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RADIO M: Fatha, Peter, Ludovico, Aida and more.

Where does the time go? That's the question that came to mind after Chicago Reader music writer Peter Margasak emailed me earlier this week informing me that last Friday was the third Friday of the month and he was supposed to be in for his monthly hit of new releases. Oops, I thought THIS week was the third Friday.

Not to fear, Peter is here and this month he's got some new tunes from Kenya, Iran, Nigeria and of course...Brazil.

 I'll also play a bit of an interview I did earlier in the week with Italian pianist and Malian music lover Ludovico Einaudi.

Plus, that man with the pipe? He's the great Earl 'Fatha' Hines; a man who helped shape the sound of jazz piano in the 1920's. We'll hear his rendition of a popular Brazilian number.

Start off your holiday weekend the right way: with a heavy dose of Radio M!


Radio M 5-24 Playlist


  1. Silvestri Montez Y Sus Guantanameros- El Avispon- Cumbia Beat Vol.1 – Experimental Guitar Driven Tropical Sounds from Peru 1966-76
  2. Bombino- Amidinine- Nomad
  3. Aida Nadeem- Risala- Out of Baghdad
  4. Fanfara Tirana vs. Transglobal Underground- Weeping Willow Tree- Kabatronics
  5. Pan Ron- Pros Reang Yeh Yeh- Groove Club 3: Cambodian Rock Intensified


  1. The Lulu’s Band- Nana- Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings from the 1970’s & 80’s
  2. Barbara Eugenia- Coracao- E O Que Temos
  3. Abubacar Sani & Fati Nigeria- Tofi- Bollywood Inspired Film Music from Hausa Nigeria
  4. Farro Khzad- Avazekhan Na Avez- Sedayeh Del
  5. Dieuf Dieufl deTheis- Mariama Yayou Salam-Aw Sa Yone Vol.1


  1. Earl Hines- Girl From Impanema- Fatha
  2. Ludovico Einaudi & Ballake Sissoko- Niger Blues- Diario Mali
  3. Ludovico Einaudi & Ballake Sissoko- Chameaux- Diario Mali
  4. Kiran Ahluwalia & Tinariwen- Mustt Mustt- Festival au Desert


  1. Bob Marley & the Wailers- Who the Cap Fit- Rastaman Vibration
  2. Lloyd Williams with Tommy McCook & the Supersonics- Goodbye Baby- West Indies Soul Vol.1
  3. T.P. Orchestre Polyrythmo- Hwe Toew Hun- The Kings of Benin Urban Groove 1972-80
  4. Lucila Campos- Toro Mata- Afro Peruvian Classics: The Soul of Black Peru
  5. Duoud- Sable Emovant- Ping King
  6. Acid- Hipguard- The In Kraut Vol. 3
  7. Frente Cumbiero- Pitchito- Tropical Discotheque




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