Playlist 08.07.2019

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Playlist 08.07.2019

On this week's programme:

Starting our WOMAD coverage - Kinshasa-Paris collective Bantou Mentale, London-West African outfit Fofoulah, blues-rock trio Delgres, Israeli-Ethiopian Gili Yalo, Cuba’s Orquesta Akokán and veterans the Afro-Cuban Allstars, and the voices of Georgia’s Iberi Choir and Occitan polyphonists San Salvador - all are performing at this year’s feast of music.

Sadly Moonlight Benjamin’s visit to Ireland has been postponed to next year but Huun Huur Tu will be in the Sugar Club next week (ticket giveaway on next Monday’s show).

In addition:

Damon Albarn’s Africa Express release the fruits of their week in Johannesburg.

NuNairobi is a cultural hub promoting new music from the capital.

Roberto Lopez is a guitarist, originally from Colombia now based in Montreal, playing a variety of funky Latin styles.

Dona Onete is the grand-dame of Brazilian music from the Amazonia, and the “Jambu” album compiles ’70s and ’80s music from the region.

In a lusophone finish, Sara Correia releases her fado debut, while established star Mísia duets beautifully with bass clarinet.

Meanwhile Carminho performs a guest spot with accordion quartet Danças Ocultas.

Afro-Brazilian singer-songwriter Luedji Luna releases a thoughtful and engaging debut album.

Farewell to João Gilberto R.I.P. who, with Tom Jobim, launched bossa nova upon the world.


Here is the playlist for "Ear to the globe" broadcast on Monday July 8th. The programme goes out every Monday at 10pm to midnight on 103.2FM and is available live at

1.   Africa Express: “The Return of Bacardi”.

2.   Africa Express: “City In Lights”.  Both from “Egoli” (Africa Express 2019).

3.   Sauti Sol: “Nambee”. From the compilation “#NuNairobi” (OutHere 2019).

4.   Bantou Mentale: “Mama Ho!”. From the EP “No Romance” (Glitterbeat 2019).

5.   Fofoulah: “Seye”. From “Daega Rek” (Glitterbeat 2018).

***Bantou Mentale and Fofoulah are appearing at the Womad Festival, July 25-28, in the UK***

6.   Delgres: “Respecte Nou”. From “Mo Jodi” (Jazz Village 2018).

7.   Gili Yalo: “Sew Lesew”. From the EP “Made In Amharica” (Dead Sea Recordings 2019).

8.   Moonlight Benjamin: “Memwa’n”.

9.   Moonlight Benjamin: “Siltane”.  Both from “Siltane” (Ma Case 2018).

***Moonlight Benjamin plays the Sugar Club on Sunday July 14th***

10. Huun Huur Tu with Carmen Rizzo: “Baiah Dug Duble”. From EP “Koshkyn” (Electrofone 2018).

11. Orquesta Akokán: “Mambo Rapidito”. From “Orquesta Akokán” (Daptone 2018).

12. Afro-Cuban Allstars: “Pío Mentiroso”. From “A Toda Cuba Le Gusta” (World Circuit 1997/2018).

13. Roberto Lopez: “A Pachanguear”. From the album “Kaleido Strópico” (Curura Musique 2019).

14. Dona Onete: “Tambor do Norte”. From “Rebujo” (Mais Um 2019).

15. Os Muiraquitãns: “A Misturada”. From the compilation “Jambu e os miticos sons da Amazônia” (Analog Africa 2019).

16. Iberi Choir: “Da Vitartsa Meupisa”. From “Georgian Choir Iberi - First” (Elwood 2014).

17. San Salvador: “Lo Mes De Mai”. From “San Salvador - Choeur Populaire - Massif Central” (Lost In Tradition).

18. Sara Correia: “O Meu Bom Ar”. From “Sara Correia” (Universal / Wrasse 2018).

19. Mísia: “Rosa Negra No Meu Peito II”. >From “Pura Vida (Banda Sonora)” (Galileo 2019).

20. Danças Ocultas feat. Carminho: “O Teu Olhar”. From “Dentro Desse Mar” (Galileo 2019).

21. Luedji Luna: “Notícias De Salvador”. >From “Um Corpo No Mundo” (Sterns Brasil 2019).

22. João Gilberto: “Desifinado”. From “The Legendary João Gilberto - The Original Bossa Nova Recordings (1958-1961)” (World Pacific).

23. Stan Getz & João Gilberto: “The Girl From Ipanema”. From “Getz / Gilberto” (Verve 1997).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1.  Angelique Kidjo: “Celia” (Decca).  


2.  Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi: “There Is No Other” (Nonesuch).


3.  Blick Bassy: “1958” (No Format!).


4.  Various Artists: “Vision & Revision: The First 80 Years of Topic Records” (Topic).


5.  Refugees for Refugees: “Amina” (Muziekpublique).


6.  Dizzy Mandjeku & Alé Kumá: “De Palenque a Matonge” (Zephyrus).


7.  Various Artists: “Jambu e Os Miticos Sons da Amazônia” (Analog Africa).


8.  Dona Onete: “Rebujo” (Mais Um).  


9.  BCUC: “The Healing” (Buda).


10. AKA Trio: “Joy” (Bendigedig).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.  Kokoko!: “Buka Dansa”. Single from the forthcoming album “Fongola” (Transgressive).

2.  75 Dollar Bill: “I Was Real”. From “I Was Real” (tak:til / Glitterbeat).


3.  Yankari Afrobeat Collective: “Change Your Ways (Mago Mago)” (Single release).

4.  Saka Dit The King: “Ôdy Ôdy (Tsy Mentsy Mandroso)”. >From the compilation “Alefa Madagascar! Salegy, Soukous & Soul From The Red Island 1974-1984” (Strut).

5.  Lisa Knapp: “I Wish My Love Was A Cherry”. From the compilation “Vision & Revision: The First 80 Years of Topic Records” (Topic).

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