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, 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

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.

Album cover art

  1. Femi Kuti – One People, One World (Knitting Factory)


  1. Samurai Accordion – Te (Visage)
  1. Imarhan – Temet (City Slang)
  1. Nutopia – Nomad (Karmakosmetix)
  1. Gili Yalo – Gili Yalo (Dead Sea)
  1. Hollie Cook – Vessel of Love (Merge)
  1. Moh! Kouyate – Fe Toki (Foli Son)
  1. Djeneba & Fousco – Kayeba Khasso (LusAfrica)
  1. Tootard – Laisser Passer (Glitterbeat)
  1. Malagasy Guitar Masters – Volo Hazo (Buda Musique)

Monday, April 2

Global Village kicks off ‘Folkie Week’ with some UK Folk, including music from June Tabor, John Renbourn, and Karine Polwart - and some different approaches to folk music from Sweden, the Balkans, Canada and France. Then join us later in the week as Global Village marks birthdays of three legends of UK folk and folk rock – guitarist Richard Thompson (Tuesday), bassist Danny Thompson (Wednesday), and fiddler Dave Swarbrick (Thursday).

Tuesday, April 3

Global Village celebrates the birthday of legendary guitarist and English folk-rock pioneer Richard Thompson. We’ll hear music he did with Fairport Convention, with Linda Thompson, and with his own band, along with covers of his songs from June Tabor, Martin Simpson, the Albion Band and others.

Wednesday, April 4

Global Village marks the birthday of English folk and world bassist Danny Thompson with music he did with John Martyn, Nick Drake, the Songhai project, and Bert Jansch. We also remember legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela on what would have been his 79th birthday. It’s also the birthday of Dominican pianist Michel Camilo and we’ll hear him with flamenco guitarist Tomatito on two albums they did together including the Latin Grammy winning release, Spain Forever. And there’s new music from the Malagasy Guitar Masters (for the April Guitar Month feature), Afrobeat star Femi Kuti, and contemporary Malian duo Djeneba and Fousco.

Thursday, April 5

Global Village remembers the great folk fiddler Dave Swarbrick for his birthday with music from Fairport Convention and with Martin Carthy. Plus new music from Matthews’ Southern Comfort (headed up by Iain Matthews, an early member of Fairport Convention), Stick in the Wheel, and folk super-group The Gloaming.

Friday, April 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:

Contemporary Cape Verdean singer Nancy Vieira

Malian guitarist Sidi Toure

A preview of the second album from harpist Catrin Finch and kora player Seckou Keita

The Kora Jazz Trio

The ‘cosmic cumbia’ of Sonido Gallo Negro

Irish salsa from Baile an Salsa and traditional Irish music from Lunasa

And as we kick off the April International Guitar Month feature, the Malagasy Guitar Masters and Al DiMeola.

Monday, March 26

This time in the Global Village it’s another edition of our series, Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival. Each month we head to the Festival for a performance from one of today’s top world music artists. For March, in conjunction with celebration of Women’s History Month, our featured artist is Leyla McCalla. The singer, songwriter, cellist and former member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops brings together string band, Haitian, blues, jazz and classical music in unique and captivating blend. This was her debut performance at the Savannah Music Festival.

Tuesday, March 27

Global Village journeys to North Africa for music from the pioneering Nubian singer and bandleader Ali Hassan Kuban, the Nile Project that brings together over a dozen artists from countries and cultures along the Nile River, Algerian great Maurice el Medioni – and as we continue our Women’s History Month feature - music from Mauritanian artists Malouma and Noura Mint Seymali, and Nubian group Alsarah & the Nubatones.

Wednesday, March 28

This time in the Global Village, it’s legendary songs and artists from Africa, including a variety of styles from Nigeria, South Africa, Mali, and more. Among the artists featured are Fela, King Sunny Ade, Manu Dibango, Debademba, and as we continue our Women’s History Month feature, music from South Africa’s Miriam Makeba and the Mahotella Queens.

Thursday, March 29

Global Village marks the birthday of Mory Kante, a pioneering guitarist, kora player and singer who was a member of Mali’s influential Rail Band, and launched an international career in the ‘80s with the hit song “Ye Ke Ye.” We’ll hear him with the Rail Band, as a solo artist, and guesting with another African legend, Manu Dibango (and special guest Herbie Hancock), along with a great version of his hit done by jazz fusion violinist Jean-Luc Ponty.

Friday, March 30

Global Village wraps up its salute to Women’s History Month with a program dedicated to reggae women. We’ll hear solo projects from the I-Threes: Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths and Rita Marley,  early pioneers like Hortense Ellis and Dawn Penn,  some reggae inspired music from Jamaica’s Grace Jones, British roots reggae singer Aisha, and one of the stars of the current Jamaican roots revival, Jah9.

Monday, March 19

Global Village continues the March Women’s History Month feature with a birthday salute to Brazilian pianist, singer and composer Eliane Elias, along with music from the world-jazz group Musique Noir, Dee Dee Bridgewater from her Mali-inspired Red Earth album, and South African singer Busi Mhlongo.

Tuesday, March 20

Spring is here! And Global Village welcomes in the new season with a wide array of artists, styles and songs celebrating the ups (and downs) of spring. Among the artists featured: Dori Caymmi, the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York,  Hugh Masekela – and as we continue our Women’s History Month Feature, also music from singer-songwriter Erin McKeown, Mei Han and her Red Chamber classical and contemporary Chinese ensemble, and fado star Mariza.

(Strange Currency and Night Train also have Spring Specials tonight.)

Wednesday, March 21

Global Village marks the International Day of Nowruz. Honored in a UN Resolution, the date was chosen to mark the celebration of Persian New Year and the arrival of spring. It has been celebrated for several thousand years and across countries spanning Central Asia, the Balkans, and the Middle East. The show highlights music from a number of countries that celebrate Noruz as a national holiday and includes both traditional and contemporary music, including some ‘70s rock-inspired releases – and as we continue our Women’s History Month feature, music also from Iranian singer and activist Marjan Vahdat, and ‘the Queen of the Gypsies,’ Esma Redzepova.

Thursday, March 22

The Independent Music Awards honor small label and self-released projects in a wide array of styles covering over 90 categories and 400 releases. Global Village highlights some of the many nominees with world music influences in advance of this year’s Awards ceremony March 31st in Lincoln Center.  We’ll hear music from the duo of Cuban pianist Omar Sosa and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita; Jordanian oud player Karim Baggili; Vietnamese zither player Tri Nguyen; the Indian music Akshara Ensemble; Hawaiian ukulele player Daniel Ho with the Mongolian group, the Grasslands Ensemble; award-winning Canadian folk duo Cassie and Maggie; avant-accordionist Guy Klucevse; new tango pianist Emilio Solla; Latin flutist Carlos Cano; salsa dura singer Edwin Perez; and Ecuadorian singer Luz Pinos.

Friday, March 23

Global Village highlights global harps – including music from Veracruz from Sones de Mexico; acclaimed Venezuelan harpist Hugo Blanco; Alan Stivell – the artist who almost single-handedly revived interest in the Celtic Harp in the ‘70s; Rodrigo Romani – who pioneered the use of the Celtic harp in contemporary Galician folk music; and in conjunction with the March Women’s History Month feature, we’ll hear from pioneering jazz harpist Dorothy Ashby, contemporary world-jazz harpist Carol Morgan, and classical harpist Catrin Finch with Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita.

KMUW Music marks the First Day of Spring with five hours of music. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight on Tuesday, March 20 for songs of the season.

Tune in from 7 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, March 15 as Global Village and Strange Currency team up for an Ides of March music special.

Global Village gets the special underway with music from Italy – including a project reimagining the music of Ancient Rome, leading traditional and neo-traditional groups including Officina Zoe, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, and Banda Ionica, and the great Italian new folk accordionist, Riccardo Tesi with his Banditaliana group and as part of a world accordion group, Samurai Accordion, from their new release Te.