Playlist 19.08.2019

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Playlist 19.08.2019

On this week's programme:

Tshegue are an Afro-punk duo from Paris and Kinshasa.

Kokoko! are from the Congo with that Kinshasa DIY ethic and instrumentation.

Africa Express, Damon Albarn’s band of adventurers, recorded their new album in South Africa with local musicians.

The “Alefa” collection highlights Madagascan styles from the ’70s and ’80s.

The Garifuna people, based in Belize and other parts of Central America, trace their racial ancestry to a wrecked slaveship in the 17th century.

Renowned Hungarian violinist, Lajko Félix joins forces with Polish powerhouse fiddle quintet, Volosi.

Serbian trumpeting maestro Boban Markovic launches his first new release since 2013.

Marcia Griffiths is reggae royalty with a career dating back to 1960s Bob & Marcia days.

Veteran pianist, Monty Alexander has long combined his Jamaican reggae heritage with jazz, now with the focus on Thelonius Monk.

Kokoroko are a London jazz ’n’ afrobeat outfit, and for me, one of the stars of this year’s Womad.

An early Womad performance by the great Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan gets a release now after 34 years!

Oum El Ghait Benessahraoui is a Moroccan singer-songwriter with cosmopolitan influences.

Torgeir Vassvik is a Norwegian Sami musician and composer.

Baba Sissoko is ngoni player, singer and percussionist from Mali.

There are new Rough Guides to blind, black blues musicians, and to the early precursors and practitioners of country music.

The Lost Words collective of Scottish and English folk musicians, plus Senegal’s Seckou Keita, play songs celebrating descriptions of the natural world.


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

1.   Tshegue: “Solola”. From EP “Telema” (Ekleroshock 2019).

2.    Kokoko!: “Buka Dansa”. Single from the album “Fongola” (Transgressive 2019).

3.    Africa Express: “City In Lights”. From “Egoli” (Africa Express 2019).

4.    Nino Rafah: “Oa Niny É”.

5.    Los Pépitos Et Leur Ensemble: “B.B. Gasy”.  Both from “Alefa Madagascar!” (Strut 2019).

6.   The Garifuna Collective: “Chatuye”. From “ABAN” (forthcoming on Stonetree).

7.   Lajkó Félix & Volosi: “Speedmotion”. From “Lajkó Félix  & Volosi” (Fonó 2019).

8.   Boban Markovic: “Zvecarka”. From “Mrak” (Fonó 2019).

9.   Marcia Griffiths: “Ska Medley”. Single from the album “Timeless” (Tad’s Records 2019).

10. Monty Alexander: “Rhythm-A-Ning””. From “Wareika Hill (Rastamonk Vibrations)” (MACD 2019).

11. Kokoroko: “Uman”. From the EP “Kokoroko” (Brownswood 2019).

12. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Party: “Allah Ho Allah Ho”. From the album “Live At Womad 1985” (Real World 2019).

13. Oum: “Temma”. From “Daba” (Lof Music / MDC 2019).

14. Vassvik: “Voodoo Against Arctic Oil Drilling / Stuibmi”.

15. Vassvik: “Sun In December / Beaivvas”. Both from “Gakti” (Heilo 2019).

16. Baba Sissoko: “Amadran”. From “Amadran” (Home Records 2019).

17. Bo Carter: “Don’t Mash My Digger So Deep”. From “The Rough Guide to Blind, Black & Blue” (World Music Network 2019).

18. Jimmy Rodgers: “Somewhere Down Below The Dixon Line”. From “The Rough Guide to The Roots of Country Music” (World Music Network 2019).

19. The Lost Words feat. Karine Polwart: “Conker (Magic Casket)”.

20. The Lost Words feat. Kerry Andrew: “Ghost Owl”. Both from “Spell Songs” (Quercus 2019).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1.  Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: “Live At Womad 1985” (Real World).


2.  Boban Marcovic: “Mrak” (Fonó).


3.  Blick Bassy: “1958” (No Format!).


4.  Various Artists: “Vision & Revision: The First 80 Years of Topic Records” (Topic).


5.  Africa Express: “Egoli” (Africa Express).


6.  Monty Alexander: “Wareika Hill (Rastamonk Vibrations)” (MACD).


7.  Various Artists: “Alefa Madagascar! Salegy, Soukous & Soul from the Red island” (Strut).


8.  Dona Onete: “Rebujo” (Mais Um).  


9.  BCUC: “The Healing” (Buda).


10. The Lost Words: “Spell Songs” (Quercus).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.   Kokoroko: “Adwa”. From the EP “Kokoroko” (Brownswood).

2.  Mdou Moctar: “Asshet Akal”. From “Ilana - The Creator” (Sahel Sounds).


3.  Marcia Griffiths: “Ska Medley”. Single from the album “Timeless” (Tad’s Records).

4.  Baba Zula: “Transendance”. From “Derín Derín” (Glitterbeat).

5.  The Lost Words feat. Kerry Andrew: “Ghost Owl”. From “Spell Songs” (Quercus).

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