Best of Globalwize 2004

28/06/2022Weltbeat Selector/Host Jean Trouillet Shares His Favourite Releases Of 2004 On Spotify

Towards the end of every year, since 1997, Weltbeat host and selector Jean Trouillet has been airing an annual best-of special of his far-reaching Globalwize format on Frankfurt's community Radio X. Most recently he began archiving his annual selections in comprehensive Spotify playlists, which we present you in regular intervals via Greedio. Today, we revisit his "Best of Globalwize 2004" selection of 24 extraordinary tracks from artists around the globe.

First up, is the experimental Swiss duo Stimmhorn collaborating with fellow Swiss artist Kold Electronics, followed by American-Canadian singer-songwriter Lhasa de Sela and two tracks by the inimitable Manu Chao. Then it's Germany's 17 Hippies, "a radically democratic collective of professionals and amateurs,"  laying the groundwork for experimental Belgian multi-genre music group DAAU, aka Die Anarchistische Abendunterhaltung. Italian saxophonist, composer and singer-songwriter Enzo Avitabile takes it from there on a collaboration with Algerian raï vocalist Khaled, before Bucharest's Mahala Rai Banda join in the fray.

Next, we hear two excerpts from the 2004-released album "Pruna" by Breton singer Érik Marchand and his ensemble Les Balkaniks, succeeded by the sounds of the Cretan Iyra as played by Irish musician and world traveler Ross Daly. Then we ourselves travel to Mali behind a track by Malian jelimuso and kora player Kandia Kouyaté alongside Guinean singer and musician Kerfala Kanté (also known as 'L'oiseau de Sankaran) and Malian griot Kassé-Mady Diabaté, which transitions to a track by Guinea's legendary Bembeya Jazz National and another one by Ethiopian singer Tilahun Gessesse. Senegalese rap two-piece Daara J then add their personal bounce to the mix, as does the Brooklyn-based afrobeat outfit Antibalas.

Heading into the last third of the playlist, we hear The Skatalites from Jamaica with "Addis Ababa", followed by the London-based group Ska Cubano and an early '50s mento track by The Ticklers. Bavarian German singer-songwriter Hans Söllner shares his reggae-esque version of "Oiwei I" next, which Trouillet juxtaposes with a guitar-led track by American bluesman Little Axe, before lining up a laidback version by 'Dub Specialist' Coxsone Dodd. Bringing the selection to a heartfelt close is the collaborative track "There Will Be A Light" by US singer-songwriter Ben Harper and The Blind Boys Of Alabama and another Studio One special, i.e. "You're Wondering Now" by Andy and Joey.

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AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom