Around the World – 29 & 31 May 2022


Listen to last week’s show and see the running order on and find out more about the show. You can also listen to Part 1 and Part 2 on Mixcloud.

SliceAudio and FerryFM, and Radio Larne, and Armagh City Radio play-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


Artist Track Album/single
Part 1    
Bareto Cura Cura El Amor No Es Para Los Débiles
La Cassandra Merengón Merengón – Single
BNXN fka Buju & Zinoleesky Kilometer (Remix) Kilometer (Remix) – Single
Leyla McCalla Ekzile Breaking the Thermometer
Bube Dame König Tuvalu Von der Quelle bis zur See
Djeli Moussa Diawara Djikan sillamanyin Par Amour
Tirana-Tirona Allstars Jam Tirons (feat. Iris Bega) Tirana 100
Kolonien Springen Till Skogen
Eliane Correa & La Evolución Orchestra La Guayaba Signo de Fuego
Leyla McCalla Pouki Breaking the Thermometer
Picot T’he Engendrat amb Dolor Les Ales del Cavall
Fatoumata Diawara Maliba Maliba
Antibalas Dirty Money Antibalas
Hanggai The Shanghai-Made Semiconductor Big Band Brass
Part 2    
Leyla McCalla You Don’t know me  Breaking the Thermometer
Sonoras Mil Bestia en Libertad Agüeros
Gonora Sounds Kusaziva Kufa Hard Times Never Kill
Antonio Castrignanò Pizzica Malincunia Babilonia
Inni-K Cuc-A-Neaindí Iníon
Frank Zappa Peaches En Regalia Hot Rats
Ana Alcaide  Kathairein Ritual
Electric Jalaba Daimla El Hal / The Feeling
Oumou Sangaré Dily Oumou Timbuktu
LYRE LYRE Sam’s Chicken Gin and Strathspey
Leyla McCalla Still Looking Breaking the Thermometer
Leyla McCalla Memory Song Breaking the Thermometer
Jembaa Groove K33 Momi Susuma
Captain Pugwash Theme London Music Workshop Great British TV Themes
Congotronics International Tita Tita (feat. Deerhoof, Juana Molina, Kasai Allstars, Konono N°1, Wildbirds & Peacedrums & Skeletons) Where’s the One? (feat. Deerhoof, Juana Molina, Kasai Allstars, Konono N°1, Wildbirds & Peacedrums & Skeletons)


Listen to last week’s show and see the running order on and find out more about the show. You can also listen to Part 1 and Part 2 on Mixcloud.

Hear the show on the web on Sundays at 10:00 pm to midnight:  
Slice AudioFerry FM,  Radio Larne and Armagh City Radio .

And on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm on the radio and web


Album of the Week:
Leyla McCalla. Breaking the Thermometer

Featured this week is the new album from Leyla McCalla. Breaking the Thermometer was released as an album in early May, but it has been a multi media project by the Haiti born Leyla McCalla who is now based in New Orleans.

It was premiered in Duke University in North Carolina in March 2020.

The Breaking the Thermometer website explains that the project explores the legacy of Radio Haiti-Inter, Haiti’s first privately owned Creole-speaking radio station, and the assassination of its owner, Jean Dominique, in 2000. .  It uses archive from the station held at Duke, including voices from journalists who worked there who fought to lift the voices of the ordinary people of Haiti. “We see Haiti through Leyla’s eyes as she grapples with the harsh political realities of its people and the journalists, like Dominique, who fought to uplift their voices.”

The project launched in 2020. It was due to tour after that -but circumstances and global shut down probably put a stop to that plan. I can’t find out just now if a new tour is expected, but the album was released in early May.

The website explains that “breaking the thermometer to hide the fever” is a proverb to describe the spirit of Haiti’s marginalized poor in the face of violence and political oppression.

It is a very fine album and worth chasing.



The Peruvian band mix versions of Amazonian Cumbia classics with their own compositions. They’ve been playing since 2003 – and this may well be the first time you’ve heard of them. It’s the first I’ve heard of them and I want more. And in coming weeks there will be.


Yes, even more from Motomama … one of my top albums of the year.

If you think Flamenco is just women in big dresses dancing in high heals and snapping castanets while med sweat over Spanish guitars hammering out syncopated rhythms it is time to acknowledge that was once Flamenco – but there is a modern interpretation rom young musicians like Rosalía and C. Tangana. I’ll be playing Bulerías “a fast flamenco rhythm made up of a 12 beat cycle with emphasis in two general forms as follows: [12] 1 2 [3] 4 5 [6] 7 [8] 9 [10] 11or[12] 1 2 [3] 4 5 6 [7] [8] 9 [10] 11” Want to know more? Wikipedia will help.


Eliane Correa & La Evolución

One of this week’s finds is UK-based Cuban timba / salsa fusion Eliane Correa & La Evolución. The12-piece orchestra features original arrangements by Eliane Correa, “performed by Europe’s top Latin and Cuban musicians.” Here’s the new album on BandCamp. And if you just want some excellent relaxing tropical music for a sunny afternoon, start the live concert on the video and (excuse me but I am going to use the word) …Chill.



Cuc-a-neaindí is the first track I’ll be playing on what is likely to be a featured album soon, ‘Iníon’. While Rosalía plays modern Flamenco, Inni-K merges sean-nós and jazz. While other influences touch on the Dublin based singer’s music, she stays true to the original spirit and sense of the music.

As she explains “ The roots of this album reach deep. In my mind’s eye, I see myself, aged 11, at home, tracing my finger across a small dent in the front of the record player and listening to a Gael Linn record that Mam and Dad had, hearing the singing of Seosamh Ó hÉanaí. In that moment, I was transfixed. I became fascinated by sean-nós singing and, through the years since, have explored that compulsion alongside other musical curiosities and influences. Iníon is a circling back to my musical lineage to honour my first deep love of sean-nós song and what has been passed onto me. The same momentum carries me and this music forward, joyfully falling into step with fellow explorers of different musical genres, from jazz to classical, to imagine together and share new iterations of some of the songs I love most from our singing tradition.”

WMCE Nominations

Each month I make my nominations for World Music Chart Europe along with around 40 other broadcasters from around Europe.

I can only nominate 10 and it is always a difficult choice. The list comprises music I’m playing and planning to play.

Here is this month’s list:

1 Echo Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita – Theatr Mwldan, ARC Music Wales/Senegal

2 Motomami – Rosalía Columbia Spain

3 Ritual – Ana Alcaide ARC Spain

4 Babilonia – Antonio Castrignanò Ponderosa Italy

5 Talm Ur Galon – Startijenn Paker Production Bretagne/France

6 Janus – Annbjørg Lien   Heilo/ Grappa Musikkforlag Norway 

7 Iníon – Inni-K Green Willow Ireland

8 Our Island – Small Island Big Song Small Island Big Song Pacific and Indian Oceans

9 Quicksand – Black Mango Gustaff Mali/France

10 Nava – Toranj Nava Ireland

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