Playlist 22.08.2023

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Playlist 22.08.2023

On this week’s programme:
Namian Sidibé is a young Malian singer with an album of praise songs.

Dudu Tassa, an Israeli musician and singer with Iraqi heritage, performs Arabic and Middle Eastern love songs with Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood.

Tel Aviv’s Sababa 5, instrumental funk and pop outfit, provide backing for Inbal Nor Dekel’s vocals.

Okwy Osabede and his band play Nigerian highlife from an Igbo perspective.

Naya Sound System have been rummaging through the Indian CBS archives, in particular the Bollywood section.

Sound artist and musician, Jason Singh, explores his connection to the Manganiyar communities of Rajasthan.

Ustad Noor Bakhsh, from Balochistan, between Pakistan and Iran, plays the electrified benju.

Oki is a Japanese musician from the indigenous Ainu people, playing the tonkori, an ancient harp.

Joachim Cooder, percussionist and sideman to his father and many musical luminaries, made a lovely folk-country album based around the electrified mbira. He is doing a short tour of Ireland including the 31st of this month in Whelans.

“Playing for the Man at the Door” is drawn from Mack McCormick’s large archive of previously unreleased music recorded in the greater Texas area from 1958 onwards.

Bixiga 70 are a ten-piece brass-powered outfit from São Paulo with a new album on the way and a gig at this year’s Guinness Jazz Festival.

Asynchrone are a French collective formed to honour the music of Ryuichi Sakamoto with a debut album on the way.

Daniel Villarreal is a drummer with several bands and a DJ in the Chicago music scene.

American multi-instrumentalist Idris Ackamoor formed The Pyramids in the early 1970s, and the last five years has seen a purple patch of creativity.

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

1.    Namian Sidibé: “Souna”. From “Namian Sidibé” (Sahel Sounds 2023).

2.    Dudu Tassa & Jonny Greenwood: “Taqou-Dub”.

3.    Dudu Tassa & Jonny Greenwood: “Djit Nishrab”.  Both from “Jarak Qaribak” (World Circuit 2023).

4.    Sababa 5 with Inbal Nor Dekel: “Yam” (Single on Batov Records 2023).

5.    Okwy Osabede & The Highlife Sound Makers: “Matador Sound System”. From “Igbo Amaka” (Palenque Records 2023).

6.    R.D.Burman: “Dekho Idhar Jano Jigar”.

7.    Bapi Lahiri: “Mere Jaisi Mehbooba”.  Both from “Awaaz Series 1: Original Soundtrack Recordings from the Archives of CBS Gramophone & Tapes, India 1982-1986” (Naya Beat Records 2023).

8.    Jason Singh & Banwasi Collective: “Prem Diwani”. From “Travellers” (forthcoming on Hudson Records).

9.    Ustad Noor Bakhsh: “Shahbaz Qalandar”. From “Jingul” (Hive Mind 2023).

10.  Oki: “Hekuri Sarari”. From “Live At Cafe Oto” (Mais Um 2023).

11.  Joachim Cooder: “Rabbit in the peapatch”.

12.  Joachim Cooder: “Morning blues”.

13.  Joachim Cooder: “Heartaching blues”.  All from “Over That Road I’m Bound” (Nonesuch 2020).

***Joachim Cooder plays Whelans, Dublin on 31st Aug; also Campbell’s Tavern, Headford (29th), Black Box, Belfast (30th), and Hawk’s Well, Sligo (Sept 1st)***

14.  Blues Wallace: “It’s my life, baby”.

15.  Cedell Davis: “Rollin’ & Tumblin’”.

16.  Lightnin’ Hopkins: “World’s in a tangle”.  All from “Playing For The Man At The Door: Field Recordings from the collection of Mack McCormick 1958-1971” (Smithsonian Folkways 2023).

17.  Bixiga 70 feat. Simone Sou: “Malungu”. Single from forthcoming album “Vapors” (Glitterbeat).

18.  Asynchrone: “Expecting Rivers”.

19.  Asynchrone: “Plastic Bamboo”. Both from the forthcoming album “Plastic Bamboo” (No Format!).

20.  Daniel Villarreal feat. Jeff parker & Anna Butterss: “Sunset Cliffs”. Single from forthcoming album “Lados B” (International Anthem).

21.  Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids: “Thank You God”. From “Afro-Futuristic Dreams” (Strut 2023).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1.  Kayhan Kalhor & Toumani Diabaté: “The Sky Is The Same Colour Everywhere” (Real World).

2.  Alogte Oho & His Sounds Of Joy: “O Yinne!” (Philophon).

3.  Mokoomba: “Tusona: Tracings in the Sand” (Outhere).


4.  V.A: Playing for the Man at the Door: Field Recordings from the collection of Mack McCormick 1958-1971 (Smithsonian Folkways).


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


6.  Fatoumata Diawara: “London Ko” (Wagram).

7.  Hiram Salsano: “Bucolica” (Hiram Salsano).


8.  Tinariwen: “Amatssou” (Wedge).

9.  Damir Imamovic: “The World And All That It Holds” (Smithsonian Folkways).

10.  Blick Bassy: “Madiba” (InFiné).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.   Sanam: “Bell” (Single from forthcoming album on Mais Um).

2.   Bantu: “Africa for sale”. From “What Is Your Breaking Point?” (Soledad Productions).

3.   Okwy Osadebe: “Igbo Amaka”. From “Igbo Amaka” (Palenque Records).

4.   Yaraka: “Canto all’Allie”. From “Curannera” (Zero Nove Nove).

5.   Rick Deitrick: “Little Tujunga Suite”. From “The Unguitarist - Complete Works 1969-2022” (Tompkins Square).
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