Playlist 04.02.2019

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Playlist 04.02.2019

On this week's programme:

The Brussels trio, Kel Assouf, play a hard-core Touareg grunge style.

uKanDanZ are French, playing music inspired by their Ethiopian singer.

Frafra is a hard-edged vocal and percussion genre from North-Eastern Ghana.

Ekiti Sound is a rap ’n’ dance merchant from Nigeria.

Praed are a Lebanese duo playing electro-chaabi.

Pat Thomas is a veteran of Ghanaian highlife and afro-funk.

Okyerema Asante is a Ghanaian master percussionist on a disco tip circa 1980.

Sir Shina Peters is a Nigerian juju bandleader with a reissue of his 1986 highlight.

“Bahdja” sees Algerian violinist Kheiriddine Mkachiche paired with Belgian saxophonist Manuel Hermia.

Subhasis Bhattacharya, brother of Debashish and tabla virtuoso, creates an extraordinary range of musical landscapes.

Djafer Youssef is an oud player from Tunisia with jazzy leanings.

“Folks of Bengal” is a cultural initiative based in Kolkata.

Ustad Saami is a Pakistani singer, and possibly the last surviving example of a type of pre-Islamic qawwali music.


Here is the playlist for "Ear to the globe" broadcast on Monday February 4th. The programme goes out every Monday at 10pm to midnight on 103.2FM and is available live at

1.    Kel Assouf: “Fransa”. From “Black Tenere” (Glitterbeat 2019).

2.    uKanDanZ: “Gedawo”. From “Yeketelale” (Buda 2018).

3.    Fausty Amoa Mabila: “Nosanayine”. From the compilation “This Is Frafra Power” (Makkum 2019).

4.    Ekiti Sound: “Ife”. From “Abeg No Vex” (forthcoming on Crammed).

5.    Praed: “Doomsday Survival Kit”. From “Doomsday Survival Kit” (

6.    Pat Thomas: “Enye Woa (extended intro)”. Single release (Soundway 2018).

7.    Okyerema Asante: “Sabi”. From “Sabi” (Kalita 1980/2017).

8.    Sir Shina Peters: “Sewele”. From “Sewele” (Strut 1986/2019).

9.    Kheiriddine Mkachiche & Manuel Hermia: “Passerelles”. From “Bahdja” (Igloo Mondo 2018).

10.  Subhasis Bhattacharya: “Oye Adamu”. From “Tablananda” (Riverboat / World Music Network 2018).

11.  Djafer Youssef: “Chakkaradaar Atithi Devo Bhava Suite”. From “Sounds Of Mirrors” (Anteprima 2018).

12.  Anandi Bhattacharya: “Jai Ganesh”. From “The Rough Guide to Women of the World” (World Music Network 2019).

13.  Deepmoy Das & Dipannita Acharya: “Sakhi”. From “Folks of Bengal - Experimental Folk Series: Mori He Shyam” (Banglanatak dot com 2018).

14.  Arijit Chakraborty & Chhote Golam: “Duniyar Jamidari”. From “Folks of Bengal - Experimental Folk Series: Neelaj” (Banglanatak dot com 2018).

15.  Ustad Saami: “War Song”. From “God Is Not A Terrorist” (Glitterbeat Hidden Musics 2019).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1. Subhasis Bhattacharya: “Tablananda” (Riverboat / World Music Network).


2. Leyla McCalla: “The Capitalist Blues” (Jazz Village).


3. Vardan Hovanissian & Emre Gültekin: “Karin” (Muziekpublique).


4. Lisa O’Neill: “Heard A Long Gone Song” (River Lea / Rough Trade)..


5. Shooglenifty & Dhun Dhora: “Written In Water” (Shoogle).


6. Various Artists: “Nostalgique Kongo - Rumbas Lingala, Swahili, Kikongo & Douala 1950-1960” (Buda).


7. Various Artists: “Nostalgique Porto Rico - Plenas, guarachas, boléros et chansons jibaras 1940-1960” (Buda).


8. uKanDanZ: “Yeketelale” (Buda).     


9. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba: “Miri” (Out Here).


10. Abdesselam Damoussi & Nour Eddine: “Jedba - Spiritual Music From Morocco” (ARC).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.  Star Band De Dakar: “Danguele Fasso”. From “Psicodelia Afro-Cubana de Senegal” (Ostinato).

2.  uKanDanZ: “Enken Yelelebesh”. From “Yeketelale” (Buda).

3.  Hossam Gania: “Moulay Lhacham”. From “Mosawi Swiri” (Hive Mind).


4.  Bahdja: “Passerelles”. From “Bahdja” (Igloo Mondo).

5.  Shooglenifty & Dhun Dhora: “A’Bhriogais Uallach”. >From “Written In Water” (Shoogle).
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