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.

Find out more about Global Village and world music on the Global Village Facebook page.

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Monday, October 3

Global Village marks the birthday of Sting with music he did with the Police, as a solo artist, and with the Corsican band I Muvrini – along with covers of his songs from the String Cheese Incident, the Tierney Sutton Band, and Grazyna Auguscik with Paulinho Garcia. Global Village also kicks off the October Steel Guitars Around the World feature with Indian slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya.

Tuesday, October 3

Though we are primarily featuring steel guitar this month, Global Village this time explores some other global guitars - including English folk great John Renbourn, Indian electric guitarist Prasanna, Mali’s Boubacar Traore, flamenco guitarist Raul Rodriguez, and the meeting of flamenco and classical guitar from Pedro Soler & Philippe Mouratoglou.

Wednesday, October 4

Global Village marks World Animal Day, an event that traces its roots back to 1920s Berlin and is dedicated to bringing attention to issues of animal welfare and protection. Global Village marks the occasion with a wide array of animal songs from Adrian Belew, 9Bach, Roaring Lion, Pink Martini, Manu Dibango, Buena Vista Social Club and more.

Thursday, October 5

Global Village highlights some global drums this time – including pioneering Nigerian drummer Olatunji with special guest Carlos Santana; legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen with the Afro-Haitian Experimental Orchestra; drummer Henry Cole with the Afrobeat Collective, and Taiko drums join Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. Plus music from Haiti’s Lakou Mizik, Scotland’s Breabach, and Snarky Puppy’s Bill Laurance.

Friday, October 6

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:

Afrobeat legend Tony Allen’s new Blue Note album

New afrobeat from Brooklyn’s Antibalas

Acclaimed contemporary classical group Kronos Quartet teamed up with Malian masters Trio da Kali

Tunisian oud master Anouar Brahem with jazz legends Dave Holland and Jack DeJohnette

A new Rough Guide compilation of music from West Africa

And neo-folk from Italian neo-pizzica group Officina Zoe and Spanish acoustic guitarist Pipo Romero.

Album cover art

  1. Ramon Goose – Long Road to Tiznit (Riverboat)
  1. Bokante – Strange Circles (Ground Up)
  1. Ladama – Ladama (Six Degrees)
  1. New Kingston – A Kingston Story: Come From Far (Easy Star)
  1. Avi Avital & Omer Avital – Avital Meets Avital (Deutsche Grammophon)
  1. Alash – Achai (Smithsonian Folkways)
  1. Various – Sweet as Broken Dates (Ostinato)
  1. Christo


KMUW Music is celebrating National Coffee Day with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Crossroads on Friday, September 29 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.

Global Village is brewing up an entire show devoted to great java songs from the likes of Bob Marley, Willie Bobo, the Ink Spots, Herbie Mann, Robert Plant, Bob Dorough and more.

The special continues on Strange Currency with selections from Prince, Squeeze, Bob Dylan, Paul Westerberg and John Hiatt, among others.

Monday, September 25

Global Village continues the September Hispanic Heritage Month feature with a program devoted to Latin Jazz. We’ll highlight Afro-Cuban sounds from the pioneering work of Machito to new albums from Hilario Duran and Nestor Torres, new flamenco from the Guitar Trio of Paco de Lucia, Al DiMeola and John McLaughlin, Brazilian jazz from Eliane Elias and more.

Tuesday, September 26

Global Village celebrates birthdays of Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos, and singers Dolores Keane, Gal Costa, and Julie London. Plus more in the September Hispanic Heritage Month feature, including music from Chicha Libre and Lila Downs.

Wednesday, September 27

Global Village marks the birthday of Robbie Shakespeare, bassist and half of the legendary reggae ‘Riddim Twins’ with Sly Dunbar. Featured are a number of Sly & Robbie releases along with classic artists and tracks with the two. Global Village also highlights some recent and new reggae releases and compilations, including music from the Black Seeds, Ozomatli, the Skatalites, Christos DC, New Kingston, and the 40th anniversary edition of Bob Marley’s Exodus album.

Thursday, September 28

Global Village marks birthdays of Brazilian soul pioneer Tim Maia and C.J. Chenier, the son of zydeco great Clifton Chenier. Plus more music for the September Hispanic Heritage Month feature – this time from Miami bands Palo! and Spam All Stars, Mandrill, and the new Santana album with the Isley Brothers.

Friday, September 29

It’s Coffee Day and Global Village is brewing up an entire show devoted to great java songs from the likes of Bob Marley, Willie Bobo, the Ink Spots, Herbie Mann, Robert Plant, Bob Dorough and more.

(Strange Currency and Crossroads will also be brewing up Coffee Day programs tonight.)

KMUW Music is celebrating the first day of autumn with three hours of music! Tune in to Global Village and Strange Currency on Friday, September 22 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Global Village welcomes in the first day of Fall with songs of the season from a wide array of artists and styles of music, including Astor Piazzolla, Bob Dorough, Ralph Towner (with and without Oregon), Ahmad Jamal, and more.

Monday, September 18

Lots of music from Brazil this time in the Global Village. We mark the birthday of Brazilian born, US based pianist and composer Jovino Santos Neto with music from his own releases and also as a guest with mandolinist Mike Marshall and singer Sandy Cressman. Plus new Brazilian sounds from Ensemble Novo, Paul McCandless making a guest appearance with Brazilian singer Renato Braz on a forthcoming compilation, and a Brazilian flavored piece off the new album from Ladama.

Tuesday, September 19

It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day! In honor of the occasion, Global Village has a special show filled with songs about pirates from the likes of Roger McGuinn, Marianne Faithfull, Al Stewart, the Almanac Singers with Woody Guthrie, and, of course, some music from the Pirates of Penzance.

Wednesday, September 20

For the September Hispanic Heritage Month feature, Global Village devotes the entire show to the brief and wonderful world of Latin soul boogaloo. We’ll hear classics and rarities from the era from Joe Cuba, Joe Bataan, Ray Barretto, Johnny Colon, the Latinaires and more.

Thursday, September 21

Global Village marks International Day of Peace, a day set aside by the United Nations since 1982 in support of world peace. The program highlights topical tunes from a variety of artists from around the world, including Third World, Vieux Farka Toure, Van Morrison, Sameer Gupta, the Holmes Brothers, Edwin Starr, String Cheese Incident and more.

Friday, September 22

Global Village welcomes in the first day of Fall with songs of the season from a wide array of artists and styles of music, including Astor Piazzolla, Bob Dorough, Ralph Towner (with and without Oregon), Ahmad Jamal, and more.

Monday, September 11

Global Village celebrates birthdays of English folk rock great John Martyn, and also the birthday of Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart. We’ll hear several varied selections from Martyn, and we’ll explore Hart’s world music excursions with Planet Drum, the taiko group Kodo, and the Diga Rhythm Band. Plus the latest from the Canadian world duo Rakkatak, and blues and desert blues guitarist Ramon Goose, and the Hispanic Heritage Month feature continues with one of the leading figures on the contemporary Latin jazz scene, Cuban-born, Bay Area based pianist Omar Sosa.

Tuesday, September 12

Global Village marks birthdays of two artists with deep Latin jazz roots for the September Hispanic Heritage Month feature – trumpeter Brian Lynch and trombonist Steve Turre. It’s also the birthday of Israeli pianist Idan Raichel and world/jazz percussionist Adam Rudolph – and there’s new music from New Kingston and Mamadou Kelly.

Wednesday, September 13

Global Village takes off on another exploration of world jazz, including some Latin jazz for the Hispanic Heritage Month feature. Among the highlights - the jazz side of Fela with his early band, Koola Lobitos; a tribute to John Coltrane from Carlos Santana with John McLaughlin; the African Jazz Pioneers; a flamenco-jazz release from Terceto Kali; and Oliver Lake’s Steel Quartet.

Thursday, September 14

As Global Village continues its Hispanic Heritage Month feature, it’s birthday salutes this time to Steve Berlin, perhaps best known for his work with Los Lobos, and Cachao, the legendary Cuban-born bassist and composer. Plus a tribute to bassist Holger Czukay of the German psychedelic-electronic-world-rock band, Can, who passed away last week, and the latest from the Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble, Songhoy Blues, and Omar Souleyman.

Friday, September 15

Global Village celebrates the start of Hispanic Heritage Month with a program devoted entirely to the wide range of Latin sounds and artists that have helped shape American music. Latin jazz, soul and rock are all featured, including some of the legends of the music - among them Machito, Mongo Santamaria, Los Lobos, and Santana – plus rare sides from Joe King Carrasco, Flash & the Dynamics and more.

KMUW Music is celebrating Brazilian Independence Day with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency, and Night Train on Thursday, September 7 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.

Monday, September 4

Global Village celebrates Labor Day with songs about work, workers, and working. Among the artists with topical songs are the Strawbs, Toots Hibbert, Van Morrison, Sting, Abbey Lincoln, the Beatles, Jimmy Reed, and the Roches.

Tuesday, September 5

Global Village kicks off the September Hispanic Heritage Month feature with a special devoted to music from Fania and its subsidiary labels. Known as ‘the Motown of Latin Music,’ Fania pioneered the sound of salsa and during its heyday had some of the biggest names in Latin music. We’ll hear music from label cofounder Johnny Pacheco, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Joe Cuba, the Fania All Stars and more.

Wednesday, September 6

Global Village continues the September Hispanic Heritage Month feature with a program devoted to pioneering and contemporary Latin rock and soul artists – including Santana, Malo with Carlos Santana’s brother Jorge, contemporary pan-Latin bands Grupo Fantasma, M.A.K.U. Soundsystem and Buyepongo, Congolese rhumba rock group Ry-Co Jazz, ‘60s chicano rock pioneers Thee Midniters, and Latin soul jazz master Pucho with His Latin Soul Brothers.

Thursday, September 7

Global Village celebrates Brazilian Independence Day with a wide array of styles and artists from that country. We’ll hear Ary Barroso’s classic song,”Brazil,” from Trio de Paz, Brazilian jazz from mandolin master Hamilton De Holanda, Afrobeat inspired music from Brazil’s Bixiga 70, nova bossa nova from Bossacucanova, the underground sounds of the Friends from Rio Project, one of the great voices of Brazil Virginia Rodrigues, and even some Brazilian music by way of Kansas City from Ensemble Iberica.

(Strange Currency and Night Train also celebrate Brazilian Independence Day tonight.)

Friday, September 8

Global Village marks birthdays of David Steele of English Beat and Fine Young Cannibals, and acclaimed Bollywood playback singer Asha Bhosle – continues the September Hispanic Heritage Month feature with music from Cannibal & the Headhunters (one of the first Mexican-American bands with a national rock hit) and Austin’s adventurous Grupo Fantasma – and highlights new music from Bokante (featuring Michael League of Snarky Puppy), reggae artist Christos DC, the Pop Makossa compilation, and the exquisite Arabic ensemble Duo Sabil.

Album Cover Art

  1. Avi Avital & Omer Avital – Avital Meets Avital (Deutsche Grammophon)


  1. Matthieu Saglio & Jose El Piru – Petit a Petit (Matthieu Saglio & Jose El Piru)
  1. Isley Brothers & Santana – Power of Peace (Legacy)
  1. Melech Mechaya – Aurora (Felmay)
  1. Topette!! – C’est Le Pompon (Topette!!)
  1. Ray Mantilla – High Voltage (Savant)
  1. MandolinMan – Unfolding the Roots (ARC Music)
  1. Trio Tekke & Dave de Rose – Zivo (Trio Tekke)
  1. Bob Marley & the Wailers – Exodus: The Movement Continues (Tuff Gong)
  1. Sabil – Zabad, Twilight Tide (Harmonia Mundi)
  1. Toko Telo – Toy Taha Toy (Anio)
  1. Ozomatli – Non-Stop: Mexico to Jamaica (Cleopatra)
  1. Sver – Fryd (Folkhall)
  1. Ruben Gonzalez – Introducing Ruben Gongalez (World Circuit)
  1. Les Yeux Noirs – A Band of Gypsies (Buda Musique)
  1. Monoswezi – A Je (Riverboat)
  1. Trad Attack! – Kullakarla (Trad Attack!)
  1. Vasen – Brewed (Northside)
  1. Massa Dembele – Mezana Dounia (Izniz)
  1. Christos DC – Tessera (Honest Music)
  1. Rafiki Jazz – Har Dam Sahara (Riverboat)
  1. Orchestra Baobab – Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng (World Circuit)
  1. Lau – Decade (Reveal)
  1. Quadro Nuevo & Cairo Steps – Flying Carpet (Fine Music)
  1. Vocal Sampling – Asi de Sampling! (Zig Zag World)
  1. Quercus – Nightfall (ECM)
  1. Various Artists – Putumayo Presents Cuba! Cuba! (Putumayo)
  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. She’Koyokh – First Dance on Second Avenue (Riverboat)
  1. Divanhana – Live in Mostar (ARC Music)
  1. Omar Souleyman – To Syria, With Love (Mad Decent)
  1. Various artists – Pop Makossa (Analog Africa)
  1. Zampogneria – Fiumerapido (Finis Terre)
  1. Various artists – Zaire 74: The African Artists (Wrasse)
  1. Dayme Arocena – Cubafonia (Brownswood)
  1. Omar Faruk Tekbilek – Love is My Religion (Adama)
  1. Various – Togo Soul 70 (Hot Casa)