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 recognized by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters in 2020.

"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 November 30

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.

Throughout November Global Village has been featuring music of the Wailers and I-Threes, so for our visit to Savannah this time we focus on an artist from Jamaica – in this case, pianist Monty Alexander. Alexander began his career in his teens working the Jamaican studios during the birth of ska. He would move to the US and become an esteemed jazz pianist. But throughout his career he would return to his roots in reggae and Caribbean music and combine those influences with jazz. The show highlights both the range of his work and the energy and appeal of his performances. And as a special bonus, the show concludes with Alexander joining in with vocalist and newly named ‘Genius Grant’ recipient Cecile McLorin Salvant for a spirited performance of Billie Holiday’s “Fine and Mellow.”

Tuesday, December 1

Global Village marks World Aids Day in a special show devoted to the world music side of the “Red Hot” releases, a series of some two dozen recordings in a variety of styles that benefit the Red Hot Foundation.  Since it began in 1989, the Red Hot series has involved some 400 hundred international artists and raised millions of dollars for AIDS education and prevention programs around the world.
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Wednesday, December 2

Global Village kicks off the December fado feature with music from some contemporary fado artists, including Mariza, Antonio Zambujo, Cristina Branco, and Custodio Castelo. Plus the latest from Sam Lee, Oumou Sangare, and Azymuth.

Thursday, December 3

This time in the Global Village, we once again ‘give the drummer some’ 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; 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.

Friday, December 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:

  • Contemporary afrobeat from Nigerian band Bantu
  • Silk Road excursions from Guo Gan with Fabio Turchetti, and from the group 3,14
  • Contemporary reggae and Afro-Caribbean sounds from Kosmo Sound, and from Afro-Venezuelan bassist Raul Monsalve y Los Forajidos
  • A live release from Argentina’s Juana Molina
  • And the latest from Cape Verdean rising star Elida Almeida.

Monday November 23

A triple birthday celebration in the Global Village for three legendary Spanish composers – Tárrega (11.21), Rodrigo (11.22) and de Falla (11.23) – with some of their most famous pieces performed by John Williams, Julian Bream and the Miles Español project. We’ll also hear music from Celtic Spain’s Cristina Pato and Rosa Cedrón , the Vahdat sisters from Iran, desert blues band Terakaft, and singer Cassandra Wilson.

Tuesday November 24

Global Village marks birthdays of singer and songwriter Robin Williamson and eclectic bassist Edgar Meyer; continues with more music from November featured artists Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett of the Wailers and Marcia Griffiths of the I-Threes; highlights new music from Latin soul band Los Mocosos, Cuban-Mexican guitar Duo Coincidencia, a 20th anniversary reissue from English folk guitar great Bert Jansch, and Finnish folk duo Piirainen Blom Company; and offers a special little treat from Dave Bartholomew for Evolution Day.

Wednesday, November 25

It’s the birthday today of pioneering calypsonian Wilmoth Houdini and Global Village celebrates with some of his classic recordings. There’s new music from a new NOLA/Cuba compilation, South African star Vusi Malahsela, and contemporary Mexican marimba band Son Rompe Pera. We’ll also hear November featured artist music from Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett with the Upsetters, the band he led before the Wailers, and from I-Threes vocalist Judy Mowatt.

Thursday, November 26

Global Village serves up a feast for the holiday with songs about food. On the menu, Rice, Red Beans and Turnip Greens, Sweet Pumpkin, Hot Cross Buns with some Frim Fram Sauce and other musical delicacies.

Friday, November 27
It’s a mini Folk Fest this time in the Global Village as we highlight folk and traditional sounds from many different parts of the world. We’ll hear Bert Jansch (with Pentangle and with John Renbourn), Guo Gan (in a program of classical Chinese music), Scottish band Breabach, Irish accordionist Sharon Shannon, Zimbabwe mbira legend Ephat Mujuru, from Veracruz Grupo Mono Blanco, Canada’s Vishten, and the Mongolian group, the Grasslands Ensemble, with ukulele player Daniel Ho.


Monday, November 16

Global Village highlights Latin Grammy nominees in advance of this Thursday’s Awards ceremony. We’ll focus on some of the less-publicized categories, including Latin jazz, traditional tropical, tango, instrumental, and more. Among the artists featured are pianist Chick Corea, singer-songwriter Alex Cuba, tango jazz master Emilio Solla, Brazilian guitarist Yamandu Costa, Cuba’s Orquesta Failda, and Colombian superstar Carlos Vives with special guest Ruben Blades

Tuesday, November 17

Global Village highlights the world music side of trombonist Roswell Rudd, bassist Ben Allison, and composer and multi-instrumentalist David Amram, all born on this date. The November I Threes/Wailers feature continues with the I Threes as special guests on Gilberto Gil’s tribute to Bob Marley, and music from Marley with the Wailers and I Threes. Plus new music this time from Galician percussionist Xabier Diaz and Scotland’s Acid Croft specialists, Shooglenifty.

Wednesday, November 18

Global Village marks Moroccan Independence Day with a program devoted to music from that nation. We’ll hear some of the ‘70s artists who ushered in a new contemporary style of music; the meeting of the spiritual Gnawa and jazz in the music of Randy Weston and Don Cherry; eclectic master musicians like Hassan Erraji and Majid Bekkas, and more.

Thursday, November 19

Global Village marks Garifuna Settlement Day, a national holiday in Belize to celebrate the Garifuna people and culture. This indigenous American and African people have long been a threatened culture and musicians have been at the forefront of the effort to preserve and bring to wider attention its wealth and beauty. We’ll hear music from a groundbreaking international release, Paranda, along with key figures like Andy Palacio, Aurelio, the Garifuna Collective and the Garifuna Women’s Project.

Friday, November 20

Global Village marks the birthday of the late, great Crescent City legend Dr. John. We’ll hear music from a number of his albums, along with guest appearances with Olu Dara, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Donald Harrison, Angelique Kidjo, Taj Mahal, and Cyril Neville, and as part of the New Orleans Social Club project.

Monday, November 9

Global Village celebrates Cambodian Independence Day with music from the Golden Age of Cambodian Rock and some contemporary groups and artists creating their own form of contemporary Cambodian music. Among the artists featured Cambodian stars Sinn Sisamouth and Ros Seresyothea, contemporary bands Dengue Fever and Cambodian Space Project, and Cambodian-American artists Kmang Kmang and Bochan.

Tuesday, November 10

Global Village has tributes this time for Ennio Morricone, the acclaimed Italian film composer who was born on this date and passed away in July of this year, and the great Cuban percussionist Candido, who passed away last week at the age of 99. The November feature continues with one of reggae star Marcia Griffiths’ biggest hits. And we’ll hear from Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander, the featured artist for the November Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival show later this month.

Wednesday, November 11

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; and Australian tabla player Sam Evans.

Thursday, November 12

In conjunction with the November feature, Global Village highlights music from the Wailers with and without Bob Marley and from an alternative Wailers recording put together from previously unreleased tracks from Marley reunited via technology with original members Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh and a different back-up band. We’ll also hear new reissues from English folk rock legend Bert Jansch and Ghanaian band Edikanfo, and new releases from reggae-jazz guitarist Kubix, and Lithuanian afrobeat band Ojibo Afrobeat.

Friday, November 13

Global Village pays tribute to Tabu Ley Rochereau - one of the giants of African music and one of the architects of the popular soukous style of music. We’ll highlight music from early in his career when he worked with Le Grande Kalle, some of his classic recordings, and several key artists who emerged from his influential bands.

Monday, November 2

Global Village expands its contemporary folk horizons with 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.

Tuesday, November 3

Global Village marks the birthday of Bert Jansch with a special edition of the show devoted to his music. One of the greats of acoustic guitar and a founding member of the pioneering and eclectic English folk-rock group, Pentangle, Jansch was a key figure and great talent of English folk – a master of not only traditional music, but an adventurous artist who incorporated jazz, world, and blues influences into his work. The program ranges from his very first to later solo recordings, from the original edition of Pentangle to the reunited group, and music he also did with another Pentangle co-founder and acclaimed guitarist, John Renbourn.

Wednesday, November 4

IIn a special edition of the show, Global Village remembers legendary conguero Carlos “Patato” Valdes on his birthday. Born in Cuba and based in the U.S. starting in the ‘50s, Patato became one of the giants of Latin music and Latin jazz, working with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Tito Puente, Willie Bobo and more, and recording a series of stunning albums under his own name. We’ll hear some of his early appearances on jazz albums from the likes of Kenny Dorham and Grant Green, music from his long stint with world-jazz flute great Herbie Mann, and music he did as a leader and as a key member of the Conga Kings.

Thursday, November 5

In conjunction with the November feature, Global Village highlights music from members of the I Threes, the vocal group that backed Bob Marley & the Wailers. We’ll hear an early hit Marcia Griffiths had pre-Wailers, and later solo projects from Rita Marley and Judy Mowatt. Also on tap, new music from Transglobal Underground, Italian reggae artist Gaudi’s celebration of the theremin’s centennial, French Afrofuturist Afrobeat band Supergombo, and contemporary Latin band Nohe & Sus Santos.

Friday, November 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:

  • Cool reggae-jazz runnings from guitarist Kubix
  • Contemporary Ethiopian music courtesy of Qwanqua
  • The latest Acid Croft set from Scotland’s Shooglenifty
  • A 20th anniversary reissue of the Bert Jansch classic, Crimson Moon
  • Oaxacan/Balkan brass from Mexico’s Los Rurales
  • A Crescent City to Cuba compilation from Putumayo
  • And elegant Latin guitar from Duo Coincidencia

  1. Nation Beat – The Royal Chase (Nation Beat Music)
  2. Rebolu – Tiempos Buenos (Rebolu)
  3. Mehmet Polat – The Promise (Aftab)
  4. Vusi Mahlasela – Shebeen Queen (ATO)
  5. John Daversa Quintet – Cuarantena (Tiger Turn)
  6. Khusugtun – Jangar (Buda Musique)
  7. Supergombo – Sigitolo (Z Production)
  8. The Mavericks – En Espanol (Thirty Tigers)
  9. Los Mocosos – All Grown Up (Hip Spanic)
  10. Charanga del Norte – Pachanga Time! (Kycker Music)

Monday, October 26

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.

Throughout October Global Village has been featuring music from Senegal’s Orchestra Baobab, a group with a strong Cuban influence in their music. For this month’s Savannah Music Festival show, we turn to the sound of contemporary Cuba and one of the rising stars on the Cuban music scene – singer, composer, choir director, and former member of Maqueque – Dayme Arocena.  In this high energy show, Arocena showcases her deep roots in the traditions of Cuban music, but with a decidedly modern approach.

Tuesday, October 27

Global Village gives the drummers some with music from a variety of 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.

Wednesday, October 28

Global Village marks birthdays of bassist Glen Moore (with world chamber jazz ensemble Oregon he cofounded and with Lebanese oud player Rabih Abou-Khalil), and of composer and Indian-jazz fusion pioneer John Mayer. Plus new music this time from Sandeep Das & the HUM Ensemble, slack key guitarist Jim ‘Kimo’ West, and Moroccan indie rock band Bab L’Bluz – and some of the earliest music recorded by the October featured group, Orchestra Baobab.

Thursday, October 29

Global Village devotes the entire show this time to the music of Omara Portuondo. This legendary Cuban singer, who turns 90 today, has had a long and successful career going to back to the 1960s and in more recent years has garnered international attention as part of the Buena Vista Social Club. We’ll hear her with Buena Vista and with fellow Social Club members Compay Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer, Manuel Galban, and Ibrahim Ferrer. We’ll also hear music from her solo projects and as a special guest with Orquesta Aragon, Orquesta America, and Roberto Fonseca.

Friday, October 30

Global Village celebrates the birthday of Latin Soul Jazz percussionist Poncho Sanchez with music from across his career. We’ll hear some of his early work with West Coast Latin jazz pioneer Cal Tjader, guest appearances with the Caribbean Jazz Project and Dr. John, and music from albums he did as a leader, including his Grammy-winning release Latin Soul.

Monday, October 19

Global Village celebrates the birthday of reggae legend Peter Tosh with music he did under his own name and from the early days with the Wailers. We’ll also hear more from October featured group, Senegal’s Orchestra Baobab. And there’s new music from the French Afrobeat group Les Freres Smith, the first Spanish-language album from the Mavericks, and the Brazil-Meets-(New Orleans) Brass stylings of Nation Beat.

Tuesday, October 20

Some exquisite sounds in store this time as Global Village marks the birthday of Tunisian oud player Anouar Brahem, known for his elegant blend of Arabic and Western classical musics, jazz, and traditional influences of Northern Africa. There’s also more music from Senegal’s Orchestra Baobab, October’s featured group, and new music from the pan-Latin female band Ladama, Mongolian group Khusugtun, and award winning Irish American multi-instrumentalist Seamus Egan.

Wednesday, October 21

Music this time in the Global Village from the Queen of Salsa – Celia Cruz, Dizzy Gillespie (highlighting the world music side of his career), and bassist Marc Johnson (with Brazilian pianist, composer, and singer Eliane Elias), all born on this date. We’ll also hear new music from Cuban duo Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Aymee Nuviola, the Danish/Gambian duo Ba Balance, and New York based Colombian band Rebolu. Plus music from Africando (featuring one of the singers from Orchestra Baobab, the Global Village featured group for October), Willy Chirino’s Beatles tribute, and calypso star Roaring Lion reminding you to “Wash Your Hands.”

Thursday, October 22

Global Village marks the birthday of Canadian saxophone and flute player Jane Bunnett with music from some of her many Cuban releases, including her latest project with the band Maqueque (featuring Dayme Arocena – featured next week on Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival). We’ll also hear some blasts from the past from Malo and Peggy Lee, and the latest from UK world music collective Lokkhi Terra, contemporary fado singer Carla Pires, and classical guitarist Sharon Isbin.

Friday, October 23

Global Village heads to the Crescent City for music from Professor Longhair, Dave Bartholomew, the Wild Magnolias, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and the New Orleans Nighthawks with special guest Henry Butler. We’ll also hear some Latin and ska sounds that have also been part of the gumbo of New Orleans music including selections from the Hip Spanic Allstars, the Skatalites, and Jose Alberto ‘El Canario’ with Septeto Santiaguero in tribute to classic Cuban song.

Monday, October 12

Global Village celebrates Canadian Thanksgiving Day with music from a wide array of Canadian artists. We’ll hear traditional, folk, and roots music from Beyond the Pale, Jayme Stone, Vishten, Jon Brooks, the Jerry Cans, Harry Manx, and Ten Strings & a Goat Skin, along with a variety of world sounds from Lorraine Klaasen, Danny Michel with the Garifuna Coll ective, Kobo Town, Roberto Lopez, the Souljazz Orchestra, and Ron Korb.

Tuesday, October 13

Global Village marks birthdays of acclaimed Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, guitarist and Fairport Convention member Simon Nicol, and saxophonist Pharoah Sanders (heard here with singer Leon Thomas). We’ll also hear music from October featured group Orchestra Baobab, and new music from Cosmic Vibrations, oud player Mehmet Polat, and a new reissue from Ghana’s Edikanfo.

Wednesday, October 14

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.

Thursday, October 15

Global Village marks the last day of Hispanic Heritage Month with a show devoted to music from Fania and its subsidiary labels. Known as ‘the Motown of Latin Music,’ Fania pioneered the sound of salsa and during its heyday had some of the biggest names in Latin music. We’ll hear label cofounder Johnny Pacheco, along with Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Joe Cuba, the Fania All Stars, and more.

Friday, October 16

Global Village heads to Senegal this time for a wide array of artists and styles. We’ll hear music from October featured group Orchestra Baobab, a pioneering group that added new African influences to the Cuban music that was popular in Senegal at the time; from Baaba Maal who incorporated rock, reggae and salsa into Senegalese music; international star Youssou N’Dour both as a leader and from his early days with the Star Band of Dakar; and delicate cross-cultural collaborations featuring kora players Ablaye Cissoko and Seckou Keita.

 Monday, October 5

Global Village highlights music from ‘desert blues’ artists and groups, including Etran Finatawa, Tinariwen, Tamikrest, and Terakaft. We’ll also hear music from the pan-Latin band Ladama, the Sweet as Broken Dates compilation of Somalian music, and world music classics from Nubian star Ali Hassan Kuban, the new-flamenco group Pata Negra, and the West Coast Afro-Cuban group Conjunto Cespedes.

Tuesday, October 6

Global Village marks the birthday of David Hidalgo with music he did with both Los Lobos and Los Super Seven. We’ll also hear music from October featured artist Orchestra Baobab, a boogaloo blast from the past from Joey Pastrana, and new global sounds from the U.K.’s Charanga del Norte, Lithuanian Afrobeat group Ojibo Afrobeat, and Danish band Liga Latina.

Wednesday, October 7

It’s the birthday of cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Global Village marks the occasion with the world music side of his career. We’ll hear him with the Silk Road Ensemble, in the Goat Rodeo Sessions, with Brazilian singer and guitarist Rosa Passos, and with projects he did devoted to Brazilian and Japanese music.  We’ll also hear music from October featured artists, Senegal’s Orchestra Baobab, and new music from the Mongolian group Khusugtun, Cypriot group Trio Tekke, and Italian-born, Brazilian-inspired singer Mafalda Minnozzi.

Thursday, October 8

Global Village highlights global violins – including music from Guo Gan, master of the erhu, the distinctive two-string traditional Chinese violin,  the Sultans of String with a 50-piece orchestra, Caribbean violin-based groups Malavoi and Orquesta Aragon, Norwegian fiddler Annbjorg Lien, All Ireland Fiddle Champion Liz Carroll, the all-fiddle Finnish group JPP, the Nordic Fiddlers Bloc, and more.

Friday, October 9

Lots of world jazz sounds this time in the Global Village as we mark birthdays of vibes player David Samuels (with the Caribbean Jazz Project), South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, Cuban pianist Bebo Valdes, pioneering world jazz multi-instrumentalist Yusef Lateef, and with world jazz versions of Beatles tunes in honor of John Lennon’s birthday.