Playlist 17.10.2023

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Playlist 17.10.2023

On this week’s programme:

Leon Keïta, guitarist from Guinea, was an important figure in the Malian music scene of the 1970s.

UK-Nigerian bandleader Dele Sosimi was a member of Fela’s Egypt 80 and Femi Kuti’s Positive Force.

Lagos Thugs are a young 15-strong afrobeat group who have opened for Seun Kuti.

DK Phone are Senegalese singer Mara Seck, and the ubiquitous Liam Farrell/Doctor L.

Lenhart Tapes are Belgrade’s Vladimir Lenhart in conjunction with three female vocalists.

Roving beatmaker DJ Click collaborates with La Réunion’s Christine Salem.

Oriane Lacaille, French-born daughter of René, is inspired by her La Réunion heritage.

Cuban cellist Ana Carla Maza lets loose with a full band on her new release “Caribe”.

Hilario Duran is a Cuban pianist and bandleader, now resident in Canada.

South African malombo drummer, Julian Bahula, has died. He was part of the Malombo Jazz Makers in the 1960s in the shadow of apartheid, with all the attendant harassment and persecution. Escaping to London in 1973 he formed Jabula, was active in the anti-apartheid struggle, and organised gigs for many African musicians including regular sessions at The 100 Club. R.I.P.

John Scofield, foremost jazz guitarist, has released a double album which includes covers of Dylan, Neil Young and the Grateful Dead.

Idris Ackamoor and the Pyramids have been active since the 1970s with their celestial afro-jazz sound.

Sinikka Langeland, Scandinavian kantele player, draws deeply on the natural world and the spirit realm.

Alabaster DePlume, idiosyncratic saxophonist and composer, releases more music from the “Gold” sessions.

Yara Asmar is a Lebanese lo-fi home-recording artist playing synthesiser and her grandmothers accordion.

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Here is the playlist for "Ear to the globe" broadcast on Tuesday October 17th. The programme goes out every Tuesday at 10pm to midnight on 103.2FM and is available live at

1.    Leon Keïta: “Ifarana”. From “Leon Keïta” (Analog Africa 2023).

2.    Dele Sosimi & The Estuary 21: “For the love of it (radio edit)” (Single on Wah Wah 45s).

3.    Lagos Thugs: “New Improved Elephants”. From “Chaos” (Immensum Music 2023).

4.    DK Phone: “Gorée Demba” (Single on Real World).

5.    Lenhart Tapes feat. Zoja Borovčanin: “Džamahirija”. From the forthcoming album “Dens” (Glitterbeat).

6.    Christine Salem & DJ Click: “Malouwé (urban mix)”. From “Mon rési” (No Fridge 2023).

7.    Oriane Lacaille: “L’unique mot”.

8.    Oriane Lacaille: “Aouicha dancefloor”. Both from “iViV’ (Ignatub/MDC/Pias 2023).

9.    Ana Carla Maza: “Las Primaveras”.

10.  Ana Carla Maza: “Carnaval”. Both from “Caribe” (Persona Editorial 2023).

11.  Hilario Duran & his Latin Jazz Big Band: “Pacá por Juanito”. From “Cry Me A River” (Alma Records 2023).

12.  Malombo Jazz Makers feat. Hilda Tloubatla: “Jikeleza”.

13.  Molombo Jazz Men: “Abie’s Mood”.

14.  Jabula: “Jabula Happiness”.

15.  Jabula: “Botlokwa”.  All from “Spirit Of Malombo - Malombo Jazz Makers, Jabula & Jazz Afrika 1966-1984” (Strut 2014).

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

17.  Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids: “First Peoples”. From “Afro Futurist Dreams” (Strut 2023).

18.  Sinikka Langeland: “You hear my heart come”. From “Wind And Sun” (ECM 2023).

19.  Alabaster DePlume: “Fall on flowers”. From “Come With Fierce Grace” (International Anthem 2023).

20.  Yara Asmar: “Three clementines on the counter of a blue-tiled sun-soaked kitchen”. From “Synth Waltzes and Accordion Laments” (Hive Mind 2023).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1.  Luzmila Carpio: “Inti Watana - El Retorno del Sol” (ZZK Records).

2.  Cantares del Pacifico: “Aguajes de Mar y Manglar” (Chaco).

3.  Shono: “Kolkhozoy Traktor” (CPL-Music).


4.  Various Artists: “Imaginational Anthem XII: I Thought I Told You - A Yorkshire Tribute to Michael Chapman” (Tompkins Square).


5.  V.A: “Lost In Tajikistan” (World Music Network).


6.  Ana Carla Maza: “Caribe” (Persona Editorial).

7.  Dudu Tassa & Jonny Greenwood: “Jarak Qaribak” (World Circuit).


8.  Chango Spasiuk: “Eike! Entrar en el alma” (Chango Spasiuk).

9.  Kavita Shah: “Cape Verdean Blues” (Kavita Shah).

10.  John Scofield: “Uncle John’s Band” (ECM).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.   Dele Sosimi & The Estuary 21: “For the love of it” (Single on Wah Wah 45s).

2.   Bombino: “Tazidert”. From “Sahel” (Partisan).

3.   Irreversible Entanglements: “Soundness”. From “Protect Your Light” (Impulse!).

4.   Diepkloof United Voice: “Too late for Mama”. From “Harmonizing Soweto: Golden City Gospel & Kasi Soul from the new South Africa” (Ostinato).

5.   John Scofield: “Old Man’. From “Uncle John’s Band” (ECM).
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