Playlist 01.07.2019

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Playlist 01.07.2019

On this week's programme:

A Jamaican start with Kabaka Pyramid and Bob Marley’s youngest son.

DAM are pre-eminent Palestinian hip-hoppers.

“NuNairobi” is a cultural hub in Kenya bringing together a range of contemporary styles including rap.

Guiss Guiss Bou Bess are a French-based Senegalese outfit.

Lila Ike is from the cool hills of Manchester… in Jamaica… and she and Jesse Royal are both connected to Protoje’s reggae revivalists.

Angelique Kidjo delivers a powerful tribute to Celia Cruz with Tony Allen, Sons of Kemet, and the Gangbé Brass Band all on board.

Kanazoé Orkestra is Seydou Diabaté’s balafon-led band - the sound of Burkina Faso.

Congolese guitarist, Dizzy Mandjeku, and Colombia’s Alé Kumá join hands across the water.

Roberto Lopez is a guitarist, originally from Colombia now based in Montreal, playing a variety of funky Latin styles.

Danish duo, Mambe & Danochilango, describe themselves as “ethnic bass” including cumbia, kuduro and dancehall.

SPAZA are an improvising outfit from South Africa.

75 Dollar Bill are essentially a New York duo on guitar and percussion.

Oumar Konaté is a Malian guitarist unafraid to rock out.

Wassim Halal is a percussionist and composer of Lebanese descent.

AKA Trio are renowned musicians from Italy, Senegal and Brazil - Antonio Forcione, Seckou Keita, Adriano Adewale.

US singer and player of banjo and fiddle, Rhiannon Giddens, joins forces in Ireland with multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi.

The venerable UK folk label, Topic, celebrates 80 years of operations with contemporary performances of songs from the catalogue.


Here is the playlist for "Ear to the globe" broadcast on Monday July 1st. The programme goes out every Monday at 10pm to midnight on 103.2FM and is available live at

1.   Kabaka Pyramid feat. Damian “Jr Gong” Marley: “Kontraband” (Single on Ghetto Youths International 2019).

2.   DAM: “Dathiruni”. From “Ben Haana Wa Maana” (Cooking Vinyl 2019).

3.   Abbas Kubaff feat. Chantelle: “Tokelezea”. From the compilation “#NuNairobi - Kenya’s Music Hub” (OutHere 2019).

4.   Guiss Guiss Bou Bess: “Heritage”. From the EP “Heritage” (Hélico 2019).

5.   Lila Ike: “Second Chance” (Single on In.Digg.Nation).

6.   Jesse Royal feat. Protoje: “LionOrder” (Single on Easy Star).

7.   Angelique Kidjo: “Bemba Colora”. From “Celia” (Decca 2019).

8.   Kanazoé Orkestra: “Bara”. From “Tolonso” (Buda Musique 2019).

9.   Dizzy Mandjeku & Alé Kumá: “Canción de Amor y Muerte”. From “De Palenque a Matongé” (Zephyrus 2019).

10. Roberto Lopez: “Guayaba y limon”. From the album “Kaleido Strópico” (Curura Musique 2019).

11. Mambé & Danochilango: “Cumbia Jeringonza”. From “Kosmopolites” (No Bounds 2019).

12. SPAZA: “Magwinya Mangola neWhite Liver”. From “SPAZA” (Mushroom Hour Half-Hour 2019).

13. 75 Dollar Bill: “Every Last Coffee Or Tea”. From “I Was Real” (tak:til / Glitterbeat 2019).

14. Oumar Konate: “Oumar Bakoi”. From “I Love You Inna” (Clermont 2019).

15. Wassim Halal: “Strabisme”. From “Le Cri De Cyclope” (Buda Musique 2019).

16. AKA Trio: “Il Bambino e L’Aquilone”.

17. AKA Trio: “Joy”.  Both from “Joy” (Bendigedig 2019).

18. Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi: “Ten Thousand Voices”.

19. Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi: “Black Swan”.  Both from “There Is No Other” (Nonesuch 2019).

20. Olivia Chaney: “Polly Vaughan”.

21. Sam Lee: “The Deserter”.  Both from the compilation “Vision & Revision: The First 80 Years of Topic Records” (Topic 2019).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1.  Angelique Kidjo: “Celia” (Decca).  


2.  Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi: “There Is No Other” (Nonesuch).


3.  Blick Bassy: “1958” (No Format!).


4.  Various Artists: “Vision & Revision: The First 80 Years of Topic Records” (Topic).


5. Refugees for Refugees: “Amina” (Muziekpublique).


6. Dizzy Mandjeku & Alé Kumá: “De Palenque a Matonge” (Zephyrus).


7. Various Artists: “Jambu e Os Miticos Sons da Amazônia” (Analog Africa).


8. Dona Onete: “Rebujo” (Mais Um).  


9. BCUC: “The Healing” (Buda).


10. AKA Trio: “Joy” (Bendigedig).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.  Kokoko!: “Buka Dansa”. Single from the forthcoming album “Fongola” (Transgressive).

2.  75 Dollar Bill: “Tetuzi Akiyama”. From “I Was Real” (tak:til / Glitterbeat).


3.  Dona Onete: “Tambor do Norte”. From “Rebujo” (Mais Um).

4.  Saka Dit The King: “Ôdy Ôdy (Tsy Mentsy Mandroso)”. >From the compilation “Alefa Madagascar! Salegy, Soukous & Soul From The Red Island 1974-1984” (Strut).

5.  The Lost Words: “Kingfisher”. From “The Lost Words: Spell Songs”.

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