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, July 15

Global Village marks birthdays of Cameroonian musician, writer and African music advocate Francis Bebey, Indo-jazz pioneer Joe Harriott, reggae vocalist Gregory Isaacs, and Brazilian saxophonist, clarinetist and composer Paulo Moura. Plus music from bossa nova legend Joao Gilberto, who recently passed away, the Miles from India project bringing together Miles Davis alums and Indian musicians to revisit and reinvent some of his classic compositions, and the latest releases from Lucibela, Coladera, and Dong Xi.

Tuesday, July 16

Global Village marks birthdays of salsa star and political activist Ruben Blades, reggae artist Desmond Dekker, West Coast Latin jazz pioneer Cal Tjader, and Brazilian guitarist Bola Sete – plus music from the famous ‘white album’ from the late bossa nova great Joao Gilberto, from Fanfare Ciocarlia, the group featured on the Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival show later this month, and the latest titles from Argentina’s Las Hermanas Caronni, Afro-Latin group Yapunto, Ivorian reggae star Tiken jah Fakoly, Slovakian band Banda, and the Putumayo World Peace compilation.

Wednesday, July 17

Global Village highlights some 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 music from Trilok Gurtu and Nordic Raga.

Thursday, July 18

Global Village marks Nelson Mandela International Day – a special day of commemoration, celebration, and public service designated by the United Nations in honor of South African leader Nelson Mandela’s birthday. The show highlights music in honor of Mandela and the fight against apartheid in South Africa that still resonate today, including works from a number of musicians from South Africa. We’ll hear selections from Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Artists United Against Apartheid, 2020 NEA Jazz Master Abdullah Ibrahim, Brenda Fassie, Harry Belafonte, and more.

Friday, July 19

Global Village heads to the Balkans for a variety of sounds and artists, including a number of Roma artists for the July feature. We’ll hear music from the Romanian brass band Fanfare Ciocarlia (the featured artists in this month’s Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival concert program), Bulgarian wedding band leaders Ivo Papasov and Yuri Yunakov, the Gypsy Groovz Orchestra, the Barcelona Gipsy Balkan Orchestra, traditional Romanian Roma band Taraf de Haidouks, and more.

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Monday, July  8

In conjunction with the July Roma Music feature, Global Village highlights some different forms of flamenco in this visit. While the Roma did not entirely shape the sound of flamenco and not all flamenco artists are Roma, their influence is significant and one of the great Roma contributions to the world’s music. We’ll hear legendary guitarist Paco de Lucia, flamenco saxophonist Jorge Pardo, the world/flamenco sound of Jerez Texas, pop flamenco hitmakers the Gypsy Kings, and some techo-flamenco courtesy of Ojos de Brujo. We’ll also get to some new releases from twin sisters Las Hermanas Caronni, the multi-national AKA Trio, Angelique Kidjo with a tribute to Celia Cruz, and more.

Tuesday, July  9

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

Wednesday, July  10

It’s Bela and the Bahamas this time in the Global Village as we mark the birthday of banjoist Bela Fleck with some of his world music projects, and Independence Day in the Bahamas, which we celebrate with music from Joseph Spence, the Baha Men, Exuma, and more.

Thursday, July 11

Global Village marks the centuries-old Mongolian festival of Naadam, which begins today, with a Mongolian music festival of its own. We’ll explore traditional singing and instruments along with contemporary bands fusing those traditions with a wide array of different influences, from symphony orchestras to classic rock. Among the artists featured are Anda Union, Egschiglen, Hangaai, and music from the groundbreaking compilation, An Anthology of Mongolian Khoomii.

Friday, July 12

In conjunction with the July Roma Music feature, Global Village highlights some great Roma brass bands. We’ll hear Romania’s Fanfare Ciocărlia (featured in the July Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival concert special later in the month); the popular Serbian band, the Boban Markovic Orkestra; and from Macedonia, the Kočani Orkestar. We’ll also hear some Balkan Brass by way of NYC from the Raya Brass band and also on tap - the latest from Italy’s Bandadriatica, the Cypriot band Monsieur Doumani, Turkish psychedelic rocker Umut Adan, and the Roma-influenced Hungarian group Söndörgő.

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  1. Gaiteiros de Lisboa – Bestiario (Uguru)
  2. Dizzy Mandjeku & Ale Kuma – De Palenque à Matongé (Zephyrus)
  3. Minyo Crusaders – Echoes of Japan (Mais Um Discos)
  4. Derya Yildirim & Grup Simsek – Kar Yagar (Bongo Joe)
  5. Cimarron – Orinoco (Cimarron)
  6. Yapunto – Yapunto (Yapunto)
  7. Madalitso Band – Wasalala (Bongo Joe)
  8. Söndörgő - Nyolc 8 Nyolc (SNDRG)
  9. Flook – Ancora (Flatfish)
  10. Constantinople & Ablaye Cissoko – Traversees (Autra)

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Monday, July 1

SPECIAL: 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, who incorporate Latin, Indian, African, Caribbean and other styles into their music.

Night Train features Canadian jazz musicians tonight for Canada Day.

Tuesday, July 2

It’s world pianos this time in the Global Village, as we highlight some keyboard players in different styles and from different parts of the world. Among the artists featured, Brazilian pianist and composer Antonio Adolfo, new tango master Pablo Ziegler, South African jazz star and 2019 NEA Jazz master Abdullah Ibrahim, space age musical scientist Esquivel, Latin jazz artists Michel Camilo and Omar Sosa, and as we highlight flamenco as part of the July Roma Music feature, we’ll hear guitar legend Paco de Lucia with pianist Chick Corea.

Wednesday, July 3

Folk and roots sounds are featured this time in the Global Village – including some roots reggae from Jamaica’s Gladiators and Junior Murvin, and Ivorian artist Tiken Jah Fakoly from his album in tribute to roots reggae. There’s folk inspired music from America and Europe – including Cajun master Michael Doucet, Hungarian band Sondorgo, and the Nordic Fiddlers Bloc. We’ll hear some of the ‘roots’ sound of Haiti which combines contemporary influences with traditional vodou and carnival music – including music from Sakad, Mawon, and Boukan Ginen. And, in conjunction with the July Roma feature, some gypsy brass band music courtesy of the Dzambo Agusevi Orchestra.

Thursday,  July 4

Global Village celebrates the 4th of July with a rich array of music from artists from around the world who now call America home, from American artists inspired by world sounds, and by some of the many great regional and ethnic musics of this country. Among the artists featured are three NEA Heritage fellows  - new-klezmer pioneer Andy Statman, U.S. based Iraqi oud player Rahim Alhaj and Hawaiian slack key guitarist Ledward Kaapana. Plus the Afrobeat-inspired band Ikebe Shakedown, pioneering world chamber jazz ensemble Oregon, the Crescent City’s Dirty Dozen Brass Band and more.

Friday, July 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:

  • The return of British reggae band Steel Pulse
  • Ivory Coast reggae star Tiken Jah Fakoly
  • A new Afro-Latin project from Carlos Santana teamed up with Spanish singer Buika
  • Contemporary cobla from Spain’s Biflats
  • Volume three in the classic Peruvian cumbia series, Cumbia Beat
  • The latest from Grammy-nominated Colombian band Cimarron
  • Cape Verde’s Lucibela
  • And in conjunction with the July Roma Music feature, the Dhoad Gypsies of Rajasthan

Photo by Rita Carmo

Monday, June 24

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 June Music of Portugal feature, it’s fado singer Antonio Zambujo. One of the top male singers on the scene today, Zambujo specializes in an entrancing form of fado that delicately incorporates elements of jazz, Brazilian music, and Alentejano - another major style of Portuguese vocal music. This performance marked his debut at the Savannah Music Festival.

Tuesday, June 25

In conjunction with the June music of Portugal feature, 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.

Wednesday, 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. Among those featured in this show – Tarika, D’Gary, Dama, Rossy, Jaojoby, and Toko Telo.

Thursday, June 27

Global Village devotes this program to women of Africa, including South African artists Miriam Makeba, the Dark City Sisters and Lorraine Klaasen (in a tribute to Makeba); Mali’s Oumou Sangare and Rokia Traore, along with a track from Les Amazones d’Afrique feature two singers from Mali; Benin’s Angelique Kidjo; Guinean singer Sia Tolno; a rare female group from Nigeria, the Lijadu Sisters; and as we’ve been highlighting music from Portugal and related countries this month, we’ll showcase Elida Almeida – a rising star from Cape Verde,

Friday, June 28

Global Village wraps up the June feature with Portugal Não-Fado, the rich array of Portuguese styles and artists who draw on traditional and other influences instead of fado. We’ll hear the delicately 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.

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Monday, June 17

In conjunction with the Global Village Music of Portugal feature for June, a show devoted to Portugal’s most famous musical export – fado. The often mournful style has often been compared to blues, though like that music, it can also have a joyous side as well. We’ll hear both Lisbon and Coimbra fado, legends like Amalia Rodrigues, and a new generation of both male and female singers who have helped revive fado in Portugal and popularize it around the globe – including Mariza, Cristina Branco, rising star Raquel Tavares, and Antonio Zambujo (who will be featured next week in our next Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival concert show.)

Tuesday, June 18

With the Independent Music Awards coming up this weekend, Global Village devotes the show to some of this year’s world music nominees – along with some of the recently announced Songlines magazine music awards winners. We’ll hear music from contemporary fado singer Mariza, pipa players Chung Yufeng and Wu Man, kora player Seckou Keita with harpist Catrin Finch, the Afro-Colombian group Cimarron, old school Cuban band Orquesta Akokan, the Small Island Big Song project, and more.

Wednesday, 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, Millie Small, Jackie Mittoo, and more.

(Night Train will also feature music Ernest Ranglin did with that show’s June featured artist, Monty Alexander.)

Thursday, June 20

Global Village marks World Refugee Day with music from artists from many different corners of the world who were once refugees. Among the artists featured:  the Refugees for Refugees project, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, NEA Heritage Fellow Rahim Alhaj, Western Sahara’s Aziza Brahim, Ugandan artist Samite, and more.

Friday, June 21

Global Village welcomes in the new season with songs of summer from Bob Marley & the Wailers, Desmond Dekker, Ray Barretto, Bill Withers, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Michael Franti & Spearhead and more.

(Strange Currency & Crossroads also have summer specials tonight.)

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Monday, June 10

In conjunction with the June Portuguese Music feature, Global Village celebrates Portugal Day with music from Portugal and related countries – including music from Brazil to celebrate the birthday today as well of bossa nova pioneer Joao Gilberto. Plus music from Cape Verde (Elida Almeida) and Angola (Waldemar Bastos), along with Portuguese fado singers and Portuguese Guitar players – including Mariza, Custódio Castelo, Carlos Parades, and Rodrigo Costa Félix.

Tuesday, June 11

In conjunction with the June Portuguese Music feature, Global Village visits Lusophone Africa – five nations - Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, and São Tomé – where Portuguese is an official language. Among the artists featured: Cape Verde’s Cesaria Evora, Angolan singers Bonga and Waldemar Bastos, Orchestra Marrabenta Star of Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau’s Super Mamba Djombo, and from São Tomé, Africa Negra.

Wednesday, June 12

Traditional African music generally focused on songs of praise, celebration, and special occasions, but in more recent times, artists have incorporated social and political messages into their music as well. This time in the Global Village, we explore some of that music, including Fela’s groundbreaking Afrobeat music, African reggae artists Sonny Okosun, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Lucky Dube and Alpha Blondy, and South African artists Miriam Makeba, the Mahotella Queens, and Hugh Masekela.

Thursday, June 13

Global Village celebrates the birthday of Jorge Santana with music he did as a member of the ‘70s Latin Rock band Malo, with his brother Carlos, and in a guest appearance with the Fania All Stars. Plus music from Dancas Ocultas for the June Music of Portugal feature, and new releases from Japan’s Minyo Crusaders, Lila Downs, Yapunto.

Friday, June 14

Global Village remembers one of the great voices of African music, Papa Wemba, on his birthday. The show features music from Zaiko Langa Langa, a popular group he cofounded and where he first rose to stardom; his acclaimed Viva La Musica lineup; in appearances as a special guest with Manu Dibango and with the Big Blue Ball project from RealWorld; and in covers of his songs from Africando and Juan Luis Guerra.

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Monday, June 3

Global Village devotes the show to music from  Haiti - from the nation’s ‘second national anthem,’ “Haiti Cheri,” through pioneers of modern Haitian music, to key compilations that brought Haitian music to the attention of a wider international audience, bold “roots” bands, and some contemporary hitmakers. Among the artists featured Nemours Jean-Baptiste, Tabou Combo, Les Vikings, Boukman Eksperyans, and Dat 7.

Tuesday, 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.

Wednesday, June 5

Since 1972, the United Nations has declared June 5th to be World Environment Day to support environmental efforts around the globe. Global Village marks the occasion with a wide array of songs about the environment from such artists as Jimmy Cliff, 9Bach, Adrian Belew, Randy Newman, the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Bruce Cockburn and more.

Thursday, June 6

Global Village celebrates National Day of Sweden, a holiday in that country since 1916, with a program devoted to a wide array of artists and styles of Swedish music – including neo-folk, folk rock, jazz and more. Among the artists and groups featured are Garmarna, Hoven Droven, E.S.T., Ale Moller with Lene Willemark (from the Nordan Suite and with Frifot), Vasen, and Trio Mediaeval with Arve Henriksen.

Friday, June 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:

  • Afro-Colombia meets Congolese Rumba from Dizzy Mandjeku with Ale Kuma
  • Hungarian bands Sondorgo and Romano Drom
  • The Anglo-Irish double-flute band Flook
  • Turkish neo-psychedelic folk bands Altin Gun and Derya Yildirim & Grup Simsek
  • The lively duo from Malawi, the Madalitso Band
  • Vocal and pipes group Gaiteiros de Lisboa (helping to kick off the June Music of Portugal feature)
  • And a classic reissue featuring Ebo Taylor, Pat Thomas and Uhuru Yenzu.

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  1. Minyo Crusaders – Echoes of Japan (Mais Um Discos)
  2. Angelique Kidjo – Celia (Verve)
  3. Coladera – La Dotu Lado (Agogo)
  4. Sociedade Recreativa – Sociativa (Code 7)
  5. Grupo Fantasma – American Music, Vol. 7 (Blue Corn)
  6. Carlos Barbosa-Lima – Delicado (Zoho)
  7. Kaja – Oriogo (Kakafon)
  8. Eljuri – Resiste (Manovill)
  9. Umut Adan – Bahar (Riverboat)
  10. Kel Assouf – Black Tenere (Glitterbeat)

Monday, May 27

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 event that takes place each spring in Savannah, Georgia.

This time, in conjunction with the May Drum feature, it’s one of the world’s most accomplished percussionists and an artist who helped define modern tabla playing, Zakir Hussain. We’ll hear him with two equally accomplished and eclectic musicians, popular banjoist Bela Fleck and award-winning bassist Edgar Meyer, in a program that combines jazz, classical, Americana, and Indian music into one seamless and entrancing whole.

Tuesday, May 28

It’s a Soukous Special this time in the Global Village as we highlight the popular Latin-flavored, guitar-laced Congolese dance music. We’ll hear the legendary band leaders Franco and Tabu Ley Rochereau, Paris-based artists Kanda Bongo Man and the Four Stars, the ‘Queen of Soukous’ M’Bilia Bel, and a marvelous new Afro-Colombian project from Dizzy Mandjeku and Ale Kuma that revives the Latin/African style in a fresh new way.

Wednesday, May 29

It’s ‘Tea for Two’ this time in the Global Village with a show devoted to duos – twosomes from the same musical traditions, and also from different cultures who create an intriguing new blend of sounds. We’ll hear guitarists Ali Farka Toure and Ry Cooder, Talking Head David Byrne with Brazilian legend Caetano Veloso, kora player Ballake Sissoko with cellist Vincent Segal, cellist Matthieu Saglio with flamenco guitarist Jose ‘El Piru,’ singers June Tabor and Maddie Prior, the father and son duo of Toumani and Sidiki Diabate, and more.

Thursday, May 30

In conjunction with the May Drum Month feature, Global Village presents a special show to mark the birthday of legendary Latin jazz and Latin rock percussionist Armando Peraza. We’ll hear one of his earliest recordings with hep cat Slim Gaillard, along with work he did with Mongo Santamaria, Cal Tjader, Alice Coltrane, Santana (where he was a key part of the band for over two decades), and from the only album he did under his own name.

Friday, May 31

Global Village wraps up the May Drum Month feature with a birthday salute to widely-recorded Brazilian percussionist Paulinho da Costa with music he did with Bobby McFerrin (just named a 2020 NEA Jazz Master), Eliane Elias, the Crusaders, and Joe Pass.  We’ll also wrap up with music from drummers Steven Kroon, Tony Allen, Bobby Matos and John Santos.  Plus new music from Brazil’s Sociedade Recreativa, Brazilian-Portuguese duo Coladera, Brazilian guitarist Carlos Barbosa-Lima, and new generation French Afrobeat band Monkuti.