Playlist 21.03.2023

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Playlist 21.03.2023

On this week’s programme:

Mokoomba are a Zimbabwean band from Victoria Falls formed in 2001.

Borga, or Burger, Highlife was a musical style developed by ex-pat Ghanaians in Europe in the 1980s.

DJ Kapwanthi hails from Southern Malawi playing Lomwe Beat style.

Azuka Moweta is a Nigerian singer and bandleader, marrying Ekobe music to Igbo highlife.

Ireke are the French duo of Julien Gervaix and Damien Tesson, exploring Afro-Caribbean rhythms.

Jembaa Groove began as a German-Ghanaian duo based in Berlin now augmented.

Ofege were a popular Nigerian student band from the 1970s.

South African icons, Mathlatini and the Mahotella Queens, were captured on their 1988-89 break-out tour.

The Sublime Frequencies label have an introductory album to their groundbreaking catalogue.

Ensemble Al-Kindi have been interpreting the Arab classical repertoire for over 30 years.

Sheikhs Shikhat is Laila and her ensemble playing Moroccan chaabi songs with the Mâäk collective and the B’net Chaabi singer-percussionists.

Danuk are a group of exiled Middle-Eastern musicians rooted in Kurdish folklore with Michael League on production.

Yalla Miku are two Cyrils from Geneva with ex-pats from Morocco, Eritrea and Algeria.

Schroothoop, from Belgium, play junkyard jazz on DIY instruments.

Turkish singer, Mircan Kaya, has an album of lamentation songs.

Peter Culshaw, World Music journalist, plays piano with Indian bansuri flautist and vocalist.

Roopa Panesar, from the UK, is a rare female virtuoso on the sitar.

Sainkho Namtchylak is from Tuva, recorded by Ian Brennan on the Venetian islands.

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Here is the playlist for "Ear to the globe" broadcast on Tuesday March 21st. The programme goes out every Tuesday at 10pm to midnight on 103.2FM and is available live at

1.Mokoomba: “Nzara Hapana” (Single from forthcoming album on OutHere).

2.Pat Thomas: “Obae”. From the compilation “Borga Revolution! Ghanaian Dance Music in the Digital Age 1983-1996 Vol. 2” (Kalita 2023).

3.DJ Kapwanthi: “Khoswe (The Rat)”. From “DJ Kapwanthi - Digital Indigenous 04” (1000 HZ 2023).

4.Azuka Moweta & his Anioma Brothers: “Uwa Nekwuke Mmadu”. From “Nwanne Bu Ife” (Palenque Records 2023).

5.Ireke: “Petit a petit”. Single from forthcoming album “Tropikadelic” (Underdog Records 2023).

6.Jembaa Groove feat. K.O.G: “Sweet My Ear” (Single on Agogo).

7.Ofege: “Nobody Fails”. From “Try And Love” (Strut 2023).

8.Mahlathini & The Mahotella Queens: “Duduzile”. From “Music Inferno - The Indestructible Beat Tour 1988-1989” (Umsakazo Records 2023).

9.Abdul Rahman Al-Gheid: “Beyt Kar Akhal”.

10.Gilbert Peramena Dit Bera: “Hala Narako Rofozina”. Both from “High Castle Teleorkestra presents: A Beginner’s Guide to Sublime Frequencies Volumes 1&2” (Sublime Frequencies 2023).

11.Ensemble Al-Kindi & Sheikh Hamed Daoud: “Azaan - Call to Prayer”. From “Sufi Trance of the Whirling Dervishes of Damascus” (Buda Musique 2023).

12.Sheikhs Shikhat & B’net Chaabi: “Prelude a la complainte”.

13.Sheikhs Shikhat & B’net Chaabi: “La Complainte Chaabi/Awmaloulou”. Both from “Sheikh Shikhat & B’net Chaabi” (Zephyrus 2023).

14.Danuk: “Axir Zemana”. Single from the album “Morik” (Omni Sound 2023).

15.Yalla Miku: “Tapis Volant”. Single from forthcoming album “”Yalla Miku” (Bongo Joe).

16.Schroothoop: “Cheval Orange”. From “Macadam” (forthcoming on Sdban Ultra).

17.Mircan Kaya: “The barracks are full today”. From “Lamentations” (UCM Productions 2023).

18.Peter Culshaw: “The Fire and the Rose Suite part 1”. From “Music From The Temple of Light” (forthcoming on ISKRA Records).

19.Roopa Panesar: “Farewell My Love”. From “Atma” (Asian Arts Agency 2023).

20.Sainkho Namtchylak: “Rising Tides”. From “Where Water Meets Water” (Sainkho Namtchylak 2023).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1.King Ayisoba: “Work Hard” (Glitterbeat).

2.Houria Aicha: “Chants Courtois de L’Aurès” (Accords Croisés).

3.Polobi & The Gwo Ka Masters: “Abri Cyclonique” (Real World).

4.Gaye su Akyol: “Anadolu Ejderi” (Glitterbeat).

5.Ali Farka Touré: “Voyageur” (World Circuit).


6.Sarathy Korwar: “Kalak” (Leaf).

7.Acid Arab: “Trois” (Crammed Discs).

8.Brighde Chaimbeul: “Carry Them With Us” (tak:til/Glitterbeat).

9.Various Artists: “High Castle Teleorkestra presents a Beginner’s Guide to Sublime Frequencies Volumes 1&2” (Sublime Frequencies).

10.Harry Taussig: “Études” (Tompkins Square).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.Ali Farka Touré with Oumou Sangaré: “Bandolobourou”. From “Voyageur” (World Circuit).

2.Clement Janinet & Adama Sidibe: “Farka Blues”. From “Sokou!” (Hélico Music).

3.Parranda La Cruz: “Rezo a la luna”. From “Parranda La Cruz” (Lamastrock).

4.Brighde Chaimbeul: “Crònan”. From “Carry Them With Us” (tak:til/Glitterbeat).

5.Dom Flemons: “Traveling Wildfire”. From “Traveling Wildfire” (Smithsonian Folkways).
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