Playlist 17.01.2023

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Playlist 17.01.2023

On this week’s programme:

Altin Gün, from Amsterdam, play Anatolian rock fused with funk and dance grooves.

Gaye Su Akyol is from Istanbul, charting an independent course between Western rock and Turkish folk.

Members of the Dur-Dur Band, popular Somalian band in the 1980s, reformed for a new album in Berlin.

Vusi Mahlasela recorded an album with Norman Zulu and Swedish outfit Jive Connection in 2002, never released until now.

The Afrorack stems from Brian Bamanya’s home-built modular synthesiser, the first in Africa.

Les Mamans du Congo are Bantu singers from Brazzaville with Rrobin the beatmaker.

Studio Shap Shap are an electro-roots outfit from Niger with members from Chad and La Réunion.

John Ondolo was a Tanzanian guitarist who recorded in Kenya from the late 1950s.

Rwandan duo, Justin and Eric, made music on the musical bow and rattle prior to Justin’s tragic death.

The Ethnic Heritage Orchestra perform a tribute to free jazz trumpeter Don Cherry.

DJ producer Mark de Clive-Lowe helms a tribute to spiritual jazz master Pharaoh Sanders.

Musician-producer Liam Farrell turns his attention to the Gwo Ka masters of Guadeloupe.

Marcus Gad is from New Caledonia, and Annette Brissette and Marcia Griffiths are Jamaican.

Mostar Sevdah Reunion are the premier Bosnian contemporary trad ensemble.

Taraf Syriana, based in Montreal, play the folk music of Syria and its neighbours.

The Meral Polat Trio perform Kurdish soul and Anatolian folksong.

The Indonesian record industry in the ’50s and ’60s is documented in a recent Soundway release.

Poland and India intertwine in the music of Justyna Jablonska and Jyotsna Srikanth.

Iranian singer Mahsa Vahdat’s new songs seem prophetic of recent uprising in her home country.

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

1.Altin Gün: “Rakiya Su Kataman”. From the forthcoming album “Ask” (Glitterbeat).

2.Gaye Su Akyol: “Sen Benim Magaramsin”. From “Anadolu Ejderi” (Glitterbeat 2022).

3.Dur-Dur Band Int. - “Duurka”. Single from forthcoming album “The Berlin Session” (Outhere Records).

4.Vusi Mahlasela, Norman Zulu & Jive Connection: “Roots”. From forthcoming album “Face To Face” (Strut).

5.Afrorack: “Inspired”. From “The Afrorack” (Hakuna Kulala 2022).

6.Les Mamans du Congo & Rrobin: “Ntima”. Single from forthcoming album “Ya Mizole” (Jarring Effects).

7.Studio Shap Shap: “Le Monde Moderne”. From “Le Monde Moderne” (Studio Shap Shap 2022).

8.John Ondolo: “Kenya Style”.

9.John Ondolo: “Kwela Wangu”.Both from “The Hypnotic Guitar of John Ondolo” (Mississippi Records 2022).

10.Justin Iyakaremwe & Eric Iyamuremwe: “Dukeneye amahoro”. From “Umuduri & Ikinyuguri - Songs from Rwanda” (Antonovka Records 2022).

11.Kahil El’Zabar’s Ethnic Heritage Ensemble: “Holy Man”. From “Spirit Gatherer” (forthcoming on Spiritmuse).

12.Mark de Clive-Lowe: “Thembi”. From “Freedom” (Soul Bank Music 2022).

13.Polobi & the Gwo Ka Masters: “Kawmélito”. Single from the forthcoming album “Abri Cyclonique” (Real World).

14.Marcus Gad: “Long way home”. From the forthcoming album “Ready For Battle” (Easy Star Records).

15.Annette Brissette & Marcia Griffiths: “Gungo Walk” (Forthcoming single on Tad’s Records).

16.Mostar Sevdah Reunion: “Da sam ptica”. From “Lady Sings The Balkan Blues” (Snail Records 2022).

17.Taraf Syriana: “Kevoke”. From “Taraf Syriana” (Lula World 2022).

18.Meral Polat Trio: “Hos Geldin”. From “Ez Ki Me” (Meral Polat/Audiomaze 2022).

19.Orkes Teruna Ria: “Geleang Sapi”.

20.Orkes Kelana Ria: “Sojang”.

21.Orkes Gumarang: “Malin Kundang”.

22.Orkes Irama: “Gendjer Gendjer”.All from “Padang Moonrise: The Birth of the Modern Indonesian Recording Industry (1955-69)” (Soundway 2022).

23.Justyna Jablonska & Jyotsna Srikanth: “Vatapi”. From “For Cello & Carnatic Violin” (Stitch Records 2022).

24.Mahsa Vahdat & SKRUK: “I came free”. From “Braids of Innocence” (Kirkelig Kulturverksted 2022).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1.Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder: “Get On Board: The Songs of Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee” (Nonesuch).

2.Mostar Sevdah Reunion: “Lady Sings the Balkan Blues” (Snail Records).

3.Horace Andy: “Rockers & Scorchers” (On-U Sound).

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

5.Angeline Morrison: “The Sorrow Songs” (Topic Records).


6.Lucrecia Dalt: “Ay!” (RVNG International).


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

8.Afrorack: “The Afrorack” (Hakuna Kulala).

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

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

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.Carthnage & Toya Delazy: “Umoya” (Single on Rebel Up).

2.Entoto Band: “Tezalgn Yetentu”. From “Entoto Band” (Guitar Globetrotter Recordings).

3.New Gatanga Boys: “Wanja Ni Wakwa”. From the compilation “Crossroads Kenya: East African Benga & Rumba, 1980-1985” (No Wahala).

4.Baton Bleu: “Eos” (Single - Baton Bleu).

5.Loren Chasse & Joho Toivonen: “Aclod” (Hive Mind Records).
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