Playlist 27.01.2020

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Playlist 27.01.2020

On this week's programme:

Les Amazones d’Afrique are an empowering, consciousness-raising ensemble of African women with a funky Dr L production.

Ahmed Ben Ali is from Libya where reggae has long had an enthusiastic following.

Kosmo Sounds are a 6-piece band from Ghent in Belgium.

The “Mogadisco” collection is the latest missive from the Somalian vaults.

“Léve Léve” is the first ever compilation of music from São Tomé & Principe.

Angelique Kidjo secured the World Music Grammy for “Celia”, her tribute to Celia Cruz.

Cuatro master Kiki Valera plays classic Cuban son on his debut album.

Nikanor are a Peruvian chicha-cumbia outfit based in Brussels.

Meybahar are a Greek and Hungarian band featuring santouri and violin.

Cafè Loti are a trio of two Italians and a Persian musician in taverna accord.

Blu L’azard perform song, dance and poetry in French, Occitan and Italian.

Sam Lee sings from a deep well of English tradition.

Seamus Egan is a banjo player and multi-instrumentalist - a one-time member of Solas.

Muzsikas and Amadinda are both Hungarian, from the folk tradition and modern classical world respectively.

Naissam Jalal revisits Cairo with a full-strength Egyptian ensemble.

The Sinafi Trio are Greek women based in Istanbul.

Fado singer Lina has the backing of Raül Refree on keyboards and electronics.

Martin Hayes collaborated with the strings of New York’s Brooklyn Rider in 2016, released last year.


Here is the playlist for "Ear to the globe" broadcast on Monday January 27th. The programme goes out every Monday at 10pm to midnight on 103.2FM and is available live at

1.    Les Amazones d’Afrique feat. Rokia Koné: “Red”.

2.    Les Amazones d’Afrique feat. Niariu & Ami Yerewolo: “Smile”.  Both from “Amazones Power” (Real World 2020).

3.    Ahmed Ben Ali: “Damek Majeb” (Single on Habibi Funk 2019).

4.    Kosmo Sound: “Furious” (Single on Zephyrus 2019).

5.    Dur-Dur Band: “Daraadaa Muxibo”. From the compilation “Mogadisco - Dancing Mogadishu 1972-1990” (Analog Africa 2019).

6.    Conjunto Sangazuza: “Sun Malé”.

7.    Sum Alvarinho: “M’konvètá dédo”.  Both from the compilation “Léve Léve: São Tomé & Principe sounds 70s - 80s” (Bongo Joe 2020).

8.    Angelique Kidjo: “Cucala”. From “Celia” (Decca France 2019).

9.    Kiki Valera: “Se Quema La Chumbambá”. From “Vivencias en Clave Cubana” (Origin 2019).

10.  Nikanor: “Bajo El Sol”. From “Bajo El Sol” (Rebel Up 2020).

11.  Meybahar: “Abyss”. From “Abyss” (Fonó 2019).

12.  Cafè Loti: “Giacula Giacula”. From “In Taberna” (Materiali Sonori 2019).

13.  Blu L’azard: “Se si insegnasse la bellezza / If you could teach beauty”. From “Bal Poètic” (Ala Bianca 2018).

14.  Sam Lee: “The Garden Of England (Seeds of Love)”. From “Old Wow” (Cooking Vinyl 2020).

15.  Seamus Egan: “6 then 5”. From “Early Bright” (Seamus Egan 2019).

16.  Muzsikas & Amadinda: “Táncdallamok”. From “Parallels & Contrasts” (Fonó 2019).

17.  Naissam Jalal: “Bint Al Balad”. From “Om Al Aagayeb” (Les Couleurs du Son 2019).

18.  Sinafi Trio: “Ümmü kiz”. From “Iho” (Kalan 2019).

19.  Lina & Raül Refree: “Maldição”. From “Lina_Raül Refree” (Glitterbeat 2020).

20.  Martin Hayes & Brooklyn Rider: “Port Na bPucai”. From “The Butterfly” (In A Circle 2019).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1.   El Khat: “Saadia Jefferson” (Batov).


2.  Lina & Raül Refree: “Lina_Raül Refree” (Glitterbeat).


3.  Various Artists: “Mogadisco - Dancing Mogadishu 1972-1990” (Analog Africa).


4.  Kiki Valera: “Vivencias en Clave Cubana” (Origin).


5.  Various Artists: “Sound Portraits from Bulgaria - A Journey to a Vanished World 1966-1979” (Smithsonian Folkways).


6.  Various Artists: “Léve Léve: São Tomé & Principe sounds 70s - 80s” (Bongo Joe).


7.  Dimitris Mystakidis: “Edo & Ekei / Here & There” (Fishbowl).


8.  Lamia Bedioui & Solis Barki: “Fin’amor” (Lamia Bedioui).


9.  Go: Organic Orchestra & Brooklyn Raga Massive: “Ragmala - A Garland of Ragas” (Meta Records).   

10. Sam Lee: “Old Wow” (Cooking Vinyl).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.   Les Amazones d’Afrique: “Power”. From “Amazones Power” (Real World).

2.   Mamadou Kelly: “Les Bateaux”. From “Les Bateaux” (Clermont).

3.   Sam Lee: “Lay This Body Down”. From “Old Wow” (Cooking Vinyl).

4.   Martin Hayes & Brooklyn Rider: “Port Na bPucai”. From “The Butterfly” (In A Circle).

5.   Walter Gavitt Ferguson: “Hoorah for Paula”. From “King of Calypso Limonense - The Legendary Tape Recording Vol.2” (Bongo Joe).

DJ Nigel Wood World Music Specialist
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