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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Monday, June 25

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 that takes place every spring in Savannah, Georgia. This time, in conjunction with our June Caribbean American Heritage Month feature, it’s the Haitian roots music group Chouk Bwa Libète. Since the late ‘70s, one of the most powerful trends in contemporary Haitian music has been the rise of mizik rasin or roots music, a style drawing on folkloric and Haitian vodou music. Chouk Bwa Libète, which formed in Haiti in 2012, takes a spare approach, performing original and traditional music with just voice, drums and dance. Their appearance at the 2017 Savannah Music Festival marked their U.S. debut.

Tuesday, June 26

Global Village celebrates the birthday of Brazilian tropicalia great Gilberto Gil with music from collaborations he did with Caetano Veloso, Milton Nascimento, and Jorge Ben. We’ll also hear a piece he did on the groundbreaking Beleza Tropical release that marked the debut of David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label. Plus new compilations from South African legend Hugh Masekela, Benin, and the Playing for Change project. And as we continue the June Caribbean American Heritage Month feature, there’s music from Dede Saint-Prix from Martinique, and roots reggae group Raging Fyah from Jamaica.

Wednesday, June 27

As part of the June Caribbean American Heritage Month feature, Global Village travels to Cuba for music from Cuban guitarists, including acclaimed classical guitarist Manuel Barrueco (from his Cuba! Album) and two guitarists associated with the Buena Vista Social Club – Manual Galban (from his earlier work as guitarist and musical director with the Cuban doo wop group Los Zafiros) and Eliades Ochoa (on a release with sister Maria Ochoa and Alma Latina). Plus some guitar music from a solo release by  John Doyle (a former member of Solas), Berlin’s 17 Hippies with special guest guitarists Marc Ribot and Jakob Ilja, guitarists Beppe Gambetta & Tony McManus, Spanish guitarist Carlos Timon, and legendary Senegalese guitar band, Orchestra Baobab, whose influences include music of Cuba.

Thursday, June 28

Global Village continues the June Caribbean Heritage Month feature with a program devoted to two popular styles of music from Trinidad and the French Antilles, soca and zouk. We’ll hear soca stars Black Stalin, Calypso Rose, and David Rudder, one of the groups that helped establish zouk, Kassav, and we’ll sneak in some roots sounds from Martinique and the pioneering release, Hurricane Zouk, along the way.

Friday, June 29

Throughout June we’ve been highlighting music from and inspired by the Caribbean. One of the most popular styles from there is reggae; and we wrap up our June feature with some proof of its broad influence, as we showcase reggae-influenced music from other parts of the world. Among the artists featured are Warsaw Afrobeat Orchestra, the Wailing Souls, the Easy Star All Stars, Rebel Tumbao, and Tiken Jah Fakoly.

KMUW Music is celebrating the first day of summer on Thursday, June 21, with five hours of music. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight for songs of the season. 

Monday, June 18

Global Village continues the June Caribbean Heritage Month feature with a trip to Haiti. We’ll hear music from featured group Tabou Combo, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year; the roots music group Chouk Bwa Libete, featured next week in the next edition of our special series, Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival; one of the legends of Haitian music, Nemours Jean-Baptiste; and the Creole Choir of Cuba, a vocal group made up of Cubans of Haitian descent.

Tuesday, June 19

Global Village continues the June Caribbean Heritage Month feature with a trip to Jamaica to celebrate the birthday of 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, Millie Small, Jackie Mittoo and more.

Wednesday, June 20

Global Village marks World Refugee Day with music from artists from many different corners of the world who were once refugees. Among the artists featured: the Refugees for Refugees project, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, NEA Heritage Fellow Rahim Alhaj, Western Sahara’s Aziza Brahim, Ugandan artist Samite and more.

Thursday, June 21

Global Village welcomes in the new season with songs of summer from Bob Marley & the Wailers, Desmond Dekker, Ray Barretto, Bill Withers, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Michael Franti & Spearhead and more.

(Strange Currency & Night Train also have summer specials tonight.)

Friday, June 22

It’s Take Your Dog to Work Day and Global Village (and four legged friends) howl along to songs from Jesse Winchester, the Roches, Rufus Thomas, Nick Drake, Big Mama Thornton and more. Plus music from African greats Orchestra Baobab and King Sunny Ade, the Balkan-inspired group Tipsy Oxcart, kora player Seckou Keita, and the Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten Cambodian rock soundtrack.

Monday, June 11

In conjunction with the June Caribbean American Heritage Month feature, Global Village visits some of the islands of the Caribbean whose music is not as well known. We’ll hear artists from Dominica, St. Vincent, Curacao, the Bahamas, Montserrat, St. Croix, the U.S. Virgin Island, St. Lucia and more. Among the artists featured are Exuma, Blinky & the Roadmasters, Stanley & the Ten Sleepless Knights, Arrow, and even a Caribbean flavored number from Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman & Howe.

Tuesday, June 12

Global Village celebrates Chick Corea’s birthday with music he did with Bela Fleck and from his classic My Spanish Heart album. We’ll also hear one of his compositions performed by Dominican pianist Michel Camilo and Spanish guitarist Tomatito. Plus new music from the NEA Heritage Fellow Rahim Alhaj, Cape Verdean singer Nancy Vieira, Malian artist (and former Ali Farka Toure bandmember) Samba Toure, the Kora Jazz Trio, and Finland’s Tunto.

Wednesday, June 13

It’s the birthday of guitarist and songwriter Jorge Santana (Carlos’ brother) and Global Village highlights music he did with Malo, the group he fronted, and as a special guest with the Fania All Stars. Plus more music for the June Caribbean American Heritage Month feature from Cuba’s Orquesta Akokan, and Haiti’s Boukman Eksperyans. We’re also featuring Tabou Combo, the acclaimed Haitian compas band that has made the U.S. home since the early ‘70s and this year is celebrating a 50th anniversary.

Thursday, June 14

Global Village remembers one of the great voices of African music, Papa Wemba, on his birthday. The show features music from Zaiko Langa Langa, a popular group he cofounded and where he first rose to stardom; his acclaimed Viva La Musica lineup; in appearances as a special guest with Manu Dibango and the Big Blue Ball project from RealWorld; and in covers of his songs from Africando and Juan Luis Guerra.

Friday, June 15

Global Village features some world jazz sounds this time – including the jazz-inspired styles of Afrobeat (from Italy’s Mamud Band), pioneering world chamber jazz ensemble Oregon, a Middle Eastern jazz project from guitar and oud player Amos Hoffman, and Flamenco Nuevo (from the Jazzpaña featuring Vince Mendoza, Steve Khan, the WDR Big Band and more).  And as Global Village continues the June Caribbean American Heritage Month feature there’s Haitian Mini Jazz (from the Mini All Stars), contemporary Cuban jazz from Roberto Fonseca, and the Jazz Jamaica lineup. 

Monday, June 4

Get out the popcorn as Global Village kicks off the June Caribbean American Heritage Month feature with ska and reggae at the movies. We’ll highlight movie and TV show themes done ska style along with music from reggae movies, including the classic The Harder They Come, Rockers and Countryman. Among the artists featured are the Skatalites, Jimmy Cliff, Sly & Robbie, Bob Marley & the Wailers, and Madness.

Tuesday, June 5

Since 1972, the United Nations has declared June 5th to be World Environment Day to support environmental efforts around the globe. Global Village marks the occasion with a wide array of songs about the environment from such artists as Jimmy Cliff, 9Bach, Adrian Belew, Randy Newman, the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Bruce Cockburn and more.

Wednesday, June 6

Global Village marks birthdays of Jamaican born pianist Monty Alexander and guitarist Grant Green. We also pay tribute to Kasse Mady Diabate, one of the great singers of Mali who passed away recently, with music he did under his own name and from the classic Kulanjan album with Taj Mahal and Toumani Diabate. Plus new music from Tuareg/desert blues guitarist Bombino, and from the latest Playing for Change release.

Thursday, June 7

As part of the June Caribbean American Heritage Month feature, Global Village highlights steel drum music. We'll hear some of the legendary steel orchestras of Trinidad from the great Caribbean Carnival Series, Monty Alexander's Ivory & Steel group with pan player Othello Molineaux, steel drum player Andy Narell with calypsonian Relator, and more.

Friday, June 8

It’s World Oceans Day – an effort started by the Oceans Project in 2002 and recognized as an annual event by the United Nations since 2008 – to draw attention to the importance of healthy, sustainable oceans. Global Village marks the occasion with songs about the seas from Frankie Ford, the Marvelettes, Quartet San Francisco, Dee Dee Bridgewater, John Abercrombie with Ralph Towner, Elvis Costello, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Vishten, Lucky Oceans and more.

Album Cover Art

  1. Hugh Masekela – ‘66-’76 (Wrasse)
  2. Ebo Taylor – Yen Ara (Mr. Bongo)
  3. Sonido Gallo Negro – Mambo Cosmico (Glitterbeat)
  4. Kiala & the Afroblaster – Money (Turnagain Music)
  5. Leni Stern – 3 (LSR)
  6. Shina Williams & His African Percussionists – African Dances (Mr. Bongo)
  7. Malagasy Guitar Masters – Volo Hazo (Buda Musique)
  8. Catrin Finch/Seckou Keita – Soar (ARC Music)
  9. Femi Kuti – One People, One World (Knitting Factory)
  10. Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 – Black Times (Strut)

Monday, May 28

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 that takes place every spring in Savannah, Georgia. This time, in conjunction with our May Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature, it’s the Indian tabla player Zakir Hussain with banjoist Bela Fleck and bassist Edgar Meyer. The three critically acclaimed, award-winning musicians are known both for the virtuosity and their versatility, moving effortlessly between jazz, classical and a variety of world styles. They bring all of those influences to bear in this performance on Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival.

Tuesday, May 29

Global Village showcases classical guitar releases that draw on music not only of Spain, but also of the Americas and Turkey. Plus folkloric guitarists Beppe Gambetta and Tony McManus teamed up on a world music-inspired project, and new tango music from Pablo Ziegler featuring guitarist Quique Sinesi.

Wednesday, May 30

Global Village marks the birthday of Cuban-born percussionist Armando Peraza with music he did with Carlos Santana & John McLaughlin, John Lee Hooker, Cal Tjader and as a solo artist. Plus more music for the May Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month – this time from L.A. based Japanese artist Osamu Kitajima, the Pacific Islands band Te Vaka, music from one of the Japanese concept albums of Jade Warrior, and some fascinating music from the Korean neofolk group, E-do, who revived an invented instrument from the ‘40s, an ‘iron string zither,’ that combines elements of guitar and traditional Korean zither.

Thursday, May 31

Global Village wraps up the May Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature with a visit to Japan. Among the highlights: a composition from Japan’s “Beethoven of the Koto” that is considered akin to the national melody of the country, traditional music from the internationally acclaimed composer and multi-instrumentalist Joji Hirota, ‘70s fusions from Stomu Yamashata’s Red Buddha Theater and Osamu Kitajima,  traditional and contemporary Okinawan music from the Rinken Band, Shoukichi Kina, and the Surf Champlers (with a wild version of the James Bond Theme), and a project from Kengo Saito that brings together music of Japan and Afghanistan.

Friday, June 1

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:

African Scream Contest 2, bringing together more classic sounds from Benin

Nordic Notes’ new compilation of folk music from Estonia

A Rough Guide compilation marking the 25th anniversary of the world music label

Another impressive set from Tuareg guitarist Bombino

And Italian group Brigan’s exploration of music from Galician Spain

KMUW Music is teaming up to celebrate the birthday of Bob Dylan on Thursday, May 24. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight for five hours of Dylan and Dylan-inspired music.

Monday, May 21

Global Village marks the birthday of critically acclaimed guitarist and much-in-demand session player Marc Ribot. We’ll hear music he did with one of several groups he leads, Los Cubanos Postizos, and guest appearances with a wide array of artists, from Tom Waits (with whom he made some of his earliest appearances on record) to Robert Plant & Allison Kraus, Brazil’s Vinicius Cantuaria and Caetano Veloso, Afro-Peruvian star Susana Baca, Colombian rock band Aterciopelados, his brother Greg Ribot and more.

Tuesday, May 22

Global Village marks the birthday of (other) world musician Sun Ra with some pieces he did influenced by styles from other parts of the planet. Plus more for the May Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature including music from Zakir Hussain (with Tabla Beat Science) and Bela Fleck (with Indian slide guitarist V.M. Bhatt and ehru player Jie-Bing Chen) – the two, along with Edgar Meyer will be featured on the next edition of our monthly concert series, Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival, at the end of May.

(Strange Currency and Night Train also feature music of Sun Ra tonight.)

Wednesday, May 23

In conjunction with the May Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature, Global Village highlights music from China. We’ll hear musicians from there, and those who call America and other parts of the world home, and we’ll hear a wide array of sounds, from traditional music, to contemporary styles, along with some cross-cultural collaborations. Among the artists featured are U.S. based musicians and educators Gao Hong (with a new album with Syrian oud player Issam Rafea) and Mei Han (doing a piece inspired by Balkan and klezmer music), Chinese erhu player Guo Gan with Ivorian balafon player Aly Keita, the Shanghai Restoration Project’s reworking of Chinese Jazz Age favorites, Taiwanese group A Moving Sound, and the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York, one of the oldest traditional Chinese music groups in the country.

Thursday, May 24

Global Village celebrates the birthday of Bob Dylan in a show devoted to world music artists doing Dylan songs and world music-influenced versions of his work. There’s Dylan tunes by Cuba’s Vocal Sampling, the art-folk Quercus trio (June Tabor, Huw Warren & Iain Bellamy), the Hudson album from Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski and John Scofield, South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Robert Plant, reggae great Toots Hibbert, and more.

(Strange Currency and Night Train also celebrate Dylan’s birthday tonight.)

Friday, May 25

On this date in 1963, independent nations of Africa formed the Organization of African Unity. This has since been celebrated across Africa and around the world as Africa Day. It is a public holiday in several African countries and Global Village highlights music from them in this special edition of the show. Among the artists featured: Zimbabwe’s Thomas Mapfumo, Zambia’s Brian Chilala, Guinea’s Balla et ses Balladins, Ghana’s Ebo Taylor and C.K. Mann, and from Mali, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba.

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. 

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