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, August 7

Global Village marks Ivory Coast Independence Day with a program devoted to music from that West African nation, including legendary artists and rising stars and a variety of styles, from traditionally inspired music to Ivorian reggae, soukous, afrobeat and zouglou sounds. Among the artists featured on the show are Alpha Blondy, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Dobet Gnahore, Pierre Antoine, and Jean Baptise Zibodi along with selections from the Ivory Coast Soul and Cote d’Ivoire 50th anniversary compilations.

Tuesday, August 8

Global Village pays tribute to John Renbourn for his birthday. The late guitarist and songwriter was a founding member of the popular English folk group, Pentangle, and a pioneering artist who brought together early music, blues, jazz and world influences in his work. The show highlights music from Pentangle as well as recordings under his own name, music he did with guitarist Stefan Grossman, and Grammy-nominated albums with Robin Williamson and the John Renbourn Group.

Wednesday, August 9

This time in the Global Village, some folk and neo-folk sounds from around the world. Among the highlights are Italian neo-folk accordionist Riccardo Tesi, the second album (and first to feature Sandy Denny) from Fairport Convention, Finnish neo-folk and bagpipe band Pare, Scotland’s Breabach, and new releases from Madagascar’s Toko Telo, Portugal’s Melech Mechaya, and the Palestinian oud and percussion Duo Sabil.

Thursday, August 10

It’s Latin-plus this time in the Global Village, as a variety of Latin styles come together with soul, jazz, Indian, reggae and more. We’ll hear the latest from Senegalese rumba band Orchestra Baobab, the Cuban a capella doo wop group Vocal Sampling, Latin jazz percussionist Ray Mantilla and Latin Indo Jazz pianist Mariah Parker, and contemporary Afro-Colombian group Systema Solar. Plus music from August featured artist Poncho Sanchez (with special guest, jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco), and some classic boogaloo from Joe Cuba and Mongo Santamaria.

Friday, August 11

One of the most popular styles from Africa, and a sound that has reached around the globe, is Fela’s Afrobeat. This time in the Global Village…the Afrobeat goes on, with music from Tony Allen, the drummer and musical director for Fela; one of Fela’s sons, Seun Kuti, heading up his father’s Egypt 80 band; and some contemporary bands inspired by Afrobeat, but adding their own unique influences to the style – London-based  Yaaba Funk and Brooklyn’s Zongo Junction.

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  1. Toko Telo – Toy Raha Toy (Anio)


  1. Various artists – Zaire 74: The African Artists (Wrasse)
  1. Oumou Sangare – Nogoya (No Format!)
  1. Lila Downs – Salon, Lagrimas y Deseo (Sony Music)
  1. Songhoy Blues – Reistance (Fat Possum)
  1. Les Amazones d’Afrique – Republique Amazone (Real World)
  1. Ozomatli – Non-Stop: Mexico to Jamaica (Cleopatra)
  1. Sver – Fryd (Folkhall)
  1. Bob Marley & the Wailers – Exodus: The Movement Continues (Tuff Gong)
  1. Tony Allen – A Tribute to Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (Blue Note)
  1. Quadro Nuevo & Cairo Steps – Flying Carpet (Fine Music)
  1. Dayme Arocena – Cubafonia (Brownswood)
  1. Ruben Gonzalez – Introducing Ruben Gongalez (World Circuit)
  1. Sabil – Zabad, Twilight Tide (Harmonia Mundi)
  1. Afrikan Protokol – Beyond the Grid (Abozame)
  1. Tunde Jeged & Derek Gripper – Mali in Oak (Globe Music)
  1. Omar Faruk Tekbilek – Love is My Religion (Adama)
  1. She’Koyokh – First Dance on Second Avenue (Riverboat)
  1. Les Yeux Noirs – A Band of Gypsies (Buda Musique)
  1. Divanhana – Live in Mostar (ARC Music)
  1. Omar Souleyman – To Syria, With Love (Mad Decent)
  1. Jowee Omicil – Let’s Bash (Jazz Village)
  1. Nomade Orquestra – Entre Mundos (Far Out Music)
  1. Various Artists – Putumayo Presents Cuba! Cuba! (Putumayo)
  1. Café Tacuba – Jei Beibi (Café Tacuba)
  1. Vasen – Brewed (Northside)
  1. Trio Mediaeval & Arve Henriksen – Rimur (ECM)
  1. Kingston All Stars – Presenting Kingston All Stars (Roots and Wire)
  1. Ray Mantilla – High Voltage (Savant)
  1. Various artists – Pop Makossa (Analog Africa)
  1. Zampogneria – Fiumerapido (Finis Terre)
  1. Vocal Sampling – Asi de Sampling! (Zig Zag World)
  1. Orchestra Baobab – Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng (World Circuit)
  1. Various – Togo Soul 70 (Hot Casa)
  1. Debashish Bhattacharya – Hawaii to Calcutta (Riverboat)
  1. Various Artists – Synthesize the Soul (Ostinato)
  1. Rakkatak – Small Pieces (Rakkatak)
  1. Amine & Hamza – Fertile Paradoxes (ARC Music)
  1. Tarek Yamani – Peninsular (Edict)

40.  Maes/Martin/Gruel – Feule Caracal (Buda Musique)

Monday, July 31

It’s a string thing this time in the Global Village, highlighting some world violin and cello artists and groups. Among the artists featured: Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble; neo-folk band, the Horse Flies; Las Hermanas Caronni, clarinet and cello playing twin sisters from Argentina; Carolina Chocolate Drops’ cellist Leyla McCalla; Cajun and roots fiddlers Michael Doucet & Tom Rigney; the violin (and flute) driven charanga style from the band that pioneered the sound, Orquesta Aragon; and one of the great Bollywood singers, Asha Bhosle, with Kronos Quartet.

Tuesday, August 1

Global Village marks Benin’s Independence Day with a program devoted to music from that West African nation. We’ll hear one of its most famous singers – Angelique Kidjo, jazz guitarist Lionel Loueke, the big band Afrobeat sound of the Gangbe Brass Band, the reunited legendary Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou, and some rarities from artists who helped shape the sound of contemporary urban music in Benin.

Wednesday, August 2

Global Village kicks off the August feature of music from Latin Soul Jazz percussionist Poncho Sanchez with music from across his career. We’ll hear some of his early work with West Coast Latin jazz pioneer Cal Tjader, guest appearances with the Caribbean Jazz Project and Dr. John, and music from albums he did as a leader including his Grammy-winning release Latin Soul.

Thursday, August 3

Global Village heads to Norway for music from two magnificent saxophonists who combine traditional and jazz influences – the pioneering Jan Garbarek and inventive contemporary player Karl Seglem. Also music from the Sweet Sunny North project from David Lindley and Henry Kaiser featuring over 60 Norwegian musicians, and “Norwegian Wood” from Herbie Hancock.

Friday, August 4

It’s New Month/New Music time in the Global Village. Each month, Global Village devotes an entire show to the best of new world music releases, and among the highlights this time:

The Isley Brothers meet Santana

Classical mandolinist Avi Avital meets jazz bassist Omer Avital

Cellist Matthieu  Saglio meets flamenco guitarist Jose El Piru

Flemish Folk on mandolins from MANdolinMAN

Neo-rembetica from Trio Tekke with Dave de Rose

Neo-klezmer from Melech Machaya

And Greek-American reggae out of Washington from Christos DC

Monday, July 24

In conjunction with the July South African Music feature, this special program from Global Village features a conversation with two members of the acclaimed South African group, the Soweto Gospel Choir, and explores music from the ensemble. We’ll also highlight some other great South African voices – including Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Miriam Makeba, and hear the original version of “Mbube” (later recorded as “Wimoweh” and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”) first done in South Africa in 1939 by Solomon Linda and the Original Evening Birds.

Tuesday, July 25

Global Village pays tribute to accordionist Regis Gizavo, who passed away last week. One of Madagascar’s finest musicians, Gizavo first attracted international attention when he won the Radio France International Discovery Award. Moving to Paris in 1990, he began a series of remarkable collaborations with artists like the Corsican group I Muvrini, Cape Verde’s Cesaria Evora, Lura, and Mayra Andrade, South Africa’s Mahotella Queens, the Congolese Rhumba supergroup Kekele, Paris Combo and more. We’ll hear him with those artists, on solo efforts, and on his last project, the newly released album from Toko Telo with guitarist D’Gary and singer Monika Njava.

Wednesday, July 26

Today marks the birthday of cuatro and salsa great Yomo Toro. Global Village pays tribute to him in a special edition of the show that features music spanning his seven decade long career - including solo albums and recordings he did with the Fania All Stars, Willie Colon, Hector Lavoe, Roswell Rudd, Daniel Ponce, David Byrne and Ned Sublette.

Thursday, July 27

As part of the July South African Music feature, Global Village devotes the program to South African reggae. Among the highlights: one of the giants of South African reggae, Lucky Dube; Dube’s original group, the Slaves; a cover of a Bob Marley classic from Freshlyground; a reggae-inspired song from township favorites Mahlathini & the Mahotella Queens; and Harley & the Rasta Family.

Friday, 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.

Monday, July 17

As part of the Global Village July South African Music feature, the program this time is devoted to one of South Africa’s richest musical contributions – the distinctive sound of South African jazz. American jazz was a big influence in the South African townships almost from its birth, carried to the country by American performers, records and film. After World War II, there was a remarkable flowering of South African jazz led by such greats as Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Abdullah Ibrahim and more. We’ll hear music from them and some of the South African jazz musicians who followed in this special edition of the show.

Tuesday, July 18

In conjunction with the July South African Music feature, Global Village marks Nelson Mandela International Day – a special day of commemoration, celebration, and public service designated by the United Nations in honor of 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, including a number of musicians from South Africa. Among the artists featured: Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Artists United Against Apartheid, Abdullah Ibrahim, Brenda Fassie, and Harry Belafonte.

Wednesday, July 19

This time in the Global Village, the entire program is devoted to music of India. Among the highlights, the legendary Ravi Shankar (with a piece he composed with Phillip Glass), his daughter Anoushka Shankar and nephew (and raga-rock pioneer) Ananda Shankar, the Indian blues of Michael Messer’s Mitra, Iranian sitarist Abbas Mehrpouya, the contemporary sounds of Tabla Beat Science, acclaimed sarodist Ali Akbar Khan, and the classic Call of the Valley album.

Thursday, July 20

Global Village celebrates the 70th birthday today of Carlos Santana with music he did as part of the Santana band (including music from the band’s debut and from the Santana IV album that reunited the Woodstock era band), as a solo artist (from the Havana Moon set), as guest artist (with Nigerian drummer Olatunji, and bluesmen Buddy Guy and John Lee Hooker), and more in a program devoted entirely to his music.

(Strange Currency and Night Train will also mark the 70th birthday of Carlos Santana tonight.)

Friday, July 21

Global Village marks the birthday of singer-songwriter Cat Stevens with his own music and covers of his songs from Bacao Rhythm & Steel and the String Cheese Incident. Also more for the July South African music feature – this time from contemporary artists Thandiswa, Freshlyground, and Vusi Mahlasela – and some new Latin sounds from Ozomatli, Cuban singer Dayme Arocena, and a reissue of the Buena Vista classic, Introducing Ruben Gonzalez.

Monday, July 10

Global Village marks birthdays of the legendary Mavis Staples (with music from the new All Star Concert Celebration release), hard bop trumpeter Lee Morgan (with his hit, "The Sidewinder") and world and fusion banjoist Bela Fleck. Plus the African Jazz Pioneers with their pioneering township jazz sound as the show continues its 10th anniversary feature of music from South African – and the latest from Nordic folk group Sver, Malian great Oumou Sangare, and Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen’s tribure to drummer Art Blakey.

Tuesday, July 11

Global Village marks the centuries-old Mongolian festival of Naadam, which begins today, with a Mongolian music festival of its own. We’ll explore traditional singing and instruments along with contemporary bands fusing those traditions with a wide array of different influences, from symphony orchestras to classic rock. Among the artists featured are Anda Union, Egschiglen, Hangaai, Tuvan artists Ondar and Yat-Kha, and music from the recent groundbreaking compilation, An Anthology of Mongolian Khoomii.

Wednesday, July 12

Global Village features music from African women from all across the continent – including Nigeria’s Lijadu Sisters, Western Sahara’s Aziza Brahim, Mauritania’s Noura Mint Seymali, Les Amazones de Guinee, and for the July Music of South Africa feature, Mama Africa by Miriam Makeba.

Thursday, July 13

A squeezebox extravaganza this time in the Global Village with artists and bands from Italy, Serbia, Argentina, Russia, France and more that feature accordions and related instruments. Among the artists featured, the Celtic band Solas , Berlin’s 17 Hippies, new tango group the Pablo Ziegler Quintet, Russia’s Trio Voronezh, and Italian accordionist Filippo Gambetta.

Friday, 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.

(Strange Currency will also have a Bastille Day Special tonight.)

Monday, July 3

Global Village kicks off the July feature of music from South Africa with a program devoted to both classic recordings and contemporary releases from that country. Highlights include music from the Soul Brothers, Mahlathini & the Mahotella Queens, the African Jazz Pioneers, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Max-Hobo, Afrika Mamas, and The Rough Guide to South African Jazz.

Tuesday, July 4

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  1. Various artists – Zaire 74: The African Artists (Wrasse)
  2. Vasen – Brewed (Northside)
  3. Trio Mediaeval & Arve Henriksen – Rimur (ECM)
  4. Sabil – Zabad, Twilight Tide (Harmonia Mundi)
  5. Ozomatli – Non-Stop: Mexico to Jamaica (Cleopatra)
  6. Quadro Nuevo & Cairo Steps – Flying Carpet (Fine Music)
  7. Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues – Different Voices (Dawnserly)
  8. Oumou Sangare – Mogoya (No Format!)
  9. Tony Allen – A Tribute to Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (Blue Note)
  10. Kingston All Stars – Presenting Kingston All Stars (Roots and Wire)
  11. Ray Mantilla – High Voltage (Savant)
  12. Various artists – Pop Makossa (Analog Africa)
  13. Zampogneria – Fiumerapido (Finis Terre)
  14. Afrikan Protokol – Beyond the Grid (Abozame)
  15. Morgan Heritage – Avrakedabra (CTBC Music Group)
  16. Elida Almeida – Djunta Kudjer (LusAfrica)
  17. Various – Uzelli Psychedelic Anadalou (Uzelli)
  18. Sver – Fryd (Folkhall)
  19. Griselda Sanderson & Ricardo de Noronha – Veer (Waulk)
  20. Girme Beyene & Akale Wube – Mistakes on Purpose/Ethiopiques 30 (Buda Musique)
  21. Tinariwen – Elwan (Anti-)
  22. Toko Telo – Toy Taha Toy (Anio)
  23. Maria Kalaniemi & Eero Grundstrom – Svalan (Akero)
  24. Vocal Sampling – Asi de Sampling! (Zig Zag World)
  25. Orchestra Baobab – Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng (World Circuit)
  26. Various – Togo Soul 70 (Hot Casa)
  27. L’Orchestre Afrisa International – Melanie (Colomotion)
  28. Vieux Farka Toure – Samba (Six Degrees)
  29. Systema Solar – Rumbo a Tierra (Nacional)
  30. Debashish Bhattacharya – Hawaii to Calcutta (Riverboat)
  31. Various Artists – Synthesize the Soul (Ostinato)
  32. Rakkatak – Small Pieces (Rakkatak)
  33. Amine & Hamza – Fertile Paradoxes (ARC Music)
  34. Jerez Texas – Clar de Lluna (Jerez Texas)
  35. Tarek Yamani – Peninsular (Edict)
  36. Les Amazones d’Afrique – Republique Amazone (Real World)
  37. Maes/Martin/Gruel – Feule Caracal (Buda Musique)
  38. Quercus – Nightfall (ECM)
  39. Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita – Transparent Water (Ota)
  40. Ethio Stars/Tukul Band featuring Mulatu Astatke – Addis 1988 (Piranha)

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Monday, 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 and marked there 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. Among those featured in this show – Tarika, D’Gary, Dama, Rossy, Jaojoby, and a new release from the super group Toko Telo.

Tuesday, June 27

Global Village continues the June Islands feature with a trip to Jamaica for some reggae and reggae influenced music from Bob Marley, his son Ziggy Marley, Jamaican guitar legend Ernest Ranglin, highlife-reggae-soul group Selasee & the Fafa Family and more.

Wednesday, June 28

As part of the June Islands feature, Global Village heads to Prince Edward Island to showcase music from three talented contemporary folk ensembles: Vishten, the East Pointers, and Ten Strings and a Goatskin. Also music from indigenous Canadian artist Buffy Sainte-Marie,  an exquisite new release from Duo Sabil, the latest from Sweden’s Vasen, Sandy Denny with Fotheringay, and Herbie Hancock’s Imagine Project.

Thursday, June 29

A special edition of Global Village exploring music of the Tuareg. These nomads of the Sahara have captured international attention in recent years (following the release of the groundbreaking Radio Tisdas Sessions album from the pioneering band, Tinariwen) with a contemporary guitar band sound rooted in Tuareg traditions. Over time a number of groups have emerged, bringing new influences into the music as well. We’ll explore everything from the earliest international Tuareg releases from Tinariwen and Tartit to impressive later releases from Bombino, Imarhan, Ezza, and more.

Friday, 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.

Monday, June 19

Global Village continues the June Islands feature with a trip to Jamaica for a special birthday celebration for 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, Millie Small, Jackie Mittoo, and more.

Tuesday, June 20

Global Village marks World Refugee Day with music from artists from many different corners of the world who were once refugees. Featured in the show is music from 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.

Wednesday, 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.

Thursday, June 22

In conjunction with the June ‘Islands’ feature, Global Village pays 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 Stomo 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 recent release from Kengo Saito bringing together music of Japan and Afghanistan.

Friday, June 23

It’s Take Your Dog to Work Day and Global Village lets loose the hounds in 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, Balkan-inspired Tipsy Oxcart, kora player Seckou Keita, and the Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten Cambodian rock soundtrack.