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, May 22

In conjunction with the May ‘Golden Age of African Music’ feature, Global Village highlights music this time from the legendary Orchestra Baobab. The group formed in 1970 and its inspired combination of Cuban and Senegalese music made it one of the top bands of the era. New styles and sounds led to Baobab disbanding in the ‘80s, but they reformed in 2001 and past and later releases attracted a new world music audience. The show highlights music from across the band’s career, from early work to their new album, Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng. Plus new music from Colombian band Systema Solar, the Gypsy Cuban Project, and the Cape Verdean Synthesize the Soul compilation.

Tuesday, May 23

Global Village highlights some impressive neo-folk groups from Europe including the critically acclaimed Hungarian band Sondorgo, Italy’s Unavantaluna, Finnish accordionist Maria Kalaniemi, and from Spain, the Basque group Korrontzi and Basque accordionist Keja Junkera with over 200 Galician musicians on the massive Galiza project.

Wednesday, 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 off new albums by Cuba’s Vocal Sampling, the art-folk Quercus trio (June Tabor, Huw Warren & Iain Bellamy), and the Hudson album from Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski and John Scofield.  Plus Dylan covers from Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Robert Plant, Toots Hibbert and more.

Thursday, 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.

Friday, May 26

Global Village continues the May ‘Golden Age of African Music’ feature with a preview of a compilation out next month of pop makossa from ‘70s Cameroon. Plus birthday salutes to Brazilian guitarist and accordionist Sivuca, Buena Vista Social Club pianist Ruben Gonzalez, and some world-influenced pieces from Sketches of Spain and Miles from India for Miles Davis’s birthday.

Monday, May 15

Global Village marks the birthday of Brian Eno with music from some of his early solo albums, world music projects with Ugandan artist Geoffrey Oryema, Ghanian band Edikanfo, and David Byrne, and also music from an album he picked as one of his favorites, Fela’s Afrodesiac. It’s also the birthday of Brazilian guitarist, composer and bossa nova pioneer Oscar Castro-Neves, and there’s new music from Italian afrobeat group, the Mamud Band, and the Lost in China compilation.

Tuesday, May 16

Monday, May 8

Global Village features contemporary releases from and inspired by music of the Middle East and North Africa. Highlights include French guitarist and composer Titi Robin, Iranian singer (and former Axiom of Choice member) Mamek Khadem, Paris-based world-fusion artist Aziz Sahmaoui, the Dutch ‘Arabicana’ band NO Blues, Iranian vocalist Mahsa Vahdat with soul and gospel singer Mighty Sam, Israeli percussionist Zohar Fresco, and even some heavy metal from the Arabic Rock Orchestra.

Tuesday, May 9

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  1. Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita – Transparent Water (Ota)
  1. Girme Beyene & Akale Wube – Mistakes on Purpose/Ethiopiques 30 (Buda Musique)
  1. Ethio Stars/Tukul Band featuring Mulatu Astatke – Addis 1988 (Piranha)
  1. Vieux Farka Toure – Samba (Six Degrees)
  1. Serendou – Zinder (Hirustica)
  1. Mokoomba – Luyando (Out/Here)
  1. Orchestra Baobab – Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng (World C

Monday, April 24

Global Village marks the birthday of classical guitarist John Williams with world projects he did featuring music of Africa, Japan, and Venezuela. It is also the birthday of the late Collin Walcott, who was a member of the Paul Winter Consort and then a cofounder of the world chamber jazz ensemble Oregon.

And along with music from Oregon, Global Village highlights more world jazz sounds for the April Jazz Appreciation Month feature from Ernest Ranglin, and the new album from Mariah Parker’s Indo Latin Jazz.

Monday, April 10

Global Village celebrates birthdays of Bunny Wailer (one of the original Wailers), Cuban-born, U.S.-based eclectic Latin jazz pianist Omar Sosa, and exotica hit maker Martin Denny.  Plus a new reissue of a classic compilation of music from legendary Jamaican ska band, the Skatalites, a late ‘80s project from the father of Ethiojazz, Mulatu Astatke, that is being released internationally for the first time, and the modern tango sound of Otros Aires.

Tuesday, April 11

Monday, April 3

Global Village highlights nominees, honorees and performers at this year’s BBC Folk Awards, which take place Wednesday.  We’ll hear music from Ry Cooder and Al Stewart – Lifetime Achievement Award-winners, Woody Guthrie who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, and nominees including Rachael Newton, Martin Green, Breabach, 9Bach, The Gloaming, Furrow Collective, Kris Drever and Fara. Plus music from Richard Thompson, a Folk Awards Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, for his birthday.

Tuesday, April 4

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  1. Girma Beyene & Akale Wube – Mistakes on Purpose/Ethiopiques 30 (Buda Musique)

 

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