Playlist 19.04.2021

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Playlist 19.04.2021

On this week's programme:

Kinshasa firebrand, Jupiter, with his band Okwess, hits the ground running on the new album recorded in L.A.

Ayuune Sule is a master of the kologo lute from Kumasi in Ghana.

Israeli percussionist Ben Aylon studied the sabar tradition in Senegal and collaborated with some celebrated West Africans.

Italian producer, Khalab, found musical resonance among Malian refugees in Mauritania’s M’berra camp.

The wandering poets and musicians of the Amazigh people in Morocco get extensive coverage in a new 10CD volume.

Balkan Taksim are the modern sound of Bucharest combining traditional tunes, beats and electronics.

Lalala Napoli, led by François Castiello of Bratsch, explore their Italian heritage in a fantasised Naples.

Esma Redzepova departed in 2016 and her erstwhile collaborators, the Nune Brothers, incorporated her last recordings in their tribute.

Frank London of Klezmatics has collected songs from ghettos around the world to mark 500 years of the Jewish ghetto in Venice.

French troubadours, Zoufris Maracas, get another remix, this time with Colombia’s Toto La Momposina.

The Movimientos label takes a temperature check on the UK Latin scene - it’s hot!

Asian Dub Foundation’s Ghetto Priest takes the reggae to the lounge.

Misled Convoy and associates take the On-U Sound into the dub catacombs.

Addictive TV release a single from their Orchestra of Samples sessions.

Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi conjure some soul-stirrings from their twin heritages.

Fay Hield, English folk singer and ethnomusicologist, releases a collection of otherworldly tales.

Yiagos Hairetis on Cretan lutes, and Maria-Christina Harper on harp weave an experimental trail.

Sun Ra’s “Languidity” 1978 recordings get a re-release, together with alternative mixes.

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Here is the playlist for "Ear to the globe" broadcast on Monday April 19th. The programme goes out every Monday at 10pm to midnight on 103.2FM and is available live at

1.Jupiter & Okwess: “Mieux que ça”. From “Ma Kozonga” (Zamora 2021).

2.Ayuune Sule: “Fighting Music”. From “Putoo Katare Yire” (Rebel Up 2021).

3.Ben Aylon feat. Amy Sacko: “Jonibenina”. From “Xalam” (Riverboat / World Music Network 2021).

4.Khalab & M’berra Ensemble: “Skit Guit”.

5.Khalab & M’berra Ensemble: “We Are M’berra”. Both from “M’berra” (Real World 2021).

6.Ahmed Bizmaouen: “Aaoun Arbbi”. From “Rrways: A journey into the realm of Amazigh wandering poet-singers - Anthology” (Atlas Azawan 2021).

7.Balkan Taksim: “Meram Ekspresi”.

8.Balkan Taksim: “A Mirelui”.Both from “Disko Telegraf” (forthcoming on Buda Musique).

9.Lalala Napoli: “O Surdato ‘Nnamurato”.

10.Lalala Napoli: “Cavalluccio”.Both from “Cavalluccio” (La Curieuse/L’Autre 2021).

11.Esma Redzepova & Nune brothers: “Latino u modi”. From “My Last Song: A Tribute to Macedonia’s Gypsy Queen” (ARC 2021).

12.Frank London feat. Brandon Ross: “The World is a Ghetto”. From “Ghetto Songs” (Felmay 2021).

13.Zoufris Maracas feat. Toto La Momposina: “Chienne de Vie - Biguine Biguine Remix” (Chapter Two 2021).

14.Xaman X: “Hoy - Village Cuts remix”. From “Movimients presents Santuario/Sanctuary compilation” (Movimientos 2021).

15.Ghetto Priest: “Have Some Mercy”. From “Big People Music” (Ramrock 2021).

16.Misled Convoy & Uncle Fester on Acid feat. Bim Sherman: “Mafia - Dub remix”. Single from “Translations 2” (Dubmission 2021).

17.Addictive TV: “Return of Django” (Single on Orchestra of Samples 2021).

18.Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi: “Calling Me Home”.

19.Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi: “Niwel Goes To Town”. Both from “They’re Calling Me Home” (Nonesuch).

20.Fay Hield: “Jenny Wren”. From “Wrackline” (Topic 2020).

21.Hairetis Harper: “Lost In The City”. From “Draft” (Same Difference Music 2021).

22.Sun Ra: “Languidity”. From “Languidity” (Strut 2021).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1.Jupiter & Okwess: “Na Kozonga” (Zamora).

2.Christine Salem: “Mersi” (Blue Fanal).

3.V.A: “Edo Funk Explosion, Vol. 1” (Analog Africa).

4.Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi: “They’re Calling Me Home” (Nonesuch).

5.Samba Touré: “Binga” (Glitterbeat).

6.Ballaké Sissoko: “Djourou” (No Format!).

7.Kasai Allstars: “Black Ants Always Fly Together, One Bangle Makes No Sound” (Crammed).

8.Piers Faccini: “Shapes Of The Fall” (No Format!).

9.San Salvador: “La Grande Folie” (La Grand Foli/Pagans/MDC).

10. Various Artists: “Industrial Strength Bluegrass” (Smithsonian Folkways).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi: “O Death”. From “They’re Calling Me Home” (Nonesuch).

2.Lahcen Akhtab: “Ayan ifhemn”. From “Rrways: A journey into the realm of Amazigh wandering poet-singers - Anthology” (Atlas Azawan).

3.Alfred Kpebesaane & Brittany Anjou: “Yuor Na Nume”. From “Nong Voru/Fake Love” (Chant Records).

4.Ghetto Priest: “Blessed Are The Meek”. From “Big People Music” (Ramrock).

5.Hairetis Harper: “Lost In The City”. From “Draft” (Same Difference Music).
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