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Best Of Globalwize 2005

25/07/2022Stream The Latest Annual Best-Of Selection Of Weltbeat Host/Selector Jean Trouillet On Spotify

Ready for another ride down memory lane? Weltbeat selector and host Jean Trouillet has been airing his far-reaching Globalwize format on Frankfurt's community radio X since 1987 and has meanwhile amassed well over 400 shows and counting. At the end of each year, he compiles the most significant and his personal favourite releases in an end-of-the-year special. More recently, he has begun archiving his annual best-of selections in comprehensive Spotify playlists, now streaming exclusively via Greedio. And today, we revisit the year 2005.

Jean's "Best of Globalwize 2005" playlist opens on a classical note, featuring an "Ode to Joy" ('Eine Ode an die Freude') as performed by Marc Unternährer, Hans Kennel, Philip Powell and Marcel Huonder on "An Alphorn Polyphony and Songbook" and followed by the avant-garde Balanescu Quartet string ensemble's "Life and Death". Next up is the twelve-piece Romani Balkan brass band Fanfare Ciocărlia with "Lume Lume" off their fourth album "Gili Garabdi: Ancient Secrets of Gypsy Brass" and then Budapest indie-pop outfit Erik Sumo with "Csillag Vagy Fecske", leading over to French jazz, afrobeat and dub combo Meï Teï Shô.

We move on to guitarist Albert Kuvezin and his Tuvan band Yat-Kha's "Play With Fire", as performed live at London's Meltdown Festival that year, followed by late Spanish Flamenco singer Enrique Morente's "Cantar del alma" and then French odd couple Bumcello collaborating with Jamaican Mento singer Stanley Beckford on "Big Bamboo". Marseille's Moussu T e lei Jovents are next in line with "Lo Gabian", taken from their 2005 album "Mademoiselle Marseille", connecting well with American multi-instrumentalist Ry Cooder's rumba-esque "Los Chucos Suaves".

Up next is London-based outfit Ska Cubano with "Tabú" and then Malian singer Ali Farka Touré with Malian kora player Toumani Diabaté on "Ai ga bani", taken from their collaborative album "In the Heart of the Moon". We remain on the African continent behind the sounds of Senegalese singer Thione Seck collaborating with Egypt's Rehab on "Woyatina". This is followed by Senegalese icon Cheikh Lô on "Sante Yalla" and Malian pop star Sorry Bamba with "Porry". 

Fellow Malian duo Amadou & Mariam take it from there, giving us a taste of "Sénégal Fast Food" alongside none other than Manu Chao, as we transition to Jamaica and roots reggae singer Prince Alla on "Stone". After that we hear fellow reggae singer, producer and soundsystem operator Sugar Minott as well as legendary reggae engineer Prince Douglas (of Wackie's fame). Next, Jean lines up two tracks from the "See Mi Yah" album by Rhythm & Sound, an electronic dub project by Berlin duo Mark Ernestus and Moritz Von Oswald.

Entering the last stretch of the playlist, we enjoy Wales-based and American-born artist Jeb Loy Nichols' "Sometimes Shooting Stars", fellow American singer-songwriter Ben Harper collaborating with The Blind Boys of Alabama on "There Will Be A Light" and, last but not least, two tracks by US klezmer outfit The Klezmatics.

We now invite you to stream the full selection via Greedio and watch the official companion video to Amadou & Mariam's "Sénégal Fast Food" featuring Manu Chao.

AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom