Greedio X February '22

01/03/2022Listen To Our Latest Monthly Selection Of 20 Extraordinary Tracks From Around The Globe

Welcome to March and another 20-track selection of our favourite musical discoveries from around the world and the past month. 

Our "Greedio X February '22" selection opens with a beautiful reissue on Strut Records, "bringing together the timeless ghazals and poetry of Afghan singer Dr. Mohammad Sadiq Fitrat, aka Nashenas", put together by Chris Menist and the late Mads Nimann Jensen (RIP). We then travel half way around the globe to Melbourne, where Australian newcomer Glass Beams put together a stunning 2021-released debut EP entitled "Mirage", drawing from Indian classical, disco and pop music. Next, we hear an intriguing release by Berlin-based producer, composer and singer Alexander Christou (The Elecdrones), who just dropped a stunning EP on Compost Records with four electro-acoustic experimental tracks, from which we hear title track "The Upanishads", followed by a downtempo track off the current debut EP "Equanimity" by Rotterdam-based, multi-talented musician Kems Kriol, "touching on Cape Verdean and Colombian styles with a contemporary electronic approach"

Gabonese harpist Papé Nziengui, "practitioner of the mysterious, psychedelic Bwiti cult," keeps us on our toes with a track taken from his forthcoming album "Kadi Yombo", reissued on Awesome Tapes From Africa and paving the way to another reissue, being a seven-minute afro-funk scorcher by Benin's Tout Puissant Orchestre Poly-Rhythmo De Cotonou. Up next, Leverkusen-based Turkish bağlama virtuoso Turkish Ozan Ata Canani takes over, singing in German and Turkish and joined by Munich neo-krautrockers Karaba, on a tribute song released in light of the second anniversary of the tragic 2020 racist attack in Hanau, Germany. This is followed by Switzerland-based Algerian mandole virtuoso Anouar Kaddour Chérif and a track off his recently released first solo album, as he explores the intriguing relationship between Arab-Andalusian music and jazz. 

Tunisian composer, singer and songwriter Jawhar is set to release his new album “Tasweerah” later this month and gives us a first taste of his “Arabic dream pop” on “Schizo Hyout”. Moving on to the Middle East, we then hear a recent, reggae-inspired collaboration by French artist Adil Smaali (AYWA) and The Spy From Cairo, which goes well with the psychedelic oriental sounds, funky grooves and smooth Arabic vocals by Ghent-based outfit Gaïsha, with lyrics by the late Egyptian poet Abdelhamid Farag. Picking up the pace, we then hear a newly released slice of Turkish-Middle Eastern "Disco Arabesque", by Haifa-based outfit Şatellites, taken from their forthcoming debut album on Batov Records.

Captivated by the beat of the drums, we embark on a frenetic collaborative journey behind France-based Tunisian master percussionist and composer Imed Alibi and fellow Tunisian multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Khalil Hentati, alias Khalil Epi, sending traditional Mezwed and Bedoui repertoires into hyperspace on "Frigya". Kyiv-based four-piece DakhaBrakha has been experimenting with Ukrainian folk music since 2004 and just released a captivating collection of reworks by Brooklyn DJ duo Bedouin on Human by Default, which lines up well with a nifty, dancefloor-friendly DJ Rocca remix of Bologna-based three-piece Oké and a multifarious new production by Angola-born and Lisbon-based producer DJ Nigga Fox, taken from his latest EP on Príncipe "Música da Terra".

Heading into the final four tracks of our current selection, we unwind on a special adaptation of Ariana Grande's "One Last Time", performed by French percussionist Trio SR9 and France-based Cameroonian artist Blick Bassy singing in his mother tongue Bassa, which you can watch in the companion video below. Berlin-based, afrobeat, jazz and soul-driven multicultural project Jembaa Groove is up next with their latest single "Mokole" (meaning 'Nobody Knows' in Ga, one of several languages spoken in Accra, Ghana), taken from their forthcoming full-length "Susuma" on Agogo Records. Then we hear the legendary Cuban multi-instrumentalist and producer Papa Orbe, a staple of the latin scene for more than three decades, who just released his debut album "Sabor Y Medio" under his own name on Lausanne's Rocafort Records and last, but definitely not least, an epic 1977-recorded version of iconic Brazilian singer Joyce Moreno's "Feminina".

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AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom