Words by Gus Isherwood, photo by Henryk Kotowski
BBC 4 to show a new series on world music
BBC 4 kicks off a new world music season on Friday August 23 with the documentary How to be a World Music Star that follows the growth of world music since the 80s. The first instalment of a three-part series traces the careers of the Bhundu Boys, Baaba Maal, Buena Vista Social Club and Mariza in an exploration of what it takes to become a global music star.
Also on Friday August 23 The A-Z of World Music delves into the BBC archive for performance and documentary footage from a range of global musicians who have appeared on programmes such as Rhymes of the World, Wogan, Later with Jools Holland, Top of the Pops and the Nana Mouskouri Show.
Flamenco: In Search of the Soul of Spain looks at the remarkable journey of the musical style (Aug 25). Flamenco, the product of impoverished Gypsies, has become a celebrated aspect of Spanish culture. The programme will feature exclusive performances by professional artists, gypsy housewives, dance students and activists.
On September 6, the season’s final programme, Youssou N’Dour – Voice of Africa tells the incredible story of Senegal’s most renowned singer and composer (pictured above), from a life in music to a life in politics. There will be appearances from artists Peter Gabriel and Neneh Cherry, as well as Youssou’s friends, family and band members, plus musical performances and rare footage.