Playlist 25.06.2018

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Playlist 25.06.2018

On this week's programme:

Womad 2018 is on the horizon and the first four artists featured will all be appearing there:

Tal National, the wild and unruly rockers from Niger, veteran East African rumba outfit, Orchestre Les Mangalepa, Dobet Gnahoré, singer and dancer from Côte D’Ivoire, and B.C.U.C, the progressive township soul band from Soweto. All mouth-watering prospects.

Cheikh Lô is a Senegalese singer/percussionist and one time protegé of Youssou N’Dour, whose debut album on World Circuit gets a remastering.

Diali Cissokho is a Senegalese griot based in North Carolina with his band, Kaira Ba.

Les Tambours de Brazza play an updated version of traditional Congolese vocal-percussion interplay.

Samba Touré is a Malian singer/guitarist who walks elegantly in Ali Farka Touré’s shoes.

Calypso Rose is Grand Dame of Trinidadian calypso.

Winston McAnuff and François-Xavier Bossard are the unlikely reggae-accordion pairing.

Ziggy Marley has rebellion and revolution in his sights.

Malphino are a London-based collective of worldwide origins with a seductive and idiosyncratic take on cumbia.

Very Be Careful are a vallenato and cumbia outfit from Los Angeles.

Max Baca and the Texmaniacs are back and forth across the Tex-Mex border.

Rahim AlHaj is a Carolina-based Iraqi oud player, accompanied by santoor and percussion.

Ravi Shankar is the most famous Indian musician worldwide.

Manika Kaur is a Sikh singer in collaboration with James Yorkston, Jyotsna Srikanth and Tunde Jegeda.

Thomas Bartlett and Nico Muhly develop songs from the notations and transcriptions of gamelan music by Benjamin Britten and associates in the 1940s.


Here is the playlist for "Ear to the globe" broadcast on Monday June 25th. The programme goes out every Monday at 10pm to midnight on 103.2FM and is available live at

1.    Tal National: “Akokass”. From “Tantabara” (FatCat 2018).

2.    Orchestre Les Mangalepa: “Suzanna”. From “Last Band Standing” (Strut 2017).

3.    Dobet Gnahoré: “Djoli”. From “Miziki” (LA Cafe 2018).

4.    B.C.U.C : “Insimbi”. From “Emakhosini” (Buda 2018).

5.    Cheikh Lô: “Ndogal”. From “Youssou N’Dour presente Cheikh N’Diguël Lô - Né La Thiass” (World Circuit 1995/2017).

6.    Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba: “Badima”. From “Routes” (forthcoming on Okaymusic).

7.    Les Tambours de Brazza: “Brazza”. From “Kongo” (Buda 2018).

8.    Samba Touré: “Goy Boyro / The Good Work (Well Done)”. From “Wande” (Glitterbeat 2018).

9.    Calypso Rose feat. Angelique Kidjo: “Wah Fu Dance”. From “So, Calypso!” (Because 2018).

10.  Winston McAnuff & Fixi: “Big Brother”. Single from forthcoming album (Chapter Two).

11.  Ziggy Marley feat. Samuill Kalonji: “World Revolution”. From “Rebellion Rises” (Tuff Gong 2018).

12.  Malphino: “Looking for Kiwano”. From “Visit Malphino” (Lex 2018).

13.  Very Be Careful: “El Anillo”. From “Daisy’s Beauty Salon” (Downtown Pijao / Steady Beat 2018).

14.  Los Texmaniacs: “Mexico-Americano”. From “Cruzando Borders” (Smithsonian Folkways 2018).

15.  Rahim AlHaj Trio: “Fly Away”. From “One Sky” (Smithsonian Folkways 2018).

16.  Ravi Shankar: “Megh”. From “The Rough Guide to Ravi Shankar” (World Music Network 2018).

17.  Manika Kaur: “Nasaro Monsoor Guru Gobind Singh”. From “Sacred Words” (Suriya 2018).

18.  Thomas Bartlett & Nico Muhly: “Grendel”. From “Peter Pears: Balinese Ceremonial Music” (Nonesuch 2018).

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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. Angelique Kidjo: “Remain In Light” (Kravenworks).


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


5. Fatoumata Diawara: “Fenfo” (Montuno).


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.  Cheikh Lô: “Ndogal”. From “Youssou N’Dour presente Cheikh N’Diguël Lô - Né La Thiass” (remastered - World Circuit).

2.  Calypso Rose: “Wah Fu Dance”. From “So, Calypso!” (Because).

3.  Ziggy Marley feat. Samuel Kalonji: “World Revolution”. From “Rebellion Rises” (Tuff Gong).


4.  Malphino: “Viento del Mañana”. From “Visit Malphino” (Lex).

5.  Ali Farka Touré: “Hawa Dolo”. From “The Source” (remastered - World Circuit).
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