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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The 12 best African albums of 2019

All 12 of these albums received the maximum award of five stars when reviewed in Songlines magazine in 2019, featuring Africa Express, Bénin International Musical, KOKOKO!, Blick Bassy and many more;

Thursday, January 2, 2020

My World: Youssou N’Dour

Having recently turned 60, the Senegalese star is taking stock and looking to the future, as reflected in his My World playlist. He talks to Daniel Brown about his choices;

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

The Flower Men of Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has been making headlines, largely for its war on Yemen and the high-profile murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. But now the kingdom is on a PR offensive, launching a tourism initiative. Simon de Bruxelles visits one of its new festivals;

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Music in Moskovistan: Central Asians in Moscow

For centuries, Central Asia was criss-crossed from the west and east by merchants on the Silk Road. Today Central Asia itself is on the move with millions of migrant workers in the Russian Federation. Razia Sultanova reports on how music helps them settle in;

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Amália Rodrigues: A Beginner's Guide

Pleasure, pain and poetry – the ‘Queen of Fado’ gave Portugal its soundtrack during a turbulent 20th century. Chris Moss looks back over Amália’s career;

Monday, December 9, 2019

The 10 Essential Cuban Female Singers

Charlotte Algar highlights 10 essential singers from this musical island nation, including Daymé Arocena, La Lupe, Celia Crúz and many more;

Friday, November 22, 2019

Introducing... Lakha Khan

It’s rare to see 70-year-olds in our Introducing series, says Simon Broughton, but it is time to take a fresh look at the veteran master;

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