Playlist 10.12.2018

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Playlist 10.12.2018

On this week's programme:

Leyla McCalla sticks it to capitalist society with some New Orleans swing.

Ry Cooder follows her with wry observation and social conscience.

Manou Gallo, Ivoirian bass player, gets Bootsy Collins on board.

Two intertwined releases from South Africa - Queen of Tshivenda music, Irene Mawela, and veteran mbaqanga artist, Mazambane.

Takula are a group formed from the rediscovery and restoration of the Malawian Broadcasting Corporation’s archives.

When David Attenborough “was theoretically looking for pythons”, he would be off with his “clumsy tape recorder” capturing the local music.

Malian maestro Salif Keita describes his new album as his final offering!

Freddy Locks is a reggae artist from Portugal.

San Salvador are voices and percussion from the Occitan region of France.

Alan Stivell is the famous Breton harpist, hosting many guests on his new album.

American violinist, Yale Strom, plays music associated with Hannukah.

Ooldouz Pouri is an Iranian singer and pupil of Mahsa Vahdat.

Vardan Hovanissian and Emre Gültekin bring together, in Belgium, the traditions of Armenia and Turkey.

Le Trio Joubran are the old-playing brothers from Palestine…. with Roger Waters guesting.

Lisa O’Neill catches an old tradition of Irish song, as Lankum too have done.


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

1.    Leyla McCalla: “The Capitalist Blues”.

2.    Leyla McCalla: “Money Is King”.  Both from “The Capitalist Blues” (forthcoming on Jazz Village).

3.    Ry Cooder: “Gentrification”.

4.    Ry Cooder: “The Prodigal Son”.  Both from “The Prodigal Son” (Perro Verde 2018).

5.    Manou Gallo feat. Bootsy Collins: “ABJ Groove”. From “Afro Groove Queen” (Contre Jour / Discovery 2018).

6.    Irene Mawela feat. Mazambane: “Makhaza”. From “Ari Pembele : Let’s Rejoice” (Umsakazo 2018).

7.    Mazambane feat. Zamambo: “Isimanga”. From “June 16, 1976” (Umsakazo 2018).

8.    Takula: “Song Of Freedom”.

9.    Karonga Tribesmen and Women: “Flo”.  Both from “Takula” (XA Music 2018).

10.  David Attenborough’s Introduction.

11.  Balange Trio & Chorus - Yalunka Tribe - Sierra Leone (1954).

12.  Bundu Society Dance - Sierra Leone (1954).

13.  Merina Tribe Retournement Ceremony - Madagascar (1961).   All from “David Attenborough - My Field Recordings from Across the Planet” (Songlines / Wrasse 2018).

14.  Salif Keita feat. Alpha Blondy: “Mansa Fo La”. From “Un Autre Blanc” (Naïve 2018).

15.  Freddy Locks feat. Tranquilo: “Hear Your Voice”. From “Overstand” (Alain Vachier 2018).

16.  San Salvador: “La Terra Es Freja”. From “San Salvador - Choeur Populaire - Massif Central”(Lost In Traditions 2016).

17.  Alan Stivell feat. Fatoumata Diawara: “Den I”. From “Human - Kelt” (World Village 2018).

18.  Yale Strom’s Broken Consort: “Maoz Tzur”. From “Shimmering Lights - Hanukkah Music” (ARC).

19.  Ooldouz Pouri: “Sene de Qalmaz / Lonely I Am”. From “Waiting For The Dawn” (KKV 2018).

20.  Vardan Hovanissian & Emre Gültekin: “Houcher”. From “Karin” (Muziekpublique 2018).

21.  Le Trio Joubran: “Carry The Earth”. From “The Long March” (Cooking Vinyl).

22.  Lisa O’Neill: “Blackbird”. From “Heard A Long Gone Song” (River Lea 2018).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1. Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda: “El Ndjoum” (Airfono).


2. Gaye Su Akyol: “Istikarli Hayal Hakikattir” (Glitterbeat).


3. Afro Celt Sound System: “Flight” (ECC).


4. Lisa O’Neill: “Heard A Long Gone Song” (River Lea / Rough Trade)..


5. Various Artists:“Ragas Live Retrospective” (NYC Radio Live).


6. Le Trio Joubran: “The Long March” (Cooking Vinyl).


7. Amira Medunjanin: “Ascending” (Town Hill Colony).


8. Domna Samiou: “Music From Greece - Domna Samiou” (Caprice).       


9. Eric Bibb: “Global Griot” (DixieFrog).


10. Various Artists: “Small Island, Big Song” (Small Island Big Song Pty Ltd Australia).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.  Leyla McCalla: “The Capitalist Blues”. From “The Capitalist Blues” (Jazz Village).

2.  Subhasis Bhattacharya: “Rubaiyat Blues”. From “Tablananda” (Riverboat / World Music Network).

3.  Yale Strom’s Broken Consort: “L’Chvod Chanukah”. From “Shimmering Lights - Hanukkah Music” (ARC).


4.  Refree: “Cuando salga el sol”. From “La otra mitad” (tak : til / Glitterbeat).

5.  Amira Medunjanin: “Snijeg Pade Na Beher Na Voce”. From “Ascending” (Town Hill Colony).

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