Around the World – 6 & 8 November 2022


This week the featured album is from Al-Qasar and there’s music from Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cyprus, England, Guinea-Bissau, Ireland, Italy, Lebanon, Mali, Martinique, Nigeria, Norway, Portugal, Quebec, Sápmi, Spain, Sweden, and USA.


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

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

Bangor FM 107.9: 
Lisburn’s 98FM: 
FM105 Down Community Radio:

Listen to last week’s show here on my blog and on Mixcloud:

Part 1 here

Part 2 here

Artist Track Album
Nick Drake Hazey Jane 2 Bryter Layter ((Remastered))
Kolonien Drömmen Till Skogen
Gratien Midonet Babel Single
Céu Chega Mais Um Gosto de Sol
Al-Qasar Hobek Thawrat (feat. Alsarah) Who Are We?
Diable à Cinq Reel de la verrière/ Reel de la 4e dimension Sorti de l’enfer
Sara Correia Chegou Tão Tarde Do Coração
Adedeji Oruku Yoruba Odyssey
Alicia Edelweiss The Cockroaches and Me When I’m enlightened, everything will be better.
Tacho Movimiento Movimiento
Al-Qasar Mal Wa Jamal (feat. Hend Elrawy) Who Are We?
Mashrou’ Leila Taxi The Beirut School
Part 2    
Karyna Gomes Fresku N’na
America Riverside America
Windborne The Song of Hard Times Of Hard Times & Harmony
Al-Qasar Sham System Who Are We?
Folkatomik Tirullallero (with Daniele Li Bassi, Valeria Quarta, Oreste Forestieri & Franco Montanaro) Polaris
Ivo Papasov Bavna Pesen I Bachevo Horo Best Of – Ivo Papasov
Solju Oassi Mus Uvjamuohta
Synnøve Brøndbo Plassen Bom-bom-leiken Hjemve – Slåttetralling fra Folldal
Tuulikki Bartosik London London – Single
Al-Qasar Barbès Barbès Who Are We?
Expresso Transatlântico Primeira Rodada Expresso Transatlântico – EP
Antonis Antoniou Yiorti (feat. Efthymia Alphas) Throisma
Tau & the Drones of Praise Thunder Thunder Hummingbird Misneach
Maravillas de Mali Rendez-vous chez Fatimata (feat. Mory Kanté) [Funkfish & PE Remix] África Mía

Featured Album: Al-Qasar – Who Are We?


Al-Qasar – Hobek Thawrat حبك ثورات ft. Alsarah


The featured album this week is by Al-Qasar formed by Thomas Attar Bellier. He did his growing up in music in Los Angeles, Lisbon, New York, Paris. He’s a French-American producer and has appeared on about two-dozen records.

He formed Al-Qasar in the Barbès area of Paris near Montmartre when he brought together musicians from France, Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, and the United States.

On this new album guests include Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth) and Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys). Also guesting are the Sudanese singer Alsarah, Algerian singer and oud player Mehdi Haddab, and Egyptian Folk Singer Hend El Rawy

Stand by for what they describe as Arabic Fuzz. There’s an interview here from 2020 about the formation of the band.


Also on the show


I saw and met the vocal group Windborne recently and was treated to an hour of unique music. Their show “draws on the singers’ deep roots in traditions of vocal harmony, while the absolute uniqueness of their artistic approach brings old songs into the present.” [more]

The four members, Lauren Breunig, Jeremy Carter-Gordon, Lynn Rowan, and Will Rowan have known each other and have sung together for decades.

While they sing mainly songs from past movements of social struggle in USA and England, they include music from a variety of styles and languages with harmony singing traditions. Including this song from Corsica.

Stabat Mater – Windborne – Mont-Saint-Michel


Alicia Edelweiss – The Cockroaches and Me


Alicia Edelweiss is an Austro-British singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actress and visual artist based in Vienna. She started her musical career as a teenage street musician without money, hitch-hiking all over Europe for two years. And that’s how this song emerged (as she tells it in her live performance). Her first studio album “When I’m enlightened, everything will be better” came out in 2019 and has led her to numerous festivals across Europe. More here.


Tacho – Movimiento


And sometimes I happen across tunes and have no idea how I found them. This is one. And I have no information at all!

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