Best Of Globalwize 2007

22/09/2022Stream Weltbeat Host/Selector Jean Trouillet's Favourite Global Releases Of 2007 On Spotify

Join us for yet another trip down memory lane alongside Weltbeat host Jean Trouillet and his far-reaching Globalwize selections. Ever since 1987 Jean has been broadcasting his show on Frankfurt's community radio X, offering regular eclectic listening journeys through time and space. In December of each year, he airs a special featuring his favourite releases of that year. More recently, as you may be aware of, he began compiling his annual best-of picks into comprehensive Spotify playlists that you can now stream ad libitum via Greedio.

Today, we revisit the year 2007 and present you the corresponding "Best of Globalwize 2007" playlist, which kicks off on a festive note with Marseilles' choral six-piece La Cor de la Plana, devoted to the systematic re-creation of the popular Occitan patrimony. Albanian brass band Fanfara Tirana takes it from there, paving the way to two tracks from Goran Bregović's 2007-released concept album "Karmen (with a Happy End)", followed by the late Romani singer Romica Puceanu and then Turkish clarinetist Mustafa Kandıralı with a "Çiftetelli".

From there, we move on to a piece of baroque flamenco as performed by oud player and globetrotter Marc Loopuyt and harpsichordist Catherine Latzarus, which goes well with Spanish singer Maria del Mar Bonet's "El País Secret" and then Valencian folk artist Miquel Gil in concert with Greek singer Savina Yannatou and the Orquestra Àrab de Barcelona, as we slowly venture towards North Africa behind the sounds of Berber poet and troubadour Akli D. Next, we have South African artists M'Du and DJ Ganyani collaborating on the house-infused track "Wolla Wolla" and then French DJ crew and turntablists extraordinnaire Birdy Nam Nam taking flight on a live cut of "Abbesses".

Returning back to planet Earth, we hear virtuosic Malian ngoni player Bassekou Kouyaté and his band Ngoni ba with "Lament for Ali Farka", who passed away in 2006. Senegal's Youssou N'Dour is next in line and blends well with his fellow countrymen Orchestra Baobab. We then transition to Gunea alongside "The Classic Guinean Guitar Group" African Virtuoses, alias Abdoulaye, Sire and Sékou Diabaté, fellow Guinean group Orchestre de la Paillote and, last but not least, a track taken from the 1976-released only album by Syli Authentic.

We remain on the African continent with Bamako's legendary Rail Band and Magan Ganessy, after which we hear two tracks off "The Voice of Lightness, Vol. 1: Congo Classics (1966-1977)" compilation by leading Africa rumba singer-songwriter Tabu Ley Rochereau and l'Orchestre Afrisa International. The 'father' of Congolese rumba Wendo Kolosoy, aka Papa Wendo, is next in line with "Camille", before we move over to Ethiopia with Alemayehu Eshete and then Somalia with contemporary Somali-Canadian musician K'naan. 

In closing, we hear Jamaican roots reggae group Culture with "I'm Not Ashamed" off the 40th anniversary edition of their 1977 debut album "Two Sevens Clash" and, as the cherry on top, "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" by Jamaican reggae vocal trio The Pioneers. 

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AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom