Global Village

Weeknights at 7pm

Join us weeknights at 7:00 p.m. for a musical adventure with Global Village. From classic recordings to the latest new releases, from right around the corner to halfway around the world, host Chris Heim presents a wide range of world music, along with jazz, rock, folk and other styles, artists and songs with world and roots influences. Each month, we also focus on a particular artist, style or theme, going deeper into the music and offering some rare and seldom heard selections. And the first Friday of every month, hear the best new releases with the Global Village Top 30 show. Each night is a different musical journey, with music that is unusual and intriguing, yet still seems very close to home.  

Once again, Global Village is a winner in the annual Public Radio Exchange (PRX) Zeitfunk AwardsGlobal Village has been named the #1 Most Licensed Series and KMUW has been named the #1 Most Licensed Station.

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KMUW Music is celebrating Taj Mahal's birthday on Thursday, May 17. Tune in to Global Village and Strange Currency from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. for three hours of music. 

KMUW Music is celebrating the birthday of Sun Ra on Tuesday, May 22.  Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight for five hours of music.

Global Village marks the occasion with some pieces the (other) world musician did that were influenced by styles from other parts of the planet.

The feature continues on Strange Currency with selections from NRBQ, Yo La Tengo and others.

Night Train closes out the feature from 10:00 p.m. to midnight.

Monday, May 14

Global Village devotes the show to some contemporary Latin sounds – including Afro- Cuban, Latin rock, Latin jazz and Afro-Latin music. Artists featured include legendary pianist Chucho Valdes with his tribute to Irakere, the pioneering Cuban band he co-founded; U.S. based cumbia, boogaloo, and Latin rock bands Xixa, Grupo Fantasma, and Spanglish Fly; acclaimed Spanish singer Buika; bassist and jazz educator Carlos Henriquez; and Amadou Balake and Orchestra Baobab –  African performers who incorporated Cuban influences into their work.

Tuesday, May 15

Global Village remembers Brazilian guitarist, composer and bossa nova pioneer Oscar Castro-Neves on his birthday; features music from Shakti and Nordic Raga for the May Asian/Pacific Islander feature; and highlights a new compilation of music from Hugh Masekela, a new reissue from reggae artist Justin Hinds, and a new set from the Malagasy Guitar Masters.

Wednesday, May 16

In conjunction with the May Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature, Global Village devotes the show to Indo-jazz fusion – from the pioneering work of Joe Harriott and John Mayer, to the popular sounds of Shakti with John McLaughlin, contemporary efforts from the Taal Tantra Experience and Sameer Guptu, and some fusions with even more influences from L. Subramaniam and Trilok Gurtu.

Thursday, May 17

Global Village celebrates the birthday of bluesman Taj Mahal by exploring the world music side of his work from throughout his career. Along with his classic blues and roots music, Taj Mahal has been a pioneer in exploring the connections between blues and Caribbean, African, and Hawaiian music and has worked with a number of world artists including kora player Toumani Diabate, Malian guitar great Ali Farka Toure, and on the Red Hot + Riot tribute to Afrobeat legend Fela.

Friday, May 18

Contemporary afrobeat this time in the Global Village, including new albums from Fela’s sons, Femi and Seun Kuti, Kiala – who worked in one of Fela’s bands, and Ghanian afrobeat veteran Ebo Taylor. Plus the latest from Mexico’s Sonido Gallo Negro, multi-national group the Turbans, and the classic album from New Orleans’ Mardi Gras Indian group Wild Tchoupitoulas featuring the Meters and the Neville Brothers.

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Monday, May 7

Global Village goes to Togo for music that rarely gets attention in world music releases. But a few compilations, including the Togo Soul 70 and Afro-Beat Airways sets, have offered a glimpse into the lively sounds from there. Also this time, music from the legendary Congolese rumba band L’Orchestra Afrisa International, Spanish Afrobeat group Ogun Afrobeat, and some ska and reggae from the Skatalites and Third World.

Tuesday, May 8

For the past decade the UK world music magazine Songlines has presented awards honoring artists with impressive recordings in the past year. There are a variety of award categories, including for artist and group, and also by geographic region, the last of which will be announced this Friday, May 11th. In this special edition of the show, Global Village highlights nominees in a number of different categories in advance of the announcement of those 2018 winners.

Wednesday, May 9

Global Village heads to France for a wide array of sounds from that country – from traditional to contemporary French music, along with some of the many artists from other parts of the globe who now call France home.  Among the artists featured – musette accordionist Michel Macias, jazz accordionist Richard Galliano, DJ and producer St. Germain, former Zawinul Syndicate member Aziz Sahmaoui, French ‘Mediterranean blues’ artist Titi Robin, Paris-based Vietnamese artists Huong Thanh & Nguyen Le, soukous star Kanda Bongo Man, and contemporary bands Lo’Jo and L’Attirail.

Thursday, May 10

Global Village marks birthdays of drummer Sly Dunbar (half of reggae’s legendary ‘Riddim Twins’ with Robbie Shakespeare) and of Haitian star Coupe Cloue. Plus more music for the Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature – this time from Bombay Dub Orchestra and MC Yogi.

Friday, May 11

It’s the annual Global Village Twilight Zone Day celebration with music inspired by the famed TV sci-fi show or capturing its trademark eerie vibe. Among the highlights, a song from Lorraine Feather inspired by the first episode of the show, re-workings of the show’s theme song by Manhattan Transfer and the B52s, and some general weirdness from Les Baxter, TriBeCaStan, Madness, Raymond Scott and more.

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  1. Malagasy Guitar Masters – Volo Hazo (Buda Musique)


  1. Catrin Finch/Seckou Keita – Soar (ARC Music)
  1. Lucibela – Laco Umbilical (LusAfrica)
  1. Stick in the Wheel – Follow Them True (From Here)
  1. Sonido Gallo Negro – Mambo Cosmico (Glitterbeat)
  1. Samurai Accordion – Te (Visage)
  1. Femi Kuti – One People, One World (Knitting Factory)
  1. Djeneba & Fousco – Kayeba Khasso (LusAfrica)
  1. Nancy Vieira -Manha Florida (LusAfrica)
  1. Sly & Robbie Meet Dubmatix – Overdubbed (Echo Beach)

Monday, April 30

The final Monday of every month, we present our special concert series, Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival, featuring world music artists and groups who have appeared at the prestigious annual festival in Savannah, Georgia. This time, in conjunction with our April Guitar Month feature, it’s guitarist Chico Pinheiro.  One of the rising stars on the Brazilian jazz scene, Pinheiro has released several albums under his own name and as a co-leader, and worked with an impressive list of American, European, and Brazilian artists and groups. For this edition of Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival, we’ll hear Pinheiro with his own group, dueting with Brazilian guitar master Romero Lubambo, and guesting with singer and 2018 NEA Jazz Master Dianne Reeves.

Tuesday, May 1

While in many parts of the world, the first of May is a labor or workers’ holiday, in Hawaii it’s a different kind of celebration. May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii, honoring traditional Hawaiian culture and celebrated across the islands since the 1920s. Here in the Global Village we’ll celebrate with early stars of Hawaiian music, some of the great slack key guitar players, and some different and innovative takes on Hawaiian music. Among the artists featured on the show: King Bennie Nawahi (who recorded the song “May Day is Lei Day”), guitar wizard Sol Hoopii, slack key great Gabby Pahinui, his sons – the Pahinui Brothers (both with Ry Cooder), Daniel Ho with the Grasslands Ensemble from Mongolia, and Indian slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya with a tribute to popular Hawaiian artist Tau Moe.

Wednesday, May 2

In conjunction with the May feature celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Global Village highlights music from China with performances from internationally renowned pipa player Wu Man, U.S.-based Chinese performer and educator Gao Hong, and the oldest and largest Chinese orchestra in America – the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York.

Thursday, May 3

In advance of the Global Village New Month/New Music show featuring new world music releases, we devote this program to new reissues that have come out. Topping the list is a three-disc set chronicling the releases of legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela from the mid-‘60s through the mid-‘70s. Also featured is a remastered reissue of Ali Farka Toure’s first album with a band, The Source, a rare ‘70s set from Nigeria’s Shina Williams, roots reggae artists the Gladiators, and a late ‘60s gem from Geoff and Maria Muldaur.

Friday, May 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:

A new studio release from Ghanian afrobeat star Ebo Taylor

A former member of Fela’s band, Kiala with his band the Afroblaster

Another album in the Playing for Change project that brings together over 200 musicians from around the world

The third album from award-winning Afghan-American artist Qais Essar

And a new trio album from Iraqi-American oud player and NEA Heritage Fellow, Rahim AlHaj.

Monday, April 23

More global guitars this time in the Global Village for the April Guitar Month feature, including Indian electric guitarist Prasanna, Indian slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya, Jamaican guitar legend Ernest Ranglin, the guitar duo of Larry Coryell and Steve Khan, a flamenco guitar/ukulele duo with Pepe Romero and Daniel Ho, the Montreal Guitare Trio, Mandinka guitar master Djessou Mory Kante, and Malagasy guitarist D’Gary.

Tuesday, April 24

Global Village marks the birthday of John Williams, exploring some of the world music projects the acclaimed classical guitarist has done. It’s also the birthday of Cuban-born percussionist Horacio Hernandez and of percussionist Collin Walcott, who was a founding member of the pioneering world chamber jazz ensemble, Oregon, and part of the Codona trio with Don Cherry and Nana Vasconcelos.

Wednesday, April 25

In conjunction with the April Guitar Month feature, Global Village highlights guitar duos from around the globe. We’ll hear Malian legend Ali Farka Toure with Ry Cooder; Maninka guitar master Djessou Mory Kante with one of Africa’s greatest players, Djelimady Tounkara; Brazilian brothers Sergio and Odair Assad; the popular Costa Rican/Iranian duo of Strunz & Farah; and from Vietnam, Nguyen Le with Ngo Hong Quang.

Thursday, April 26

Today is Union Day, marking the date in 1964 when Tanganyika and Zanzibar united to become Tanzania. We’ll highlight music from some of the great guitar bands from that country, including Remmy Ongala, the Vijana Jazz Band and more; showcase groups from Zanzibar, including the Culture Musical Club performing with world-blues artist Taj Mahal, and the century old Ikhwani Saffa Musical Club; and conclude with a lovely piece called Tanganyika from a 1950s album of the same name from the Buddy Collette-Chico Hamilton Sextet.

Friday, April 27

Global Village marks Independence Day in Sierra Leone with music from that African nation, including Janka Nabay (who just passed away at the beginning of this month), Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, palm wine guitarist S.E. Rogie, and a compilation of ‘50s palm wine music from Sierra Leone from the Original Music label established by pioneering world music writer and label owner John Storm Roberts.

Monday, April 16

Global Village highlights music from world-jazz flutist Herbie Mann and from acoustic guitarist Stefan Grossman for their birthdays. We’ll hear Mann’s explorations of Latin, Middle Eastern and Eastern European music, and Grossman with another acclaimed traditional guitarist, John Renbourn, and as a solo artist. Plus new music from Karavan Sarai, 3MA, Samurai Accordion, and Brenda Navarrete, and as we continue our April World Guitar Month feature, music from Indian guitarist Prasanna’s tribute to Jimi Hendrix.

Tuesday, April 17

For the April Guitar Month feature, Global Village travels the globe for a fascinating array of guitar artists and styles, including two great Nigerian guitar bands led by Prince Nico and King Sunny Ade, Indian slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya with a tribute to Hawaiian guitarist Tau Moe, flamenco guitarist Jose ‘El Piru’ with French cellist Matthieu Saglio, Marc Ribot with his prosthetic or false Cubans, and a new album featuring three great players collectively known as the Malagasy Guitar Masters.

Wednesday, April 18

Global Village marks Independence Day of Zimbabwe with music from a number of artists from that country, including the legendary Thomas Mapfumo whose chimurenga music was an integral part of the independence movement; acclaimed singer-songwriter Oliver Mtukudzi; traditional mbira player Ephat Mujuru; one of the first major female artists to play mbira, Stella Chiweshe; and popular dance bands, the Bhundu Boys and the Four Brothers.

Thursday, April 19

Global Village highlights the roots reggae revival and some of the premier Jamaican artists who have shaped the roots renaissance recently in Jamaica, including Protoje, Jah9, Chronixx, Raging Fyah, Kabaka Pyramid, and Jesse Royal.  And for the April World Guitars feature some African guitar music from Leni Stern and the Tuareg/desert blues guitar band Imarhan.

Friday, April 20

More global guitars for the Global Village April Guitar Month feature, including eight-string guitar master Charlie Hunter with two Jamaican greats – Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith and Ernest Ranglin, Buena Vista Social Club and Los Zafiros guitarist Manuel Galban, and traditional guitarist Dean Magraw. Plus birthday salutes to Latin music legend Tito Puente and reggae star Steven Marley, and new music from Spanglish Fly, and Sly and Robbie Meet Dubmatix.

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KMUW Music is celebrating International Day of Human Space Flight, marking the first human flight in outer space by Yuri Gagarin in 1961. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight on Thursday, April 12 for five hours of space-inspired music.

Monday, April 9

Global Village explores music from and inspired by Ethiopia including the groundbreaking Ethiopiques series, U.S. based singer Aster Aweke, contemporary instrumental band Qwanqwa, the father of Ethio-jazz Mulatu Astatke, and Dub Colossus. We also continue the April International Guitar Month feature with music from English folk rock singer, songwriter and guitarist John Martyn and Tuareg /desert rock guitar band Tinarawen.

Tuesday, April 10

Global Village marks birthdays of reggae artist Bunny Wailer (one of the original Wailers), leading Afro-Cuban jazz artist Omar Sosa, and exotica pioneer Martin Denny. Plus more music for the April International Guitar Month feature, this time from South Africa’s Derek Gripper, Brazil’s Luiz Bonfa, and Mali’s Oumar Konate – and new music from the South American group Che Sudaka and Cape Verde’s Lucibela.

Wednesday, April 11

In conjunction with our April World Guitar feature, Brazilian guitarists featured this time in the Global Village, including music from Baden Powell, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Romero Lubambo, Vinicius Cantuaria (with Bill Frisell) and Chico Pinheiro (the featured artist for April’s Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival show April 30th). We’ll also hear new music from Julio Pereira, Nutopia, Sameer Gupta, the Modus Quartet, and Paa Kow.

Thursday, April 12

It’s International Day of Human Space Flight (or as it is celebrated in Russia, Cosmonaut Day) marking the first human flight in outer space by Yuri Gagarin in 1961. Global Village celebrates the occasion with some out of this world sounds from Sun Ra, The Byrds, The Bonzo Dog Band, Les Baxter, Funkadelic, Sheb Wooley, Piccola Orchestra Gagarin, and in honor of one of the first dogs sent into space, music from the Finnish rock band, Laika & the Cosmonauts.

(Strange Currency and Night Train also mark International Day of Human Space Flight tonight with space age rock and jazz.)

Friday, April 13

This time in the Global Village, for the April World Guitar feature, it’s music from Spanish guitar and guitarists. We’ll hear legendary new flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia, classical guitarist John Williams (performing Rodrigo’s famous Concerto de Arunjeuz), and folkloric guitarist Pipo Romero. Plus new music from the Italian group Alba, Moroccan group Gabacho Maroc, and Syrian musician and composer Maya Youssef.