Playlist 14.02.2023

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Playlist 14.02.2023

On this week’s programme:

Moonlight Benjamin is from Haiti, backed by her French band.

The Free Music are a Libyan band who have released 9 albums in their home country.

The one-time Mogadishu stars The Dur-Dur Band are reunited once again in Berlin.

Houria Aicha is from the Atlas Mountains in the North-East of Algeria.

Polobi is a traditional singer from Guadeloupe, with musical soundscapes from Doctor L, Liam Farrell.

King Ayisoba is the leading figure of Ghanaian kologo (2-string lute) music.

Kala Jula play Malian music and have enlisted the Beninois Gangbé Brass Band in their tribute to Kasse Mady Diabaté.

Djeli Moussa Condé is from Guinea, based in France, and accompanied by Arat Kilo’s Gérald Bonnegrace.

The “Ears of the People” compilation highlights the ekonting banjo music of Senegal and Gambia.

Kimi Djabaté is from a travelling griot family in Guinea-Bissau.

Jembaa Groove are a Ghanian-German duo with members of Pat Thomas’ band.

Debashish Bhattacharya is a virtuoso of the Indian slide guitar.

Gao Hong is a Chinese pipa master in collaboration with Kadialy Kouyate’s Senegalese kora.

Justyna Jablonska & Jyotsna Srikanth combine Polish cello and South Indian violin.

Toufic Farroukh is a composer and saxophonist from Lebanon, based in France.

The final part of the programme is in sympathy with the terrible suffering of the earthquake victims in Syria and Turkey, featuring singers and musicians from those two countries. May they have peace soon.

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Here is the playlist for "Ear to the globe" broadcast on Tuesday February 14th. The programme goes out every Tuesday at 10pm to midnight on 103.2FM and is available live at

1.    Moonlight Benjamin: “Taye Banda”.

2.    Moonlight Benjamin: “Pe”.  Both from “Wayo” (Ma Case 2023).

3.    The Free Music: “Law Yom Saalak Had”. From “The Free Music” (Habibi Funk 2023).

4.    Dur-Dur Band Int: “Heeyaa”. Single from forthcoming album “The Berlin Session” (Outhere Records).

5.    Houria Aicha: “La primavère du printemps”. From “Chants Courtois de L’Aurès” (Accords Croisés 2023).

6.    Polobi & Gwo Ka Masters: “Nèg Africa”. Single from “Abri Cyclonique” (Real World 2023).

7.    King Ayisoba feat. Awilo One: “Bossi labome”. From “Work Hard” (Glitterbeat 2023).

8.     Kala Jula feat. Fama Diabaté & Gangbé Brass Band: “Gede”. From “Asro” (Buda Musique 2023).

9.    Djeli Moussa Condé & Gérald Bonnegrace: “Korte”. From “Africa Mama” (Accords Croisés 2023).

10.  Esukolaal: “Asunge”. From the compilation “Ears Of The People: Ekonting Songs from Senegal & The Gambia” (Smithsonian Folkways 2023).

11.  Kimi Djabaté: “Dindin”. From “Dindin” (Cumbancha 2023).

12.  Jembaa Groove feat K.O.G: “Sweet my ear” (Single on Agogo Records 2023).

13.  Debashish Bhattacharya: “The sound of the soul”. From “The Sound Of The Soul” (Abstract Logix 2023).

14.  Gao Hong & Kadialy Kouyate: “House of friendship”. From “Terri Kunda” (forthcoming on ARC Music).

15.  Justyna Jablonska & Jyotsna Srikanth: “Varnam - Raga Mohana”. From “Songs for Cello & Carnatic Violin” (Stitch Records 2022).

16.  Toufic Farroukh: “Out of the blue”. From “Untamed Elegance” (forthcoming on Scale Art & Culture).

17.  The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians feat. Faia Younan: “Yah Mahla El Fus’ha”. From “Africa Express presents The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians & Guests” (Transgressive 2016).

18.  Taraf Syriana: “Dialogue Intimes”. From “Taraf Syriana” (Lula World 2022).

19.  Mircan Kaye: “Sad Olup Gülmedim/I was never happy or smiled”. >From “Lamentations” (UCM Productions 2022).

20.  Maya Youssef: “Lullaby - A promise of a rainbow”. From “Finding Home” (Seven Gates 2022).

21.  Waed Bouhassoun: “Prière”. From “Safar: Les Âmes Retrouvées” (Buda Musique 2019).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1.  King Ayisoba: “Work Hard” (Glitterbeat).

2.  Houria Aicha: “Chants Courtois de L’Aurès” (Accords Croisés).

3.  Solomane Doumbia: “Ségou to Lagos” (Mieruba).


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


5.  Eric Bibb: “Ridin’” (Dixiefrog).


6.  Aziz Sahmaoui & Eric Longsworth: “Il fera beau demain matin jusqu’à midi” (Passé minuit en accords).

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


8.  Debashish Bhattacharya: “The Sound of the Soul” (Abstract Logix).

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

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

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.  Acid Arab feat. Fella Soltana: “Gouloulou”. From “Trois” (Crammed Discs).

2.  Sarathy Korwar: “To remember”. From “Kalak” (The Leaf Label).

3.  Polobi & The Gwo Ka Masters: “La Lézad”. From “Abri Cyclonique” (Real World).

4.  Altin Gün: “Guzelligin On Para Etmez”. From “Ask” (Glitterbeat).

5.  Lisa O’Neill: “Goodnight World”. From “All Of This Is Chance” (Rough Trade).

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