Playlist 18.01.2021

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Playlist 18.01.2021

On this week's programme:

Mogollar were the originators of the Anatolian folk-rock sound some 40 years ago.

Altin Gün, based in Amsterdam, inherited that same style on their 2018 debut.

Azmari are a funky Brussels-based outfit with African and Turkish influences.

4Mars were an institution of the Djibouti government party and state culture.

Shanti Powa are a multicultural reggae band from Northern Italy.

Alostmen are Stevo Atambire’s Ghanaian kologo group produced by Wanlov the Kubolor.

Stella Chiweshe is the veteran pioneering female performer of the Zimbabwean mbira.

Omar Sosa is the celebrated Cuban jazz pianist on his travels in East Africa.

Hallelujah Chicken Run Band were hugely popular in mid-70’s Zimbabwe.

Anansy Cissé is a Malian guitarist and singer releasing a second album.

The singer Rasm Almashan was born in Poland but raised in Yemen.

Farhot is an Afghan DJ-producer based in Germany.

The Zanzibara series showcases Taraab music from Kenya and Tanzania.

Medicine Man Orchestra are a Belgian project led by Beninois griot Seidou Barassounon.

Lion’s Drums are a record of Harold Boué’s travels in Colombia’s Sierra Nevada mountains.

Cabit connect Italian and Turkish traditions in a 15-strong orchestra.

The Talus album is a meeting between the kemanche spiked fiddle and the Turkish fretless classical guitar.

Las Lloronas are a female trio of song and poetry from Brussels.

Chuck Johnson is a purveyor of ambient pedal-steel country groove.

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Here is the playlist for "Ear to the globe" broadcast on Monday January 18th 2021. The programme goes out every Monday at 10pm to midnight on 103.2FM and is available live at

1.Mogollar: “Toprak Ana”

2.Mogollar: “Bi’Sey Yapmali”. Both from “Anatolian Sun Parts 1 & 2” (Night Dreamer/Gulbaba 2020).

3.Altin Gün: “Yüce Dag Basinda” (Single from forthcoming album on Glitterbeat).

4.Azmari: “Fat Ari”. From “Samā’i” (Sdban Ultra 2021).

5.4Mars: “Natesha (Compassion)”. From “4Mars - Super Somali Sounds from the Gulf of Tadjoura” (Ostinato 2021).

6.Shanti Powa: “Rainy Day”. Single from forthcoming album “Dreamer” (Shanti Powa Records).

7.Alostmen feat. Wanlov The Kubolor: “Kologo”. From “Kologo” (K7 Music/Strut 2021).

8.Stella Chiweshe: “Chachimurenga”. From “Ambuya!” (Piranha 1988/2021).

9.Omar Sosa feat. Steven Sogo: “Kwa Nyogokuru Revisited”. From “An East African Journey” (forthcoming on Otá Records).

10.Hallelujah Chicken Run Band: “Tinokumbira Kujura”. From “Take One (1974-79)” (Analog Africa 2020).

11.Anansy Cissé: “Foussa Foussa”. From “Anoura” (Riverboat/World Music Network 2021).

12.Rasm Almashan: “Im Nin’Alu”. From “Yemenia” (Soliton 2019).

13.Farhot: “Baqi Manda”. From forthcoming album “Kabul Fire Vol. 2” (Kabul Fire Records 2021).

14.Zein Musical Party: “Nisaidie Mpenzi (Help me my love)”. From the compilation “Zanzibara 10: First Modern - Taarab Vibes from Mombasa & Tanga 1970-1990” (Buda Musique 2020).

15.Medicine Man Orchestra: “Les Rythmes”. From “Medicine Man Orchestra” (Aribo Productions 2021).

16.Lion’s Drums: “Alouatta”. From forthcoming album “Kagabas” (Lion’s Drums 2021).

17.Cabit: “Cayelindem Oteye”. From “Serenin: From the Black Sea to the Ligurian Sea” (Felmay 2020).

18.Melisa Yildirim & Gilad Weiss: “Esma”. From “Talus” (Khalkedon Music 2020).

19.Las Lloronas: “Seasick”. From “Soaked” (Muziekpublique 2020).

20.Chuck Johnson: “Raz-de-Maree”. From “The Cinder Grove” (tak:til / Glitterbeat 2021).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1.Urban Village: “Udondolo” (No Format!).

2.Lo’Jo: “Transe de Papier” (LoJo).

3.Hallelujah Chicken Run Band: “Take One (1974-79)” (Analog Africa).

4.Various Artists: “Zanzibara 10: First Modern - Taarab Vibes from Mombasa & Tanga 1970-1990” (Buda Musique).

5.Joachim Cooder: “Over That Road I’m Bound” (Nonesuch).

6.Liraz: “Zan” (Glitterbeat).

7.Anansy Cissé: “Anoura” (Riverboat/World Music Network).

8.WoWaKin: “Wiazanka” (BABA Studio).

9.Sutari: “Siostry Rzeki / River Sisters” (AAUU).

10. Las Lloronas: “Soaked” (Muziekpublique).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1. 4Mars: “Hobalayeey Nabadu!”. From “4Mars - Super Somali Sounds from the Gulf of Tadjoura” (Ostinato).

2. Izouran N-Sahara: “Imattawn”. From “Tisnant” (Hit The Road Music).

3.Anansy Cissé: “Cissé”. From “Anoura” (Riverboat/World Music Network).

4.Jon Moon: “Messenjah Dub”. From the EP “Brighter Day” (Yutman).

5.Sam Amidon: “Time Has Made A Change”. From “Sam Amidon” (Nonesuch).

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