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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Monday, January 18

Global Village celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with songs dedicated to him, inspired by the Civil Rights Movement he lead, and that reflect human rights themes performed by artists from around the globe.

Tuesday, January 19

Monday, January 11

Global Village highlights some ‘roots’ sounds this time – including the song “Roots,” the B-side of a single from Bob Marley and the Wailers, roots albums from Ivory Coast’s Tiken Jah Fakoly (a 2015 Global Village favorite) and Brazil’s JoyceMoreno, and an Iberian roots project from El Naan (one of the picks for Best of 2015 from the Transglobal World Music Chart).

Tuesday, January 12

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  1.       Various - Senegal 70 (Analog Africa)

2.       L'Attirail - La route interieure (Les Chantiers Sonores)

3.       Gregorio Uribe Big Band - Cumbia Universal (Zoho)

4.       Polkaholix - Sex & Drugs & Sauerkraut (Monopol)

5.       Bixiga 70 - III (Glitterbeat)

6.       Tiken Jah Fakoly - Racines (Barclay)

7.       Dieuf-Dieul de Thies - Awsa Yone Vol. 2 (Teranga Beat)

8.       Black Masala - I Love You Madly (Black Masala Music)

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Monday, January 4

Global Village kicks off a month-long feature of the Best Of 2015 including show favorites and other award-winners, nominees and significant world music releases from the past year. Show favorites this time include the recent album from Efran Lopez and Black Masala  - along with music from Anoushka Shankar’s Grammy-nominated world music album, Home. Plus birthday salutes to singer Clive Gregson and guitarist John McLaughlin.

Tuesday, January 5

Monday, December 29

Global Village marks birthdays of two great American roots artists and members of inspired family groups - Pops Staples of the Staple Singers and Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers. Plus new music from St. Germain, Vieux Farka Toure with Julia Easterlin, Richard Thompson, and some rare music from Zambia from Brian Chilala.

Tuesday, December 29

Global Village: Best of 2015

Dec 24, 2015

It's a big world and this year it got bigger, thanks both to the growing number of stations around the country and the world who air Global Village, and thanks also to the new Transglobal World Music Chart (Global Village was invited to be part of the panel), which helped open doors to a broader range of artists, including many who release albums on their own or don't see their work released in the U.S.

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