Playlist 23.07.2018

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Playlist 23.07.2018

On this week's programme:

This show was broadcasted just before the Womad Festival kicked off in the UK and it included: from Haiti, Moonlight Benjamin’s voodoo rock and the folk-blues of Melissa Laveaux; the irresistible party-fare of Havana Meets Kingston; the pile-driving wedding music of Omar Souleyman; the irresistible Bollywood Brass Band; the sweet Cape Verdean sounds of Miroca Paris; and the dearly beloved Amparanoia. Also UK multiculturalists Rafiki Jazz, the Belgian-Senegalese trio Tamala, and Brazilian Nordeste folk from Renata Rosa. All played at Womad.

The same weekend in Dublin saw the “Hotter Than July” free festival take place in central Dublin. The Discovery Gospel Choir, Fehdah and Paddy Groenland were just some of the homegrown World Music artists appearing.

Also in Dublin, Maya Youssef, virtuoso of the qanun, originally from Syria and now based in London, plays in the National Concert Hall on Wednesday August 15th in Waltons World Masters series.

Hermeto Pascoal, veteran Brazilian composer and bandleader pays tribute to the forró genre.

Kobo Town is Trinidadian Drew Gonsalves and his contemporary calypso.

Thabang Tabane is South African drummer and singer in the malombo style.

Markus and Shahzad are a French trio in collaboration with a Pakistani qawwali singer.

Red Baraat are Brooklyn Bhangra with jazzy flourish, rap and spoken word.

The Eishen Ensemble play the music of the Iranian composer, Hamed Sadeghi.

Baul Meets Saz is an Indian, Turkish and Belgian encounter.

And NES are a trio who met in Spain and bring together Arabic music, jazz and pop.


Here is the playlist for "Ear to the globe" broadcast on Monday July 23rd. The programme goes out every Monday at 10pm to midnight on 103.2FM and is available live at

1.    The Discovery Gospel Choir: “Ahuna Ya Tswanag Le Jesu”. From “Live At The Pavilion, Dublin” (Discovery Records 2010).

2.    Moonlight Benjamin: “Memwa’n”.  From “Siltane” (Ma Case 2018).

3.    Mélissa Laveaux: “Tolalito”. From “Radyo Siwèl” (No Format! 2018).

4.    Amparanoia feat. Aterciopelados: “Dolor, Dolor”. From “El Coro De Mi Gente” (Calvarita 2017).

5.    Miroca Paris: “Nhe Simpronia”. From “D’Alma” (Miroca Paris 2017).

6.    Coladera: “La Dotu Lado”. From “La Dotu Lado” (Scubidu 2018).

7.    Rafiki Jazz: “Saya”. From “Har Dam Sahara” (Riverboat / World Music Network 2017).

8.    Tamala - Bao Sissoko, Mola Sylla & Wouter Vandenabeele: “Fodé”. From “Tamala” (Muziekpublique 2017).

9.    Renata Rosa: “Jurema”. From “Encantaçoes” (Helico 2015).

10.  Hermeto Pascoal: “Forro pela manha”. From “Hermeto Pascoal e sua Visão Original do Forró” (Scubidu 2018).

11.  Kobo Town: “Where Jonas Saw The Light”. From “Where The Galleon Sank” (Because 2018).

12.  Thabang Tabane: “Nyandi Yeni”. Single from forthcoming album “Matjale” (Mushroom Hour Half Hour).

13.  Markus & Shahzad Santoo Khan: “Vekha Amlan Wale”. From “Tumba!” (Dionysiac Tour 2018).

14.  Red Baraat feat. Suheir Hammad: “Vibrations”. From “Sound The People” (Rhyme & Reason 2018).

15.  Eishan Ensemble: “Future”. From “Nim Dong - Music by Hamed Sadeghi” (Art As Catharsis 2018).

16.  Baul Meets Saz: “Hridayan”. From “Namaz” (Seyir Muzik 2018).

17.  NES: “Ahlam”. From “Ahlam” (ACT 2018).

18.  Maya Youssef: “Hi-Jazz”.

19.  Maya Youssef: “The Seven Gates of Damascus”.  Both from “Syrian Dreams” (Harmonia Mundi 2017).

***Maya Youssef plays in the National Concert Hall on Wednesday August 15th in Waltons World Masters series***

20.  Fehdah: “Like No Other”. From the EP “Like No Other” (Hip Drop 2017).

21.  Paddy Groenland: “Kevin”. From “Nativism” (Paddy Groenland 2016).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1. Samba Touré: “Wandé” (Glitterbeat).


2. Arat Kilo, Mamani Keïta, Mike Ladd: “Visions of Selam” (Accords Croisés).


3. Red Baraat: “Sound The People” (Rhyme & Reason).


4. Various Artists: “African Scream Contest 2” (Analog Africa).


5. Bombino: “Deran” (Partisan).


6. Coladera: “La Dotu Lado” (Scubidu).


7. Malphino: “Visit Malphino” (Lex).


8. Mercedes Peón: “Deixaas” (Altafonte).         


9. Ammar 808: “Maghreb United” (Glitterbeat).


10. Los Texmaniacs: “Cruzando Borders” (Smithsonian Folkways).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.  Red Baraat feat. Heems: “Sound The People”. From “Sound The People” (Rhyme & Reason).

2.  Moonlight Benjamin: “Chan Dayiva”. From “Siltane” (Ma Case).

3.  Eishan Ensemble: “Future”. From “Nim Dong” (Art As Catharsis).


4.  Mostar Sevdah Reunion: “Zamaglien Prozor”. From “Sreta - The Balkan Autumn” (Snail).

5.  Bessie Smith: “Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl”. From “The Rough Guide to Hokum Blues” (World Music Network).

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