Playlist 09.03.2020

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Playlist 09.03.2020

On this week's programme:

Omar Souleyman is the inimitable Syrian wedding singer who conquered the world’s dancefloors.

Cheb Runner, or Belgian-Moroccan producer Reda, pioneers an electro-gnawa sound.

The Turkish Uzelli label and Baba Zula’s Murat Ertel curate the first-ever compilation of electrified saz music.

Natacha Atlas’ new album, in collaboration with Samy Bishai, is a sublime Arabic-jazz fusion.

Les Amazones d’Afrique bring together female vocalists from Africa and beyond in a spirit of empowerment.

Kukaya produce healing vimbuza rhythms from northern Malawi.

“Kparr Dirè” showcases balafon-driven music from the Gaoua area of Burkina Faso.

Smithsonian re-release a 1979 album of kora music from Gambia.

La Sra Tomasa are a seven-piece Latin dance outfit from Barcelona.

Sotomayor are a brother and sister electro-Latin duo from Mexico City.

Emicida is top-flight Brazilian conscious hip-hop artist.

Bebel Gilberto, daughter of the late João, modernised and internationalised the bossa nova sound.

The Sinafi Trio are three female Greek musicians who met in Istanbul.

Aynur is a highly-regarded Kurdish singer from Turkey, no. 1 in the current Transglobal World Music Chart (

Nelia Safaie is an Iranian singer, tutored by Mahsa Vahdat, and making her debut.

Scottish folkie James Yorkston joins forces with Jon Thorne on bass and Suhail Yusuf Khan on sarangi.

Sam Lee’s voice brings forth magic - with Elizabeth Fraser and Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh amongst others.


Here is the playlist for "Ear to the globe" broadcast on Monday March 9th. The programme goes out every Monday at 10pm to midnight on 103.2FM and is available live at

1.    Omar Souleyman: “Abou Zilif”. From “Shlon” (Because 2019).

2.    Cheb Runner feat. Maâlem Driss Filali: “Jawgnawa”. From the EP “Tagnawit” (Rebel Up 2020).

3.    Kina Gecesi: “Misket”.

4.    Gülcan Opel: “Yaz Dostum”. Both from the compilation “Uzelli Elektro Saz 1976 - 1984” (Uzelli 2020).

5.    Natacha Atlas: “Maktoub”.

6.    Natacha Atlas: “It’s A Man’s World”.  Both from “Strange Days” (Whirlwind Recordings 2019).

7.    Les Amazones d’Afrique feat. Mamani Keita: “Smooth”.

8.    Les Amazones d’Afrique: “Power”.  Both from “Amazones Power” (Real World 2019).

9.    Kukaya: “Tawana wa Kukaya”. From “Ukhaliro” (1000HZ 2019).

10.  Martin Kensiè & ensemble: “Bissan Ke (Gopèr)”. >From “Kparr Dirè: Balafon music from Lobi country” (Edition Telemark / MirrorWorldMusic MWM 2020).

11.  Dembo Konte & Ma Lamini Jobate: “Jembasengo”. From “Gambian Griot Kora Duets featuring Alhaji Bai Konte, Dembo Konte, Ma Lamini Jobate” Smithsonian Folkways 1979/2019).

12.  La Sra. Tomasa feat. Bejo: “Que Venga”. From “Alegre Pero Peligroso” (Guspiro 2020).

13.  Sotomayor: “Quema”. From “Origenes” (Wonderwheel 2020).

14.  Emicida: “Paisagem”.

15.  Emicida feat. Drik Barbosa: “9nha”.  Both from “AmarElo” (Sterns Brasil 2020).

16.  Bebel Gilberto: “Deixa”. Single from forthcoming album “Agora” (Pias).

17.  Sinafi Trio: “Hiá Insaf Var mi Sende”. From “Iho” (Kalan 2019).

18.  Aynur: “Sili Dibare - It Rains”. From “Hedur - Solace of Time” (Aynur 2019).

19.  Nelia Safaie: “Me, the cradle and you”. From “Songs from Lands of Silence” (Kirkelig Kulturverksted 2019).

20.  Yorkston Thorne Khan: “The North Carr”. From “Navarasa: Nine Emotions” (Domino 2019).

21.  Sam Lee feat. Elizabeth Fraser: “The Moon Shines Bright”. From “Old Wow” (Cooking Vinyl 2019).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1.   Roberto Fonseca: “Yesun” (Mack Avenue).


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


3.  Nelia Safaie: “Songs from Lands of Silence” (Kirkelig Kulturverksted).


4.  Natacha Atlas: “Strange Days” (Whirlwind).


5.  Aynur: “Hedur - Solace of Time” (Aynur).


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


7.  Yorkston Thorne Khan: “Navarasa: Nine Emotions” (Domino).


8.  Majid Bekkas: “Magic Spirit Quartet” (ACT Music & Vision).


9.  Antibalas: “Fu Chronicles” (Daptone).

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

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.   Dzambo Agusevi Orchestra: “Macedonian Nightcrawler”. From “Brasses for the Masses” (Asphalt Tango).

2.   Sotomayor: “Quema”. From “Origenes” (Wonderwheel).

3.   Nordine Staifi: “Zine Ezzinet”. Single from forthcoming compilation “Maghreb K7 Club: “Synth Rai, Chaoui & Staiif 1985-1997” (Bongo Joe).

4.   Tamikrest feat. Hindi Zahra: “Timtarin”. Single from forthcoming album “Tamotait” (Glitterbeat).

5.   Sam Lee feat. Elizabeth Fraser: “The Moon Shines Bright”. From “Old Wow” (Cooking Vinyl).

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