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, December 4

Guitarists from several different traditions are featured this time in the Global Village – Teta from Madagascar, Latin/Caribbean jazz fusion player Ray Obiedo, Mali’s Boubacar Traore, world jazz pioneer Gabor Szabo, and Harry Manx, who brings together Indian music and the blues. Plus blasts from the past from the Grammy-winning Folksongs for a Nuclear Village album from Shadowfax, and the classic Shoot Out the Lights album from Richard and Linda Thompson.

Tuesday, December 5

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

(Strange Currency and Night Train will also feature Disney related music tonight.)

Wednesday, December 6

Global Village celebrates the Centennial Independence Day of Finland, marking the country’s 1917 separation from Russia. The show highlights a broad range of music from traditional styles of different regions of the country, to rock, jazz, Balkan and African-inspired music from Finnish bands. Among the groups and artists featured – the Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble, Piirpauke, Slobo Horo, Teija Niku, Sampo Lassila Narinkka, Hedningarna, and Frigg.

Thursday, December 7

This time in the Global Village we give the drummers (and percussionists) some – with music from drummer Ginger Baker, tabla player Sameer Gupta, conguero Poncho Sanchez, and percussionist Airto. Plus brass meets percussion with Red Baraat and the New Birth Brass Band.

Friday, December 8

Global Village highlights music from ‘desert blues bands’ Etran finatawa, Tinariwen, Tamikrest, and Terakaft. Plus new music from Ladama, the Sweet as Broken Dates compilation, and Saeid Shanbehzadeh – and some world music classics from Ali Hassan Kuban, Pata Negra and Conjunto Cespedes.

KMUW Music marks the birthday of pioneering film animator Walt Disney with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train on Tuesday, December 5 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight for a variety of unusual renditions and iconic songs from Disney films.

Monday, November 27

Global Village highlights some Latin soul, funk, and boogaloo sounds this time – including the Joe Cuba boogaloo hit, “Bang Bang,” Brazilian soul pioneer Tim Maia, and contemporary Latin soul bands Buyepongo, Palo!, and Money Chicha.

Tuesday, November 28

Global Village marks Panama’s Independence or National Day (marking the country’s independence from Spain in 1821) with traditional, soul, cumbia, and jazz-inspired music from Panamanian artists – including Danilo Perez, Papi Brandao, the Exciters, the Silvertones, Los Caballeros de Colon and more.

Wednesday, November 29

Global Village highlights vintage and contemporary ska and roots reggae – including music from the legendary ska band, the Skatalites, and also from Skatalites band members Jackie Mittoo and Rico Rodriguez (as part of Jazz Jamaica). And there’s roots reggae revivalists Ziggy Marley (with brother Stephen Marley), Jamaica’s Raging Fyah (with Jesse Royal), and Baltimore’s Jah Works.

Thursday, November 30

Global Village wraps up the November New Euro Folk feature with music from Portugal, including famed fado singer Mariza, award winning Portuguese Guitar player Custodio Castelo, singer-songwriter Lula Pena, concertina quartet Danças Ocultas, and Portuguese klezmer group Melech Mechaya. Plus new music from other European folk inspired artists – Italian band Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, Albanian cellist Redi Hasa with Italian singer Maria Mazzotta, Spanish guitarist Pipo Romero and the Breton group ‘Ndiaz.

Friday, December 1

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:

A new holiday set with world music influences from Sultans of String

Compilations of music from the Peruvian Andes and Burkina Faso

Some beautiful sets inspired by music of the Middle East and the Mediterranean from Maya Yousef, Ross Daly with Kelly Thoma, and the trio of Efren Lopez, Stelios Petrakis & Bijan Chemirani

Big sounds from the Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band, and the Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra

And African greats Boubacar Traore, and Orchestre Les Mangelepa

Monday, November 20

As part of the November New Euro Folk feature, Global Village heads to Sweden for music from Garmarna, Den Fule, Groupa, and Lena Willemark with Ale Moller. Plus new music from Ramon Goose, Monoswezi, and Officina Zoe.

Tuesday, November 21

Global Village marks the birthday of Crescent City favorite Dr. John with music from across his career and as a special guest with John Scofield and Taj Mahal. Plus new music from afrobeat band Antibalas, contemporary cumbia group La Misa Negra, Ethiojazz inspired group Mister Ott, and roots reggae revivalists The Expanders.

Wednesday, November 22

A triple birthday celebration in the Global Village for three legendary Spanish composers – Tárrega (11.21), Rodrigo (11.22) and de Falla (11.23) – with some of their most famous compositions performed by John Williams, Julian Bream and the Miles Español project.

Thursday, November 23

Global Village serves up a feast for the holiday with songs about food. On the menu, Rice, Red Beans and Turnip Greens, Sweet Pumpkin, Hot Cross Buns with some Frim Fram Sauce and other musical delicacies.

(Strange Currency and Night Train will also serve up Thanksgiving holiday specials tonight.)

Friday, November 24

This time Global Village pays a visit to the ‘classical world’ – exploring music that brings together Western classical and world influences, along with music inspired by Indian and Arabic classical traditions. Among the artists featured – Kirk Elliott with the Orchestra of Unmitigated Gaul, Tunisian oud player Anouar Brahem’s first project with a string orchestra, and music from Paquito D’Rivera with the classical ensemble, Quinteto Cimarron. And as usual, we take some detours along the way, including for some ‘60s garage band music from Spain, and for the November Euro Folk feature, music from Richard Thompson’s first solo album (and reportedly the worst selling album on Warner Bros. Records).

KMUW Music is celebrating Thanksgiving with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train on Thursday, November 23 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.

Global Village serves up a feast for the holiday with songs about food. On the menu: Rice, Red Beans and Turnip Greens, Sweet Pumpkin, Hot Cross Buns with some Frim Fram Sauce and other musical delicacies.

The annual Thanksgiving celebration continues on Strange Currency with music from The Kinks, Mike Keneally and others.

Monday, November 13

Global Village pays tribute to Tabu Ley Rochereau - one of the giants of African music and one of the architects of the popular soukous style of music – on what would have been his 77th birthday. We’ll highlight music from early in his career when he worked with Le Grande Kalle, some of his classic recordings, and several key artists who emerged from his influential bands.

Tuesday, November 14

Global Village marks birthdays of zydeco star Buckwheat Zydeco and South African guitarist Derek Gripper, and features new music from the contemporary Gullah group Ranky Tanky, the eclectic Breton band ‘ndiaz, legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen, and world-rock group The Vampires with guitarist Lionel Loueke.

Wednesday, November 15

Global Village continues the November New European Folk feature with the latest from Spanish guitarist Raul Rodriguez, the Mediterranean music of Adel Salameh & Eduardo Niebla, and the eclectic Afro Celt Sound System. It’s also the birthday of singer, cuatro player and songwriter Marta Topferova, a native of the Czech Republic whose music has been inspired by the sounds and styles of Latin America. Plus new music from Quadro Nuevo and Musique Noire.

Thursday, November 16

Global Village features some Indian fusion in this visit – focusing on artists from India and from around the world who combine Indian music with rock, jazz and other styles of music. Among the artists featured are Bollywood legend R.D. Burman, Kronos Quartet from their album of music from R.D. Burman, electric Carnatic guitarist Prasanna, Indi-pop pioneer Sheila Chandra with Monsoon, Anoushka Shankar with Karsh Kale, and Canadian artists Sultans of String and Kiran Ahluwahlia.

Friday, November 17

Global Village celebrates birthdays of three jazz artists who have incorporated world influences in the music – adventurous trombonist Roswell Rudd, pioneering French horn player and world jazz artist David Amram, and bassist Ben Allison. And there’s new music from Mali’s Makan Badje Tounkara, contemporary reggae group New Kingston, and Tunisian oud master Anouar Brahem.

Monday, November 6

Global Village marks the birthday of Adolphe Sax, the man who invented the saxophone, with a program devoted to saxophone music and musicians from around the world – including Africa’s Manu Dibango and Seun Kuti, the Skatalites and Dean Fraser from Jamaica, Balkan artists Fanfare Ciocarlia and Boris Kovac and a bossa nova classic from jazz saxophonist Stan Getz.

(Strange Currency and Night Train also celebrate Sax’s birthday tonight.)

Tuesday, November 7

As part of the November Euro New Folk feature, Global Village heads to Scotland for music from a wide range of artists, both traditional and those who add contemporary and other stylistic influences. Among the artists featured are John Martyn, Shooglenifty, Old Blind Dogs, Karine Polwart, Big Country, Julie Fowlis, and (Glasgow-born) Mark Knopfler.

Wednesday, November 8

As part of the November New Euro Folk feature, Global Village heads to Spain for a wide array of traditional and new folk sounds from many different regions of the country. We’ll hear the classic new flamenco of Paco de Lucia and variations on it from Vicente Amigo, Pepe Habichuela (with legendary jazz bassist Dave Holland), and Jose El Piru (with French cellist Matthieu Saglio); the contemporary Catalan cobla of the Biflats; master Basque accordionist Kepa Junkera; Galician folk and early music ensemble Doa; and even some vintage ‘60s Spanish garage band music.

Thursday, November 9

Global Village celebrates Cambodian Independence Day with music from the Golden Age of Cambodian Rock and some contemporary groups and artists creating their own distinctive contemporary Cambodian music. Among the artists featured Cambodian stars Sinn Sisamouth and Ros Seresyothea, contemporary bands Dengue Fever and Cambodian Space Project, and Cambodian-American artists Kmang Kmang and Bochan.

Friday, November 10

Grab the popcorn for a cinematic show this time in the Global Village for the birthdays of Italian film composer Ennio Morricone and the mastermind of Warner Bros. cartoon music, Carl Stalling. Plus more music for the November New Euro Folk feature – this time including the latest from Slovakia’s Balkansambel, Croatia’s Kries, and Portugual’s Coimbra Fado.


KMUW Music is celebrating National Saxophone Day, the birthday of saxophone inventor Adolphe Sax, with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train on Monday, November 6 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.

Global Village devotes Monday night's program to saxophone music and musicians from around the world, including Africa's Manu Dibango and Seun Kuti, the Skatalites and Dean Fraser from Jamaica, Balkan artists Fanfare Ciocarlia and Boris Kovac, plus a bossa nova classic from jazz saxophonist Stan Getz.

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  1. Trio da Kali & Kronos Quartet – Ladilikan (World Circuit)


  1. Debademba – Sanikoya (Dankama)
  1. Anouar Brahem – Blue Maqams (ECM)
  1. Matthieu Saglio & Jose El Piru – petit a petit (M. Saglio)
  1. Lila Downs – Salon, Lagrimas y Deseo (Sony Music)
  1. Tony Allen – The Source (Blue Note)
  1. The Expanders – Old Time Something Come Back Again Vol. 2 (Easy Star)
  1. Pipo Romero – Folklorico (Sony Music)
  1. Quadro Nuevo & Cairo Steps – Flying Carpet (Fine Music/Justin Time)
  1. Songhoy Blues – Resistance (Fat Possum)
  1. Various – Sweet as Broken Dates (Ostinato)
  1. Ramon Goose – Long Road to Tiznit (Riverboat)
  1. Officina Zoe – Live in India (Kurumuny)
  1. Bokante – Strange Circles (Ground Up)
  1. Ladama – Ladama (Six Degrees)
  1. Various – Rough Guide to the Music of West Africa (World Music Network)
  1. Chicago Afrobeat Project – What Goes Up (Chicago Afrobeat Project)
  1. Trio Tekke & Dave de Rose – Zivo (Trio Tekke)
  1. Akshara – In Time (Akshara Music)
  1. Topette!! – C’est Le Pompon (Topette!!)
  1. Monoswezi – A Je (Riverboat)
  1. Antibalas – Where the Gods Are in Peace (Daptone)
  1. Baraka Moon – Wind Horse (Baraka Moon)
  1. Leila Gobi – 2017 (Clermont Music)
  1. Mokoomba – Luyando (Out/Here)
  1. Sabil – Zabad, Twilight Tide (Harmonia Mundi)
  1. New Kingston – A Kingston Story: Come from Far (Easy Star)
  1. Christos DC – Tessera (Honest Music)
  1. Rafiki Jazz – Har Dam Sahara (Riverboat)
  1. Ruben Gonzalez – Introducing Ruben Gongalez (World Circuit)
  1. Various – Pop Makossa (Analog Africa)
  1. Moh! Kouyate – Fe Toki (Foli Son)
  1. Bob Marley – Exodus 40: The Movement Continues (Tuff Gong)
  1. Ruben Blades – Salsa Big Band (Ruben Blades)
  1. Hilario Duran – Contumbao (Alma)
  1. The Black Seeds – Fabric (Easy Star)
  1. MandolinMan – Unfolding the Roots (ARC Music)
  1. Toko Telo – Toy Taha Toy (Anio)
  1. Massa Dembele – Mezana Dounia (Izniz)
  1. Lau – Decade (Reveal)

KMUW Music is celebrating Halloween with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train on Tuesday, October 31 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.

Global Village celebrates Halloween with some music tricks and treats, ghosts and goblins, and lots of spirited and scary sounds.

The special continues on Strange Currency with music from Roky Erickson, Ghost, John Carpenter and The Cramps.