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, August 3

Global Village remembers South African reggae legend Lucky Dube for his birthday; kicks off the August Mandolin Month feature with music from Brazilian mandolinist Hamilton de Holanda (featured later in the month on the next Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival show); and highlights the latest from next generation roots reggae artist Jah9, Brazilian group Aquarela with Oboman, Al DiMeola with new world jazz-inspired versions of classic Beatles tunes, Mali’s Bamba Wassoulou Groove, and eclectic London world music collective Lokkhi Terra.

Tuesday, August 4

Global Village marks the birthday of singer and harpist Moya Brennan with music she did as part of the acclaimed Irish group Clannad, on a solo release, and as a special guest with the Chieftains and Ry Cooder. We’ll also hear the latest from world chamber group the iYATRA Quartet, tango duo Ben & Winnie, gnawa-rock band Bab L’ BLuz, and Japanese guitarist Atsumi Yukihiro. And as the August mandolin month feature continues, we hear music from David Grisman and Carlo Aonzo, along with guitarist Beppe Gambetta.

Wednesday, August 5

In conjunction with the August feature, Global Village highlights world mandolins– with influences from Brazil (Hamilton de Holanda, featured later this month on Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival), Western and Arabic classical (Avi Avital) and traditional music (Solas, MandolinMan and Runa). We’ll also get in some ‘good vibes’ courtesy of vibraphonists Cal Tjader, and Dave Samuels with the Caribbean and Jazz Project.

Thursday, August 6

Global Village celebrates Jamaican Independence Day with a show devoted to music from the island nation, including Bob Marley & the Wailers and solo projects from original Wailers Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh, ska from the Skatalites and associated musicians, a rock steady hit from the Paragons, guitar legend Ernest Ranglin, and conscious reggae classics from Culture and Burning Spear.

Friday, August 7

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 tour de force of Cuban music from pianist Gonazalo Rubalcaba and singer Aymee Nuviola
  • Music from Hawaii from the Aloha Radio Hawaii project and Jim Kimo West
  • Brazilian sounds from Putumayo and Ceu
  • And Gaudi’s intriguing meeting of dub and the theremin.

  1. Nohe & Sus Santos – Tempistad (Avokado)
  2. Aquarela – A Bela Vida (Buda Musique)
  3. Lokkhi Terra – Cubangla (Funkiwala)
  4. Ojibo Afrobeat – Ojiboland (Ojibo Afrobeat)
  5. Bab L’ Bluz – Nayda! (Real World)
  6. Son Rompe Pera – Batuco (Aya)
  7. Matthieu Saglio – El Camino de los Vientos (ACT)
  8. Alhousseini Anivolla & Girum Mezmur – Afropentatonism (Piranha)
  9. Liga Latina – Liga Latina (Multination)
  10. John Doyle – The Path of Stones (Compass)

Monday, July 27

The final Monday of every month, we present Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival, a monthly concert series showcasing top world music artists and groups who have appeared at the prestigious annual festival that takes place each spring in Savannah, Georgia.

Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival is in its third season and was awarded first place for special programs in 2020 by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters.

This time, in conjunction with the July Summer Festival Month, it’s Bela Fleck and the Throw Down Your Heart tour. After a visit to Africa to meet and collaborate with a variety of musicians, the popular banjoist put together a U.S. tour with some of the musicians he met there. We’ll hear Madagascar’s remarkable guitarist D’Gary, South African singer-songwriter Vusi Mahlasela, and renowned kora player Toumani Diabate perform and then have Fleck join in with them for a song, concluding with a grand finale featuring all the performers from the tour.

Tuesday, July 28

Global Village celebrates Peruvian Independence Day with a wide array of styles and artists from that country – including traditional music from Sukay, Incan princess Yma Sumac, original and contemporary chicha music, vocalists Chabuca Granda, Susana Baca and Eva Ayllon, contemporary band Novalima, and Afro-Peruvian jazz from Geoffrey Keezer.

Wednesday, July 29

In conjunction with the Summer Festival Month feature, Global Village hosts a little world music festival of its own, featuring concert recordings from a variety of artists from around the world. We’ll hear acclaimed Haitian roots band Boukman Eksperyans, zouk pioneers Kassav, Berlin’s 17 Hippies, and we head to a famed Greenwich Village club, the Village Gate, for performances from Latin legends Mongo Santamaria and Tito Puente.

Thursday, July 30

Global Village has some Cool Nordic Sounds for a hot July with a visit to Finland. We’ll hear traditional and contemporary folk, jazz and rock influenced music, Finnish Tango and more from such influential groups and artists as the acclaimed band Varttina, kantele master and key figure in the Finnish folk revival Martti Pokela, accordion master Kimmo Pohjonen with Kronos Quartet, electro-bagpipe group Pare, the all-harmonica lineup of Svang, nordgrass fiddle band Frigg, and more.

Friday, July 31

Global Village celebrates “Uncommon Instruments Awareness Day” with music played on musical saw, zgamonium, bamboo ski poles, vegetables and more – along with the home made traditional instruments of Congolese favorites - Konono No. 1, electronics from Jon Hassell, and some instruments uncommon in (world) jazz – Rufus Harley on bagpipes, Howard Johnson’s modern approach to the tuba, banjo and harmonica taking center stage with Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, and as the Bonzo Dog Band announce in the opening song, “and Roy Rogers on Trigger.”

Monday, July 20

Global Village celebrates the birthday of Carlos Santana with a program devoted to his music – including selections with the Santana band (including music from the band’s debut and from the Santana IV album that reunited the Woodstock era group), as a solo artist (from Havana Moon), and as a guest artist (with Nigerian drummer Olatunji, and with bluesmen Buddy Guy and John Lee Hooker).

Tuesday, July 21

In conjunction with the July Summer Festival Month feature, Global Village highlights live flamenco recordings from the legendary Paco de Lucia, Jerez Texas, and Paco Peña. We’ll also hear some new Brazilian sounds from Aquarela, and the latest from world cellist Matthieu Saglio.

Wednesday, July 22

Global Village celebrates birthdays of guitarists Al DiMeola and D’Gary. We’ll hear music from DiMeola’s new album of jazz flamenco and tango reinterpretations of Beatles tunes and a selection from one of his series of limited-edition concert recordings. We’ll hear D’Gary as part of Bela Fleck’s Throw Down Your Heart project (also featured in concert next week on the July Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival show) and with a fellow artist from Madagascar, singer-songwriter Dama. Plus Balkan sounds by way of the Bayou from Blato Zlato, and acclaimed Balkan Brass band, the Boban Markovic Orkestar.

Thursday, July 23

Global Village remembers folk singer and original member of Fairport Convention, Judy Dyble, who passed away earlier this month, and marks the birthday of legendary Portuguese fado singer Amalia Rodrigues, including music from a new album in tribute to her from Portuguese Guitar master Custodio Castelo. We’ll also hear new music from an impressive Latin rock release from Nohe & Sus Santos, acoustic Brazilian group Aquarela, and eclectic London-based world music collective, Lokkhi Terra.

Friday, July 24

Global Village wraps up a week of global guitars with a show featuring a few more, including steel guitar from Nigeria’s King Sunny Ade and Indian blues band Michael Messer’s Mitra, kora-inspired guitarist Derek Gripper with kora player Tunde Jegede, Buena Vista Social Club guitarist Manuel Galban, desert blues guitarist Ramon Goose, and Canadian global guitar wizard Harry Manx.

Monday, July 13

In conjunction with the July Summer Festival Month feature, Global Village hosts its own reggae music festival in a show devoted to live recordings from Bob Marley & the Wailers, Jimmy Cliff, South Africa’s Lucky Dube, Burning Spear, the Skatalites, and more.

Tuesday, July 14

Global Village celebrates Bastille Day with a show devoted to music from France. Along with traditional music and musette, the show highlights French world music groups, and artists from different corners of the world, often former French colonies, who now call France home. Among the performers featured – Lo’Jo, Paris Combo, Kanda Bongo Man, Manu Dibango, Bibi Tanga, and Maurice el Medioni.

Wednesday, July 15

Global Village marks the centuries-old Mongolian festival of Naadam, a major national holiday and competition held over several days each year in July. We’ll explore traditional singing and instruments of Mongolia along with contemporary bands who fuse those traditions with a wide array of influences, from symphony orchestras to classic rock. Among the artists featured are Anda Union, Egschiglen, Hangaai, Tuvan artists Ondar and Yat-Kha, along with music from a groundbreaking compilation of throat singing, An Anthology of Mongolian Khoomii. (WHO-may)

Both Naadam and Khoomii have been added to UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. You can find out more about Naadam here.

…and more about Khoomei including a fascinating short video about the distinctive Mongolian singing style here.

Thursday, July 16

Global Village marks the birthdays of reggae star Desmond Dekker, Latin artist Ruben Blades, West Coast Latin jazz pioneer Cal Tjader, and Brazilian guitarist Bola Sete. We’ll also hear music from an impressive debut album from Santa Fe Latin rock band Nohe & Sus Santos, and from groundbreaking ’60s Iranian sitarist Mehrpouya.

Friday, July 17

This time in the Global Village, in conjunction with the July Summer Festival Month feature, it’s Africa Live – a program devoted to live performances from a number of legendary African performers, including Fela, Angelique Kidjo, Hugh Masekela, Thomas Mapfumo, Johnny Clegg and more.

Monday, July 6

Global Village marks the birthday of legendary Congolese Rumba star Franco, continues the July Summer Festival feature with live performances from Kassav and the Buena Vista Social Club, and highlights the latest from the Afro-Caribbean band, the Bongo Hop, and Scandinavian Latin group, Liga Latina.

Tuesday, July 7

Global Village celebrates the birthday of keyboardist and composer Joe Zawinul by exploring the world music side of his work as a leader, with Weather Report and guesting with Yusef Lateef and Salif Keita. Plus more concert recordings for the July Summer Festival Month feature and the latest from Mali’s Oumar Kounate, Gambia’s Dawda Jobareth, Morocco’s Majid Bekkas, and Lithuania’s Ojibo Afrobeat.

Wednesday, July 8

Global Village devotes the show this time to Malian guitarists. We’ll hear Djelimady Tounkara, a member of the influential Super Rail Band and widely regarded as one of the country’s and one of the continent’s finest guitarists; the acclaimed and eclectic Boubacar Traore; the legendary Ali Farka Toure; Samba Toure who worked in Ali’s band; and rising guitar stars Oumar Konate and Sidi Toure.

Thursday, July 9

Global Village celebrates both the Independence Day of Argentina and the birthday of one of the country’s most famous singers, ‘new song’ great Mercedes Sosa. We’ll hear tango from traditional to contemporary along with electro, regional traditional, tango jazz, and more in performances from Carlos Gardel, Astor Piazzolla, Chango Spaziuk, and Gotan Project and we’ll also sneak in a bit of Finnish tango from Pedro’s Heavy Gentlemen.

Friday, July 10

It’s Bela and the Bahamas this time in the Global Village as we mark the birthday of banjoist Bela Fleck (featured in this month’s Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival) with some of his world music projects, and also mark Independence Day in the Bahamas with music from Joseph Spence, the Baha Men, Exuma, and more.

  1. Jaako Laitinen & Vaara Raha – Borek (Playground)
  2. Aquarela – A Bela Vida (Buda Musique)
  3. Bamba Wassoulou Groove – Dankele (LusAfrica)
  4. Beto Jamaica – Rey De Mi Folclor Vallenato y Cumbia Colmbiana (OM Producciones Music)
  5. Liga Latina – Liga Latina (Multination)
  6. Awale Jant Band – Yewoulen (ARC Music)
  7. Damily – Early Years (Bongo Joe)
  8. Ibrahima Cissokho & Mandingue – Liberte Mom Sa Bop (Narrator)
  9. John Doyle – The Path of Stones (Compass)
  10. Ben & Winnie – La Proxima Traicion (Tanguero)

Monday, June 29

The final Monday of every month, we present Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival, a monthly concert series 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 June Accordion Awareness Month feature, it’s Band Courtbouillon, a Grammy-winning Cajun accordion supergroup featuring Wayne Toups, Steve Riley, and Wilson Savoy.

Tuesday, June 30

Global Village celebrates Independence Day of the Democratic Republic of Congo with music from some of the many great artists and bands that have come from that country. Highlights include music from soukous giants Franco and Tabu Ley Rochereau, the all-star lineups of the Four Stars and Kekele, one of the great female stars of Congolese music M’Bilia Bel, the father of Congolese Rumba Wendo Kolosoy, and two contemporary bands that harken back to the classic Congolese rumba sound, Black Bazar and Mbongwana Star.

Wednesday, July 1

Global Village celebrates Canada Day with a special show devoted to some of the many talented world music artists who call Canada home. We’ll hear Ensemble Polaris, Jayme Stone, Danny Michel, Lorraine Klaasen, Kiran Ahluwalia, Souljazz Orchestra, Dubmatix, and more, all of whom incorporate Latin, Indian, African, Caribbean and other world styles into their music.

Thursday, July 2

This time in the Global Village it’s reggae from everywhere but Jamaica. We’ll hear artists and bands from New Zealand, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Japan, South Africa, Sweden, Algeria, Ecuador and more. Among the artists featured in the show – Joan Osborne, Eljuri, Majek Fashek, Dub Colossus, and the Minyo Crusaders.

Friday, July 3

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 Moroccan sounds from Bab L’ Bluz
  • A new take on Mexican marimba music from Son Rompe Pera
  • Smart Latin rock from Nohe & Sus Santos
  • Eclectic London world music collective Lokkhi Terra
  • And Afrobeat from Lithuania with Ojibo Afrobeat.

Monday, June 22

This time in the Global Village, it’s music from Brazil and Cuba as we mark birthdays of Ray Mantilla, Deodato, Eliades Ochoa and Hermeto Pascoal (on accordion for the June Accordion Awareness Month feature). Plus the latest from Zimbabwean singer and mbira player Hope Masike, the London-based Senegalese Awale Jant Band, and Cuban son artist Kiki Valera.

Tuesday, June 23

This time in the Global Village, a show devoted to a wide array of global harps. We’ll hear Welsh harpist Catrin Finch with kora player Seckou Keita, the Chieftains Celtic Harp/Edward Bunting tribute, ancient Chinese harp revived in the Pan Jing Ensemble, Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda with Japanese pianist Hiromi, Galician harpist Rodrigo Romani, Venezuelan group De Norte a Sur, and Chicago-based Mexican folkloric ensemble Sones de Mexico.

Wednesday, June 24

This time in the Global Village, in conjunction with the June Accordion Awareness Month feature, we highlight some Colombian accordion, including music from vallenato great Lisandro Meza, a new album from cumbia and vallenato accordionist Beto Jamaica, and a recent release featuring music from Colombia’s famed Discos Fuentes label. Plus new music from Minnesota Afrobeat band Black Market Brass and L.A. folkloric group Cunao, tracks from Manu Dibango and Ry Cooder with Manuel Galban, and even a little surf guitar (!) from the Sentinals.

Thursday, June 25

Global Village marks the Independence Day of former Portuguese colony Mozambique with a show devoted to music from that nation. We’ll hear the popular Marrabenta music, bands that combine traditional music with contemporary and international influences, and more. Among the artists featured are the popular singer Wazimbo, Orchestra Marrabenta Star of Mozambique, Ghorwane, and Eyuphuro.

Friday, June 26

Global Village celebrates Independence Day of Madagascar, the date in 1960 when the island nation, renowned for both its unique ecology and captivating music, achieved full independence. It is celebrated now every year as a major public holiday. We’ll hear music from two groundbreaking compilations that introduced Malagasy music to an international audience – Madagasikara and A World Out of Time – along with individual releases from a number of key artists and groups, including Tarika, D’Gary, Dama, Rossy, Jaojoby, and Toko Telo.

Monday, June 15

In conjunction with the June Accordion Awareness Month feature, Global Village highlights some Nordic Accordion, including music from Maria Kalaniemi, Markku Lepisto, and Teija Niku. We’ll also hear new music from Macedonia from Esma’s Next Generation Band and the latest from Bulgaria’s Oratniza.

Tuesday, June 16

Global Village marks birthdays of one of Fela’s sons, Femi Kuti, and also of English folk rocker Iain Matthews (with Fairport Convention, Matthews Southern Comfort and Plainsong). We also remember Mory Kante and also Bonnie Pointer of the Pointer Sisters, highlight some reggae from New Zealand’s Katchafire, and the ‘vodou rock’ of Haiti’s Moonlight Benjamin.

Wednesday, June 17

This time in the Global Village, it’s steel guitars around the globe – a show devoted entirely to the steel guitar from its early days in Hawaii, though a remarkable transformation in Indian music, to the success it found in western swing, rock, sacred steel, and jazz. We’ll hear Hawaiian greats Sol Hoopi and Tau Moe, several generations of Indian guitarists, western swing legend Tom Morrell, sacred steel inspired rock group Robert Randolph & the Family Band, pioneering pop instrumental steel guitar hitmakers Santo & Johnny, and the Finnish group Southpaw Steel ‘n’ Twang.

Thursday, June 18

It’s a Beatle Birthday Party his time in the Global Village as we mark the birthday of Paul McCartney with a wide array of world music covers of his songs. We’ll hear selections from the Skatalites, the Easy Star All-Stars, Willy Chirino, Al DiMeola, Beatlejazz and more.

Friday, June 19

Global Village celebrates the birthday of Jamaican guitar great Ernest Ranglin. The show features music from his solo projects, as well work he did as lead guitarist and musical director for Jimmy Cliff, and as a guest artist with the Skatalites, Monty Alexander, the Melodians, the late, great Millie Small, Jackie Mittoo, and more.

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