Best of Globalwize 2012

04/04/2023Listen To Weltbeat Selector/Host Jean Trouillet's Latest Far-Reaching Best-Of-The-Year Selection

Join us for another audio trip back in time, alongside Weltbeat host and selector Jean Trouillet and the annual best-of selection of his far-reaching global format on Frankfurt community radio X. Each year, Trouillet airs a special broadcast to present his personal favourite and most significant releases of that year. More recently, he began archiving his annual selections in best-of playlists and making them available to be streamed ad libitum via Greedio on Spotify. And today, we present you his 'best of Globalwize' picks from the year 2012. Let the name-dropping begin:

The 33 tracks that made the cut that year for "Best of Globalwize 2012" include extraordinary productions by Portuguese/Swedish folk music outfit Stockholm Lisboa Project, Polish village folk group Janusz Prusinowski Trio, Jewish-American singer-songwriter Daniel Kahn and his German klezmer band the Painted Bird, the critically acclaimed duo of Finnish master musicians Markku Lepistö and Pekka Lehti, Vivaldi as recomposed by British contemporary classical composer Max Richter featuring the Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin, French vocalist Noëmi Waysfeld and the congenial three-piece Blik, Lecce-based traditional music ensemble Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino performing alongside Malian kora virtuoso Ballaké Sissoko, Italian reggae duo Insintesi together with fellow Italian singers Maria Mazzotta and Miss Mykela, Andalusian chanteuse Amparo Sánchez collaborating with Barcelona-based DJ/musician Chalart58 and Spanish alternative rock band Bongo Botrako, San Francisco-an global alternative outfit Rupa and the April Fishes, Canadian rapper Socalled, French trip hop icons Chinese Man with Taiwan MC and Cyph4, Danish turntable-led outfit Analogik, Boston-based Ethiopian music collective Debo Band, Ethiopian pianist Samuel Yirga followed by the affiliated UK-based Ethiopian outfit Dub Colossus, renowned Fulani musician Malick Pathé Sow and fellow Senegalese kora virtuoso Bao Sissoko, late Guinean singer Sory Kandia Kouyaté, Ghanaian legend Ebo Taylor, the supergroup Rocket Juice & The Moon consisting of Damon Albarn, Flea and Tony Allen featuring the one-and-only Erykah Badu, Moroccan Gnawa musician Aziz Sahmaoui, enigmatic producer The Spy from Cairo, British musician and producer Will Holland aka Quantic's studio band Los Miticos del Ritmo, Colombian cumbia outfits Satanás y su Grupo and then J. Alvear, the aforementioned Quantic and his Combo Barbaro alongside British soul singer Alice Russell, Colombian wizard Mario Galeano's Ondatrópica project, Dominica's epic outfit the Midnight Groovers, Jamaican rhythm & blues by Bunny & Skitter and ska trombonist Don Drummond, Trinidadian calypso vocalist Mighty Sparrow, American funk and soul singer Charles Bradley backed by the Menahan Street Band, US singer-songwriter and producer Nick Waterhouse and, last but not least, Genevan rock'n'roll trio Mama Rosin.

Click below to preview the selection and head to the Greedio channel on Spotify to stream "Best of Globalwize 2012" in full. And, as usual, feel free to check out our other selections while you're at it. Enjoy!

AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom