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, 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.

Tuesday, May 21

Global Village marks the birthday of critically acclaimed guitarist and much-in-demand session player Marc Ribot. We’ll hear music 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, brother Greg Ribot and more.

Wednesday, May 22

This time in the Global Village, we once again ‘give the drummer some’ for the May Drum Month feature, in a program devoted to an eclectic lineup of drum and percussion masters. We’ll hear tabla master Zakir Hussain with Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer (the artists featured next week in our monthly Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival series);  Nii Okai Tagoe, former percussionist with Osibisa; Max Roach’s all-percussion M’Boom ensemble; the world jazz sounds of Bones & Tones, Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures, Manu Katche, and Minu Cinelu; and master congueros Mongo Santamaria and Poncho Sanchez.

Thursday, May 23

Global Village devotes the entire show Latin soul boogaloo. We’ll hear classics and rarities from the all-too-brief period of the music heyday from Joe Cuba, Joe Bataan, Johnny Colon, the Latinaires and more – and since we’re featuring drummers this month, there’s some boogaloo sounds from Willie Bobo, Mongo Santamaria, and Ray Barretto.

Friday, May 24

Global Village celebrates the birthday of Bob Dylan in a show devoted to world music artists doing Dylan songs and world music-influenced versions of his work. Among the artists featured are Cuba’s Vocal Sampling, the art-folk Quercus trio (June Tabor, Huw Warren & Iain Bellamy), the all-star Hudson group of Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski and John Scofield,  Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Robert Plant, Toots Hibbert, and more.

Strange Currency and Crossroads also celebrate Dylan’s birthday tonight.

Monday, May 13

It’s the birthday of Stevie Wonder and Global Village celebrates with a show devoted entirely to his music - from his first album, The Jazz Soul of Stevie Wonder, through classic albums like Songs in the Key of Life, to world music covers of his songs and collaborations with such artists as Third World, Bill Ware & Vibes, the Catella Trinidad All Stars, Kavita Shah, Stanley Turrentine, and more.

Tuesday, May 14

Global Village throws another Afrobeat party including music from legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen (for the May Drum Month feature) as part of Fela’s band, under his own name with Fela’s Africa 70 band, and in a project with Fela as his producer. We’ll also hear from two American Afrobeat bands – The Funk Ark and Antibalas – and the Afrobeat/Gnawa fusion of Fangnawa Experience.

Wednesday, May 15

Global Village pays tribute to Congolese guitarist and bandleader Mose Se Sengo “FanFan” who passed away last week, with music he did with legendary soukous star Franco and with his own bands. Plus some early solo releases from Brian Eno for his birthday, music from Mickey Hart’s Planet Drum for the May Drum Month feature, and new music from Japan’s Minyo Crusaders and twin sisters Las Hermanas Caronni.

Thursday, May 16

It’s ‘tabla time’ in the Global Village as the show highlights tabla players in a number of different settings. We’ll hear Sameer Gupta; Trilok Gurtu; Badal Roy (the tabla player who worked with Miles Davis); world fusion group the Taal Tantra Experience with Tanmoy Bose (who worked with Ravi Shankar); Shakti with Zakir Hussain (who will be one the featured artists later this month on Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival); and Australian tabla player Sam Evans.

Friday, May 17

Global Village celebrates the birthday of singer, songwriter, and guitarist Taj Mahal. Though best known for his classic blues and roots music, Taj has long been a pioneer in exploring the connections between blues and Caribbean, African, and Hawaiian music and has also worked with a number of world artists including kora player Toumani Diabate, Malian guitar great Ali Farka Toure, and on the Red Hot + Riot tribute to Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti.

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Monday, 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.

Tuesday, May 7

In conjunction with the Global Village International Drum Month feature for May, the show highlights some international drummers – including Nigerian percussionist Olatunji from his groundbreaking 1959 album, Drums of Passion, the “Dancing Drums” of Ananda Shankar, and Japanese taiko drum group Kodo with Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart. Plus new music from Santana, Turkish psychedelic rocker Umut Adan, Australia’s Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, and the new tribute to Celia Cruz from Angelique Kidjo (with special guest, legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen).

Wednesday, May 8

Global Village marks the birthday of Mahmoud Ahmed, one of the stars of the Golden Age of Ethiopian Music and an artist who helped introduce Ethiopian music to a wider international audience. And there are new releases from Tuareg band Kel Assouf and Ghanaian reggae artist Rocky Dawuni, plus a recent reissue of a classic album from Nubian artist Ali Hassan Kuban, and for the May International Drum Month feature, Indian percussionist Trilok Gurtu and world fusion percussionist Tom Teasley.

Thursday, May 9

Global Village heads to Brazil to mark the birthday of pianist, singer and composer Tania Maria; pay tribute to the ‘Godmother of Samba’ Beth Carvalho, who passed away last week; and to feature new music from guitarist Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Sociedade Recreativa, Orquestra Brasileira de Musica Jamaicana, and Coladera.

Friday May 10

Global Village marks the birthdays of Haitian great Coupe Cloue and also of legendary reggae drummer Sly Dunbar (with Peter Tosh and Ozomatli) and continues the May Drum Month feature with music from Tony Allen (as a leader and as a guest on Angelique Kidjo’s new album, Celia) and from Latin jazz and Latin soul drummer Willie Bobo.

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  1. Equus – Tailwind Home (Equus)
  2. The Vampires – Pacifica (Earshift)
  3. Umut Adan – Bahar (Riverboat)
  4. UB40 – For the Many (Shoestring)
  5. Andreas Arnold – Odisea (Galileo)
  6. Kel Assouf – Black Tenere (Glitterbeat)
  7. Debashish Bhattacharya – Joy! Guru (Unzipped Fly)
  8. Mimmo Epifani – Putiferio (Finisterre)
  9. Adir Jan – Leyla (Trikont)
  10. Urna & Kroke – Ser (Urna Music)

Monday, April 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, it’s a performance from our April featured artist, Richard Thompson. A founding member of the pioneering English folk rock group, Fairport Convention, guitar hero, and powerful songwriter , Thompson has increasingly focused in recent years on live performance, crafting unique, witty, moving and one-of-a-kind concerts, including this one from the Savannah Music Festival.

Tuesday, April 30

Global Village wraps up the April Richard Thompson feature with music from one of his solo projects, with Fairport Convention, and with former wife Linda Thompson. Plus a birthday salute to Jamaican hitmaker Barrington Levy, a tribute to vibes player Dave Samuels, and new music from the International Citrus Band, the Vampires, Mongolian singer Urna with the Polish group Kroke, and Scottish band Shooglenifty with the Rajasthani ensemble Dhun Dhora.

Wednesday, May 1

While in many parts of the world, the first of May is a labor or workers’ holiday, in Hawaii it’s a different kind of celebration. May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii, honoring traditional Hawaiian culture and celebrated across the islands since the 1920s. Here in the Global Village we’ll celebrate with early stars of Hawaiian music, some of the great slack key guitar players, and some different and innovative takes on Hawaiian music. Among the artists featured on the show: King Bennie Nawahi (who recorded the song “May Day is Lei Day”), guitar wizard Sol Hoopii, slack key great Gabby Pahinui, his sons – the Pahinui Brothers (with Ry Cooder), Daniel Ho with the Grasslands Ensemble from Mongolia, and Indian slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya with a tribute to popular Hawaiian artist Tau Moe.

Thursday, May 2

In conjunction with the May International Drum Month feature, Global Village pays tribute to eclectic and adventurous Brazilian percussionist Naná Vasconcelos. The critically acclaimed artist released a series of recordings under his own name and as part of the Codona trio with Don Cherry and Colin Walcott. He was a longstanding partner with both Egberto Gismonti and Pat Metheny, and a much in-demand guest artist, working with such diverse performers as Laurie Anderson, the Talking Heads, the Gipsy Kings, Trilok Gurtu, Gato Barbieri, Paul Simon and more. We’ll highlight music from his own releases and some of his many guest appearances in this special edition of Global Village.

Friday, May 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:

Japan’s Minyo Crusaders, bringing an eclectic and contemporary spin to traditional Japanese folk music

Afro jazz and funk from Tel Aviv’s Hoodna Orchestra

Angelique Kidjo, with a tribute to the Queen of Salsa, Celia Cruz

Two talented acoustic folk and world trios from Sweden – Kaja and Vasen

And the reggae side of Ecuadorian singer, guitarist, songwriter and activist Eljuri.

Monday, April 22

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

Tuesday, April 23

In conjunction with the April Richard Thompson feature, Global Village expands its contemporary folk horizons in a show devoted to European neo-folk music. We’ll highlight artists from across the continent inspired by traditional sounds, though in many cases adding contemporary and other global stylistic influences. Among the artists featured are Italian neo-folk pioneer Riccardo Tesi, Galician piper and Silk Road Ensemble member Cristina Pato, Scottish singer-songwriter Karine Polwart, neo-rembetika group Trio Tekke, Sweden’s Vasen, and the Afro Celt Sound System.

Wednesday, April 24

Global Village marks birthdays of world/classical guitarist John Williams and also of sitarist, guitarist and percussionist Collin Walcott, cofounder of the world chamber jazz group Oregon and of Codona (with Don Cherry and Nana Vasconcelos). Plus music from Richard and Linda Thompson for the April feature, and new release from ‘Mongolia Meets Middle East’ group Equus, Sudanese-Italian singer Amira Kheir, and German flamenco guitarist Andreas Arnold.

Thursday, April 25

Global Village highlights some African blues in this visit – including music from guitar greats Ali Farka Toure and Djelimady Tounkara, the ‘desert blues’ of Bombino and Imarhan, blues harmonica player JeConte with the Mali All Stars, world-jazz guitarist Leni Stern, and the Soul of John Black.

Friday, April 26

Global Village looks back at the past seven decades and highlights some of the key artists and releases that helped shape what has come to be known as world music today. We’ll also look into our crystal ball and predict one of the big world music releases of 2019.

Monday, April 15

Global Village continues the April Richard Thompson feature with "Tabor Does Thompson,” Richard Thompson songs done by one of the great voices of English folk music, June Tabor, from solo releases and projects she did with the Oyster Band and Martin Simpson. Plus new UK folk releases from Talisk and Lau, along with the latest from Indian slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya, Finnish accordionist Markku Lepisto with organist Mikko Helenius, and the twin sisters Las Hermanas Caronni.

Tuesday, April 16

This time in the Global Village, it’s classic and contemporary reggae and some reggae from unusual places. We’ll hear Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley, Rita Marley, the Gladiators, and reggae revivalist Jesse Royal from Jamaica, New Zealand’s Black Seeds, Greek-American reggae performer Christos DC, Ghanian reggae artist Rocky Dawuni, roots reggae classics revisited by the Expanders, reggae meets Bollywood with MC Yogi, reggae meets jazz with Olu Dara, and reggae meets rock guitar cult hero David Lindley

Wednesday, April 17

Global Village remembers South African bassist, songwriter and band leader Sipho Gumede on his birthday with music from one of his own albums, with the band Spirits Rejoice, and with Juluka. We’ll also hear April featured artist Richard Thompson in a guest appearance with Beausoleil, and new music from UB40, Mimmo Epifani, the Alba Griot Ensemble, and Jupiter & Okwess.

Thursday, April 18

Global Village marks the Independence Day of Zimbabwe with music from a number of artists from that country, including the legendary Thomas Mapfumo whose chimurenga sound was an integral part of the independence movement; acclaimed singer-songwriter Oliver Mtukudzi; traditional mbira player Ephat Mujuru; one of the first major female artists to play mbira, Stella Chiweshe; and popular dance bands, the Bhundu Boys and the Four Brothers.

Friday, April 19

Global Village highlights music from Turkey this time, including traditional music from the newly reissued Music of Turkey compilation, the meeting of Turkish and other musical forms on Baul Meets Saz and the latest release from Coşkun Karademir, a new album from London-based Turkish singer-songwriter Olcay Bayir, and some classic and contemporary Anatolian psychedelic rock ranging from the pioneering Cem Karaca to a new album in the style from Umut Adan.

Monday, 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.

Tuesday, April 9

In conjunction with the April Richard Thompson feature, Global Village hosts ‘A Fairport Convention.’ We’ll hear music from Fairport’s early days when Thompson was part of the band, along with music from his solo projects and work with then-wife Linda Thompson – plus music from other Fairport members, including Sandy Denny, Ashley Hutchings (with the Albion Band), Iain Matthews (with Matthews Southern Comfort), and fiddler Dave Swarbrick (with folk great Martin Carthy).

Wednesday, April 10

Global Village marks birthdays of Bunny Wailer (from his early work with the Wailers and later solo work) and exotica hit maker Martin Denny. Plus more from April featured artist Richard Thompson, tributes to the Beat’s Ranking Roger and the TPOK Jazz Band’s Simaro, music from 2019 NEA Jazz Master and South African jazz piano great Abdullah Ibrahim, and the latest from Benin International Musical and Santana.

Thursday, April 11

Global Village highlights vintage and contemporary ska and roots reggae – including music from the legendary ska band, the Skatalites, and from Skatalites band members Jackie Mittoo and Rico Rodriguez (as part of Jazz Jamaica). And there’s roots reggae revivalists Ziggy Marley (with brother Stephen Marley), Jamaica’s Raging Fyah (with Jesse Royal), and Baltimore’s Jah Works.

Friday, 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.

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  1.   Public Opinion Afro Orchestra – Naming and Blaming (Hope Street)
  2. Rocky Dawuni – Beats of Zion (Aquarian)
  3. Various Artists – Rough Guide to Women of the World (World Music Network)
  4. Mimmo Epifani – Putiferio (Finisterre)
  5. Umut Adan – Bahar (Riverboat)
  6. Ukandanz – Yeketelale (Buda Musique)
  7. Urna & Kroke – Ser (Urna Music)
  8. Various Artists – Ska Around the World (Putumayo)
  9. Amina Kheir – Mystic Dance (Sterns Music)
  10. Joce Mienniel – Babel (Buda Musique)

Monday, April 1

Global Village marks birthdays of poet, activist and singer Gil Scott-Heron and reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, and features new music from Australian afrobeat group the Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, Ohio reggae artist Gingermon, and contemporary Turkish psychedelic rocker Umut Adan.

Tuesday, April 2

As part of the April Richard Thompson and folk rock feature, Global Village heads to Scotland for music from a wide range of artists, both traditional performers and those who add contemporary and other stylistic influences in their work. Among the artists featured are John Martyn, Shooglenifty, Old Blind Dogs, Karine Polwart, Big Country, Julie Fowlis, and (Glasgow-born) Mark Knopfler.

Wednesday, April 3

Global Village celebrates the birthday today of legendary guitarist, English folk-rock pioneer, and the show’s April featured artist, Richard Thompson. We’ll hear music he did with Fairport Convention, with Linda Thompson, and with his own band, along with covers of his songs from June Tabor, Martin Simpson, the Albion Band and others.

Thursday, April 4

Global Village marks birthdays of eclectic English folk rock bassist Danny Thompson (including music he did with Songhai, Eric Bibb, John Martyn, Bert Jansch, the Incredible String Band, and April featured artist – and no relation – Richard Thompson), legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, and Dominican pianist Michel Camilo. We also pay tribute to saxophonist Issa Cissoko, from the great Senegalese band Orchestra Baobab, who passed away recently.

Friday, April 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:

  • Kurdish singer and songwriter Adir Jan
  • German flamenco guitarist Andreas Arnold
  • A new 40th anniversary album from UB40
  • The latest from Ali Farka Toure band vocalist Hama Sankare
  • The eclectic Australian world-jazz band, the Vampires
  • The ‘Middle East Meets Mongolia’ sound of another Australian band, Equus
  • And new Tuareg rock from Kel Assouf.

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