Playlist 03.02.2020

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Playlist 03.02.2020

On this week's programme:

Zenobia are out of the Palestinian electronic scene, going global.

Ahmed Ben Ali is from Libya where reggae has long had an enthusiastic following.

Sunny Jain is Asian-American dhol player and composer from the New York bhangra outfit, Red Baraat.

Les Amazones d’Afrique are an empowering, consciousness-raising ensemble of African women with a funky Dr L production.

Pulled By Magnets are led by Seb Rochford of Polar Bear fame.

Babani Kone is a Malian star vocalist, also with a Liam Farrell production.

Mamadou Kelly is guitarist and singer from Niafunké in Mali.

“Léve Léve” is the first ever compilation of music from São Tomé & Principe.

The “Mogadisco” collection is the latest missive from the Somalian vaults.

Roberto Fonseca is the Cuban keyboard master with a new album.

Daymé Arocena, also from Cuba, sings songs in honour of the Santeria deities.

Flautist Jean-Luc Thomas recorded his new album in Brazil with some local musicians.

Simon Bolzinger, from Marseilles, plays Latin piano with reference to several South American countries.

Blu L’azard perform song, dance and poetry in French, Occitan and Italian.

Meybahar are a Greek and Hungarian band featuring santouri and violin.

The Sinafi Trio are Greek women based in Istanbul.

Naissam Jalal revisits Cairo with a full-strength Egyptian ensemble.


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

1.    Zenobia: “El Intro”.

2.    Zenobia: “Halak Halak”.  Both from “Halak Halak” (Crammed 2020).

3.    Ahmed Ben Ali: “Damek Majeb - instrumental” (Single on Habibi Funk 2019).

4.    Sunny Jain feat Ganavya: “Wild Wild East”. From “Wild Wild East” (forthcoming on Smithsonian Folkways).

5.    Les Amazones d’Afrique feat. Mamani Keita: “Dogon”. From “Amazones Power” (Real World 2020).

6.    Pulled By Magnets: “Slow Shrouded Aisle”. From “Rose Golden Doorways” (tak:til / Glitterbeat 2020).

7.    Babani Kone: “Na Kadiye”. From “Babani Kone” (World Village 2020).

8.    Mamadou Kelly: “Tchiokoroba”. From “Les Bateaux” (Clermont 2019).

9.    Pedro Lima: “Nga ba compensadora”. From the compilation “Léve Léve: São Tomé & Principe sounds 70s - 80s” (Bongo Joe 2020).

10.  Iftin Band: “Sirmaqabe”. From the compilation “Mogadisco - Dancing Mogadishu 1972-1990” (Analog Africa 2019).

11.  Roberto Fonseca: “Cadenas”.

12.  Roberto Fonseca: “Kachucha”. Both from “Yesun” (Mack Avenue 2019).

13.  Daymé Arocena: “Oshun”. From “Sonocardiogram” (Brownswood 2019).

14.  Jean-Luc Thomas: “Maracatu PR”. From “Oficina Itinerante” (Hirustica 2019).

15.  Simon Bolzinger: “Mambo De Machaguay”. From “Ritmos Queridos” (L’Assos Picante 2019).

16.  Blu L’azard: “Mac Mes”. From “Bal Poètic” (Ala Bianca 2018).

17.  Meybahar: “The Bridge Of Drama”. From “Abyss” (Fonó 2019).

18.  Sinafi Trio: “Kara Gözler”. From “Iho” (Kalan 2019).

17.  Naissam Jalal: “Shagan”. From “Om Al Aagayeb” (Les Couleurs du Son 2019).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1.   El Khat: “Saadia Jefferson” (Batov).


2.  Lina & Raül Refree: “Lina_Raül Refree” (Glitterbeat).


3.  Various Artists: “Mogadisco - Dancing Mogadishu 1972-1990” (Analog Africa).


4.  Kiki Valera: “Vivencias en Clave Cubana” (Origin).


5.  Babani Kone: “Babani Kone” (World Village).


6.  Various Artists: “Léve Léve: São Tomé & Principe sounds 70s - 80s” (Bongo Joe).


7.  Dimitris Mystakidis: “Edo & Ekei / Here & There” (Fishbowl).


8.  Lamia Bedioui & Solis Barki: “Fin’amor” (Lamia Bedioui).


9.  Go: Organic Orchestra & Brooklyn Raga Massive: “Ragmala - A Garland of Ragas” (Meta Records).   

10. Sam Lee: “Old Wow” (Cooking Vinyl).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.   Les Amazones d’Afrique: “Power”. From “Amazones Power” (Real World).

2.   Mamadou Kelly: “Les Bateaux”. From “Les Bateaux” (Clermont).

3.   Sam Lee: “Lay This Body Down”. From “Old Wow” (Cooking Vinyl).

4.   Martin Hayes & Brooklyn Rider: “Port Na bPucai”. From “The Butterfly” (In A Circle).

5.   Walter Gavitt Ferguson: “Hoorah for Paula”. From “King of Calypso Limonense - The Legendary Tape Recording Vol.2” (Bongo Joe).

DJ Nigel Wood World Music Specialist
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