Playlist 17.12.2018

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Playlist 17.12.2018

On this week's programme:

This is Part 1 of my 2018 collected highlights. Part 2 follows on the next week. Not scientific or comprehensive - even as I recorded them, I realised some omissions, which I will remedy at the start of 2019. Some made me dance, some did things I hadn’t heard before, some accompanied spellbinding live shows, some raised the back-of-the-neck hairs; others impressed with their scholarship, or their characterisation of time or place…..

Musically speaking…. it’s a Wonderful World!

The December 17th Highlights programme below will be repeated on New Year’s Eve at the usual time - 10pm to midnight.

The Transglobal World Music 2018 Top 100 chart (of which I am a member and voter since its inauguration) is below.

Many thanks to all labels and distributors, who ensure that “Ear to the globe” is by far the most comprehensive guide to World Music releases on Irish radio. And thank you to the loyal listeners who follow me through an extraordinary, and sometimes challenging, range of styles and genres!

Happy New Year to all.


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

1.   Ammar 808 feat. Mehdi Nassouli: “Sidi Kommi”. From “Maghreb United” (Glitterbeat 2018).

2.   47 Soul: “Machina”. From “Balfron Promise” (Cooking Vinyl 2018).

3.   Kamal Tarbas: “Min Ozzalna Seebak Seeb (Forget those that divide us)”. From the compilation “Two Niles To Sing A Melody - The Violins & Synths of Sudan” (Ostinato 2018).

4.   Hajji Srifi: “Äayouäa”. From “Aita Jeblia”, Vol IX of “Aita - Sheikhates & Shioukhs of the Aita - Anthology” (Atlas Azawan 2018).

5.   Gaye Su Akyol: “Laziko”. From “Istikrarli Hayal Hakikattir” (Glitterbeat 2018).

6.   Ashiko: “Gumba Fire (Madlakadlaka)”. From the compilation “Gumba Fire - Bubblegum Soul & Synth-Boogie in 1980s South Africa” (Soundway 2018).

7.   BCUC (Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness): “Moya”(edit). From “Emakhosini” (Buda Musique 2018).

8.   Hugh Masekela: “The Boy’s Doin’ It”. From the compilation “Masekela ’66 - ’76” (Wrasse 2018).

9.   Baloji: “Spotlight”. From “137 Avenue Kaniama” (Bella Union 2018).

10. Seun Kuti: “Last Revolutionary”. From “Black Times” (Strut 2018).

11. Arat Kilo, Mamani Keita, Mike Ladd: “Toulo”. From “Visions Of Selam” (Accords Croisés 2018).

12. Angelique Kidjo: “Crosseyed And Painless”. From “Remain In Light” (Kravenworks 2018).

13. Harouna Samaké: “Bérèma Djembé”. From “Kamale Blues” (One World 2018).

14. Bombino: “Tehigren”. From “Deran” (Partisan 2018).

15. Djénéba & Fousco: “Kono”. From “Kayeba Khasso” (Lusafrica 2018).

16. Samba Touré: “Yerfara / We Are Tired”. From “Wande” (Glitterbeat 2018).

17. Fatoumata Diawara: “Kokoro”. From “Fenfo” (Montuno 2018).

18. Moonlight Benjamin: “Moso Moso”. From “Siltane” (Ma Case 2018).

19. Bixiga 70: “Torre”. From “Quebra-Cabeça” (Glitterbeat 2018).

20. Camarao: “A Casa de Anita”. From “Imaginary Soundtrack to a Brazilian Western Movie 1964-1974” (Analog Africa 2018).

21. Hermeto Pascoal: “Quadrilha na Roça”.

22. Hermeto Pascoal: “Forró pela manhã”.  Both from “Hermeto Pascoal e sua visão original do forró” (Scubidu 2018).

23. Malphino: “Viento del Mañana”. From “Visit Malphino” (Lex 2018).

Thanks for listening.

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1. Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda: “El Ndjoum” (Airfono).


2. Gaye Su Akyol: “Istikarli Hayal Hakikattir” (Glitterbeat).


3. Afro Celt Sound System: “Flight” (ECC).


4. Lisa O’Neill: “Heard A Long Gone Song” (River Lea / Rough Trade)..


5. Various Artists:“Ragas Live Retrospective” (NYC Radio Live).


6. Le Trio Joubran: “The Long March” (Cooking Vinyl).


7. Amira Medunjanin: “Ascending” (Town Hill Colony).


8. Domna Samiou: “Music From Greece - Domna Samiou” (Caprice).       


9. Eric Bibb: “Global Griot” (DixieFrog).


10. Various Artists: “Small Island, Big Song” (Small Island Big Song Pty Ltd Australia).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.  Leyla McCalla: “The Capitalist Blues”. From “The Capitalist Blues” (Jazz Village).

2.  Subhasis Bhattacharya: “Rubaiyat Blues”. From “Tablananda” (Riverboat / World Music Network).

3.  Yale Strom’s Broken Consort: “L’Chvod Chanukah”. From “Shimmering Lights - Hanukkah Music” (ARC).


4.  Refree: “Cuando salga el sol”. From “La otra mitad” (tak : til / Glitterbeat).

5.  Amira Medunjanin: “Snijeg Pade Na Beher Na Voce”. From “Ascending” (Town Hill Colony).

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