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Globalwize Radioshow #389

19/05/21Tune In To Another Two Hours Of Jean Trouillet's Far-Reaching Selection And A Grand West African Finale

Amidst another week of global confusion, Weltbeat selector and host Jean Trouillet returns with the latest chapter of his far-reaching deep listening format "Globalwize", originally broadcast on Frankfurt's Radio X and now streaming in our Greedio Mixcloud channel. Episode #389 features a splendid selection of wonderful releases from all corners of the world, so before you hit play, let us give you a quick overview of what to expect:

Easing us into the show is British-born and Sweden-based acoustic singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ray Cooper, sharing two tracks off his recently released album "Land of Heroes", before we shift to Portuguese bamboo flute master Rão Kyao and a piece off of his new album "Gandhi". Belgian imprint Crammed Discs, who recently reissued its originally 1984-released composers' series "Made to Measure Vol. 1", gets featured next with two cinematic works by Israeli band Minimal Compact and US post-punk outfit Tuxedomoon, that make for a beautiful transition into the neo-Balkan universe of Balkan Taksim and their mesmerising version of a popular song from Southern Serbia. Experimental Austrian trap-slang, kraut-fiction or whatever-you-want-to-call-it band Attwenger take over from there with two tracks off their brandnew longplayer "Drum" and lay the groundwork for "African Wind", a track by meanwhile 85-year-old French contemporary jazz hero Michel Portal and his quintet. As chance would have it, that brings us to the Finnish-Beninese afrobeat and funk big band Helsinki Cotonou Ensemble and their latest single "Min He Min Égbé" or 'The One Who Sees Today', followed by a wedding song and then a "Tarantella" dance from the Macedonian region, performed by Greek singer and percussionist Katerina Papadopoulou and her Anastatica ensemble.

Entering the second half of the show, we hear two songs interpreted by French singer Noemi Waysfeld and her quartet, off her fifth album "Soul of Yiddish". Dutch jazz pianist Rembrandt Frerichs and his eponymous trio present their 9-minute "Offering" next, thus making way for Azerbaijani pianist Isfar Sarabski and two marvellous compositions off his recently released album "Planet". Returning to the African continent, Trouillet dedicates the last half hour of his show to West African pop music of the '70s, starting with Gambian outfit the Super Eagles and then upping the ante with the fellow Gambian and one-of-a-kind Guelewar Band of Banjul. Next, we find ourselves in Mali with Bamako's legendary Rail Band and none other than Salif Keita on vocal duties, who also performs the closing track "N'toman" by Ambassadeur International. 

Tune in to the full show via the Mixcloud player below and find the full playlist here. Also, if you're enjoying these selections, make sure to keep an eye on our Spotify channel, where Jean has begun to post his Globalwize annual best-of playlists.

AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom