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, January 20

Global Village celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with songs dedicated to him, music inspired by the Civil Rights Movement, and pieces that reflect human rights themes as performed by artists from around the globe, including Mavis Staples, the Soweto Gospel Choir, Toots & the Maytals, Stevie Wonder, and more.

Tuesday, January 21

Global Village marks birthdays of Richie Havens and Edwin Starr, and continues the January Best of 2019 feature with show favorites (including contemporary highlife artist Gyedu-Blay Ambolley, Russian band Otava Yo, Australian/Mongolian group Equus, and the blues-reggae set Red, Gold, Green & Blue), along with music from brass band Dobranotch and Tuvan band Huun-Huur-Tu (both winners in this year’s Russian World Music Awards), and one of this year’s Grammy nominated groups, the Gullah band Ranky Tanky, who will be featured on the next Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival show the last week of this month.

Wednesday January 22

Global Village takes a little side excursion to Italy for a variety of different sounds from the pioneering neo-folk accordionist Riccardo Tesi, to the Napoli Mandolin Orchestra (with spaghetti western music!), along with Stefano Saletti with his Piccola Banda Ikona group, folk/ jazz saxophonist Enzo Avitabile, and the traditional pipes group Zampogneria.

Thursday, January 23

Global Village celebrates the birthday of gypsy jazz guitar great Django Reinhardt with music from the master himself and from his Hot Club of France partner – violinist Stephane Grappelli. We’ll also hear from some of the many contemporary artists and groups inspired by his music who offer both traditional and contemporary forms of his trademark ‘gypsy jazz’ sound, including Tchavolo Schmitt, Bireli Lagrene, Pearl Django,  the Hot Club of San Francisco, the Hot Club of Detroit, and Hot Club Sandwich.

Friday, January 24

Throughout the month, Global Village has been looking back at significant music of the past year. In this special edition of the show, it’s a look back at some of the significant losses, paying tribute to musicians from around the world who passed away in 2019. Among the artists remembered are Zimbabwe’s Oliver Mtukudzi and Dorothy Masuka; South Africa’s Johnny Clegg; Lord Burgess who wrote hit songs inspired by the Caribbean for Harry Belafonte; vibes player Dave Samuels who headed up the acclaimed Caribbean Jazz Project;  Brazil’s bossa nova pioneer Joao Gilberto and Godmother of Samba Beth Carlvalho; Kehinde Lijadu of Nigeria’s Lijadu Sisters; and Egyptian percussion master Hossam Ramzy.

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Monday, January 13

Still recovering from Hurricane Maria and hit more recently by a powerful earthquake, Puerto Rico has faced serious challenges in recent years. Global Village pays tribute to the strong spirit of the people of Puerto Rico in a program devoted to music of the island and from musicians of Puerto Rican descent. We’ll hear folkloric, Latin jazz and salsa sounds from such great artists and groups as Tito Puente, Batacumbele, Yomo Toro, Plena Libre, Eddie Palmieri, and the Nostalgique Porto Rico set that was named Compilation of 2019 by the Transglobal World Music Chart.

Tuesday, January 14

Global Village pays tribute to one of the giants of Crescent City music, Allen Toussaint, on his birthday. The program highlights music from his rare albums in the ‘70s to later projects, including the Grammy-nominated release, The River in Reverse, which he did with Elvis Costello. Plus New Orleans R&B classics he wrote and produced for Irma Thomas, Ernie K-Doe, Lee Dorsey and others, and covers of his songs from Robert Palmer, the Band, the Pointer Sisters, and more.

Wednesday, January 15

Global Village continues Awards Week with a show devoted to world music nominees and award winners of the past year, including artists picked by the Grammys, Canadian Folk Music Awards, the Transglobal World Music Chart, and Songlines magazine. Among the artists featured are Bokante (featured this month in our Global Village at the Ground Up Music Festival concert series), Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, Angelique Kidjo, Third World and more.

Thursday, January 16

As part of ‘Awards Week’ for the January Best of the Year feature, Global Village this time highlights world and world-inspired music from Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners – among them, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, George Harrison, Bob Marley, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and artist Ravi Shankar. And we sneak in a few other award titles, including a Juno-nominated release from Ayrad, and a Grammy and Latin Grammy winning album from Carlos Vives.

Friday, January 17

Global Village heads back to Miami Beach for another program in our festival series featuring concert performances from the innovative and eclectic Ground Up Music Festival. This time it’s the nine-member world music ensemble Bokante. The ensemble brings together musicians from five continents who have worked with such acclaimed performers as Snarky Puppy, Sting, the Lee Boys, YoYo Ma, Väsen, David Crosby's Lighthouse Band, and Cecile McLoren Salvant, to name just a few.  Together they create a dynamic and dramatic new sound, with roots in African, Caribbean, and Arabic styles, along with American rock and blues - that all merge into powerful and danceable rhythms with sharp social messaging. We’ll hear them (along with a special guest appearance from Richard Bona) from a dynamic performance they gave at Ground Up shortly after the release of their album What Heat, which was just nominated for a World Music Grammy.

Monday, January 6

Global Village remembers the great English folk rock singer Sandy Denny for her birthday with music she did with Fairport Convention, the Strawbs, and Fotheringay. Plus more favorites from the past year – including Australian/Mongolan group Equus andIndian slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya – and new music from the Rough Guide to A World of Guitar and the Mediterranean Quartet.

Tuesday, January 7

Global Village features the varied sounds of Nordic Jazz – including the pioneering world-jazz work of Jan Garbarek, the emerging band Sun Trio, the distinctive sax and goat horn folk-jazz of Karl Seglem, Nordic groups that incorporate Brazilian influences into their music such as Nordic Choro and Jukka Eskola’s Orquesta Bossa, and the Eurojazz sounds of Terje Rypdal, E.S.T., and Arild Anderson.

Wednesday, January 8

Global Village succumbs to the ‘Best of the Decade’ thing, but in the process finds some surprising connections between the show’s top favorites of the past ten years. It was also an opportunity to revisit some of the most beautiful and creative world music releases that came out between 2010 and 2019. We count them down in this show.

Thursday, January 9

It’s Easy Star time in the Global Village as the show highlights music from the diverse international lineup of artists who record on the Easy Star label. We’ll hear music from London’s Skints, Leeds’ Gentleman’s Dub Club, New Zealand’s Black Seeds, East Coast band John Brown’s Body, and California’s The Expanders – plus the Easy Star All Stars projects that covered classic albums from Pink Floyd, the Beatles, Michael Jackson and Radiohead, and featured a host of reggae legends.

Friday, January 10

It’s a kora extravaganza this time in the Global Village with a wide array of artists and styles of music that incorporate the exquisite, harp-like traditional instrument of West Africa. Among the artists featured: kora great Toumani Diabate, electric kora players Seckou Kouyate and Dawda Jobarteh, Foday Musa Suso with contemporary classic ensemble Kronos Quartet, Seckou Keita in imaginative pairings with harp player Catrin Finch and Latin jazz pianist Omar Sosa, the Kora Band jazz band, and guitarist Derek Gripper’s impressive re-imagination of the kora on six strings.

  1. Los Lobos – Llego Navidad (Rhino)
  2. Paul Winter Consort & Friends – Everybody Under the Sun: Voices of Solstice, Vol. 1: The Singers (Living Music)
  3. Los Pirañas – Hisotria Natural (Glitterbeat)
  4. Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band – Obiaa! (Strut)
  5. Kiki Valera - Vivencias en Clave Cubana (Origin)
  6. Wuta Mayi – La Face Cachee (Wuta Mayi)
  7. Blato Zlato – In the Wake (Blato Zlato)
  8. Gyedu-Blay Ambolley - 11th Street, Sekondi (Agogo)
  9. Mamadou Kelly – Les Bateaux (Clermont Music)
  10. Los Wembler’s de Iquitos – Vision del Ayahuasca (Barbes)

Monday, December 30

Global Village is honored to announce the start of a new festival series, featuring concert performances from the innovative and eclectic Ground Up Music Festival in Miami Beach. We kick off the series with a performance from Snarky Puppy (with a special guest appearance from Innov Gnawa). The three-time Grammy winning band has won accolades for their lively and inventive mix of world, funk, jazz, and rock influences, all on ample display in this 2019 appearance at the Ground Up Music Festival.  (We continue the series in January, in conjunction with our Best of 2019 feature, with a performance from Bokante, just nominated for a world music Grammy.)

Tuesday, December 31

Global Village wraps up the year marking birthdays of two great voices of folk music – English folk singer June Tabor and American folk legend Odetta. We’ll hear music from Tabor’s debut solo album, and releases she did with Maddy Prior (of Steeleye Span fame) and the Oyster Band. We’ll also hear some Caribbean-flavored pieces from Odetta. Plus recent releases from Portugal’s voice and bagpipe group Gaiteiros de Lisboa, the Berlin-based flamenco jazz group Rasgueo, the Garifuna Collective, and Santana.

Wednesday, January 1

Global Village kicks off 2020 with birthday celebrations for four artists born on the first day of the year. We’ll hear music from Ivory Coast reggae star Alpha Blondy, Latin music popularizer Xavier Cugut, and Latin jazz percussionist Manny Oquendo and bassist Andy Gonzalez, who co-led the acclaimed Latin ensemble, Libre. We’ll also hear new music from highlife veteran Pat Thomas, reggae veterans Third World, and Colombian percussionist Samuel Torres.

Thursday, January 2

Global Village has another bout of Accordion Mania with a wide array of releases featuring the oft-misunderstood instrument. We’ll hear two impressive Finnish accordionists, Teija Niku and Maria Kalaniemi, the French neo-folk trio of Maes, Martin & Gruel,  I.K. Dairo ( who introduced the accordion into Nigerian Ashiko music), zydeco star C.J. Chenier, Poland’s Motion Trio, and Russian émigré group Ersatz Musika.

Friday, January 3

It’s an annual tradition in the Global Village, in place of the usual New Month/New Music new releases show, to kick off the year with a countdown of the show’s Top Ten world music favorites of the past year. There were some surprising trends and unusual discoveries in 2019 and they’re reflected in the Global Village favorites of the year. Throughout January we’ll continue to highlight significant releases, award winners and nominees, and other milestones of the year. You can also find Top 25 lists not only for Global Village, but for all our local music shows, on our website at

Monday, December 23

It’s a Global Village holiday extravaganza, featuring seasonal favorites done world music style and holiday songs from various corners of the globe. Highlights include the salsa Christmas classic Asalto Navideño, a favorite from Louis Armstrong, a tiny Nutcracker from the Modern Mandolin Quartet, a holiday favorite done punk-polka style by Brave Combo, and songs of the season from the Caribbean and New Orleans.

Tuesday, December 24

Not a silent night, but a quiet one as Global Village celebrates the holiday season with some traditional, folk, and generally more gentle seasonal songs from around the globe - including some holiday Hawaiian slack key and flamenco guitar, along with music from the Westminster Concert Bell Choir, Loreena McKennitt, Anuna, Chaise Lounge, Boys of the Lough, and the Modern Mandolin Quartet.

Wednesday, December 25

Global Village teams up with the Savannah Music Festival for a holiday special featuring seasonal music from artists appearing at the 2020 Fest in Savannah. Among the artists featured are the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Louisiana Cajun band Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, mandolinist and guitarist Mike Marshall, country and Americana singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell, and guitarist Leo Kottke. And then join us throughout the coming year for world music concert performances in our third season of Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival.

Thursday, December 26

Global Village features some world jazz sounds this time – including the jazz-inspired sounds of Afrobeat (from Italy’s Mamud Band), world chamber jazz (from the pioneering ensemble, Oregon), Middle Eastern jazz (with guitar and oud player Amos Hoffman), Flamenco Nuevo (from the Jazzpaña project featuring Vince Mendoza, Steve Khan, the WDR Big Band and more), Haitian Mini Jazz (from the Mini All Stars), contemporary Cuban jazz (Roberto Fonseca), and even some reggae jazz (courtesy of Jazz Jamaica).   

Friday, December 27

 It’s Buena Vista and Beyond this time in the Global Village. We’ll hear music some Buena Vista releases that followed the blockbuster album from the group and contemporary artists from Cuba or inspired by Cuban music. Featured in the show are Ibrahim Ferrer, Ruben Gonzalez and Omara Portuondo from Buena Vista; the AfroCubism album that realized the initial Buena Vista plan of bringing together Cuban and African musicians; Congolese rhumba veteran Wuta Mayi; Angelique Kidjo’s tribute to Celia Cruz; Son Cubano cuatro master Kiki Valera; and Latin jazz percussionist Poncho Sanchez, with his first new studio album in seven years. With contributions by Matthew Muise, Jeff Day, Clifford A. Sobel, Rhonda R. Dorsett, Noah Butler, and Kay Friday

Monday, December 16

Global Village marks the birthday of Portugese fado star Mariza, highlights some holiday sounds from Bela Fleck & the Flecktones and from the new Paul Winter Consort Winter Solstice concerts compilation, and new titles from Belgian oud player Tristan Driessens, Canadian guitarist Adrian Raso, and Korean group Black String.

Tuesday, December 17

Music this time in the Global Village from Art Neville (with the Neville Brothers, Wild Tchoupitoulas and the Meters), Brazilian guitarist Carlos Barbosa-Lima, and Carlton Barrett (drummer with the Wailers), all born on this day. We’ll also hear new releases from Ghanaian modern highlife artist Pat Thomas, modern Malian sounds from Invisible System, roots reggae veteran and former member of the Gladiators Clinton Fearon, and the new holiday album from Los Lobos.

Wednesday, December 18

Global Village heads to Cape Verde for music from legendary singer Cesaria Evora, popular band Simentera, and a new compilation of classic Cape Verdean funana music. We’ll also hear the latest from Canadian songwriter and guitarist Bruce Cockburn and veteran reggae band Third World.

Thursday, December 19

Global Village marks birthdays of the father of Ethiojazz Mulatu Astatke, and also of Crescent City piano great Professor Longhair. We’ll also hear the latest from Japan’s Minyo Crusaders, Los Lobos’ new holiday album, and selections from the Paul Winter Consort’s long-running solstice concerts featuring musicians from around the world.

Friday, December 20

This time in the Global Village, it’s music from China. We’ll hear musicians from China, and those who call America and other parts of the world home but play Chinese-influenced music, from traditional to contemporary styles, along with some cross-cultural collaborations. Among the artists featured are U.S. based musicians and educators Gao Hong (with Syrian oud player Issam Rafea) and Mei Han (doing a piece inspired by Balkan and klezmer music), Chinese erhu player Guo Gan with Ivorian balafon player Aly Keita, the Shanghai Restoration Project’s reworking of Chinese Jazz Age favorites, Taiwanese group A Moving Sound, and the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York, one of the oldest traditional Chinese music groups in the U.S.

  1. Minyo Crusaders – Echoes of Japan (Mais Um Discos)
  2. Los Wembler’s de Iquitos – Vision del Ayahuasca (Barbes)
  3. Various Artists – Red Gold Green & Blue (Trojan Jamaica)
  4. Mao Ya – Moon Over City Ruins (Rhymoi Music)
  5. Garifuna Collective – Aban (Stone Tree)
  6. Cimarron – Orinoco (Cimarron)
  7. Umut Adan – Bahar (Riverboat)
  8. Rhiannon Giddens – There Is No Other (Nonesuch)
  9. Dizzy Mandjeku & Ale Kuma – De Palenque a Matonge (Zephyrus)
  10. Debashish Bhattacharya – Joy! Guru! (Unzipped Fly)
  11. Adir Jan – Leyla (Trikont)
  12. Guo Gan Trio – Gobi Desert (Felmay)
  13. Lajko Felix & Volosi - Lajko Felix & Volosi (Fono)
  14. Constantinople & Ablaye Cissoko – Traversees (Autra)
  15. Equus – Tailwind Home (Equus)
  16. Kaja – Origo (Kakafon)
  17. Otova Yo – Do You Love (ARC Music)
  18. Wuta Mayi – La Face Cachee (Wuta Mayi)
  19. Gyedu-Blay Ambolley - 11th Street, Sekondi (Agogo)
  20. Dona Onete – Rebajo (Mais Um Discos)
  21. Blato Zlato – In the Wake (Blato Zlato)
  22. Los Pirañas– Historia Natural (Glitterbeat)
  23. Coladera – La Dotu Lado (Agogo)
  24. Angelique Kidjo – Celia (Verve)
  25. Söndörgő -  Nyolc 8 Nyolc (Sndrg Music)

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Monday, December 9

Global Village highlights a variety of Latin sounds from artists and groups from many different corners of the globe. We’ll hear Yapunto, a French group inspired by Afro-Colombian music, Colombian artists Los Piranas, Machuca andToto La Momposina, Canadian-Colombia artist Roberto Lopz, Cuban cuatro player Kiki Valera, the Afrocubism project featuring African and Cuban arists, Peruvian chicha pioneers Los Destellos and Los Wembler’s de Iquitos, and Congolese rumba artists Sam Mangwana, Franco and Rochereau.

Tuesday, December 10

It’s Human Rights Day – marking the anniversary of the U.N. adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Global Village marks the occasion with music from around the world in celebration and support of human rights. Highlights include music from Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Miriam Makeba, the Listen to the Banned compilation, Femi Kuti, and Toots Hibbert of Toots & the Maytals (who was also born on this date).

More information about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights can be found here.

Wednesday, December 11

It’s National Tango Day in Argentina – marking the birthdays of two giants of traditional tango music – Carlos Gardel and Julio de Caro - who were born on this day. Global Village celebrates with music from them and from both classic and new tango artists from Argentina and around the world. Among the artists featured are new tango pioneer Astor Piazolla, vibes player Gary Burton, Finland’s Pedro’s Heavy Gentlemen, and Spain’s Otros Aires.

Thursday, December 12

Global Village marks Jamhuri or Republic Day, celebrating the independence of Kenya, with a program devoted to Kenyan music from a variety of artists, including benga pioneer and star D.O. Misiani, the Kenyan-American group Extra Golden, guitar and bottle band Abana Ba Nasery, and the first internationally released studio album from a popular group of Congolese musicians who made their career in Kenya, Orchestre Les Mangelepa.

Friday, December 13

It’s World Violin Day and Global Village celebrates with music from a number of violinists and bands featuring violin from around the world.  We’ll hear the Canadian violin and cello quartet – the Fretless, another Canadian group – the Sultans of String, Mathias Duplessy and the 3 Violins of the World (from China, India and Mongolia), a Paolo Conte song from the Hot Club of San Francisco, the famed Cuban charanga band – Orquesta Aragon, violinist Regina Carter from her Africa-inspired project, Reverse Thread, and more.

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Monday, December 2

Global Village pays a visit to Japan. Among the highlights in this special show: a composition from Japan’s “Beethoven of the Koto” that is considered akin to the national melody of the country, traditional music from the internationally acclaimed composer and multi-instrumentalist Joji Hirota, ‘70s fusions from Stomu Yamashata’s Red Buddha Theater and Osamu Kitajima, traditional and contemporary Okinawan music from the Rinken Band, Shoukichi Kina, and the Surf Champlers (with a wild version of the James Bond Theme), and a project from Kengo Saito that brings together music of Japan and Afghanistan.

Tuesday, December 3

It’s Giving Tuesday and Global Village devotes the entire show to songs in the spirit of the day. We’ll hear selections from the Playing for Change series, The Same Heart soundtrack, Bob Marley, Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band, and more. Started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation, Giving Tuesday hopes to encourage charitable donations in the spirit of the holiday season.

Wednesday, December 4

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, December 5

Global Village celebrates the birthday of pioneering film animator Walt Disney with a visit to ‘Disney World’ – a program devoted to world, jazz, and other unusual versions of what have become iconic songs from such Disney films as Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Lady and the Tramp, and other classics. We’ll hear unique versions of those songs from the likes of Los Lobos, Miles Davis, Buster Poindexter, Tom Waits, Peggy Lee and more.

Friday, December 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:

  • World music influenced new holiday releases from Los Lobos, the Paul Winter Consort’s Winter Solstice celebrations, and others
  • New African releases from Ghana’s Pat Thomas and Gyedu Blay Ambolley, and Mali’s Mamadou Kelly
  • The latest from Turkey’s Baba Zula
  • And some fascinating Balkan sounds by way of the Bayou from Louisiana’s Blato Zlato