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, December 25

Not a silent night, but a quiet one as Global Village marks the holiday season with some traditional, folk, and generally more gentle seasonal songs from around the globe - including holiday Hawaiian slack key and flamenco guitar, the Westminster Concert Bell Choir, Loreena McKennitt, Anuna, Chaise Lounge, Boys of the Lough, and Brazilian singer Joyce.

Tuesday, December 26

Global Village heads to the Caribbean for music from Cuba, Jamaica, Trinidad, Martinique, and more. Artists featured include Cuba’s acclaimed Buena Vista Social club, also Kali, the Solo Harmonites, Ray Obiedo, and Playing for Change 3. Plus some Caribbean inspired music from jazz great Ornette Coleman.

Wednesday, December 27

Global Village highlights African guitarists including Malian artists Boubacar Traore, Ali Farka Toure, and Djelimady Tounkara, along with Benin’s Lionel Loueke, and from Madagascar, guitarist D’Gary. Plus new music from Songhoy Blues, Taj Mahal with Keb’Mo, and piper and Kila member Eoin Dillon.

Thursday, December 28

Global Village celebrates the birthday of saxophonist and percussionist Charles Neville with music he did with the Neville Brothers, Wild Tchoupitoulas, the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble and Diversity. Plus new music from Da Cruz, Orchestre Les Mangelepa, Bokante, and the Indian Groove compilation.

Friday, December 29

Global Village ends the year the way it began and the way the show began 10 years ago in January of 2007. We kicked off the program – and our 10th anniversary celebrations - with a countdown of the Top 10 world music favorites of 2006. It was the first feature on Global Village and showcased a diverse and surprising collection of music from across Africa, Europe, Central and South America. It’s a tradition Global Village has continued every year since and will once again in January when the show looks back at the best world music of 2017.

 

KMUW Music marks the first day of winter with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train on Thursday, December 21, from 7:00 p.m. to midnight to celebrate the new season.

 

Starting at 7:00 p.m., Global Village marks the first day of winter with a show devoted to songs of the season. Artists featured include Leonard Cohen, Gil Scott-Heron, Boys of the Lough, Bebel Gilberto, ErsatzMusika, Loreena McKennitt, Esquivel and more.

Monday, December 18

Some different Afrobeat sounds this time in the Global Village with music from Afro-Latin Afrobeat band Esso Afrojam Funkbeat, Toronto’s Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble, Chicago Afrobeat Project, Warsaw Afrobeat Orchestra, Antibalas, Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band, and Afrobeat in a different time signature from Fela’s son, Femi Kuti.

Tuesday, December 19

Global Village marks the birthdays of New Orleans legend Professor Longhair and the Father of Ethiojazz Mulatu Astatke. Plus new music from Cuban pianist Hilario Duran, Gullah band Ranky Tanky, roots reggae group The Expanders, and The Original Sound of Burkina Faso compilation.

Wednesday, December 20

It’s a Global Village holiday extravaganza, featuring seasonal favorites done world music style and holiday songs from various corners of the globe. Highlights include the salsa Christmas classic Asalto Navideño, a favorite from Louis Armstrong, a tiny Nutcracker from the Modern Mandolin Quartet, a holiday favorite done punk-polka style by Brave Combo, and songs of the season from the Caribbean and New Orleans.

Thursday, December 21

Global Village marks the first day of winter with a show devoted to songs of the season. Artists featured include Leonard Cohen, Gil Scott-Heron, Boys of the Lough, Bebel Gilberto, ErsatzMusika, Loreena McKennitt, Esquivel and more.

(Strange Currency and Night Train also mark the Winter Solstice tonight.)

Friday, December 22

It’s a Global Village holiday extravaganza, featuring seasonal favorites done world music style and holiday songs from various corners of the globe. Highlights include some of Grant Green’s “Favorite Things,” a trenchant holiday original from Pumpkin Head Ted, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones with Tuvan throat singers with an inventive new take on a holiday favorite, a gypsy jazz celebration from the Gypsy Hombres, some Caribbean seasonal favorites, a South African reinterpretation of a holiday classic, and music from A Nomad Christmas.

Monday, December 11

It’s National Tango Day in Argentina – marking the birthdays of two giants of traditional tango born on this day – Carlos Gardel and Julio de Caro. Global Village celebrates with both classic and new tango music from Argentina and around the globe. Among the artists featured are Carlos Gardel, new tango pioneer Astor Piazolla, Pedro’s Heavy Gentlemen from Finland, and Spanish techno-tango band Otros Aires.

Tuesday, December 12

Global Village marks Jamhuri or Republic Day, celebrating the independence of Kenya, with a program devoted to Kenyan music from a variety of artists, including benga pioneer and star D.O. Misiani, the Kenyan-American group Extra Golden, the guitar and bottle band Abana Ba Nasery, and a new and first studio album released internationally by a popular group of Congolese musicians who made their career in Kenya, Orchestre Les Mangelepa.

Wednesday, December 13

Global Village this time is devoted to brass band music from around the globe – including music from New Orleans, the Balkans, Italy, Japan, India, Benin and more. Among the bands featured – the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Fanfare Ciocarlia, the Boban Markovic Orkestar, the Gangbe Brass Band, Red Baraat, and the Dzambo Agusevi Orchestra.

Thursday, December 14

This time in the Global Village it’s classic and contemporary reggae and some reggae from unusual places – including Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley, Rita Marley, the Gladiators, and reggae revivalist Jesse Royal from Jamaica, New Zealand’s Black Seeds, Greek-American reggae performer Christos DC, Ghanian reggae artist Rocky Dawuni, and roots reggae classics revisited on a new album from the Expanders, and reggae meets Bollywood with MC Yogi.

Friday, December 14

Global Village marks the birthday of Latin music legend, pianist, composer, bandleader and multiple Grammy winner Eddie Palmieri with music from albums he did as a leader, with Tito Puente and as a guest with contemporary Latin band Ozomatli. Plus new music from the Souljazz Orchestra, Ladama, and Baraka Moon.

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  1. Hasa-Mazzotta – Novilunio (Ponderosa)

 

  1. Canzoniere Grecanico Salentio – Canzoniere (Ponderosa)
  1. Grasslands Ensemble & Daniel Ho – Between the Sky and Prairie (Wind Music)
  1. Raul Rodriguez – La Raiz Electrica (Fol Musica)
  1. ‘Ndiaz – Son’Rod (Paker Prod)
  1. La Misa Negra – La Misa Negra (NAM Entertainment)
  1. The Vampires – Meet Lionel Loueke (Earshift)
  1. The Expanders – Old Time Something Come Back Again Vol. 2 (Easy Star)
  1. Pipo Romero – Folklorico (Sony Music)
  1. Quadro Nuevo & Cairo Steps – Flying Carpet (Fine Music/Justin Time)

Album Cover Art

Monday, December 4

Guitarists from several different traditions are featured this time in the Global Village – Teta from Madagascar, Latin/Caribbean jazz fusion player Ray Obiedo, Mali’s Boubacar Traore, world jazz pioneer Gabor Szabo, and Harry Manx, who brings together Indian music and the blues. Plus blasts from the past from the Grammy-winning Folksongs for a Nuclear Village album from Shadowfax, and the classic Shoot Out the Lights album from Richard and Linda Thompson.

Tuesday, December 5

Global Village celebrates the birthday of pioneering film animator Walt Disney with a visit to ‘Disney World’ – a program devoted to world, jazz, and other unusual versions of what have become iconic songs from such Disney films as Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Lady and the Tramp and other classics. We’ll hear unique versions of those songs from the likes of Los Lobos, Miles Davis, Buster Poindexter, Peggy Lee and more.

(Strange Currency and Night Train will also feature Disney related music tonight.)

Wednesday, December 6

Global Village celebrates the Centennial Independence Day of Finland, marking the country’s 1917 separation from Russia. The show highlights a broad range of music from traditional styles of different regions of the country, to rock, jazz, Balkan and African-inspired music from Finnish bands. Among the groups and artists featured – the Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble, Piirpauke, Slobo Horo, Teija Niku, Sampo Lassila Narinkka, Hedningarna, and Frigg.

Thursday, December 7

This time in the Global Village we give the drummers (and percussionists) some – with music from drummer Ginger Baker, tabla player Sameer Gupta, conguero Poncho Sanchez, and percussionist Airto. Plus brass meets percussion with Red Baraat and the New Birth Brass Band.

Friday, December 8

Global Village highlights music from ‘desert blues bands’ Etran finatawa, Tinariwen, Tamikrest, and Terakaft. Plus new music from Ladama, the Sweet as Broken Dates compilation, and Saeid Shanbehzadeh – and some world music classics from Ali Hassan Kuban, Pata Negra and Conjunto Cespedes.

KMUW Music marks the birthday of pioneering film animator Walt Disney with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train on Tuesday, December 5 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight for a variety of unusual renditions and iconic songs from Disney films.

Monday, November 27

Global Village highlights some Latin soul, funk, and boogaloo sounds this time – including the Joe Cuba boogaloo hit, “Bang Bang,” Brazilian soul pioneer Tim Maia, and contemporary Latin soul bands Buyepongo, Palo!, and Money Chicha.

Tuesday, November 28

Global Village marks Panama’s Independence or National Day (marking the country’s independence from Spain in 1821) with traditional, soul, cumbia, and jazz-inspired music from Panamanian artists – including Danilo Perez, Papi Brandao, the Exciters, the Silvertones, Los Caballeros de Colon and more.

Wednesday, November 29

Global Village highlights vintage and contemporary ska and roots reggae – including music from the legendary ska band, the Skatalites, and also from Skatalites band members Jackie Mittoo and Rico Rodriguez (as part of Jazz Jamaica). And there’s roots reggae revivalists Ziggy Marley (with brother Stephen Marley), Jamaica’s Raging Fyah (with Jesse Royal), and Baltimore’s Jah Works.

Thursday, November 30

Global Village wraps up the November New Euro Folk feature with music from Portugal, including famed fado singer Mariza, award winning Portuguese Guitar player Custodio Castelo, singer-songwriter Lula Pena, concertina quartet Danças Ocultas, and Portuguese klezmer group Melech Mechaya. Plus new music from other European folk inspired artists – Italian band Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, Albanian cellist Redi Hasa with Italian singer Maria Mazzotta, Spanish guitarist Pipo Romero and the Breton group ‘Ndiaz.

Friday, December 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 new holiday set with world music influences from Sultans of String

Compilations of music from the Peruvian Andes and Burkina Faso

Some beautiful sets inspired by music of the Middle East and the Mediterranean from Maya Yousef, Ross Daly with Kelly Thoma, and the trio of Efren Lopez, Stelios Petrakis & Bijan Chemirani

Big sounds from the Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band, and the Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra

And African greats Boubacar Traore, and Orchestre Les Mangelepa

Monday, November 20

As part of the November New Euro Folk feature, Global Village heads to Sweden for music from Garmarna, Den Fule, Groupa, and Lena Willemark with Ale Moller. Plus new music from Ramon Goose, Monoswezi, and Officina Zoe.

Tuesday, November 21

Global Village marks the birthday of Crescent City favorite Dr. John with music from across his career and as a special guest with John Scofield and Taj Mahal. Plus new music from afrobeat band Antibalas, contemporary cumbia group La Misa Negra, Ethiojazz inspired group Mister Ott, and roots reggae revivalists The Expanders.

Wednesday, November 22

A triple birthday celebration in the Global Village for three legendary Spanish composers – Tárrega (11.21), Rodrigo (11.22) and de Falla (11.23) – with some of their most famous compositions performed by John Williams, Julian Bream and the Miles Español project.

Thursday, November 23

Global Village serves up a feast for the holiday with songs about food. On the menu, Rice, Red Beans and Turnip Greens, Sweet Pumpkin, Hot Cross Buns with some Frim Fram Sauce and other musical delicacies.

(Strange Currency and Night Train will also serve up Thanksgiving holiday specials tonight.)

Friday, November 24

This time Global Village pays a visit to the ‘classical world’ – exploring music that brings together Western classical and world influences, along with music inspired by Indian and Arabic classical traditions. Among the artists featured – Kirk Elliott with the Orchestra of Unmitigated Gaul, Tunisian oud player Anouar Brahem’s first project with a string orchestra, and music from Paquito D’Rivera with the classical ensemble, Quinteto Cimarron. And as usual, we take some detours along the way, including for some ‘60s garage band music from Spain, and for the November Euro Folk feature, music from Richard Thompson’s first solo album (and reportedly the worst selling album on Warner Bros. Records).

KMUW Music is celebrating Thanksgiving with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train on Thursday, November 23 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.

Global Village serves up a feast for the holiday with songs about food. On the menu: Rice, Red Beans and Turnip Greens, Sweet Pumpkin, Hot Cross Buns with some Frim Fram Sauce and other musical delicacies.

The annual Thanksgiving celebration continues on Strange Currency with music from The Kinks, Mike Keneally and others.

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