Playlist 08.08.2023

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Playlist 08.08.2023

On this week’s programme:

This sequence of music charts my musical route through the three days of the Womad Festival; beginning with the Amazonian cumbia of Peru’s Los Wemblers early Friday afternoon and finishing in the Siam tent on Sunday evening with French-Algerian chanteuse Souad Massi.

On the way there was the breathtaking elegance of 79 year old Susana Baca, the extraordinary voice of Mariza, classic afrobeat from Dele Sosimi, the Ghanaian gospel dance of Alogte Oho & his Sounds of Joy, the beautiful tones of Italy’s Mauro Durante, the wondrous kamancheh fiddle playing of Iran’s Kayhan Kalhor, the irrepressible humour of Estonia’s Puuluup, the heart-warming teenagers of Benin’s Star Feminine Band, and Femi Kuti’s fiery show; and much more in between.

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Here is the playlist for "Ear to the globe" broadcast on Tuesday August 8th. The programme goes out every Tuesday at 10pm to midnight on 103.2FM and is available live at

1.    Los Wembler’s de Iquitos: “Mi Caprichito”. From “Vision del Ayahuasca” (Barbes 2019).

2.    Balimaya Project feat. Afronaut Zu: “For Ali”. From When The Dust Settles” (New Soil/Jazz re:freshed 2023).

3.    Susana Baca: “Sorongo”. From “Palabras Urgentes” (Real World 2023).

4.    Ana Carla Maza: “Te espere”. From “Solo Acoustic Concert” (Lautaro 2016).

5.    Mokoomba: “Kulindiswe”.  From “Tusona - Tracings in the Sand” (Outhere 2023).

6.    Rokia Koné & Jacknife Lee: “Mayougouba”. From “Bamanan” (Real World 2023).

7.    Polobi & the Gwo Ka Masters: “Kawmélito”. From “Abri Cyclonique” (Real World 2022).

8.    Emicida feat. Majur e Pabllo Vittar: “Amar Elo”. From “Amar Elo” (Sterns 2020).

9.    Israel Fernandez: “Soleá de mi Casa”. From “Pura Sangre” (Universal Spain 2023).

10.  Vassvik: “The storm is coming in”. From “Gakti” (Heilo/Grappa Musikkforlag 2019).

11.  Montparnasse Musique: “Badarou”. From “Archeology” (Real World 2023).

12.  Dele Sosimi & The Estuary 21: “Ori Mi”. From “The Confluence” (Wah Wah 45s 2023).

13.  Mariza: “Primavera”. From “Fado Curvo” (EMI 2003).

14.  Alogte Oho & his Sounds Of Joy: “La Ka Ba’A”. From “O Yinne!” (Philophon 2023).

15.  47Soul: “Hold Your Ground”. From “Semitics” (Cooking Vinyl 2021).

16.  Justin Adams & Mauro Durante: “Amara Terra Mia”. From “Still Moving” (Ponderosa 2021).

17.  Kayhan Kalhor & Erdal Erzincan: “The Wind - part 2”. From “The Wind” (ECM 2006).

18.  Puuluup: “Kasekesed”. From “Viimane Suusataja” (Öunaviks Records 2021).

19.  Star Feminine Band: “Peba Ikisina”. From “Star feminine Band in Paris” (Born Bad 2022).

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

21.  Kuunatic: “Full Moon Spree”. From “Gate Of Kluna” (Glitterbeat 2021).

22.  Nihiloxica: “Black Kaveera”. From “Kaloli” (Crammed Discs 2020).

23.  Femi Kuti: “Set your minds & souls free”. From “Stop The Hate” (Partisan 2021).

24.  Souad Massi: “Hurt”. From “Sequana” (Backingtrack Productions/Wrasse 2022).

*** All played at the Womad Festival July 28-30***

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1.  Kayhan Kalhor & Toumani Diabaté: “The Sky Is The Same Colour Everywhere” (Real World).

2.  Alogte Oho & His Sounds Of Joy: “O Yinne!” (Philophon).

3.  Mokoomba: “Tusona: Tracings in the Sand” (Outhere).


4.  V.A: Playing for the Man at the Door: Field Recordings from the collection of Mack McCormick 1958-1971 (Smithsonian Folkways).


5.  Ali Farka Touré: “Voyageur” (World Circuit).


6.  Fatoumata Diawara: “London Ko” (Wagram).

7.  Hiram Salsano: “Bucolica” (Hiram Salsano).


8.  Tinariwen: “Amatssou” (Wedge).

9.  Damir Imamovic: “The World And All That It Holds” (Smithsonian Folkways).

10.  Blick Bassy: “Madiba” (InFiné).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.   Sanam: “Bell” (Single from forthcoming album on Mais Um).

2.   Bantu: “Africa for sale”. From “What Is Your Breaking Point?” (Soledad Productions).

3.   Okwy Osadebe: “Igbo Amaka”. From “Igbo Amaka” (Palenque Records).

4.   Yaraka: “Canto all’Allie”. From “Curannera” (Zero Nove Nove).

5.   Rick Deitrick: “Little Tujunga Suite”. From “The Unguitarist - Complete Works 1969-2022” (Tompkins Square).
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