Around the World – 16 & 18 January 2022


SliceAudio and FerryFM, and Radio Larne plays-out Around the World on Sundays from 10.00 pm – midnight local time. The show is also available Tuesdays from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Lisburn’s 98 FMBangor FM and Down Community Radio.

You can hear the show anytime here on MixCloud.

You can sign up for the weekly preview here on Substack. This week’s edition is below the running order.


Café Tacvba El Aparato Re
Ana Alcaide Ecstasi Ecstasi – Single
Yoshida Brothers & Les Freres Joker Yoshida Brothers X Les Frères
Ritva Nero Trepatska Thrasher Immortal Tradition
Molo Sayat Pe Molate, Pe Khelel Hadaeq
Céu Chega Mais Um Gosto de Sol
The Upsetters Return of Django Return of Django (Bonus Track Edition)
Aterciopelados & La Muchacha No Se Viola No Se Viola – Single
Afel Bocoum Bombolo Liilo Lindé
Aster Aweke Emiye Ethiopia – Single Emiye Ethiopia
Ritva Nero Master of Maanitus Immortal Tradition
Franck Biyong Aloko Party The Afrovision Secret
Talisk Echo 22 Echo 22 – Single
The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band My Brother Makes the Noises for the Talkies Gorilla
Divanhana Ćilim Zavrzlama
Ritva Nero Moshpit Mazurka Immortal Tradition
Lo’jo Pas pareil Transe de papier
Natu Camara Waa Dimedi
Rufus T. Firefly Tempelhof Tempelhof
Claudio Prima & Seme Nina Enjoy
Romengo & Mónika Lakatos Csingera Folk Utca
Ade Fazê Gat (feat. Jenifer Solidade & Mestrinho) Hello Cabo Verde
Douaa Haditouni (Habibi Funk 015) Haditouni (Habibi Funk 015) – Single
Ritva Nero Slayer of Schottische Immortal Tradition
Dean Parks, Ken Emerson & Jim Kimo West My Little Grass Shack in Kealakekua Aloha Radio Hawaii (A Musical Journey to the Golden Age of Hawaiian Song)
Salif Keita Tonton Un autre blanc
MEUTE Expanse Expanse – Single


Each week I preview the coming Around the World and add a few notes and videos. You can find out more on my blog. You can get this newsletter every week when you subscribe.



See last week’s running order is here (9 & 11 January 2022). You can listen to Part 1 and Part 2 of last week’s show and all previous shows on Mixcloud here

Around the World is on Slice AudioFerry FM, and Radio Larne on Sundays at 10:00 pm to midnight. On Tuesdays at 7:00 pm the show is broadcast on Bangor FMLisburn’s 98FM and FM105 Down Community Radio

This week’s featured album: What happens when a hard rock band meets 18th century dance music in Finland? The answer is Ritva Nero. They are a five piece who have taken polite fashionable dances like polka and mazurka, dipped them in heavy metal and released the music into the community.

The Nordic region and Finland in particular do rather excellent heavy rock. Maybe it’s the long winter nights or the ice and snow, but the musicians tend to be of the tougher variety. Ritva Nero formed in 2017. This isn’t just thrash for the sake of thrash. There is very competent musicianship here too – and a line up of instruments you would not expect in either a metal band or a polka ensemble.

 “Lead instruments played in the band are Soprano Saxophone, Finnish Bagpipes and Nyckelharpa, complimented by a rock style Bass and metal music style Drums. Folk dance tunes are cleverly combined with the metal tradition of our time in a contemporary manner.” More here

The album Immortal Tradition was only just released (14 January) and there’ll be 4 tracks on the show. In the meantime, here are some videos.

Some of the places we’ll hear music from: Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Jamaica, Spain, Italy, Bosnia, France, Germany, Mali, Ethiopia, Morocco, Guinea, Hawaii, and Japan

I’ve mentioned this before and perhaps it’s worth mentioning again. One of the ways that this programme came to be is that I got very bored with the music I was hearing. And because I have always been fascinated by the Mediterranean – a place where three continents meet and there is a vast area of sea to make travel between those continents easier and for the people and the cultures, and the food and the music and the arts mix more freely.

Because of that I sat in my room a few years ago with Spotify, Wikipedia and Google maps and tracked my way around the Mediterranean searching for interesting music.

A good example of how the Mediterranean region produces unique music is Mólo Sâyat’s excellent new album Hadaeq with a Lebanese singer, Mediterranean musicians, formed in Brussels drawing on Arabic, Italian and Romani language and songs.

Every week on the show I try to stretch the boundaries of the music we hear on the radio. As someone brought up on The Beatles and the Stones and the Monkees, then Jimi Hendrix and Cream, as a punk playing radio DJ and into all sorts of other music, Claudio Prima and Seme make the sort of music I would have missed. “Enjoy” is a fantastic album and not what you tend to hear everyday. It might take a subtle retuning of your expectations and taste, but once you get right into the music you cannot help but be lifted by it.


Other music you can expect: From Colombia, Latin Grammy award winners Aterciopelados have teamed up with protest singer La Muchacha for this single


A new single from German marching band, Meute.

And after seeing this video Cabo Verde is on my “Future Destinations” list


And Finally there’s a Canadian musician, Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, known as The Weekend. He is a massive music star who played the half time in the Superbowl last February. Although his new album – his 5th studio album – Dawn FM is really impressive it’s not the sort of thing to get onto the playlist. We take a different path on this show. We go looking for the less obvious.

The Weekend was born in Canada, but his parents were Ethiopian immigrants. He was raised by his mother and grandmother. He learned Amharic from his grandmother and also spoke it with his mother. He attended services at the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church. Some of his music influences come from Ethiopia. And in turn he has brought success to musicians from his parents’ home country.

Which is a very long way of introducing Aster Aweke, one of his inspirations.




See my top albums from 2021

There is a stack more music. Please join me or go to Mixcloud after the show.

The Around the World archive on Mixcloud

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Ferry FM

Radio Larne

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