Playlist 21.06.2021

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Playlist 21.06.2021

On this week's programme:

Angelique Kidjo joins forces with a new generation of African artists in passionate celebration.

Mawimbi is a Paris collective of musicians and producers with guest artists too.

The late Tony Allen, founder of afrobeat, has a posthumous collection of collaborations.

Nkom Bivoué is a Cameroonian electronic artist.

Montparnasse is a French/Algerian and South African production duo.

Mamaki Boys are a Nigerien hiphop crew with an album originally self-released on CD-R.

Mdou Moctar, also Nigerien, is one of the founders of the Tuareg rock guitar style.

Michel Gasco recorded Syrian musicians in the “field” prior to the war.

Monsieur Doumani is a prominent Cypriot trio sporting guitars and trombone.

Sofia Rei is a New York-based Argentinian on excursion in the Chilean mountains.

Analog Africa chronicles Manzanita’s pioneering of Peruvian guitar cumbia in the early ’70s.

Natacha Atlas is a singer of Arabic heritage and a longtime associate of Transglobal Underground.

Juana Molina is an Argentinian singer-songwriter with a folktronic edge.

Kora maestro, Seckou Keita, and famous Senegalese voice, Baaba Maal, are in duet.

The Eboni Band recorded their album in Côte D’Ivoire in 1980.

The Breath release two tracks in celebration of tragic folk icon Karen Dalton.

Makoto Kubota, with a long career as a musician and producer, has remastered his 1970s albums.

Van the Man may be surly and conspiratorial but is in great voice and good company!

Lula Wiles are a smart female Americana trio with a second album.

Norway folk meets Irish trad in Lillebjørn Nilson and Andy Irvine, captured live.

The Rough Guides highlight some lesser known country blues from the archives.

Check the latest Transglobal World Music Chart here


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

1. Angelique Kidjo feat. Sampa the Great: “Free And Equal”.

2. Angelique Kidjo feat. Burna Boy: “Do Yourself”. Both from “Mother Nature” (Decca/Universal 2021).

3. Mawimbi feat. Mufrika: “Kugombe”. From “Bubbling” (Mawimbi Records 2021).

4. Tony Allen feat. Sampa the Great: “Stumbling Down”. From “There’s No End” (Blue Note 2021).

5. Nkom Bivoué: “Alert”. From the EP “Before Zeun Ya Yop” (Rebel Up 2021).

6. Montparnasse with Mbongwana Star: “Bitumba” (Single on Real World 2021).

7. Mamaki Boys: “Takkai”. From the forthcoming album “Patriote” (Sahel Sounds).

8. Mdou Moctar: “Taliat”. From “Afrique Victime” (Matador 2021).

9. Ahmad Al Hassan: “Taqsim Bayat”. From the compilation “Hanin - Field Recordings in Syria 2008-2009” (World Within Worlds 2021).

10.Monsieur Doumani: “Pissourin”. From the forthcoming album “Pissourin” (Glitterbeat).

11.Sofía Rei: “Un Mismo Cielo”. From “Umbral” (Cascalebera 2021).

12.Manzanita: “Manzaneando”.

13.Manzanita: “La Buenita (Los Cañeros). Both from “Manzanita y su Conjunto - Trujillo, Peru 1971-74” (Analog Africa 2021).

14.Natacha Atlas with Basha Beats: “Inner Stardust”. From the EP “The Inner & The Outer” (Wise Music Publishing 2021).

15.Juana Molina: “El Perro”. From “Segundo” (Crammed 2000/2021).

16.Seckou Keita & Baaba Maal: “Homeland” (Single on Seckou Keita 2021).

17.Eboni Band: “Fasso (Motherhood)”. From “Eboni Band” (We Are Busy Bodies 2021).

18.The Breath: “Something On Your Mind” (Two-track single on Real World 2021).

19.Makoto Kubota: “Shikemoku Kurashi”. From “Sunset Gang” (WeWantSounds 1973/2021).

20.Van Morrison: “The Long Con”. From “Latest Record Project Volume 1” (Exile/BMG 2021).

21.Lula Wiles: “Wake Up”. From “Shame & Sedition” (Smithsonian Folkways 2021).

22.Lillebjørn Nilson & Andy Irvine: “Come to the Bower”. From “Live in Telemark” (Heilo 2021).

23.“Hi” Henry Brown: “Skin Man Blues”. From “The Rough Guide to The Best Country Blues You’ve Never Heard Vol.2” (World Music Network 2021).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1.Brain Damage meets Big Youth: “Beyond the Blue” (Jarring Effects).

2.Mdou Moctar: “Afrique Victime” (Matador).

3.Dobet Gnahoré: “Couleur” (Cumbancha).

4.Sons of Kemet: “Black To The Future” (Impulse!).

5.Toumani Diabaté and the London Symphony Orchestra: “Korolen” (World Circuit).

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

7.Angelique Kidjo: “Mother Nature” (Decca/Universal).

8.V.A: “Hanin - Field Recordings in Syria 2008-2009” (World Within Worlds).

9.Balkan Taksim: “Disko Telegraf” (Buda Musique).

10. Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino: “Meridiana” (Ponderosa).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.Namgar: “Boon deeguur yahakhadaa”. From “Nayan Navaa” (ARC).

2.Mawimbi feat. Fatim Kouyaté: “Fôli Kadi”. From “Bubbling” (Mawimbi Records).

3.Boubacar “Badian” Diabaté: “L’Amour”. From “Mande Guitar: African Guitar Series Vol. 1” (Lion Songs).

4.Ryan Molloy: “The Monaghan Twig / The Sporting Boys of Scotstown”. From “Tempered” (Ryan Molloy).

5.Sarah McQuaid: “The day of wrath, that day”. From “St Buryan Sessions” (Sarah McQuaid).

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