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Playlist 20.01.2020

On this week's programme:

In the week of the Chinese New Year, we hear from the Yandong singers of the Dong people of Guizhou province, from a bizarre collaboration between the French/North African duo DuOud and vocalists from Shandong, and from Guo Gan’s erhu jazz group.

Martin Hayes collaborated with the strings of New York’s Brooklyn Rider in 2016, released last year.

Baro Drom are Italian-based, playing Eastern European music with global influences.

Les Amazones d’Afrique are an empowering, consciousness-raising ensemble of African women (with a few guests), backed by a Dr L production.

Onipa are London-Ghanaian futurists with a debut album on the way.

“Léve Léve” is the first ever compilation of music from São Tomé & Principe.

Ahmed Ben Ali is Libyan, playing a style of music very popular in Libya - reggae.

The “Mogadisco” collection is the latest missive from the Somalian vaults.

Sotomayor are a brother and sister duo from Mexico City.

Nikanor are a Peruvian chicha-cumbia outfit based in Brussels.

Kiki Valera plays classic Cuban son on his debut album.

Walter Gavitt Ferguson, Costa Rican resident, is a pioneer of calypso and a century old.

Seu Jorge and Roge are the latest artists to venture into the Night Dreamer Direct-To-Disc studio.

Jon Hassell is an ethno-ambience explorer, here in dialogue with Burkina Faso’s Farafina from 1988.

Muzsikas and Amadinda are both Hungarian, from the folk tradition and modern classical world respectively.

Sam Lee sings from a deep well of English tradition.


Here is the playlist for "Ear to the globe" broadcast on Monday January 20th. The programme goes out every Monday at 10pm to midnight on 103.2FM and is available live at

1.    Yandong Grand Singers: “The Waters of the Fulu River”. From “Wanp-Wanp Jangl Kap - Everyone Listen Close” (Pan 2019).

2.    DuOud & Jimo Blind Drum Balladeer: “A Little Story While Drinking”. From “Jimo Blind Person Drum Ballad” (China Music House 2019).

3.    Guo Gan Modern Band: “Hu Tong de Pékin”. From “Beijing Hutong” (China Music House 2019).

4.    Martin Hayes & Brooklyn Rider: “Drunken Sailor”. From “The Butterfly” (In A Circle 2019).

5.    Baro Drom: “Bucimis”. From “Nisba” (Materiali Sonori 2019).

6.    Les Amazones d’Afrique feat. Mamani Keita: “Love”.

7.    Les Amazones d’Afrique feat. Rokia Koné: “Queens”.  Both from “Amazones Power” (Real World 2020).

8.    Onipa : “Onipa” (Single on Strut 2019).

9.    Conjunto Equador: “Madô”. From the compilation “Léve Léve: São Tomé & Principe sounds 70s - 80s” (Bongo Joe 2020).

10.  Ahmed Ben Ali: “Sibhana” (Single on Habibi Funk 2019).

11.  Bakaka Band: “Godonimada Jira”. From the compilation “Mogadisco - Dancing Mogadishu 1972-1990” (Analog Africa 2019).

12.  Sotomayor: “Quema”. From forthcoming album “Orígenes” (Wonderwheel).

13.  Nikanor: “A Fidel Flores”. From “Bajo El Sol” (Rebel Up 2020).

14.  Kiki Valera: “El Caballo de Curingo”. From “Vivencias en Clave Cubana” (Origin 2019).

15.  Walter Gavitt Ferguson: “Lock up me neighbour”. From “King of Calypso Limonense - The Legendary Tape Recording Vol.2” (Bongo Joe 2019).

16.  Seu Jorge & Roge: “Saravá” (Single from forthcoming direct-to-disc album on Night Dreamer).

17.  Jon Hassell & Farafina: “Flash of the Spirit”. From “Flash of the Spirit” (forthcoming re-release on tak:til / Glitterbeat).

18.  Muzsikas & Amadinda: “Sirató”.

19.  Muzsikas & Amadinda: “Improvizacio”. Both from “Parallels & Contrasts” (Fonó 2019).

20.  Sam Lee: “Lay This Body Down”. From “Old Wow” (Cooking Vinyl 2020).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1.   El Khat: “Saadia Jefferson” (Batov).


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: “Sound Portraits from Bulgaria - A Journey to a Vanished World 1966-1979” (Smithsonian Folkways).


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


7.  Dimitris Mystakidis: “Edo & Ekei / Here & There” (Fishbowl).


8.  Lamia Bedioui & Solis Barki: “Fin’amor” (Lamia Bedioui).


9.  Go: Organic Orchestra & Brooklyn Raga Massive: “Ragmala - A Garland of Ragas” (Meta Records).   

10. Sam Lee: “Old Wow” (Cooking Vinyl).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.   Richard Dawson: “Civil Servant”. From “2020” (Weird World).

2.   Les Amazones d’Afrique: “Power”. From “Amazones Power” (Real World).

3.   Ahmed Ben Ali: “Sibhana” (Single on Habibi Funk).

4.   Walter Gavitt Ferguson: “Lock up me neighbour”. From “King of Calypso Limonense - The Legendary Tape Recording Vol.2” (Bongo Joe).

5.   Sam Lee: “Lay This Body Down”. From “Old Wow” (Cooking Vinyl).

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