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, January 23

Global Village celebrates the birthday of gypsy jazz guitar great Django Reinhardt with music from the master himself, from his Hot Club of France partner – violinist Stephane Grappelli, and from some of the many contemporary artists and groups that have been inspired by his music to offer both traditional and contemporary forms of his trademark ‘gypsy jazz’ sound.

Tuesday, January 24

Monday, January 16

Global Village celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with songs dedicated to him and inspired by the Civil Rights Movement, along with songs that reflect human rights themes from artists from around the globe. Among the artists featured – Mavis and Pops Staples, Toots & the Maytals, the Soweto Gospel Choir and Judy Mowatt.

 (Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train will all be doing special shows tonight in honor of King Day)

Tuesday, January 17

Monday, January 9

As part of the January feature looking back at 2016 in world music, Global Village remembers many of the world music artists who passed away last year – including Esma, Gato Barbieri, Leonard Cohen, Angus Grant of Shooglenifty, Prince Buster, Buckwheat Zydeco, Papa Wemba and more.

Tuesday, January 10

Monday, January 2

Global Village debuted on January 8, 2007 (a spin-off of a world music show that ran in Chicago from 1989-2006) and, has now become a tradition on the show at the start of every year, began with a look back at the best world music releases of the previous year.

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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