Around the World – 20 & 22 June 2021 – Playlist and Catch up


Here’s the running order for this week’s show.

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Notes from the newsletter are below the track list.

Artist Track Album
Cherym Listening to My Head Listening to My Head – Single
Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble Min He Mon Égbé – The One Who Sees Today Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble
Altın Gün Kesik Çayır Yol
Combo Paradiso Loco Vaivén Loco Vaivén
Chung Yufeng & David Chen Island Song (feat. Chin Kuo-hsiang) Island Catch
Stefano Saletti & Banda Ikona Anima de Moundo (feat. Barbara Eramo, Yasemin Sannino & Alessandro D’Alessandro) Mediterraneo Ostinato
Newen Afrobeat Chaltumay Curiche (feat. Oghnene Kologbo, Enrique Camhi & Diego Alarcón)
Louisa Lyne & di Yiddishe Kapelye Innan Det Tar Slut (feat. Idan Raichel & Maher Cissoko) Lust
Clare Sands & Steve Cooney Abair Liom Do Rúin (feat. Tommy Sands) Single
Amawele ka Mamtshawe AAAAH ZWELONKE Single
KeTeKalles  Nieva Rememdar el Caos
Beach Boys Do It Again  Single
Saucejas Ūsi, Ūsi, Kod Lapuosi Dabā
Altın Gün Ordunun Dereleri Yol
Merry Hell Go Down Fighting Emergency Lullabies
Dan Gharibian Trio Egnatias 406 Da svidaniya madame
Altın Gün Bulunur Mu Yol
Reevah Daydreamer Daydreamer – Single
Diamante Eléctrico Sálvese Quien Pueda Mira Lo Que Me Hiciste Hacer
Tokyo Incidents The Scarlet Alibi Single
Piers Faccini Levante Shapes of the Fall
L’Alba Guarisce À principiu
Cha Wa My People My People
Altın Gün Maçka Yolları Yol
need filler here    
Ghalia Benali فيلم مصري (تتر) film misriun (tatir) – Single
Xinobi & Gisela João Fado Para Esta Noite Fado Para Esta Noite – Single

New and worth listening out for: The music that made me stop in my tracks this week was on an album from Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble. Min He Mon Égbé (The One Who Sees Today) sung in the Goun language of the singer Noël Saïzonou’s home country Benin.

Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble are from Finland, Benin and Tanzania. The self-title album has just been released and the moment I heard that track, I put it on this week’s running order with expectations of more tracks in the future.

We’ve never had Corsican music on the show before and a new release from L’Alba – À Principiu –  gets an airing this week (Here’s more information on L’Alba)

Merry Hell are a multi award winning folk-rock band from the north-west of England ( Best Live Act 2020 & 2018, FATEA Award: Best Group/Duo 2015, Best Band 2018 & 2019, FolkWords Award: Best Album 2016: ‘Bloodlines’, FATEA Award: Best Single/EP 2017). Their album Emergency Lullabies has been on my longlist for a while. This week makes the running order.

Dan Gharibian Trio plays Gypsy, Armenian, Greek, and Russian songs and ballads. Led by Dan Gharibian, founder of the legendary Bratsch group, spearhead of Gypsy and Eastern music since the 1980s. The Trios album Da Svidaniya Madame is just out and I’ll be playing a track.

This is just a selection of the music. Tune in or log in to hear the lot.

Local and hereabouts: Way back when I started in radio in 1978, one of the people I met for the first time was the great folk singer and musician Tommy Sands. We still talk from time to time. Tommy is the voice reading at the beginning of Clare Sands new single Abair Liom Do Rúin. Clare is Tommy’s niece (or perhaps great niece?) Anyway, they are extended family). Also on the single is Steve Cooney the Melbourne man who has played with more Irish bands than most other Irish musicians (Chieftains, Clannad, Altan, Andy Irvine, Sinéad O’Connor as well as Little River Band, Antonio Breschi).

Reevah has a new single. The “Derry based Indie-pop artist Reevah grew up surrounded by music & art her mother is an artist & her father is a musician. Reevah’s music is immersive allowing the listener a chance to escape the speed of life. But it’s her voice, pure, understated & fearless, that stays in the heart & the mind long after the music is over.” Find her on Bandcamp

And the show starts the weekly world tour in Derry, too with the wonderfully noisy Cherm.

Album of the Week: Yol from the Amsterdam based Anatolian psychedelic rockers Altın Gün has been around for a few months and figured strongly in the World Music Chart Europe (WMCE*) since its release. It is the bands third album and follow up to their Grammy nominated Gece. This is what they say about the album.

Yol is not just a record that reframes traditional sounds for a contemporary audience. The album, which often presents a strongly international, poppy sound, also signals a very different approach in making and recording for the band. Singer Merve Dasdemir takes up the story: “We were basically stuck at home for three months making home demos, with everybody adding their parts. The transnational feeling maybe comes from that process of swapping demos over the internet, some of the music we did in the studio, but lockdown meant we had to follow a different approach.” “

Here’s a review from Pitchfork

Find them on Bandcamp, too.

*WMCE is published monthly. There are some 40 radio producers and presenters on the nominating panel, and I am very happy to say that I have been invited to contribute.


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