Playlist 07.05.2024 - DJ NigelWood

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Playlist 07.05.2024

On this week’s programme:

Alfa Sackey is a Ghanaian vocalist and djembe drummer based in London.
Soundway Records are releasing a follow-up to their 2009 “Ghana Special” compilation.
Bab L’Bluz are a French/Moroccan rock and Arabic outfit.
Asmaa Hamzaoui is a female Moroccan gnawa singer and band-leader.

Faraualla are an Italian vocal quartet from Puglia.
Bolivian native Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti pairs with her partner Frank Rosaly, drummer from Chicago.
Catia de Franca is a veteran Brazilian singer-songwriter sourcing her music in literature.
Ayom are seafarers traversing the black Atlantic from Brazil to Cape Verde and Angola.
Kiki Valera is descended from La Familia Valera Miranda, purveyors of traditional son cubano.

Leyla McCalla is a US folk musician of Haitian ancestry and one-time cellist with the Carolina Chocolate Drops.
Katia Kater hails from Grenada in the Caribbean, now a Canadian resident.
The Georgia Sea Island Singers were established in the early 1900s in the coastal plains of the southern states.
Malcolm Jiyane is a trombonist and composer from Johannesburg.
Piers Lewin and John Patrick Elliott have reimagined the now extinct folk music of the Scilly Isles.
Sam Lee is an English folk singer exploring connections with the natural world.
Landless are an Irish vocal quartet from Dublin and Belfast.

Cassie Kinoshi is a composer and arranger, and formerly sax-player with Kokoroko.
The Taylor-Winstone-Wheeler album “Azimuth” is recognised as a game-changer in late ’70’s UK jazz.

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Here is the playlist for "Ear to the globe" broadcast on Tuesday May 7th. The programme goes out every Tuesday at 10pm to midnight on 103.2FM and is available live at and thereafter on Mixcloud

1.    Alfa Sackey & Afrik Bawantu: “It’s not easy” (Single on Wah Wah 45 2024).

2.    Marijata: “Otanhunu”.
3.    Pepper, Onion, Ginger & Salt: “MC Mambo”.  Both from the forthcoming compilation “Ghana Special 2” (Soundway).

4.    Bab L’Bluz: “Zaino”. From “Swaken” (Real World 2024).

5.    Asmaa Hamzaoui & Bnat Timbouktou: “Lalla Rkia”. From “L’Bnat” (Ajabu! 2024).

6.    Faraualla: “Gasolina”. From “Culla e Tempesta” (Zero Nove Nove 2024).

7.    Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti & Frank Rosaly: “Turbulencia”.
8.    Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti & Frank Rosaly: “Balada para la corporatocracia”. Both from “Mestizx” (International Anthem 2024).

9.    Cátia de França: “Espelho de oloxa”. From “No Rastro de Catarina” (Cátia de França 2024).

10.  Ayom: “Oxalá, promessa do migrante” (Single on Ayom/Believe 2024).

11.  Kiki Valera: “Esta vacilón”. From “Vacilón Santiaguero” (Circle 9 Records 2024).

12.  Leyla McCalla: “Love we had”. From “Sun Without The Heat” (Leyla McCalla 2024).

13.  Katia Kater feat. Aoife O’Donovan: “The witch”. Single from the forthcoming album “Strange Medicine” (Free Dirt).

14.  Georgia Sea Island Singers led by Mississippi Fred McDowell: “Keep your lamp trimmed and burning”. From the forthcoming album “Bessie Jones, John Davis & the Georgia Sea Island Singers with Mississippi Fred McDowell and Ed Young: The complete Friends of Old Time Music Concert” (Smithsonian Folkways).

15.  Malcolm Jiyane Tree-O: “Memory is the weapon”. From the forthcoming album “True Story” (Mushroom Hour/New Soil).

16.  Piers Lewin & John Patrick Elliott: “Evie”. From “Lost Songs Of Scilly” (Carbon Moon 2024).

17.  Sam Lee: “Leaves of life”. From “Songdreaming” (Cooking Vinyl 2024).

18.  Landless: “The Fisherman’s Wife”. Single from forthcoming album (Glitterbeat).

19.  Cassie Kinoshi’s Seed Ensemble: “Gratitude part iii - Sun through my window”.
20.  Cassie Kinoshi’s Seed Ensemble: “Interlude ii”.
21.  Cassie Kinoshi’s Seed Ensemble: “Gratitude part iv”.   All from “Gratitude” (International Anthem 2024).

22.  John Taylor, Norma Winstone, Kenny Wheeler: “Azimuth”. From “Azimuth” (ECM 1977 - Re-released on vinyl as part of ECM’s Luminessence series 2024).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1.  Various Artists: “Congo Funk! Sound Madness from the shores of the mighty Congo River - Kinshasa/Brazzaville 1969-1982” (Analog Africa).

2.  Za! & Perrate: “Jolifanto” (Love Monk).

3.  Sam Lee: “Songdreaming” (Cooking Vinyl).
4.  Syriana: “1325 Ibn Battutah” (Grand Duc Records).
5.  Jembaa Groove: “Ye Ankasa/We Ourselves” (Agogo Records).
6.  Leyla McCalla: “Sun Without The Heat” (Leyla McCalla).

7.  Kiran Ahluwalia: “Comfort Food” (Six Degrees).
8.  Aynur: “Rabe” (Dreyer-Gaido).

9.  Dele Sosimi & The Estuary 21: “The Confluence” (Wah Wah 45).

10.  Catherine Graindorge: “Songs For The Dead” (tak:til/Glitterbeat).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.   Meridian Brothers: “En el caribe estoy triste”. Single from forthcoming album “Mi Latinoamérica Sufre” (Ansonia/Bongo Joe).

2.   Gordan: “Barabinska”. From “Gordan” (Glitterbeat).

3.   El Khat: “Tislami Tislami”. From the forthcoming album “mute” (Glitterbeat).

4.   Shabaka Hutchings: “Insecurities”. From “Perceive Its Beauty, Acknowledge Its Grace” (Shabaka Hutchings).

5.   Huun-Huur-Tu, Carmen Rizzo, Dhani Harrison: “Remembering Ulatay River”. From “Dreamers In The Field” (Dark Horse/BMG).
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