Playlist 03.05.2021

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Playlist 03.05.2021

On this week's programme:

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino are outward-looking contemporary traditionalists from Puglia.

Stefano Saletti is an authority on pan-Mediterranean culture, singing in the ancient language of Sabir.

Lalala Napoli, led by Bratsch’s François Castiello, explore Italian roots from their base in France.

Paolo Angeli is a Sardinian guitarist and composer, using prepared guitar, electronics and throat-singing.

Les Filles de Illighadad are a female Tuareg trio from Niger.

The Rrways compilation is drawn from performances by 80 artists of the Amazigh, or Berber, people in Morocco.

Hassan Wargui, also from the Berber tradition, is a banjo player from the Anti-Atlas region of Southern Morocco.

Piers Faccini is an Englishman with strong Italian and French connections and a taste for North Africa.

Atine are a five-piece female Iranian group based in France.

Burkinabe singer, Kady Diarra, recorded her album in the Ardeche during lockdown last spring.

Kasai Allstars invoke the spirits with trance-imbued Congotronic rhythms.

Alfred Kpebesaane, player of the Ghanaian gyil, joins forces with Brooklyn’s Brittany Anjou on piano and vibes.

Chicago visual artist and DJ Damon Locks produces a lockdown album of solidarity and resistance.

Olcay Bayir is a Kurdish singer from Turkey, long based in London.

Rhiannon Giddens, of Carolina Chocolate Drop fame, is paired with Italian stalwart of the Irish music scene, Francesco Turrisi.

Fay Hield is an English folk-singer, researcher and academic, and partner of Jon Boden.

Krononaut is Leo Abrahams’ and Martin France’s vehicle of exploratory improvisation.

Howie Lee is a Beijing producer and electronic artist.

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Here is the playlist for "Ear to the globe" broadcast on Monday May 5th. The programme goes out every Monday at 10pm to midnight on 103.2FM and is available live at

1.Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino: “Orfeo”.

2.Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino: “Pizzica Bhangra”. Both from “Meridiana” (Ponderosa 2021).

3.Stefano Saletti & Banda Ikona: “Animou de moundo”. From “Mediterraneo Ostinato” (Finisterre 2021).

4.Lalala Napoli: “Daleco”. From “Cavalluccio” (La Curieuse/L’Autre 2021).

5.Paolo Angeli: “Futti’entu”. From “Jar’a” (AnMa ReR Megacorp 2021).

6.Les Filles de Illighadad: “Irriganan”. Single from forthcoming album “At Pioneer Works” (Sahel Sounds).

7.Rkiya Talbensirt: “Ayamag ouark rzimgh oulas Imghak”. From the compilation “Rrways: A journey into the realm of Amazigh wandering poet-singers - Anthology” (Atlas Azawan).

8.Hassan Wargui: “Azmz”. From “Tiddukla” (Hive Mind).

9.Piers Faccini: “Remember Them”. From “Shapes Of The Fall” (No Format! 2021).

10.Atine: “Sâghi”. From “Persiennes d’Iran” (Accords Croisés 2020).

11.Kady Diarra: “Fo o biaré”. From “Burkina Hakili” (Lamastrock 2021).

12.Kasai Allstars: “The large bird, the woman and the baby”. From “Black Ants Always Fly Together, One Bangle Makes No Sound” (Crammed 2021).

13.Alfred Kpebesaane & Brittany Anjou: “Nang Nyong Me”. From “Nong Voru/Fake Love” (Chant Records 2021).

14.Damon Locks & Black Monument Ensemble: “Keep Your Mind Free”. From “Now” (International Anthem 2021).

15.Olcay Bayir: “Asude (At Peace)”. From the EP “Icerde/Inside” (Dream 2021).

16.Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turrisi: “Avalon”.

17.Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turrisi feat. Emer Mayock: “Amazing Grace”.Both from “They’re Calling Me Home” (Nonesuch 2021).

18. Fay Hield: “When She Comes”. From “Wrackline” (Topic 2021).

19.Krononaut: “Loam”. From the EP “Scratch Test” (tak:til / Glitterbeat 2021).

20.Howie Lee: “Dawn Of The Idols”. From “Birdy Island” (Mais Um 2021).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1.Jupiter & Okwess: “Na Kozonga” (Zamora).

2.Christine Salem: “Mersi” (Blue Fanal).

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

4.Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi: “They’re Calling Me Home” (Nonesuch).

5.Samba Touré: “Binga” (Glitterbeat).

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.San Salvador: “La Grande Folie” (La Grand Foli/Pagans/MDC).

10. Various Artists: “Industrial Strength Bluegrass” (Smithsonian Folkways).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.Plunky & Oneness of Juju: “Every Way But Loose (original version)”. From “Make A Change” (Strut).

2.jaimie branch: “Theme 001 - live at Moods”. Single from the forthcoming album “FLY or DIE Live” (International Anthem).

3.Brain Damage meets Big Youth: “2020 I Pray Thee”. Single from forthcoming album “Beyond the Blue” (Jarring Effects).

4.MNTH: “Tamamduatei”. From “MNTH” (Mais Um).

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