Playlist 28.01.2019

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Playlist 28.01.2019

On this week's programme:

We have lost Oliver Mtukudzi, father-figure to many musicians in Zimbabwe and much loved.

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

Takula play songs based on archive recordings in the Malawian Broadcasting Corporation files.

Irene Mawela is known as the queen of tshivenda music in South Africa.

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

Nubiyan Twist, from Leeds and London, play soulful funky music with afro and jazz leanings.

The Star Band of Dakar were the early vehicle for the rise of Youssou N’Dour.

Buda Musique have compiled compilations of early music from Puerto Rico and the Congo.

David Attenborough’s recordings from the same era have recently come to light.

Belonoga is a Bulgarian band formed by a singer from Le Mystere De Voix Bulgares and Eva Quartet, Gergana Dimitrova.

Scots progressive trad band Shooglenifty recorded with Rajasthani group Dhun Dhora in Jodhpur.

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

Leyla McCalla is an American folk musician and songwriter of Haitian heritage.

Urna Chahar Tugchi from Mongolia is backed by the Polish instrumental trio Kroke.

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

Lisa O’Neill conjures up an old Irish music of roots and twigs and soulful song.

Navá are an Irish-Iranian four-piece in cultural dialogue.


Here is the playlist for "Ear to the globe" broadcast on Monday January 28th. The programme goes out every Monday at 10pm to midnight on 103.2FM and is available live at

1.     Oliver “Tutu” Mtukudzi: “Tozeza”.

2.     Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi: “Ndakuvara”.  Both from “Wonai” (Sheer Sound 2006).

3.    Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba: “Deli”.

4.    Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba: “Miri”. Both from “Miri” (Out Here 2019).

5.    Takula: “Namalenga / Creator”. From “Takula” (XA Music 2018).

6.    Irene Mawela: “Xikolo”. From “The Best of the SABC Years” (Umsakazo 2019).

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

8.    Nubiyan Twist feat K.O.G.: “Bata Bata”. From “Jungle Run” (Strut 2019).

9.    Star Band De Dakar: “Andado”. From “Psicodelia Afro-Cubana De Senegal” (Ostinato 2019).

10.  Adou Elanga: “Amondembe Cha Cha Cha”. From the compilation “Nostalgique Kongo - Rumbas Lingala, Swahili, Kikongo & Douala 1950-1960” (Buda 2019).

11.  Johnny Albino y Su Trio San Juan: “Brujerias”.

12.  Johnny Rodriguez y Su Trio Los Trovadores de la Alegria Tropical: “Silverio, Facundo y la Luna”.  Both from “Nostalgique Porto Rico - Plenas, guarachas, boléros et chansons jibaras 1940-1960” (Buda 2018).

13.  Unidentified Paraguayan farmhands: “Galopa”. From “David Attenborough - My Field Recordings From Across The Planet” (Wrasse 2018).

14.  Belonoga: “Gadoula Doula”. From “Through The Eyes Of The Earth” (NarRator 2018).

15.  Shooglenifty & Dhun Dhora: “Jog Yer Bones”. From “Written In Water” (Shoogle 2018).

16.  Kelly Thoma: “Kontylies of Armanogeia”. From “As the winds die down” (Kelly Thoma 2018).

17.  Leyla McCalla: “Ain’t No Use”. From “The Capitalist Blues” (Jazz Village 2019).

18.  Urna and Kroke: “Nonjiyaa”. From “Her” (UCT 2018).

19.  Baton Bleu: “Yourgo”. From “Weird And Wonderful Tales” (Dixiefrog 2018).

20.  Lisa O’Neill: “Violet Gibson”. From “Heard A long Gone Song” (River Lea 2018).

21.  Navá: “The Semuta Jig”. From “Tapestry” (Nava 2017).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1. Subhasis Bhattacharya: “Tablananda” (Riverboat / World Music Network).


2. Leyla McCalla: “The Capitalist Blues” (Jazz Village).


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. Various Artists: “Nostalgique Kongo - Rumbas Lingala, Swahili, Kikongo & Douala 1950-1960” (Buda).


7. Various Artists: “Nostalgique Porto Rico - Plenas, guarachas, boléros et chansons jibaras 1940-1960” (Buda).


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.  Kel Assouf: “Fransa”. From “Black Tenere” (Glitterbeat).

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

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


4.  Bahdja: “Passerelles”. From “Bahdja” (Igloo Mondo).

5.  Sir Shina Peters & his International Stars: “Sewele”. From “Sewele” (Strut).

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