Playlist 09.04.2024 - DJ NigelWood

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Playlist 09.04.2024

On this week’s programme:

The widely-sampled Lafayette Afro Rock Band formed in the US but moved to France in 1971 and recorded there.

“Congo Funk” digs out funk and rumba from in and around the 1970s, from both sides of the Congo river.

Orchestra Baobab, celebrating their 50 year history, are playing at the Bray Jazz festival.

Lass is a new upcoming artist from Senegal.

Miroca Paris is a singer and multi-instrumentalist who spent 11 years touring with Cesaria Evora.

Nana Benz du Togo are a feminist Togolese quintet, now remixed.

Abdallah Oumbadougou was an originator of the Tuareg desert blues guitar sound.

Bela Fleck collaborates with Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer in a cross-genre venture.

Muireann Bradley is a 17-year old Donegal guitar prodigy.

Flautist and vocalist of Syrian heritage, Naissam Jalal, will play the Bray Jazz Festival.

Syriana, the project of the late Nick Page and Irishman Bernard O’Neill, delivers travel tales from the 14th century.

Bassist Ruth Goller has collaborated with Alabaster DePlume, Bex Burch and Damon Albarn.

Las Lloronas are a vocal trio from Brussels.

Eminent Iranian vocalist Marjan Vahdat sings acapella on er new album.

Sam Lee presents a heartful environmental suite of songs.

Tree Adams has written a suite based around climate change.

Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and Irish fiddler Aoife Ni Bhriain are at the Bray Jazz Festival.

The InFiné label compiles outstanding piano pieces from their catalogue.

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

1.    Lafayette Afro Rock Band: “Conga”. From “Malik (1976)” (Strut 2024).

2.    Tabu Ley et l’Orchestre Afrisa: “Adeito”.

3.    Les Bantous de la Capitale: “Ngantsie Soul”. Both from “Congo Funk! Both from the compilation “Congo Funk! Sound Madness from the shores of the mighty Congo river - Kinshasa/Brazzaville 1969-82” (Analog Africa 2024).

4.    Orchestra Baobab: “50 ans” (Single on World Circuit).

***Orchestra Baobab play the Bray Jazz Festival on Saturday March 4th***

5.    Lass with David Walters: “Rano”. From “Passeport” (Chapter Two 2024).

6.    Miroca Paris feat. Mamani Keita: “Mandinga ma Mescrinha”. Single from forthcoming album “Bia” (Miroca Paris).

7.    Nana Benz du Togo: “The womb remix”. From “Tite - the Kiledjian remixes” (Komos 2024).

8.    Abdallah Oumbadougou: “Tigrawahi ma mescrinha”. From “Amghar - The Godfather of Tuareg Music Vol. 1” (Petaluna 2024).

9.    Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussain, Edgar Meyer feat. Rakesh Chaurasia: “Tradewinds Bengali”. From “As We Speak” (Thirty Tigers 2023).

10.  Muireann Bradley: “Vestapol”. From “I Kept These Old Blues” (Tompkins Square 2024).

11.  Naissam Jalal: “Rituel du vent”. From “Healing Rituals” (Les Couleurs du Son 2023).

12.  Syriana feat. Maria Joao Branco: “The Greek women of Ladhiq”.

13.  Syriana feat. Mouna Eddrou: “Qasr al Zafiyah”.  Both from “Syriana- 1325 Ibn Battutah” (Grand Duc Records 2023).

14.  Ruth Goller: “Don’t follow me”. From “Skyllumina” (International Anthem 2024).

15.  La Lloronas: “Run”. From “Out Of The Blue” (Muziekpublique 2024).

16.  Marjan Vahdat: “In the garden of the soul”. From “The Eagle Of My Heart” (Kirkelig Kulturverksted 2024).

17.  Sam Lee: “Dreams of the returning”. From “Songdreaming” (Cooking Vinyl 2024).

18.  Tree Adams: “Fuoco adante - Movement II”. From “Elements 4” (Tree Adams 2024).

19.  Catrin Finch & Aoife Ni Bhriain: “Wonder”. From “Double You” (Bendigedig 2023).

***Catrin Finch & Aoife Ni Bhriain play at the Bray Jazz Festival on Sunday May 5th***

20.  Bruce Brubaker: “By the river”. From the collection “InFiné Piano Day” (InFiné 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.  Tidiane Thiam: “Africa Yontii” (Sahel Sounds).


5.  Jembaa Groove: “Ye Ankasa/We Ourselves” (Agogo Records).


6.  Mohammad Syfkhan: “I Am Kurdish” (Nyahh).

7.  Les Amazones d’Afrique: “Musow Danse” (Real World).


8.  Ann O’Aro: “Bleu” (Buda Musique).

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

10.  Lina: “Fado Camões” (Galileo).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.   Orchestra Baobab: “50 Ans” (Single on World Circuit).

2.   Dele Sosimi & The Estuary 21: “The Rumblings”. From “The Confluence” (Wah Wah 45).

3.   Ann Savoy: “Triste Samedi/A hurricane song”. From “Another Heart” (Smithsonian Folkways).

4.   Landless: “The fisherman’s wife” (Single from forthcoming album on Glitterbeat).

5.   Sutari: “Siemienica”. From “#kołysankidlaświata” (Audio Cave).

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