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, June 12

Global Village continues the June Islands feature with a visit to islands in the Indian Ocean, including Madagascar, Zanzibar, Seychelles, Comoros and more. We’ll hear music from the Culture Musical Club of Zanzibar, sega from Claude Vinh-San, the Seychelles All Stars and Nawal. Plus new music from the Zaire 74 compilation, Cape Verde’s Elida Almeida, and a compilation from the German-Turkish Uzelli label.

Tuesday, June 13

Global Village continues its June Islands feature with music from the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti and is famous for its son, bachata and merengue music. We’ll hear those styles, Dominican-influenced jazz and more in this show from such artists as Juan Luis Guerra, Luis Vargas, Joan Soriano, Michel Camilo, Wilfrido Vargas and Johnny Pacheco.

Wednesday, June 14

Global Village remembers one of the great voices of African music, Papa Wemba, for his birthday. The show features music from Zaiko Langa Langa, a popular group he cofounded and where he first rose to stardom; with his acclaimed Viva La Musica lineup; as a special guest with Manu Dibango and as part of the Big Blue Ball project from RealWorld; and in covers of his songs from Africando and Juan Luis Guerra.

Thursday, June 15

Global Village highlights brass and other bands from the Balkans, and some artists and bands from other parts of the world inspired by them. Among the artists featured – Romania’s Fanfare Ciocarlia, Serbia’s Boban & Marko Markovic Orkestar, Macedonia’s Kocani Orkestra, Slovakia’s Balkansam6el, and American groups the Raya Brass Band, Slavic Soul Party & Cocek! Brass Band.

Friday, June 16

Global Village continues the June Islands feature with a visit to the French Antilles. We hear some early beguine music, and the popular sounds of zouk, chouval bwa and more from such popular groups and artists as Kassav', Malavoi, Kali, Dede Saint-Prix and Zouk Machine.

Monday, June 5

Global Village kicks off the June Islands feature with a visit to our own Hawaiian Islands. We’ll hear early Hawaiian guitar masters like Sol Hoopii, the legendary Gabby Pahinui with Ry Cooder,  contemporary Slack Key guitar players including Ledward Kaapana and Leonard Kwan, and explore some interesting fusions of Hawaiian music with Indian, classical, flamenco and Taiwanese music from Debashish Bhattacharya, Daniel Ho and Keola Beamer.

Tuesday, June 6

Global Village celebrates National Day of Sweden, a holiday in that country since 1916, with a program devoted to a wide array of artists and styles of Swedish music – including neo-folk, folk rock, jazz and more. Among the artists and groups featured are Garmarna, Hoven Droven, E.S.T., Ale Moller with Lene Willemark (from the Nordan Suite and with Frifot), and new releases from Vasen, and Trio Mediaeval with Arve Henriksen.

Wednesday, June 7

It’s Union Dissolution Day in Norway, the date when the country ended a nearly century-long political union with Sweden. Global Village marks the occasion with a program devoted to music from Norway (though a number of bands include musicians and influences from Sweden, as cultural connections remain strong between the two countries).  The show features new music from the early music group Trio Mediaeval with Arve Henriksen, the Nordic Fiddlers Bloc, Griselda Sanderson (on Norwegian Hardanger fiddle) with Ricardo de Noronha, and the folk group Sver. Other Norwegian artists featured in the show include Jan Garbarek, Mari Boine, Sinikka Langeland, Terje Rypdal, and Bukkene Bruse.

Thursday, June 8

It’s World Oceans Day – an effort started by the Oceans Project in 2002 and recognized as an annual event by the United Nations since 2008 – to draw attention to the importance of healthy, sustainable oceans. Global Village marks the occasion with songs about the seas from Frankie Ford, the Marvelettes, Quartet San Francisco, Dee Dee Bridgewater, John Abercrombie with Ralph Towner, Elvis Costello, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Vishten, Lucky Oceans and more.

Friday, June 9

Global Village wraps up the week with a Latin soul and boogaloo dance party with classics from Mongo Santamaria and Pucho & the Latin Soul Brothers–rarities, including music from the Rough Guide to Latin Rare Groove, Volume 2 – and Latin soul versions of songs from James Brown and the Temptations.

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Global Village host Chris Heim has curated the top albums in world music for the month of May 2017.

  1. Vocal Sampling – Asi de Sampling! (Zig Zag World)
  2. Orchestra Baobab – Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng (World Circuit)
  3. Various – Togo Soul 70 (Hot Casa)
  4. Quadro Nuevo & Cairo Steps – Flying Carpet (Fine Music)
  5. Girme Beyene & Akale Wube – Mistakes on Purpose/Ethiopiques 30 (Buda Musique)
  6. Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues – Different Voices (Dawnserly)
  7. L’Orchestre Afrisa International – Melanie (Colomotion)
  8. Vieux Farka Toure – Samba (Six Degrees)
  9. Tamikrest – Kidal (Glitterbeat)
  10. Aurelio – Darandi (RealWorld)
  11. Various artists – Lost in China (Riverboat)
  12. Mamud Band – Dynamite on Stage (Felmay)
  13. Steve Khan – Backlog (Tone Center)
  14. Systema Solar – Rumbo a Tierra (Nacional)
  15. Debashish Bhattacharya – Hawaii to Calcutta (Riverboat)
  16. Various Artists – Synthesize the Soul (Ostinato)
  17. Skatalites – Foundation Ska (Studio One/Yep Roc)
  18. Rakkatak – Small Pieces (Rakkatak)
  19. Amine & Hamza – Fertile Paradoxes (ARC Music)
  20. Jerez Texas – Clar de Lluna (Jerez Texas)
  21. Tarek Yamani – Peninsular (Edict)
  22. Maria Kalaniemi & Eero Grundstrom – Svalan (Akero)
  23. Teija Niku – Memento (Teija Niku)
  24. Les Amazones d’Afrique – Republique Amazone (Real World)
  25. Maes/Martin/Gruel – Feule Caracal (Buda Musique)
  26. Andrea Pancur Alpen Klezmer – Zum Meer (Galileo)
  27. Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ – TajMo (Concord)
  28. Ray Mantilla – High Voltage (Savant)
  29. Duene Libre – Duende Libre (Duende Libre)
  30. Elida Almeida – Djunta Kudjer (LusAfrica)
  31. Forro in the Dark – Sandcastle (Nacional)
  32. Ibibio Sound Machine – Uyai (Merge)
  33. Various artists – Pop Makossa (Analog Africa)
  34. Quercus – Nightfall (ECM)
  35. Red Baraat – Bhangra Pirates (Sinj)
  36. Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita – Transparent Water (Ota)
  37. Ethio Stars/Tukul Band featuring Mulatu Astatke – Addis 1988 (Piranha)
  38. Various – Uzelli Psychedelic Anadalou (Uzelli)
  39. Bargou 08 – Targ (Glitterbeat)
  40. Mokoomba – Luyando (Out/Here)

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Monday, May 29

Global Village highlights Cuban guitarists, including acclaimed classical guitarist Manuel Barrueco (from his Cuba! Album) and two guitarists associated with the Buena Vista Social Club – Manual Galban (from his earlier work as guitarist and musical director with the Cuban doo wop group Los Zafiros) and Eliades Ochoa (on a release with sister Maria Ochoa and Alma Latina).

Plus guitar music as well from a solo release by  John Doyle (a former member of Solas), Berlin’s 17 Hippies with special guest guitarists Marc Ribot and Jakob Ilja, guitarists Beppe Gambetta & Tony McManus, Spanish guitarist Carlos Timon, and, for the May Golden Age of African music feature, classic guitar bands from Senegal (Orchestra Baobab) and Tanzania (Orchestra Super Volcano).

Tuesday, May 30

Global Village marks the birthday of Latin jazz, soul and rock percussionist Armando Peraza with music he did as a leader and with Santana, Mongo Santamaria, Randy Weston, and Cal Tjader. Plus new music from Latin jazz percussionist Ray Mantilla, Red Baraat, and the 25th anniversary reissue of Mickey Hart’s Planet Drum.

Wednesday, May 31

Global Village pays a visit to Colombia for a wide array of styles and artists – including the contemporary rock group Aterciopelados, popular singer Carlos Vives (from a 2014 album that took home two Latin Grammys), the Afrosound of Colombia Vol. 2 and Colombia! The Golden Age of Discos Fuentes compilations, and some contemporary classical sounds from the album, Guitar Music of Colombia.

Thursday, June 1

Global Village heads to Italy for a variety of different sounds from pioneering neo-folk accordionist Riccardo Tesi, the Napoli Mandolin Orchestra (with spaghetti western music!), Stefano Saletti with his Piccola Banda Ikona group, folk & jazz saxophonist Enzo Avitabile, and the traditional pipes groups Zampogneria. Plus the latest from Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues, Quadro Nuevo with Cairo Steps, and Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca.

Friday, June 2

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:

Zaire 74 – the first release of the African artists who appeared at the music festival held in advance of the famous ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ Ali-Foreman fight

Pop Makossa – featuring the lively sounds of ‘70s Cameroon

Afrobeat legend Tony Allen’s tribute to legendary jazz drummer Art Blakey

The first new album in eight years from the great Malian singer Oumou Sangare

An eclectic new Latin jazz set from percussionist Ray Mantilla

And reggae from roots revivalists Morgan Heritage, reggae veterans teamed up as the Kingston All Stars, a reissue of a classic dub set from Tommy McCook & the Aggrovators, and Latin classics done reggae style from Ozomatli.

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Monday, May 22

In conjunction with the May ‘Golden Age of African Music’ feature, Global Village highlights music this time from the legendary Orchestra Baobab. The group formed in 1970 and its inspired combination of Cuban and Senegalese music made it one of the top bands of the era. New styles and sounds led to Baobab disbanding in the ‘80s, but they reformed in 2001 and past and later releases attracted a new world music audience. The show highlights music from across the band’s career, from early work to their new album, Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng. Plus new music from Colombian band Systema Solar, the Gypsy Cuban Project, and the Cape Verdean Synthesize the Soul compilation.

Tuesday, May 23

Global Village highlights some impressive neo-folk groups from Europe including the critically acclaimed Hungarian band Sondorgo, Italy’s Unavantaluna, Finnish accordionist Maria Kalaniemi, and from Spain, the Basque group Korrontzi and Basque accordionist Keja Junkera with over 200 Galician musicians on the massive Galiza project.

Wednesday, May 24

Global Village celebrates the birthday of Bob Dylan in a show devoted to world music artists doing Dylan songs and world music-influenced  versions of his work. There’s Dylan tunes off new albums by Cuba’s Vocal Sampling, the art-folk Quercus trio (June Tabor, Huw Warren & Iain Bellamy), and the Hudson album from Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski and John Scofield.  Plus Dylan covers from Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Robert Plant, Toots Hibbert and more.

Thursday, May 25

On this date in 1963, independent nations of Africa formed the Organization of African Unity. This has since been celebrated across Africa and around the world as Africa Day. It is a public holiday in several African countries and Global Village highlights music from them in this special edition of the show. Among the artists featured: Zimbabwe’s Thomas Mapfumo, Zambia’s Brian Chilala, Guinea’s Balla et ses Balladins, Ghana’s Ebo Taylor and C.K. Mann, and from Mali, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba.

Friday, May 26

Global Village continues the May ‘Golden Age of African Music’ feature with a preview of a compilation out next month of pop makossa from ‘70s Cameroon. Plus birthday salutes to Brazilian guitarist and accordionist Sivuca, Buena Vista Social Club pianist Ruben Gonzalez, and some world-influenced pieces from Sketches of Spain and Miles from India for Miles Davis’s birthday.

Monday, May 15

Global Village marks the birthday of Brian Eno with music from some of his early solo albums, world music projects with Ugandan artist Geoffrey Oryema, Ghanian band Edikanfo, and David Byrne, and also music from an album he picked as one of his favorites, Fela’s Afrodesiac. It’s also the birthday of Brazilian guitarist, composer and bossa nova pioneer Oscar Castro-Neves, and there’s new music from Italian afrobeat group, the Mamud Band, and the Lost in China compilation.

Tuesday, May 16

Monday, May 8

Global Village features contemporary releases from and inspired by music of the Middle East and North Africa. Highlights include French guitarist and composer Titi Robin, Iranian singer (and former Axiom of Choice member) Mamek Khadem, Paris-based world-fusion artist Aziz Sahmaoui, the Dutch ‘Arabicana’ band NO Blues, Iranian vocalist Mahsa Vahdat with soul and gospel singer Mighty Sam, Israeli percussionist Zohar Fresco, and even some heavy metal from the Arabic Rock Orchestra.

Tuesday, May 9

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  1. Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita – Transparent Water (Ota)
  1. Girme Beyene & Akale Wube – Mistakes on Purpose/Ethiopiques 30 (Buda Musique)
  1. Ethio Stars/Tukul Band featuring Mulatu Astatke – Addis 1988 (Piranha)
  1. Vieux Farka Toure – Samba (Six Degrees)
  1. Serendou – Zinder (Hirustica)
  1. Mokoomba – Luyando (Out/Here)
  1. Orchestra Baobab – Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng (World C

Monday, April 24

Global Village marks the birthday of classical guitarist John Williams with world projects he did featuring music of Africa, Japan, and Venezuela. It is also the birthday of the late Collin Walcott, who was a member of the Paul Winter Consort and then a cofounder of the world chamber jazz ensemble Oregon.

And along with music from Oregon, Global Village highlights more world jazz sounds for the April Jazz Appreciation Month feature from Ernest Ranglin, and the new album from Mariah Parker’s Indo Latin Jazz.