Playlist 10.01.2023

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Playlist 10.01.2023

On this week’s programme:

Moonlight Benjamin is from Haiti, bringing a touch of voodoo to her French band’s blues-rock style.

Vusi Mahlasela recorded an album with Norman Zulu and Swedish outfit Jive Connection in 2002, never released until now.

Studio Shap Shap are an electro-roots outfit from Niger with members from Chad and La Réunion.

French-Moroccan bandleader Aziz Sahmaoui joins forces with the cello of Eric Longsworth.

Farid El-Atrache, born in Syria, was an important figure in Egyptian and Arabic music who died in 1974.

Dionne Reid, Nigerian-born Londoner, is joined by Jamaican veteran U Brown.

Jamaican Daddy Freddy guests on a track from reggae icon Horace Andy.

Old mates Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal celebrate the work of one of their seminal forebears, the duo of Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee.

Eric Alexandrakis performs a Grammy-nominated tribute to the late Mike Nesmith.

Sam Bush plays the music of his erstwhile colleague and friend John Hartford who died in 2001.

Rwandan duo, Justin and Eric, made music on the musical bow and rattle prior to Justin’s tragic death.

Producer DJ Mam recruited 50 of Brazil’s foremost artists to demand rights for the country’s indigenous peoples.

Lucas Santtana, also from Brazil, released an album rich in environmental consciousness and philosophical insight.

Lucrecia Dalt is an experimental Colombian musician based in Berlin.

Anna Murtola, from Finland, combines flamenco with her native Nordic tradition.

Dimitris Mystakidis is a Greek folk guitarist and rembetiko authority.

Károly Cserepes, from Budapest, provides original settings - in this case Turkish flavours - for archive folk recordings.

Angeline Morrison documents the song, and associated social, history of black British residents.

Raul Refree is a Spanish producer and composer with many soundtracks to his credit.

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

1.Moonlight Benjamin: “Haut la Haut” (Single from forthcoming album on Ma Case).

2.Vusi Mahlasela, Norman Zulu & Jive Connection: “Intombi Ye Mbali”. From forthcoming album “Face To Face” (Strut).

3.Studio Shap Shap: “Le Marché”. From “Le Monde Moderne” (Studio Shap Shap 2022).

4.Aziz Sahmaoui & Eric Longsworth: “Alf Hilat”. From “Il Fera Beau” (Passé minuit en accords 2022).

5.Farid El Attrache: “Hebbina Hebbina”. From “Nagham Fi Hayati” (WeWantSounds 2022).

6.U Brown & Dionne Reid: “I want more than the boom boom boom”. Single from EP “Love Nuh Easy Riddim” (Boomrush Productions 2022).

7.Horace Andy & Daddy Freddy: “Dirty money business”. From “Rockers & Scorchers” (On-U Sound 2022).

8.Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder: “Cornbread, peas, black molasses”.

9.Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder: “Packing up getting ready to go”.Both from “Get On Board: The Songs of Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee” (Nonesuch 2022).

10.Eric Alexandrakis: “Silver Moon” (Single on Minoan Music).

11.Sam Bush: “John McLaughlin”.

12.Sam Bush: “California Earthquake”. Both from “Radio John: The Songs of John Hartford” (Smithsonian Folkways 2022).

13.Justin Iyakaremwe & Eric Iyamuremwe: “Indamutso (Greetings)”. From “Umuduri & Ikinyuguri - Songs from Rwanda” (Antonovka Records 2022).

14.Dj Mam feat. Criolo, Elza Soares, DJ Dolores, Batida, Octa Push: “Bla bla bla”.

15.Dj Mam feat. Elza Soares, Ney Matagrosso, Jazz Botanico, Makoto Kubota: “Demarcação Jazz”.Both from “Demarcação Ja Remix Tape” (Sotaque Carregado 2022).

16.Lucas Santtana: “What’s life”. From “O Paraiso” (No Format! 2022).

17.Lucrecia Dalt: “Gena”.

18.Lucrecia Dalt: “Enviada”. Both from “Ay!” (RVNG International 2022).

19.Anna Murtola: “Rio Rojo”. From “La Tierra Blanca” (Nordic Notes 2022).

20.Dimitris Mystakidis: “Skytali”. From “Morso” (Fishbowl Music Tank 2022).

21.Cserepes: “I am going to Turkey”. From “The Sold Girl - Turkish remix” (Fonó 2022).

22.Angeline Morrison: “Black John”.

23.Angeline Morrison: “Hide yourself”.

24.Angeline Morrison: “Cruel Mother Country”.All from “The Sorrow Songs” (Topic Records 2022).

22.Refree: “Una nueva religion”. From “El Espacio Entre” (tak:til/Glitterbeat 2023).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

 1.Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder: “Get On Board: The Songs of Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee” (Nonesuch).

2.Mostar Sevdah Reunion: “Lady Sings the Balkan Blues” (Snail Records).

3.Horace Andy: “Rockers & Scorchers” (On-U Sound).

4.Gaye su Akyol: “Anadolu Ejderi” (Glitterbeat).

5.Angeline Morrison: “The Sorrow Songs” (Topic Records).


6.Lucrecia Dalt: “Ay!” (RVNG International).


7.Vusi Mahlasela, Norman Zulu & Jive Connection: “Prodigal Son”. From “Face To Face” (Strut).

8.Afrorack: “The Afrorack” (Hakuna Kulala).

9.Taraf Syriana: “Taraf Syriana” (Lula World Records).

10.Lucas Santtana: “O Paraiso” (No Format).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.Altin Gün: “Rakiya Su Katamam”. Single from forthcoming album “Ask” (Glitterbeat).

2.Les Mamans du Congo & Rrobin: “Ntima”. Single from forthcoming album “Ya Mizole” (Jarring Effects).

3.Polobi & The Gwo Ka Masters: “Kawmélito”. From the forthcoming album “Abri Cyclonique” (Real World).

4.Justyna Jablonska & Jyotsna Srikanth: “Vatapi”. From “For Cello & Carnatic Violin” (Stitch Records).

5.Orkes Teruna Ria: “Geleang Sapi”. From the compilation “Padang Moonrise: The Birth of the Modern Indonesian Recording Industry (1955-69)” (Soundway).
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