Playlist 10.09.2018

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Playlist 10.09.2018

On this week's programme:

Disques Debs of Guadeloupe is the foremost record label for French Caribbean music for the last 50 years.

Mulatu Astatke, founder of Ethio-Jazz, steeped himself in Latin music in 1960s New York.

Idris Ackamoor is a veteran social and cultural activist, rooted in the ’70s free jazz movement and still flying high.

Oneness of Juju were active in the same era, taking an afro-funk direction.

Bokanté are the brainchild of Snarky Puppy’s Michael League with Guadeloupian vocalist Malika Tirolian, and now with the Dutch-based Metropole Orkest.

Thabang Tabane creates a compelling contemporary malombo, inherited from his father Philip Tabane.

Malian singer Nahawa Doumbia’s album was recorded in 1982 and was one of the first releases on the Awesome Tapes From Africa label.

Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles are a long running all-female mariachi band from LA.

Hermanos Herrera are five brothers and a sister in the US, playing the rural styles of their Mexican heritage.

The landmark Afro Cuban All Stars album is one of several high quality vinyl re-releases from the World Circuit catalogue.

Okonkolo are New York Yoruban Santeria musicians.

Roberto Lopez has roots in Colombia and residence in Montreal.

Marcos Valle celebrates 20 years since the release of his seminal “Nova Bossa Nova”.

Katalena promote an uncompromising anti-war stance from Slovenia - “Man is not a beast”.

Vigüela unearth the vibrant folksong styles of central Spain - Toledo and La Mancha.

“Robi” Svärd is a Swedish guitarist and a flamenco virtuoso.

Mari Kalkun brings us the textures and delicacies of rural retreat in the Estonian forest.


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

1.    Paul Blamar et Vélo: “Lovency”.

2.    Le Ry-Co Jazz: “Si I Bon Di I Bon”.  Both from “Disques Debs International Volume 1 - An Island Story: Biguine, Afro-Latin Musique Antillaise 1960-1972” (Strut 2018).

3.    Mulatu Astatke & his Ethiopian Quintet: “The Panther (Boogaloo)”.

4.    Mulatu Astatke & his Ethiopian Quintet: “Soul Power”.  Both from “Afro-Latin Soul” (Strut 1966/2018).

5.    Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids: “Tinoge”. From “An Angel Fell” (Strut 2018).

6.    Oneness Of Juju: “African Rhythms”. From “African Rhythms” (Strut 1975/2018).

7.    Bokanté and Metropole Orkest conducted by Jules Buckley: “Don’t Do It”. From “What Heat” (forthcoming on Real World ).

8.    Thabang Tabane: “Ngawananga”. From “Matjale” (Mushroom Hour Half Hour 2018).

9.    Nahawa Doumbia: “Kungo sogoni”. From “La Grande Cantatrice Malienne Vol 3” (Awesome Tapes From Africa).

10.  Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles: “El Pitayero”. From “Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles” (Smithsonian Folkways 2018).

11.  Hermanos Herrera: “La Bamba”.  From “Sones Jarochos y Huastecos y Más” (Smithsonian Folkways 2018).

12.  Afro Cuban All Stars: “Pío Mentiroso”. From “A Toda Cuba Le Gusta” (World Circuit vinyl re-release 2018).

13.  Okonkolo: “Yemaya”. From “Cantos” (Big Crown 2018).

14.  Roberto Lopez: “Oye Candelaria”. From “Criollo Electrik” (Stonetree 2018).

15.  Marcos Valle: “Novo visual”. From “Nova Bossa Nova” (Far Out 1998/2018).

16.  Katalena: “Oj ta soldaski bobbin / Oh the soldier’s drum”. From “Clovek Ni Zver / Man Is Not A Beast” (Založba Pivec 2018).

17.  Vigüela: “El demonio el calderero / The Demon Coppersmith”.

18.  Vigüela: “Que is quires, moreno / If you want, dusky (man)”.  Both from “A Tiempo Real - A new take on Spanish tradition” (ARC 2018).

19.  Robert “Robi” Svärd: “Alquimia (Bulerías)”. From “Alquimia” (Asphalt Tango 2018).

20.  Mari Kalkun: “Süda tuksub / The heart beats”. From “Ilmamôtsan” (Nordic Notes 2018).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1. Various Artists: “Two Niles To Sing A Melody - The violins & synths of Sudan” (Ostinato).


2. Marcos Valle: “Nova Bossa Nova” (Far Out).


3. Dur-Dur Of Somalia: “Volume 1 & Volume 2” (Analog Africa).


4. Plaza Francia Orchestra: “Plaza Francia Orchestra” (Because).


5. Stella Chiweshe: “Kasahwa - Early Singles” (Glitterbeat).


6. Mari Kalkun: “Ilmamôtsan” (Nordic Notes).


7. SANS: “Kulku” (Cloud Valley).


8. Thabang Tabane: “Matjale” (Mushroom Hour Half Hour)..         


9. Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids: “An Angel Fell” (Strut).


10. Various Artists: “Disques Debs International Volume 1 - An Island Story: Biguine, Afro-Latin Musique Antillaise 1960-1972” (Strut).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.  Jaune Toujours: “Cinema Politika”. From “Europeana” (Choux de Bruxelles).

2.  Harouna Samaké: “N’tognoli”. From “Kamale Blues” (One World).

3.  The SoulJazz Orchestra: “Aduna Jaral Naawo”. From “Under Burning Skies” (Strut).


4.  Amsterdam Klezmer Band & Söndörgö: “Moroka”. From “Szikra” (Vetnasj).

5.  Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids: “An Angel Fell”. From “An Angel Fell” (Strut).

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