Playlist 02.01.2024 - DJ NigelWood

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Playlist 02.01.2024

On this week’s programme:

Highlights programmes broadcasted over the Xmas/New Year period.

Tonight's programme at 10pm presents some significant 2023 releases which didn't make it on to the schedule until now, plus a look forward to some upcoming 2024 albums.

Check the latest Transglobal World Music Chart here


Here is the playlist for "Ear to the globe" broadcast on Tuesday January 02. The programme goes out every Tuesday at 10pm to midnight on 103.2FM and is available live at

1.    Jantra: “Makhafi”. From “Synthesized Sudan - Astro-Nubian Electronic Jaglara Dance Sounds from the Fashaga Underground” (Ostinato 2023).

2.    Acid Arab feat. Fella Soltana: “Gouloulou”. From “Trois” (Crammed Discs 2023).

3.    Deena Abdelwahed: “Each Day”. From “Jbal Rrsas” (InFiné 2023).

4.    Faizal Mostrixx: “Back to Tanzania”. From “Mutations” (Glitterbeat 2023).

5.    Polobi & the Gwo Ka Masters: “La Lézad”. From “Abri Cyclonique” (Real World 2023).

6.    Erol Josue: “Erzulie”. From “Pelerinaj” (Village Hut 2023).

7.    Dele Sosimi & The Estuary 21: “For the love of it” (Single on Wah Wah 45).

8.    Lagos Thugs: “Kiala Nzavotunga”. From “Chaos” (Tangential 2023).

9.    Sanam: “Bell”. From “Aykathani Malakon” (Mais Um 2023).

10.  Dudu Tassa & Jonny Greenwood: “Leylet Hub”. From “Jarak Qaribak” (World Circuit 2023).

11.  Sheikhs Shikhats & B’net Chaabi: “Complainte Chaabi/ Awmaloulou”. From “Sheikhs Shikhats & B’net Chaabi” (Zephyrus 2023).

12.  Hiram Salsano: “Padrone”. From “Bucolica” (Hiram Salsano 2023).

13.  Yaraka: “A Sand’Anne”. From “Curannera” (Zero Nove Nove 2023).

14.  Aga Khan Master Musicians: “Tashkent”. From “Nowruz” (Smithsonian Folkways 2023).

15.  Jawa: “Hajarni Habibi”. From “Last Breaths From Aleppo” (Muziekpublique 2023).

16.  Damir Imamovic: “Osmane”. From “The World And All That It Holds” (Smithsonian Folkways 2023).

17.  Diepkloof United Voice: “Round and round”. From “Harmonizing Soweto: Golden City Gospel & Kasi Soul from the new South Africa” (Ostinato 2023).

18.  Eric Bibb with Taj Mahal: “Funky like dat”. From “Ridin’” (Dixiefrog 2023).

19.  Leroy ‘Country’ Johnson & Edwin ‘Buster’ Pickens: “Train roll up”.

20.  Hop Wilson: “3 o’clock blues”.

21.  Lightnin’ Hopkins: “World’s in a tangle”.  All from the compilation “Playing For The Man At The Door: Field Recordings from the Collection of Mack Mccormick 1958-1971” (Smithsonian Folkways 2023).

22.  Cinder Well: “Returning”. From “Cadence” (Free Dirt 2023).

23.  Holly Blackshaw: “March rain”. From the compilation “Imaginational Anthem Vol. XII: I Thought I Told You - A Yorkshire Tribute to Michael Chapman” (Tompkins Square 2023).

24.  Yungchen Lhamo: “Being courageous”. From “One Drop Of Kindness” (Real World 2023).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1.  Diepkloof United Voice: “Harmonizing Soweto: Golden City Gospel & Kasi Soul from the new South Africa” (Ostinato).

2.  Roberto Fonseca: “La Gran Diversión” (Wagram).

3.  Ary Lobo: “Ary Lobo 1958-1966” (Analog Africa).


4.  Emilia Lajunen: “Vainaan perua: Satavuotinen sakka (Legacy Of The Dead: Deep In The Dregs)” (Nordic Notes/CPL-Musicgroup).


5.  Muireann Bradley: “I Kept These Old Blues” (Tompkins Square).


6.  Mito y Comadre: “Guajirando” (ZZK Records).

7.  Susan Alcorn: “Canto” (Relative Pitch Records).


8.  Cinder Well: “Cadence” (Free Dirt).

9.  Jono Heyes: “Beehive” (Asphalt Tango).

10.  Thandi Ntuli with Carlos Niño: “Rainbow Revisited” (International Anthem).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.   Benjamin Zephaniah: “Green”. From “Us And Dem” (Island).

2.   The Imagined Village feat. Benjamin Zephaniah & Eliza Carthy: “Tam Lyn retold”. From “The Imagined Village” (Real World).

3.   The McGarrigles feat. Martha Wainwright: “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year”. From “The McGarrigles Christmas Hour” (Nonesuch).

4.   Lightning Hopkins: “Happy New Year”. From the compilation “Where Will You Be Christmas Day?” (Dust-to-Digital).

5.   Joseph Spence: “Santa Claus is coming to town”. From “A Caribbean Xmas Party (Rykodisc).
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