Playlist 14.10.2019

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Playlist 14.10.2019

On this week's programme:

Fela Kuti had a friendship with the late Ginger Baker and the latter guested on a live Africa ’70 recording in 1971.

The Seun Kuti EP are 4 direct-to-disc as-live re-recordings of tracks from last year’s “Black Times” album.

Ghanaian highlife veteran Pat Thomas delivers a new album of funky highlife.

Dan Harper’s Invisible System conjure up some rocking Bamako grooves.

Emel Mathlouthi is the Tunisian singer who emerged with the Arab Spring, now relocated to New York.

Bantou Mentale fuse Kinshasa and Paris in heavy urban dub-style.

The late Rachid Taha famously combined his Algerian heritage with a punk-rock ethos.

Aziza Brahim is the voice of Western Sahara’s exiles.

Souad Massi is a long-time French resident and forced ex-pat from her native Algeria.

Gabriele Poso is a multi-instrumentalist and composer from Sardinia.

The SoulJazz Orchestra are from Ottawa and will be playing their funky Afro-Latin music in the Sugar Club on Thursday 17th.

Los Pirañas are a supergroup trio from Bogota melding wonky beats and Colombian grooves.

DJ Dolores is Brazilian DJ Helder Aragão came out of the mangue movement in the 1990s.

Flavia Coelho is a Brazilian singer with catchy hooks now relocated to Paris.

The London-based Kefaya collective provide musical settings for Afghan ex-pat. Elaha Soroor.

Adrian Raso is an Italian guitarist who recently made an album with Fanfare Ciocarlia.

“Just Around The Bend” is a collection of Appalachian banjo music from a documentary by Mike Seeger.

La Mossa is five women on voice and percussion and a polyglot repertoire.

Veteran desert bluesmen, Tinariwen, have a gig at the Olympia next month.


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

1.    Fela Kuti & Africa ’70 with Ginger Baker: “Ye Ye De Smell”. From “Live!” (Knitting Factory 2010).

2.    Seun Kuti & Egypt 80: “Black Times (Night Dreamer D2D Version)”. From “Night Dreamer Direct-To-Disc Session” EP (forthcoming on Night Dreamer).

3.    Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band: “Okomfe Bone”. From “Obiaa!” (forthcoming on Strut).

4.    Invisible System: “Ebah (Proud Mothers)”. From “Dance To The Full Moon” (ARC 2019).

5.    Emel Mathlouthi: “Footsteps”. From “Everywhere We Looked Was Burning” (Partisan 2019).

6.    Bantou Mentale: “Hallelujah”. From “Bantou Mentale” (forthcoming on Glitterbeat).

7.    Rachid Taha: “Striptease”. From “Je Suis Africain” (Naive/Believe 2019).

8.    Aziza Brahim: “Mujayam”. From “Sahari” (Glitterbeat 2019).

9.    Souad Massi: “Ban Koulchi”. From “Oumniya” (Believe/Naive 2019).

10.  Gabriele Poso: “Equitoreal”. From “Batik” (Soundway 2019).

11.  The SoulJazz Orchestra: “Police The Police”. From “Chaos Theories” (Strut 2019).

***The SoulJazz Orchestra play the Sugar Club on Thursday October 17th***

12.  Los Pirañas: “Llanero Soledeño”. From “Historia Natural” (Glitterbeat 2019).

13.  DJ Dolores: “Mundanças”. From “Recife 19” (Sterns Brasil 2019).

14.  Flavia Coelho: “Levanta Dai”. From “DNA” (Pias 2019).

15.  Kefaya + Elaha Soroor: “Charsi”. From “Songs Of Our Mothers” (Bella Union 2019).

16.  Adrian Raso: “Tres Pistoleros”.

17.  Adrian Raso: “St James Infirmary”. Both from “Gypsybilly King” (Asphalt Tango 2019).

18.  Matt Kinman: “Cold Icy Mountain”. From the compilation “Just Around The Bend - Survival and Revival in Southern Banjo Sounds” (Smithsonian Folkways 2019).

19.  La Mossa: “Kappee”. From “A Moss’!” (La Curieuse/Veev 2019).

20.  Tinariwen feat. Micah Nelson: “Taqkal Tarha”. From “Amadjar” (Wedge 2019).

***Tinariwen play the Olympia, Dublin on November 11th***

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1.   Rachid Taha: “Je Suis Africain” (Naive/Believe).


2.  Ballaké Sissoko & Baba Sissoko: “Sissoko & Sissoko” (Home Records).


3.  DJ Dolores: “Recife 19” (Sterns).


4.  Acid Arab: “Jdid” (Crammed).


5.  Los Pirañas: “Historia Natural” (Glitterbeat).


6.  Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh & Thomas Bartlett: “Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh & Thomas Bartlett” (Real World).


7.  Laurie Anderson, Tenzin Choegyal & Jesse Paris Smith: “Heart Sutra Song - Gone Beyond”. From “Songs From The Bardo” (Smithsonian Folkways).


8.  Various Artists: “Pour Me A Grog - The Funána Revolt in 1990s Cabo Verde” (Ostinato Records).  


9.  Kayhan Kalhor & Rembrandt Frerichs Trio: “It’s Still Autumn” (Kepera Records).


10. Tinariwen: “Amadjar” (Wedge).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.   Rachid Taha: “Ansit”. From “Je Suis Africain” (Naive/Believe).

2.  Flavia Coelho: “Levanta Dai”. From “DNA” (Pias).

3.  Adrian Raso: “Tres Pistoleros”. From “Gypsybilly King” (Asphalt Tango).

4.  Kefaya + Elaha Soroor: “Khina Beyarin”. From “Songs Of Our Mothers” (Bella Union).

5.  La Mossa: “Laviyon”. From “A Moss’!” (La Curieuse/Veev).
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