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, March 18

Global Village marks birthdays of guitarist Bill Frisell and steel drum player Andy Narell; continues the Ghana music feature with K. Frimpong and the new album from Ghanaian reggae star Rocky Dawuni; two duets from eclectic mandolinist Mike Marshall; and Indian blues from Aki Kumar and West Indian blues from Taj Mahal.

Night Train also features music from both Bill Frisell and Andy Narell tonight, 10 p.m. to midnight.

Tuesday, March 19

Global Village marks birthdays of Brazilian pianist, singer and composer Eliane Elias, singer and songwriter Terry Hall of the Specials, and Crescent City R&B hitmaker Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry. Plus more music from Ghana for the March feature, this time from the Ghana Special collection, the new album from Ghanaian reggae star Rocky Dawuni, and from the popular Ghanaian rock group Osibisa – and new music from the French/Ethiopian group Ukandanz and from Burkina Faso’s Baba Commandant & the Mandingo Band.

Night Train also features music tonight from Eliane Elias tonight, 10 p.m. to midnight.  

Wednesday, March 20

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.

Strange Currency and Night Train also have spring specials tonight, 8 p.m. to midnight.

Thursday, March 21

Global Village marks the International Day of Nowruz. Honored in a UN Resolution, the date was chosen to mark the celebration of Persian New Year and the arrival of spring. It has been celebrated for several thousand years and across countries spanning Central Asia, the Balkans, and the Middle East. The show highlights music from a number of countries that celebrate Noruz as a national holiday and includes both traditional and contemporary music, even some ‘70s rock-inspired releases.

Friday, March 22

Global Village highlights some key African guitarists in this visit, including Malian artists Boubacar Traore, Ali Farka Toure (with Ry Cooder), and Djelimady Tounkara, Benin’s Lionel Loueke, and D’Gary from Madagascar. Plus music from Songhoy Blues, Taj Mahal with Keb’Mo, the Playing for Change project, and The Vampires.

Monday, March 11 

It’s an Afrobeat extravaganza this time in the Global Village. Highlights include music from Tony Allen as a leader and on a classic from Fela, Afrobeat inspired music from Brazil’s Bixiga 70 and Spain’s Alma Afrobeat Ensemble, and as we feature music from Ghana this month, we have some Ghanaian highlife from Ebo Taylor, the African Brothers and Marijata.

Tuesday, March 12 

Global Village marks the birthday of trombonist, songwriter and Skatalites co-founder Don Drummond with music he did with the Skatalites and under his own name. We’ll also hear new music from the Ska Around the World compilation, Australian Afrobeat group the Public Opinion Afro Band, and Ohio reggae artist Gingermon. And as we highlight music of Ghana this month, there’s music from popular Ghanian reggae artist Rocky Dawuni.

Wednesday, March 13 

It’s highlife time this time in the Global Village, with music from Ghanian artists including ‘The King of Highlife’ E.T. Mensah and contemporary band the Highlife Starsp; London-based bands Osibisa and Hi-Life International; the ‘burgher-highlife’ of German-based Ghanian artist George Darko; highlife inspired jazz from Randy Weston, Pharoah Sanders and Marcus Miller; and even some early highlife from Fela.

Thursday, March 14

Global Village highlights music from some of this year’s Juno nominees in advance of the Awards ceremony this weekend. We’ll hear music from Vishten, Emmanuel Jal, the Aerialists, Dubmatix, and the Fretless – nominees in the world, instrumental, roots, and reggae categories this year. Plus music from Rokia Traore, the featured artist in this month’s Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival show later this month, from Les Baxter for his birthday, and from Ghanian artists De Frank, E.T. Mensah, Ebo Taylor and hiplife artist King Ayisoba for the March Music of Ghana feature.

Friday, March 15  

Global Village marks the Ides of March with music from Italy – including a project reimagining the music of Ancient Rome, leading traditional and neo-traditional groups including Officina Zoe, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, and Banda Ionica, and the great Italian new-folk accordionist, Riccardo Tesi with his Banditaliana group and as part of a world accordion group, Samurai Accordion, from their new release Te, which topped the Global Village Best of the Year list for 2018.

International Women's Day is Friday, March 8, and KMUW is celebrating with five hours of music. Join Global Village, Strange Currency and Crossroads from 7 p.m. to midnight for the annual special feature.

Album Cover Art

  1. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba – Miri (Out Here)
  2. Ukandanz – Yeketelale (Buda Musique)
  3. Jaro Milko & the Cubalkanics – Zivot (SFA Distribution)
  4. Debashish Bhattacharya – Joy! Guru (Unzipped Fly)
  5. Dawda Jobarteh – I Met Her By the River (Sterns Music)
  6. Santana – In Search of Mona Lisa (Concord)
  7. Bandadriatica – Odissea (Finisterre)
  8. Baba Commandant & the Mandingo Band - Siri Ba Kele (Sublime Frequencies)
  9. Benin International Musical – BIM #1 (World Tour)
  10. Amina Kheir – Mystic Dance (Sterns Music)

Monday, March 4

Global Village marks the birthday of legendary South African singer Miriam Makeba. We also remember singer Dorothy Masuka, who passed away at the end of February. She began her career in South Africa and Miriam Makeba recorded several of her songs. We’ll hear those and some music from Masuka, new music from veteran South African singer Irene Mawela, and also tracks from E.T. Mensah and Osibisa to kick off the March Music of Ghana feature.

Tuesday, March 5

It’s carnival time in the Global Village! To celebrate Fat Tuesday, Global Village heads to some carnival hot spots: Brazil for some samba, Trinidad for calypso and steel drum music, and, of course, to 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, March 6

Throughout March Global Village features music of Ghana and in this special for Ghanaian Independence Day the entire show is devoted to Ghanaian  highlife and afrobeat from such acclaimed artists as E.T. Mensah (“The King of Highlife”), Ebo Taylor, K. Frimpong, Pat Thomas and groundbreaking compilations like Afrobeat Airways and Ghana Special that introduced music of that country to a wider international audience.

Thursday, March 7

This time in the Global Village, it’s new EuroFolk. Among the highlights are Italian neo-folk accordionist Riccardo Tesi, the second album (and first to feature Sandy Denny) from the pioneering English Folk Rock band Fairport Convention, Finnish neo-folk and bagpipe band Pare, Scotland’s Breabach, and Griselda Sanderson, a Scottish artist who plays Norwegian hardanger fiddle and Swedish nyckelharpa.

Friday, March 8

It’s International Women’s Day and Global Village celebrates with women singers, songwriters and instrumentalists from around the globe.  We’ll hear music from the African all-star lineup of Les Amazones d’Afrique, Mexican-American singer Lila Downs, ‘tropical pop’ star Hollie Cook, Syrian musician and composer Maya Youssef, Chinese pipa player Wu Man, Paraguayan classical guitarist Berta Rojas, Mongolian singer Urna, Finnish folk group Enkel, and more.

KMUW Music's annual Mardi Gras special returns on Tuesday, March 5. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight to celebrate Fat Tuesday.

It’s carnival time in the Global Village! To celebrate Fat Tuesday, Global Village heads to some carnival hot spots: Brazil for some samba, Trinidad for calypso and steel drum music, and, of course, to 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.

Strange Currency joins the Mardis Gras celebration with music from The Meters, Michot’s Melody Makers, Robbie Robertson and more.

The Mardi Gras special feature wraps up on the Night Train, from 10 p.m. to midnight.

Monday February 25

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 Harp feature, it’s the harp-like sound of the African kora, played by one of the masters of the instrument, Ballake Sissoko. His work as a leader, with kora legend Toumani Diabate and bluesman Taj Mahal, and as part of an elegant duo with French classical cellist Vincent Segal have won Sissoko international attention and acclaim. We’ll hear the Malian master in an entrancing solo performance this time from the Savannah Music Festival.


Tuesday February 26

Global Village highlights music from the Grammy and Latin Grammy nominated (and winning) Musas Vol.2 album from acclaimed Mexican singer and songwriter Natalia Lafourcade for her birthday. Plus more harps for the February feature from Veracruz (Grupo Mono Blanco) and Spain (Rodrigo Romani) and music from our top pick of 2018, Samurai Accordion, with a song written by Kepa Junkera from the group, who is on the road to recovery from a stroke he suffered last month.


Wednesday February 27

It’s Independence Day in the Dominican Republic and the climax of a month of carnival celebrations that goes on there every year. Global Village celebrates with classic and contemporary merengue and bachata from Juan Luis Guerra, Wilfredo Vargas, Luis Vargas and more. Plus music from Red Baraat, DJ Dolores, and some blasts from the past from BeatleJazz and Jesse Winchester.


Thursday February 28

Global Village marks birthdays of the great Latin jazz and Latin soul percussionist Willie Bobo, and pioneering Danish world-jazz guitarist Pierre Doerge. The show also wraps up the February Global Harps feature with music from Celtic Harp master Alan Stivell (with Youssou N’Dour), pioneering jazz harpist Dorothy Ashby, and there’s new music from the Franco-Ethiopian group Ukandanz and from Mali’s Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba.


Friday, March 1

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:

  • Afrobeat from Down Under from the Public Opinion Afro Orchestra
  • New Turkish Psychedelic rock from Umut Adan
  • Italian mandolinist Mimmo Epifani
  • Global jazz flutist Joce Mienniel
  • Veteran Quebecois group Le Vent du Nord
  • The FraFra Power compilation of music form northern Ghana (as we kick off a feature of music from Ghana for the month of March) and two new Rough  Guide compilations- Women of the World and Music of Eastern Europe 

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Monday 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, acclaimed pioneering ‘roots’ band Ifang Bondi, U.S. based Gambian kora player Foday Musa Suso (with the groundbreaking Mandingo Griot Society), Gambian griot and bluesman Juldah Camara with Justin Adams, and Gambian kora player Dembo Konte with Kausu Kuyateh & the Jali Roll Orchestra (featuring members of 3 Mustaphas 3).


Tuesday February 19

Global Village heads to Sweden for music from Garmarna, Den Fule, Groupa, and Lena Willemark with Ale Moller. We’ll also hear English folk great Bert Jansch, Italy’s Officina Zoe, and the African-Scandinavian band Monoswezi.


Wednesday February 20

Global Village marks birthdays of indigenous artist Buffy Sainte-Marie and Buena Vista Social Club member Ibrahim Ferrer. We also remember Kenyan artist Ayub Ogada and Malian singer Sali Sidibe, who both passed away recently. Also music from the Grammy-winning Anniversary album from the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, and more harp music for the February feature, this time from Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda.


Thursday February 21

A number of birthdays marked in this edition of Global Village including the great Nina Simone, roots artist Rhiannon Giddens (with former Carolina Chocolate Drops partner Leyla McCalla), Ranking Roger (with the English Beat), Jerry Harrison (solo and with the Talking Heads), and also Corey Harris (including a song he did with Malian legend Ali Farka Toure). Plus more harps for the February feature, this time from the acclaimed Welsh mother-daughter fiddle and harp duo of Delyth & Angharad and also early music from the Chieftains with harpist Derek Bell. We’ll also hear the latest from Benin International Musical and Scottish band Breabach.

Friday February 22

In conjunction with the February Harp feature, Global Village features a related instrument, the West African kora. We’ll hear music from the first full album of kora music recorded in the early ‘70s, and a tribute to it recorded some three decades later by the sons of those musicians and two of the premier kora players of today – Toumani Diabate and Ballake Sissoko. (Sissoko is the featured artist for this month’s Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival program later this month.) We’ll also hear the kora in some different settings: with the jazz group the Kora Band, with classical harp (from one of several critically acclaimed albums from Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita), and with contemporary classical ensemble, the Kronos Quartet (we’ll also get to some music from the Landfall album Kronos did with Laurie Anderson which just won a Grammy – along with new music from Italy’s Bandadriatica and from the new Rough Guide to Scottish Folk). 

KMUW Music is celebrating Valentine's Day with five hours of music on Thursday, February 14. Join Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Monday, February 11

Global Village features some Indian fusion in this visit – focusing on artists from India and from around the world who combine Indian music with rock, jazz and other styles of music. Among the artists featured are Bollywood legend R.D. Burman, Kronos Quartet from their album of music from R.D. Burman, electric Carnatic guitarist Prasanna, Indi-pop pioneer Sheila Chandra with Monsoon, Anoushka Shankar with Karsh Kale, and from Canada - Kiran Ahluwahlia , and the Sultans of String.

Tuesday, February 12

Global Village marks the birthday of musician and producer Bill Laswell with music he did with Manu Dibango, Mandingo, Ahlam and Gigi. The show also continues the February harp feature with music from some related instruments including kora (from Ballake Sissoko, this month’s Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival artist), the Kenyan harp (in tribute to Ayub Ogada who recently passed away) and the Greek lyre (with the Sokratis Sinopoulos Quartet).

Wednesday, 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 his RealWorld Records world music label, including Jam Nation, the Imagined Village and Papa Wemba.

Thursday, February 14

It’s hearts and flowers this time in the Global Village, celebrating Valentine’s Day with love songs from around the world. We’ll hear music from Bob Marley & the Wailers, Cuba’s Los Zafiros, South Africa’s Mahotella Queens, Brazil’s Astrud Gilberto and more.

Strange Currency & Night Train also have Valentine’s Day specials tonight.

Friday, February 15

In conjunction with the Global Village February harp feature, the show is devoted to a wide array of global harps. We’ll hear Welsh harpist Catrin Finch with kora player Seckou Keita, the Chieftains Celtic Harp/Edward Bunting tribute, ancient Chinese harp revived in the Pan Jing Ensemble, Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda with Japanese pianist Hiromi, Galician harpist Rodrigo Romani, Venezuelan group De Norte a Sur, and Chicago-based Mexican folkloric ensemble Sones de Mexico.