Playlists from previous weeks are available below... please use your mouse to click on the brown text for the date, this will open up a new page with the full details of the playlist plus the podcasts which are active for upto one month after the original broadcast date.
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Album of the Week : Chili Houritki from Mounira Mitchala on LusAfrica
Welcome to another round the world music adventure first broadcast on Sheffield Live 93.2FM Our album of the week comes from Chadian, Mounira Mitchala, Chili Houritki ( Take Your Independence. Mitchala, her stage name means sweet panther and she is one of the few women singers from Chad to gain an international reputation. In between three tracks of her album we play some cuts for International Women's Day including the breathtaking Daniova Mama from Sofia Marinova, showing a new dimension to the regular chalga singer.
We open with a track as a tribute to Benjamin Escoriza the voice and soul of Radio Tarifa and close with the genius that is Roverto Fonseca.
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Album of the Week : The Rough Guide to Psychedelic Africa on World Music Network
Welcome to another round the world music adventure inspired by the Rough Guide to Psychedelic Africa, our album of the week. There's such an appetite for retro Afro releases and this Rough Guide surfs the tidal wave of mmusic that has been dug up, relicensed and now fills our European dances floors some forty years and a few revolutions later. Victor Olaiya sets the mood to be followed by a suprise discovery here at GondwanaSound, the Super Mama Djomba Band who provided the soundtrack for the 70's revolution in Guinea Bissau and fits our political and psychedelic remit for today's broadcast. Sam Parkin from the African Affairs Network talks about the DRC Dancehall night to raise money for the Panzi Hospital in Eastern Congo and awareness of issues effecting the region. We continue playing tracks from the Rough Guide plus Samy Ben Rejeb's label Analog Africa and some deep tracks from the re released Lijadu Sisters and Zam rock favourite Amanaz.
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Album of the Week : Sory Kandia Kouyate - La Voix de la Revolution on Sterns
Welcome to another round the world music adventure which starts with the voice of the Gypsy Kings, Nino Baliardo who's just released an album Picasso. There's been a flurry of notable new releases including the Rough Guide to Morocco which comes with a bonus cd Tajine Electrik from Groupe Mazagan. Today's broadcast is all about new releases and one we have been playing the most is the two cd set on Sterns documenting the career of Sory Kandia Kouyate, West Africa's best loved singer. Pure class and we hope you enjoy the selections.
We follow that with fellow countryman Ba Cissoko and a topical track from his fourth studio album, Nimissa and then Amadou Diagne, Africa Stop Wars. Amadou Diagne won World Music Network's battle of the bands and received an album deal with Riverboat Records. With a developing them of peace and reconciliation we continue with a track from the Toureg fund raising album for refugees in North Mali and a track from Kayhan Kalhor.
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Album of the week: Ailleurs from Chet Nuneta on Le Chant du Monde.
Welcome to another round the world music adventure which starts with some gorgeous rocking blues from Kaliban Coura and Amadou and Mariam's who continue the vibe with their digi only release in advance of their new album Folila. Our album comes from Paris based songstresses, Chet Nuneta. Originally released on the French label Mon Slip, Ailleurs has had a re-release. Whilst its not the sort of music I'd want to be stuck in a lift with, it is highly entertaining and creative, the last track gives an indication of their live energy. And talking of live bands, La Chiva Gantiva have released a new album on the Crammed label and what an outfit, they'd be fantastic on an open air stage at a summer festival. A couple of cuts of psyched African music, one from the new Soundway release and teenagers Edzayawa. Its just as well they split after their first album as they would be seriously dangerous. We follow that with some 70's Zam rock from The Peace and finish with a dance
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Welcome to this week's round the world music adventure first broadcast on Sheffield Live ! 93.2FM with several themes running, national radio day, the 54th Grammy awards and of course our album of the week, which this week is Mansana Blues from Diabel Cissokho and Ramon Goose. Shamefully, I hadn't fully appreciated the album until now, two young creatives bringing their own traditions together, seamlessly. Its also the first UNESCO International Radio Day and although the internet may be the primary source of news distribution and music enjoyment, for many communities, radio remains the most affordable, widest reaching and levelling of today's media. The Grammy's were bitter sweet, the sad loss of Whitney Houston yet the amazing success for Adele. With 6 Grammy's she's just gone stellar and as we're quite partial to her album 21, here at GondwanaTowers, its how we open today's broadcast. Hope you hear something you enjoy.
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Album of the week: Wona Baba Mariare on CD baby from Tendai Maraire.
Welcome to another round the world music adventure and this week our album of the week, "Wona Baba Maraire" comes from a Seattle based Zimbabwean, Tendai Maraire. Whether it was writing hip hop rhymes for Shabazz Palaces, growing up with a Dad who has a passion for marimba bands and ethnomusicology or just listening to Prince in the back of the family car, Tendai pulls on all his influences. He has produced Shona music for the 21st century, for his family and the entire African Diaspora. As the Sauti Za Busara festival prepares for lift off, we bring you some top tunes from a few of the many artists creating a buzz, including Nneka, Bikidude, Chebli Msaidie who's voice is something else and of course one of Tanzania's best loved dance bands FM Academia. We open with the unstoppable Fatoumata Diawara who's album has been at the top of the world music charts since its release. Plus new releases from the Sambasunda Quintent and Leni Stern.
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Album of the week: Rangarang a two CD compilation of forgotten jewels from pre revolutionary Iran on the Vampisoul Label.
Well the Vampisoul boys and girls have done it again, a creative compilation full of fantastic tunes and informative booklet from the archives of Iranian pop from the 60's through to the revolution in 1979. As soon as I discovered it, it had to be our album of the week. Forget what you see on the TV these cats are very cool and the tunes ain't bad either. But first we start off with something from another fascinating comp on the Honest Jon's label, Delta Dandies and then some unfinished business, the third track from last week's album of the week as we ran out of time. We have Balkan Tango with Alejandro and the Magic Tombelinos, a Finnish Waltz and Bonga is back with his thirtieth album, thats enough to fill up one of my shelves here at Gondwana Towers, what an achievement! And finally we finish in full on party mode with a remix from Baloji and co with guests including one of our favourites, Blitz the Ambassador
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Album of the week : Legacy from Two Man Ting on 2 Boot Music
Welcome to another round the world music adventure. Our album of the week is Legacy from the fabulous Two Man Ting who bring us sparkling maringa, palm wine and highlife grooves alongside delicious guitar playing, inspired djembe rhythms, witty observations and the Mende wisdom passed on by a mum from Sierra Leone. But we open with the matriarch of the blues, Etta James who sadly left us last week. Strong female vocalists follow with Hazel Dickens and Rhiannon Giddens who hits those high notes with Carolina Chocolate drops who up the pace with an exciting version of Ruby...are you mad at your man? With the mighty Baobab playing two UK dates, we play a couple of cuts from their album Made in Dakar. Its a year since the beginning of the "Arab Spring" and as such we pay tribute to a young Tunisian hip hop artist who's underground political rant became the overground anthem of their revolution. We finish off in the Middle East out of time but hoping that the people of Syria will soon be dancing. Enjoy!
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Album of the week : World Routes on the Road - A Double CD compilation on Nascente
Todays album of the week is the marvellous comp "World Routes on the Road". Selected from the archives of the august BBC Radio 3 broadcast, World Routes. It's packed to bursting with heartfelt melodies, twangs, bangs and rarities. Brilliantly played, brilliantly recorded and at last sound recordists get the recognition due. We bring you three tracks and read out James Parkin's engaging stories behind the music.
Staying with field recordists we introduce you to Chris Kirkley, the Alan Lomax of the Sahel. Seemingly never without a mike and always happening upon some brilliant guitar band or other, he documents and publishes it all in his blog, Sounds of the Sahel. We introduce you to one of his encounters, from Senegal, the band Lewlewal de Podor.
Plus tracks from the Mighty Sparrow, that K Frimpong track sampled by Blitz the Ambassador, The Black Rhythm Truth Band out on Soundway, Melingo and finally a duo that were jaw droppingly good at Musicport 2011, Randolph Matthews & Byron Johnston - go explore !
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Album of the Week : Native Sun from Blitz the Ambassador on Jakarta Records
There's a noise warning for those of a nervous disposition as we play some European and Balkan blasters before returning once more to Africa and the future president of Senegal.