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, December 14

Global Village devotes the entire show Latin soul boogaloo. We’ll hear classics and rarities from the all-too-brief period of the music’s heyday from the likes of Joe Cuba, Joe Bataan, the Fania All Stars, the Latinaires, Willie Bobo, Mongo Santamaria, and Ray Barretto.

Tuesday, December 15

Global Village highlights music from the Middle East and North Africa, including selections from NEA Heritage Fellow Rahim Alhaj, Rai modernizer Sofiane Saidi, Moroccan rockers Gabacho Maroc, a classic reissue from Nubian star Ali Hassan Kuban, oud master Rabih Abou-Khalil, Golan Heights brothers Tootard, and Palestinian brothers Le Trio Joubran.

Wednesday, December 16

In conjunction with the December Fado feature, Global Village marks the birthday of one of the biggest stars of the contemporary fado scene, the singer Mariza. We’ll hear music from her debut album, some of her signature songs, and some of the ways she has expanded the sound of fado to incorporate new elements and influences. Mariza will also be the featured artist for the December Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival show, airing later in the month. We’ll also hear the latest from Irish multi-instrumentalist John Doyle, the Mavericks first album En Español, and another contemporary fado singer – Carla Pires, and we’ll sneak in a little holiday cheer from guitarist Luis Villegas.

Thursday, December 17

Global Village highlights music from Crescent City legend Art Neville, Brazilian guitarist Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Wailers’ drummer Carlton Barrett, and harp man Paul Butterfield – all born on this date. We’ll also explore some music from Ethiopia, including the latest from the contemporary band Qwanqwa, and check out some of the latest from Nation Beat and Nohe & Sus Santos.

Friday, December 18

Global Village offers a little break from the cares of the day with a Global Village Dance Party. We’ll hear some lively sounds from Sugar Pie DeSanto with Etta James, the Skatalites, Tito Puente, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Nation Beat, Brave Combo’s Group Dance Epidemic, and more. So clear the floor, put on your dancing shoes and join us for some non-stop fun this time in the Global Village.

Despite a global pandemic, there continued to be a steady stream of global sounds throughout 2020. And if we couldn’t travel literally, perhaps more of us will be inclined to do so musically and discover some of the great work that musicians from all around the world have to offer.

This year you could travel the Silk Road from one end — with the Chinese band Manhu and Mongolian ensemble Khusugtun — to the other — with Turkish oud player Mehmet Polat — or explore the whole route with 3,14 (whose 2020 release takes its title from the scientific name for the silk worm.)

It’s hard to resist almost any Afrobeat, and there were quite a number of choices this year, but especially so if you go to the source (Nigeria’s Bantu) or one of its more unlikely outposts (Lithuania’s Ojibo Afrobeat).

As usual, there were so many great and different sounds and styles of Latin music to choose from; from the salsa jazz of master pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba with electric vocalist Aymee Nuviola (easy to see why she was chosen to play Celia Cruz in a Colombian telenovela), to the rock influenced approaches to Mexican marimba music (Son Rompe Pera) and cumbia (Santa Fe’s Nohe y Sus Santos), to classic son (Buena Vista guitarist Eliades Ochoa), and lively yet elegant Brazilian choro (Aquarela).

Reggae fans could savor the Ernest Ranglin-like reggae-jazz of guitarist Kubix, or the offbeat yet entrancing meeting of reggae and theremin from Italian artist Gaudi.

Speaking of music from unusual places, the Mexican brass band Los Rurales combined Oaxacan and Balkan music. Nation Beat seamlessly fused Brazilian and Crescent City sounds. Morocco’s Majid Bekkas served up inventive North African psychedelic jazz. And the always fascinating cellist Matthieu Saglio brought together an international cast of musicians for his own evocative world jazz fusion.

And old sounds got new treatments. Some of the finest township sounds to be released internationally since the heyday of Graceland appeared this year thanks to the great Vusi Mahlasela. Trio Tekke continued its fascinating exploration and re-invention of Greek rembetiko music. And Solas co-founder Seamus Egan stepped out on his own for a new and expressive take on traditional Irish music.

Those and many more fascinating musical excursions were available in 2020.

Here are the Global Village Top 25 Favorites of the year in alphabetical order:

1. 3,14 – Bombyx Mori (Worlds Within Worlds)
2. Alhousseini Anivolla & Girum Mezmur – Afropentatonism (Piranha)
3. Aquarela – A Bela Vida (Buda Musique)
4. Bab L’Bluz – Nayda! (Real World)
5. Bantu – Everybody Get Agenda (Soledad)
6. Majid Bekkas – Magic Spirit Quartet (ACT)
7. Xabier Diaz & Adufeiras de Salitre – The Silenced Cathedrals (Musicas de Salitre Spain)
8. Seamus Egan – Early Bright (THL)
9. Gaudi – 100 Years of Theremin (Dubmission)
10. Amir John Hadad – Andalucia (Galileo)
11. Khusugtun – Jangar (Buda Musique)
12. KUBIX – Guitar Chant (Attik)
13. Jaakko Laitinen & Vaara Raha – Borek (Playground)
14. Vusi Mahlasela – Shebeen Queen (ATO)
15. Manhu — Voices of the Sani (Riverboat)
16. Nation Beat – The Royal Chase (Nation Beat Music)
17. Nohe & Sus Santos – Tempestad (Avokado)
18. Eliades Ochoa — Vamos a Bailar un Son (Eliades Ochoa)
19. Ojibo Afrobeat – Ojiboland (Ojibo Afrobeat)
20. Mehmet Polat – The Promise (Aftab)
21. Gonzalo Rubalcaba & Aymee Nuviola – Viento y Tiempo (Top Stop)
22. Los Rurales – Ocotita (Classicos Latinos/Cugate)
23. Matthieu Saglio – El Camino de los Vientos (ACT)
24. Son Rompe Pera – Batuco (Aya)
25. Trio Tekke – Strovilos (Riverboat)

Monday, December 7
A visit to Italy this time in the Global Village for some of the many artists and bands that are exploring, and sometimes reinventing, the traditional musical forms of that country. We’ll hear selections from Riccardo Tesi & Banditaliana, Cesare dell'Anna & GirodiBanda, Agricantus, Brigan, BandAdriatica, Newpoli, the Hot Club of San Francisco (doing a Paolo Conte song), and even some Italian reggae from Mellow Mood.

Tuesday, December 8
Today is the birthday of the late, great reggae legend Toots Hibbert and Global Village marks the occasion with a number of his classic recordings. In conjunction with the December Fado feature, we’ll hear music from one of the stars of the music, Mariza (this month’s featured artist on Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival) along with fado veteran Maria da Fe. And we’ll hear the latest from the Star Feminine Band, Les Amazones d’Afrique, Kubix, Los Piranas, and Shooglenifty.

Wednesday, December 9

Today is Independence Day in Tanzania and Global Village joins in the celebrations with a show devoted to music from that East African nation, including the popular sounds of taarab, dance band music, and bongo flava. We’ll hear some Tanzania’s most popular ensembles, including the 115-year-old Ikhwani Safaa Musical Club, Remmy Ongala and the horn-driven Mlimani Park Orchestra, and the fascinating musical meeting of bluesman Taj Mahal with the Culture Musical Club of Zanzibar.

Thursday, December 10

It’s Human Rights Day – marking the anniversary of the U.N. adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Global Village marks the occasion with music from around the world in celebration and support of human rights. Highlights include selections from Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Miriam Makeba, the Listen to the Banned compilation, and Femi Kuti.
More information about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights can be found here.

Friday, December 11

Today is Independence Day in Burkina Faso and Global Village marks the occasion with a show devoted to music from that West African nation. Highlights include music from one of the country’s most revered musicians, Amadou Balake; pioneering electronic group Burkina Electric; the internationally acclaimed band Farafina; traditional artists Gabin Dabire and Le Freres Coulibaly; and the Bambara Mystic Soul compilation that highlighted the rich and diverse music of ‘70s Burkina Faso.

1. Kubix – Guitar Chant (Attik)
2. Bert Jansch – Crimson Moon (Earth)
3. Shooglenifty – Acid Croft, Vol. 9 (Shoogle Music)
4. Duo Coincidencia – Veracruz: Sones y Flores (Classicos Latinos/Cugate)
5. Various Artists – Putumayo Presents New Orleans Mambo (Putumayo)
6. Los Rurales – Ocotita (Classicos Latinos/Cugate)
7. Vusi Mahlasela – Shebeen Queen (ATO)
8. Okan – Espiral (Lulaworld)
9. Supergombo – Sigitolo (Z Production)
10. Qwanqwa – Volume 3 (Wuzzawazzee)

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.
World AIDS Day this year also falls on Giving Tuesday. For more information, visit

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)