Best of Globalwize 2018

18/12/2023Revisit Another Annual Best-Of Selection By WeltBeat Host & Selector Jean Trouillet

With all the end-of-the-year hubbub surrounding us at the moment, don't think we've forgotten to make another annual best-of selection available from the Globalwize vaults. As you likely know by now, each year, WeltBeat host and selector Jean Trouillet presents his favourite releases of that year in a special broadcast and has more recently begun archiving these selections via Greedio on Spotify for unlimited streaming enjoyment. As such, we've accompanied each playlist with its own write-up to give you a short preview of what to expect. That being said, here come's Trouillet's selection of top releases from 2018. 

His "Best of Globalwize 2018" playlist includes extraordinary music by the likes of innovative French quartet Des Lions Pour Des Lions, English alternative musician, composer and producer Cosmo Sheldrake, world-beyond-borders outfit Out of Nations, boundary-pushing French jazz saxophonist Raphaël Imbert, American musician, composer, songwriter and actor Tom Waits alongside guitarist Marc Ribot, Tunisian oud master Dhafer Youssef, Greek musician and contemporary master of the lyra (bowed instrument dating back to the Byzantine era) Sokratis Sinopoulos, talented Armenian ambassador of the duduk (double-reed instrument) Vardan Hovanissian playing alongside his musical soulmate, Turkish saz virtuoso Emre Gültekin, the late German co-founder of krautrock Mr. Holger Czukay (of Can fame), France-based multinational ensemble Moriarty featuring Bamako's Moriba Koïta and fellow Malian vocalist/composer/musician Pédro Kouyaté, Austrian 'liedermacher' and writer Ernst Molden, Wade Schuman's New York-based outfit Hazmat Modine, the great Nina Simone, multi-award-winning Mediterranean psych-funk ensemble Don Kipper, Italian trumpeter Cesare Dell'Anna with Giro Di Banda, Welsh harpist Catrin Finch collaborating with Senegalese kora player Sekou Keita, Denmark-based Gambian kora player Dawda Jobarteh performing alongside Senegalese singer Souleymane Faye, Malian singer and guitarist Samba Touré, Grammy-nominated Israeli bass guitarist/producer Yossi Fine and fellow Israeli neo-African percussionist Ben Aylon, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist of Haitian descent Mélissa Laveaux, UK & Africa producer Dan Harper's Invisible System project presenting its Bamako Sessions, Ghanaian guitarist and downright legend Ebo Taylor, South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, Ghana's Yusef Hussain aka Y-Bayani and His Band of Enlightenment, Reason & Love, Beninese legend Antoine Dougbé, Zimbabwean mbira dzavadzimu master Stella Chiweshe who sadly passed away earlier this year, Botswana's dextrous guitarist Sibongile Kgaila, Guadeloupean artist Casimir Létang, the Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band from Hamburg, New Yorker African American civil rights activists The Last Poets, Viennese DJ/producer/promoter Woxow alongside Jamaican vocalist Ken Boothe, L.A.-based rapper Akil the MC and New York's BluRum 13 aka James Sobers, Swedish singer-songwriter Neneh Cherry and, last but not least, the UK's Nightmares on Wax.

You can now preview the selection below or head directly to the Greedio channel on Spotify for the full treatment and more quality, far-reaching audio content. Don't sleep!

AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom