Playlist 07.01.2019

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Playlist 07.01.2019

On this week's programme:

2018 ebbing and flowing into 2019.

Some strays and omissions from the 2018 Highlights programmes:

The Dur Dur Band provided a lively snapshot of 1980s Mogadishu.

“Small Island Big Song” was a fantastic ecological ethnomusicological journey from the Pacific round to the Indian Ocean.

David Attenborough’s recordings from Sierra Leone, Paraguay, Madagascar, Indonesia etc were almost forgotten in the BBC Sound Library.

The Ragas Live Festival in New York issued a big collection of 24 performances from the six years of the festival.

Heartfelt bluesman Eric Bibb released one of his finest records to date.

And Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita triumphed again with more harp-kora duets.

Then there were albums I had missed altogether during 2018:

BandAdriatica - great Southern Italian, North African influenced brassy folk.

Cinkuši - earthy folk from Croatia.

Balaio - funky jazz quartet from Brazil.

We had some brand new, not-even-released-yet 2019 items:

Bassekou Kouyate - on the button again with those gorgeous vocals from his wife Ami Sacko.

Leyla McCalla sticks it to capitalist society with New Orleans swing and activism.

“Nostalgique Kongo” is a sweet reminder of the early acoustic days of Congolese rumba.

Inexplicably absent from programmes up until now are:

Subhasis Bhattacharya - superbly wide and varied album from a master percussionist.

Maarja Nuut & Ruum - deeply atmospheric album from Estonia.

A Filetta - bewitching Corsican voices together with Paolo Fresu’s trumpet, and bandonéon too.

Here also are:

Ayrad - the sound of contemporary Morocco in Montreal.

Ooldouz Pouri - Iranian singer and pupil of Mahsa Vahdat.

Vardan Hovanissian and Emre Gültekin bring together, in Belgium, the traditions of Armenia and Turkey.


Here is the playlist for "Ear to the globe" broadcast on Monday January 7th. The programme goes out every Monday at 10pm to midnight on 103.2FM and is available live at

1.    BandAdriatica: “L’Idea”.

2.    BandAdriatica: “Calypso”. Both from “Odissea” (Finisterre 2018).

3.    Cinkuši: “Die Kuk Im Nussbaum”. From “Krava Na Orehu” (Croatia Records 2018).

4.    Balaio feat Zeca Baleiro: “Meu Balaio”. From “Balaio” (Cendi Music 2018).

5.    Samba de Coco Raizes de Arcoverde: “Salve Deus” - Psilosamples remix. From “Kafundo Apresenta Samba De Coco Raizes De Arcoverde Remixed” (Kafundo 2018).

6.    Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba feat. Majid Bekkas: “Kanougnon”.

7.    Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba: “Deli”.  Both from “Miri” (Out Here 2019).

8.    Ayrad: “Boumboum”. From “Zoubida” (CFM Musik 2018).

9.   Trio Bow - Bukasa / Oliveira / Wendo: “Akeyi Na Zandu”. From the compilation “Nostalgique Kongo: Rumbas Lingala, Swahili, Kikongo & Douala 1950-1960” (Buda 2019).

10.   Dur Dur Band feat. Sahra Dawa: “Jaceyl Mirahiis”. From “Dur Dur of Somalia, Volume 1 & Volume 2” (Analog Africa 2018).

11.   Charles Maimarosia: “Naka Wara Wara To’o / I’m shooting these prophetic words to you”. From the compilation “Small Island Big Song” (

12.  Eladio Martinez and his Orchestra: “La Llegada” (Paraguay 1958). From “David Attenborough - My Field Recordings from Across the Planet” (Songlines / Wrasse 2018).

13.   Tanmoy Pan & Folks of Bengal feat. Debalina Bhowmick: “Tumi Jano Na”. From “MusiCal presents Folks of Bengal - Abaho Gaan” (Banglanatak dot com 2018).

14.   Subhasis Bhattacharya: “Descendants”. From “Tablananda” (Riverboat / World Music Network 2018).

15.   Samarth Nagarkar, Rohan Prabhudesai & Megnashyam Keshav: Excerpt from “Raga Bhatiyer”. From “Ragas Live Retrospective” (NYC Radio 2018).

16.   Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita: “Téranga-Bah”. From “Soar” (ARC 2018).

17.   Eric Bibb (with Harrison Kennedy & Michael Jerome Browne): “Brazos River Blues”. From “Global Griot” (DixieFrog 2018).

18.   Leyla McCalla: “Heavy As Lead”. From “The Capitalist Blues” (Jazz Village 2019).

19.  Ooldouz Pouri: “Shabe Mahtab / The Moonlight Night”. From “Waiting For The Dawn” (KKV 2018).

20.  Vardan Hovanissian & Emre Gültekin: “Medet Erenler”. From “Karin” (Muziekpublique 2018).

21.  A Filetta with Paolo Fresi & Daniele di Bonaventura: “In Sempiterna”. From “Danse Mémoire, Danse” (Tuk Music 2017).

22.  Maarja Nuut & Ruum: “Une Meeles”. From “Muunduja” (FatCat 2018).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

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


2. Gaye Su Akyol: “Istikarli Hayal Hakikattir” (Glitterbeat).


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


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


5. Various Artists:“Ragas Live Retrospective” (NYC Radio Live).


6. Le Trio Joubran: “The Long March” (Cooking Vinyl).


7. Amira Medunjanin: “Ascending” (Town Hill Colony).


8. Domna Samiou: “Music From Greece - Domna Samiou” (Caprice).       


9. Eric Bibb: “Global Griot” (DixieFrog).


10. Various Artists: “Small Island, Big Song” (Small Island Big Song Pty Ltd Australia).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

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

2.  Subhasis Bhattacharya: “Rubaiyat Blues”. From “Tablananda” (Riverboat / World Music Network).

3.  Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba feat. Abdoulaye Diabate: “Wele Ni”. From “Miri” (Out Here).


4.  Sir Shina Peters & his International Stars: “Yabis”. From “Sewele” (Strut).

5.  Johnny Rodriguez y su Trio Los Trovadores de la Alegria Tropical, Johnny, Lalo, Perin: “Silverio, Facundo y la Luna”. From “Nostalgique Porto Rico: Plenas, guarachas, boleros et chansons jibaras, 1940-1960” (Buda Musique).

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