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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Fanfare Ciocărlia | A Beginner's Guide

Fanfare Ciocărlia are the planet’s foremost Balkan brass band, soundtracking Guinness and Ikea ads, covered and copied, remixed and sampled, winning international awards and, night after night, taking their furious brass blast to the stage

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Angélique Kidjo | My World

The West African superstar talks about growing up in Benin, her various musical influences and her creative practice

Monday, October 11, 2021

Essential 10: Buena Vista Global Club

Buena Vista Social Club made such an impact since its release that countless similar projects revisiting nostalgic styles or reforming veteran bands have followed in its wake. Simon Broughton selects the best of them

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Alim Qasimov | A Beginner's Guide

Simon Broughton surveys the impressive career and beguiling back catalogue of the classical Azeri singer Alim Qasimov, including his extensive collaborations with his daughter Fargana Qasimova

Monday, October 4, 2021

Introducing... Arushi Jain

The US-based Indian singer combines her two loves, modular synths and Indian classical music, on debut album Under the Lilac Sky

Friday, October 1, 2021

Introducing... Bai-Terek

A young throat singing trio from the mountainous Altai Republic are rapidly gaining a worldwide fanbase thanks to their online videos. Dan Shutt reports

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Senyawa: Free Radicals

Time to penetrate the otherworldly shamanic orbit of innovative Indonesian duo Senyawa, as the pair disclose the secrets behind their esoteric arsenal of homemade instrumentation

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Fela Kuti | A Beginner’s Guide

The perfect introduction to Fela Kuti – a true original: "Never have life, politics, art and music been so inextricably linked together in one incendiary, insurrectionary and highly danceable package"

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Irish Albums | The Essential 10

Traditional Irish music is in fine fettle with a constant stream of fresh new talent emerging from the Emerald Isle. Here Michael Quinn introduces ten of his top Irish albums

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Introducing... Balimaya Project

The 16-piece are reclaiming Mande tradition and helping to educate their communities. Jane Cornwell catches up with bandleader Yahael Camara Onono

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Qawwali Albums | The Essential 10

Qawwali is a devotional music in Pakistan and popular around the world. Simon Broughton picks the best recordings of traditional qawwali, plus some interesting fusions

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Seckou Keita | A Beginner's Guide

The UK-based Senegalese kora player has made a name for himself as one of the foremost innovators operating in African music today. Nigel Williamson dives into his impressive career and marvels at his myriad works to date

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