Playlist 09.12.2019

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Playlist 09.12.2019

On this week's programme:

Mavis Staples sounds as energised and activist as ever on last summer’s Ben Harper produced record.

“The Time For Peace” album is a collection of mid-70s soul & gospel grooves.

NST & the Soul Sauce are a South Korean reggae/soul band.

Ghanaian musician Gyedu-Blay Ambolley is a veteran of funk and Afrobeat styles.

Africa Negra, from São Tomé & Principe, herald a forthcoming compilation from that country.

“Soul Sega Sa!” collects music from Mauritius, Réunion, Rodrigues Island and the Seychelles.

Diabel Cissokho is Senegalese muti-instrumentalist with cross-cultural inclinations.

Babani Kone is a Malian singer from Segou.

Lamia Bedioui is a Tunisian-born singer and Greek resident.

El Khat play Yemeni songs with the eccentric production skills of Tel Aviv’s Eyal El Wahab.

Liraz is an Israeli singer with a strong Iranian background.

Smithsonian Folkways releases Martin Koenig’s recordings and photographs from 1960s/70s Bulgaria.

There are two collections of songs from some of China’s less well-known ethnic groups.

Apichat Pakwan are a Dutch group with a contemporary Thai/Lao molam sound.

Briganthya are a Basque Celtic instrumental outfit.

Petroloukas Halkias is a veteran octogenarian clarinetist, while Vasilis Kostas is a young prodigy on the laouto

Dimitris Mystakidis gives Greek rembetika another world-weary flourish.

Raül Refree conjures an electro-fado sound with Lina’s vocals.

Alune Wade is Senegalese bass-player, singer, composer, with a strong jazz pedigree.

Here is the playlist for "Ear to the globe" broadcast on Monday December 9th. The programme goes out every Monday at 10pm to midnight on 103.2FM and is available live at

1.    Ramon Goose feat. Justin Adams: “Futa”. From “The Rough Guide to the World of Guitar” (World Music Network 2019).

2.    Mavis Staples: “Change”. From “We Get By” (Anti- 2019).

3.    Willie Dale: “Let Your Light Shine”. From the compilation “The Time For Peace Is Now” (Luaka Bop 2019).

4.    NST & the Soul Sauce meets Kim Yulhee: “Bak Taryeoung”. From “NST & the Soul Sauce meets Kim Yulhee - Version” (Eastern Standard Sounds 2019).

5.    Gyedu-Blay Ambolley: “Little Small Girl”. From “11th Street, Sekondi” (Agogo 2019).

6.    Africa Negra: “Aninha”. From the forthcoming compilation “Léve-Léve: Sao Tome & Principe Sounds 70s-80s” (Bongo Joe).

7.    Claudio: “To crier la misère”.  From the compilation “Soul Sega Sa! Volume 2 - Indian Ocean Segas from the 70s” (Bongo Joe 2019).

8.    Diabel Cissokho: “Fasso”. From “The Rhythm of the Griot” (Kafou 2019).

9.    Babani Kone: “Djatigui Baro”.  From forthcoming album “Babani Kone” (World Village).

10.  Lamia Bedioui & Solis Barki: “Desert”. From “Fin’amor” (Lamia Bedioui 2019).

11.  El Khat: “Balagh Al Achbaab”. From “Saadia Jefferson” (Batov 2019).

12.  Liraz: “Zan Bezan” (Single from forthcoming album).

13.  Kostadin Varimezov: “Trite Pati”. From the compilation “Sound Portraits from Bulgaria - A Journey to a Vanished World 1966-1979” (Smithsonian Folkways).

14.  Bai Cuilan: “The Beautiful Grassland”.

15.  Bai Yufang: “A Pastoral Song”.  Both from the compilation “Folk Music of China Vol. 1 - Folk Songs of Qinghai & Gansu” (Naxos World 2019).

16.  The Yandong Grand Singers: “Someone sings to call out to her lover”.

17.  The Yandong Grand Singers: “Heart and soul”.   Both from “Anthology of Music in China #12: Everyone Listen Close / Wanp Wanp Jangl Kap - Polyphonic Grand Songs from the Dong in Guizhou Province in China” (Pan 2019).

18.  Apichat Pakwan: “Lam Toey Pasom”. From “Esantronics” (Animist 2019).

19.  Briganthya: “Clockwork”. From “Samhain” (Briganthya 2019).

20.  Petroloukas Halkias & Vasilis Kostas: “Potamia”. From “The Soul Of Epirus” (Artway Technotropon 2019).

21.  Dimitris Mystakidis: “Esy Tha Metanioseis”. From “Edo & Ekei / Here & There” (Fishbowl 2019).

22.  Raül Refree & Lina: ““Cuidei que tinha morrido”. Single from forthcoming album “Lina_Raül Refree” (Glitterbeat).

23.  Alune Wade: “Demna”. From “African Fast Food” (Alune Wade 2018).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1.   El Khat: “Saadia Jefferson” (Batov).


2.  Asmaa Hamzaoui & Bnat Timbouktou: “Oulad Lghaba” (Ajabu!).


3.  DJ Dolores: “Recife 19” (Sterns).


4.  Various Artists: “No Other Love - Midwest Gospel 1965-78” (Tompkins Square).


5.  Various Artists: “Sound Portraits from Bulgaria - A Journey to a Vanished World 1966-1979” (Smithsonian Folkways).


6.  Lankum: “The Livelong Day” (Rough Trade).


7.  Dimitris Mystakidis: “Edo & Ekei / Here & There” (Fishbowl).


8.  Lamia Bedioui & Solis Barki: “Fin’amor” (Lamia Bedioui).


9.  Aziza Brahim: “Sahari” (Glitterbeat).


10. Various Artists: “Just Around The Bend: Survival and Revival in Southern Banjo Sounds” (Smithsonian Folkways).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.   Mavis Staples: “Change”. From “We Get By” (Anti-).

2.   Go: Organic Orchestra & Brooklyn Raga Massive: “Savannahs”. From “Ragmala - A Garland of Ragas” (Meta Records).

3.   Dimitris Mystakidis: “Vouno Me Vouno”. From “Edo & Ekei / Here & There” (Fishbowl).

4.   Irina Mossi & Donald Dub: “Mother” (Single - Cyrill Hess).

5.   Daymé Arocena: “Not For Me”. From “Sonocardiogram” (Brownswood).

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