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Best of Globalwize 2001

21/01/2022Weltbeat Selector/Host Jean Trouillet Revisits His Personal Best Releases Of 2001

Weltbeat's Jean Trouillet has been airing his far-reaching regular Globalwize format on Frankfurt community radio X since 1987 and most recently hosted his 400th show! In December of each year, he takes a look back at the most significant and favourite releases in his book and has begun compiling best-of Spotify playlists to archive these annual selections via Greedio. Today, we travel back in time to see what was hot back in 2001. 

The "Best of Globalwize 2001" playlist kicks off with Romanian-Romani Taraf de Haïdouks' "Sirba Pompierilor" ('Dance of the Firement') and the choir version of Romani Balkan brass band Fanfare Ciocarlia's "Lume, lume", only to return to Taraf de Haïdouks collaborating with the Kočani Orkestar on the iconic track "Carolina". Remaining in Balkan territory, we hear "Disco Dumbus" by Serbia's Boban Marković Orkestar before heading to the southern hemisphere for a dazzling musical display by Malian guitarist Djelimady Tounkara on "Mandé djeliou", paving the way for South African grande dame Miriam Makeba's "Malouyame" and Senegalese great Baaba Maal with "Kowoni - Maayo (Mi Yeewnii)". Ethiopian singer Gigi takes it from there on "Mengedegna", succeeded by fellow Ethiopian soul/funk singer Seyfou Yohannes interpreting the classic "Tezeta". Then it's Iranian master Mohammad-Reza Shajarian performing "Desert", before we hear two Rembetika 'Songs Of The Greek Underground 1925-1947' presented by Ioannis Halkias and Stellakis Perpiniadis respectively. Acclaimed British musician, producer and composer Nitin Sawhney is next on the playlist with the piano-led "Breathing Light", followed by The Blind Boys of Alabama and their stunning blues-rock interpretation of "Amazing Grace". Steven Brown and Nicolás Klau formed their outfit Nine Rain in Mexico back in the early '90s and can be heard next, performing "Guantanamo's Harpsichord", which goes well with French rock band Noir Désir's catchy "Le vent nous portera" as well as "Bixo" and "Denia", two tracks by the one and only Manu Chao. Bari's Rosapaeda connects with fellow Italian trupeter Cesare Dell'Anna on "Ta travudia" in a remix by The Rootsman, as we begin to head in a more rootsy, offbeat direction, featuring Marseille's Massilia Sound System, Berlin's Seeed and Hamburg's Jan Delay. Then it's 'home' to Jamaica, with distinctive vocalist Ken Boothe on "Is it Because I'm Black?",  fellow vocal elder L. Crosdale on "Set Me Free" and, finally, Horace Andy performing the world-renowned tune "Skylarking". 

You can listen to the full playlist below. Rest assured, we'll be posting more of these nostalgic 'Best of Globalwize' playlists in the weeks and months to come. Bless up!

AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom