Playlist 16.05.2022

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Playlist 16.05.2022

On this week’s programme:

The leading congotronics bands, Konono No.1 and Kasai Allstars, join up with admirers and friends in the West.

French duo, Badd Lime, collaborate with some rising West African stars.

Lalalar bring a psychedelic rock sound from Istanbul, referencing the 1980s.

NYP Records offer a fifth collection of “Global Riddims” from around the world.

French producer, The Bongo Hop, features a host of guest collaborators.

DJs Tahira and Tim Garcia have compiled a new compilation of Afro-Brazilian tracks.

El Combo Batanga are a Spanish ‘Mestiza-je’ band with strong Cuban influence.

Madalitso Band are a one-time Malawian acoustic street band, now touring globally.

Flora Purim is the veteran Brazilian jazz singer, breaking her silence after 15 years.

Paris Combo are a French swing band who recently lost their vocalist to illness.

Leyla McCalla is a Haitian-American who featured in the Carolina Chocolate Drops and Our Native Daughters.

Producer and musician Dennis Bovell has been a mainstay of British reggae for decades.

Live recordings of Mavis Staples and Levon Helm, just before the latter’s death, will be on release very soon.

Folk doyen, Peggy Seeger, is touring her new album throughout Ireland next month.

John McLaughlin, iconic jazz/spiritual guitarist, is playing the National Concert Hall on the 26th May.

Tumi Mogorosi is a South African drummer and composer with a 9-piece choir.

Gambian griot Dawda Jobarteh embellishes his voice and kora with a Danish string quartet.

The Master Musicians of Jajouka are the renowned ensemble from the Rif mountains of Morocco.

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

1. Congotronics International: “Where’s The One?”.

2. Congotronics International: “Tita Tita”. Both from “Where’s The One?” (Crammed Discs 2022).

3.Badd Lime feat. Kal B: “Djogo”. From the EP “Nouveau Né” (Real World X 2022).

4.Lalalar: “Isyanlar”. From “Bi Cinnete Bakar” (Bongo Joe 2022).

5.Elektro Hafiz: “Lübodisko”. From the compilation “Global Riddims 5” (NYP Records 2022).

6.Rebolu: “Los Herederos (The Heirs)”. Single from forthcoming album “Mi Herencia” (Smithsonian Folkways 2022).

7.The Bongo Hop feat Paolo Flores: “Tempo Rei”.

8.The Bongo Hop feat. Nidia Gongora: “La Ñapa”. From the EP “La Ñapa” (Underdog Records 2022).

9.Dona Celia Coquista: “O Bar”. From the compilation “Brasil Novo” (Musica Macondo 2022).

10.El Combo Batanga: “El Barrio en la Mirada” (Single on Lovemonk 2022).

11.Madalitso Band: “Musakayike”. From the forthcoming album “Musakayike” (Bongo Joe).

12.Flora Purim: “Flor da Vida”. From “If You Will” (Strut 2022).

13.Paris Combo: “Barre espace”. From “Quesaco?” (Six Degrees 2022).

14.Leyla McCalla: “Dodinin”. From the forthcoming album “Breaking The Thermometer” (Anti-).

15.Dennis Bovell: “Oh Mama Oh Papa”. From “Dennis Bovell, The DubMaster: The Essential Anthology” (Trojan 2022).

16.Mavis Staples & Levon Helm: “I wish I knew how it would feel to be free”. From the forthcoming album “Carry Me Home” (Anti/Epitaph).

17.Peggy Seeger: “Gotta get home by midnight”

18.Peggy Seeger: “How I long for peace”.Both from “First Farewell” (Red Grape 2022).

19.John Mclaughlin: “Liberation Time”. From “Liberation Time” (Abstract Logix 2021).

***John McLaughlin plays the National Concert Hall on May 26th***

20.Tumi Mogorosi: “The Fall”. Single from the forthcoming album “Group Theory: Black Music” (Mushroom Hour Half Hour/New Soil).

21.Dawda Jobarteh: “Soaring Wild Lands”. From “Soaring Wild Lands - Instrumental Version” (Sterns Africa 2022).

22.The Master Musicians of Jajouka: “L’Ayta”. From “Dancing Under The Moon” (Glitterbeat 2022).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

 1.Oumou Sangaré: “Timbuktu” (World Circuit).

2.Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita: “Echo” (Bendigedig).

3.Bonga: “Kintal da Banda” (Lusafrica).

4.Papé Nziengui et son groupe: “Kadi Yombo” (Awesome Tapes From Africa).

5.The Bongo Hop: “La Ñapa” (EP on Underdog Records).

6.Dennis Bovell: “Dennis Bovell, The DubMaster: The Essential Anthology” (Trojan).

7.Le Vent du Nord: “20 Printemps” (La Compagnie du Nord).

8.Africa Negra: “Antologie Vol. 1” (Bongo Joe).

9.Congotronics International: “Where’s The One?” (Crammed Discs).

10. Perrate: “Tres Golpes” (Lovemonk).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.Thomas Frempong: “Mada Meho So”. Single from “Borga Revolution: Ghanaian Dance Music in the Digital Age, 1983-1992” (Kalita).

2.Clinton Fearon: “New Chapter”. From “Breaking News” (Baco Records).

3.Dennis Bovell & Errol Dunkley feat. Julio ‘Dreadful’ Finn: “A Little Way Different/Differentah (12” Mix)”. From “Dennis Bovell, The DubMaster: The Essential Anthology” (Trojan).

4.Moktar Gania & Gnawa Soul: “Soudani foulani”. From “Masterisé” (MusjoMusic Nuits d’Afrique).

5.Hannah Peel & Paraorchestra: “The Universe Before Matter”. From “The Unfolding” (Real World).
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