Playlist 11.02.2019

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Playlist 11.02.2019

On this week's programme:

Californian and indigenous American, Cochemea is a saxophonist and longtime Dap-King.

The Mekons are veteran UK and US punk folk rockers.

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

Tartit are Saharan Malian quartet of female singers with (male) instrumental backing.

Vula Viel are a jazz-world band led by the Ghanaian xylophone (Gyil) of Bex Burch.

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

Bassekou Kouyate, ngoni master, has several African and international guests on his fifth album.

The Star Band of Dakar were at the forefront of the Afro-Cuban sound in 1970s Senegal.

Xiomara Fortuna is a singer from the Dominican Republic, steeped in local tradition.

Léo Leobons is a Brazilian percussionist and authority in Afro-Cuban folklore.

Nubiyan Twist, from Leeds and London, play a funky global soul.

Memoria are a reggae band from Cologne.

Leyla McCalla is a US-Haitian folk musician with a New Orleans flavour on the new album.

Jaune Toujours are funky globalists from Brussels.

Dexter Story is LA-based multi-instrumentalist and producer.

Fémina are an Argentinian female trio, produced by Quantic.

Baton Bleu are a French duo combining earthy blues, celestial harmonies, worldwide instrumentation and downright eccentricity.

Urna projects her Mongolian singing style over the surefooted strings and accordion of Polish masters, Kroke.

Two mouth-watering ECM artists appearing in the NCH Perspectives series are Bill Frisell (next week), and Anouar Brahem (in March).


Here is the playlist for "Ear to the globe" broadcast on Monday February 11th. The programme goes out every Monday at 10pm to midnight on 103.2FM and is available live at

1.    Cochemea: “All my relations”.  From “All My Relations” (Daptone 2019).

2.    The Mekons: “Lawrence Of California”. From forthcoming album “Deserted” (Glitterbeat).

3.    Kel Assouf: “Amghar”. From “Black Tenere” (Glitterbeat 2019).

4.    Tartit: “Tarhanin”. From “Amankor / The Exile” (Riverboat / World Music Network 2019).

5.    Vula Viel: “Well Come”. From “Do Not Be Afraid” (Vula Viel 2019).

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

7.    Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba: “Konya”. From “Miri” (Out Here 2019).

8.    Star Band de Dakar: “Danguele Fasso”. From “Psicodelia Afro-Cubana de Senegal” (Ostinato 2019).

9.    Xiomara Fortuna: “Salve Elenita”. From “Son Verdad” (ILé Akwa 2018).

10.  Léo Leobons: “Oba Ibo”. From “Ritual” (Kafundo 2018).

11.  Nubiyan Twist feat. Nubiya Brandon: “Permission”. From “Jungle Run” (Strut 2019).

12.  Memoria: “Warrior” (Single on Boomrush).

13.  Leyla McCalla: “The Capitalist Blues”. From “The Capitalist Blues” (Jazz Village 2019).

14.  Jaune Toujours: “H’bibi”. From “Europeana” (Choux de Bruxelles 2018).

***Jaune Toujours play Balabam, London on March 20th, Hootenanny, Brixton on April 6th, and appear on Music Planet, BBC R3 on March 22nd***

15.  Dexter Story: “Mamdooh”. From “Bahir” (forthcoming on Soundway).

16.  Fémina: “Arriba”. From forthcoming album “Perlas y Conchas” (Femina).

17.  Chlopcy Kontra Basia feat. Basia Derlak: “Mam Ja Meza (I Have A Husband)”. From “The Rough Guide to Women of the World” (World Music Network 2019).

18.   Bâton Bleu: “Buffalo 7”. From “Weird and Wonderful Tales” (Dixiefrog 2018).

19.   Urna and Kroke: “Shirdegiin Chaidam”. From “Ser” (UCT 2018).

20.   Anouar Brahem: “Blue Maqams”. From “Blue Maqams” (ECM 2017).

***Anouar Brahem (with Dave Holland, Django Bates & Nasheet Waits) plays the National Concert Hall on March 16th***

21.   Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan: “What A Party”. From “Small Town” (ECM 2017).

***The Bill Frisell Trio play the National Concert Hall on Thursday February 21st***

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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. Tartit: “Amankor / The Exile” (Riverboat / World Music Network).


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. Bâton Bleu: “Weird and Wonderful Tales” (Dixiefrog).


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

2.  Nubiyan Twist feat. Mulatu Astatke: “Addis To London”. From “Jungle Run” (Strut).

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


4.  Bâton Bleu: “Buffalo 7”. From “Weird and Wonderful Tales” (Dixiefrog).

5.  Solasta: “Lost And Found”. From fRoots 71 - free download with current edition of fRoots magazine.
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