Playlist 24.09.2018

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Playlist 24.09.2018

On this week's programme:

Saying goodbye and rest in peace to Rachid Taha, French-Algerian bohemian punk provocateur, and a very frequent audio-presence at my Wicklow Dance Club sessions.

The Plaza Francia Orchestra is a descendant of the Gotan Project, established by two of their members, with Catherine Ringer (of Les Rita Mitsouko) and Lura guesting on vocals.

Michael League’s Bokanté outfit have broadened their musical canvas even further with the addition of the Metropole Orkest from Holland.

Minyeshu Kifle Tedla is a singer from Ethiopia, setting her roots in a contemporary framework.

Canada’s SoulJazz Orchestra were joined by Senegalese singer Elage Mbaye on the final track of their “Under Burning Skies” album.

Harouna Samake, Malian kamale n’goni player and longstanding sideman of Salif Keita, releases his first solo album.

Sekou Ba also accompanied Salif Keita, on guitar and bass, as well as Oumou Sangaré and Fatoumata Diawara.

Jess Sah Bi and Peter One were a charming and unexpected hit in their native Côte d’Ivoire and across West Africa in the 1980s.

French-Antillean musician Gerald Toto is a member of the Toto Bona Lokua trio.

Ann O’aro is another striking voice from La Réunion in the Indian Ocean.

Punch Brothers, led by Chris Thile, are the progressive, even intellectual, face of bluegrass.

Mari Kalkun has conjured her new album from the deep woods of her native Estonia.

The Small Island Big Song project highlights strong cultural messages from musicians of isolated oceanic lands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.


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

1.    Rachid Taha: “Rock El Casbah”.  From “Tékitoi” (Barclay / Wrasse 2004).

2.    Rachid Taha: “Ya Rayah (Party)”.  From “Rachid Taha - The Definitive Collection” (Wrasse 2007).

3.    Rachid Taha: “Tékitoi”.  From “Tékitoi” (Barclay / Wrasse 2004).

4.    Rachid Taha: “Kelma (Thoughts)”.  From “Rachid Taha - The Definitive Collection” (Wrasse 2007).

5.    Rachid Taha: “Ecoute Moi Camarade”.  From “Diwan 2” (Barclay / Wrasse 2006).

6.    Plaza Francia Orchestra feat. Catherine Ringer: “Bárbara Mónica”.

7.    Plaza Francia Orchestra feat. Lura: “Arrebato”.  Both from “Plaza Francia Orchestra” (Because 2018).

8.    Plaza Francia: “I’ve Seen That Face Before (Libertango)”. From “A New Tango Song Book - Disc 2: Live Re-experience” (Because 2014).

9.    Bokanté and Metropole Orkest (conducted by Jules Buckley): “All The Way Home”. >From “What Heat” (Real World 2018).

10.  Minyeshu: “Yetal”. From “Daa Dee” (ARC 2018).

11.  SoulJazz Orchestra feat. Elage Mbaye: “Aduna Jarul Naawo”. From “Under Burning Skies” (Strut 2017).

12.  Harouna Samaké: “Blues Chasseur”. From “Kamale Blues” (One World 2018).

13.  Sekou Bah: “Adamadenw”.  From “Soukabbè Mali” (Clermont 2018).

14.  Jess Sah Bi & Peter One: “Clipo Clipo”.

15.  Jess Sah Bi & Peter One: “Katin”.  Both from “Our Garden Needs Its Flowers” (Awesome Tapes From Africa 2018).

16.  Gerald Toto: “Day By Day”. From “Sway” (forthcoming on No Format!).

17.  Ann O’aro: “Lo Lor Kapé”. From “Ann O’aro” (Buda Musique 2018).

18.  Punch Brothers: “All Ashore”. From “All Ashore” (Nonesuch 2018).

19.  Mari Kalkun: “Keelega meelega (with tongue and mind)”. From “Ilmamõtsan” (Nordic Notes 2018).

20.  Yoyo Tuki: “Ka va’ai mai koe”. From “Small Island, Big Song” (

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1. Various Artists: “Two Niles To Sing A Melody - The violins & synths of Sudan” (Ostinato).


2. Harouna Samaké: “Kamale Blues” (One World).


3. Dur-Dur Of Somalia: “Volume 1 & Volume 2” (Analog Africa).


4. Plaza Francia Orchestra: “Plaza Francia Orchestra” (Because).


5. Stella Chiweshe: “Kasahwa - Early Singles” (Glitterbeat).


6. Mari Kalkun: “Ilmamôtsan” (Nordic Notes).


7. SANS: “Kulku” (Cloud Valley).


8. Thabang Tabane: “Matjale” (Mushroom Hour Half Hour)..         


9. Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids: “An Angel Fell” (Strut).


10. Various Artists: “Disques Debs International Volume 1 - An Island Story: Biguine, Afro-Latin Musique Antillaise 1960-1972” (Strut).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.  Bixiga 70: “Camelo”. From “Quebra-Cabeça” (Glitterbeat).

2.  Sydney Lérémon et ses Amis du Calvaire Baie-Mahault: “You You Matayango”. From “Disques Debs International Volume 1 - An Island Story: Biguine, Afro-Latin Musique Antillaise 1960-1972” (Strut).

3.  Moussu T e lei Jovents: “Je t’aime”. From “Operette Vol. 2” (Manivette).


4.  Jess Sah Bi & Peter One: “Clipo Clipo”.  From “Our Garden Needs Its Flowers” (Awesome Tapes From Africa).

5.  Olivia Chaney: “Roman Holiday”. From “Shelter” (Nonesuch).

DJ Nigel Wood World Music Specialist
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