Best Of Globalwize 2006

24/08/2022Stream Weltbeat Selector/Host Jean Trouillet's Favourite Global Releases Of 2006 On Spotify

With now over 400 shows and counting, Weltbeat selector and host Jean Trouillet's far-reaching Globalwize format has been airing on Frankfurt's Radio X since 1987. At the end of each year, Trouillet broadcasts an end-of-the-year special to present his personal favourite releases of the past twelve months. As you may know, he has meanwhile begun compiling his annual best-of selections into comprehensive Spotify playlists, which we have begun sharing via our very own Greedio channel. Today, we revisit his choice tracks of 2006, but before we let you go, here's a quick rundown of what to expect.

"Best of Globalwize 2006" opens with music from Central Asia and Kyrgyz Ensemble Tengir-Too, before embarking on a "Winterreise" ('winter journey') on a 19th century composition by Franz Schubert as performed by singer and actress Nataša Mirković with Matthias Loibner on the hurdy-gurdy. The late Romanian lăutar artist Victor Gore takes it from there, followed by fellow Romanian violinist and singer of lăutar music Dona Dumitru Siminica. Next up is Breton traditional singer and player of the treujenn-gaol (Breton clarinet) Érik Marchand performing two tracks off his 2006-released album "Unu, daou, tri, chtar" and then North Macedonia's Toni Kitanovski & Cherkezi Orchestra.

This brings us to British singer-songwriter Sting and his "Songs from the Labyrinth" on Deutsche Grammophon, which sees him collaborating with Bosnian lutenist Edin Karamazov on a composition by 16th/17th century lutenist and songwriter John Dowland and goes well with English folk singer and multi-instrumentalist Jim Moray's rendition of "Lord Willoughby". Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Wade Schuman's New York-based outfit Hazmat Modine takes it from there (watch the video below), followed by Genevan "funeral orchestra" The Dead Brothers before transitioning to the rootsy Yiddish sounds of King Django. After that, we hear Senegalese singer Nuru Kane and then Malian singer Ali Farka Touré, as we immerse ourselves in the music of West Africa. 

We remain on the African continent with the "Golden Voice of Africa", alias Malian singer Salif Keïta, and then head to Zimbabwe alongside Thomas Mapfumo, aka the "Lion of Zimbabwe", backed by his band The Blacks Unlimited. Inspired by Ethiopian sounds from the '70s, Zafari then share their grooving jazz-funk tribute to "Addis Ababa", before we move on to Jamaica's infamous Studio One and a scorcher by mid 20th century mento artist Sugar Belly. Entering the final segment of Trouillet's 2006 selection, we "Swing Easy" with the laid-back dub of Soul Dimension, take flight on EMO's "Little Black Bird" and finally "Let Jah Love Come" with Rhythm & Sound and the one-and-only Sugar Minott.

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AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom