Playlist 04.06.2018

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Playlist 04.06.2018

On this week's programme:

Angelique Kidjo, the US-based West African singer, from Benin, reimagines the seminal Talking Heads’ album “Remain In Light”, and Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou will be bringing the funky sounds of that same country to the Sugar Club on Saturday 16th. Their 1970’s incarnation is featured among the Beninois bands on the second volume of “African Scream Contest 2”.

Pierre Sandwidi from Burkina Faso was known as “the troubadour from the bush” in the 1970s.

Samba Touré is a Malian guitarist and singer in the Ali Farka Touré tradition of desert blues.

Lebanese singer, Yasmine Hamdan, has offered last year’s album to the remixers, Acid Arab amongst them.

Ammar 808 is the project of Tunisian musician/producer Sofyann Ben Youssef, previously of Bargou 08.

The hefty anthology - 10 CDs - of Aïta music from various parts of Morocco is a comprehensive survey of the genre.

Maru Tarang is the sound of two Australians and two Indians meeting in the deserts of Rajasthan.

Calypso Rose, the grand dame of Trinidadian calypso and veteran of many festivals and carnivals, is 78 years old.

“Onda De Amor” is a compilation by DJ Millos Kaiser of ’80s and ’90s Brazilian tunes that should have been hits!

Coladera are an acoustic trio of Portuguese singer/guitarist João Pires, Brazilian Vitor Santana, and Cape Verdean percussionist Miroca Paris.

Pedro Canale, or Chancha Via Circuito, blends Andean folklore with electronic rhythms.

Malphino are a London-based collective of worldwide origins with a seductive and idiosyncratic take on cumbia.

Dobet Gnahoré is a prominent singer and dancer from the Ivory Coast.

Fatoumata Diawara, Malian singer and participant in Africa Express and Lamomali, has a second album out.

The late Kasse Mady Diabate, who has died aged 69, was a revered master of Malian song.

Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita are a glistening combination of Welsh harp and Senegalese kora - currently top of the Transglobal World Music Chart



Here is the playlist for "Ear to the globe" broadcast on Monday June 4th. The programme goes out every Monday at 10pm to midnight on 103.2FM and is available live at

1.    Angelique Kidjo: “The Great Curve”. From “Remain In Light” (Kravenworks 2018).

2.    Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou: “Africa Lonlon”. From “Madjafalao” (Because 2014).

3.    Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou: “Moulon Devia”. From the compilation “African Scream Contest 2” (Analog Africa 2018).

***Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou play the Sugar Club on Saturday June 16th***

4.    Pierre Sandwidi: “Boy Cuisinier”. From “Le Troubadour De La Savane 1978-82” (Born Bad 2018).

5.    Samba Touré: “Goy Boyro / The Good Work (Well Done)”. From “Wandé” (Glitterbeat 2018).

6.    Yasmine Hamdan & Acid Arab: “Café”. From “Jamilat Reprise” (Crammed 2018).

7.    Ammar 808 feat. Mehdi Nassouli: “Sidi Kommi”. From “Maghreb United” (forthcoming on Glitterbeat).

8.    Hajji Srifi: “”. From “Aïta - An Anthology - Sheikhates and Shioukhs of the Aïta” (Anya 2018).

9.    Maru Tarang: “Nangra Nimani Jao”. From “Jodhpur Riff CD” (free with June issue of Songlines magazine).

10.  Calypso Rose: “Calypso Blues”. From “So, Calypso” (Because 2018).

11.  Anacy Arcanjo: “Toque Tambor”. From the compilation “Onda De Amor: Synthesised Brazilian Hits That Never Were 1984-94” (forthcoming on Soundway).

12.  Coladera: “Funaná do Moreré”. From “La Dotu Lado” (Scubidu 2018)

13.  Chancha Via Circuito feat. Mateo Kingman: “Ilaló”. From “Bienaventuranza” (Wonderwheel 2018).

14.  Malphino: “Kemu Kemu”.

15.  Malphino: “Molienda”.  Both from “Visit Malphino” (Lex 2018).

16.  Dobet Gnahoré: “Akissi La Rebelle”. From “Miziki” (LA Cafe 2018).

17.  Fatoumata Diawara: “Kokoro”. From “Fenfo” (Montuno 2018).

18.  Kasse Mady Diabate: “Simbo”. From “Kiriké” (No Format! 2014).

19.  Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita: “Clarach”. From “Soar” (ARC 2018).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1. Samba Touré: “Wandé” (Glitterbeat).


2. Arat Kilo, Mamani Keïta, Mike Ladd: “Visions of Selam” (Accords Croisés).


3. Angelique Kidjo: “Remain In Light” (Kravenworks).


4. Various Artists: “African Scream Contest 2” (Analog Africa).


5. Fatoumata Diawara: “Fenfo” (Montuno).


6. Coladera: “La Dotu Lado” (Scubidu).


7. Malphino: “Visit Malphino” (Lex).


8. Baloji: “137 Avenue Kaniama” (Bella Union).         


9. Hugh Masekela: “Masekela ’66 - ’76” (Wrasse).


10. Various Artists: “Aïta: Sheikhates & Shioukhs of the Aïta - Anthology” (10 CDs - Charles Cros / Atlas Azawan).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.  Angelique Kidjo: “Crosseyed and Painless”. From “Remain In Light” (Kravenworks).

2.  Maru Tarang: “Nangra Nimani Jao”. From “Jodhpur Riff CD” (free with June issue of Songlines magazine).

3.  Chancha Via Circuito (feat. Mateo Kingman): “Ilaló”. From “Bienaventuranza” (Wonderwheel).


4.  Malphino: “Molienda”. From “Visit Malphino” (Lex).

5.  Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita: “Téranga-Bah”. From “Soar” (ARC).

DJ Nigel Wood World Music Specialist
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