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Globalwize Radioshow #407

15/07/2022Weltbeat Selector/Host Jean Trouillet Airs A Two-Hour Global Reggae Special Feat. Jack Sapphire

Back in April, Weltbeat host and selector Jean Trouillet aired a 'Reggae Special' for episode #403 of his longstanding and far-reaching Globalwize format on Frankfurt's Radio X alongside very special guest Jacek Szafir aka Jack Sapphire (Addis, R.A.P./Reggae Against Politricks, Manufaktura Legenda) from Poland, a staple on the Frankfurt scene. Long story short, the two recently got together for another two hours of music from the global reggae cosmos, now streaming in our Greedio Mixcloud channel

"Globalwize Radioshow #407" opens with a track by Philadelphia's Stars of Faith gospel singers and two tracks by the famous Ward Singers (who preceded the Stars of Faith) taken from the various artists compilation "Female Gospel Groups 1940-1962" on Frémeaux & Associés. After that, Jack Sapphire joins the mix to unveil a new-ish track by Jah Wobble & The Ukrainians featuring Jon Klein, performing the Ukrainian national anthem in dub to fuel the Ukrainian resistance. This goes well with Polish reggae outfit JaHoo's version of 5'nizza's  "Soldat" ('soldier') and a vintage Polish tune from 1965 by AliBabki titled "Wash Wash Ska", followed by Georgia's Trio Mandili with "Ai Dunia" and the original version by fellow Georgian outfit Reggaeon.

Danish seven-piece Total Hip Replacement formed a collaborative band with highlife and reggae musicians from Ghana in 2021 and released its scintillating album "Anyankofo" back in April, from which we hear the track "Midnight Driver", before Hypnotix from the Czech Republic share a track off their 2009-released album "New World Order" featuring Senegalese vocalist Bourama Badji. We then transition to Ugandan project Nilotika Cultural Ensemble with two tracks off their scorching 2021-released LP "Nyabingi Resurrection" on Switchstance Recordings, followed by Nhazi Tafara's "Who Feels It Knows It", taken from a  Zimbabwean bonus 7" from 1985, and the one-and-only Horace Andy with "Easy Money" from his recently released album "Midnight Rocker" produced by Adrian Sherwood.

New Zealand's The Black Seeds just dropped a new album in June, from which we hear the tracks "Game Over" and "Raised with Love Dub", which sets the stage for another June-released album, this one by French duo L'Entourloop with Killa P, Flowdan and Big Red on "Saga" and Troy Berkley and Blabbermouf on "Madzilla". German icon Nina Hagen and band take it from there with "African Reggae" from 1979, followed by veteran French producer Brain Damage sharing his Colombia collaboration ¡Ya No Más! featuring Kontent Thug and Macky Ruff. We remain in Colombian with Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto and the dub mix of their "Dub de sangre pura" on Llorona Records, yet another production by Adrian Sherwood, before returning to Horace Andy with "Safe from Harm" off his "Midnight Rocker" LP and the iconic "Skylarking", bringing this Globalwize Reggae Special to a resounding close.

Click below to stream the full session and feel free to share if you want to support. Also, a quick heads up that Horace Andy is set to perform in Frankfurt on August 7th, backed by a heavy roster of local sound systems. Don't miss!

AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom