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Globalwize Radioshow #398

17/12/2021Weltbeat Selector/Host Jean Trouillet Airs Part 1 Of His 'Best Of 2021' Globalwize Selection

As the year draws to a close, we take a moment to reflect on the past months and, in this case, revel in the abundance of extraordinary music released. As for Weltbeat selector and host Jean Trouillet, he returned to the studio to record a new episode of his far-reaching Globalwize format, originally aired on Frankfurt's Radio X and now available exclusively in our Greedio Mixcloud channel. For show #398, Trouillet takes a look back at his personal favourite releases of 2021 and proceeds to unveil the first part of his 'best-of' double header, with part two scheduled to arrive on December 29th. 

Globalwize #398 embarks in a flourish, with French-Italian mezzo-soprano Lea Desandre and the Ensemble Jupiter performing the "Sinfonia pour la tempête", followed on a lighter note by an interpretation of a lullaby by Henry Purcell, as presented by Berlin's lautten compagney with Asya Fateyeva and Wolfgang Katschner leading the way. Then we head South-East, the first stop being Napels behind Christina Pluhar and ensemble L'Arpeggiata's "Dormi O Nino", before we hear a contemporary Iranian composition off 30M's "This Is Tehran?" compilation and Azerbaijani pianist extraordinaire Isfar Sarabski. Next up is the wonderful Kollektif Istanbul interpreting Edvard Grieg,  Argentinian musician Melingo as well as the outstanding Cypriot outfit Monsieur Doumani. After a Fellini tribute by Klezmatics co-founder Frank London, we return to Christina Pluhar and L'Arpeggiata for more Naples, paving the way to Francois Castiello's band LaLaLa Napoli.

Producer and guitarist Justin Adams and violinist Mauro Durante share a track from their recent collaborative album "Still Moving" before Durante's Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino take over with a track off their brilliant current album "Meridiana", that was recently awarded the top spot on the World Music Charts Europe's best albums of the year voting – read more here about this fantastic piece of work, reviving and celebrating the traditional and dance of the Salento in southern Italy. Then it's the UK's Transglobal Underground collective and Our European Friends with English singer Jim Moray and Hungarian singer Nori Kovacs, singing two different songs that become one about a young man, who doesn't want to join the army. This is followed by two cover versions, the first being Franco-Brazilian duo Birds On A Wire reinterpreting Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" and the second being Croatian composer Branko Galoíc's version of Nina Simone's "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood". We then travel to Turkey with Hamburg's psych sensation Derya Yildirim and Grup Şimşek, to Romania with Balkan Taksim's spellbinding reinterpretation of a popular song from southern Serbia and then to Istanbul alongside Islandman for his rework of Âşık Veysel folk classic "Kara Toprak".

The third and final portion of the show ensues with another cover version. This time it's George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", interpreted by Tuvan band Yat-Kha. Next we hear Dresden's fabulous Banda Communale marching on to blend into virtuoso oud player Mehdi Haddab & Speed Caravan, delivering an electrifying tribute to the late Algerian singer and musician Hamdi Benani. Danish composer duo and sample wizards Den Sorte Skole brought their mind-bending audiovisual performance and light installation "Refrakto" to life this year, as we hear an excerpt from a recent live performance in Frankfurt's St. Katharinenkirche, who had originally commissioned the piece, featuring the Chorale de St. Joseph de Dakar. This brings us to Malian kora master Ballaké Sissoko collaborating with French singer-songwriter Camille, before we explore modern hues of Creole alongside Hatian-American artist Leyla McCalla, Paris-based duo Bonbon Vodou blending Creole traditions with French chanson, Marseille-based multi-instrumentalist and producer David Walters' ode to "Freedom" as well as Christine Salem's Maloya blues from the island of Réunion. In closing, Trouillet picks Hamburg sound artist and cellist Andi Otto collaborating with Rwandan Inanga master Sophia Nzayisenga, a wonderful three-track 7" vinyl release to be found on YNFND. 

You can now revisit the full broadcast via the Mixcloud player below or head directly to our Greedio channel here. Find the full tracklist here. We’ll be back in less than two weeks with part two. Stay tuned!

AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom