Playlist 31.01.2023

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Playlist 31.01.2023

On this week’s programme:

King Ayisoba is the premier exponent of Ghanaian kologo (2-string lute) music.

Smithsonian’s “Ears of the People” highlights the gourd-banjo music of Senegal and Gambia.

Les Mamans du Congo are women from Congo, Brazzaville, produced by Rrobin.

Kimi Djabaté is from a travelling griot family in Guinea-Bissau.

Stella Chiweshe overcame considerable cultural barriers in her native Zimbabwe to become the first female mbira player to get international recognition. She crossed further boundaries by electrifying her instrument and collaborating with Western musicians. Stella has died aged 76. R.I.P.

Eric Bibb is an American singer-songwriter and bluesman.

Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder have each been very influential in opening up global music to Western audiences.

Solomane Doumbia, percussionist and arranger for Salif Keita, traces routes from Mali to Nigeria.

The Entoto Band are based in Amsterdam playing Ethio-funk and jazz.

Debashish Bhattacharya is a virtuoso of Hindustani music, playing slide guitars that he designs himself.

DJ producer Mark de Clive-Lowe helms a tribute to spiritual jazz master Pharaoh Sanders.

Alabaster DePlume charts his own idiosyncratic course through a series of expressive improvisatory group sessions.

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Here is the playlist for "Ear to the globe" broadcast on Tuesday January 31st. The programme goes out every Tuesday at 10pm to midnight on 103.2FM and is available live at

1.    King Ayisoba feat. Ayuune Sule & Zea: “People talk too much”.

2.    King Ayisoba feat. Raskuuku & Twinkle: “Good things God knows”.  Both from “Work Hard” (forthcoming on Glitterbeat).

3.    Sijam Bukan: “Sijam Bukan”.

4.    Elisa Diedhiou: “Adiatta Ubonketom (Adiatta pray for me)”. Both from the compilation “Ears Of The People: Ekonting Songs from Senegal & The Gambia” (Smithsonian Folkways 2023).

5.    Les Mamans du Congo & Rrobin: “Ntima”. Single from forthcoming album “Ya Mizole” (Jarring Effects).

6.    Kimi Djabaté: “Afonhe”. From “Dindin” (Cumbancha 2023).

7.    Stella Chiweshe: “Mese Maikwana”. From “Double Check - Two Sides of Zimbabwe’s Mbira Queen - CD2 - Classic Hits” (Piranha 2006).

8.    Stella Chiweshe: “Ndikafa”. From “Ambuya! (Remastered)” (Piranha 2021).

9.    Stella Chiweshe: “Kuseniseni”.

10.  Stella Chiweshe: “Mhandu ye hove”. Both from “Double Check - Two Sides of Zimbabwe’s Mbira Queen - CD1 - Trance Hits” (Piranha 2006).

11.  Stella Chiweshe: “Ratidzo”. From “Kasahwa: Early Singles” (Glitterbeat 2018).

12.  Eric Bibb: “Ridin’”. From “Ridin’” (Dixiefrog Records 2023).

13.  Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder: “Pawn Shop Blues”. From “Get On Board - The Songs of Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee” (Nonesuch 2022).

14.  Solomane Doumbia: “Farafina”.

15.  Solomane Doumbia: “Kele”. Both from “Ségou To Lagos” (forthcoming on Mieruba).

16.  Entoto Band: “Yekermo Sew”. From “Entoto Band” (Guitar Globetrotter Recordings 2023).

17.  Debashish Bhattacharya: “Colors of joy”. From “The Sound Of The Soul” (Abtract Logix 2023).

18.  Mark de Clive-Lowe feat. Shigeto & Melanie Charles: “The Creator has a Master Plan - part 2”. From the forthcoming album “Hotel San Claudio” (Soul Bank Music).

19.  Alabaster DePlume: “Mrs Calamari”.

20.  Alabaster DePlume: “Visitors YT15B - Jerusalem, Palestine”. Both from “Gold” (International Anthem 2022).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1.  King Ayisoba: “Work Hard” (Glitterbeat).

2.  Mostar Sevdah Reunion: “Lady Sings the Balkan Blues” (Snail Records).

3.  Solomane Doumbia: “Ségou to Lagos” (Mieruba).


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


5.  Angeline Morrison: “The Sorrow Songs” (Topic Records).


6.  Aziz Sahmaoui & Eric Longsworth: “Il fera beau demain matin jusqu’à midi” (Passé minuit en accords 2023).

7.  Vusi Mahlasela, Norman Zulu & Jive Connection: “Prodigal Son”. From “Face To Face” (Strut).


8.  Afrorack: “The Afrorack” (Hakuna Kulala).

9.  Taraf Syriana: “Taraf Syriana” (Lula World Records).

10.  Lucas Santtana: “O Paraiso” (No Format).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.  Kala Jula & Gangbé Brass Band: “Azanlin Takin”. From “Asro” (Buda Musique).

2.  Kimi Djabaté: “Yensoro”. From “Dindin” (forthcoming on Cumbancha).

3.  Eric Bibb with Taj Mahal: “Funky like dat”. From “Ridin’” (Dixiefrog).

4.  Dimitris Mystakidis: “Moirasma”. From “Morso” (Fishbowl Music Tank).

5.  Debashish Bhattacharya: “To His Lotus Feet”. From “The Sound Of The Soul” (Abstract Logix).
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