Playlist 30.01.2024 DJ NigelWood

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Playlist 30.01.2024

On this week’s programme:
Sami Galbi is a Swiss-Moroccan musician from Lausanne.

Arabic fuzz outfit Al-Qasar get a remix from French duo The Limiñanas.

BCUC are an exciting live band from Soweto with a fourth album on release.

Onipa are a UK Afro-band led by Tom Excell (Nubiyan Twist) and Kweku Sackey (K.O.G.).

The new single from Les Amazones d’Afrique features Mamani Keïta and Fafa Ruffino.

La Sève are a French quartet influenced by the music of Cameroon and Congo.

Pamela Badjogo is from Gabon and was a member of Les Amazones.

The London Afrobeat Collective have Juanita Euka on vocals.

The Bongo Joe label are putting out a collection of classic merengue from the Dominican Republic.

And Smithsonian release another album from the long-running LA ensemble Mariachi Los Camperos.

The second half of this programme is devoted to the jazzy side of Ear To The Globe. You may have noticed a small increase in jazz representation on the programmes in the last couple of years, a development I put down to the fact that the jazz/improv side of things provides some of the most creative and interesting music around; there is often also an overlap with global styles. Who needs genres anyway? So I am here highlighting six of my favourite jazz-connected releases of 2023, which got squeezed out of the two Highlights programmes at the turn of the year.

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Here is the playlist for "Ear to the globe" broadcast on Tuesday January 30th. The programme goes out every Tuesday at 10pm to midnight on 103.2FM and is available live at

1.    Sahra Halgan: “Sharaf”. Single from forthcoming album “Hiddo Dhawr” (Danaya).

2.    London Afrobeat Collective: “De Kinshasa à Sona Bata”. From “Esengo” (forthcoming on Canopy Records).

3.    Rubim de Toledo feat. Karimah: “Rythm chante”. From “The Drip” (Rubim de Toledo 2023).

4.    Mama Sissoko: “Iri”. From “Mama Sissoko Live” (Mieruba 2023).

5.    Super Biton de Ségou: “Farafina”. From “Afro.Jazz.Folk Collection Vol. 2” (Mieruba/Deviation 2023).

6.    Baltimores & Massilia Hi-Fi: “Global crisis”. From “Global Crisis” (Sonne Art 2023).

7.    Protoje: “30 million” (Single on Ineffable Records 2024).

8.    Killer Mike & Damian Marley feat. Young Thug: “Run” (Loma Vista/Concord 2023).

9.    Train To Roots: “Sa Luna”. From “Ancora Qui” (Train to Roots 2023).

10.  Sister Julie: “Dub Medley (Alt. mix)”. From the EP “Heart Dub It” (Sister Julie 2023).

11.  Dub Marta: “Walking in the jungle”. From “Island Wave” (DubMarta 2023).

12.  Les Dynamites: “Uzi Kinrot” (Single on Batov Records 2024).

13.  Yin Yin: “The year of the rabbit”. From “Mount Matsu” (Glitterbeat 2024).

14.  Eki Shola: “For you”.

15.  Eki Shola: “Forest”.  Both from “Kaeru” (Eki Shola 2023).

16.  Eccodek feat. Mansa Sissoko: “Second bird calling”. From “Mistake Of The Ear” (Eccodek/Six Degrees 2023).

17.  Saramaccan Sound: “One mother, two hearts”. From “Where The River Bends Is Only The Beginning” (Glitterbeat Hidden Musics 2024).

18.  Aziza Brahim: “Bubisher”. From the forthcoming album “Mawja” (Glitterbeat).

19.  Esbe: “Footsteps”. Single from the forthcoming album “Serenissima” (New Cat Music).

20.  Fabiano do Nascimento & Sam Gendel: “Foi boto”.

21.  Fabiano do Nascimento & Sam Gendel: “Kewere”. Both from “The Room” (Real World 2024).

22.  Mari Boine & Bugge Wesseltoft: “My head holds high the horned hat”

23.  Mari Boine & Bugge Wesseltoft: “If tomorrow’s mine”.

24.  Mari Boine & Bugge Wesseltoft: “Mu oappá niegus/In my sister’s dream”.  All from “Amame” (By Norse Music 2023).

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Current Album Recommendations (in no particular order):

1.  BCUC (Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness): “Millions Of Us” (On The Corner).

2.  Babsy Konate: “Tounga” (Sahel Sounds).

3.  Dengue Fever: Ting Mong” (Tuk Tuk Records).


4.  Emilia Lajunen: “Vainaan perua: Satavuotinen sakka (Legacy Of The Dead: Deep In The Dregs)” (Nordic Notes/CPL-Musicgroup).


5.  Muireann Bradley: “I Kept These Old Blues” (Tompkins Square).


6.  Mito y Comadre: “Guajirando” (ZZK Records).

7.  Rhiannon Giddens: “You’re The One” (Nonesuch).


8.  Cinder Well: “Cadence” (Free Dirt).

9.  John Francis Flynn: “The Lag Song”.  Both from “Look Over The Wall, See The Sky” (River Lea).

10.  Thandi Ntuli with Carlos Niño: “Rainbow Revisited” (International Anthem).

Sound Tracks of the Week:

1.   Mama Sissoko: “Safiatou”. From “Mama Sissoko Live” (Mieruba).

2.   Super Biton de Ségou: “Bouguel”. From “Afro.Jazz.Folk Collection Vol. 2” (Mieruba/Deviation).

3.   Batsukh Dorj: “Bainak”. From “Ogbelerim - Music For My Ancestors” (Buda Musique).

4.   The Furrow Collective: “O Watch The Stars”. From “We Know By The Moon” (Hudson Records).

5.   Rashid Khan: “Raga Jogkauns”. From “Reflection” (Sense World).
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