Playlist 21.10.2019

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Playlist 21.10.2019

On this week's programme:

“Body Beat” is a collection of high energy Caribbean dance music based on soca and calypso.

“Pour Me A Grog” documents the uprising of funaná in the music of Cape Verde.

Gabriele Poso is a master percussionist and producer from Sardinia.

DJ Dolores is Brazilian DJ Helder Aragão with a background in the mangue movement in the 1990s.

The Seun Kuti EP is 4 direct-to-disc as-live re-recordings of tracks from last year’s “Black Times” album.

Amabano were Burundi’s finest who made one album in 1987, released in Russia!

Ghanaian highlife veteran Pat Thomas delivers a new album of funky highlife.

La Sonora Mazurén from Bogota are fans of West African afro-funk à la Orchestre Poly-Rythmo.

Yaseen & Party, from Kenya, were exponents of taarab for several decades.

Lakou Mizik from Haiti, explore their connections to New Orleans.

Saigon Soul Revival play funky soul in homage to the Vietnamese pop of the 1960s and ’70s.

The Tompkins Square label have unearthed a rich seam of mid-western gospel - “No Other Love”.

“Just Around The Bend” is a collection of Appalachian banjo music from a documentary by Mike Seeger.

Melinda Balogh brings together Transylvanian and Hungarian musicians in celebration of the Roma tradition of the region.

“Nevenek” is a collection of songs and stories from the Banks Islands of Vanuatu.

“We have come to testify” bears witness to the ruthless slaughter in 1998 of unarmed citizens of Byak Island, West Papua, who dared to aspire to independence.

Meriheini Luoto’s violin music is part two of a suite based on Finnish folklore of forests and realities beyond.

***NB. Brazilian rapper Karol Conka is in the Sugar Club late night on Friday 25th - forgot to include her in the programme!


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

1.    Juno D: “Hotter & Hotter Dub”.

2.    Adonijah: “It’s Alright”. Both from the compilation “Body Beat: Soca-Dub & Electronic Calypso (1979-98)” (forthcoming on Soundway).

3.    Avelino e Orlando Pantera: “Nha Lutcha”. From the compilation “Pour Me A Grog - The Funána Revolt in 1990s Cabo Verde” (Ostinato Records 2019).

4.    Gabriele Poso: “Africa Linda”. From “Batik” (Soundway 2019).

5.    DJ Dolores: “O Gringo”. From “Recife 19” (Sterns Brasil 2019).

6.    Seun Kuti & Egypt 80: “Struggle Sounds (Night Dreamer D2D Version)”. From “Night Dreamer Direct-To-Disc Session” EP (forthcoming on Night Dreamer).

7.    Amabano: “Ilunga Diamond’s Touch”. From “Amsterdam Ticket” (Afro 7 2019).

8.    Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band: “Onfa Nkosi Hwee”. From “Obiaa!” (forthcoming on Strut).

9.    La Sonora Mazurén: “Ku Mai Da Hankan (Unidos e Indecentes)”. From the EP “Fuzz Bogotazzo” (Tambora Records 2019).

10.  Yaseen & Party: “Azimio Lishikeni”. From “Yaseen & Party” (Afro 7 2019).

11.  Lakou Mizik feat. King James: “Mizik Sa Yo”. From “HaitiaNola” (Cumbancha 2019).

12.  Saigon Soul Revival: “Di Xa Doi Nhau”. From “Hoa Am Xua” (Saigon Supersound 2019).

13.  Messiahs Of Glory: “No Other Love”.

14.  Joanne & Sonny: “Journey”.  Both from “No Other Love: Midwest Gospel 1965 -1978” (Tompkins Square 2019).

15.  Rhiannon Giddens: “Georgia Buck”. From the compilation “Just Around The Bend - Survival and Revival in Southern Banjo Sounds” (Smithsonian Folkways 2019).

16.  Melinda Balogh: “Ne csókolj meg”. From “Napkerek: Transylvanian Village Music” (Fonó 2019).

17.  Vanwe String Band: “Al”. From “Nevenek: Ground Music from Torba Province, Vanuatu” (Wantok 2019).

18.  David Bridie, Marcel Meltherorong & the Byak people: “These are some of the injustices”.

19.  David Bridie, Tio Bang & the Byak people: “Morning Star Bai Kam”.  Both from “We Have Come To Testify” (Wantok 2019).

20.  Meriheini Luoto: “Metsänpeitto VIII”. From “Metsänpeitto” (Meriheini Luoto 2019).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1.   Rachid Taha: “Je Suis Africain” (Naive/Believe).


2.  Various Artists: “Body Beat: Soca-Dub & Electronic Calypso (1979-98)” (Soundway).


3.  DJ Dolores: “Recife 19” (Sterns).


4.  Acid Arab: “Jdid” (Crammed).


5.  Los Pirañas: “Historia Natural” (Glitterbeat).


6.  Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh & Thomas Bartlett: “Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh & Thomas Bartlett” (Real World).


7.  Laurie Anderson, Tenzin Choegyal & Jesse Paris Smith: “Heart Sutra Song - Gone Beyond”. From “Songs From The Bardo” (Smithsonian Folkways).


8.  Various Artists: “Pour Me A Grog - The Funaná Revolt in 1990s Cabo Verde” (Ostinato Records).  


9.  Kayhan Kalhor & Rembrandt Frerichs Trio: “It’s Still Autumn” (Kepera Records).


10. Tinariwen: “Amadjar” (Wedge).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.  Gabriele Poso: “Africa Linda”. From “Batik” (Soundway).

2.  Millers: “Last Days (vocal)”. From “Body Beat: Soca-Dub & Electronic Calypso (1979-98)” (Soundway).

3.  Invisible System: “Toungaranke (Strange land)”. From “Dance To The Full Moon” (ARC).

4.  Saigon Soul Revival: “Nhan Gian Tinh”. From “Hoa Am Xua” (Saigon Supersound).

5.  The Travelers of Zion: “I Want You To Help Me”.  Both from “No Other Love: Midwest Gospel 1965 -1978” (Tompkins Square).
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