Playlist 24.01.2022

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Playlist 24.01.2022

On this week's programme:

Elza Soares, iconic Brazilian artist and powerful advocate of social and racial justice, has died. We pay tribute.

Tempura and Edgar Valente remodel the traditional songs of the central Portuguese plateau.

Malian singer Rokia Kone has an upcoming album with Irish producer Jacknife Lee.

French guitarist Yohann Le Ferrand recorded with some great African voices.

Atonga Zimba is a kologo player resident in London for many years, now based in his native Ghana.

Juanita Euka was born in Congo, raised in Buenos Aires, and has fronted afrobeat bands in London.

Hamid Shaeri is a Libyan musician who pursued his musical career in Egypt.

Dowdelin are a trio from Guadeloupe, Martinique and Armenia, based in Lyon.

Groundation are a reggae outfit from California with some veteran stars supporting.

3Head release the title track - mixed by Dennis Bovelle - of their forthcoming dub set.

The Brussels label Rebel Up have a compilation of Peruvian chicha pop music.

Molo Sayat are the intriguing sound of a Lebanese vocalist with European backing.

Arooj Aftab is a Pakistani ghazal singer relocated to contemporary Brooklyn.

US-based Iranian singer Mamak Khadem has spoken word from Chris Martin.

The Spell Songs collective embark on their second album, connecting words, music and the natural world.

Stephan Micus is a German composer and player of traditional instruments from around the world.

Check the latest Transglobal World Music Chart here


Here is the playlist for "Ear to the globe" broadcast on Monday January 24th. The programme goes out every Monday at 10pm to midnight on 103.2FM and is available live at

1.Elza Soares: “Coracao do Mar”.

2.Elza Soares: “Mulher do Fim do Mundo”. Both from “The Woman at the End of the World” (Mais Um 2016).

3.Elza Soares: “Hoje e dia de festa”. From “Do Coccix Ate O Pescoço” (Maianga Discos 2002).

4.Elza Soares: “Pra Fuder”.

5.Elza Soares: “Solto”.Both from“The Woman at the End of the World” (Mais Um 2016).

6.Tempura & Edgar Valente: “Cinco Sentidos”. Single from forthcoming album “Bandua” (Frente Bolivarista).

7.Rokia Kone & Jacknife Lee: “Kurunba”. Single from forthcoming album “Bamanan” (Real World).

8.Yohann Le Ferrand feat. Mamani Keita: “Konya”.

9.Yohann Le Ferrand feat. Khaira Arby: “Yerna Fassè”.Both from “Yeko” (Back2Bam 2022).

10.Atonga Zimba: “Clean Africa”.

11.Atonga Zimba: “Gidigidigidi”.Both from “A to Z” (Jinn Records 2021).

12.Juanita Euka: “Nalingi Mobali Te”. Single from forthcoming album “Mabanzo” (Strut Records).

13.Hamid Shaeri: “Yefkini Nema’sotak”. From “The Slam! Years (1983-1988)” (Habibi Funk 2022).

14.Dowdelin: “Sime Love”. Single from forthcoming album “Lanmou Lanmou” (Underdog Records).

15.Groundation feat. Israel Vibration & The Abyssinians: “Original Riddim”. Single from forthcoming album “One Rock” (Baco/Easy Star Records).

16.3Head: “Afnaz - Dennis Bovell vocal dub mix”. Single from forthcoming album “Afnaz” (3Head).

17.Grupo Halley: “Quisiera”. From the compilation “Chicha Popular” (Rebel Up 2022).

18.Los Shapis & Nohemi: “La Juguetito”. Single accompanying first 150 vinyl copies of “Chicha Popular” (Rebel Up 2022).

19.Molo Sayat: “Adame”. From “Hadaeq” (Zephyrus 2021).

20.Arooj Aftab: “Suroor”. From “Vulture Prince” (New Amsterdam Records 2021).

21.Mamak Khadem: “Entangled”. From “Remembrance” (Six Degrees 2022).

22.Spell Songs with Karine Polwart: “Bramble”. From “Spell Songs II: Let The Light In” (Thirty Tigers 2021).

23.Stephan Micus: “The Longing of the Migrant Birds”. From “Winter’s End” (ECM 2021).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1. Juçara Marçal: “Delta Estacio Blues” (Mais Um).

2.Assafir: “Digressions” (Assafir).

3.Susana Baca: “Palabras Urgentes” (Real World).

4.Arooj Aftab: “Vulture Prince” (New Amsterdam).

5.V.A: “Essiebons Special 1973-1984 - Ghana Music Power House” (Analog Africa).

6.Oki: “Tonkori In The Moonlight” (Mais Um).

7.Hamid Shaeri: “The Slam! Years (1983-1988)” (Habibi Funk).

8.Atonga Zimba: “A to Z” (Jinn Records).

9.Nilotika Cultural Ensemble: “Nyabingi Resurrection” (Switchstance Recordings).

10. Molo Sayat: “Hadaeq” (Zephyrus).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.Avalanche Kaito: “DabalominI”. From the EP “Dabalomini” (Glitterbeat).

2.Dowdelin: “Sime Love”. From “Lanmou Lanmou” (Underdog Records).

3.David Krakauer: “Jammin with Socalled”. From “Mazel Tov Cocktail Party” (Label Bleu/Table Pounding Records).

4.Molo Sayat: “Adame”. From “Hadaeq” (Zephyrus).

5.Park Jiha: “A Day In”. From “The Gleam” (tak:til).
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