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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

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Field Recordings | The Essential 10

Field recordings may have started life as the preserve of the ethnomusicologist, but they have influenced countless musicians and become vital for documenting disappearing musics. Mike Gavin highlights ten of the best field recording compilations

Monday, September 6, 2021

Introducing... John Francis Flynn

There's a new rising star on Dublin's folk scene. We speak to the multi-instrumentalist and singer, John Francis Flynn, about his genre-assimilating solo debut

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Calypso Albums | The Essential 10

Calypso has its roots in canboulay music brought to the Caribbean by African slaves, but the style is constantly being revitalised and reinterpreted. Charles de Ledesma traces its history and chooses his top ten albums

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Kora Albums | The Essential 10

The kora has become the defining instrument of West Africa. Simon Broughton picks his ten top albums, including Ballaké Sissoko, Seckou Keita, Sona Jobarteh and more

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