Global Village

Weeknights at 7pm

Join us weeknights at 7 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.

For the fourth year in row, Global Village is a winner in the annual Public Radio Exchange (PRX) Zeitfunk Awards. Global Village, has been named Number Three among 2014 Most Licensed Series.

Global Village also received the 2013 Readers Choice Award for the Best World Music Radio Show. 

"Global Village, hosted on KMUW in Wichita, Kansas and broadcast on stations around the world (as well as online), is one of the finest world music programs on the airwaves. DJ Chris Heim really knows her stuff, and consistently presents a fantastic hour of music, carefully curated around a theme, and peppered with exactly the right amount of chatter and useful information." - Megan Romer, Guide 

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Monday, August 29

Global Village throws an Afrobeat party with music from August featured artist Tony Allen as part of Fela’s band and recording under his own name with Fela’s Africa 70 band and Fela as producer. Plus Afrobeat sounds from two U.S. – based Afrobeat bands – The Funk Ark and Antibalas – and an Afrobeat/Gnawa fusion from the Fangnawa Experience release.

Tuesday, August 30

Monday, August 15

With all eyes on Rio, Global Village joins in the fun with music from Brazil throughout the entire week. We kick things off with a show that highlights some sounds from modern Brazil – including two albums featuring Vinicius Cantuaria (one with Bill Frisell, the other with Ricardo Silveira), also the ‘nova bossa nova’ band Bossacucanova, and neo-tropicalia group Garotas Suecas. Plus reggae legends Toots & the Maytals, and a little musical diversion from Steely Dan.

Tuesday, August 16

Monday, August 8

Global Village marks the birthday of English folk guitar great John Renbourn and also features music from his bandmate in Pentangle, Bert Jansch. We’ll hear music they did as a duo and as part of Pentangle, along with solo projects from both, including two new reissues from Jansch, From the Outside and his classic instrumental album, Avocet. Plus more from August featured artist Tony Allen, from his third solo album, No Accommodation for Lagos, done with Fela’s Africa 70 band – and new music from Ayreheart and Constantinople.

Monday, August 1

Global Village marks the 45th anniversary of the Concert for Bangladesh, which took place on August 1, 1971 in Madison Square Garden.  The groundbreaking event was the first and a template for the many benefit concerts that followed to aid a variety of humanitarian efforts. Global Village features music from the Concert from the two key artists who helped put the event together - George Harrison and Ravi Shankar – along with music from other artists who performed there.

Tuesday, August 2

  1. Santana – Santana IV (Thirty Tigers)


  1. Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble – Sing Me Home (Sony Masterworks)


  1. Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno – 1000 Watts (Tru Thoughts)


  1. Jah Works – Believe (Riddim House)


  1. Afro Haitian Experimental Orchestra – A-H-E-O (Glitterbeat)


  1. Various – Rough Guide to Brazilian Jazz (World Music Network)


Monday, July 25

Global Village marks the birthday of Rita Marley with music she did under her own name and as part of the I-Threes, the vocal trio that backed Bob Marley & the Wailers. Plus more music for the July Santana feature - including covers of his songs from Angelique Kidjo and Africando and music from the Corazon and Caravanserai albums – and a new roots reggae set from Quantic and a new release from acclaimed African guitarist Djelimady Tounkara.

Tuesday, July 26

Monday, July 18

Global Village celebrates Nelson Mandela International Day – a special day of commemoration, celebration and public service designated by the United Nations for South African leader Nelson Mandela’s birthday. The show highlights music and artists who created songs in honor of Mandela and the fight against apartheid in South Africa that still resonate today. Among the artists featured: Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Artists United Against Apartheid, Abdullah Ibrahim, Brenda Fassie, and Harry Belafonte.

Monday, July 11

Global Village celebrates the birthdays of reggae stars John Holt (of the Paragons) and Michael Rose (from Black Uhuru) and highlights new reggae albums from Ziggy Marley, Taj Weekes & Adowa, and Jah Works. Plus more music from July featured artists Santana (from the Welcome and new Santana IV albums) and the latest from Carrie Rodriguez and Oumar Konate.


Tuesday, July 12