Playlist 26.04.2021

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Playlist 26.04.2021

On this week's programme:

Burkinabe singer, Kady Diarra, recorded her album in the Ardeche during lockdown last spring.

Alfred Kpebesaane, player of the Ghanaian gyil, joins forces with Brooklyn’s Brittany Anjou on piano and vibes

Israeli percussionist Ben Aylon studied the sabar tradition in Senegal and collaborated with some celebrated West Africans.

Christine Salem is an award-winning singer from La Réunion island.

The Comorian is “Soubi” and “Mmadi”, musicians from Grande Comore, recorded by Ian Brennan al fresco.

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino are pizzica royalty from Puglia.

The Movimientos label takes a temperature check on the UK Latin scene - it’s hot!

Lucas Santtana prepares to release tapes of some legendary sessions…in a greenhouse.

Asian Dub Foundation’s Ghetto Priest takes the reggae to the lounge.

Samba singer Milena Castro is from São Paulo.

Pao Barreto moved from her native Bogota to study in Paris.

Renowned institute and record label Smithsonian Folkways give us a star-studded Ohio bluegrass compilation as well as intriguing albums from Vietnamese-American No-No Boy and female trio Lula Wiles.

Yiagos Hairetis on Cretan lutes, and Maria-Christina Harper on harp weave an experimental trail.

Ballaké Sissoko has produced an album of wonderfully diverse collaborations.

Senegalese veteran Wasis Diop offers an album of poetic songs in French.

Check the latest Transglobal World Music Chart here


Here is the playlist for "Ear to the globe" broadcast on Monday April 26th. The programme goes out every Monday at 10pm to midnight on 103.2FM and is available live at

1.Kady Diarra: “Sou (the night)”. From “Burkina Hakili” (Lamastrock 2021).

2.Alfred Kpebesaane & Brittany Anjou: “Yuor Na Nume”. From “Nong Voru/Fake Love” (Chant Records).

3.Ben Aylon feat. Khaira Arby: “Alafia”. From “Xalam” (Riverboat / World Music Network 2021).

4.Christine Salem: “Je dis non”.

5.Christine Salem: “Mama Africa”. Both from “Mersi” (Blue Fanal 2021).

6.Comorian: “Bandits are doing bad deeds”. From “We are an island but we’re not alone” (forthcoming on Glitterbeat).

7.Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino: “Balla Nina”. From “Meridiana” (Ponderosa 2021).

8.Mama Racho: “Danza Los Mirlos”. From “Movimientos presents Santuario/Sanctuary compilation” (Movimientos 2021).

9.Lucas Santtana: “Lycra-Limão”. From the forthcoming album “3 Sessions in a Greenhouse” (Mais Um).

10.Ghetto Priest: “I don’t want to see you cry”. From “Big People Music” (Ramrock 2021).

11.Milena Castro: “Gostoso de Viver”. From the EP “Me Leva Pra Casa” (Milena Castro 2020).

12.Pao Barreto: “Le Torre”. From “Spiralis” (El Clan/InOuie 2021).

13.Sierra Hull: “Mountain Strings”.

14.Lee Ann Womack: “From Life’s Other Side”.

15.Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver: “When He Blessed My Soul”.All from the compilation “Industrial Strength Bluegrass” (Smithsonian Folkways 2021).

16.No-No Boy: “Imperial Twist”.

17.No-No Boy: “Tony Ramone”. Both from “!975” (Smithsonian Folkways 2021).

18.Lula Wiles: “Television”. From the forthcoming album “Shame and Sedition” (Smithsonian Folkways).

19.Hairetis Harper: “Meadow”. From “Draft” (Same Difference Music 2021).

20.Ballaké Sissoko with Vincent Segal and Patrick Messina: “Jeu Sur La Symphonie Fantastique”.

21.Ballaké Sissoko with Feu! Chatterton: “Un Vetement Pour La Lune”. Both from “Djourou” (No Format! 2021).

22.Wasis Diop: “La Rose Noire”. From “De la Glace dans la Gazelle” (MDC 2021).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1.Jupiter & Okwess: “Na Kozonga” (Zamora).

2.Christine Salem: “Mersi” (Blue Fanal).

3.Kady Diarra: “Burkina Hakili” (Lamastrock).

4.Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi: “They’re Calling Me Home” (Nonesuch).

5.Samba Touré: “Binga” (Glitterbeat).

6.Ballaké Sissoko: “Djourou” (No Format!).

7.Kasai Allstars: “Black Ants Always Fly Together, One Bangle Makes No Sound” (Crammed).

8.Piers Faccini: “Shapes Of The Fall” (No Format!).

9.San Salvador: “La Grande Folie” (La Grand Foli/Pagans/MDC).

10. Various Artists: “Industrial Strength Bluegrass” (Smithsonian Folkways).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.Les Filles de Illighadad: “Irriganan”. Single from forthcoming album “At Pioneer Works” (Sahel Sounds).

2.Hassan Wargui: “Azmz”. From “Tiddukla” (Hive Mind).

3.Paolo Angeli: “Sulu”. From “Jar’a” (AnMa ReR Megacorp).

4.Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi: “Amazing Grace”. From “They’re Calling Me Home” (Nonesuch).

5.Howie Lee: “Dawn of the Idols”. From “Birdy Island” (Mais Um).
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