Best of Globalwize 2011

24/02/2023Discover Weltbeat Selector/Host Jean Trouillet's Favourite Global Releases Of 2011 On Spotify

Continuing our series of Globalwize best-of selections, we turn back time and revisit Weltbeat host and selector Jean Trouillet's end-of-the-year picks from 2011. Not too long ago, Trouillet began compiling his annual favourite releases into comprehensive Spotify playlists to be listened to on demand via our Greedio channel. His "Best of Globalwize 2011" playlist contains 27 extraordinary tracks from around the globe, which translates to about two hours of quality listening. Here's what to expect:

We open on a track from Portuguese contemporary quartet Danças Ocultas from their 2011 album "Alento" and then hear a track from Brazilian artist Lucas Santtana's seminal modern electro-acoustic masterpiece "Sem Nostalgia", before French vocalist Camille takes center stage. Remaining in France, we hear a track by iconic folkloristic ensemble Bratsch and then lend an ear to Berlin-based klezmer band Daniel Kahn & the Painted Bird, before moving on to English contemporary folk band Bellowhead. Fellow English singer June Tabor takes it from there, accompanied by the Oysterband, paving the way to Italian-Palestinian duo Radiodervish alongside pianist Livio Minafra and La Banda di Sannicandro di Bari, followed by Lecce-based duo Insintesi and Italian folk vocalist Alessia Tondo.

Remaining in the Salento region, we then hear a track by Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, before heading across the Atlantic to NYC-based band Hazmat Modine. American gospel singer Mahalia Jackson is next in line, followed by rock'n'roll pioneer Dave Bartholomew and fellow American blues/rock'n'roll guitarist Bo Diddley. From there, we move on to Trinidad with a classic calypso track by Roaring Lion, before vibing to UK siblings Kitty, Daisy & Lewis. Next up is Belgian world music project Blindnote and then Copenhagen-based Gambian kora virtuoso Dawda Jobarteh. 

Remaining on the African continent, we then enjoy a track by Senegalese veteran Ablaye Ndiaye Thiossane, before exploring a track off the third album by guitarist Justin Adams and Gambian singer/ritti player Juldeh Camara, aka Juju. After that, we hear Burkina Faso's Amadou Balaké and Les 5 Consuls with a track off of Analog Africa's "The Raw Sound of Burkina Faso 1974-1979" compilation, followed by the psychedelic Guelewar band Banjul, Gambia, and then Brittany's Badume's Band and radiant Abyssinian singer Selamnesh Zemene. Nearing the end of the selection, we then hear "Satta Massagana" in a version by British-Ethiopian band Dub Colossus, American musical collective Fool's Gold, the tropical sounds of El Hijo de la Cumbia and, finally, British-Iranian producer Hiatus with the unmistakable vocals of the one-and-only Linton Kwesi Johnson (watch the visuals below).

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AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom