Playlist 21.01.2019

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Playlist 21.01.2019

On this week's programme:

Moroccan music to start:

Ayrad are ex-pat contemporary style based in Montreal.

Moulay Ahmed El Hassani plays an updated trad with electronic beats.

Hossam Gania is the son of famed gnawa maestro Maalem Mahmoud Gania.

“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.

Frafra is the high energy music from North-Eastern Ghana.

Vula Viel are a jazz-world group based around Ghanaian percussion and xylophone.

Moiizah are Madagascan singer and songwriter, Rivo Noarivelo, and his Norwegian band.

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

Leyla McCalla is an American folk musician of Haitian heritage.

Djafer Youssef is a Tunisian oud-player, composer and singer.

Nasser Houari also plays oud, in a duo with pianist Jean-Philippe Collard-Neven.

Kelly Thoma, a protege of Ross Daly, is an exponent of the Cretan lyra.

Kitka are a women’s ensemble from Oakland, California, singing songs from Eastern Europe.

Baton Bleu are a French acoustic blues-folk duo with unusual instrumentation.

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

Tigran Hamasyan is an Armenian genius of the piano who played a remarkable multi-genre gig in the NCH in Dublin next week.

Le Trio Joubran are a Palestinian trio of oud-playing brothers.

*NB. Just heard that Oliver Mtukudzi has died. Will play some of his music on next week’s programme*


Here is the playlist for "Ear to the globe" broadcast on Monday January 21st. The programme goes out every Monday at 10pm to midnight on 103.2FM and is available live at

1.     Ayrad: “Boumboum”.

2.     Ayrad: “Ha Rai”.  Both from “Zoubida” (CFM Musik 2018).

3.     Moulay Ahmed El Hassani: “Ya Li Hjarni”. From “Atlas Electric” (Hive Mind 2018).

4.    Houssam Gania: “Moussa Barkiyo”. From “Mosawi Swiri” (Hive Mind 2019).

4.    Abdesselam Damoussi & Nour Eddine feat. Yemdeh Salem & Hassan Haddad: “Arrahmane”. From “Jedba - Spiritual Music From Morocco” (ARC 2019).

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

6.    Ragazeer: “Matala Ligiri”. From the compilation “This Is Frafra Power” (forthcoming on Makkum).

7.    Vula Viel: “I Learn”. From “Do Not Be Afraid” (Vula Viel 2019).

8.    Moiizah: “Isan’andro”. From “Ambarao” (XA Music 2018).

9.    Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba feat. Madera Limpia : “Wele Cuba”. From “Miri” (Out Here 2019).

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

11.  Tigran Hamasyan with Yerevan State Chamber Choir & Harutyun Topikyan: “Ov Zarmanali”. From “Luys I Luso” (ECM 2015).

12.  Djafer Youssef: “Ruby Like Wine” (to Sheikh Muhammed Omran)”. From “Sounds Of Mirrors” (Anteprima 2018).

13.  Nasser Houari & Jean-Philippe: “Son Bati”. From “Yalla” (Igloo 2018).

14.  Kelly Thoma: “Ti skoteini sou tin plevra / Your dark side”. From “As the winds die down” (Kelly Thoma 2018).

15.  Kitka: “Kur bijati ziemassvetki”. From “Evening Star” (Diaphonica 2018).

16.  Baton Bleu: “Sarakiniko”. From “Weird And Wonderful Tales” (Dixiefrog 2018).

17.  Lionel Loueke: “Mande”. From “The Journey” (Aparté 2018).

18.  Tigran Hamasyan: “Markos and Markos”. From “An Ancient Observer” (Nonesuch 2017).

18.  Le Trio Joubran: “The Hanging Moon”. From “The Long March” (Cooking Vinyl 2018).

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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.  Ragazeer: “Matala Ligiri”. From the compilation “This Is Frafra Power” (Makkum).

3.  Pat Thomas: “Enye Woa (entended intro)” single. (Soundway).


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

5.  Tigran Hamasyan: “Markos and Markos”. From “An Ancient Observer” (Nonesuch).
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