Playlist 16.01.2024 - DJ NigelWood

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Playlist 16.01.2024

On this week’s programme:
Sami Galbi is a Swiss-Moroccan musician from Lausanne.

Arabic fuzz outfit Al-Qasar get a remix from French duo The Limiñanas.

BCUC are an exciting live band from Soweto with a fourth album on release.

Onipa are a UK Afro-band led by Tom Excell (Nubiyan Twist) and Kweku Sackey (K.O.G.).

The new single from Les Amazones d’Afrique features Mamani Keïta and Fafa Ruffino.

La Sève are a French quartet influenced by the music of Cameroon and Congo.

Pamela Badjogo is from Gabon and was a member of Les Amazones.

The London Afrobeat Collective have Juanita Euka on vocals.

The Bongo Joe label are putting out a collection of classic merengue from the Dominican Republic.

And Smithsonian release another album from the long-running LA ensemble Mariachi Los Camperos.

The second half of this programme is devoted to the jazzy side of Ear To The Globe. You may have noticed a small increase in jazz representation on the programmes in the last couple of years, a development I put down to the fact that the jazz/improv side of things provides some of the most creative and interesting music around; there is often also an overlap with global styles. Who needs genres anyway? So I am here highlighting six of my favourite jazz-connected releases of 2023, which got squeezed out of the two Highlights programmes at the turn of the year.

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Here is the playlist for "Ear to the globe" broadcast on Tuesday January 16th. The programme goes out every Tuesday at 10pm to midnight on 103.2FM and is available live at

1.    Sami Galbi: “Dakchi Hani” (Single on Bongo Joe).

2.    Al-Qasar/The Limiñanas: “Sham System” (Single remix on Glitterbeat).

3.    BCUC: “Millions of us (part 2)”. From “Millions Of Us” (On The Corner 2023).

4.    Onipa: “Ayo”.

5.    Onipa: “Joy”.  Both from “Off The Grid” (Real World 2023).

6.    Les Amazones d’Afrique feat. Mamani Keïta & Fafa Ruffino: “Flaws”. Single from forthcoming album “Musow Danse” (Real World).

7.    La Sève: “Genet”. From “Chlorophylle” (King Tao/InOuïe 2024).

8.    Pamela Badjogo: “Tounka”. From “Yieh” (forthcoming on Believe/InOuïe).

9.    London Afrobeat Collective: “El Ritmo de Londres”. From “Esengo” (forthcoming on Canopy Records).

10.  Aristides Ramirez: “Los lanbones”.

11.  Fefita La Grande: “Cana Brava”.  Both from the forthcoming compilation “Merengue Tipico: Nueva Generacion” (Bongo Joe).

12.  Mariachi Los Camperos: “El Chinesco”. From “Sones De Mariachi” (Smithsonian Folkways 2024).


13.  Jaimie Branch: “Baba Louie”. From “Fly or Die Fly or Die Fly or Die ((world war))” (International Anthem 2023).

14.  Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids: “Police Dem”. From “Afro Futuristic Dreams” (Strut 2023).

15.  Irreversible Entanglements: “Our Land Back”. From “Protect Your Light” (Impulse 2023).

16.  John Scofield: “Mr Tambourine Man”. From “Uncle John’s Band” (ECM 2023).

17.  Susan Alcorn: “Canto II Presente/Sueño de Luna Azul”. From “Canto” (Relative Pitch Records 2023).

18.  Bex Burch: “Dawn Blessings”. From “There Is Only Love And Fear” (International Anthem 2023).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1.  BCUC (Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness): “Millions Of Us” (On The Corner).

2.  Babsy Konate: “Tounga” (Sahel Sounds).

3.  Dengue Fever: Ting Mong” (Tuk Tuk Records).


4.  Emilia Lajunen: “Vainaan perua: Satavuotinen sakka (Legacy Of The Dead: Deep In The Dregs)” (Nordic Notes/CPL-Musicgroup).


5.  Muireann Bradley: “I Kept These Old Blues” (Tompkins Square).


6.  Mito y Comadre: “Guajirando” (ZZK Records).

7.  Rhiannon Giddens: “You’re The One” (Nonesuch).


8.  Cinder Well: “Cadence” (Free Dirt).

9.  John Francis Flynn: “The Lag Song”.  Both from “Look Over The Wall, See The Sky” (River Lea).

10.  Thandi Ntuli with Carlos Niño: “Rainbow Revisited” (International Anthem).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.   Mama Sissoko: “Safiatou”. From “Mama Sissoko Live” (Mieruba).

2.   Super Biton de Ségou: “Bouguel”. From “Afro.Jazz.Folk Collection Vol. 2” (Mieruba/Deviation).

3.   Batsukh Dorj: “Bainak”. From “Ogbelerim - Music For My Ancestors” (Buda Musique).

4.   The Furrow Collective: “O Watch The Stars”. From “We Know By The Moon” (Hudson Records).

5.   Rashid Khan: “Raga Jogkauns”. From “Reflection” (Sense World).
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