Playlist 12.04.2021

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Playlist 12.04.2021

On this week's programme:

Esma Redzepova departed in 2016 and her erstwhile collaborators, the Nune Brothers, incorporated her last recordings in their tribute.

Frank London of Klezmatics has collected songs from ghettos around the world to mark 500 years of the Jewish ghetto in Venice.

Balkan Taksim are the modern sound of Bucharest combining traditional tunes, beats and electronics.

Crimi are a French 4-piece with a global outlook, led by Julien Lesuisse on sax.

Khara, from Khakassia, represent a new wave of Siberian rock.

Ayuune Sule is a master of the kologo lute from Kumasi in Ghana.

Kasai Allstars emerged from the Congotronics stable combining myth, folklore and intoxicating rhythm.

Ian Brennan, intrepid sound recordist, explores the sad and marginalised world of Ghana’s witch camps.

Kady Diarra is a singer and dancer from Burkina Faso.

Samba Touré is prominent Malian singer-guitarist, one-time protege of Ali Farka Touré.

Piers Faccini, UK singer-songwriter, connects his homeland to the Mediterranean and North Africa.

Jose Mauro’s long-lost 1970 album, recorded in Rio with Roberto Quartin, gets a re-release next month.

Another 1970s album, by Lebanon’s Roger Fakhr, has been tracked and unearthed by specialist label Habibi Funk.

Don Melody Club - or Donald Madjid - is a member of Amsterdam’s Mauskovic Dance Band.

Fay Hield, English folk singer and ethnomusicologist, releases a collection of otherworldly tales.

Katerina Papadopoulou is a Greek singer and teacher specialising in the old traditions.

Rafiki Jazz’s new album focuses on climate change in North Africa and the Sahel.

Iranian master of the tar and setar joins forces with the Dutch jazz musicians of the Rembrandt Frerichs Trio.

Check the latest Transglobal World Music Chart here


Here is the playlist for "Ear to the globe" broadcast on Monday April 12th. The programme goes out every Monday at 10pm to midnight on 103.2FM and is available live at

1.Esma Redzepova & Nune Brothers: “Izgubio si Andzela (You lost the angel)”.

2.Esma Redzepova & Nune brothers: “Kaze srce (Say my heart)”. Both from “My Last Song: A Tribute to Macedonia’s Gypsy Queen” (ARC 2021).

3.Frank London: “Amore an”. From “Ghetto Songs” (Felmay 2021).

4.Balkan Taksim: “Shlonak”. From “Disko Telegraf” (forthcoming on Buda Musique).

5.Crimi: “La Vicaria”. From “Luci E Guai” (Airfono 2021).

6.Khara: “Ouch”. From “Mandragora” (Sketis Music 2021).

7.Ayuune Sule: “Tezaa So Ndeyine”. From “Putoo Katare Yire” (Rebel Up 2021).

8.Kasai Allstars: “Musungu Elongo paints his face white to scare small children”.

9.Kasai Allstars: “Like a dry leaf on a tree”. Both from “Black Ants Always Fly Together, One Bangle Makes No Sound” (Crammed 2021).

10.Witch Camp: “Love, please”.

11.Witch Camp: “I must build a new home”. Both from “I’ve Forgotten Now Who I Used To Be” (Six Degrees 2021).

12.Kady Diarra: “Te a wignoun (Good fortune)”. >From “Burkina Hakili” (Lamastrock 2021).

13.Samba Touré: “Instrumental”. From “Binga” (Glitterbeat 2021).

14.Piers Faccini: “Firefly”.

15.Piers Faccini: “Paradise Fell”. Both from “Shapes Of The Fall” (No Format! 2021).

16.Jose Mauro: “Rua Dois”. From “A Viagem das Horas” (forthcoming on Far Out).

17.Roger Fakhr: “Sitting in the Sun”.

18.Roger Fakhr: “The Wizard”.Both from “Fine Anyway” (Habibi Funk 2021).

19.Don Melody Club: “Isabel”. Single from forthcoming album “Pure Donzin” (Bongo Joe).

20.Fay Hield: “Hare Spell”. From “Wrackline” (Topic 2020).

21.Katerina Papadopoulou & Anastatica: “On The Rosebush”. From “Anastasis - A Journey Through Old Greek Music” (Saphrane 2021).

22.Rafiki Jazz: “Gesi Baglari”. From “Nduggu: Dust” (Koni Music 2021).

23.Hossein Alizadeh & Rembrandt Frerichs Trio: “Sama”. From “Same Self, Same Silence” (Just Listen Records 2021).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1.Jupiter & Okwess: “Na Kozonga” (Zamora).

2.Christine Salem: “Mersi” (Blue Fanal).

3.V.A: “Edo Funk Explosion, Vol. 1” (Analog Africa).

4.Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi: “They’re Calling Me Home” (Nonesuch).

5.Samba Touré: “Binga” (Glitterbeat).

6.Ballaké Sissoko: “Djourou” (No Format!).

7.Kasai Allstars: “Black Ants Always Fly Together, One Bangle Makes No Sound” (Crammed).

8.Piers Faccini: “Shapes Of The Fall” (No Format!).

9.San Salvador: “La Grande Folie” (La Grand Foli/Pagans/MDC).

10. Various Artsists: “Industrial Strength Bluegrass” (Smithsonian Folkways).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi: “Calling Me Home”. From “They’re Calling Me Home” (Nonesuch).

2.Lalala Napoli: “O Surdato ’Nnammurato”. From “Cavalluccio” (La Curieuse/L’Autre).

3.Balkan Taksim: “Meram Ekspresi”. From “Disko Telegraf” (Buda Musique).

4.Ghetto Priest: “Have Some Mercy”. From “Big People Music” (Ramrock).

5.Fay Hield: “When She Comes”. From “Wrackline” (Topic).
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