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, February 5

Traditional African music primarily focused on songs of praise, celebration, and special occasions, but in more recent times, artists have incorporated social and political messages in their music as well. This time in the Global Village, we explore some of that music, including Fela’s groundbreaking Afrobeat, African reggae artists Sonny Okosun, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Lucky Dube and Alpha Blondy, and South African artists Miriam Makeba, the Mahotella Queens, and the late Hugh Masekela.

Tuesday, February 6

Global Village marks the birthday of reggae legend Bob Marley with music from his classic recordings and from a wide range of covers of his songs from such artists as I-Three members Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt, Ivorian artist Tiken Jah Fakoly, roots groups the Gladiators and Inner Circle, original Wailer Bunny Wailer, Rebel Tumbao, and more.

Wednesday, February 7

Folk and roots sounds are featured this time in the Global Village – including some roots reggae from Jamaica’s Gladiators and Junior Murvin, and Ivorian artist Tiken Jah Fakoly from his album in tribute to roots reggae; folk inspired music from America and Europe – including Michael Doucet, Sondorgo, the Dzambo Agusevi Orchestra, and the Nordic Fiddlers Bloc;  the ‘roots’ sound of Haiti which combines contemporary influences with traditional vodou and carnival music – including music from Sakad, Mawon, and Boukan Ginen.

Thursday, February 8

Global Village throws an Afrobeat party with music from legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen as part of Fela’s band , under his own name with Fela’s Africa 70 band, and in a project with Fela as his producer. Plus Afrobeat sounds from two American Afrobeat bands – The Funk Ark and Antibalas – and Afrobeat/Gnawa fusion from Fangnawa Experience.

Friday, February 9

Global Village highlights highlife. One of the most popular styles of music in Africa, highlife emerged in Ghana and Nigeria from a fusion of African, Cuban, military and big band influences. It evolved into a lively and danceable sound whose influence spread to other corners of Africa and the world. The show focuses on some of the greatest names in highlife – including E.T. Mensah, Ebo Taylor, the Oriental Brothers, and Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe – along with Fela’s early highlife band, and Marcus Miller’s world fusion take on “Hylife.” For more on highlife, see the Best Music Books of 2017 feature on our website for a review of John Collins’ impressive overview of the music, Highlife Giants: West African Dance Band Pioneers.

Album Cover Art

  1. Omar Sosa & NDR Bigband – Es:Sensual (Ota)
  1. Gladiators – Full Time (Omnivore/Nighthawk)
  1. Boubacar Traore – Dounia Tabolo (LusAfrica)
  1. The Expanders – Old Time Something Come Back Again Vol. 2 (Easy Star)
  1. Julio Pereira – Praco do Comercio (Tradisom)
  1. Orchestre Les Mangelepa – Last Band Standing (Strut)
  1. Various Artists – The Original Sound of Burkina Faso (Mr. Bongo)
  1. Eoin Dillon – Pondelorum (Buda Musique)
  1. Che Sudaka – Almas Rebeldes (Cavernicola)
  1. La Misa Negra – La Misa Negra (NAM Entertainment)

Monday, January 29

Monday in the Global Village we kick off Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival, a special new monthly concert series featuring world music artists in performance at the acclaimed Savannah Music Festival. In conjunction with our January Best of 2017 feature, we begin the series with Vicente Amigo, widely regarded as the finest flamenco guitarist performing today. He is a master of traditional forms, yet also a fearless innovator, and his work has won numerous awards, including a Latin Grammy and a Grammy nomination for his 2017 album, Memoria de los Sentidos.

Tuesday, January 30

Global Village pays tribute to South African legend Hugh Masekela and Steve Nisbett, drummer and cofounder of the influential British reggae band Steel Pulse who passed away in January, along with Earl Lindo of the Wailers, reggae star Frankie Paul, and Latin jazz flutist Dave Valentin who died in 2017. Plus more favorites from 2017 – from Ozomatli and Tamikrest – and Grammy reggae nominee Morgan Heritage.

Wednesday, January 31

Global Village wraps up the January Best of 2017 feature with a look back at the show’s Top Ten favorite albums of the past year. Selections include some different sounds from Spain, music from the Middle East, and an impressive and varied array of African releases. The full list of show favorites is on our website at

Thursday, February 1

Global Village kicks off the February duos feature with music from Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal (who will be featured in this month’s Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival special at the end of the month), and 2017 favorites Amine & Hamza, and Matthieu Saglio & Jose ‘El Piru.’ We also continue this week’s tribute to legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela and drummer and Steel Pulse cofounder Steve Nisbett.

Friday, February 2

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:

Accordion supergroup, Samurai Accordion

Tango meets the Balkans in the latest from Otros Aires

A beautiful new project from contemporary Cuban jazz artist Alfredo Rodriguez

Indian jazz from Sameer Gupta

Boogaloo from Spanglish Fly

North African inspired music from Gabacho Maroc

The latest from indigenous activist, singer and songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie

And contemporary UK folk band Stick in the Wheel

If your music reading interests extend beyond the bounds of standard rock bios, the past year provided a rich array of choices. Here are 2017 books that explored the creation and meaning of music, and the lives and work of musicians outside the pop and rock mainstream.


Frankie and Johnny: Race, Gender, and the Work of African American Folklore in 1930s America

Stacy I. Morgan (University of Texas Press)

The song “Frankie and Johnny,” which appears to have its roots in an actual 1899 murder case, would have a life well beyond those of its protagonists, becoming one of the best known popular songs in America. Morgan’s book explores several iterations of the song in the 1930s: extended studies of Leadbelly’s iconic recording; Thomas Hart Benton’s Missouri State Capital mural; filmmaker John Huston’s theatrical adaptation; Mae West’s theater and film versions of the story; and a harrowing reworking of the tale in a poem from Harlem Renaissance writer Sterling Brown – along with briefer looks at a New Deal ballet by Ruth Page and Bentley Stone, and Ethel Waters recording (one of the only examples of the song done by an African-American woman at the time). The 1930s saw profound changes in America. The Harlem Renaissance and the Jazz Age had already begun to challenge views of race and gender, and the social and economic cauldron of the Depression, combined with a new interest in folk culture, music and lore, would give the song a prominent new place in popular culture, reflecting meanings of race and gender then, and shedding light on how we understand both now.

Monday, January 22

As part of the January Best of 2017 feature, Global Village highlights award winners, honorees and nominees of the past year – from the Grammys, the Latin Grammys, the Grammy Hall of Fame for recordings, France’s Les Victoires de la Musique awards, the NAACP Image Awards, and the fROOTS Magazine Critics Poll (in which Global Village participated). Among the artists featured are Hugh Masekela, Café Tacvba, Lila Downs, Jorge Drexler, Oumou Sangare, Somi, Michel Camilo with Tomatito, Trio da Kali with Kronos Quartet, and the artist who will kick off a new monthly concert series, Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival, next week – Latin Grammy winning and Grammy nominated flamenco guitarist Vicente Amigo.  

Tuesday, January 23

Global Village celebrates the birthday of gypsy jazz guitar great Django Reinhardt with music from the master himself and from his Hot Club of France partner – violinist Stephane Grappelli. We’ll also hear from some of the many contemporary artists and groups inspired by his music to offer both traditional and contemporary forms of his trademark ‘gypsy jazz’ sound, including Tchavolo Schmitt, Bireli Lagrene, Pearl Django,  the Hot Club of San Francisco, the Hot Club of Detroit, and Hot Club Sandwich.

Wednesday, January 24

Global Village devotes this show to the depth and breadth of music from  Haiti - from the nation’s ‘second national anthem,’ “Haiti Cheri,” through pioneers of modern Haitian music, to key international compilations that brought the music to the attention of a wider international audience, the bold “roots” bands, and some current hitmakers. Among the artists featured Nemours Jean-Baptiste, Tabou Combo, Les Vikings, Boukman Eksperyans, and Dat 7.

Thursday, January 25

Global Village marks the birthday of pianist, composer and bossa nova pioneer Antonio Carlos Jobim with performances from the legendary Brazilian artists and covers of some of his many classics from Stan Getz, Charlie Byrd, Sting, Quarteto Jobim Morelenbaum, and from 2017 releases from the Grammy-winning Jobim Orchestra, classical guitarist Berta Rojas, and John Pizzarelli’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of a classic album from Frank Sinatra with Jobim.

Friday, January 26

Global Village celebrates Australia Day with music from a wide array of artists from Down Under, including rock bands Mental as Anything, Midnight Oil, and Coloured Stone; indigenous artists Archie Roach and Gurrumjul; some didgeridoo sounds from Outback and Baraka Moon; and some Melbourne Latin from Quarter Street and San Lazaro.

Monday, January 15

Global Village celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with songs dedicated to him, music inspired by the Civil Rights Movement, and pieces that reflect human rights themes as performed by artists from around the globe, including Mavis Staples, the Soweto Gospel Choir, Toots & the Maytals, Stevie Wonder and more.

Tuesday, January 16

In conjunction with the January feature looking back at world music of 2017, Global Village devotes a show to some of the many musicians who passed away last year -- including Nigeria’s William Onyeabor, two members of the German band Can (Jaki Liebezeit and Holger Czukay), South African guitarist Ray Phiri, Haiti folk musician and activist Manno Charlemagne (from an album produced by filmmaker Jonathan Demme who also passed away in 2017), Maggie Roche of the Roches, Cuban tres player Papi Oviedo, Malagasy accordionist Regis Gizavo, trombonist Roswell Rudd, Latin jazz flutist Dave Valentin, and accordion whiz Dick Contino.

Wednesday, January 17

Global Village highlights some world jazz sounds this time,  including music from free-jazz legend Ornette Coleman with tabla great Badal Roy, African jazz from vocalist Gino Sitson, Brazilian jazz from clarinetist Anat Cohen, the Latin Side of Peanuts pianist Vince Guaraldi, pioneering world chamber jazz ensemble Oregon, and South African jazz legend Abdullah Ibrahim.

Thursday, January 18

It’s world pianos this time in the Global Village, as we highlight some keyboard players in different styles and from different parts of the world. Among the artists featured, 2018 Grammy and Latin Grammy nominees Antonio Adolfo and Pablo Ziegler, South African great Abdullah Ibrahim, January featured artist Esquivel, Chick Corea with flamenco guitar great Paco de Lucia, and new albums from Michel Camilo and Omar Sosa.

Friday, January 19

Global Village visits the ‘New World’ for music from Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica, the Crescent City, and more. Among the highlights – a calypso classic from Maya Angelou, Jordi Savall’s Colombina Songbook of music from the library of the youngest son of Christopher Columbus, Simon & Garfunkel’s meditation on “America,” Cuba’s Cachao, and the Buena Vista Social Club, and Haiti’s Zenglen, and Les Freres Parents with the Neville Brothers.

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Monday, January 8

This time in the Global Village, it’s Africa-Latin, the meeting of African and Afro-Cuban music and musicians. We’ll hear selections from the East Africa compilation Urgent Jumping, Cameroon’s Richard Bona from the first project he did with an Afro-Cuban band, Angolan artist Ricardo Lemvo and his Latin group Makina Loca, Congolese Rumba and Soukous stars Wendo Kolosoy, Kanda Bongo Man and Kekele, Senegal’s Orchestra Baobab, and the meeting of African and Latin musicians in the group Africando.

Tuesday, January 9

Global Village highlights some African blues in this visit – including music from guitar greats Ali Farka Toure and Djelimady Tounkara, the ‘desert blues’ of Bombino and Imarhan, blues harmonica player JeConte with the Mali All Stars, world-jazz guitarist Leni Stern, and the Soul of John Black.

Wednesday, January 10

Global Village marks the birthday of Cyril Neville with music he did as a solo artist and in guest appearances with Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, the Wild Magnolias, and Galactic. We also remember Roswell Rudd and continue the January feature of show favorites of 2017 and the centennial birthday celebration for lounge music great, Juan Garcia Esquivel.

Thursday, January 11

The January Best of 2017 feature continues on the Global Village with music from the Grammy nominated Bobo Yeye compilation; show favorites from Alash, Orchestre Les Mangelepa, and the Zaire 74 set; and also Vicente Amigo - a Latin Grammy winner, Grammy nominee, and the debut artist in a new concert series starting later this month on the Global Village featuring world music performances from the Savannah Music Festival. Also more from Esquival for his centennial birthday, from his Latinesque album and from a tribute from Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica).

Friday, January 12

Global Village continues the January Best of 2017 and Esquivel centennial feature, along with birthday celebrations this time for Crescent City great Allen Toussaint, world-jazz trumpeter Olu Dara, and saxophonist Roland Alphonso of the Skatalites.

Monday, January 1

Global Village begins 2018 with music from a long list of musicians born on the first day of the year, including ‘Mambo King’ Xavier Cugat, Latin jazz bassist Al McKibbon, kora player Sekou Kouyate, African reggae star Alpha Blondy, vibes player Milt Jackson, Indian rock sitarist Ashwin Batish, and Latin percussionist Manny Oquendo along with bassist Andy Gonzalez, who was the musical director for Oquendo’s Libre group.

Tuesday, January 2

Tuesday’s Global Village is devoted to the many sounds and influences of Cuban music – from groundbreaking bands like Irakere and Buena Vista Social Club, to contemporary jazz performers like Harold Lopez-Nussa and Jane Bunnett & Maqueque (from their Grammy nominated release Oddara), along with some different sounds from the Cuban-influenced Senegalese band Orchestra Baobab, Cuba-based Haitian group Desandann, and classical meets Cuba music of the Klazz Brothers & Cuba Percussion.

Wednesday, January 3

Global Village counts down the Top Ten favorite albums of 2017 to kick off the January feature looking back at the best of the past year. Throughout the month, Global Village features show favorites, award winners, nominees and other significant releases of 2017. The full list of show favorites is on our website at

Thursday, January 4

Global Village heads to Scandinavia for music from artists ranging from the traditional to the contemporary – incorporating not only folk influences of the region, but world, jazz, rock and other sounds in fresh and intriguing new ways. Among the groups and artists featured – internationally acclaimed folk-rock ensemble Varttina, long-running eclectic band Piirpauke, neo-folk rocker Pekko Kappi, folk-jazz artist Sinikka Langeland, the all harmonica and mouth organ group Svang, the English-Scandinavian folk-jazz ensemble Fatdog,  and American saxophonist Juli Wood with jazz reinterpretations of Finnish folk songs.

Friday, January 5

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:

The return of the Nighthawk reggae label with reissues from the Gladiators and Ethiopian

Portuguese cavaquinho player Julio Pereira

Gypsy jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel

A solo project from Kila’s piper Eoin Dillon

Canadian world-jazz drummer Ilios Steryannis

And Cuban pianist Omar Sosa with Germany’s NDR Bigband

Album cover art

  1. Orchestre Les Mangelepa – Last Band Standing (Strut)


  1. Boubacar Traore – Dounia Tabolo (LusAfrica)
  1. The Expanders – Old Time Something Come Back Again Vol. 2 (Easy Star)
  1. Various Artists – Andina (Tiger’s Milk)
  1. Various Artists – The Original Sound of Burkina Faso (Mr. Bongo)
  1. Ladama – Ladama (Six Degrees)
  1. Ken Boothe – Inna de Yard (Wagram)
  1. Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band – Bone Reader (Grigri)
  1. Da Cruz – Eco Do Futuro (Boom Jah)
  1. Various – Sweet as Broken Dates (Ostinato)

  1. Sabil - Zabad, l'écume des nuits . Zabad, Twilight Tide (Harmonia Mundi)
  2. Girma Beyene & Akale Wube - Ethiopiques 30: Mistakes On Purpose (Buda Musique)
  3. L’ Orchestre Afrisa International – Melanie (Colomotion)
  4. Matthieu Saglio & Jose “El Piru” – Petit à petit (Saglio & Piru)
  5. Avi Avital & Omer Avital – Avital Meets Avital (Deutsche Grammophon)
  6. Trio da Kali & Kronos Quartet – Ladilikan (World Circuit)
  7. Orchestre Les Mangelepa - Last Band Standing (Strut)
  8. Boubacar Traore – Dounia Tabolo (LusAfrica)
  9. Tamikrest – Kidal (Glitterbeat)
  10. Biflats - Catalan Fanfare! (Picap)