Best Of Globalwize 2009

29/11/2022Stream Weltbeat Selector/Host Jean Trouillet's Favourite Global Releases Of 2009 On Spotify

If you're a follower of the Greedy editorial platform, it will likely have come to your attention that for some time now, we have simultaneously been establishing our Greedio listening platform on Mixcloud and Spotify to keep you nourished in terms of quality global audio content. Weltbeat selector and host Jean Trouillet's regular Globalwize broadcasts on Frankfurt's community radio X are a big part of that, as we have started to build an archive of his shows to be streamed à volonté. Each year, Jean has been compiling his favourite releases in an annual best-of broadcast and has meanwhile created accompanying playlists on Spotify to complete the time travel simulation. That being said, today we bring you a new edition of his comprehensive "Best of Globalwize" selections.

This time, we return to his favourite picks of 2009, starting with two recordings off Austrian harpist Christina Pluhar and her L'Arpeggiata ensemble's modern interpretations of Baroque compositions by Claudio Monteverdi, accompanied by artists the likes of Núria Rial, Cyril Auvity, Jan van Elsacker and Nicolas Achten. After that, we hear a track performed by NYC-based string quartet Brooklyn Rider and Iranian kamancheh player Kayhan Kalhor and then a "musical plea for peace" by Sarband on the basis of Bach's Johannes Passion, alias "The Arabian Passion", featuring Lebanese singer Fadia Tomb El-Hage. Next are French clarinettist YOM and French-Lebanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf collaborating on "Petite fille", followed by Canadian folk singer Brenna MacCrimmon and then Pakistani Sufi singer Faiz Ali Faiz presenting a composition by French composer Thierry "Titi" Robins.

Argentine singer Mercedes Sosa and Venezuelan singer-songwriter Franco De Vita take it from there, paving the way for the three guitar maestros Justin Adams, Lu Edmonds and Ben Mandelson, aka Les Triaboliques, as well as two tracks by Norwegian folk rock outfit Katzenjammer, off their 2009-released LP "Le Pop". We then head back southeast to a dubby collaboration between Parisian duet DuOud and Mauritanian singer Malouma, which goes well with the "Coptic Dub" of The Embassadors, produced by Hayden Chisholm and Burnt Friedman, before Mulatu Astatke's vibraphone sends us flying on "Shagu", taken from his "New York–Addis–London: The Story of Ethio Jazz 1965-1975" compilation on Strut Records.

Heading into the last third of the playlist, we then direct our attention to the novel Peruvian sounds of C.H. Müller (Gotan Project) & Rodolfo Muñoz' RADIOKIJADA project and Peruvian vocalist Victoria Villalobos, succeeded by the novel Congolese sounds of Kinshasa's Staff Benda Bilili, before lending two ears to Analog Africa's "Legends of Benin" compilation and El Rego. Next up, we have the inimitable Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou 'from the vaults of Albarika Store' and then Guinea-Conakry's Kélétigui et ses Tambourinis from "The Syliphone Years". In closing, we hear Malian musicians Bassekou Kouyaté and his band Ngoni ba alongside Kassé-Mady and Toumani Diabaté from the 2009 album "I Speak Fula" and, last but not least, another track off the popular "Éthiopiques" collection, featuring Mulatu Astatke, Frank Holder and Niaaza Alsherif.

You can now preview the playlist via the player below or head directly to our Greedio Spotify channel for the full experience. Enjoy!

AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom