Playlist 20.12.2021

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Playlist 20.12.2021

n this week's programme - Ear To The Globe 2021 Highlights Part 2:

We begin with two posthumous albums. Sadly this year we lost pioneer Jamaican DJ/talkover artist U-Roy, and the co-originator of the Nigerian Afrobeat sound, Tony Allen.

Shabaka Hutchings’ band Sons of Kemet opened their “Black to the Future” album with a powerful piece of poetry from Joshua Idehen.

Martin Nathan and the late Sam Clayton Jr. created jazzy dub settings for the veteran Jamaican toaster Big Youth.

Ben LaMar Gayis Chicago vocalist and multi-instrumentalist with a foot in many genres.

Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp are a Swiss group ploughing their own idiosyncratic furrow.

Altin Gün play an electro-retro sound with their roots in Anatolia.

Stella Chiweshe is a pioneering female adept on the Zimbabwean mbira - her 1987 album has been re-released.

The Analog Africa label compiled a collection of early ‘80s Edo Funk, based around Benin City in Nigeria, and a Ghanaian selection from the Essiebons label. In addition they gave us a snapshot of the early years of Peruvian guitar maestro Manzanita.

Italian radio presenter, Gianluca Tramontana, recorded the festivities of the local Cuban changüi style.

“La Caña de Millo” is an indigenous flute synonymous with one of the roots of the Colombian national cumbia genre.

“Industrial Strength Bluegrass” traced the movement of people from the Appalachians to the factories and warehouses of Ohio.

Khoomei Beat bring contemporary instruments and production to traditional Tuvan folk music.

The Transglobal Underground team revisit their 2010 Europhile collection of migration songs.

The Irish-based duo of Rhiannon Giddens and Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi put soul into folk.

Piers Faccini is a UK singer with Mediterranean heritage and a penchant for North African sounds.

Natacha Atlas, long associated with Transglobal Underground, is a Belgian-Egyptian singer.

Ballaké Sissoko is a renowned Malian kora virtuoso recorded here in a Belgian chapel.

Fellow-countryman and kora maestro Toumani Diabaté was recorded with the LSO in 2008, released this year.

Chinese pipa artist, Wu Man, joined forces with Japanese shakuhachi player Kojiro Umezaki.

Guy Buttery is a South African multi-instrumentalist on a visit to India.

Alice Coltrane’s devotional works were intended for her 1980’s spiritual community in the USA.

Check the latest Transglobal World Music Chart here


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

1.U-Roy feat. Santigold: “Man Next Door”. From “Solid Gold” (BMG 2021).

2.Tony Allen feat. Ben Okri & Skepta: “Cosmosis”. From “There’s No End” (Blue Note 2021).

3.Sons of Kemet: “Field Negus”. From “Black To The Future” (Impulse! 2021).

4.Brain Damage/Big Youth: “I Pray Thee”. From “Beyond the Blue” (Jarring Effects 2021).

5.Ben LaMar Gay: “Bang Melodically Bang”. From “Open Arms To Open Us” (Nonesuch/International Anthem 2021).

6.Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp: “Empty Skies”. From “We’re Ok. But We’re Lost Anyway” (Bongo Joe 2021).

7.Altin Gün: “Yüce Dag Basinda”. From “Yol” (ATO Records 2021).

8.Stella Chiweshe: “Ndikafa”. From “Ambuya!” (Piranha Records 1987/2021).

9.Victor Uwaifo & his Titibitis: “Iranm Iran”. From the compilation “Edo Funk Explosion Vol. 1” (Analog Africa 2021).

10.C.K. Mann & his Carousel 7: “Yeaba”. From the compilation “Essiebons Special 1973-1984: Ghana Music Power House” (Analog Africa 2021).

11.Manzanita y su Conjunto: “La Mazamorrita”. From “Manzanita Y su Conjunto: Trujillo - Peru 1971-1974” (Analog Africa 2021).

12.Grupo Estrellas Campesinas: “Reclamación al Changüí”. From the compilation “Changüí - The Sound Of Guantanamo” (Petaluma Records 2021).

13.20 de Enero: “Pensando en Amores”. From the compilation “La Caña de Millo: Voz Histórica y Silenciada de la Cumbia” (Chaco World 2021).

14.Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers: “Readin’, Rightin’, Route 23”. From the compilation “Industrial Strength Bluegrass” (Smithsonian Folkways 2021).

15.Khoomei Beats: “Chaldyg-Khaya”. From “Changys Baglaash” (ARC Music 2021).

16.Transglobal Underground & Friends feat. Perunika Trio & Valravn: “Hey You Shepherd”. From “A Gathering Of Strangers 2021” (Mule Satellite 2021).

17.Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turrisi: “Calling Me Home”. From “They’re Calling Me Home” (Nonesuch 2021).

18.Piers Faccini: “Dunya”. From “Shapes Of The Fall” (No Format! 2021).

19.Natacha Atlas: “The Outer”. From the EP “The Inner & The Outer” (Wise Music Publishing 2021).

20.Ballaké Sissoko: “Simbo Salaba”. From “A Touma” (No Format! 2021).

21.Toumani Diabate & The London Symphony Orchestra: “Mama Souraka”. From “Korolen” (World Circuit 2021).

22.Wu Man & Kojiro Umezaki: “Winter (Night Thoughts II)”. From “Flow” (In A Circle Records 2021).

23.Guy Buttery, Mohd. Amjad Khan & Mudassir Khan: “Chidiya”. From “One Morning In Gurgaon” (Riverboat / World Music Network 2021).

24.Alice Coltrane: “Krishna Krishna”. From “Kirtan: Turiya Sings” (Impulse! 2021).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1. Juçara Marçal: “Delta Estacio Blues” (Mais Um).

2.Monsieur Doumani: “Pissourin” (Glitterbeat).

3.Susana Baca: “Palabras Urgentes” (Real World).

4.Tamala: “Lumba” (Muziekpublique).

5.V.A: “Essiebons Special 1973-1984 - Ghana Music Power House” (Analog Africa).

6.Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita: “Suba” (Bendigedig).

7.Xanthoula Dakovanou: “Lamenta” (Quart de Lune).

8.V.A: “Kulintang Kultura: Danongan Kalandunyan & Gong Music of the Philippine Diaspora” (Smithsonian Folkways).

9.Meridian Brothers y Conjunto Media Luna: “Paz En La Tierra” (Bongo Joe).

10. Justin Adams & Mauro Durante: “Still Moving” (Ponderosa).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.Ernest Honny: “Kofi Psych”. From “Essiebons Special 1973-1984 - Ghana Music Power House” (Analog Africa).

2.Proekt Polotentse: “Kukushka”. From “B-Sides” (Proekt Polotentse).

3.Lass: “Yaco Mome”. From the EP “Lass” (Chapter Two).

4.Park Jiha: “Light Way”. From forthcoming album “The Gleam” (tak:til / Glitterbeat).

5.Ahmedou Amed Lowra: “Khal Kar”. From “Terrouzi” (Sahel Sounds).
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