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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KMUW Music is celebrating Trinidad Independence Day with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency, and Night Train on Thursday, August 31 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.

Global Village will be celebrating  the Independence Day of Trinidad and Tobago with music from the dual-island nation, including steel drum music from Amoco Renegades and Desperadoes Steel Orchestra, such early calypsonians as the Tiger, Lord Executor and Wilmoth Houdini, and outspoken contemporary soca artists like David Rudder and Calypso Rose.

Monday, August 28

Global Village explores some contemporary English and Irish folk artists and recordings – including music from Polka Works, Martin & Eliza Carthy, the Elizabethan Session, the Gloaming, the Imagined Village, and Altan. Plus some traditionally inspired music from Central Europe from Slovakia’s Banda and Hungary’s Marta Sebestyan.

Tuesday, August 29

Global Village highlights world mandolins this time – with influences from Brazilian (Hamilton de Holanda), Western and Arabic classical (Avi Avital) and folk music (Solas, MandolinMan and Runa). Plus August featured artist Poncho Sanchez with Cal Tjader and new music from the Nordic group Sver, and contemporary Brazilian group Forro in the Dark.

Wednesday, August 30

It’s world violins this time in the Global Village – including music from Indian violinist L. Subramaniam,  Latin jazz violinist Federico Britos, Swedish fiddle from the group Vasen, and Tunisian oud master Anouar Brahem, from the Souvenance album, his first project with string orchestra. Plus some world jazz sounds from Spanish singer Buika with guitarist Pat Metheny, and Latin jazz star Paquito D’Rivera from his Grammy and Latin Grammy winning album, Song for Maura.

Thursday, August 31

Global Village celebrates Independence Day of Trinidad and Tobago with music from the dual-island nation, including steel drum music from Amoco Renegades and Desperados Steel Orchestra, such early calypsonians as the Tiger, Lord Executor and Wilmoth Houdini, and outspoken contemporary soca artists like David Rudder and Calypso Rose.

(Strange Currency and Night Train also feature music from Trinidad tonight for Independence Day.)

Friday, September 1

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:

A remarkable new compilation of music from Somali that was saved from the civil war

Chicago Afrobeat Project with legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen

Desert blues from Ramon Goose

The return of salsa great Ruben Blades

New Gullah music from Ranky Tanky

Contemporary Tuvan music from Alash

And the U.S. release of Quadro Nuevo’s project with the Egyptian group Cairo Steps.

Monday, August 21

Global Village pays a visit this time to Central Asia – the crossroads for the many paths along the Silk Road. We’ll hear music from the Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble inspired by Turkmenistan, Uzbek star Yulduz Usmanova, traditional music from Kyrgyzstan’s Damira Njazbekova, some heavy metal folk from Kazakhstan’s Ulytau, and a selection from Smithsonian Folkways Music of Central Asia series.

Tuesday, August 22

Global Village marks the centennial birthday of one of the legends of the blues, John Lee Hooker with some selections from across his career, including music with special guests Santana and Van Morrison. Plus more music from August featured artist Poncho Sanchez, the 40th anniversary edition of Bob Marley’s classic Exodus album, and the new Isley Brothers & Santana album.

(Strange Currency and Night Train will also be featuring John Lee Hooker tonight for his centennial birthday.)

Wednesday, August 23

We’ve got a little birthday hootenanny going this time in the Global Village as we celebrate birthdays of folk artists Linda Thompson (solo and with Richard Thompson), Eliza Carthy  (with father Martin Carthy and mother Norma Waterson), and Malvina Reynolds (doing a live version of her ‘60s classic “Little Boxes”). Plus August featured artist Poncho Sanchez with Cal Tjader and Carmen McRae, and new music from Avi Avital with Omer Avital, Vasen, Topette!!, and Matthieu Salglio with Jose El Piru.

Thursday, August 24

Global Village highlights some ‘world music stars’ – performers who achieved wider popular success and recognition around the world. Among the artists featured are world music pioneers Bob Marley (with a cover of one of his songs from Rebel Tumbao), sitar great Ravi Shankar, the Queen of Salsa Celia Cruz, Afrobeat legend Fela, new tango creator Astor Piazzolla (as performed by Russia’s Trio Voronezh), the award-winning singer Angelique Kidjo , and acclaimed South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Friday, August 25

This time in the Global Village we give the congueros some – highlighting classic and contemporary conga players from Desi Arnaz (who started as a bandleader and is credited with introducing the conga line to American audiences) and Armando Peraza (perhaps best known for his work with Santana) to such masters as Mongo Santamaria, Ray Barretto, Patato, Candido, and August featured artist Poncho Sanchez (as a leader, and guesting with Francisco Aguabella and Jose Rizo’s Mongorama).

Monday, August 14

Global Village celebrates birthdays of English folk rock pioneer and Steeleye Span cofounder Maddy Prior, classic reggae artist Yabby You, and flamenco singer Estrella Morente – highlights new music from a trio of new releases featuring trios: the folk-jazz trio Quercus, UK folk group Lau and flamenco band Jerez Texas – and continues the August feature of music from Poncho Sanchez with a song featuring newly named 2018 NEA Jazz Master Dianne Reeves.

Tuesday, August 15

Global Village celebrates the birthday of drummer Stix Hooper, the last living member of the Crusaders, with music he did with the band and with B.B. King, Hugh Masekela and Grant Green. Plus music from August featured artist Poncho Sanchez, including music from the Freedom Sound album with two members of the Crusaders as special guests – and from his Latin Spirits album – and the latest from Santana with the Isley Brothers, Monoswezi, Orkesta Mendoza and the Kingston All Stars

Wednesday, August 16

Global Village highlights some wind instruments from around the world, including the Indian brass band Rajasthan Express, Romanian brass band Fanfare Ciocarlia, the Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, saxophonists Pharoah Sanders and Gato Barbieri, bass clarinetist Oran Etkin and more.

Thursday, August 17

Birthday celebrations this time in the Global Village for Galician bagpiper and Silk Road Ensemble member Cristina Pato, oud player Rabih Abou-Khalil, and singer Grazyna Auguscik, August featured artist Poncho Sanchez with Ray Charles, JB Horns players Fred Wesley and Pee Wee Ellis, and keyboardist Billy Preston, and new music from Estonia’s Trad Attack!, the Cuba! Cuba! compilation, and a deluxe edition of Introducing Ruben Gonzalez of the Buena Vista Social Club.

Friday, August 18

Global Village celebrates Statehood Day, an annual holiday in Hawaii to mark its admission as a state in 1959. We’ll hear early Hawaiian guitar masters like Sol Hoopii, the legendary Gabby Pahinui with Ry Cooder, contemporary Slack Key guitar players including Ledward Kaapana and Leonard Kwan, and some interesting fusions of Hawaiian music with Indian, classical, flamenco and Taiwanese music from Debashish Bhattacharya, Daniel Ho and Keola Beamer.

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.

Album Cover Art

  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.)