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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For the most part, music biographies only have so much charm. Many tend to be rather plodding, with dull as dishwater writing to drag things down a bit more. So unless you have a particular interest in the artist, they don't really command much attention. On the other hand, there is a growing body of work that looks at broader questions about contemporary music and (despite an often rather overly 'academic' writing style) leaves readers with much to chew on. This year contributed several interesting new additions to that literature.

Monday, December 21

Global Village marks the birthday of legendary flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia, who was known both for his technical brilliance and as a pioneer of the ‘new flamenco.’ This special edition of the show highlights music  from throughout his career, including his first big hit in 1973 - “Entre Dos Aguas” - and the  Latin Grammy-winning Cositas Buenas album, as well as collaborations with flamenco singer Camaron de la Isla, the Guitar Trio (with Al DiMeola and John McLaughlin) and Chick Corea.

Monday, December 14

Global Village heads to the Caribbean for some warmer sounds from countries in or bordering on the Caribbean Sea – including Jamaica (the Paragons with John Holt, Bob Marley & the Wailers), Mexico (Sones de Mexico), the Dominican Republic (Francisco Ulloa), Barbados (Coalishun), Trinidad (the steel drum classic, "Pan Rising", from Ritmos Unidos), and Haiti (Boulpik and Sweet Micky).

Tuesday, December 15

Monday, December 7

A mixed bag this time in the Global Village with music from the Bombay Dub Orchestra, Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band, Turkish singer Cigdem Aslan, Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca, Taj Mahal with West Coast Latin rock and roots group Los Cenzontles, and a blast from the past from pioneering ‘70s Latin funk fusion group Caldera.

Tuesday, December 8

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1.       Bixiga 70 - III (Glitterbeat)

2.       Tiken Jah Fakoly - Racines (Barclay)

3.       Efren Lopez - El Fill Del Llop (Buda)

4.       SoulJazz Orchestra - Resistance (Strut)

5.       Elikeh - Kondona (Ropeadope)

6.       NO Blues - Oh Yeah Habibi (V2/Continental Record Services)

7.       Karavan Sarai - Woven Landscapes (Karavan Sarai)

8.       Terakaft - Alone (Out Here)

9.       Qwanqua - Volume Two (FPE)

Monday, November 30

Global Village wraps up a month long feature of music from Ethiopia with American based artists Dexter Story and Hailu Mergia, and more from the critically acclaimed Ethiopiques series. Plus birthday salutes to South Africa’s Johnny Dyani, singer June Pointer and photographer/director Gordon Parks.

Tuesday, December 1

Monday, November 23

Global Village celebrates birthdays of one of Spain’s greatest composers, Manuel de Falla, Italian minimalist Ludovico Einaudi, and Balkan blues (and more) artist Koby Israelite. Plus more music from Ethiopia for the November feature – this time including new music from the group Qwanwa – and new music from ‘desert blues’ band Terakaft, flamenco/North African music of Seffarine, Canada’s Soul Jazz Orchestra, and the wild and wooly world jazz ensemble TriBeCaStan.

Tuesday, November 24

A Global Village: An Interview with Chris Heim

Nov 18, 2015

Global Village host, Chris Heim, was recently interviewed by Taylor Moore of WSU Instructional Design and Technology. The interview, shared through a blog on the WSU website, looks at Chris's career in music... from a Saturday show in Chicago to the multitude of shows she produces which are now carried globally.

Read the entire interview--A Global Village--here:

Monday, November 16

Global Village highlights world saxophones, including music from Tommy McCook, one of the founding members of Jamaica’s acclaimed ska band, the Skatalites; Canadian saxophonist Jane Bunnett with the Cuban group, Maqueque; Norwegian world-jazz saxophonist Karl Seglem; flamenco sax from Jorge Pardo; and Senegalese saxophonist Dexter Johnson.

Tuesday, November 17

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Monday, 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 are Cambodian stars Sinn Sisamouth and Ros Seresyothea, contemporary bands Dengue Fever and Cambodian Space Project, and Cambodian-American artists Kmang Kmang and Bochan.

Tuesday, November 10