Playlist 14.01.2019

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Playlist 14.01.2019

On this week's programme:

uKanDanZ are a French powerhouse behind Ethiopian singer Asnake Guebreyes.

Les Bushinengé are a tribe descended from escaped slaves in French Guiana.

The Tonga Boys play an urban style of Malawian music with improvised instruments and subtle electronic production.

“Jedba” brings Sufi singers and players from all over Morocco to Marrakech.

The female singers of Tartit, from Timbuktu, have a sound predating the Touareg guitar boom.

Ivan Conti is the drummer from Brazilian behemoths Azymuth.

Shina Peters is a Nigerian juju bandleader of long standing.

Malian ngoni wizard Bassekou Kouyate, with his wife and band, present their fifth album.

Lionel Loueke, from Benin, is a highly regarded jazz guitarist.

Ustad Saami is the last man standing of his ancient form of Pakistani spiritual singing.

Subhasis Bhattacharya, a master percussionist and brother of Debashish, covers a wide range of styles on his international solo debut.

Scotland’s Shooglenifty recorded with Rajasthani outfit Dhun Dhora in Jodhpur.

Mongolian singer Urna is backed by the Polish instrumentalists of Kroke.

Gergana Dimitrova-Belonoga was part of both the Mystery of Bulgarian Voices and the Eva Quartet.

Maarja Nuut & Ruum bring Estonian acoustic reverie and electronics together.

Tigran Hamasyan is a polymath of the keyboard who can span the genres with ease; coming to the NCH in Dublin next week.


Here is the playlist for "Ear to the globe" broadcast on Monday January 14th. The programme goes out every Monday at 10pm to midnight on 103.2FM and is available live at

1.    uKanDanZ: “Gesse”. From “Yeketelale” (Buda 2018).

2.    Les Bushinengé: “Songé (2)”. From “Les Bushinengé: Nèg Mawon De Guyane” (Buda 2019).

3.    Tonga Boys: “Zaninga Ku Malawi”. From “Vindodo” (1000 Hz 2018).

4.    Abdesselam Damoussi & Nour Eddine: “Allah Hay”. From “Jedba - Spiritual Music From Morocco” (ARC 2019).

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

6.    Ivan ‘Mamão’ Conti: “Aroeira”. From “Poison Fruit” (Far Out 2019).

7.    Sir Shina Peters & His International Stars: “Agbe’ere De”. From “Sewele” (Strut 2019).

8.    Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba feat. Habib Koite: “Kanto Kelena”.

9.    Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba feat. Abdoulaye Diabate: “Wele Ni”.  Both from “Miri” (Out Here 2019).

10.  Lionel Loueke: “Bawo”. From “The Journey” (Aparté 2018).

11.  Ustad Saami: “God Is”.

12.  Ustad Saami: “My Beloved Is On The Way”. Both from “God Is Not A Terrorist” (Glitterbeat 2019).

13.   Subhasis Bhattacharya: “Rubaiyat Blues”. From “Tablananda” (Riverboat / World Music Network 2018).

14.   Shooglenifty & Dhun Dhora: “Hichki”. From “Written In Water” (Shoogle 2018).

15.   Urna and Kroke: “Zandan Hureng”. From “Ser” (UCT 2018).

16.   Belonoga: “Blaming Heart”. From “Through The Eyes Of The Earth” (Narrator 2018).

17.  Maarja Nuut & Ruum: “Mahe”. From “Muunduja” (FatCat 2018).

18.  Tigran Hamasyan: “The Cave of Rebirth”.

19.  Tigran Hamasyan: “Leninagone”.  Both from “An Ancient Observer” (Nonesuch 2017).

20.  Tigran Hamasyan with Yerevan State Chamber Choir & Harutyun Topikyan: “Nor Tsaghik”. From “Luys I Luso” (ECM 2015).

***Tigran Hamasyan plays the National Concert Hall on Tuesday January 22 with Arve Henrikson and the Dublin Chamber Choir, supported by Brona McVittie***

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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. Shooglenifty & Dhun Dhora: “Written In Water” (Shoogle).


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. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba: “Miri” (Out Here).


10. Abdesselam Damoussi & Nour Eddine: “Jedba - Spiritual Music From Morocco” (ARC).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.  uKanDanZ: “Gedawo”. From “Yeketelale” (Buda).

2.  Moiizah: “Isan’andro”. From “Ambarao” (XA Music).

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


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

5.  Leyla McCalla: “Settle Down”. From “The Capitalist Blues” (Jazz Village).

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