Playlist 23.08.2021

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Playlist 23.08.2021

On this week's programme:

Fanfare Ciocarlia, from the Romanian village of Zece Prajini, have been Balkan Brass pioneers for 25 years.

Branko Galoic is a guitarist and singer from Croatia, now resident in France, who got the brass bug too.

Massilia Sound System are a Marseille ragga outfit since 1984 with lyrics in French and Occitan.

The Kondi Band, with input from LA and London, are based around Sorie Kondi’s 15-pin thumb piano.

Back in the ‘70s funk bands in Yaoundé, Cameroon, relied on the church’s sound systems to get recorded.

Monsieur Doumani are a Cypriot trio, now with extra bite and power on the new collection.

Taj Weekes is a singer-songwriter, poet and musician from St Lucia.

In Bogota Eblis Álvarez, aka Meridian Brothers, joined forces with Iván Medellín, aka Conjunto Media Luna.

Nilza Costa is from Salvador in Bahia but longtime resident in Italy.

The Balimaya Project is a 16-piece mande-jazz ensemble based in London, led by percussionist Yahael Camara Onono who also features in the South African-Senegalese-London gathering “On Our Own Clock” - remotely organised during lockdown.

Monoswezi is African and Scandinavian band with members from Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Norway and Sweden.

Purbayan Chatterjee, sitar virtuoso, has a distinguished array of guests on his East-meets-West album.

South African multi-instrumentalist Guy Buttery explores connections with two Indian masters.

Abdelli Abderrahmane is from the Kabyle people of Algeria and has first-hand experience of exile.

Bob Holroyd is a UK electronic composer on the new Real World X label.

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

1.Fanfare Ciocarlia: “Escape from Baltimore”.

2.Fanfare Ciocarlia: “Just the two of us”.Both from “It Wasn’t Hard To Love You” (Asphalt Tango 2021).

3.Branko Galoic: “Ples Slobode (Danse de la Liberté)”. From “Ples Slobode” (

4.Massilia Sound System: “Sale Caractère”.

5.Massilia Sound System: “À la Rue”. Both from “Sale Caractère” (Manivette Records 2021).

6.Kondi Band: “It’s God’s World (so don’t do bad)”. From the forthcoming album “We Famous” (Strut).

7.Louis Wasson et l’Orchestre Kandem Irenée: “Song Of Love”.

8.Tsanga Dieudonne: “Les Souffrances”.Both from the compilation “Cameroon Garage Funk” (forthcoming on Analog Africa).

9.Monsieur Doumani: “Koukkoufkiaos”.

10.Monsieur Doumani: “Thamata”.Both from the forthcoming album “Pissourin” (Glitterbeat).

11.Taj Weekes: “Crisis (Fine young mix)”. From “Pause” (Jatta Records 2021).

12.Meridian Brothers & Conjunto Media Luna: “La Secta”. Single from the forthcoming album “Paz en la Tierra” (Bongo Joe).

13.Nilza Costa: “Odè em transe”. From “Le Notti di San Patrizio” (Bruttori Moderne 2021).

14.Balimaya Project: “City Of God”. From “Wolo So” (Jazz Re:freshed 2021).

15.On Our Own Clock: “Be The Light”. From “On Our Own Clock” (Mushroom Hour Half Hour / Total Refreshment Centre 2021).

16.Monoswezi: “Um Pouco”. From “Shanu” (Riverboat / World Music Network 2021).

17.Purbayan Chatterjee feat. Antonio Sanchez, Shankar Mahadevan, Michael League: “Shanmukhapriya (The Mystic)”. From “Unbounded - Abaad” (forthcoming on Sufiscore).

18.Guy Buttery, Mohd. Amjad Khan, Mudassir Khan: “Kya Baat”. From “One Morning In Gurgaon” (forthcoming on Riverboat/World Music Network).

19.Abdelli: “Ayahviv rouh”. From “Songs of Exile” (ARC Music 2021).

20.Bob Holroyd: “The Surrey Ambience Service” (Single release on Real World X 2021).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1.Alice Coltrane: “Kirtan: Turiya Sings” (Impulse!).

2.Monsieur Doumani: “Pissourin” (Glitterbeat).

3.V.A: “Cameroon Garage Funk” (Analog Africa).

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

5.Yat-Kha: “We Will Never Die” (The Lollipoppe Shoppe).

6.Tarwa N-Tiniri: “Azizdeg” (Atty Records Canada).

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

8.Coskun Karademir & Tord Gustavsen with Derya Türkan & Ömer Arslan: “Silence” (Kalan).

9.Multumult: “Now And Then - New Sounds from an Old World” (The Lollipoppe Shoppe).

10. U-Roy: “Solid Gold” (Trojan Jamaica / BMG).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.Fanfare Ciocarlia: “Gypsy Mambo 555”. From “It Wasn’t Hard To Love You” (Asphalt Tango).

2.Massilia Sound System: “À la Rue”. From “Sale Caractère” (Manivette Records).

3.Meridian Brothers & Conjunto Media Luna: “La Secta”. Single from the forthcoming album “Paz en la Tierra” (Bongo Joe).

4.Maher Cissoko: “Miniyamba”. From “Cissoko Heritage” (Ajabu!).

5.Rick Deitrick: “Three Sisters”. From “Coyote Canyon” (Tompkins Square).
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