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, 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.

  1. Gonzalo Rubalcaba & Aymee Nuviola – Viento y Tiempo (Top Stop)
  2. Nohe & Sus Santos – Tempistad (Avokado)
  3. Coreyah – Clap & Applause (Plankton)
  4. Sandeep Das & the HUM Ensemble – Dehli to Damascus (In A Circle)
  5. Ladama – Oye Mujer (Six Degrees)
  6. Khusugtun – Jangar (Buda Musique)
  7. Afel Bocoum - Linde  (World Circuit)
  8. Matthieu Saglio – El Camino de los Vientos (ACT)
  9. Gaudi – 100 Years of Theremin (Dubmission)
  10. Edikanfo – The Pace Setters (Glitterbeat)

Monday, September 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.

This time, in conjunction with the September Piano Month feature, the featured artist is American-based Brazilian pianist, composer, and educator Jovino Santos Neto in a program of originals and classics covering the broad scope of Brazilian music.

Tuesday, September 29

It’s Coffee Day and Global Village is brewing up an entire show devoted to great java songs from the likes of Bob Marley, Willie Bobo, the Ink Spots, Herbie Mann, Robert Plant, Bob Dorough, and more.

Wednesday, September 30

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 

Thursday, October 1

Global Village celebrates the Moon Festival (or Harvest Moon Festival or Mid-Autumn Festival as it is also known) which has been celebrated around the full moon at this time of year for millennia in a number of Asian countries. Global Village celebrates with music from some of those countries, including China, Vietnam, Korea, Cambodia, and Japan, with both traditional and contemporary sounds, cultural fusions and more.

Friday, October 2

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:

  • Vusi Mahlasela revisits the classic sounds of the South African townships
  • Supergombo from Lyon France with a new Afrofuturist Afrobeat album
  • Xabier Diaz with an evocative collection of songs from the Galician region of Spain
  • Brazil meets the Crescent City on the latest from Nation Beat
  • Lively roots dance sounds of Colombia from the New York based group Rebolu
  • And a lovely set of boleros inspired by these “Curantena” times from the John Daversa Quintet.

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)

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