starts the week on a lively note with a program devoted to two popular styles of music from Trinidad and the French Antilles, soca and zouk. We’ll hear soca stars Black Stalin, Calypso Rose, and David Rudder, one of the groups that helped establish zouk, Kassav, and we’ll get to some roots sounds from Martinique and also the pioneering Hurricane Zouk album as well.

Tuesday, March 17

In conjunction with the March Irish-American Heritage Month feature, Global Village (of course!) 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: Van Morrison, Lunasa, Kila, the Chieftains, Afro Celt Sound System, Sharon Shannon, and Altan.

Wednesday, March 18

Global Village marks birthdays of guitarist Bill Frisell and steel drum player Andy Narell, continues the Irish American Heritage Month feature with music from the I-Grass (Irish-bluegrass) band JigJam, the Chieftains, and Irish Harper Derek Bell.

Thursday, March 19

Spring is here! Global Village welcomes in the new season with a wide array of artists, styles and songs celebrating the ups (and downs) of spring. Among the artists featured: Brazil’s Dori Caymmi, the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York, Mei Han and her Red Chamber Chinese ensemble, South African legend Hugh Masekela, singer-songwriter Erin McKeown, and Portuguese fado star Mariza.

Friday, March 20

Global Village marks UN French Language Day. Each year on March 20, the United Nations celebrates the language and the many different cultures and peoples who speak French. We’ll hear music from France, the French Caribbean, Quebec and more, from such artists and performers as Genticorum, Le Vent du Nord, Beausoleil, Lakou Mizik, Malavoi, Paris Combo, and the Gypsy Jazz Caravan.

Monday, March 9

Global Village marks the birthday of acclaimed Indian tabla player, composer and educator Zakir Hussain. We’ll hear the NEA Heritage Fellow in a number of cross cultural projects – with jazz artists John McLaughlin and Charles Lloyd; with Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart (including on the release that won the first Grammy for Best World Music Album); with the contemporary classical ensemble, Kronos Quartet, Bollywood singer Asha Bhosle, and Chinese pipa player Wu Man; as part of a trio with Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer; and finally with his father, Alla Rahka, another legendary tabla player known for his work with Ravi Shankar.

Tuesday, March 10

Global Village celebrates International Bagpipe Day with a wide array of different bagpipe sounds from Scotland, Spain, Portugal, Finland and more. We’ll hear Galician pipers Cristina Pato and Carlos Nunez, Portuguese pipes from Gaiteiros de Lisboa and Seiva, Scottish groups the Tannahill Weavers, Wolfstone and Braebach, Finland’s Pare, and (of course) jazz bagpiper Rufus Harley.

Wednesday, March 11

Global Village marks birthdays of Tejano accordion great Flaco Jimenez, vocal master Bobby McFerrin, and new tango creator Astor Piazzolla. We’ll also hear music from the Anglo-Irish group Flook and a great traditional Irish tune for the March Irish-American Heritage Month feature, and check out a new compilation of ‘70s sounds from the Indian Ocean.

Thursday, March 12

Global Village marks the birthday of Don Drummond, trombonist, composer and cofounder of the pioneering ska band, the Skatalites. We also continue our Irish American Heritage Month feature with music from Kila and Van Morrison. And we’ll hear the latest from Hungarian Roma group Romano Drom, contemporary Sami group Vassvik, Ghanian highlife pioneer Pat Thomas with his Kwashibu Area Band, and Brazil’s Bossacucanova with bossa pioneer Roberto Menescal.

Friday, March 13

It’s another round of global guitars this time in the Global Village, with music from Jamaican legend Ernest Ranglin, guitar wizard David Lindley, German guitarist Leni Stern, the Malagasy Guitar Masters, and ‘the Jimi Hendrix of Norway’ – Terje Rypdal. We’ll also hear Norwegian world-folk artist Michael Krumin’s work with Nutopia, South African legend Hugh Masekela, Monsieur Doumani from Cypress, and Angelique Kidjo from her reimagined version of the Talking Heads’ album, Remain in Light.

  1. Manhu – Voices of the Sani (Riverboat)
  2. Custodio Castelo – Amalia Classics on Portuguese Guitar (ARC Music)
  3. Various – Leve Leve (Bongo Joe)
  4. Various – Soul Sega Sa, Vol. 2 (Bongo Joe)
  5. Mamadou Kelly – Les Bateaux (Clermont Music)
  6. Gyedu-Blay Ambolley - 11th Street, Sekondi (Agogo)
  7. Antibalas – Fu Chronicles (Daptone)
  8. Petri Hakala/Markku Lepisto – Nordic Route (Hakala & Lepisto)
  9. Purna Loka Ensemble – Metaraga (Origin)
  10. Café Loti – In taberna (Materiali Sonori)

Monday, March 2

Global Village kicks off the March Irish-American Heritage Month feature with some great Irish vocalists including Van Morrison, Niamh Parsons, Dolores Keane, and Karan Casey. We’ll also hear new releases featuring a rare female Gnawa group led by Asmaa Hamzaoui, Ghanian artist Gyedu-Blay Ambolley, Hungarian Roma group Parno Graszt, and the Spanish group Ombra.

Tuesday, March 3

Global Village heads to Prince Edward Island to showcase music from three talented contemporary folk ensembles: Vishten, the East Pointers, and Ten Strings & a Goatskin. Also on tap, music from indigenous Canadian artist Buffy Sainte-Marie, Swedish folk group Vasen, English folk rock from Sandy Denny with Fotheringay, Herbie Hancock’s Imagine Project, and Tuareg/desert rock band Tinariwen.

Wednesday, March 4

Global Village marks birthdays of Norwegian world jazz saxophonist Jan Garbarek and South African legend Miriam Makeba. We’ll also hear music from Kila and John Doyle in conjunction with the March feature of music from Irish and Irish-American artists for Irish-American Heritage Month. And we dip into two intriguing new compilations – Leve Leve, a rare set of music from Sao Tome and Principe, and Pour Me A Grog, highlighting the emergence of funaná music in Cape Verde.

Thursday, March 5

Global Village heads to Mali for a a special show devoted to some of the many styles and artists from that country. We’ll hear legendary guitarist Ali Farka Toure, his son Vieux Farka Toure, a father and son release from Toumani and Sidiki Diabate, one of the great traditional singers of Mali - Kasse Mady Diabate, and his equally talented daughter who is part of the critically acclaimed group Trio da Kali, Salif Keita’s groundbreaking Soro album, and the remarkable women of Wassoulou, including famed singer Oumou Sangare.

Friday, March 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:

  • Minnesota Afrobeat from Black Market Brass
  • U.K. folk star Sam Lee
  • Siberian folk band Vedan Kolod
  • Jon Hassell and Farafina’s groundbreaking collaboration reissued
  • Yukihiro Atsumi with a new take on traditional Japanese music
  • And Norwegian fiddler Erlend Viken

Monday, February 24

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 February Carnival Hotspots feature, we’ll hear music from Brazilian mandolin and choro master Danilo Brito and his Quintet.

Tuesday, February 25

It’s carnival time in the Global Village! To celebrate Fat Tuesday, Global Village heads to several carnival hot spots, including Brazil for some samba, Trinidad for calypso and steel drum music, and the Crescent City for the Mardi Gras Indian group Wild Tchoupitoulas, and such New Orleans favorites as Professor Longhair, the Hawketts, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

Wednesday, February 26

This time in the Global Village, we highlight music from throughout the career of the legendary Orchestra Baobab. Formed in 1970 and combining Cuban and Senegalese music, the band became one of the most influential groups of the era. New styles and sounds led to Baobab disbanding in the ‘80s, but they reformed in 2001 and found both their past and later releases attracted a new world music audience.  We’ll also hear music from Colombia’s Systema Solar, the Gypsy Cuban Project, and one of the giants of Congolese rumba, Franco with his Orchestre OK Jazz.

Thursday, February 27

It’s Independence Day in the Dominican Republic and the climax of a month of carnival celebrations that go on there every year. Global Village celebrates with classic and contemporary merengue and bachata from Juan Luis Guerra, Wilfredo Vargas, Luis Vargas and more.

Friday, February 28

Global Village celebrates Dia de Andalucía, marking the date in 1980 when Andalucía became an autonomous community in Spain. We’ll celebrate by sharing music from there and from Andalusian musicians. We’ll hear music from acclaimed classical guitarist Segovia - one of the first artists given the “Favorite Son of Andalucía” award, new-flamenco guitarists Paco de Lucia and Vicente Amigo, folk group La Jambre, the meeting of jazz and flamenco with pianist Chano Dominguez, and of Cuban pianist Bebo Valdes with acclaimed flamenco singer El Cigala, and both Radio Tarifa and also Javier Ruibal who brought together music of southern Spain and northern Africa.

Monday, February 17

Global Village celebrates Presidents’ Day with music from artists who ran for or won the office of president – including Dizzy Gillespie, Fela, Ruben Blades, and Michel Martelly – plus Les Ambassadeurs (because every president has some, and Brenda Fassie’s tribute to South African President, Nelson Mandela.

Tuesday, February 18

Global Village celebrates Gambian Independence Day with rarely heard music and musicians from that small West African country. Highlights include popular early post-Independence bands like the Super Eagles, the acclaimed pioneer ‘roots’ band Ifang Bondi, U.S. based Gambian kora player Foday Musa Suso (with the groundbreaking Mandingo Griot Society band, and Juldah Camara with Justin Adams.

Wednesday, February 19

It’s global horns and reeds this time in the Global Village, as we highlight artists and bands from around the world that feature those instruments. We’ll hear saxophonist and Skatalites co-founder Tommy McCook, Italian banda groups including Cesare dell’Anna with GiroiBanda, the Haitian band RAM, Nubian master Ali Hassan Kuban, legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, Balkan brass band Fanfare Ciocarlia, and a collaboration between the Amsterdam Klezmer Band and Hungary’s Sondorgo.

Thursday, February 20

Global Village celebrates the birthday of indigenous artist and activist Buffy Sainte-Marie and visits the Crescent City for more music for the February Carnival feature, including music from Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Los Hombres Calientes, and the latest from the Haitian group Lakou Mizik – done with a number of musical guests from New Orleans. We’ll also hear music from the Grammy nominated release that brought together Sly & Robbie and the Roots Radics, and check out the latest from Paris-based Vietnamese world-jazz guitarist Nguyen Le.

Friday, February 21

Global Village highlights reggae women this time. We’ll hear solo projects from the I-Threes: Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths and Rita Marley, early pioneers like Hortense Ellis and Dawn Penn, some reggae inspired music from Jamaica’s Grace Jones, British roots reggae singer Aisha, and one of the stars of the current Jamaican roots revival, Jah9.

Monday, February 10

Global Village heads back to Miami Beach for another program in our on-going festival series featuring concert performances from the innovative and eclectic GroundUp Music Festival. This time it’s a Cuban double bill featuring acclaimed guitarist and singer Eliades Ochoa from the Buena Vista Social Club and Cuarteto Patria with special guest the legendary percussionist Sammy Figueroa, and one of the rising stars of the Cuban jazz scene, pianist Harold Lopez-Nussa.

Tuesday, February 11

In conjunction with the February Carnival feature, Global Village visits some of the islands of the Caribbean whose music is not as well-known as that of, say, Jamaica or Cuba. We’ll hear artists from Dominica, St. Vincent, Curacao, the Bahamas, Montserrat, St. Croix, the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Lucia, and more. Among the artists featured are Exuma, Blinky & the Roadmasters, Stanley & the Ten Sleepless Knights, Arrow, and even a Caribbean flavored number from Anderson, Buford, Wakeman & Howe.

Wednesday, February 12

Global Village continues the February Carnival feature with a trip to Haiti, where carnival is also celebrated with great fanfare and music. We’ll hear music from the legendary compas group Tabou Combo,  roots music group Chouk Bwa Libete, one of the giants of Haitian music, Nemours Jean-Baptiste, the Creole Choir of Cuba, a vocal group made up of Cubans of Haitian descent, and more.

Thursday, February 13

Global Village celebrates the birthday of Peter Gabriel with his own world-influenced recordings, guest appearances with world music artists (including Angelique Kidjo, Afro Celt Sound System, and Youssou N’Dour), and music from  artists on RealWorld Records, the world music label he founded, including  Jam Nation, the Imagined Village and Papa Wemba.

Friday, February 14

It’s hearts and flowers in the Global Village, as the show celebrates Valentine’s Day with love songs from around the world from the likes of Richard Thompson, Bob Marley, Bebel Gilberto and Malo. It’s also the birthday of Michael Doucet of Beausoleil, so we’ll hear some romantic songs from the famed Cajun player as well.

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