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Best of Globalwize 1998

08/06/21Listen To Weltbeat Selector/Host Jean Trouillet's Latest Best-Of-The-Year Globalwize Playlist

A few weeks back, we hit 'rewind' with Weltbeat selector and host Jean Trouillet and returned to his annual best-of-the-year selections for his eclectic Globalwize format, which began broadcasting back in 1987 on Frankfurt's Radio X. Over the past months, Trouillet has been revisiting the Globalwize vaults and compiling his favourite releases of the respective year into a comprehensive Spotify playlist for our streaming enjoyment. This is world-spanning musical time travel at its best and after listening to his 1997 playlist, we can't wait to present you his 13 picks for 1998:

Entering the fray with a frollicking dance from Azerbaijan, we transition to Breton singer Érik Marchand collaborating with Romanian group Taraf de Caransebes, before experimental Belgian outfit DAAU (Die anarchistische Abendunterhaltung) contribute a vibrant track of their own. From then on, it's pretty much all music from the African continent, starting with balafon virtuoso Neba Solo and followed by the title track of fellow Malian artist extraordinaire Rokia Traoré's 1998-released debut album. Then it's iconic Jamaican guitarist Ernest Ranglin, who travelled to Senegal in 1998 to record a mesmerising album alongside Baaba Maal, which ties in wonderfully with a track by great and best-selling Senegalese singer Coumba Gawlo Seck and another track by Dakar's Étoile 2000 outfit. Both tracks were featured on "The Music in My Head" compilation accompanying Mark Hudson's eponymous book. Bringing the Senegal segment to a thrilling close, we revisit a vintage gem by Orchestra Baobab, featuring a wicked guitar solo by the band's Barthélémy Attisso. 1998 also marked the release of the fourth instalment of the Francis Falceto-produced "Éthiopiques" series, which officially put the legendary Mulatu Astatke on the global musical map. Trouillet masterfully follows that up with Count Ossie and The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari drumming up their own Nyabinghi-led vision of Ethiopia. As we near the end of the playlist, we revisit another important 1998 release, being Algerian singer/activist Rachid Taha's "Ya Rayah", quite possibly the most renowned example of Chaabi music, documenting the life of Algerian immigrants to France. In closing and winding down, we hear an almost 30-minute live extract from a Sufi ceremony in Egypt, thus bringing the Globalwize Best of 1998 playlist to a transcendental finish.

You can stream the full playlist on Spotify or preview the selection via the player below. Leave us a heart if you feel so inclined and, as always, thanks for tuning in!

AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom