Playlist 31.05.2021

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Playlist 31.05.2021

On this week's programme:

Mdou Moctar, aka Mahamadou Souleymane, is the Tuareg guitarist from Agadez on his sixth album.

Dobet Gnahoré is acclaimed singer and dancer from Côte D’Ivoire, now based in France.

“There’s No End” is the first posthumous release from the late Tony Allen, afrobeat drummer extraordinaire.

Muita Kaballa Power Ensemble are an eight-piece afro-jazz-funk band from Cologne.

Nwando Ezibie is an experimental multi-disciplinary artist with an afro-futurist vision.

The last sessions by Jamaican DJ star U-Roy, with lots of guests, will be on a posthumous album coming soon.

French duo Brain Damage provide settings and rhythms for veteran Jamaican toaster Big Youth.

Ghetto Priest of Asian Dub Foundation sings some classics on his “Big People Music” album - now remixing.

Lucas Santtana’s 2006 Greenhouse sessions, now remastered, bring heavy dub accents to the fore.

Sons of Kemet are a British jazz band, led by Shabaka Hutchings with Afro-Caribbean and funk influences.

Monsieur Doumani are the progressive literary folk trio from Cyprus.

MNTH are drummer-composer M.Takara with engineering and production from São Paulo.

Yunis brings us on an exploratory tour of Sufi moulids and Egyptian folk weddings.

Documentary-maker Michel Gasco made field recordings throughout Syria prior to the war.

Radio Tutti and the Barillas connect their Galician sound to other Southern European styles.

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino are standard-bearers for Puglia pizzica - currently No.1 in the TWMC Chart (see below).

Duarte is Portuguese folk and fado singer, singing songs of women and the glance of a man.

The Misra brothers have carved out a career in North Indian singing for some 40 years - now Rajan has left the stage - R.I.P.

Check the latest Transglobal World Music Chart here


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

1.Mdou Moctar: “Chismiten”.

2.Mdou Moctar: “Ya Habibti”. Both from Afrique Victime” (Matador 2021).

3.Dobet Gnahoré: “Zaliguéhi”. From the forthcoming album “Couleur” (Cumbancha).

4.Tony Allen feat. Ben Okri & Skepta: “Cosmosis”.From “There’s No End” (Blue Note 2021).

5.Muito Kaballa Power Ensemble: “Money. Equal. Trouble”. From “Mamari” (Rebel Up 2021).

6.Nwando Ezibie: “I Seduce”. From forthcoming album “The Swan” (Accidental).

7.U-Roy feat. Santigold: “Man Next Door”. From forthcoming album “Solid Gold U-Roy” (Trojan Jamaica/BMG).

8.Brain Damage meets Big Youth: “Biological Warfare”.

9.Brain Damage meets Big Youth: “Grandma’s Joint”.Both from “Beyond The Blue” (Jarring Effects 2021).

10.Ghetto Priest: “Sway” - remix by North Street West. From Remix EP “Sway” (Ramrock 2021).

11.Lucas Santtana: “Tijolo A Tijolo, Dinheiro A Dinheiro”. From “3 Sessions In A Glasshouse” (Mais Um 2021).

12.Sons Of Kemet: “Hustle”. From “Black To The Future” (Impulse! Records 2021).

13.MNTH: “Tamaduatei”. From “MNTH” (Mais Um 2021).

14.Yunis: “Mulid El Magnoun”. From “Mulid El Magnoun” (Kafr El-Dauwar Records 2021).

15.Khalil Joubran Khalil & Issa Fayad: “Al Naps”. From “Hanin: Field Recordings in Syria 2008/2009” (Worlds Within Worlds 2021).

16.Radio Tutti & Barilla Sisters: “Forró de la vida viranta”. From “Xogo” (Lamastrock 2021).

17.Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino: “Quannu Camini Tie”. From “Meridiana” (Ponderosa 2021).

18.Duarte: “Por minha culpa”. From “No Lugar Dela” (AVM Music Editions 2021).

19.Rajan & Sajan Misra: Raag Jaunpuri - Vilambit Khayal - ‘Baje Zananan Payliya Raja Dulariya’. From “Benares” (Sense World 2009).

Thanks for listening.

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1.Brain Damage meets Big Youth: “Beyond the Blue” (Jarring Effects).

2.Paolo Angeli: “Jar’a” (AnMa ReR Megacorp).

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

4.Howie Lee: “Birdy Island” (Mais Um).

5.Toumani Diabaté and the London Symphony Orchestra: “Korolen” (World Circuit).

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.Balkan Taksim: “Disko Telegraf” (Buda Musique).

10. Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino: “Meridiana” (Ponderosa).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.Sons of Kemet: “Field Negus”. From “Black To The Future” (Impulse!).

2.Mdou Moctar: “Afrique Victime”. From “Afrique Victime” (Matador).

3.Frente Cumbiero: “Cumbia del Asilo”. From the compilation “Club Coco” (Bongo Joe).

4.Brain Damage meets Big Youth: “Wareika Hill”. From forthcoming album “Beyond the Blue” (Jarring Effects).

5.dal:um: “The Waves”. From “Similar & Different” (tak:til / Glitterbeat).
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