Playlist 18.11.2019

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Playlist 18.11.2019

On this week's programme:

Bogota band La Sonora Mazurén are admirers of West African funk.

Amabano were Burundi’s finest, whose only album was released in Russia in 1987.

Ibibio Sound Machine are London funkateers, fronted by the magnetic Eno Williams.

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley is a veteran of the Ghanaian highlife and funk scene.

Babani Kone is a renowned Malian singer, infrequently recorded.

Farafi are a free-spirited nomadic female duo who met in Goa.

Asmâa Hamzaoui is female exponent of Moroccan gnawa.

Lamia Bedioui, Tunisian singer resident in Greece, joins forces with multi-percussionist Solis Barki.

Aziza Brahim is Saharawi singer in exile in Spain.

Diabel Cissokho is Senegalese kora-player and multi-instrumentalist with an album coming soon and a guest spot on the new Da Lata album.

Madrid resident Jako El Muzikante plays Sephardic music from the 20th century.

Che Apalache find common ground between the Appalachians and Latin America.

Tri Dhoore are a Flemish folk trio of three brothers.

Lankum bring a dark edge to their reconstructed Irish folk.

Dimitris Mystakidis is a Greek folk artist exploring themes of rembetiko.

Carmen Souza celebrates Horace Silver, who connects a Cape Verdean legacy to jazz.

Lucas Santtana releases a thoughtful acoustic response to current events in Brazil and the challenges of our times.

Milton Nascimento’s ballet, “Maria Maria”, dealing with the legacy of slavery in Brazil, gets a re-release.

UK nine-piece Rafiki Jazz have roots in the Middle East, India, West Africa, South America and Europe.

The Unthanks have a trilogy of albums on release, one of which draws on poems and letters from World War One.


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

1.    La Sonora Mazurén: “Noude Ma Gnin (Ataque Erótico)”. From the EP “Fuzz Bogatazzo” (Tambora 2019).

2.    Amabano: “Amsterdam Ticket”. From “Amsterdam Ticket” (Afro 7 2019).

3.    Ibibio Sound Machine: “I need you to be sweet like sugar (Nnge Nte Suka)”. From “Doko Mien” (Merge 2019).

4.    Gyedu-Blay Ambolley: “I no dey talk I do dey lie”. From “11th Street, Sekondi” (Agogo 2019).

5.    Babani Kone: “Na Kadiy”. From “Babani Kone” (forthcoming on World Village).

6.    Farafi: “Desert Sun”. From “Calico Soul” (Piranha 2019).

7.    Asmâa Hamzaoui & Bnat Timbouktou: “Soudani Mama”. From “Oulad Lghaba” (Ajabu! 2019).

8.    Lamia Bedioui & Solis Barki: “A Te Levavi Anima Mea”. From “Fin’amor” (Lamia Bedioui 2019).

9.    Aziza Brahim: “Las Huellas”. From “Sahari” (Glitterbeat 2019).

10.  Da Lata feat. Diabel Cissokho: “Mentality”. From “Birds” (Da Lata 2019).

11.  Diabel Cissokho: “Nayya”. From the forthcoming “The Rhythm of the Griot” (Kafou).

12.  Jako El Muzikante: “Un anyo ay”. From “Ven al Luna Park” (Xerxo Fernandes 2019).

13.  Che Apalache: “Maria”. From “Rearrange My Heart” (Free Dirt 2019).

14.  Trio Dhoore: “Poldervuur”. From “August” (Trad Records 2019).

15.  Lankum: “Ode to Lullaby”.

16.  Lankum: “Bear Creek”.  Both from “The Livelong Day” (Rough Trade 2019).

17.  Dimitris Mystakidis: “Magkiko Melachroino”. From “Edo Ki Ekei (Here & There)” (Fishbowl 2019).

18.  Carmen Souza: “Soul Searching”. From “The Silver Messenger” (Galileo 2019).

19.  Lucas Santtana feat. Duda Beat: “Meu Primeiro Amor”. From “O Céu É Velho Há Muito Tempo” (No Format! 2019).

20.  Milton Nascimento: “Pilar (Do Pila)”. From “Maria Maria” (Far Out 2019).

21.  Rafiki Jazz: “My Heart, My Home (Shallow Brown, Light Of Guidance, The Settler’s Wife, Shedemati)”. From “Saraba Sufiyana” (Konimusic 2019).

22.  The Unthanks with Sam Lee: “Roland And Vera”. From “Lines Part Two - World War One” (RabbleRouser 2018).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1.   Rachid Taha: “Je Suis Africain” (Naive/Believe).


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: “Colombian PowerHouses Vol. 2” (Independent Record Labels Alliance).


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


7.  Flavia Coelho: “DNA” (Pias).


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.   Halovo Village Ensemble: “Poloska”. From the compilation “Sound Portaits from Bulgaria - A Journey to a Vanished World 1966-1979” (Smithsonian Folkways).

2.  Tubará: “Shampatai”. From “Colombian PowerHouses Vol. 2” (Independent Record Labels Alliance).

3.  Farafi: “Desert Sun”. From “Calico Soul” (Piranha).

4.  Rafiki Jazz: “Kashmiri Lullaby / The Waulk / Hukus Bukus”. From “Saraba Sufiyana” (Konimusic).

5.  Evelina Petrova Trio: “To Parajanov”. From “First Dance” (Heilo).

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