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, February 15

Global Village celebrates Presidents’ Day with music from artists who ran for or won the office of president – including Dizzy Gillespie, Fela, Ruben Blades, and Michel Martelly – plus Les Ambassadeurs (because every president has some), and Brenda Fassie’s tribute to South African President, Nelson Mandela.

Tuesday, February 16

It’s carnival time in the Global Village! To celebrate Fat Tuesday, Global Village heads to several carnival hot spots, including Brazil for some samba, Trinidad for calypso and steel drum music, and 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. The Mardi Gras celebration continues tonight on the Night Train, 10 p.m. to midnight.

Wednesday, February 17

Global Village heads to Romania for a variety of traditional and contemporary bands and styles – including critically acclaimed groups like Fanfare Ciocarlia, Taraf de Haidouks and Mahala Rai Banda.

Thursday, 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, the acclaimed pioneer ‘roots’ band Ifang Bondi, U.S. based Gambian kora player Foday Musa Suso (with the groundbreaking Mandingo Griot Society band), and Juldah Camara with Justin Adams.

Friday, February 19

Global Village marks the birthday of saxophonist David Murray with music from several of his world music projects – with the Gwo Ka Masters from Guadeloupe, Hungarian cimbalom player Kalman Balogh, and from his tribute to the Nat Cole En Español recordings. There’s also music from New Orleans drummer Herlin Riley (the featured artist in this month’s Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival show), new music from Danish folk duo Vaev, Belgian Ethiojazz and Afrobeat group Azmari, and from Choro de Rua.

Monday, February 8

It’s another of our periodic Global Village folk fests, with music from pioneering and contemporary folk artists who range from traditional to modern approaches to a variety of long-standing musical forms. We’ll hear English folk rock pioneers Pentangle, Robin Williamson with and without the Incredible String Band, Rhiannon Giddens, and contemporary bands the Gloaming, the Furrow Collective, and Flook.

Tuesday, February 9

In conjunction with the February New Orleans feature, Global Village highlights music from Mardi Gras Indian groups, including Wild Tchoupitoulas, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, the Wild Magnolias, and Cha Wa. We’ll also hear the latest from psychedelic Korean folk-rock band Coreyah, and Seattle-based world jazz group Duende Libre.

Wednesday, February 10

This time in the Global Village we “give the congueros some,” with music from both legendary and contemporary conga players. Among the artists featured - Desi Arnaz (who started as a bandleader and is credited with introducing the conga line to American audiences), Armando Peraza (perhaps best known for his work with Santana), the all-star Conga Kings lineup, Ray Barretto, Patato, Candido, and Poncho Sanchez (as a leader with guest Mongo Santamaria, and as a guest himself with Francisco Aguabella and Jose Rizo’s Mongorama).

Thursday, February 11

Global Village highlights Jamaican jazz in this visit, including selections from legendary Jamaican guitarist Ernest Ranglin, Jamaican-born jazz pianist Monty Alexander, Jamaican-born trumpeter Dizzy Reece, the UK-based Jazz Jamaica All Stars, and French guitarist Kubix. We’ll also hear music from the latest album in the Zanzibara series - this one highlighting the emergence of a modern from of taraab music, Belgian reggae and afro-jazz band Kosmo Sound, and the ‘imaginary world’ stylings of the French group L’Attirail.

Friday, February 12

Happy New Year – the Year of the Ox! Global Village celebrates Chinese New Year, Tet (Vietnam), Seollal (Korea), Losar (Tibet), or the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival. We’ll highlight traditional (Heart of the Dragon Ensemble), world fusion (Gao Hong and Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble), and contemporary pop (Sa Dingding) from China, along with music from Taiwanese neo-folk ensemble A Moving Sound, Tibetan artist Yungchen Lhamo, Vietnamese pop singer Carol Kim, the adventurous world-jazz duo of Huong Thanh and Nguyen Le, and more to mark the holiday.

Monday, February 1

Global Village marks International Day of Black Women in the Arts with a special show devoted to music from women from Africa and the Caribbean. We’ll hear sounds from the townships, zouk, reggae and more from such artists as Miriam Makeba, Angelique Kidjo, Jah9, Oumou Sangare, and Natu Camara.

Tuesday, February 2

Global Village marks the birthday of Nemours Jean-Baptiste, the pioneer of kompa, one of Haiti’s most popular styles of music. We’ll hear some of his classic tracks, and a tribute to him from the Mini All Stars that revived interest in his music a quarter of a century after the peak of his popularity. We’ll also hear the latest from the all-female Latin group Ladama, French world music producer and multi-instrumentalist Etienne de la Sayette, and Venezuelan bassist Raul Monsalve. As part of the February Mardi Gras feature, we’ll hear Bo Dollis and the Wild Magnolias with the ReBirth Brass Band.

Wednesday, February 3

Global Village heads to Hungary for some traditional and contemporary music, including the sounds of the Hungarian tambura, violin and cimbalom, and also of Roma brass bands. We’ll hear selections from Söndörgő, the Cimbalom Brothers, Romano Drom, Roby Lakatos, Bela Lakatos & the Gypsy Youth Project, Kalman Balogh and more.

Thursday, February 4

It’s 'folk baroque’ this time in the Global Village, with music from John Renbourn, Pentangle, Jordi Savall, the Elizabethan Session, the Pera Ensemble, the Dufay Collective, and Trio Mediaeval.

Friday, February 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:

Euro-African bands Faratuben, Bara, and Azmari

New trad Euro-folk sounds from Spain’s Cati Plana & Paul Puig, Finland’s Svang, Poland’s WoWaKin, Denmark’s Vaev, and Russia’s Staritsa

And new African music from Nakany Kante, Djely Tapa, and the latest volume in the Zanzibara series showcasing the emerging sound of modern Taraab in the ‘70s and ‘80s.

Monday, January 25

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 January, Global Village has been looking back at the best of the past year. In this edition of Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival, we return to one of our favorite shows of 2020 featuring Brazilian mandolin and choro master Danilo Brito and his Quintet.

Tuesday, January 26

Global Village celebrates Australia Day with music from a wide array of artists from Down Under, including rock bands Mental as Anything, Midnight Oil, and Coloured Stone; indigenous artists Archie Roach and Gurrumjul; some didgeridoo sounds from the bands Outback and Baraka Moon; and some Melbourne Latin from Quarter Street and San Lazaro.

Wednesday, January 27

Global Village highlights ‘Asian fusion,’ some tasty blends of contemporary instrumental and Asian influences from Jade Warrior, Osamu Kitajima, Nguyen Le, and Dong Xi. We’ll also hear more 2020 releases for the January feature from show favorites Nigeria’s Bantu, Mongolian band Khusugtun, a Silk Road journey with 3, 14, and a 20th anniversary reissue of the Crimson Moon album from Bert Jansch.

Thursday, January 28

Global Village marks the birthday of legendary Jamaican producer and dub pioneer King Tubby with work he did with Augustus Pablo, Yabby You, and the Aggrovators. We also continue the January feature looking back at the past year in music with show favorite Majid Bekka, Latin Grammy nominee Ceu, and a tribute to Jorge Santana with music he did with the Bay Area Latin rock band Malo.

Friday, January 29

In conjunction with the January feature looking back at the past year in music, Global Village pays tribute to Brazilian trumpeter Claudio Roditi, who passed away in January of 2020. In this special edition of the show on what would have been his birthday, we highlight work he did as both a leader and as a special guest with Brazil’s Trio da Paz, harmonica player Hendrik Meurkens, Cuban saxophonist Paquito d’Rivera, and with Nova Bossa Nova in a tribute they did to John Coltrane.

Monday, January 18

Global Village celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day with songs dedicated to him, music inspired by the Civil Rights Movement, and pieces that reflect human rights themes as performed by artists from around the globe, including Mavis Staples, the Soweto Gospel Choir, Toots & the Maytals, Stevie Wonder, and more.

Tuesday, January 19

This time in the Global Village we feature some Brazilian guitarists, including Baden Powell, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Romero Lubambo, Vinicius Cantuaria (with Bill Frisell), and Chico Pinheiro. We’ll also hear music from Portuguese cavaquinho player Julio Pereira, Indian world-jazz percussionist Sameer Gupta, world folk jazz group the Modus Quartet, and English folk rock great John Martyn.

Wednesday, January 20

Global Village marks the birthday of space age stereo pioneer Esquivel, with some of his own recordings and tributes from the Metropole Orkest, Kronos Quartet, and Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica. The show also continues the January feature looking back at the best of the past year with music from the Talking Heads (Grammy Lifetime Achievement recipients), Antibalas (Grammy Global Music Album nominee), Patti Smith and Dr. John (both with albums being inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame), and show favorite, reggae-jazz guitarist Kubix.

Thursday, January 21

In a special edition of the show and in conjunction with the January feature looking back at the year in music, Global Village devotes this show to remembering world music artists who passed away in 2020. We pay tribute to African greats Manu Dibango, Aurlus Mabele, Mory Kante, Majek Fashek, and Tony Allen; Latin artists Andy Gonzalez, Candido and Willie Torres; and reggae performers Albert Griffiths, Toots Hibbert and Johnny Nash.

Friday, January 22

In a special edition of the show, Global Village highlights ‘afrobeat from elsewhere’ — bands from places other than Nigeria that work in this now international style. We’ll hear groups from Spain (Ogun Afrobeat), the U.S. (the Daktaris, Ocote Soul Sounds, Henry Cole), Brazil (Bixiga 70), and in conjunction with the January Best of 2020 feature, we’ll hear albums that came out in the past year from the Grammy-nominated Antibalas, show favorites Ojibo Afrobeat from Lithuania, and French groups Supergombo and Les Freres Smith.

Monday, January 11

It’s world pianos this time in the Global Village, as we highlight 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 2020 NEA Jazz master Abdullah Ibrahim, space age musical scientist Esquivel, Latin jazz artists Michel Camilo and Omar Sosa, and pianist Chick Corea with flamenco guitar legend Paco de Lucia.

Tuesday, January 12

Global Village marks the birthday of tenor saxophonist and ska pioneer Roland Alphonso with music he did with the Skatalites, Bob Marley & the Wailers, the Heptones, Tommy McCook, Jump with Joey, and the Soul Brothers. And as the January Best of the Year feature continues, Global Village remembers Toots Hibbert of Toots & the Maytals who passed away in 2020, salutes Grammy Lifetime Achievement recipients the Talking Heads, and highlights past year releases from Italian reggae artist Gaudi (with theremin!), Belgian reggae and afrofunk band Kosmo Sound, and French afrofuturist afrobeat group Supergombo.

Wednesday, January 13

This time in the Global Village we highlight some great Roma brass bands. We’ll hear Romania’s Fanfare Ciocărlia, the popular Serbian band the Boban Markovic Orkestra, from Macedonia the Kočani Orkestar, and some Balkan Brass by way of NYC from the Raya Brass Band. Also on tap: Italy’s Bandadriatica, the Cypriot band Monsieur Doumani, Turkish psychedelic rocker Umut Adan, and the Roma-influenced Hungarian group Söndörgő.

Thursday, January 14

Global Village pays tribute to one of the giants of Crescent City music, Allen Toussaint, on his birthday. The program highlights music from his rare albums in the ‘70s to later projects including the Grammy-nominated release The River in Reverse, which he did with Elvis Costello. Plus New Orleans R&B classics he wrote and produced for Irma Thomas, Ernie K-Doe, Lee Dorsey and others, and covers of his songs from Robert Palmer, the Band, the Pointer Sisters, and more.

Friday, January 15

Global Village highlights a variety of styles and artists from South Africa this time. We’ll hear legendary vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo (in tribute to Joseph Shabalala, who passed away last year), a 2020 show favorite from Vusi Mahlasela recreating the vibrant sound of township jive, township classics from the Dark City Sisters, Mahlathini and West Nkosi, the long-delayed project from South African great Hugh Masekela with afrobeat master Tony Allen (who passed away last year), and South African reggae from Lucky Dube and O’Yaba.

Monday, January 4

Global Village kicks off a new month’s featuring looking back at the Best of 2020, including show favorites, significant releases, award winners and nominees, and tributes to artists who passed away in the past year. This time we remember soukous star Aurlus Mabele and feature show favorite Nation Beat. We also mark birthdays of ‘Mambo King’ Tito Rodriguez and guitarist John McLaughlin, including music from his 2020 release Is That So?

Tuesday, January 5

Global Village celebrates National Bird Day with a show devoted to ‘bird songs’ – in this case songs about or inspired by our feathered friends from Sinikka Langeland, Stevie Wonder, Karine Polwart, Bob Marley, Leonard Cohen, Youssou N’Dour, Martin Denny, and more.

Wednesday, January 6

Global Village celebrates birthdays of Ghanian highlife and Afrobeat legend Ebo Taylor, English folk rock great Sandy Denny, and distinctive Italian singer Paolo Conte. And we continue with more of the January feature looking back at music of the past year, this time with selections from Lithuanian Afrobeat band Ojibo Afrobeat, Irish multi-instrumentalist Seamus Egan, and the Finnish-Balkan mash up of Jaakko Laitinen & Vaara Raha.

Thursday, January 7

Global Village visits Lusophone Africa this time, 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.

Friday, January 8

Global Village highlights some global funk including music from master funkster James Brown, Latin funk from Miami’s Spam All Stars and Guatemala’s Doctor Nativo, funky afrobeat from Fela’s son Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, and funky sounds from Benin off the African Scream Contest 2 compilation and Brazilian funk by Bixiga 70.

  1. Kubix – Guitar Chant (Attik)

  2. Bantu – Everybody Get Agenda (Soledad Productions)
  3. Nation Beat – The Royal Chase (Nation Beat Music)
  4. Los Rurales – Ocotita (Classicos Latinos/Cugate)
  5. Shooglenifty – Acid Croft, Vol. 9 (Shoogle Music)
  6. Duo Coincidencia – Veracruz: Sones y Flores (Classicos Latinos/Cugate)
  7. Various Artists – Putumayo Presents New Orleans Mambo (Putumayo)
  8. Qwanqwa – Volume 3 (Wuzzawazzee)
  9. Coreyah – Clap & Applause (Plankton)
  10. 3, 14 – Bombyx Mori (Worlds Within Worlds

Monday, December 28

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 December Global Village has been featuring Portugal’s distinctive fado music. One of the major contemporary stars in the style, known for her dramatic performances and one of the artists who brought the music to international audiences, is the singer Mariza. We’ll hear her riveting performance in this edition of Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival.

Tuesday, December 29

Today is International Cello Day, celebrated in honor of the birthday of acclaimed cellist Pablo Casals. In this special edition of Global Village, we’ll highlight world cello music in a wide array of styles from musicians as leaders and as part of string ensembles. Among the artists featured are Matthieu Saglio, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Redi Haza, Las Hermanas Caronni, Leyla McCalla, Kronos Quartet (with Trio da Kali), Vincent Segal (with Ballake Sissoko), and more.

Wednesday, December 30

It’s Tea for Two this time in the Global Village in a show devoted to duos – twosomes from both the same musical traditions, and 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 Maddy Prior, the father and son duo of Toumani and Sidiki Diabate, and more.

Thursday, December 31

Global Village celebrates the birthday of June Tabor, one of the great voices of English folk and art music. We’ll hear releases she did under her own name, along with work she did with Maddy Prior and the Oyster Band. There’s new music as well – from Korean psychedelic folk band Coreyah, Algerian rock band Sidi Bemol, elegant guitar Duo Coincidencia, and Belgian world jazz chamber trio 3’Ain.

Friday, January 1

Global Village kicks off the new year and the January Best of 2020 feature with a special show devoted to our Top Ten favorite releases of the past year. We’ll hear music from Bantu, Kubix, Gaudi, Nohe & Sus Santos, Los Rurales, Trio Tekke, Khusugtun, Manhu, Gonzalo Rubalcaba with Aymee Nuviola, and Matthiew Saglio. Then join us throughout the month as we highlight other favorites, significant titles, tributes to artists who passed in 2020, and more musical reflections of the past year.

Monday, December 21

Global Village marks the first day of winter with a show devoted to songs of the season. Artists featured include Leonard Cohen, Gil Scott-Heron, Boys of the Lough, Bebel Gilberto, ErsatzMusika, Loreena McKennitt, Esquivel and more.

Tuesday, December 22

As part of a week of holiday specials, this edition of Global Village is devoted to some of this year’s new holiday titles. Among the new musical presents showcased here are selections from an Ill Considered Christmas, reggae saxophonist Dean Fraser, female mariachi band Flor de Toloache, Eric Felten’s take on Ellington’s Nutcracker, a Caribbean flavored medley of seasonal songs from bassist Brian Bromberg, and a holiday song reimagined by Pedrito Martinez, Sofia Rea & Brian Skonberg.

Wednesday, December 23

It’s a Global Village holiday extravaganza, featuring seasonal favorites done world music style and holiday songs from various corners of the globe. Highlights include the salsa Christmas classic Asalto Navideño, a favorite from Louis Armstrong, a tiny Nutcracker from the Modern Mandolin Quartet, a holiday favorite done punk-polka style by Brave Combo, and songs of the season from the Caribbean and New Orleans.

Thursday, December 24

It’s a Global Village holiday extravaganza, featuring seasonal favorites done world music style and holiday songs from various corners of the globe. Highlights include some ‘favorite things’ of Grant Green’s, a trenchant holiday original from Pumpkin Head Ted, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones with Tuvan throat singers on an inventive version of a holiday favorite, a gypsy jazz celebration from the Gypsy Hombres, some Caribbean seasonal favorites, and a South African reinterpretation of a holiday classic.

Friday, December 25

Not a silent night, but a quiet one as Global Village celebrates the holiday season with some traditional, folk, and generally more gentle seasonal songs from around the globe - including some holiday Hawaiian slack key and flamenco guitar, along with performances from the Westminster Concert Bell Choir, Loreena McKennitt, Anuna, Chaise Lounge, Boys of the Lough, and the Modern Mandolin Quartet.

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