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Ear to the Globe
Ear to the Globe is the most comprehensive guide to new World Music releases on Irish radio. A two-hour weekly programme, it features international releases from all the major artists of Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Arab countries, as well as significant representation from European and North American folk traditions, plus cross-cultural partnerships and fusions, and odd and quirky gems and curios. The show also highlights visiting artists and bands, and includes interviews and occasional ticket giveaways. Past interviewees include Youssou N’Dour, Lucky Dubé, Vieux Farka Touré, Amparo Sanchez, Debashish Bhattacharya, Bob Brozman, Rachel Unthank, and many more.
Expect to hear: Dub Colossus, Amadou & Mariam, Khaled, Tinariwen, Susana Baca, Rodrigo & Gabriela, Mariza, Gillian Welch, the Unthanks........... soukous, gnawa, cumbia....... Balkan brass bands, Indian slide guitar, Brazilian psychedelia........ koras, ngonis and balafons....... saz, oud, kamancheh....fiddles and accordions... sitars and gamelans...... and electronics and dance beats too.
The show has been presented by Nigel Wood since 2001. He also provides World Music for a range of events including “The Wicklow Dance Club”, “Ear To The Globe Social Club” in The Workman’s Club (last Sundays of the month), functions, parties and weddings. He contributes World Music reviews to the Irish Times.