Playlist 16.12.2019

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Playlist 16.12.2019

On this week's programme:

France’s Polifonic System sing Occitan polyphony, but with some electronic propulsion.

Smithsonian Folkways releases Martin Koenig’s recordings and photographs from 1960s/70s Bulgaria.

Che Apalache bring both sides of the US-Mexican border together.

Italian-based duo Bonfanti and Coppo play Americana.

Sam Amidon celebrates the late Harry Smith and his anthology of American folk music.

The Go:Organic Orchestra, led by Adam Rudolph, joins forces with the Brooklyn Raga Massive for a monster collaboration.

Asmaa Hamzaoui is a female Moroccan gnawa singer.

El Khat play Yemeni songs with the eccentric production skills of Tel Aviv’s Eyal El Wahab.

Tsapiky is a Madagascan guitar style, typically from Tulear, collected here by David Lindley and Henry Kaiser.

Ghanaian musician Gyedu-Blay Ambolley is a veteran of funk and Afrobeat styles.

“Soul Sega Sa!” collects ‘60s and ‘70s music from Mauritius, Réunion, Rodrigues Island and the Seychelles.

The late Yaseen was active in Kenya’s taarab style for several decades.

Eneida Marta is a stylish singer in Creole and Portuguese from Guinea-Bissau.

Babani Kone is a Malian singer from Segou.

Diabel Cissokho is Senegalese muti-instrumentalist with cross-cultural inclinations.

Yeliz Trio from France combine jazz with global influences.

Franck Biyong, from Cameroon, formed Lipombe Jazz to produce jazzy minimalist grooves.

Petroloukas Halkias is a veteran octogenarian clarinetist, while Vasilis Kostas is a young prodigy on the laouto

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

1.    Polifonic System: “Vautre que siatz a maridar”. From “Totem Sismic” (Buda 2019).

2.    Singers from the village of Bistritsa: “Izvrelo vino tsarveno / Red wine flowed”.

3.    Stefan Panchev Boranov: “Dobrudzhensko Hora”. Both from the compilation “Sound Portraits from Bulgaria - A Journey to a Vanished World 1966-1979” (Smithsonian Folkways 2019).

4.    Che Apalache: “La milonga del cuis emperdernido”. From “Rearrange My Heart” (Free Dirt 2019).

5.    Paolo Bonfanti & Martino Coppo: “Visa Application Blues”. From “Pracina Stomp” (Felmay 2019).

6.    Sam Amidon: “Spike Driver Blues”. From the EP “Fatal Flower Garden” (Nonesuch 2019).

7.    Go: Organic Orchestra & Brooklyn Jazz Massive: “Mousa Azure”. From “Ragmala - A Garland of Ragas” (Meta Records 2019).

8.    Asmaa Hamzaoui & Bnat Timbouktou: “Allal”. From “Oulad Lghaba” (Ajabu! 2019).

9.    El Khat: “Atabina part 1”. From “Saadia Jefferson” (Batov 2019).

10.  Unknown artists: “Dadah Terabao Maly”. From the compilation “Roots Tsapiky” (the wealthofthewise blogspot).

11.  Gyedu-Blay Ambolley: “Who Go Pay”. From “11th Street, Sekondi” (Agogo 2019).

12.  Harold Berty: “Pas Bisin Batte Li”.

13.  Los Fantasios: “Assez Pleuré”.  Both from the compilation “Soul Sega Sa! Volume 2 - Indian Ocean Segas from the 70s” (Bongo Joe 2019).

14.  Yaseen & Party: “Murana na Kibarua”. From “Yaseen & Party” (Afro 7 2019).

15.  Eneida Marta: “Amor”. From “Ibra” (ALG Eventos 2019).

16.  Babani Kone: “Djatigui Baro”.  From forthcoming album “Babani Kone” (forthcoming on World Village).

17.  Diabel Cissokho: “Tell Me”. From “The Rhythm of the Griot” (Kafou 2019).

18.  Yeliz Trio: “Winter Journey”. From “Moon Palace” (Quart de Lune 2019).

19.  Lipombe Jazz feat. Franck Biyong: “Afana Osende”. From “Ibolo Ini” (Akhetaton Records 2019).

20.  Petroloukas Halkias & Vasilis Kostas: “Mariola”. From “The Soul Of Epirus” (Artway Technotropon 2019).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1.   El Khat: “Saadia Jefferson” (Batov).


2.  Asmaa Hamzaoui & Bnat Timbouktou: “Oulad Lghaba” (Ajabu!).


3.  DJ Dolores: “Recife 19” (Sterns).


4.  Various Artists: “No Other Love - Midwest Gospel 1965-78” (Tompkins Square).


5.  Various Artists: “Sound Portraits from Bulgaria - A Journey to a Vanished World 1966-1979” (Smithsonian Folkways).


6.  Lankum: “The Livelong Day” (Rough Trade).


7.  Dimitris Mystakidis: “Edo & Ekei / Here & There” (Fishbowl).


8.  Lamia Bedioui & Solis Barki: “Fin’amor” (Lamia Bedioui).


9.  Aziza Brahim: “Sahari” (Glitterbeat).


10. Various Artists: “Just Around The Bend: Survival and Revival in Southern Banjo Sounds” (Smithsonian Folkways).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.   Mavis Staples: “Change”. From “We Get By” (Anti-).

2.   Go: Organic Orchestra & Brooklyn Raga Massive: “Savannahs”. From “Ragmala - A Garland of Ragas” (Meta Records).

3.   Dimitris Mystakidis: “Vouno Me Vouno”. From “Edo & Ekei / Here & There” (Fishbowl).

4.   Irina Mossi & Donald Dub: “Mother” (Single - Cyrill Hess).

5.   Daymé Arocena: “Not For Me”. From “Sonocardiogram” (Brownswood).

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