Playlist 10.08.2020

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Playlist 10.08.2020

On this week's programme:

Meridian Brothers, aka Eblis Alvarez, take cumbia to new heights of wonky psychedelia.

La Gallera Social Club are Venezuelan twins from Maracaibo, plying a global electro-folk.

The Minyo Crusaders and Frente Cumbiero display the fruits of their Tokyo-Bogota summit.

Harold Lopez-Nussa is a Cuban pianist with an energetic array of styles, based in Havana.

Lingo Seini’s album is a rare full-length recording of Hauka ritual music from Niger.

Sharhabil Ahmed is a Sudanese band leader with an intoxicating brew of local styles and Western pop.

The Habibi Funk label put together a Lebanese compilation to raise funds for support for the Beirut disaster.

Mehmet Polat is a Turkish oud player with guests on ney, kamancha, percussion and voice.

Percussionist John Santos is a veteran of the San Francisco Bay area Latin scene, and sideman to many.

The UK’s Charanga del Norte sports Kim Burton on Piano and Sue Miller on flute.

The “Aloha” album is a recreation of the classic era of Hawaiian music featuring Ken Emerson, Dean Parks and Jim Kimo West.

Bai Kamara is an acoustic blues artist from Sierra Leone, based in Belgium.

Klezmer-ish are escapees from the Liverpool Philharmonic playing klezmer, gypsy jazz and blues.

Kansas Smitty’s are a 7-piece jazz band from East London, led by Giacomo Smith.

Ye Vagabonds are the brothers Brian and Diarmuid MacGloinn from Carlow.

Cinder Well, aka Amelia Baker, is a US ex-pat in Clare emerging from lockdown.

Brigid Mae Power is London-born Galwegian on her third album.

Gillian Welch is deep in the soulful veins of American folk-roots.

Josh Kimbrough is a fingerstyle guitarist from Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


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

1.    Meridian Brothers: “Puya Del Empresario”.

2.    Meridian Brothers: “Cumbia De La Amistad”. Both from “Cumbia Siglo XXI” (forthcoming on Bongo Joe).

3.    La Gallera Social Club: “Mariposa”. From “Tropico Salvaje” (Tortuga 2020).

4.    Minyo Crusaders & Frente Cumbiero: “Mambonegro Daisakusen”. From the EP “Minyo Cumbiero (from Tokyo to Bogota)” (Mais Um 2020).

5.    Harold Lopez-Nussa feat. Randy Malcom: “Timbeando”. From “Te Lo Dije” (Mack Avenue 2020).

6.    Lingo Seini et son Groupe: “Sadji Blau”. From “Lingo Seini et son Groupe - Musique Hauka” (Sahel Sounds 2020).

7.    Sharhabil Ahmed: “Aziza”. From “The King of Sudanese Jazz” (Habibi Funk 2020).

8.    Munir Khauli: “Heik ha Nishtghil”.

9.    Toufic Farroukh: “Villes Invisible”.  Both from the fund-raising compilation “Habibi Funk - Solidarity with Beirut” (Habibi Funk 2020).

10.  Mehmet Polat: “Nothing is yours”. From “The Promise” (Aftab / Audiomaze 2020).

11.  The John Santos Sextet: “Tichin”. From “Art Of The Descarga” (Smithsonian Folkways 2020).

12.  Charanga Del Norte: “Goza La Vida 1”. From “Pachanga Time” (Charanga del Norte 2020).

13.  Radio Hawaii Band: “Hula Blues”. From “Aloha: Radio Hawaii” (Rhymoi Music 2020).

14.  Bai Kamara Jr. & The Voodoo Sniffers: “Lady Boss”. From “Salone” (Zig Zag World 2020).

15.  Klezmer-ish: “Give me a lift to Tzfat”. From “Dusty Road” (Riverboat / World Music Network 2020).

16.  Kansas Smitty’s: “Riders”. From “Things Happened Here” (Ever / !K7 2020).

17.  Ye Vagabonds: “Bacach Shíol Andaí”. From “The Hare’s Lament” (River Lea 2019).

18.  Cinder Well: “Wandering Boy”.

19.  Cinder Well: “No Summer”.  Both from “No Summer” (Free Dirt 2020).

20.  Brigid Mae Power: “Wedding Of A Friend”. From “Head Above The Water” (Fire Records 2020).

21.  Gillian Welch: “Strange Isabella”. From “Boots No. 2: The Lost Songs, Vol. 1” (Acony 2020).

22.  Josh Kimbrough: “Squirrel in the leaves”. From “Slither Soar & Disappear” (Tompkins Square 2020).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1.  Oumou Sangaré: “Acoustic” (No Format!).


2.  Meridian Brothers: “Cumbia Siglo XXI” (Bongo Joe).


3.  Bamba Wassoulou Groove: “Dankélé” (Lusafrica).


4.  Various Artists: “Walter Ferguson - 100 Years of Calypso” (DyM-Online).


5.  Paolo Angeli: “Bodas de Sangre” (AnMa Productions).


6.  Etuk Ubong: “Africa Today” (Night Dreamer).


7.  Danyel Waro: “Tinn Tout” (Buda Musique).


8.  Sharhabil Ahmed: “The King of Sudanese Jazz” (Habibi Funk).   

9.  Mulatu Astatke & The Black Jesus Experience: “To Know Without Knowing” (Agogo).

10. Various Artists: “Disques Debs International Vol. 2 - Cadence Revolution” (Strut).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.   Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids: “Salvation”. From “Shaman” (Strut).

2.   Oneness Of Juju: “West Wind”. From “African Rhythms 1970-1982” (Strut).

3.   Mateus Aleluia: “Olorum”. From “Olorum” (Brasil Calling).

4.   Bai Kamara Jr. & The Voodoo Sniffers: “Some Kind Of Loving Tonight”. From “Salone” (Zig Zag World).

5.   Gillian Welch & David Rawlings: “Oh Babe It Ain’t No Lie”. From “All The Good Times” (Acony).

DJ Nigel Wood World Music Specialist
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