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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  1. Various – Tanbou Toujou Lou (Ostinato)
  1. Jean-Guihen Queyras – Thrace: Sunday Morning Sessions (Harmonia Mundi)


  1. Sondorgo – Live Wires (Riverboat)


  1. Various artists – Peru Rare Groove (World Music Network)


  1. Richard Bona & Mandekan Cubano – Heritage (Qwest)


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Monday, October 3

Get out the popcorn because this time in the Global Village, ska and reggae go to the movies – as the show highlights movie themes done ska style along with music from reggae movies, including the classic The Harder They Come. Among the artists featured are the Skatalites, Jimmy Cliff, Sly & Robbie, and Madness.

Tuesday, October 4

Monday, September 26

Global Village celebrates birthdays of Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos, Dolores Keane- one of the great voices of Irish traditional music, and Brazilian tropicalia singer Gal Costa. Plus more brass band music for the September feature from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and new music from the Peru Rare Groove compilation, Richard Bona, and Jean-Guihen Queyras and friends on Thrace.

Tuesday, September 27

Monday, September 19

Fall is the time when many international artists tour the U.S. and Canada and in this visit to the Global Village, music from a number of them –Mariza, Luisa Maita, Vieux Farka Toure, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, Bombino, and Sondorgo – are featured. Global Village also showcases the world music side of Canadian producer and performer Daniel Lanois for his birthday, and for the September brass band feature presents Balkan brass by way of Boston from the Cocek! Brass Band.

Tuesday, September 20

Monday September 12

Global Village celebrates the birthday of world-jazz percussionist Adam Rudolph with music from his Moving Pictures and Go: Organic Orchestra projects, and guest appearances with Shadowfax and Leni Stern – plus more brass bands for the September feature, this time including the Gangbe Brass Band from Benin and the U.S. based, Balkan inspired Raya Brass Band – and new music from London’s contemporary classical meets world ensemble, the iyatra Quartet, and a new Haitian compilation Tanbou Toujou Lou.

Monday, September 5

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

Tuesday, September 6

  1. Money Chicha – Echo en Mexico (VampiSoul)


Monday, August 29

Global Village throws an Afrobeat party with music from August featured artist Tony Allen as part of Fela’s band and recording under his own name with Fela’s Africa 70 band and Fela as producer. Plus Afrobeat sounds from two U.S. – based Afrobeat bands – The Funk Ark and Antibalas – and an Afrobeat/Gnawa fusion from the Fangnawa Experience release.

Tuesday, August 30

Monday, August 15

With all eyes on Rio, Global Village joins in the fun with music from Brazil throughout the entire week. We kick things off with a show that highlights some sounds from modern Brazil – including two albums featuring Vinicius Cantuaria (one with Bill Frisell, the other with Ricardo Silveira), also the ‘nova bossa nova’ band Bossacucanova, and neo-tropicalia group Garotas Suecas. Plus reggae legends Toots & the Maytals, and a little musical diversion from Steely Dan.

Tuesday, August 16