Playlist 09.07.2018

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Playlist 09.07.2018

On this week's programme:

Tuareg guitarist Bombino is back and in great form.

Thabang Tabane is the inheritor of the South African malombo sound.

Les Tambours de Brazza play an updated version of traditional Congolese vocal-percussion interplay.

Cheikh Lô is a Senegalese singer/percussionist and one time protegé of Youssou N’Dour, whose debut album on World Circuit gets a remastering.

The Womad Festival kicks off in the UK in just over two weeks and this year’s attractions include: from Haiti, Moonlight Benjamin’s voodoo rock and the folk-blues of Melissa Laveaux; the irresistible party-fare of Havana Meets Kingston; the Ethiopian tones of Meklit’s songs; the contemporary Istanbul sophistication of Gaye Su Akyol; the North African grooves of Tunisian Sabry Mosbah; and the acoustic West African European trio Tamala.

The SoulJazz Orchestra roll into town on Saturday for a late, and probably wild, session in the Sugar Club.

The Afro-Cuban All Stars’ classic 1997 debut gets a remastering on vinyl.

Emilio Santiago’s 1975 album with its high-powered Brazilian cast also gets a re-release.

Soundway issues a curated, rediscovered selection of ’80s and ’90s Brazilian tunes.

Uruguayan bandleader Hugo Fattoruso rewinds and remakes his South American jazz-funk style.

Smithsonian have gathered more than 50 musicians to celebrate the music of the late John Duffey of The Country Gentlemen.

“Hokum” was a spicy salacious variant of the blues and the new Rough Guide is a who’s who of the genre.

The Tanzanian Albinism Collective are from an isolated island in the largest lake in Africa, a refuge from persecution.

Baul Meets Saz is an Indian, Turkish and Belgian encounter.

The Eishan Ensemble play the music of the Iranian composer Hamed Sadeghi.


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

1.    Bombino: “Imajghane (The Touareg People)”.

2.    Bombino: “Tenesse”.  Both from “Deran” (Partisan 2018).

3.    Moonlight Benjamin: “Papa Legba”.  From “Siltane” (Ma Case 2018).

***Moonlight Benjamin plays at the Womad Festival in Charlton Park, UK (July 26-29)***

4.   Thabang Tabana: “Nyanda Yeni”. Single from forthcoming album (Mushroom Hour Half Hour).

5.   Les Tambours de Brazza: “Makangou Ma Tata”. From “Kongo” (Buda 2018).

6.    Cheikh Lô: “Set”. From “Youssou N’Dour presente Cheikh N’Diguël Lô - Né La Thiass” (World Circuit 1995/2017).

7.    Havana Meets Kingston feat. Maikel Ante, El Medico & Turbulence: “El Cuarto De Tula”. From “Mista Savona presents Havana Meets Kingston” (VP 2017).

8.    Mélissa Laveaux: “Angeli-Ko”. From “Radyo Siwèl” (No Format! 2018).

9.    Meklit: “You Are My Luck”. From “When The People Move The Music Moves Too” (Six Degrees 2017).

10.  Gaye Su Akyol: “Akil Olmayinca”. From “Hologram Imparatorlugu” (Glitterbeat 2016).

11.  Sabry Mosbah: “Mouch Menni”. From “Mes Racines” (Accords Croisés 2017).

12.  Tamala: “Fodé”. From “Tamala - Bao Sissoko, Mola Sylla & Wouter Vandenabeele” (MuziekPublique 2017).

***Havana Meets Kingston, Mélissa Laveaux, Meklit, Gaye Su Akyol, Sabry Mosbah, and Tamala all play the Womad Festival in Charlton Park, UK (July 26-29)***

13.  The SoulJazz Orchestra: “Agoya”. From “Inner Fire” (Strut 2014).

***The SoulJazz Orchestra play the Sugar Club on Saturday July 14th***

14.  Afro-Cuban All Stars: “Amor Verdadero”. From “A Toda Cuba Le Gusta” (World Circuit 1997 - remastered 2018).

15.  Emilio Santiago: “Bananeira”. From “Emilio Santiago” (Far Out 1975/2018).

16.  Anacy Arcanjo: “Toque Tambor”. From the compilation “Onda De Amor: Synthesized Brazilian Hits That Never Were (1984-94)” (Soundway 2018).

17.  Hugo Fattoruso & Barrio Opa: “Botijas”. From “Barrio Opa” (Far Out 2018).

18.  Randy Waller & Lou Reid: “Sad and lonesome day”. From the compilation “Epilogue: A Tribute to John Duffey” (Smithsonian Folkways 2018).

19.  Blind Boy Fuller: “Truckin’ My Blues Away No.2” (Take 2). From “The Rough Guide to Hokum Blues” (World Music Network 2018).

20.  Ayuba Kajanja: “Disability”. From “Tanzania Albinism Collective - Our Skin May Be Different, But Our Blood Is The Same” (Six Degrees 2018).

21.  Baul Meets Saz: “Dilki Doya”. From “Namaz” (Seyir Muzik 2018).

22.  Eishan Ensemble: “Solo Tar & Double Bass”. From “Nim Dong - Music by Hamed Sadeghi” (Art As Catharsis 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. Mercedes Peón: “Deixaas” (Altafonte).         


9. Ammar 808: “Maghreb United” (Glitterbeat).


10. Los Texmaniacs: “Cruzando Borders” (Smithsonian Folkways).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.  Red Baraat feat. Heems: “Sound The People”. From “Sound The People” (Rhyme & Reason).

2.  Moonlight Benjamin: “Chan Dayiva”. From “Siltane” (Ma Case).

3.  Afro-Cuban All Stars: “Amor Verdadero”. From “A Toda Cuba Le Gusta” (World Circuit).


4.  Mostar Sevdah Reunion: “Zamaglien Prozor”. From “Sreta - The Balkan Autumn” (Snail).

5.  Bessie Smith: “Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl”. From “The Rough Guide to Hokum Blues” (World Music Network).
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