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.

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 was awarded first place for special programs in 2020 by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters.   

"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. A new monthly series features concert performances from the innovative and eclectic Ground Up Music Festival in Miami Beach.

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Monday, September 21

Global Village marks International Day of Peace, a day set aside by the United Nations since 1982 in support of world peace. The program highlights topical tunes from a variety of artists from around the world, including Third World, Vieux Farka Toure, Sameer Gupta, the Holmes Brothers, Edwin Starr, and more.

Tuesday, September 22

Global Village welcomes in the first day of Fall with songs of the season from a wide array of artists and styles of music. We’ll hear selections from Astor Piazzolla, Bob Dorough, Ralph Towner (with and without the group Oregon), the Zombies, Ahmad Jamal, and more.

Wednesday, September 23

This time, Global Village devotes a show to female singers of Mali. The country is distinct and somewhat unusual for the prominent role of female singers. We’ll hear some of the legends – including Oumou Sangare, Caoumba Sidibe and Kandia Kouyate, along with such raising stars as Rokia Traore and Fatoumata Diawara; plus Trio da Kali, featuring the powerful voice of Hawa Diabate, and the collaborative project, Les Amazones d’Afrique, that featured several female Malian singers.

Thursday, September 24

Global Village marks the birthday of “Mr. Bongo” Jack Costanzo with his Latin-inspired work from early in his career and in his later comeback. The September Piano Month feature continues with music from Brazilian pianist, composer, educator and next Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival artist Jovino Santos Neto and South African pianist Bheki Mseleku. We’ll hear the latest from French Afrobeat band Les Freres Smith and Tucson Latin Alt band Orkesta Mendoza. And we go back for music from Bay area Latin rock band Malo, reggae greats Toots & the Maytals, and a newly reissued ‘80s set from Ghanian band Edikanfo.

Friday, September 25

Global Village wraps up a month-long series of shows previewing virtual performances presented by world music festivals across the US and Canada as part of Global Music Month – this time with artists from fests in New York, Bloomington, Albuquerque and more. There’s also more music for the September Piano Month feature, including a classic track from Eddie Palmieri, and some classic Colombian cumbia from the ‘King of Cumbia’ Lisandro Meza.

Monday, September 14

Global Village celebrates the birthday of Cachao, the great Cuban-born bassist who made America his home in the ‘60s, and helped to create mambo music and the descarga (or Latin jazz jam session). His career enjoyed a revival starting in the ‘90s and he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, named a National Heritage Fellow, and awarded several Grammys. We’ll hear music he produced in the ‘50s in Havana with Chico O’Farrill, later albums under his own name, guest appearances he made with Albita, Gloria Estefan and Hubert Laws, and covers of his compositions by his nephew (and Buena Vista Social Club member) Cachaito, Chucho Valdes and Cal Tjader.

Tuesday, September 15

Global Village celebrates the start of Hispanic Heritage Month with a program devoted to the wide range of Latin sounds and artists that have helped shape American music. Latin jazz, soul and rock are all featured, including some of the legends of the music - among them Machito, Mongo Santamaria, Los Lobos, and Santana – plus rare sides from Joe King Carrasco, Flash & the Dynamics and more.

Wednesday, September 16

Global Village celebrates Mexican Independence Day with music from Mexico – including a wide variety of regional styles, traditional and contemporary approaches, and American artists of Mexican heritage. Among the artists featured are Café Tacuba, Maldita Vecindad, Lila Downs, Los Lobos, Sones de Mexico, and Esquivel.

Thursday, September 17

In conjunction with the September Piano Month feature, Global Village devotes a show to Cuban pianists. We’ll hear contemporary masters and rising stars, including father and son greats Bebo and Chucho Valdes, the Buena Vista Social Club’s Ruben Gonzalez, Canadian-based artist Hilario Duran, and next generation artists Gonzalo Rubacaba and Harold Lopez-Nussa, both with new releases.

Friday, September 18

Throughout September, Global Village previews performances for Global Music Month, a joint venture of world music festivals across the US and Canada. This year they are offering virtual events in place of their normal concerts.

We’ll hear from artists appearing in fests in Bloomington, New York, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal and more doing virtual shows in the coming week; and each week through the end of the month we’ll devote a show to the next round of performances. Global Village also marks birthdays of Brazilian pianist Jovino Santos Neto and the late activist and rai artist Rachid Taha. And there’s new music from Nation Beat, Nohe y Sus Santos, Klezmer-ish, and Italian reggae artist Gaudi (with a wild new dub project that celebrates the centennial of the theremin).

Monday, September 7

We are hard at work this Labor Day in the Global Village! Join us for some great songs about work and working from a wide array of artists and in a broad array of styles. Among the artists featured: Tom Waits, Toots Hibbert, the Strawbs, Tennessee Ernie Ford, the Roches, Van Morrison, and more.

Tuesday, September 8

In conjunction with the September Piano Month feature, Global Village features Brazilian pianists. We’ll here Antonio Carlos Jobim, Eliane Elias, Antonio Adolfo, Tania Maria, and Jovino Santos Neto (this month’s Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival artist, airing later this month). There’s also new music from the electro-world band Transglobal Underground, Australian-Egyptian oud player Joseph Tawadros, and contemporary fado singer Carla Pires.

Wednesday, September 9

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.

Thursday, September 10

Throughout September Global Village previews performances for Global Music Month, a joint venture of world music festivals across the US and Canada that this year are offering virtual events in place of their normal concerts. We’ll hear from artists appearing in fests in Miami, Madison, New York, and more who will be doing virtual shows in the coming week; and each week we’ll devote a show to the next round of performances through the end of the month. There’s also new music from Nohe y Sus Santos, Matthieu Saglio, Ladama, and Orkesta Mendoza; a selection from Oscar Hernandez for the Piano Month feature; and two birthdays we never fail to celebrate – Incan Princess Yma Sumac and music innovator Raymond Scott.

Friday, September 11

Global Village celebrates Ethiopian New Year with a program devoted to music from that country. We’ll hear the ‘Father of Ethio Jazz’ Mulatu Astatke, several artists and bands based in the U.S. with Ethiopian members or inspired by Ethiopian music (including Aster Aweke, Debo Band, Budos Band and Either/Orchestra), and some popular artists from the ‘Golden Age of Ethiopian Music,’ including Mahmoud Ahmed, who was also among the first Ethiopian artists featured on international releases.

  1. Aquarela – A Bela Vida (Buda Musique)
  2. Nohe & Sus Santos – Tempistad (Avokado)
  3. Les Freres Smith – Mutation (Amor et Son)
  4. Gonzalo Rubalcaba & Aymee Nuviola – Viento y Tiempo (Top Stop)
  5. Various Artists – Aloha Radio Hawaii (Rhymoi)
  6. Lokkhi Terra – Cubangla (Funkiwala)
  7. Bab L’ Bluz – Nayda! (Real World)
  8. Matthieu Saglio – El Camino de los Vientos (ACT)
  9. Gaudi – 100 Years of Theremin (Dubmission)
  10. Edikanfo – The Pace Setters (Glitterbeat)

Monday, August 31

The final Monday of every month, we present Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival, our award-winning monthly concert series (First Place in the 2020 Kansas Association of Broadcasters Annual Awards in the Special Program category) 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 August Mandolin Month feature, the featured artist is Hamilton de Holanda. The critically acclaimed musician who plays his own distinctive model of 10-string Brazilian mandolin is known for his remarkable technical skill and an inventive style that is deeply rooted in great Brazilian traditions of choro and samba, but ranges well beyond them to incorporate jazz and other influences.

Tuesday, September 1

September is Global Music Month, as a number of world music festivals in the US and Canada team up to present a series of virtual world music performances in place of their normal events. This time in the Global Village we’ll run down events taking place in the coming week from festivals in New York, Toronto, Seattle and Chicago. We’ll continue to preview Global Music Month events throughout the month as well. September is also Piano Month and Global Village will be featuring pianists from around the globe throughout the month too, kicking things off this time with flamenco jazz pianist Chano Dominguez, and a project put together by Congolese keyboardist Ray Lema and German pianist Joachim Kuhn.

Wednesday, September 2

Global Village marks birthdays of two master musicians who combine traditional forms and jazz. We’ll hear pianist Pablo Ziegler, who worked with new-tango creator Astor Piazzolla and continues to expand the boundaries of contemporary tango music. It’s also the birthday of Brazilian guitarist Laurindo Almeida and we’ll hear him doing some great Brazilian pieces along with guitarists Charlie Byrd and Carlos Barbosa-Lima. And we’ll hear some of the latest from Estonia (Tuulikki Bartosik), Finland (Maria Kalaniemi & Eero Grundstrom), and Mali (Habib Koite with special guest Toumani Diabate), and remember Angolan great Waldemar Bastos.

Thursday, September 3

Global Village marks the birthday of Dorothy Masuka, the Zimbabwean-born singer who launched her career in South Africa. We also stay in South Africa for the September Piano Month feature, with music from one of the pioneers of South African jazz and a 2019 NEA Jazz Master, Abdullah Ibrahim, along with music from Bheki Mseleku and Hotep Idris Galeta (with John Handy). Plus new Latin sounds from pianist Gonzalo Rubacaba with singer Aymee Nuviola, and from singer Miguel de Leon.

Friday, September 4

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:

  • Algerian rock from Sidi Bemol and Korean psychedelic folk rock from Coreyah,
  • New Mongolian music from Khusugten,
  • The latest from Afel Bocoum, Malian guitarist and former member of Ali Farke Toure’s band,
  • And with Hispanic Heritage Month underway later in September, Global Village highlights new Latin jazz from Mongorama, the UK’s Charanga del Norte and the John Santos Sextet,
  • And contemporary sounds from the multi-national Ladama lineup, the reunited Los Mocosos, and the first Spanish-language album from the Mavericks.

Monday, August 24

It’s an eruption of music for Vesuvius Day this time in the Global Village – marking the date in the year 79 CE when Mount Vesuvius exploded and destroyed Pompeii. There’s (imagined) music from ancient Rome, neo-folk bands from Italy, and some thematic songs from other places to mark the occasion. Among the artists featured are Riccardo Tesi, Stefan Grossman with John Renbourn, Susana Baca, the B-52s, and the ‘Virunga Volcano’ Samba Mapangala.

Tuesday, August 25

In conjunction with the August Mandolin Month feature, Global Village highlights some global mandolins including klezmer master Andy Statman, Brazilian artist and this month’s Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival featured artist Hamilton de Holanda, the Flemish group MandolinMan, and a suite for mandolin from Japanese composer Akira Yanagisawa. Plus new music from Klezmer-ish, Matthieu Saglio, the Berka Ensemble, and Jaakko Laitinen & Vaara Raha.

Wednesday, August 26

It’s highlife time this time in the Global Village! We’ll hear music from Ghanaian artists suitincluding ‘The King of Highlife’ E.T. Mensah and the Highlife Stars, London-based Ghanaian bands Osibisa and Hi-Life International, and the ‘burgher-highlife’ of German-based Ghanian artist George Darko. Plus highlife inspired jazz from Randy Weston, Pharoah Sanders and Marcus Miller, and early highlife from Afrobeat pioneer Fela.

Thursday, August 27

Global Village celebrates the birthday of one of the greats of Cape Verdan music, Cesaria Evora. In this special edition of the show, we’ll hear some of her earliest recordings, along with classic tracks, rare guest appearances, some of the artists with whom she worked, and some artists who claim her as an influence.

Friday, August 28

Global Village highlights some sounds from Sweden with music from Garmarna, Den Fule, Groupa, and Lena Willemark with Ale Moller. We’ll also hear English folk great Bert Jansch, one of Italy’s finest neo-folk groups Officina Zoe, and the African-Scandinavian band Monoswezi.

Monday, August 17

Global Village marks birthdays of Spanish piper and Silk Road member Cristina Pato, world-jazz vocalist Grazyna Auguscik, and Lebanese oud player Rabih Abou-Khalil. We’ll also hear music from Rhiannon Giddens (who was just appointed Artistic Director of Silk Road), the newly reissued ‘80s classic from Ghanian band Edikanfo (produced by Brian Eno), new music from Tucson’s Orkesta Mendoza and London’s Waaju, and for the August Mandolin Month feature some Grateful Dawg reggae courtesy of Jerry Garcia and David Grisman.

Tuesday, August 18

In conjunction with the August Mandolin Month feature, Global Village highlights music from Italy, home of the modern mandolin. We’ll hear early mandolin recording pioneer Giovanni Vicari, the Napoli Mandolin Orchestra, and an album that follows the travels of Italian music to America from mandolinists David Grisman and Carlo Aonzo along with guitarist Beppe Gambetta. There’s also some mandolin from Mike Marshall, the Brazilian group Aquarela, and John Doyle on the related mandola. Plus new music from Spain’s La Banda Morisca, the Golan Heights duo Tootard, and the Aloha Radio Hawaii set revisiting vintage songs from the islands.

Wednesday, August 19

Lots going on in the Global Village this time as we mark the birthday of reggae hitmaker Johnny Nash; remember Balle Sidibe of Orchestra Baobab, two members of pioneering Peruvian chicha band Los Wembler’s de Iguitos and Angolan artist Waldemar Bastos who all passed away recently; preview the forthcoming Global Music Month virtual festivals series; continue the Mandolin Month feature with two master players – Mike Marshall & Chris Thile; and highlight new music from Santa Fe alt-Latin band Nohe Y Sus Santos, Egyptian-Australian oud player Joseph Tawadros, and French Afrobeat band Les Freres Smith.

Thursday, August 20

Today is Robert Plant’s birthday and Global Village celebrates with the world music side of his music with Led Zeppelin, as a solo artist, as a guest (with Afro Celt Sound System) and in covers from Dread Zeppelin, the Tuvan group Yat-Kha, the Pedrito Martinez Group, and Nguyen Le.

Friday, August 21

Global Village celebrates Statehood Day, an annual holiday in Hawaii to mark its admission as a state in 1959. We’ll hear early Hawaiian guitar masters like Sol Hoopii, the legendary Gabby Pahinui with Ry Cooder, contemporary Slack Key guitar players including Ledward Kaapana and Leonard Kwan, and some interesting fusions of Hawaiian music with Indian, classical, flamenco and Taiwanese music from Debashish Bhattacharya, Daniel Ho, and Keola Beamer.

Monday, August 10

Global Village marks World Lion Day, an effort to support conservation and other efforts to help the world’s dwindling wild lion population, with a show devoted to lion songs from around the world. We’ll hear selections from Van Morrison, Bob Marley & the Wailers, taiko drum group KODO, South Africa’s Miriam Makeba and the ‘Lion of Soweto’ Mahlathini with the Mahotella Queens, and more.

Tuesday, August 11

This time Global Village heads to the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti and is famous for its son, bachata and merengue music. We’ll hear those styles, Dominican-influenced jazz and more from such popular Dominican artists as Juan Luis Guerra, Luis Vargas, Joan Soriano, Michel Camilo, Wilfrido Vargas, and Johnny Pacheco.

Wednesday, August 12

In conjunction with the August Mandolin Month feature, Global Village highlights Brazilian mandolin music and musicians, including Danilo Brito, Mike Marshall with Choro Famoso, Aquarela, and Hamilton de Holanda (featured later this month on Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival). We’ll also hear new Brazilian releases from drummer Vanderlei Pereira and vocalist Denise Krammer.

Thursday, August 13

This time in the Global Village we feature 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. We’ll also hear the kora in some different settings: with the jazz group the Kora Band, along with classical harp (from one of several critically acclaimed albums from Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita), flamenco kora from Djeli Moussa Diawara, and with contemporary classical ensemble, the Kronos Quartet.

Friday, August 14

Global Village celebrates the birthday of English folk singer Maddy Prior with music she did with Steeleye Span, with the Carnival Band, as a solo artist, as a guest with Richard & Linda Thompson, and as part of the Silly Sisters with June Tabor.

Monday, August 3

Global Village remembers South African reggae legend Lucky Dube for his birthday; kicks off the August Mandolin Month feature with music from Brazilian mandolinist Hamilton de Holanda (featured later in the month on the next Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival show); and highlights the latest from next generation roots reggae artist Jah9, Brazilian group Aquarela with Oboman, Al DiMeola with new world jazz-inspired versions of classic Beatles tunes, Mali’s Bamba Wassoulou Groove, and eclectic London world music collective Lokkhi Terra.

Tuesday, August 4

Global Village marks the birthday of singer and harpist Moya Brennan with music she did as part of the acclaimed Irish group Clannad, on a solo release, and as a special guest with the Chieftains and Ry Cooder. We’ll also hear the latest from world chamber group the iYATRA Quartet, tango duo Ben & Winnie, gnawa-rock band Bab L’ BLuz, and Japanese guitarist Atsumi Yukihiro. And as the August mandolin month feature continues, we hear music from David Grisman and Carlo Aonzo, along with guitarist Beppe Gambetta.

Wednesday, August 5

In conjunction with the August feature, Global Village highlights world mandolins– with influences from Brazil (Hamilton de Holanda, featured later this month on Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival), Western and Arabic classical (Avi Avital) and traditional music (Solas, MandolinMan and Runa). We’ll also get in some ‘good vibes’ courtesy of vibraphonists Cal Tjader, and Dave Samuels with the Caribbean and Jazz Project.

Thursday, August 6

Global Village celebrates Jamaican Independence Day with a show devoted to music from the island nation, including Bob Marley & the Wailers and solo projects from original Wailers Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh, ska from the Skatalites and associated musicians, a rock steady hit from the Paragons, guitar legend Ernest Ranglin, and conscious reggae classics from Culture and Burning Spear.

Friday, August 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:

  • A tour de force of Cuban music from pianist Gonazalo Rubalcaba and singer Aymee Nuviola
  • Music from Hawaii from the Aloha Radio Hawaii project and Jim Kimo West
  • Brazilian sounds from Putumayo and Ceu
  • And Gaudi’s intriguing meeting of dub and the theremin.

  1. Nohe & Sus Santos – Tempistad (Avokado)
  2. Aquarela – A Bela Vida (Buda Musique)
  3. Lokkhi Terra – Cubangla (Funkiwala)
  4. Ojibo Afrobeat – Ojiboland (Ojibo Afrobeat)
  5. Bab L’ Bluz – Nayda! (Real World)
  6. Son Rompe Pera – Batuco (Aya)
  7. Matthieu Saglio – El Camino de los Vientos (ACT)
  8. Alhousseini Anivolla & Girum Mezmur – Afropentatonism (Piranha)
  9. Liga Latina – Liga Latina (Multination)
  10. John Doyle – The Path of Stones (Compass)

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