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The Ghanaian Spotify

Since our show last Saturday was such a huge success with those Afro Gypsy tunes from Wanlov The Kubolor this weeks Spotify list continues with a selection of the very best from Ghana. There’s your classics highlife like C.K Mann and perhaps the happiest Ghanaian songs by Jerry Hansen’s Ramblers Dance Band to modern beats from King Ayisoba and Paul Matavire & Jairos Jiri Band.

Enjoy. You may dance.

Ajvar – Ghana

Autumn premiere playlist

You’ve waited, we’ve waited, basically the entire world has waited for Ajvar to start this season. The wait is over and we’re back, as up to date but never trendy as usual. High- and hiplife was the thing to be cool to like in 2009 and should by all rules be so yesterday today. So naturally we start off the Ajvar autumn with funky highlife from Ghana’s golden 70’s. The virtuous guitar player C.K. Mann’s Asafo Beson Medley is the perfect blend of African authentic music mixed with European influences and a Latin twist. A “total king of…Ajvar”.

Jamaica’s got lots of music. And one Usain.

Today was not just the Ajvar longed for season premiere but also the day when the feet of Jamaica’s finest delivered sweet tunes at the World Championships South Korean city of Daegu. Jamaica’s got two Gods. Bob Marley and Usain Bolt. When Usain runs the world stops and stares. Then lightening usually strucks. Today when put under pressure after being disqualified for a false start in the 100 meter race he smashed all the opponents in the 200 meter final. Pure magic.

So, Ajvar liked to celebrate that everything is back to normal in the world of sports and Mr Bolt passing the test with the tune Run Come Test Him by Joey Fever’s old reggae-band The Collisions. Yes, that’s a wordplay for you.

  1. C.K Mann – Asafo Beson Medley
  2. Gilberto Gil & Caetano Veloso – Wait Until Tomorrow
  3. Ajvar live @ Tranan – the mix
  4. The Collision – Run Come Test him

Playlist 2011-03-26

Honest Jon’s Records knows it’s ethno. And has done for a long time. The British independent record label was created by musician Damond Albarn and various record shop owners. But Honest Jon’s also owns a record shop in London and that one was founded way before the label. In 1974, by two friends from Liverpool, a Sociology student named Jon Clare, and Dave Ryner, the son of a Trinidadian doctor. Match made sound providers.


Honest Jon’s is funk, soul, folk and music from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. It is calypso, soca, Nigerian afrobeat and salsa. Lot’s of it from way back then, but also new stuff from Candi Stanton, Lobi Traore and Tony Allen. This week Ajvar’s into afro and backbeat. So we played the coolest, weirdest and funkiest tunes from their archive treasure. Like Boogaloo-jazz from Congo, golden age African pop and  South African electronic Shangaan. Mr Nozinja, who calls himself a scout for Shangaan talent knows the recipe.

We don’t use the sounds of the hip-hop guys, or the afro-pop, or whatever, we’re using Shangaan sounds. The traditional Shangaan music is fast. You play it slow, they won’t dance.


  1. Abdel Hadi Halo & The El Gusto Orchestra Of Algiers – Fatoum
  2. Orchestre OK Jazz – A Moins Que Namikosa
  3. Tshetsha Boys – Uya Kwihi Ka Rose
  4. Solomon Ilori & His Afro-Drum Ensemble – Tolani
  5. Zinja Hlungwani – Ntombi Ya Mugaz
  6. Ebenezer Obey – Eyi Yato
  7. Ajda Pekkan – Viens Dans Ma Vie
  8. John Holt – Mr. Mischief
  9. Lionel Barrett – Rasta Cowboy
  10. Cardinal Rex Jim Lawson – Tom Kirisite
  11. Susan Cadogan – Ghetto Cowboy
  12. Tommy McCook & The Skatalites – Lambs Bread Herb
  13. Foster Manganyi – Vanhu Va Lova
  14. Los Destellos – Pasión Oriental