Playlist 06.04.2020

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Playlist 06.04.2020

On this week's programme:

The saddest musical news from Paris - Manu Dibango and Aurlus Mabele both became victims of the corvid virus. R.I.P.

Edikanfo were at their peak in 1981, recorded in Ghana by Brian Eno, before dispersing around the world following a coup.

Omar Souleyman is the inimitable Syrian wedding singer who rocked international dance-floors.

Cheb Runner, or Reda, is Belgian-Moroccan producer of electro-gnawa.

The K7 Club in Lyon was a hub of talent from the Maghreb back in the day.

The electrified traditional Turkish instrument, the saz, gets compiled for the first time.

Brussels celebrates its status as Gnawa capital of Europe.

Etuk Ubong is a Nigerian trumpeter and composer.

Kiko Dinucci is the guitarist from Metá Metá amongst many other projects.

Gilfema are a jazz trio led by Lionel Loueke from Benin.

Martin Buscaglia is chameleonic Uruguayan singer-songwriter and composer.

Emicida is Sao Paulo hip-hop artist with a big following.

Trio Tekke are a Cypriot trio with a rembetiko outlook.

Chinese guzheng musician, Wu Fei, joins clawhammer banjo exponent Abigail Washburn for a confab.

Georia Ruth is acclaimed Welsh singer and harpist.

John McLaughlin joins forces with vocalist Shankar Mahadevan and legendary tabla-player Zakir Hussain.


Here is the playlist for "Ear to the globe" broadcast on Monday April 6th. The programme goes out every Monday at 10pm to midnight on 103.2FM and is available live at

1.    Manu Dibango: “Dikalo (Salt Pop Corn)”.

2.    Manu Dibango: “Soul Makossa”. Both from “Manu Dibango - The Very Best of African Soul” (Mercury /PolyGram 1997).

3.    Manu Dibango: “Miss Cavacha”. From “The Rough Guide to Manu Dibango” (World Music Network 2004).

4.    Aurlus Mabele & Loketo Band: “Qui Dit Mieux?”. From “Qui Dit Mieux?” (Mélodie 1996).

5.    Edikanfo: “Nka Bom”. Single from forthcoming re-release “The Pace Setters” (Glitterbeat).

6.    Omar Souleyman: “Shi Tridin”. From “Shlon” (Because 2019).

7.    Cheb Runner feat. Maâlem Hicham Bilali: “Yabalini”. From the EP “Tagnawit” (Rebel Up 2020).

8.    Nordine Staifi: “Zine Ezzinet”. From the compilation “Maghreb K7 Club - Synth Rai, Chaoui & Staifi 1985-1997” (Sofa / Bongo Joe 2020).

9.    TootArd: “Moonlight”. Single from forthcoming album “Migrant Birds” (Glitterbeat).

10.  Sultan Sümbül: “Mercanlar”. From the compilation “Uzelli - Elektro Saz 1976-1984” (Uzelli 2020).

11.  Jola: “Ftah ar Rahba (The Opening)”. From “Hidden Gnawa Music In Brussels” (Muziekpublique 2020).

12.  Etuk Ubong: “Etuk’s Ritual”. Single from forthcoming album “Africa Today” (Night Dreamer).

13.  Kiko Dinucci: “Olod”. From “Rastilho” (Tratore 2020).

14.  Gilfema: “Teke”. From “Three” (Mocloud 2020).

15.  Martin Buscaglia: “Los Instrumentos”. From “Basta De Musica” (Lovemonk 2020).

16.  Emicida: “Principia”. From “AmarElo” (Sterns 2020).

17.  Trio Tekke: “The Last Day”. From “Strovilos” (forthcoming on Riverboat / World Music Network).

18.  Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn: “Four Seasons”. From “Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn” (Smithsonian Folkways 2020).

19.  Georgia Ruth: “Madryn”. From “Mai” (Bubblewrap 2020).

20.  John McLaughlin, Shankar Mahadevan, Zakir Hussain: “The Beloved”. From “Is That So?” (Abstract Logix 2020).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1.   Deep Cabaret: “Matchless” (Self-published).


2.  Jiggy: “Hypernova” (Big Beat).


3.  Nelia Safaie: “Songs from Lands of Silence” (Kirkelig Kulturverksted).


4.  Natacha Atlas: “Strange Days” (Whirlwind).


5.  Aynur: “Hedur - Solace of Time” (Aynur).


6.  Various Artists: “Uzelli - Elektro Saz 1976-1984” (Uzelli).


7.  Jola: “Hidden Gnawa Music in Brussels” (Muziekpublique).


8.  Tamikrest: “Tamotait” (Glitterbeat).


9.  Antibalas: “Fu Chronicles” (Daptone).

10. Sam Lee: “Old Wow” (Cooking Vinyl).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.   Hama Sankare: “Dewel Wege”. From “Niafunke” (Clermont).

2.   Edikanfo: “Nka Bom”. Single from forthcoming re-release “The Pace Setters” (Glitterbeat).

3.   Mulatu Astatke & The Black Jesus Experience: “Kulun Mankwaleshi”. Single from forthcoming album (Agogo).

4.   Deep Cabaret: “Lila”. From “Matchless” (Self-published).

5.   Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn: “The Roving Cowboy / Avarguli”. From “Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn” (Smithsonian Folkways).

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