Globalwize Radioshow #418

02/03/2023Listen To The Recent 'Mali Special' Of Weltbeat Selector/Host Jean Trouillet's Far-Reaching Format

It's time for a brand-new episode of Globalwize! For his latest show on Frankfurt community radio X, Weltbeat host and selector Jean Trouillet stepped in for his friends at Africa Foundation and decided to air a special on Mali, inspired by the work of Berlin's Omniversal Earkestra and their sensational film Mali 70 – find more information here. In 2019, the big band travelled to Mali, teaming up with local greats to revisit original song material and rephrase it through contemporary big band arrangements. As such, Trouillet's "Globalwize Radioshow #418", features extraordinary collaborations between musicians from Mali and the Global North, working together to breathe new life into traditional repertoire.

The show kicks off with two tracks by Guinean guitarist Kante Manfila and Malian icon Sorry Bamba, followed by Berlin's multi-cultural afro-soul outfit Jemba Groove with a track off their 2022-released album "Susuma" and the group's latest single "Sweet My Ear" feat. K.O.G. (watch the official companion video below). Up next, we have the Orchestre Régional de Ségou with their 1970-released track "Batumanbe", followed by the Omniversal Earkestra's reinterpretation. Les Ambassadeurs du Motel de Bamako take it from there with "Djoula", a song written by Malian singer-songwriter Salif Keita, aka the "Golden Voice of Africa". We then hear another tune by the Omniversal Earkestra, leading up to American jazz pianist Hank Jones collaborating with Malian maestro Cheick Tidiane Seck and the Mandinkas. After that, we direct our attention to the 2007-released 'Malian journey' of American jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, followed by American jazz trombonist Roswell Rudd collaborating with Malian kora virtuoso Toumani Diabaté and then another collaborative effort between Diabaté, Spanish band Ketama and UK bassist Danny Thompson. Next, we hear Malian singer and multi-instrumentalist Ali Farka Touré alongside American multi-instrumentalist Ry Cooder and then alongside award-winning Malian vocalist Oumou Sangaré. We continue with Damion Albarn's Africa Express project putting a unique spin on Terry Riley’s minimalist landmark "In C", turning it into "In C Mali". With three more tracks to go, we hear another fascinating collaboration between Malian chanteuse Rokia Traoré and San Francisco's Kronos Quartet, another joint effort by said Kronos Quartet and Malian griot group Trio Da Kali and, finally, Paris-based Tama project bringing this special broadcast to a worthy close.

Click below to stream the full show via our Greedio Mixcloud channel and find the full playlist here. Thanks for tuning in!

AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom