Global Village

Weeknights at 7pm

Join us weeknights at 7 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.

For the fourth year in row, Global Village is a winner in the annual Public Radio Exchange (PRX) Zeitfunk Awards. Global Village, has been named Number Three among 2014 Most Licensed Series.

Global Village also received the 2013 Readers Choice Award for the Best World Music Radio Show. 

"Global Village, hosted on KMUW in Wichita, Kansas and broadcast on stations around the world (as well as online), is one of the finest world music programs on the airwaves. DJ Chris Heim really knows her stuff, and consistently presents a fantastic hour of music, carefully curated around a theme, and peppered with exactly the right amount of chatter and useful information." - Megan Romer, Guide 

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Monday, July 18

Global Village celebrates Nelson Mandela International Day – a special day of commemoration, celebration and public service designated by the United Nations for 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. Among the artists featured: Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Artists United Against Apartheid, Abdullah Ibrahim, Brenda Fassie, and Harry Belafonte.

Monday, July 11

Global Village celebrates the birthdays of reggae stars John Holt (of the Paragons) and Michael Rose (from Black Uhuru) and highlights new reggae albums from Ziggy Marley, Taj Weekes & Adowa, and Jah Works. Plus more music from July featured artists Santana (from the Welcome and new Santana IV albums) and the latest from Carrie Rodriguez and Oumar Konate.


Tuesday, July 12

1. Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble – Sing Me Home (Sony Masterworks)

2. The Wailers – The Wailing Wailers (Studio One/Yep Roc)

3. Ziggy Marley – Ziggy Marley (Tuff Gong)

4. Various – Rough Guide to Brazilian Jazz (World Music Network)

5. Breabach – Astar (Breabach)

6. Alma Afrobeat Ensemble – It’s Time (Slow Walk Music)

7. Buyepongo – Todo Mundo (Buyepongo)

8. Fela Ransome Kuti & Koola Lobitos – Highlife-Jazz and Afro Soul (Knitting Factory)

Monday, June 27

Global Village marks the birthday of one of the great Bollywood music directors, R.D. Burman, who revolutionized the music in Indian films with his adventurous use of rock, Latin, Arabic and other influences. We also continue our June Silk Road feature with music from another Silk Road Ensemble member, Galician bagpiper Cristina Pato; feature music from bassist Dave Holland – who was just named as an NEA Jazz Master for 2017; and highlight new music from Spanish Afrobeat band, the Alma Afrobeat Ensemble and the Cocek! Brass Band.

Monday, June 20

Global Village welcomes in the first full day of the new season with songs of summer from Bob Marley & the Wailers, Desmond Dekker, Ray Barretto, Bill Withers, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Michael Franti & Spearhead and more.

Tuesday, June 21

Monday, June 13

Tonight in the Global Village…the Afrobeat goes on, with Afrobeat sounds from Tony Allen, the drummer and musical director for Fela; Seun Kuti, heading up his father’s Egypt 80 band; and two contemporary bands inspired by Afrobeat, but adding their own touches to the style – London-based  Yaaba Funk and Brooklyn’s Zongo Junction.

Tuesday, June 14

Monday, June 6

Global Village marks the birthday of Jamaican-born pianist Monty Alexander; continues with more music from June featured artists Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble – this time with music from Lebanese oud player Rabih Abou-Khalil, who composed for the Ensemble; and highlights music from the new studio release, Culcha Vulcha, from Snarky Puppy and new reggae albums from Natty Nation, and the Wailing Wailers (a reissue of the debut album from the original Wailers lineup of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer).

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1.       Anoushka Shankar – Land of Gold (Deutsche Grammophon)

2.       Buyepongo – Todo Mundo (Buyepongo)

3.       Fela Ransome Kuti & Koola Lobitos – Highlife-Jazz and Afro Soul (Knitting Factory)

4.       Lakou Mizik – Wa Di You (Cumbancha)

5.       Various – Rough Guide to a World of Psychedelia (World Music Network)

6.       Alma Afrobeat Ensemble – It’s Time (Slow Walk Music)

7.       Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble – Sing Me Home (Sony Masterworks)

Monday, May 30

Global Village remembers legendary Latin percussionist Armando Peraza on his birthday with music he did under his own name, with Santana, and with blues legend John Lee Hooker. Plus new music from Snarky Puppy, the Fela & Koola Lobitos compilation, and Buena Vista Social Club guitarist Eliades Ochoa – and more Music of India for the May feature from contemporary bhangra artist Taz and from world fusion composer James Asher.

Tuesday, May 31