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Best of Globalwize 2003

05/05/2022Listen As Weltbeat Selector/Host Jean Trouillet Revisits His Favourite Releases Of 2003 On Spotify

Ever since 1997, Weltbeat host and selector Jean Trouillet has been airing an annual end-of-the-year selection of his personal favourite releases and more recently began compiling his picks in comprehensive Spotify playlists. It has been a rough couple of weeks since we last posted a "Best of Globalwize" playlist, one day before Russia attacked Ukraine to be exact. But in times like these, music has the potential to lift our spirits and set our minds afloat and so today, we return to the year 2003.

As usual, Jean's "Best of Globalwize 2003" selection covers a lot of musical ground, starting with "Sunken Waltz" from the fourth studio album by American indie rock band Calexico and followed by Uzbek singer-songwriter Sevara Nazarkhan blending folkloric traditions with contemporary styles. We remain in a traditional hue with "East meets East", an album of Eastern European music interpreted by Nigel Kennedy and the Kroke Band, which then leads us to the UK's Oi Va Voi and Frankfurt's very own Shantel. Also included in the mix are Serbias Earth Wheel Sky Band, Romania's Mahala Raï Banda, British DJ and producer BiggaBush collaborating with Macedonia's Kočani Orkestar, and Spanish world music ensemble Radio Tarifa. As we slowly move away from Balkan territory, we immerse ourselves into the inimitable Ethio sax of Getatchew Mekurya, the soothing sounds of Capeverdean band Simentera as well as the grooving drive of Guinea Bissau's Super Mama Djombo and Mali's Rail Band. Then it's off to Jamaica and back to the roots with the emancipatory song "Woman of the Ghetto" as interpreted by Hortense Ellis, King Tubby's "Dub You Can Feel", the Jamaica All Stars and, last but not least, legendary English producer Adrian Sherwood with a dubby production of his own.

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AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom