Playlist 20.04.2020

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Playlist 20.04.2020

On this week's programme:

Santrofi are a Ghanaian band with a renewal of the highlife genre.

Edikanfo came to fame in 1981 with their Brian Eno produced album, now reissued.

Damily is veteran Madagascan guitarist of the tsapiky style.

Populous is an Italian producer working with Brazilian singer Emmanuelle, and Mexican siblings Sotomayor.

Thievery Corporation are the global dancefloor duo.

Etuk Ubong is Nigerian trumpeter and composer.

Distinguished jazz master Gary Bartz joins UK jazzers Maisha for a direct-to-disc experience.

fra fra is a trio from Northern Ghana featuring the kologo lute on a range of funeral songs.

Jeich Ould Badou sends a missive from the Sahara via WhatsApp.

Pekko Käppa is a Finnish practitioner of the jouhikko.

Stratis Skarakis is a fiddle player from Crete.

Trio Tekke are from Cyprus, with connections to M.Doumani.

Damir Imamovic is a sevdah musician from Bosnia.

Falsa are a New York chamber Sufi fusion ensemble!

John McLaughlin heads up a masterful and deeply spiritual trio.

Andrew Cronshaw plays solo zithers in a beautiful display.

Here is the playlist for "Ear to the globe" broadcast on Monday April 20th. The programme goes out every Monday at 10pm to midnight on 103.2FM and is available live at

1.   Santrofi: “Kokrokoo”.

2.   Santrofi: “Kwaa Kwaa”. Both from “Alewa” (Out Here 2020).

3.   Edikanfo: “Gbenta”. From “The Pace Setters” (forthcoming on Glitterbeat).

4.   Damily: “Mangebakebake”. From “Early Years - Madagascar Cassette Archives” (Bongo Joe 2020).

5.   Populous with Emmanuelle: “Flores no mar”.

6.   Populous with Sotomayor: “Soy lo que soy”. Both singles from forthcoming album “W” (Wonderwheel).

7.   Thievery Corporation feat. Elin Melgarejo: “Lebanese Blonde”.

8.   Thievery Corporation: “Forgotten People”.   Both from “Symphonik” (ESL Music 2020).

9.   Etuk Ubong: “Purpose of Creation”. From forthcoming album “Africa Today” (Night Dreamer).

10. Gary Bartz & Maisha: “Harlem to Haarlem” (from forthcoming album on Night Dreamer).

11. fra fra: “Naked (you enter and leave this world with nothing)”. From “Funeral Songs” (Glitterbeat - Hidden Musics 2020).

12. Jeich Ould Badou: “Elyn”. From the EP “Saharan WhatsApp - Jeich Ould Badou” (Sahel Sounds 2020).

13. Pekko K: “Salotien polkka”. From “Finnish Folk Song Vol. 1” (Helmi Levyt 2020).

14. Stratis Skarakis: “I gorgona ki o Tzegas”. >From “Mono ti nihta thalassa” (Stratis Skarakis 2020).

15. Trio Tekke: “Rotten Luck”. From “Strovilos” (Riverboat / World Music Network 2020).

16. Damir Imamovic: “U Stambolu na Bosferu”. From “Singer Of Tales” (Wrasse 2020).

17. Falsa: “Man Kunto Maula”. From “American Sufi” (Falsa 2020).

18. John McLaughlin, Shankar Mahadevan, Zakir Hussain: “The Search”. From “Is That So?” (Abstract Logix 2020).

19. Andrew Cronshaw: “Anthem (Grant me kind heaven)”. From “Zithers” (Cloud Valley 2020).

Thanks for listening.

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1.   Deep Cabaret: “Matchless” (Self-published).


2.  Jiggy: “Hypernova” (Big Beat).


3.  Nelia Safaie: “Songs from Lands of Silence” (Kirkelig Kulturverksted).


4.  Natacha Atlas: “Strange Days” (Whirlwind).


5.  Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn: “Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn” (Smithsonian Folkways).


6.  Idjah Hadidjah & Jugala Jaipongan: “Jaipongan Music of West Java + Reworks” (Hive Mind).


7.  Jola: “Hidden Gnawa Music in Brussels” (Muziekpublique).


8.  Tamikrest: “Tamotait” (Glitterbeat).


9.  Antibalas: “Fu Chronicles” (Daptone).

10. John McLaughlin, Shankar Mahadevan, Zakir Hussain: “Is That So?” (Abstract Logix).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.   Edikanfo: “Nka Bom”. Single from forthcoming re-release “The Pace Setters” (Glitterbeat).

2.   Mulatu Astatke & The Black Jesus Experience: “Kulun Mankwaleshi”. Single from forthcoming album (Agogo).

3.   Eleonora Bordonaro: “Sprajammu di la luna”. From “Muoviti Ferma” (Finisterre).

4.   Thievery Corporation: “Forgotten People”. From “Symphonik” (ESL Music).

5.   Pekko K: “Helluleni”. From “Finnish Folk Song Vol. 1” (Helmi Levyt).

DJ Nigel Wood World Music Specialist
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