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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  1. Tiken Jah Fakoly – Racines (Barclay)


  1. Lorraine Klaasen - Nouvelle Journee (Justin Time)


  1. Various – Tanbou Toujou Lou (Ostinato)


  1. Various artists – Urgent Jumping! (Sterns Music)


  1. Jean-Guihen Queyras – Thrace: Sunday Morning Sessions (Harmonia Mundi)


  1. Dzambo Agusevi Orchestra – Brass Like It Hot (ARC Music)


Monday, November 28

Global Village remembers Latin jazz saxophonist Gato Barbieri for his birthday with music from some of his Chapter albums and the classic Bolivia. Plus more Haitian music for the November feature from Leyla McCalla, the Afro Haitian Experimental Orchestra with Tony Allen, and the recent Tanbou Toujou Lou compilation.

Tuesday, November 29

Monday, November 21

Global Village marks the birthday of Crescent City great Dr. John with music from his newest album and from his breakthrough album, In the Right Place. It’s also the birthday of percussionist Milton Cardona, and there’s music from the critically acclaimed Haitian roots band, Boukman Eksperyans for the November Haiti feature, and new releases from Brian Marsalla’s Imaginarium, the Meters, and the Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad.

Tuesday, November 22


Monday, November 14

Global Village marks the birthday of zydeco legend Buckwheat Zydeco (Stanley Dural), who passed away in September, and of guitarist Derek Gripper; continues with more music from Haiti for the November feature, this time from the Haitian konpa band D.P. Express; highlights two very different accordion styles – from Spain’s Victor Prieto and Cape Verde’s Bitori; and showcases an African-inspired piece from Texas blues legend Johnny Copeland.

Monday, November 7

Global Village marks the birthday of famed singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell with some world music inspired versions of her songs from Monty Alexander, the Rumba Club, and Carol Bach-Y-Rita, and Joni Mitchell as a special guest on Herbie Hancock’s River: The Joni Letters album. Plus birthday salutes to Brazilian composer Ary Barroso and Bay Area Latin jazz drummer and bandleader Brian Andres.

Tuesday, November 8

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


  1. Various artists – Urgent Jumping! (Sterns Music)


  1. Dzambo Agusevi Orchestra – Brass Like It Hot (ARC Music)


  1. Palo! – Yo Quiero Guarachar (Rolling Pin)


  1. Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band – 55 (Big Crown)


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


Monday, October 31

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

Tuesday, November 1

Monday, October 24

It’s another Monday at the Movies in the Global Village – this time with a visit to ‘Disney World’ for world, jazz and other unusual versions of songs from Disney films like Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Lady and the Tramp and other classics – done by Los Lobos, Miles Davis, Buster Poindexter, Peggy Lee and more.

Tuesday, October 25

Monday, October 17

Global Village spends another Monday at the Movies, this time with Black Orpheus for the birthday of guitarist Luiz Bonfa who wrote two of the key songs for that groundbreaking Brazilian film. It is also the birthday of ska trombonist Rico Rodriguez (also doing a couple of movie related numbers) and Ziggy Marley – and there’s new music from Madeleine Peyroux, Raging Fyah and the Rough Guide to Ethiopian Jazz.

Tuesday, October 18

Monday, October 10

Global Village marks birthdays of Cuban-born percussionist Francisco Aguabella, songwriter and singer Kirsty MacColl, and Cyril Neville (of the Neville Brothers). And we head to the movies for music from Fellini films written by Nino Rota and performed by Sexmob, Enrico Rava, Enrico Pieranunzi, and Richard Galliano.

Tuesday, October 11