Playlist 24.01.2023

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Playlist 24.01.2023

On this week’s programme:

Son Palenque are are an Afro-Colombian band founded in the early 1980s in Cartegena.

UK producer Robin Perkins, aka El Buho, reinterprets a host of global musics.

UK duo Carthnage provide rhythmic backing for Toya Delazy’s Zulu vocals.

Moonlight Benjamin and her French band give heavy voodoo vibe.

The Entoto Band are based in Amsterdam playing Ethio-funk and jazz.

Ali Farka Touré rides again with an album of unreleased recordings to come.

Solomane Doumbia, percussionist and arranger for Salif Keita, traces routes to Nigeria.

Smithsonian’s “Ears of the People” highlights the gourd-banjo music of Senegal and Gambia.

“Crossroads Kenya” compiles 1980’s East African dance styles.

Reggae-wise - Yann Loisel is a Frenchman based in Berlin, Marcus Gad is from New Caledonia.

Zion Head is Jamaican, now based in France, and Tanya Stephens is a Jamaican star.

Lee Perry is the legendary Lee Perry.

Kosmo Sound are dub adventurers from Ghent in Belgium.

Didon is the Tunisian-American duo of Carmen Rizzo and Meriem Ben Amor.

Stick in the Wheel are gritty folkers from East London, and Trials of Cato are English and Welsh folk.

Baton Bleu are the French indie folk duo of Gautier and Maria.

Jesse Buckley, actress, and Bernard Butler, Suede, are in harmonious partnership.

Spanish composer Raül Refree has soundtracks, meditations, traditions and experiments.

Bella Hardy is a contemporary English folk artist revisiting the tradition.

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

1.Son Palenque: “Dame un trago”. From “Trotamundos Del Sabor” (Palenque Records 1986/2023).

2.El Buho (Plu Con Pla): “No Mas Velorio (El Buho Remix)”. From “Tributaries Vol. 2” (Wonderwheel 2022).

3.Carthnage & Toya Delazy: “Umoya” (Single on Rebel Up).

4.Moonlight Benjamin: “Bafon”. Single from forthcoming album “Wayo” (Ma Case).

5.Entoto Band: “Tezalgn Yetentu”. From “Entoto Band” (Guitar Globetrotter Recordings 2023).

6.Ali Farka Touré: “Sahara” (radio edit). From the forthcoming album “Voyageur” (World Circuit).

7.Solomane Doumbia: “Diarabi”. From “Ségou To Lagos” (forthcoming on Mieruba).

8.Elisa Diedhiou: “Aline Sitoe”.

9.Sijam Bukan: “Mamba Sambou”.Both from the compilation “Ears Of The People: Ekonting Songs from Senegal & The Gambia” (Smithsonian Folkways 2023).

10.New Gatanga Boys: “Wanja Ni Wakwa”.

11.Les Moto Moto: “Palipo Na Maneno”.Both from the compilation “Crossroads Kenya: East African Benga & Rumba, 1980-1985” (No Wahala 2022).

12.Yann Loisel feat. Lengualetta: “Brainwash”. From the album “Upon The Road Part 1” (Fikkus Records 2022).

13.Marcus Gad & Zion I Kings: “Recall the fullness”. From the Zion I Kings EP “Yad On Riddim” (Lustre Kings/Galactic Soul 2022).

14.Zion Head: “Jah Watching”. From “Jah Watching” (Z 2diZ 2022).

15.Tanya Stephens feat. Big Youth: “Reset”. From “Some Kinda Madness” (Tad’s 2022).

16.Lee Perry & Neville Grant: “Sick & Tired”.

17.Lee Perry with Lord Sassafras & Debra Keese: “Green Bay Inquest”.Both from “Lee Scratch Perry: King Scratch - Musical Masterpieces From The Upsetter Ark-ive” (Trojan 2022).

18.Kosmo Sound: “Ferocious”. From “Fruit Of The Void” (Zephyrus 2022).

19.Didon: “On my way”. From “Tunisian Tale” (Electrofone 2023).

20.Stick in the wheel: “Gold so red”. From “Endurance Soundly Caged” (From Here 2022).

21.Trials of Cato: “Ring of roses”. From “Gog Magog” (Trials of Cato 2022).

22.Baton Bleu: “Eos” (Single - Baton Bleu 2023).

23.Jesse Buckley & Bernard Butler: “For all our days that tear the heart”. From “For All Our Days That Tear The Heart” (EMI 2022).

24.Refree: “Lo que esconden”. From “El Espacio Entre” (tak:til Glitterbeat 2023).

25.Bella Hardy: “Hares on the mountain”. From “Love Songs” (Noe 2022).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1.Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder: “Get On Board: The Songs of Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee” (Nonesuch).

2.Mostar Sevdah Reunion: “Lady Sings the Balkan Blues” (Snail Records).

3.Solomane Doumbia: “Ségou to Lagos” (Mieruba).

4.Gaye su Akyol: “Anadolu Ejderi” (Glitterbeat).

5.Angeline Morrison: “The Sorrow Songs” (Topic Records).


6.Lucrecia Dalt: “Ay!” (RVNG International).


7.Vusi Mahlasela, Norman Zulu & Jive Connection: “Prodigal Son”. From “Face To Face” (Strut).

8.Afrorack: “The Afrorack” (Hakuna Kulala).

9.Taraf Syriana: “Taraf Syriana” (Lula World Records).

10.Lucas Santtana: “O Paraiso” (No Format).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.King Ayisoba feat. Ayuune Sula & Zea: “People talk too much”. From “Work Hard” (forthcoming on Glitterbeat).

2.Kimi Djabaté: “Afonhe”. From “Dindin” (forthcoming on Cumbancha).

3.Eric Bibb: “Ridin’”. From “Ridin’” (Dixiefrog).

4.Stella Chiweshe: “Mhandu ye hove (The fish’s enemy)”. From “Double Check - Two Sides of Zimbabwe’s Mbira Queen” (Piranha 2006).

5.Loren Chasse & Joho Toivonen: “Aclod” (Hive Mind Records).
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