Playlist 30.05.2022

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Playlist 30.05.2022

On this week’s programme:

The Madalitso Band are an acoustic duo from Lilongwe, Malawi.

Jally Kebba Susso is a griot and kora player from Gambia, based in London.

Maajo are a Finnish-African group, augmented with members from Mauritius and Zambia.

Senegalese bassist, Alune Wade, has played with some of the greats of African music and jazz.

Dirtmusic are Hugo Race, Chris Eckman and Baba Zula’s Murat Ertel.

Auntie Flo and Sarathy Korwar fire up their blend of tabla and electronics.

Faizal Mostrixx is a Ugandan griot and afro-futurist electronica producer.

Linda Ayupuka is a Ghanaian church choir leader and sometime electronic dance vocalist.

Moktar Gania is a Moroccan gnawa musician and brother of the late Mahmoud Gania.

Sababa 5 play funky versions of traditional Yemenite songs.

Jasdeep Singh Degun is a modern British sitarist steeped in the North Indian tradition.

Mavis Staples and Levon Helm of The Band were friends since around the time of The Last Waltz and this live gig together is from 2011. (Incidentally Ronnie Hawkins, also from The Last Waltz died the other day).

Pharis and Jason Romero are a rural Canadian folk couple.

L’Attirail are a French band, led by Xavier Demerliac, who play “acoustic music without borders or roots”.

Leyla McCalla, who featured in the Carolina Chocolate Drops and Our Native Daughters, is on the trail of her Haitian roots.

Horzine Stara is a polyphonic vocal quartet from France, also questioning the concept of borders.

Dawda Jobarteh is another Gambian kora artist, this time based in Denmark and playing with a string quartet.

Julian Belbachir is an Australian percussionist with musicians from Morocco and West Africa.

The Good Ones are an acoustic trio from Kigali, releasing their fourth album.

Elsa Hewitt is a UK producer, songwriter and electronic musician with a very diverse catalogue.

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Here is the playlist for "Ear to the globe" broadcast on Monday May 30th. The programme goes out every Monday at 10pm to midnight on 103.2FM and is available live at

1.Madalitso Band: “Ali ndi vuto”. From “Musakayike” (Bongo Joe 2022).

2.Jally Kebba Susso: “Justice”. From the EP “Freedom” (Mawimbi/Believe 2022).

3.Maajo feat. Gilbert K & Waina: “Better Days” (Single on Wonderwheel 2022).

4.Alune Wade: “Nasty Sand”. From “Sultan” (Yellowbird/Enja 2022).

5.Dirtmusic: “Hum Hum” (Single on Glitterbeat 2022).

6.Auntie Flo & Sarathy Korwar: “Dha”. From “Shruti Dances” (forthcoming on Make Music).

7.Faizal Mostrixx feat. Giovanni Kuyingi: “Kamungolo”. From the EP “Transitions” (Glitterbeat 2022).

8.Linda Ayupuka: “Annebooy”. Single from forthcoming album “God Created Everything” (Mais Um).

9.Moktar Gania & Gnawa Soul: “Lâada”. From “Masterisé” (MusjoMusic Nuits d’Afrique 2022).

10.Sababa 5 feat. Shiran Tzfira: “Ya Hiah”. From EP “Rali” (Batov 2022).

11.Jasdeep Singh Degun: “Enigma 7.5”. From “Anomaly” (Real World 2022).

12.Mavis Staples & Levon Helm: “Farther Along”.

13.Mavis Staples & Levon Helm: “This may be the last time”. Both from “Carry Me Home” (Anti/Epitaph).

14.Pharis & Jason Romero: “Cannot change it all”. From “Tell ‘em you were gold” (Smithsonian Folkways 2022).

15.Peggy Seeger: “Lubrication”. From “First Farewell” (Red Grape 2022).

16.L’Attirail: “Potluck in the Shack”. From “Road to Grasslands” (Les Chantiers Sonores 2022).

17.Leyla McCalla: “Antibonite”. From “Breaking The Thermometer” (Anti- 2022).

18.Horzine Stara: “The Walker”. From “Bords de Terre - Dubhe” (Vlad Productions 2022).

19.Dawda Jobarteh: “Efo”.From “Soaring Wild Lands” (Sterns Africa 2022).

20.Julian Belbachir: “Homelands”. From “Babdoukkala” (Julian Belbachir 2022).

21.The Good Ones: “The Darkness has passed (Genocide 1959-1994)”. From “Rwanda… You See Ghosts, I See Sky” (Six Degrees 2022).

22.Elsa Hewitt: “Howl”. From “Lupa” (Tompkins Square 2021).

Thanks for listening.

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

 1.Oumou Sangaré: “Timbuktu” (World Circuit).

2.Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita: “Echo” (Bendigedig).

3.Moktar Gania & Gnawa Soul: “Masterisé” (MusjoMusic Nuits d’Afrique).

4.Leyla McCalla: “Breaking The Thermometer” (Anti-).

5.Dawda Jobarteh: “Soaring Wild Lands” (Sterns Africa).

6.Dennis Bovell: “Dennis Bovell, The DubMaster: The Essential Anthology” (Trojan).

7.Mavis Staples & Levon Helm: “Carry Me Home” (Anti/Epitaph).

8.Africa Negra: “Antologie Vol. 1” (Bongo Joe).

9.Congotronics International: “Where’s The One?” (Crammed Discs).

10. Perrate: “Tres Golpes” (Lovemonk).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.Inga: “Traktor”. From the compilation “Folk & Great Tunes from Siberia and the Far East” (CPL-Music).

2.IDR - Italian Doc Remix: “Take the G Train”. From “Pandemonium” (41st Parallel).

3.Paa Jude: “Odo Refre Wo”. From the compilation “Borga Revolution! Ghanaian Music in the Digital Age 1983-1992” (Kalita).

4.Clinton Fearon: “New Chapter”. From “Breaking News” (Baco Records).

5.Peggy Seeger: “Gotta get home by midnight”. From “First Farewell” (Red Grape).
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