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 16

It’s ‘cool covers’ this time in the Global Village with world music cover versions of songs from a wide range of performers, including Santana (doing the Four Tops), Gabor Szabo (Sonny & Cher), the Skatalites (the Beatles), Michael Doucet & Tom Rigney (Louis Jordan), Playing for Change (Marvin Gaye) and Fanfare Ciocarlia (Screaming Jay Hawkins).

Tuesday, October 17

Global Village marks the Haitian holiday of Dessalines Day with a program devoted entirely to music from Haiti. Highlights include music from roots music bands Boukman Eksperyans and Boukan Ginen, compa pioneers Nemours Jean-Baptiste and Webert Sicot, the inspired vocal ensemble Grupo Vocal Desandann, and Haitian jazz from Jacques Schwarz-Bart.

Wednesday, October 18

In conjunction with the Global Village October ‘Steel Guitar Around the Globe’ feature, a show devoted entirely to the steel guitar – from its early days in Hawaii, though a remarkable transformation in Indian music, to the success it found in western swing, rock, sacred steel and jazz. We’ll hear Hawaiian greats Sol Hoopi and Tau Moe, several generations of Indian guitarists, western swing legend Tom Morrell, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, steel instrumental rock hitmakers Santo & Johnny, and the Finnish group Southpaw Steel ‘n’ Twang.

Thursday, October 19

Global Village remembers reggae legend Peter Tosh on his birthday with music he did with the Wailers and as a solo artist, along with a song he recorded but never released covered by his son Andrew Tosh. Plus more steel guitar sounds for the October feature from Slide to Freedom and Lucky Oceans – and a new compilation of music from Somalia, the Expanders revisiting roots reggae classics, and contemporary jazz-afrobeat from drummer Tony Allen’s new Blue Note release.

Friday, October 20

Global Village marks the birthday of Tunisian oud master Anouar Brahem with music from several of his albums, including Blue Maqams which was just released last week. Plus the new album from contemporary classical group Kronos Quartet with Mali’s Trio da Kali, and more steel guitar sounds from around the globe for the October feature, including music from Indian guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya (with special guest John McLaughlin) and Canadian musician Harry Manx (doing Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme”).

Monday, October 9

Global Village marks birthdays of a number of artists whose work combined elements of both jazz and world music – including Cuban pianists (and father/son) Bebo and Chucho Valdes, vibes player Dave Samuels, South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, and multi-instrumentalist Yusef Lateef. Plus world/jazz inspired sounds on recent releases from Brazil’s Nomade Orquestra, contemporary Korean group Black String, and Cuban singer Dayme Arocena.

Tuesday, October 10

Throughout October Global Village traces the global travels of the steel guitar, including music this time from Nigeria’s King Sunny Ade who added steel guitar to his band lineup with distinctive and enchanting results. Also this time birthday tributes to singer and songwriter Kirsty MacColl, Latin percussionist Francisco Aguabella, and Cyril Neville of the Meters and Neville Brothers – along with new music from Chicago Afrobeat Project, Stanton Moore, Lila Downs, and Bokante.

Wednesday, October 11

Global Village celebrates Pulaski Memorial Day (by Presidential proclamation in 2015) to honor the Polish Revolutionary War hero Casimir Pulaski and Polish Americans.  The program highlights a wide array of contemporary Polish bands ranging from traditional and avant-folk, to African, klezmer and jazz influenced groups. Plus American artists including Polka King Frankie Yankovic, punk polka pioneers Brave Combo, and U.S. based Polish world-jazz singer Grazyna Auguscik – along with a polka classic from Berlin’s 17 Hippies. Artists featured include Warsaw Afrobeat Orchestra, Maria Pomianowska & Groupe Gainde, Janusz Prusinowski Trio, Kapela Maliszow, Tegie Chlopy, Motion Trio and Jarek Bester.

Thursday, October 12

Global Village highlights classic artists and recordings from the ‘Golden Age of African Music,’ the period roughly between the late ‘50s and the early ‘80s when musicians across the continent, inspired by independence, electronic instruments, and fusions with Western and other influences, created a vast body of innovative work. We’ll hear a classic from Geraldo Pino, South African bandleader and producer West Nkosi, soukous giant Franco and more.

Friday, October 13

No triskaidekaphobia in the Global Village! It’s a “lucky” Friday the 13th with good luck songs from Joan Armatrading, Lene Lovich, and South African reggae great Lucky Dube. Plus music from South Africa’s Miriam Makeba and the Mahotella Queens, and Brazil’s Bebel Gilberto and Nilson Matta.

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.