Globalwize Radioshow #415

16/12/2022Weltbeat Host Jean Trouillet Presents His Best-Of 2022 Selection W/ Accompanying Playlist

With only two weeks to go before the fireworks remind us that another year has passed, Weltbeat host and selector Jean Trouillet decided to get a head start on his annual Globalwize best-of selection and share his favourite releases of 2022. In a special two-hour broadcast via Frankfurt community radio X, Trouillet recently presented his top releases from the past months, cutting his own moderation short in order to fit in a maximum of tunes. The magic number for his current Globalwize Radioshow #415 is 36. So here comes a quick rundown of which productions made the cut. But before we get into the thick of things, we also want to point you to the accompanying Globalwize best-of 2022 playlist now streaming on demand and exclusively in our Greedio channel on Spotify.

We open with a tune from Luxembourg pianist Francesco Tristano's "On Early Music" interpreting works by some of early music's greatest composers and organists, followed by Bruno Allary's Compagnie Rassegna from Marseille and then Balkan ensemble Divanhana. Remaining in a traditional, folkloric hue, we then hear French kaval flute player Isabelle Courroy, Polish one-woman-orchestra Karolina Chicha & Company as well as Bosnian-born and Switzerland-based accordionist Mario Batkovic. Up next is French band of Armenian heritage Papiers d'Armenies, Brussels-born Tunisian singer/songwriter Ghalia Benali wandering in the footsteps of Rumi alongside artistic director Kiya Tabassian and the ensemble Constantinople, which goes well with Crete's Stelios Petrakis Quartet. After that, we hear a track off the comeback album by great Andalusian singer Tomas de Perrate, a descendant of one of the great Gypsy dynasties, followed by revolutionary Portuguese singer/songwriter José Afonso and then French saxophonist Laurent Bardainne and his band Tigre d'eau douce sharing their wonderfully melodic tune "Oiseau".

French actress and songstress Elisa Erka is next, with a tune off the tenth "Le Pop" compilation, before Algerian Berber singer Souad Massi takes the stage with a track from her current Justin-Adams-produced album "Sequana". We then travel back in time with Stars of Faith performing "When I Lay This Body Down" from the various artists compilation "Female Gospel Groups 1940-1962" on Fremeaux & Associés, a nice foundation for the blues-inspired sounds of French trio Muddy Gurdy. Next up, is the 'Kaboul to Bamako' ensemble Sowal Diabi on Accords Croisés, building on experience from exile and transitioning to Belgian superstar Stromae, drawing from depression and global musical influences on his latest album "Multitudes" (watch his Tiny Desk performance below). Moving ahead, we have Copenhagen-based Gambian kora player Dawda Jobarteh with an original composition by the late Don Cherry to be found on his new album "Do You Know a Place Called Flekkeroy?", which goes well with Malian singer and guitarist Vieux Farka Touré and Houston trio Khruangbin. We then head to Australia for Melbourne-based Ethio-jazz collective Black Jesus Experience, return to Senegal for the wizardy of French producer Guts and his manifold collaborators retracing the roots of Afro-Cuban music (read more here), enjoy a short layover in Portugal with Batida and Cape Verdean singer Mayra Andrade, before heading to São Tomé and Príncipe for an anthology of África Negra.

Entering the final third of the show, we lend an ear to a few stand-out compilations by Analog Africa being a) South African band "The Movers: 1970-1975" and b) Mexico's Conjunto Tipico Contreras from "Saturno 2000 - La Rebajada de Los Sonideros 1962-1983", which then brings us to Argentine producer Chancha Via Circuito and his latest album "La Estrella" (read more here). From there, we head to "Puerto Rico 1940-1962" with Cortijo y su Comboo with Nelson Pinedo and then to Colombia with Cimarrón. Then it's back to Africa for Uganda's Nilotika Cultural Ensemble and its "Nyanbingi Resurrection" on Switchstance Recordings, followed by Danish-Ghanaian nine-piece Total Hip Replacement and their album "Anyankofo". And, finally, what would Globalwize be without a healthy dose of dub and roots reggae, as we direct our attention to legendary and enigmatic French hiphop/reggae crew L'Entourloop, bow down to Jamaica's great Horace Andy alongside producer Adrian Sherwood on On-U Sound and then add Poland's The Old Paroots to the mix as well as nu reggae artist FLOX. In closing, we make way for one more song by Souad Massi to send us off into the new year.

You can stream the full 36 tacks via the accompanying playlist on Spotify, listen to the full show on the Greedio Mixcloud, find the detailed tracklist here and also watch Stromae's scintillating live performance for npr's Tiny Desk below. Leave us a heart if you like and feel free to spread the word. We look forward to sharing more musical goodness with you in the year to come and continue to hope for more peaceful times. One love.

AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom