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.

"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 third year in row, KMUW 89.1 FM and its world music show Global Village are winners in the annual Public Radio Exchange (PRX) Zeitfunk Awards. KMUW was Number Two in the category of Most Licensed Station, edging out stations in New York, Chicago, and other major markets. Global Village, was also Number Five among Most Licensed Series.

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World Music
9:13 am
Tue April 22, 2014

This week on Global Village: Reissues of rare African recordings, Arbor Day with Orchestra Baobab

Tune in Friday for the Afro-Cuban/Caribbean sounds of the Senegalese group, Orchestra Baobab.

Monday April 21

Global Village travels to Italy for music from Calibro 35, and their blend of funk, jazz and Italian crime drama soundtrack music, and for world-jazz ensemble, Elianto; to Eastern Europe for traditional music from the group Harmonia; and to Africa for Malian guitarist and vocalist Sidi Toure, popular ‘70s Ghanian band Vis-A-Vis, and Benin’s most famous export, Angelique Kidjo.

Tuesday April 22

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World Music
3:57 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Global Village highlights women of Africa, flautist Herbie Mann, more from our Paco de Lucia feature

Flautist Herbie Mann, featured Wednesday, is known for pioneering the fusion of jazz and world music.
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Monday April 14

Global Village highlights women of Africa, including acclaimed Malian singer Oumou Sangare; Dee Dee Bridgewater from her Malian-inspired Red Earth album; the final album from Cape Verde’s Cesaria Evora; and the Juno Award winning tribute to Miriam Makeba from Lorraine Klaasen. acclaimed Cajun band Beausoleil, Buena Vista Social Club artist Eliades Ochoa, and a Latin soul raritie from Flash & the Dynamics.

Tuesday April 15

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World Music
2:35 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Afro-Cuban Latin jazz, Spanish composers and 'new-bossa' fusion in the Global Village

Afro-Cuban Latin jazz percussionist Mongo Santamaría among Monday's birthday tributes.
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Monday April 7

Global Village celebrates birthdays of Latin jazz and soul percussion master Mongo Santamaria, pioneering Nigerian drummer Olatunji, and sitar legend Ravi Shankar. Plus more from April featured artist Paco de Lucia, this time from an album he did featuring music from one of the great 20th century Spanish composers, Manuel de Falla - and de Falla’s Seven Popular Spanish Songs from the new classical-world project from Grammy-winning classical mandolinist Avi Avital.

Tuesday April 8

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World Music
1:43 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

In the Global Village, Soweto Gospel Choir topped March list

No. 1 last month: Soweto Gospel Choir. The group is currently touring North America.
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Global Village - Top 40 March 2014

1.       Soweto Gospel Choir - Divine Decade (Decca). You can listen to the KMUW special that ran last month, as well as the rest of Chris Heim's conversation with the group, here.

2.       Jerez Texas - Viento y Marea (Jerez Texas)

3.       Kevin Seddiki/Bijan Chemirani - Imaginarium (World Village)

4.       Kepa Junkera - Galiza (Fol Musica)

5.       Various - Haiti Direct (Strut)

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World Music
5:24 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Global Village this week: the New Month, New Music show and a tribute to Paco de Lucia

Global Village April feature: Spanish Flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia
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Monday,  March 31

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5:06 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Jazz Age Shanghai - Read the Book, Hear the Music

Jazz Age Shanghai - Read the Book, Hear the Music

A video with the song "Ye Shang Hai" and clips from movies of the era with additional background and a translation of the song here.

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Global Music
5:00 am
Thu March 27, 2014

The Soweto Gospel Choir – Grounded In The Music Of South Africa

The Soweto Gospel Choir

One of the best known sounds from Africa is the music of South Africa - and one of the best known South African groups these days is the Soweto Gospel Choir - a super group made up of some of the best voices of the townships. The choir ranges from 20 to 30 members and is accompanied by bass, guitar, drum and keyboard – as well as lively dancing. From the beginning, the Choir has been an international hit and has acted as musical ambassadors to the world. They are currently in the midst of a 37-city U.S. tour.

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World Music
2:55 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Paul McCandless of jazz ensemble Oregon, 'girl group' lineups in the Global Village

Paul McCandless (second from right) pictured with chamber jazz group, Oregon, on their 2012 release 'Family Tree.' McCandless turns 67 years old Monday.
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Monday  March 24

Global Village marks the birthday of Paul McCandless with music he did with the group he co-founded, the world chamber jazz ensemble, Oregon – along with guest appearances he made with Bela Fleck and Nguyen Le. Plus a classic from Van Morrison and new music from Anoushka Shankar- daughter of Ravi Shankar, and the critically acclaimed Tuareg group, Tinariwen.

Tuesday March 25

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World Music
8:52 am
Mon March 17, 2014

This week Global Village celebrates St. Patrick's Day and the arrival of Spring

The Gloaming released its self-titled debut album Jan. 20.

Monday  March 17

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World Music
2:36 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Bobby McFerrin's 'VOCAbuLarieS' and Balkan brass meets Gypsy jazz guitar

Ten-time Grammy winner Bobby McFerrin's release, VOCAbuLarieS. The album is a meticulously crafted intersection of voice, orchestra and improv.
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Monday,  March 10

Global Village marks the birthday of eclectic French percussionist Mino Cinelu. We’ll celebrate with music from his first solo album and guest appearances he made with new-flamenco star Vicente Amigo, legendary Malian singer Salif Keita, and guitarist Al Di Meola. Plus more great voices of South Africa – this time the Mahotella Queens – and some great ersatz Afrobeat from the Daktaris.

Tuesday, March 11

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