Best of Globalwize 2019

30/01/2024Revisit Yet Another Annual Best-Of Selection By WeltBeat Host/Selector Jean Trouillet

For quite some time now, we've been working our way back through time, as we began archiving and posting WeltBeat host/selector Jean Trouillet's annual best of Globalwize picks via Greedio on Spotify. If you have been keeping up with our musical coverage, then you will know that we started with the year 1997 and have now worked our way to 2019. This means that we are almost up to date on these wonderful selections, which in turn fills us with pride and joy. That being said, we just made the "Best of Globalwize 2019" playlist public on Spotify and it is now there, waiting for you to stream it as you please. The 2019 selection includes a total of 36 extraordinary tracks from around the globe and we're here to give you a short preview, of which artists made the cut, so here goes: 

The "Best of Globalwize 2019" selection kicks off with some classy yodeling by Schwarzbären Zuppel and features more eclectic productions by Congolese-Belgian performer, composer, lyricist, activist, video artist and ethno-vocal therapist Zap Mama, celebrated Danish band Afenginn with the Danish String Quartet and Teitur, Berlin-based klezmerist Daniel Kahn and Haifa-based guitarist Vanya Zhuk, Ukraine's folkloric Hudaki Village Band, early 1900s Greek violinist Alexis Zoumbas, Paris-born multi-instrumentalist Ian Balzan Dorizas honing his love for traditional Greek music and more, Portuguese fado singer Mísia, Spanish vocalist and actress Mariola Membrives, Abraham Inc. alias klezmer clarinet giant David Krakauer, funk legend Fred Wesley and producer/beat wizard Socalled, Hungarian violinist Lajkó Félix and versatile Polish outfit Vołosi, Mongol singer and yangqin player Urna Chahar-Tugchi with Polish band Kroke, Austrian zither player and composer Anton Karas, new age calypso band The Loire Valley Calypsos with Réunionnais accordionist René Lacaille, Hatian-American classical and folk musician Leyla McCalla, South African icon Miriam Makeba, Japanese shakuhachi player Minoru Muraoka with his take on Dave Brubeck's "Take Five", French-Iranian percussionist Keyvan Chemirani, Malian ngoni master Bassekou Kouyate, alternative French music project Roseaux with Cameroonian Bassa singer-songwriter Blick Bassy, the multi-talented Parisian singer-songwriter and guitar player Tiwayo, French-African-American project NOLA IS CALLING, Lisbon-based Cape Verdean singer Mayra Andrade, the late Algerian singer and activist Rachid Taha, the mythical sounds of the Amazon by Vieira e Seu Conjunto, Madagascar's Nino Rafah, Damon Albarn's acclaimed Africa Express project with South African electronic musician Sibot, Johannesburg's Radio 123, Lesotho-born singer and rapper Morena Leraba and Welsh musician, composer, producer, filmmaker and author Gruff Rhys (taken from the EGOLI project, watch the short documentary), Man Recordings founder and tropical bass pioneer Daniel Haaksman with Chicago house pioneer Robert Owens and Belgian singer K.ZIA, seasoned French dub producer Brain Damage with Colombian-born vocalist Jimena Angel, Kingston's legendary Inna De Yard project with Jamaican reggae/dub singer/producer Winston McAnuff (aka Electric Dread), fellow Jamaican reggae icon Gregory Isaacs, the one-and-only Lee "Scratch" Perry, Dutch instrumental seven-piece Jungle by Night, the inimitable and prolific musician, producer and selector Will Holland, better known as Quantic, alongside Afro-Colombian singer Nidia Góngora, and, in closing, French duo Hollydays with their stunning symbiosis of chanson and electronic music.

You can now preview the entire selection via the player below or head directly to Spotify for the full 36-track lineup. We're sure you'll find something to your liking!

AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom