Playlist 17.05.2021

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Playlist 17.05.2021

On this week's programme:

Bucharest’s Balkan Taksim wire up Balkan roots with electronic beats for a visceral urban groove.

Electric oud-ist, Mehdi Haddab, got down with Algerian malouf favourite Hamdi Benani just before the latter’s sad demise.

Chaabi singer Kamel El Harrachi is the son of Dahmane El Harrachi, best known as composer of “Ya Rayah”.

Ozan Ata Canani is a Turkish virtuoso of the baglama, long resident in Germany.

Elektro Hafiz, from Istanbul and now based in Cologne, creates an Anatolian psychedelic rock sound.

Dobet Gnahoré is acclaimed singer and dancer from Côte D’Ivoire, now based in France.

Orchestra Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp are a free-thinking Swiss 12-piece band on their fifth album.

Mexican DJ Coco Maria selects Afro-Latin grooves from her record bag.

‘70s Peruvian cumbia guitar master, Manzanita, gets the Analog Africa accolade.

“Santuario” is the Movimientos compilation of UK Latin artists.

Montparnasse Musique are the production duo of Chobolo from South Africa and Nadjib from France.

Howie Lee is Beijing producer soundtracking an imaginary theme park of reconnection with nature.

French duo Brain Damage provide settings and rhythms for veteran Jamaican toaster Big Youth.

Nubiyan Twist are a Leeds & London collective playing Afro-jazz and soul.

BLK JKS are a contemporary rock outfit from South Africa, together for 20 years.

Wasis Diop, septuagenarian Senegalese Afro-pop musician, goes the chanson route on his new album.

Alafsar Rahimov, Azerbaijani balaban and zurna practitioner, has made a jazz album, Alim Qasimov guesting.

US trumpeter Jaimie Branch is of the new breed of female jazz bandleaders creating waves.

Joseph Spence was a Bahamian guitarist and singer of distinguished eccentricity.

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Here is the playlist for "Ear to the globe" broadcast on Monday May 17th. The programme goes out every Monday at 10pm to midnight on 103.2FM and is available live at

1.Balkan Taksim: “Shlonak”.

2.Balkan Taksim: “Zalina”.Both from “Disko Telegraf” (Buda Musique 2021).

3.Hamdi Benani - Mehdi Haddab - Speed Caravan: “Achek Mamhoun”. From “Nuba Nova” (Buda Musique 2021).

4.Kamel El Harrachi: “El Behdja”. From “Nouara” (Kamiyad 2021).

5.Ozan Ata Canani: “Maraslim”. From “Warte Mein Land, Warte” (Fun In The Church/Bertus/Zebralution 2021).

6.Elektro Hafiz: “Ali Rodriguez” (Single on Ironhand Records 2021).

7.Dobet Gnahoré: “Désert”. From the forthcoming album “Couleur” (Cumbancha).

8.Orchestra Tout-Puissant Marcel Duchamp: “Beginning”. From the forthcoming album “We’re OK. But We’re Lost Anyway” (Bongo Joe).

9.La Redada: “Calla Boca”.

10.Meridian Brothers & Grupo Renacimiento: “Bomba Atomica”.Both from the compilation by DJ Coco Maria “Club Coco” (Bongo Joe 2021).

11.Manzanita y su Conjunto: “Shambar”. From the forthcoming album “Manzanita Y Su Conjunto - Trujillo, Peru 1971-1974” (Analog Africa).

12.Malphino: “The Sleep Tree”. From the compilation “Movimientos presents Santuario” (Movimientos 2021).

13.Montparnasse Musique feat. Mbongwana Star: “Bitumba” (Single on Real World).

14.Howie Lee: “Island Birdy”. From “Birdy Island” (Mais Um 2021).

15.Brain Damage meets Big Youth: “Beyond The Blue”. From the forthcoming album “Beyond The Blue” (Jarring Effects).

16.Nubiyan Twist feat. Pat Thomas: “Ma Wonka”. From “Freedom Fables” (Strut 2021).

17.BLK JKS: “Mmao Wa Tseba - Nare - Indaba My Children”. From “Abantu - Before Humans” (Glitterbeat 2021).

18.Wasis Diop: “Anna Mou”. From “De La Glace Dans La Gazelle” (Music Development Company 2021).

19.Alafsar Rahimov: “Gafil Uyan”. From “Panik - Panic” (Kalan Müzik 2021).

20.Jaimie Branch: “Prayer For Amerikkka”. From “Fly Or Die Live” (International Anthem 2021).

21.Joseph Spence: “Run come see Jerusalem”. From forthcoming album “Encore: Unheard Recordings of Bahamian Guitar and Singing” (Smithsonian Folkways).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1.Lucas Santtana: “3 Sessions In A Greenhouse” (Mais Um).

2.Paolo Angeli: “Jar’a” (AnMa ReR Megacorp).

3.Kady Diarra: “Burkina Hakili” (Lamastrock).

4.Howie Lee: “Birdy Island” (Mais Um).

5.Toumani Diabaté and the London Symphony Orchestra: “Korolen” (World Circuit).

6.Ballaké Sissoko: “Djourou” (No Format!).

7.Kasai Allstars: “Black Ants Always Fly Together, One Bangle Makes No Sound” (Crammed).

8.Piers Faccini: “Shapes Of The Fall” (No Format!).

9.Balkan Taksim: “Disko Telegraf” (Buda Musique).

10. Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino: “Meridiana” (Ponderosa).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.Nwando Ezibie: “I Seduce” (Single on Accidental Records).

2.Muito Kaballa Power Ensemble: “Don’t Go Too Far”. From “Mamari” (Rebel Up).

3.Brain Damage meets Big Youth: “Grandma’s Joint”. From forthcoming album “Beyond the Blue” (Jarring Effects).

4.U-Roy feat. Santigold: “Man Next Door”. From forthcoming album “Solid Gold U-Roy” (Trojan Jamaica/BMG).

5.Yunis: “Mulid El-Magnoun”. From “Mulid El-Magnoun” (Kafr El-Dauwar Records).
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