Playlist 18.04.2022

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Playlist 18.04.2022

On this week’s programme:

Le Vent du Nord are the leading purveyors of French-Canadian folk tradition.

Leyla McCalla is a US folk artist of Haitian heritage, previously part of the Carolina Chocolate Drops.

Kobo Town is led by Drew Gonsalves from Trinidad, based in Toronto.

L’Entourloop are French reggae outfit with guests from Guinea, Trinidad and Jamaica/New York.

Stephen Marley has curated a 7-track reggae tribute to Nina Simone, including Jamaica’s Etana.

Oliver Nayoka is a Nigerian highlife bandleader with a Congolese guitar style.

Jembaa Groove are a Germany-meets-Ghana duo from Berlin.

Juanita Euka is a Congolese-born, Buenos Aires-raised, and London-based singer, featured in several bands.

Analog Africa’s “Saturno 2000” focusses on Mexico’s “rebajada” movement of slowed-down cumbia.

Noori & His Dorpa Band represent the Beja culture of coastal Sudan.

John McLaughlin, guitarist extraordinaire, visits the National Concert Hall, Dublin in May with his jazz trio.

Jeff Parker, another guitar virtuoso, with a career in several bands including Tortoise, has a solo album out.

The Entourage ensemble combined folk, jazz, the avant-garde and interpretive dance in legendary 1970’s performance.

Flock are an experimental UK quintet assembled by percussionist Sarathy Korwar.

Catrin Finch is a Welsh harpist, and this is her third collaboration with kora player Seckou Keita.

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Here is the playlist for "Ear to the globe" broadcast on Monday April 18th. The programme goes out every Monday at 10pm to midnight on 103.2FM and is available live at

1.Le Vent du Nord: “Tour du Monde”.

2.Le Vent du Nord: “Dans l’eau de vie de l’arbre”. Both from “20 Printemps” (La Compagnie du Nord 2022).

3.Leyla McCalla: “Dodinin”. Single from forthcoming album “Breaking the Thermometer” (Anti-).

4.Kobo Town: “Carnival of the Ghosts”. From “Carnival of the Ghosts” (Stonetree 2022).

5.L’Entourloop feat. Lyricson, Queen Omega & Red Fox: “Florilège” (Single on X-Ray Productions 2022).

6.Etana: “Young, Gifted & Black”. From the EP “Celebrating Nina” (Ghetto Youths International 2022).

7.Oliver Nayoka: “Uwa Amalugom”. From “Aja Wele-Wele” (Odogwu/Palenque 2022).

8.Jembaa Groove: “Adesane”. From “Susuma” (Agogo 2022).

9.Juanita Euka: “Bano de Oro”. From “Mabanzo” (Strut 2022).

10.Lucho Gavilanes: “La Danza Del Mono”.

11.Los Atomos de Paramonga: “Pa’ Oriente Me Voy”. Both from the compilation “Saturno 2000: La Rebajada de los Sonideros 1962-1983” (Analog Africa 2022).

12.Noori & His Dorpa Band: “Saagama”. From “Beja Power! Electric Soul & Brass from Sudan’s Red Sea Coast” (Ostinato 2022).

13.John McLaughlin: “Lockdown Blues”.

14.John McLaughlin: “Singing Our Secrets”. Both from “Liberation Time” (Abstract Logix 2021).

***John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension play the National Concert Hall on May 26th***

15.Jeff Parker: “Excess Success”.

16.Jeff Parker: “My Ideal”.Both from “Forfolks” (International Anthem/Nonesuch 2021).

17.Entourage Music & Theater Ensemble: “Giraffes We Ride Through Lightning Spilling”. From “The Mermaid’s Purse: Live at Chatham College, 1976” (Smithsonian Folkways 2022).

18.Flock: “Prepare To Let Go”. From “Flock” (Strut 2022).

19.Entourage Music & Theater Ensemble: “Nature Spirits”. From “The Mermaid’s Purse: Live at Chatham College, 1976” (Smithsonian Folkways 2022).

20.Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita: “Gobaith”.

21.Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita: “Julu Kuta”. Both from “Echo” (Bendigedig 2022).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

 1.Gonora Sounds: “Hard Times Never Kill” (Dust-to-Digital).

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

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

4.V.A: “Celebrating Nina” (Ghetto Youths International E.P.).

5.V.A: “Saturno 2000: La Rebajada de los Sonideros 1962-1983” (Analog Africa).

6.Sowal Diabi: “De Kaboul A Bamako” (Accords Croisés).

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

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

9.Rokia Koné & Jacknife Lee: “Bamanan” (Real World).

10. Park Jiha: “The Gleam” (tak:til /Glitterbeat).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.Oumou Sangare: “Wassulu Don”. From “Timbuktu” (World Circuit).

2.Congotronics International: “Kule Kule Redux”. From “Where’s The One” (Crammed Discs).

3.Noori & His Dorpa Band: “Al Amal”. From “Beja Power! Electric Soul & Brass from Sudan’s Red Sea Coast” (Ostinato).

4.Somi: “Mbombela”. From “Zenzile: The Reimagination of Miriam Makeba” (Salon Africana).

5.Misha Sultan: “Ant Invasion”. From “Roots” (Hive Mind).
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