Playlist 02.09.2019 - DJ NigelWood

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Playlist 02.09.2019

On this week's programme:

The late Rachid Taha delivers his final album, recorded before his untimely demise.

The 1966 debut album by renowned South African singers, The Mahotella Queens (recently to be found with the Africa Express team) is getting a vinyl re-release.

“Alefa Madagascar” showcases the island’s music in the late ’70s and early ’80s.

The new “Rough Guide to Mali Blues” has some previously unreleased tracks, one featured her.

Mdou Moctar was one of the early practioners of electrified Touareg guitar music.

El Khat performs a Yemeni folk song, refashioned in Tel Aviv.

Boban Markovic is a Serbian trumpet master of Balkan brass.

Parno Graszt are a Hungarian Roma outfit.

Hungarian fiddle virtuoso, Lajko Felix, joins forces with Polish string quintet, Volosi.

Otava Yo are a Russian folk band from Saint Petersburg.

Meszecsinka, from Hungary, play an indie folk-rock style with dark undertones.

Širom, a trio from Slovenia, play an experimental, mostly acoustic, multi-instrumental music of no particular allegiance.

Benedicte Maurseth, from Hardanger in Norway, plays ruminative music on the local brand of fiddle.

Mísia is an acclaimed Portuguese fado singer.

Maja Milinkovic sings fado from a Bosnian perspective.

Jamaican singer Etana’s “Reggae Forever” album was a big US hit.

Marcia Griffiths is reggae royalty with a career dating back to 1960s Bob & Marcia days.

Christopher Martin is from Jamaica, and ORieL is originally from Dominica.

Magma play a Nyabinghi version of the Paul Simon song

Kokoroko are London-based afrobeat jazz combo.


Here is the playlist for "Ear to the globe" broadcast on Monday September 2nd. The programme goes out every Monday at 10pm to midnight on 103.2FM and is available live at

1.    Rachid Taha: “Like A Dervish”. Single from the forthcoming album “Je Suis Africain” (Naive/Believe 2019).

2.    Mahotella Queens: “Hamba Mzala”.

3.    Mahotella Queens: “Dinaka”. Both from “Meet The Mahotella Queens” (Umsakazo Records 2019).

4.    Soymanga: “Moramora Zoky”. From the compilation “Alefa Madagascar!” (Strut 2019).

5.    Espoir De Niafunké: “La Paix Au Nord Du Mali”. From “The Rough Guide to Mali Blues” (World Music Network 2019).

6.    Mdou Moctar: “Kamane Tarhanin”. From “Ilana - The Creator” (Sahel Sounds 2019).

7.    El Khat: “Ya Raiyat”. Single from forthcoming album (Batov Records 2019).

8.    Boban Markovic: “Umoya”. From “Mrak” (Fonó 2019).

9.    Parno Graszt: “Kánák Dikháv voj khélél - Amikor táncolni látom”. From “Már Nem Szédülök / Rolling Back” (Fonó 2019).

10.  Lajko Felix & Volosi: “Crawler”. From “Lajko Felix & Volosi” (Fonó 2019).

11.  Otava Yo: “Guelder Rose Berries”. From “Do You Love” (ARC 2019).

12.  Meszecsinka: “Looking At My Death”. From “Allj Bele A Melybe - Stand Into The Deep” (NarRator / CPL-Music 2019).

13.  Širom: “A Pulse Expels Its Brothers and Sisters”. From “A Universe That Roasts Blossoms For A Horse” (tak:til / Glitterbeat 2019).

14.  Benedicte Maurseth: “And The Colours Shift In The Fjord”. From “Benedicte Maurseth” (Heilo 2019).

15.  Mísia: “Destino”. From “Pura Vida” (Galileo 2019).

16.  Maja Milinkovic: “Romansa - uspavanka za dusu”. From “Fadolinka” (Seven Muses 2019).

17.  Etana: “You’re The One”. From “Reggae Forever” (Tad’s Records 2018).

18.  Marcia Griffiths: “What Kind Of World”. From the album “Timeless” (Tad’s Records 2019).

19.  Christopher Martin: “Prettiest Thing” (Single on Tad’s Records).

20.  ORieL: “Breathing” (Single on Afar Music 2019).

21.  Magma: “Diamonds on the sole of her shoes - Nyabinghi mix” (Single on Tad’s Records).

22.  Kokoroko: “Ti-de”. From the EP “Kokoroko” (Brownswood 2019).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1.  Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: “Live At Womad 1985” (Real World).


2.  Boban Marcovic: “Mrak” (Fonó).


3.  Marcia Griffiths: “Timeless” (Tad’s Records).


4.  Širom: “A Universe That Roasts Blossoms For A Horse” (tak:til / Glitterbeat).


5.  Africa Express: “Egoli” (Africa Express).


6.  Monty Alexander: “Wareika Hill (Rastamonk Vibrations)” (MACD).


7.  Various Artists: “Alefa Madagascar! Salegy, Soukous & Soul from the Red island” (Strut).


8.  Dona Onete: “Rebujo” (Mais Um).  


9.  BCUC: “The Healing” (Buda).


10. The Lost Words: “Spell Songs” (Quercus).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.   Los Pirañas: “Palermo’s Grunch”. From “Historia Natural” (Glitterbeat).

2.  The Mahotella Queens: “Izulu Nge Lami”. From “Meet The Mahotella Queens” (Umsakazo).


3.  Marcia Griffiths: “Baby Be True”. From “Timeless” (Tad’s Records).

4.  Baba Zula: “Transendance”. From “Derín Derín” (Glitterbeat).

5.  The Lost Words feat. Kerry Andrew: “Ghost Owl”. From “Spell Songs” (Quercus).

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