Playlist 03.01.2023

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Playlist 03.01.2023

On this week’s programme:

Exploring some of the electronic sounds coming from Africa:

Nigerien guitarist Mdou Moctar gets remixed by several producers from the Ugandan label Nyege Nyege Tapes and others.

Several versions of Fulu Mziki have been spawned from the Kinshasa underground outfit but this is Pisco Crane’s original.

Brian Bamanya, from Uganda, built Africa’s first DIY modular synthesiser, which he calls “The Afrorack”.

Pamoja Studios, run by Duke in Dar Es Salaam, unleashed high-speed singeli beats with MCs to match.

Vusi Mahlasela recorded an album with Norman Zulu and Swedish outfit Jive Connection in 2002, never released until now.

Kerfala Kante Jr. is bass player and singer from a griot family in Guinea Conakry.

Balka Sound were a 1980’s band from Congo Brazzaville with an updated version of traditional styles.

Iftin Band held court in the Al-Uruba Hotel in Mogadishu for much of the 1980s.

Gaye Su Akyol is an independent voice from Istanbul drawing on a host of influences from Erkin Koray to Bowie.

Old mates Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal celebrate the work of one of their seminal forebears, the duo of Sonny Terry & Brownis McGhee.

Horace Andy, reggae legend and Massive Attack collaborator, issued two fine albums this year, now collected as “Rockers & Scorchers”.

Producer DJ Mam recruited 50 of Brazil’s foremost artists to demand rights for the country’s indigenous peoples.

Lucas Santtana, also from Brazil, released an album rich in environmental consciousness and philosophical insight.

John Ondolo, born in Tanzania, developed his unique guitar style in the Kenyan recording studios of the 1960s.

Toasaves are a Belgian collective connecting traditional Flemish folk to Eastern sounds and early music.

Lucrecia Dalt is an experimental Colombian musician based in Berlin.

Raul Refree is a Spanish producer and composer with many soundtracks to his credit.

Iranian expat singer Mahsa Vahdat reflects on the turmoil of her homeland in her new work with a Norwegian choir.

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Here is the playlist for "Ear to the globe" broadcast on Tuesday January 3rd. The programme goes out every Tuesday at 10pm to midnight on 103.2FM and is available live at

1.Mdou Moctar & Jay Mitta: “Chismiten - Jay Mitta remix”. From “Afrique Refait” (Matador Records 2022).

2.Lady Aicha, Pisco Crane & Fulu Mziki: “Mutangile”. From “N’Djila Wa Mudujimu” (Nyege Nyege Tapes 2022).

3.Afrorack: “African drum machine”.

4.Afrorack: “Last modular”.Both from “The Afrorack” (Hakuna Kulala 2022).

5.Dogo Lizzy feat Kidene: “Nakupenda”. From “Sounds of Pamoja” (Nyege Nyege Tapes 2021).

6.Vusi Mahlasela, Norman Zulu & Jive Connection: “Prodigal Son”. From “Face To Face” (Strut 2022).

7.Kerfala Kante Jr.: “I ba ke koko la”. From “Jokoto” (Road Music 2022).

8.Balka Sound: “Basi Bayele”. From “Balka Sound” (Strut 2022).

9.Iftin Band feat. Axmed Sharif Killer & Safiyo Axmed Mansuur: “Umaayey iyo Abo (Mother & Father). From “Iftin Band - Mogadishu’s Finest: The Al-Uruba Sessions” (Ostinato 2022).

10.Gaye Su Akyol: “Biz Ne Zaman Düsman Olduk”. From “Anadolu Ajderi” (Glitterbeat 2022).

11.Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder: “My baby done changed the lock on the door”.

12.Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder: “Drinkin’ wine spo-dee-o-dee”.Both from “Get On Board: The Songs of Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee” (Nonesuch 2022).

13.Horace Andy: “Come after midnight”. From “Rockers & Scorchers” (On-U Sound 2022).

14.Dj Mam feat. Gilberto Gil, Tropkillaz, Ceu, Telefunksoul: “Demarcação Ja”.

15.Dj Mam feat. Criolo, Chico Cesar, Ceu: “Demarcação Ja”.Both from “Demarcação Ja Remix Tape” (Sotaque Carregado 2022).

16.Lucas Santtana: “Errare humanum est”. From “O Paraiso” (No Format! 2022).

17.John Ondolo: “Tumshuku Mungu”.

18.John Ondolo: “Safari Ya Kilimanjaro”.Both from “The Hypnotic Guitar of John Ondolo” (Mississippi Records 2022).

19.Toasaves: “tZoud een meiske gaan om wyn/Ikariotikos/To Louloudaki Tou Baxe”. From “Zwerver” (Muziekpublique 2022).

20.Lucrecia Dalt: “El Galatzó”.

21.Lucrecia Dalt: “Dicen”. Both from “Ay!” (RVNG International 2022).

22.Refree: “Las migraciones nocturnas”. From “El Espacio Entre” (tak:til/Glitterbeat 2023).

23.Mahsa Vahdat & SKRUK: “The tyrants will lose”. From “Braids of Innocence” (Kirkelig Kulturverksted 2022).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

 1.Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder: “Get On Board: The Songs of Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee” (Nonesuch).

2.Mostar Sevdah Reunion: “Lady Sings the Balkan Blues” (Snail Records).

3.Horace Andy: “Rockers & Scorchers” (On-U Sound).

4.Gaye su Akyol: “Anadolu Ejderi” (Glitterbeat).

5.Jake Blount: “The New Faith” (Smithsonian Folkways).


6.Lucrecia Dalt: “Ay!” (RVNG International).


7.Vusi Mahlasela, Norman Zulu & Jive Connection: “Prodigal Son”. From “Face To Face” (Strut).

8.Afrorack: “The Afrorack” (Hakuna Kulala).

9.Taraf Syriana: “Taraf Syriana” (Lula World Records).

10.Lucas Santtana: “O Paraiso” (No Format).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.Moonlight Benjamin: “Haut la Haut” (Single from forthcoming album on Ma Case).

2.U Brown & Dionne Reid: “I want more than the boom boom boom”. From the EP “Love Nuh Easy Riddim” (Boomrush Productions).

3.Aziz Sahmaoui & Eric Longsworth: “Alf Hilat”. From “Il Fera Beau” (Passé minuit en accords).

4.Anna Murtola: “Rio Rojo”. From “La Tierra Blanca” (Nordic Notes).

5.Angeline Morrison: “Cruel Mother Country”. From “The Sorrow Songs” (Topic).
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