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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1:00 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Jane Bunnett in the Global Village Studio with Chris Heim

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A very special Global Village is in the wings for this Friday evening as host Chris Heim welcomes musician Jane Bunnett into the Global Village studio at KMUW. Bunnett talks about her exploration of Cuban music and the fusion of Cuban styles with her own contemporary jazz compositions.

Bunnett and Heim take you through the small villages and hidden music of Cuba and explain the inventive fusion of several different and often hidden musical ways.

Listen to this bit of the interview and then tune in to Global Village this evening at 7pm on KMUW for an hour of Chris, Jane and music. 

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10:39 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Global Village Top 40 Albums Of September 2014

Global Village Top 40 Album: Jane Bunnett & Maqueque
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Global Village - Top 40 September 2014

1.  Jane Bunnett - Jane Bunnett & Maqueque  (Justin Time)

2.  Red Chamber - The Gathering (Za Discs)

3.  Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca - La Rumba Soyo (Cumbancha)

4.  Various - Role: New Sounds of Brazil (Mais Um Discos)

5.  Cumbia All Stars - Tigres en Fuga (World Village)

6.  Hollie Cook - Twice (Mr. Bongo)

7.  Various - Rough Guide to Arabic Cafe (World Music Network)

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11:29 am
Tue September 30, 2014

New Month/New Music Friday, Coffee Day, Gandhi Day & Oct. Feature - Haiti

A Putumayo Blend: Music from the Coffee Lands
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Monday September 29

Special: It’s International Coffee Day and Global Village celebrates with some great java songs and music from coffee countries around the world.  The show highlights songs about coffee from Bob Marley, Willie Bobo, Otis Redding, and Herbie Mann; from the Qat Coffee and Qambus, and Music from the Coffee Lands compilations; and from musicians from the coffee-growing countries of Jamaica (Ernest Ranglin), Ethiopia (Mulatu Astatke), Colombia (Afrosound), Kenya (the Rift Valley Brothers) and more.

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10:41 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Jane Bunnett Special, King Sunny’s Birthday And “Classical World”

Canadian artist Jane Bunnett, subject of Friday's special edition

Monday September 22

Global Village celebrates the birthday of Nigerian star King Sunny Ade with music from one of his early international classics (Synchro System) and one of his later projects (Seven Degrees North) – plus a tribute to both Gerald Wilson and Joe Sample, and new music from Ricardo Lemvo, Peliroja, and the Friends from Rio Project.

Tuesday September 23

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10:46 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Celebrations For Hispanic Heritage Month & Mexican Independence Day

Latin jazz percussionist Mongo Santamaria

Monday September 15

SPECIAL: 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, along with rare sides from Joe King Carrasco, Flash & the Dynamics and more.

Tuesday September 16

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8:37 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Fania's 50th And Birthdays Of John Martyn, Roy Ayers, Mickey Hart & Raymond Scott

Happy Birthday to vibes player Roy Ayers

Monday September 8

Global Village highlights some meetings of different musical worlds, including world jazz fusion from George Brooks, Fareed Haque, and Lionel Loueke; a different approach to a Pat Metheny composition from salsa star Ruben Blades; the world chamber sounds of Ensemble Polaris; Spanish Celtic music from Milladoiro; and some bossa Beatles.

Tuesday September 9

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11:32 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Labor Day Special, New Month/New Music & Fania Records 50th

Celebrate Labor Day with the Strawbs

Monday September 1: Labor Day Special

Global Village celebrates Labor Day with songs about work and working, the people who do it and the joys of it - from the Strawbs, Toots Hibbert, Van Morrison, Sting, Abbey Lincoln, the Beatles, Jimmy Reed, the Roches and more.

Strange Currency and Night Train also feature music for Labor Day tonight.

Tuesday September 2

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10:54 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Global Village Top 40 Albums Of August 2014

Toumani and Sidiki Diabate
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Global Village - Top 40 August 2014

1.  Toumani & Sidiki Diabate - Toumani & Sidiki (Nonesuch/World Circuit)

2.  Mike Marshall & Choro Famoso - Segunda (Adventure Music)

3.  Fela - Finding Fela OST (Knitting Factory)

4.  Sia Tolno - African Woman (LusAfrica)

5.  Sondorgo - Tamburocket Hungarian Fireworks (Riverboat)

6.  Mamadou Diabate - Griot Classique (Mamadou Diabate)

7.  Zongo Junction - No Discount (Electric Cowbell)

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8:34 am
Mon August 25, 2014

World Psychedelia & Birthdays Of Ladysmith’s Joseph Shabalala, Elvis Costello & Alice Coltrane

Celebrate Elvis Costello's birthday in the Global Village

Monday August 25

Global Village marks the birthdays of Elvis Costello and guitarist Pat Martino; highlights more from August featured artist, Toumani Diabate - this time from the groundbreaking album he did with trombonist Roswell Rudd called MaliCool; and showcases new music from the Brooklyn Afrobeat band, Zongo Junction, Latin soul band Henry Brun & the Latin Playerz, and reunited UK roots reggae group, Black Slate.                              

Tuesday August 26

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3:24 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Hungary’s Szent István Day & Kora Family Lines With Aug. Featured Artist Toumani Diabate

Emerging Hungarian world-folk band Sondorgo

Monday August 18

Global Village remembers Steely of the reggae duo Steely & Clevie on his birthday; highlights new music from Hollie Cook, Mike Marshall, and the Finding Fela soundtrack; and continues with more music from August featured artist, kora great Toumani Diabate, with music from his Djelika album, and as a guest with popular Malian duo, Amadou and Mariam.

Tuesday August 19

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