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Globalwize Radioshow #399

30/12/2021Weltbeat Selector/Host Jean Trouillet Airs Part 2 Of His 'Best Of 2021' Globalwize Selection

The countdown to 2022 is definitely underway and the spirits at Greedy headquarters are running high. As we ready ourselves for a smooth transition into 2022, we make time for another tradition, being Weltbeat host and selector Jean Trouillet's annual selection of his favourite albums of the past year, as previously aired in his far-reaching monthly Globalwize format on Frankfurt's Radio X and now streaming in our Greedio Mixcloud channel. Roughly two weeks ago, we presented you with the first instalment of his yearly picks and so the time is right to serve up part two, which even comes with a comprehensive Spotify playlist for New Year's Eve and other listening occasions. But for now, let's take a look at what part two of Jean's 'Best Of 2021' Globalwize selection has in store for us, shall we?

Show #399 gets going with a velvety track from Coco Maria's 2021-released compilation by the great French collective Les Pythons de la Fournaise, taking it nice and slow, followed by Benin City's highlife pioneer Osayomore Joseph, off the brilliant 'Edo Funk' compilation by Analog Africa, and then Charles Lembe et Son Orchestra, off the imprint's equally stunning 'Cameroon Garage Funk' compilation. Next up is 'grande dame' Susana Baca, taking us to the black heart of her native Peru on "Negra del Alma" off her "Palabras Urgentes" LP and blending well with Johannesburg's experimental rock band BLK JKS and their rousing ballad "Harare" as well as British musician, producer and composer Nitin Sawhney's "Down the Road", taken from his epochal album "Immigrants", which deals with immigration to the UK and brings together African, Caribbean and Indian voices. Keeping the vibe pensive, festive and laidback, we then venture into the realms of reggae and roots music behind Cologne-based producer, DJ and percussionist Uwe Lehr, aka Razoof's dubbed-out "High Grade & Georgie Wine", the result of a 2020 trip to Uganda inspiring his wonderful album "Kansanga", succeeded by the one and only Specials from Coventry with "Listening Wind", taken from the band's surprising "Protest Songs 1924-2012" album of cover songs, (this one of the Talking Heads) and, finally, a truly great collaboration between seasoned French producer Brain Damage and Jamaican legend Big Youth, entitled "Beyond the Blue". Bringing the 'best of' segment to a close is the ace Massilia Sound System from Marseille with "Vive la solidarité" and a last highlight off the legendary WARP label by the inimitable Nightmares on Wax, featuring the UK's finest Shabaka Hutchings on sax alongside Brooklyn's 'golden voice' Haile Supreme and German jazz drummer Wolfgang Haffner.

The show's second hour continues with two more tracks off the same glorious album, the first featuring afrofuturistic duo OSHUN and the second featuring one of THE newcomers of 2021, aka Greentea Peng. We then move on to the last release of the year for Frankfurt's Analog Africa label being "Essiebons Special 1973-1984", a collection of productions by Dick Essilfie-Bondzie, the legendary producer, business man and founder of Ghana's mighty Essiebons label. Trouillet selects three tracks from this release, the first one by organist Ernest Honny, the second by an artist named Seaboy and the third by composer and guitarist CK Mann and his big band; funky highlife to bring the New Year spirit. Returning to Europe, we hear a track by Bosnia-born and Switzerland-based accordionist Mario Batkovic mixing entire musical epochs in his compositions. We'll likely be hearing more of this artist in 2022. Then moving on to Poland, we venture into the multicultural reality of musician and ethnographer Karolina Chicha and her album dedicated to the musical culture of the Karaim, a small minority's language reminiscent of the Judeo-Spanish Ladino that combines Turkish and Hebrew, with the second track being a solo vocal performance by actual members of the Karaim community that can be found on the accompanying bonus disc. The program draws to a resounding close behind the all-female Polish band Sutari and, last but not least, Belgian harpist Isabelle de Spoelberch collaborating with Turkish and Persian musicians.

You can relisten to the full show via the player below or head directly to the Greedio Mixcloud channel. For the detailed playlist visit weltbeat.net. Also, you can find the full 39-track Globalwize 2021 Spotify playlist here. Jean Trouillet will be back to present his 400th show on January 12th. Until then, we wish you happy listening and an even happier start to the new year as we look forward to all the new musical discoveries 2022 is bound to bestow upon us.

AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom