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, February 13

Global Village celebrates the birthday of Peter Gabriel with some of his world music-influenced songs along with guest appearances he made with a number of world music artists (including Manu Dibango, Youssou N’Dour, 9Bach, Geoffrey Oryema, and Afro Celt Sound System) and covers of his songs from the Bad Plus, Al DiMeola and Herbie Hancock.

Tuesday, February 14

KMUW Music will be celebrating the music of love this Valentine's Day. Tune in to Global VillageStrange Currency, and Night Train on Tuesday, February 14, for the annual special feature.


Show times for Tuesday, February 14:

  • Global Village | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Strange Currency | 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
  • Night Train | 10:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Monday, February 6

Global Village marks the birthday of reggae legend Bob Marley with music from his classic recordings and a wide range of covers of his songs from such artists as I-Three members Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt, Tiken Jah Fakoly (from his recent Racines album), The Gladiators, Bunny Wailer, Rebel Tumbao and The String Cheese Incident.

(Strange Currency and Night Train also feature music from Bob Marley tonight for his birthday.)

Tuesday, February 7

KMUW Music will be celebrating the birthday of Bob Marley. Tune in to Global VillageStrange Currency, and Night Train on Monday, February 6, for the special features. (That's five hours of Marley. Ya mon.)


Show times for Monday, February 6:

  • Global Village | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Strange Currency | 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
  • Night Train | 10:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Album Cover Art

1. Barcelona Gipsy Balkan Orchestra – Del Ebro Al Danubio (BGKO/Diggers Music)

2. Bollywood Brass Band – Carnatic Connection (Bollywood Brass Band)

3. Anda Union – Homeland (Hohot)

4. Clinton Fearon – This Morning (Boogie Brown Productions)

5. Le Tout-Puissant Orchestre Poly-Rythmo – Madjafalao (Because Music)

6. Damakase – Gunfan Yellem! (Captain Pouch)

7. Orkesta Mendoza - Vamos a Guarachar (Glitterbeat)

Monday, January 23

Global Village celebrates the birthday of gypsy jazz guitar great Django Reinhardt with music from the master himself, from his Hot Club of France partner – violinist Stephane Grappelli, and from some of the many contemporary artists and groups that have been inspired by his music to offer both traditional and contemporary forms of his trademark ‘gypsy jazz’ sound.

Tuesday, January 24

Monday, January 16

Global Village celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with songs dedicated to him and inspired by the Civil Rights Movement, along with songs that reflect human rights themes from artists from around the globe. Among the artists featured – Mavis and Pops Staples, Toots & the Maytals, the Soweto Gospel Choir and Judy Mowatt.

 (Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train will all be doing special shows tonight in honor of King Day)

Tuesday, January 17

Monday, January 9

As part of the January feature looking back at 2016 in world music, Global Village remembers many of the world music artists who passed away last year – including Esma, Gato Barbieri, Leonard Cohen, Angus Grant of Shooglenifty, Prince Buster, Buckwheat Zydeco, Papa Wemba and more.

Tuesday, January 10

Monday, January 2

Global Village debuted on January 8, 2007 (a spin-off of a world music show that ran in Chicago from 1989-2006) and, has now become a tradition on the show at the start of every year, began with a look back at the best world music releases of the previous year.