Playlist 28.03.2023

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Playlist 28.03.2023

On this week’s programme:

Simon Emmerson of the Afro Celts and The Imagined Village has left us - full tribute next week.

South African icons, Mathlatini and the Mahotella Queens, were captured on their 1988-89 break-out tour.

Ireke are the French duo of Julien Gervaix and Damien Tesson, exploring Afro-Caribbean rhythms.

Parranda La Cruz are US-based musicians from Venezuela and La Réunion.

Sexteto Tabalá carry the ancestral Afro-Colombian son tradition.

World Circuit have unreleased recordings of Mali’s guitar master, Ali Farka Touré.

Clément Janinet, French violinist and composer, highlights Adama Sidibe’s playing of the sokou, the Malian one-string fiddle.

Keturah, from a small village in Malawi, relocates to California and releases her debut, backed by the Playing For Change band.

The Chlopi project conjures up the village and wedding music of late 19th century central Poland.

Faith i Branco are fronted by UK accordionist and Serbian violinist.

Driss El Maloumi is a Moroccan composer and oud player, previously a member of the 3MA trio.

Ensemble Al-Kindi have been interpreting the Arab classical repertoire for over 30 years.

Harry Taussig, now 82 years old, is a physicist, photographer, author and finger-style guitarist.

Danuk are a group of exiled Middle-Eastern musicians rooted in Kurdish folklore with Michael League on production.

Brighde Chaimbeul is a Scottish piper from Skye, “always led by the drone”.

Dom Flemons, once of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, is a multi-instrumentalist, drawing from old-time country music.

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Here is the playlist for "Ear to the globe" broadcast on Tuesday March 28th. The programme goes out every Tuesday at 10pm to midnight on 103.2FM and is available live at

1.Afro Celt Sound System: “Whirly-y-Reel 2 (Folk Police Mix). From “Afro Celt Sound System Volume 1: Sound Magic” (Real World 1996).

2.Mahlathini & The Mahotella Queens: “Kazet”. From “Music Inferno - The Indestructible Beat Tour 1988-1989” (Umsakazo Records 2023).

3.Ireke feat. Sana Bob: “Métissage”. From “Tropikadelic” (Underdog Records 2023).

4.Parranda La Cruz: “Rezo a la luna”. From “Parranda La Cruz” (Lamastrock 2023).

5.Sexteto Tabalá: “Flor de primavera”. From “100 Años de Sexteto Palenquero” (Palenque Records 2023).

6.Ali Farka Touré: “Safari”.

7.Ali Farka Touré with Oumou Sangaré: “Bandolobourou”. Both from “Voyageur” (World Circuit 2023).

8.Clement Janinet & Adama Sidibe: “Farka Blues”. From “Sokou!” (Hélico Music 2023).

9.Keturah: “Kunyumba”.

10.Keturah: “Udzafele zina”. Both from “Keturah” (forthcoming on Hen House Studios).

11.Kozuch/Napiecie: “Marsz”.

12.Kozuch/Napiecie: “A Otworzcie”. Both from “Chlopi - Wesele Boryny” (Muzyka Zakorzeniona 2023).

13.Faith i Branco: “Rumunska Vez”. From “Duhovi” (Riverboat/World Music Network 2023).

14.Driss El Maloumi: “Matar”. From “Aswat” (forthcoming on Contre-Jour/Zig Zag World).

15.Ensemble Al-Kindi & Sheikh Hamed Daoud: “Al-Nouba - Suite of Arab-Andalusian Tradition”. From “Sufi Trance of the Whirling Dervishes of Damascus” (Buda Musique 2023).

16.Harry Taussig: “Lullaby in D Modal”. From “Taussig 80” (Tompkins Square 2023).

17.Danuk: “Xelilo Lawo”. Single from the album “Morik” (Omni Sound 2023).

18.Brighde Chaimbeul: “’S Mi Gabhail an Rathaid - I Take The Road”.

19.Brighde Chaimbeul: “Crònan”.Both from “Carry Them With Us” (tak:til/Glitterbeat 2023).

20.Dom Flemons: “Traveling Wildfire”. From “Traveling Wildfire” (Smithsonian Folkways 2023).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):
 1.King Ayisoba: “Work Hard” (Glitterbeat).

2.Houria Aicha: “Chants Courtois de L’Aurès” (Accords Croisés).

3.Polobi & The Gwo Ka Masters: “Abri Cyclonique” (Real World).

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

5.Ali Farka Touré: “Voyageur” (World Circuit).


6.Sarathy Korwar: “Kalak” (Leaf).

7.Acid Arab: “Trois” (Crammed Discs).

8.Brighde Chaimbeul: “Carry Them With Us” (tak:til/Glitterbeat).

9.Various Artists: “High Castle Teleorkestra presents a Beginner’s Guide to Sublime Frequencies Volumes 1&2” (Sublime Frequencies).

10.Harry Taussig: “Taussig 80” (Tompkins Square).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1. The Imagined Village: “Cold Haily Rainy Night”. From “The Imagined Village” (ECC).

2.Afro Celt Sound System: “Desert Billy (The Balcony)”.

3.Afro Celt Sound System: “Beware Soul Brother”.Both from “The Source” (ECC).

4.Clement Janinet & Adama Sidibe: “Black Sky”. From “Sokou!” (Hélico).

5.Sissoko, Segal, Parisien, Peirani: “Ta Nyé”. From “Les Égarés” (Nø Format!).
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