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, December 26

“Legends” this time in the Global Village, with music from some great figures in music from around the world, including South Africa’s Miriam Makeba, the Queen of Salsa Celia Cruz, African hitmaker Manu Dibango, flamenco guitar legend Paco de Lucia, and one of the longest running groups in reggae, Third World.

Tuesday, December 27

Global Village: Best of 2016

Dec 21, 2016

In a year filled with profound and pervasive ugliness, perhaps the most consistent quality to emerge in albums from all around the world in 2016 was delicate, shimmering beauty.

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Monday, December 19

Global Village kicks off a week-long celebration of the season with a show devoted to new holiday releases for 2016. Highlights include new seasonal releases from the NOLA Players, Putumayo Presents Latin Christmas, the Lucy Smith Quartet, Kurt Elling and our pick for 2016’s best new holiday release, the exquisite folk/roots Wintersong from Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem.

Tuesday, December 20

Monday, December 12

Yesterday (December 11) was Independence Day in Burkina Faso and Global Village marks the occasion with a show devoted to music from that West African nation. Highlights include music from one of the country’s most revered musicians, Amadou Balake; pioneering electronic group Burkina Electric; the internationally acclaimed group Farafina; traditional artists Gabin Dabire and Le Freres Coulibaly; and the Bambara Mystic Soul compilation that highlighted the rich and diverse music of ‘70s Burkina Faso.

Monday, December 5

Global Village celebrates the birthday of pioneering film animator Walt Disney with a visit to ‘Disney World’ – a program featuring world, jazz, and other unusual versions of what have become iconic songs from Disney films like 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.

Tuesday, December 6

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  1. Tiken Jah Fakoly – Racines (Barclay)


  1. Lorraine Klaasen - Nouvelle Journee (Justin Time)


  1. Various – Tanbou Toujou Lou (Ostinato)


  1. Various artists – Urgent Jumping! (Sterns Music)


  1. Jean-Guihen Queyras – Thrace: Sunday Morning Sessions (Harmonia Mundi)


  1. Dzambo Agusevi Orchestra – Brass Like It Hot (ARC Music)


Monday, November 28

Global Village remembers Latin jazz saxophonist Gato Barbieri for his birthday with music from some of his Chapter albums and the classic Bolivia. Plus more Haitian music for the November feature from Leyla McCalla, the Afro Haitian Experimental Orchestra with Tony Allen, and the recent Tanbou Toujou Lou compilation.

Tuesday, November 29

Monday, November 21

Global Village marks the birthday of Crescent City great Dr. John with music from his newest album and from his breakthrough album, In the Right Place. It’s also the birthday of percussionist Milton Cardona, and there’s music from the critically acclaimed Haitian roots band, Boukman Eksperyans for the November Haiti feature, and new releases from Brian Marsalla’s Imaginarium, the Meters, and the Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad.

Tuesday, November 22


Monday, November 14

Global Village marks the birthday of zydeco legend Buckwheat Zydeco (Stanley Dural), who passed away in September, and of guitarist Derek Gripper; continues with more music from Haiti for the November feature, this time from the Haitian konpa band D.P. Express; highlights two very different accordion styles – from Spain’s Victor Prieto and Cape Verde’s Bitori; and showcases an African-inspired piece from Texas blues legend Johnny Copeland.

Monday, November 7

Global Village marks the birthday of famed singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell with some world music inspired versions of her songs from Monty Alexander, the Rumba Club, and Carol Bach-Y-Rita, and Joni Mitchell as a special guest on Herbie Hancock’s River: The Joni Letters album. Plus birthday salutes to Brazilian composer Ary Barroso and Bay Area Latin jazz drummer and bandleader Brian Andres.

Tuesday, November 8