Playlist 22.03.2021

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Playlist 22.03.2021

On this week's programme:

Edo Funk was a rhythmic explosion in Benin City in Nigeria at the end of the 1970s.

Christine Salem is a singer from La Réunion, backed by percussion, violin and electric guitar.

Kinshasa vocalist and bandleader Jupiter recorded his new album in Los Angeles.

Italian beatmaker and producer Khalab tapped into musicianship within the M’Berra refugee camp in Mali.

The Wau Wau Collectif is a Swedish production from a Senegalese musical and artistic convening.

San Salvador are six French Occitan singers with hand-held percussion.

Suistamon Sahko play Arctic “Ethnotechno”beats based around a Notka accordion.

Antonis Antoniou is a Cypriot musician and member of Monsieur Doumani and Trio Tekke.

No-No Boy is the moniker of a Vietnamese-American roots musician.

Jabid & Ararey research the rhythms less heard from Hispaniola.

Letizia Fuochi, Italian singer, pays tribute to Mexican star, Chavela Vargas.

Quetzal are the veteran campaigning Chicano band from East LA.

José Alberto is the Cuban sonero known as “El Ruiseñor”, the Nightingale.

Las Karamba are six women from Spain and the Latin world, based in Barcelona.

Tania Saleh is a Lebanese songwriter employing Arabic instruments, classical strings, and electronics.

UK’s Rafiki Jazz highlight the climate crisis in North Africa on the new album “Dust (Nduggu)”.

Shasha Khan are a Turkish duo on acoustic instruments and electronics.

Ballaké Sissoko is the great Malian kora artist with an extraordinary range of guests.

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Here is the playlist for "Ear to the globe" broadcast on Monday March 22nd 2021. The programme goes out every Monday at 10pm to midnight on 103.2FM and is available live at

1.Victor Uwaifo & His Titibitis: “Aibalegbe”.

2.Osayomore Joseph & The Creative Seven: “Africa is my Root”. Both from the compilation “Edo Funk Explosion Vol. 1” (Analog Africa 2021).

3.Christine Salem: “Dolo”. From “Mersi” (Blue Fanal 2021).

4.Jupiter & Okwess: “Izabela”. From forthcoming album “Na Kozonga” (Zamora).

5.Khalab & M’Berra Ensemble: “The Western Guys”. From “M’Berra” (Real World 2021).

6.Wau Wau Collectif: “Riddim Rek Sa Niouy Mom”. From “Yaral Sa Doom” (Sahel Sounds 2021).

7.San Salvador: “La Liseta”. From “La Grand Folie” (La Grande Folie/Pagans/MDC 2021).

8.Suistamon Sähkö: “Umpijarveen”. From “Varokaa! Hengenvaara” (Kihtinäjärvi Records / Nordic Notes 2021).

9.Antonis Antoniou: “Achtina”. From the album “Kkismettin” (Ajabu! 2021).

10.No-No Boy: “Imperial Twist”. From the forthcoming album “1975” (Smithsonian Folkways).

11.Jabid & Ararey: “La Negrita”. From “Aqui sí se Baila” (Jabid & Ararey 2021).

12. Letizia Fuochi: “Macorina”. From “Fuegos Y Chavela” (Materiali Sonori 2021).

13. Quetzal: “Fandango Fronterizo”. From “Puentes Sonoros” (Smithsonian Folkways 2021).

14.José Alberto: “Lagrimas Negras”. From “Mi Tumbao” (Tumi 2021).

15.Las Karamba: “Basta Ya”. From “Camino Asi” (Guspira Records 2021).

16. Tania Saleh: “Korneh Bi Albak / A corner in your heart”. From “10 A.D.” (Kirkelig Kulturverksted 2021).

17.Rafiki Jazz: “Naalaikku Nalla Naal”. From “Nduggu / Dust” (Koni Music 2021).

18.Shasha Khan: “Bozkir”. From “Orenda” (Kinay Global 2021).

19.Ballaké Sissoko with Salif Keita: “Guelen”.

20.Ballaké Sissoko with Camille: “Kora”.Both from “Djourou” (No Format! 2021).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1.Urban Village: “Udondolo” (No Format!).

2.Mariza: “Mariza Canta Amalia” (Warner Portugal).

3.Altin Gün: “Yol” (Glitterbeat).

4.Various Artists: “Zanzibara 10: First Modern - Taarab Vibes from Mombasa & Tanga 1970-1990” (Buda Musique).

5.Made Kuti: “For(e)ward” and Femi Kuti: “Stop The Hate”. Both from “Femi & Made Kuti - Legacy+” (Partisan).

6.Transglobal Underground & Our European Friends: “A Gathering of Strangers 2021” (Mule Satellite).

7.Anansy Cissé: “Anoura” (Riverboat/World Music Network).

8.Sam Amidon: “Sam Amidon” (Nonesuch).

9.Amparanoia: “Himnopsis Colectiva” (Mamita).

10. Warsaw Village Band: “Uwodzenie / Waterduction” (Karrot Kommando).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.Antonis Antoniou: “Livanin”. From forthcoming album “Kkismettin” (Ajabu!).

2.Vaev: “Klaphopsa”. From “Vaev” (GO Danish Folk Music).

3.Damon Locks & The Black Monument Ensemble: “Now (Forever Momentary Space)”. From forthcoming album “Now” (International Anthem).

4.David Walters feat. Ballaké Sissoko, Vincent Segal, Roger Raspail: “Sa En Yé”. From “Nocturne” (Six Degrees).

5.Javier Segura: “Malagueñas 2”. From “La Ola Interior - Spanish Ambient and Acid Exoticism 1983-1990” (Bongo Joe).
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