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4 Mars And Music From Djibouti20210220Kathryn Tickell talks to Ostinato Records founder Vik Sohonie about their new release of music from 1980s Djibouti star group 4 Mars, heard for the first time in decades. Sourced from old tapes sitting in the vaults of the national radio station in Djibouti City, this release represents the first in a series from the archive that have been little heard outside the east African country,

Plus new releases from Mali, Scotland, Ireland, France and Brazil as well as a taste of next week's interviewee, Cuban pianist Omar Sosa.

Kathryn Tickell talks to Ostinato Records founder Vik Sohonie about their new release.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

A Seasonal Session With The Tickells20201226Kathryn Tickell is joined in a locked-down pub in Northumberland by her brother Peter and her dad Mike for as much live music-making as the current regulations allow. We'll hear local songs and tunes, and listen to some tracks they've chosen to ease us gently through a Covid Christmas. Kathryn is herself an acclaimed fiddler and virtuoso of the Northumbrian pipes, fiddle player Peter is a regular with artists such as Sting and the Afro Celt Sound System, and dad Mike, a singer and poet, always steals the show.

The best roots-based music from across the world with Kathryn Tickell.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

A Tribute To Ravi Shankar20200404Lopa Kothari with a tribute to India's sitar legend Ravi Shankar on the centenary of his birth. Born in Varanasi on 7th April 1920, he was an international performer from an early age, as a dancer in his older brother's troupe. He then studied for years with a sitar master, then established his name as a leading virtuoso in Europe and America as well as India. In an interview from 1999 for Radio 3's World Routes, he recalls his formative years, and the period during the 1960s when he worked with The Beatles, performing at pop festivals and recording with George Harrison We also hear from Viram Jasani, himself a sitar player in 1960s London, who introduces a Ravi Shakar broadcast from 1956 for the BBC Third Programme.

Lopa Kothari with a tribute to Ravi Shankar.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Absalf3n Y Afropacedfico In Session20190823Kathryn Tickell presents Colombian group Absalón y Afropacífico live in the studio, bringing us the sound of Colombia's Pacific coast. DJ and broadcaster Alex Jordan reports from Kingston, Jamaica for this week's Road Trip with music ranging from classic ska and rocksteady to contemporary dancehall. This week's Classic Artist is the Tuvan khöömei group Huun-Huur-Tu.

Kathryn Tickell with a session by Absal\u00f3n y Afropac\u00edfico and a Road Trip to Jamaica.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Alash In Session With Kathryn Tickell20191005Kathryn Tickell presents live music from Tuvan folk group Alash, specialists in throat singing, a technique which produces multiple pitches at the same time. Also in today's programme: a preview of this year's Darbar festival of Indian music with Artistic Director Sandeep Virdee, plus new releases from across the globe including Pat Thomas (Ghana), Los Piranas (Colombia), and a track from this week's Classic Artist, Egyptian percussionist Hossam Ramzy.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; specially curated mixtapes, classic tracks and new releases, plus a monthly Road Trip, taking us to the heart of each location's music and culture. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

Kathryn Tickell presents Alash live in session.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Albums Of The Year With Lopa Kothari20191214
Ali Sethi In Session With Lopa Kothari20200328The best roots-based music from across the globe.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Lopa Kothari with the best roots-based music from across the globe.

Anandi And Debashish Bhattacharya In Session With Kathryn Tickell20190531Kathryn Tickell features a live session from singer Anandi Bhattacharya and slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya. New releases come from Dona Onete (Brazil) and DakhaBrakha (Ukraine), our classic artist is Orchestra Baobab (Senegal) and there's another chance to hear musician Inge Thomson's Road Trip from Shetland.

The best roots-based music from across the world

Argentina Road Trip20191026Lopa Kothari explores a new compilation of funaná music from 1990s Cape Verde, in conversation with producer Vik Sohonie of Ostinato Records. In the latest Road Trip, Betto Arcos travels to Argentina and the provinces of Corrientes and Misiones, home to the accordion-based chamamé folk style. Plus the latest new releases from across the globe.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; specially curated mixtapes, classic tracks and new releases, plus a monthly Road Trip, taking us to the heart of each location's music and culture. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

Funan\u00e1 music from 1990s Cape Verde and Argentina's chamam\u00e9 folk style.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

At Home With The Tickells20201226Kathryn Tickell is joined at home in Northumberland by her brother Peter and her dad Mike for as much live music-making as the current regulations allow. We'll hear local songs and tunes, and listen to some tracks they've chosen to ease us gently through a Covid Christmas. Kathryn is herself an acclaimed fiddler and virtuoso of the Northumbrian pipes, fiddle player Peter is a regular with artists such as Sting and the Afro Celt Sound System, and dad Mike, a singer and poet, always steals the show.

The best roots-based music from across the world with Kathryn Tickell.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Baaba Maal At Africourage Festival, The Gambia20200314The best roots-based music from across the globe.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Baloji In Session20181026Lopa Kothari presents a studio session from musician, poet and film director Baloji, singer Eugenia Georgieva takes us on a Road Trip to Bulgaria, Ethio-Jazz singer songwriter Meklit gifts us an all female African Diaspora Mixtape, and this week's Classic Artist is Grenadan-born Trinidadian calypso master The Mighty Sparrow. Also in the show are some rare retro sounds from Paris in the 80s from a new compilation called Nouvelle Ambiance, new music from Turkey's Gaye Su Akyol, Kora maestro Dawda Jobarteh and Tuvan legends Huun Huur Tu.

Born in Democratic Republic of the Congo and growing up in Belgium Baloji creates music that is a glorious mixture of traditional African rhythms and electronic hip-hop and funk. His third album '137 Avenue Kaniama', named after the street in Lubumbashi where he met his estranged mother after 25 years apart, draws on the musical heritage of the 1970s, an era when Afro-American artists were inspired by African music and vice versa, and explores a range of concerns and struggles both personal and communal.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new release, and every week a bespoke Road Trip from a different corner of the globe, taking us to the heart of its music and culture. Plus special guest Mixtapes and gems from the BBC archives. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

Lopa Kothari with rapper Baloji, a Road Trip to Bulgaria and a mixtape from Meklit.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Bbc Music Introducing At Latitude With Kathryn Tickell20180810Kathryn Tickell with recordings made on the BBC Music Introducing stage at Latitude.

The best roots-based music from across the globe

Kathryn Tickell introduces recordings from the BBC Music Introducing stage at Latitude including Congolese jazz outfit Kongo Dia Ntotila and instrumental folk duo Fran and Flora. Our Road Trip takes us to Festival Med in the South of Portugal where singer Sara Tavares was performing in June - her recommendations include some of the best in fado - from the historic recordings of Amalia Rodrigues to the contemporary sounds of Carminho - as well as local hip-hop artist Carlao who samples the funana bands of his parents' homeland of Cape Verde, an ancestry shared by Tavares herself. Our classic artist this week is the Zion Travelers, a lesser known but highly regarded American gospel quartet from California active in the 1940s and 50s. And in this week's Mixtape, Jack Yglesias of Family Atlantica and the Heliocentrics selects a Hugh Tracey field recording from Zimbabwe, a recent recording by Colombia's Nidia Gongora with her group Canalon de Timbiqui, and some vintage Cuban rumba from Grupo Guaguancó Matancero.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new release, and every week a bespoke Road Trip from a different corner of the globe, taking us to the heart of its music and culture. Plus special guest Mixtapes and gems from the BBC archives. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

Kathryn Tickell introduces recordings from the BBC Music Introducing stage at Latitude including Congolese jazz outfit Kongo Dia Ntotila and instrumental folk duo Fran & Flora. Our Road Trip takes us to Festival Med in the South of Portugal where singer Sara Tavares was performing in June - her recommendations include some of the best in fado - from the historic recordings of Amalia Rodrigues to the contemporary sounds of Carminho - as well as local hip-hop artist Carlao who samples the funana bands of his parents' homeland of Cape Verde, an ancestry shared by Tavares herself. Our classic artist this week is the Zion Travelers, a lesser known but highly regarded American gospel quartet from California active in the 1940s and 50s. And in this week's Mixtape, Jack Yglesias of Family Atlantica and the Heliocentrics selects a Hugh Tracey field recording from Zimbabwe, a recent recording by Colombia's Nidia Gongora with her group Canalon de Timbiqui, and some vintage Cuban rumba from Grupo Guaguancó Matancero.

Kathryn Tickell introduces recordings from the BBC Music Introducing stage at Latitude including Congolese jazz outfit Kongo Dia Ntotila and instrumental folk duo Fran & Flora. Our Road Trip takes us to Festival Med in the South of Portugal where singer Sara Tavares was performing in June - her recommendations include some of the best in fado - from the historic recordings of Amalia Rodrigues to the contemporary sounds of Carminho - as well as local hip-hop artist Carlao who samples the funana bands of his parents' homeland of Cape Verde, an ancestry shared by Tavares herself. Our classic artist this week is the Zion Travelers, a lesser known but highly regarded American gospel quartet from California active in the 1940s and 50s. And in this week's Mixtape, Jack Yglesias of Family Atlantica and the Heliocentrics selects a Hugh Tracey field recording from Zimbabwe, a recent recording by Colombia's Nidia Gongora with her group Canalon de Timbiqui, and some vintage Cuban rumba from Grupo Guaguancó Matancero.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Bela Fleck And Abigail Washburn In Session With Lopa Kothari20200208B\u00e9la Fleck and Abigail Washburn perform a live studio session.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Benin International Musical With Kathryn Tickell20190614Kathryn Tickell introduces a live recording of Benin International Musical, a collective that brings together traditional musics of Benin with contemporary influences including jazz, Afrobeat and rap. Our Road Trip takes us to the Czech Republic with broadcaster Petr Dorůžka as our guide and this week's Classic Artist is the Egyptian ensemble, Musicians of the Nile. Plus the latest new releases from across the globe.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Blick Bassy In Session With Lopa Kothari20190419Lopa Kothari introduces a specially recorded studio session from Cameroonian singer-songwriter Blick Bassy performing material from his new album 1958. Betto Arcos reports from Cartegena in Colombia for this week's Road Trip, our Classic Artist is the Culture Musical Club of Zanzibar and we have new releases from Altın Gün (Turkey), Black Flower (Belgium) and Coladera (Cape Verde).

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Calan In Session With Kathryn Tickell20190301Kathryn Tickell presents a studio session from Welsh trad trailblazers Calan, who are celebrating 10 years since the release of their debut album (2008's Bling) with a new compilation 'Deg' (10 in Welsh). In this week's Road Trip musician and podcaster Morten Alfred Høirup explores the music of Denmark and our classic artist is Faustian blues legend Robert Johnson.

Traditional Welsh folk band Calan in session with Kathryn Tickell.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Carla Bruni With Lopa Kothari20201024Lopa Kothari’s guest is the Italian-French singer-songwriter and former First Lady of France Carla Bruni, performing songs from her new self-titled album. Our Classic Artist is Kenyan Swahili rumba singer Issa Juma and we have new releases from Brazil’s Kiko Dinucci, composer and tabla player Kuljit Bhamra and Benin’s Star Feminine Band.

Lopa's guest is the Italian-French singer-songwriter Carla Bruni

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Celso Pif1a20190927Kathryn Tickell pays tribute to Mexican Cumbia legend Celso Piña, who passed away in August, with a live recording from the 2017 Paleo Festival. Music from Iranian tar virtuoso Ali Ghamsari recorded at this year's Rudolstadt-Festival in Germany. In our Road Trip, musician and broadcaster Amanda Kauranne explores the diverse roots of Finnish music from Karelia and its influence on contemporary directions in Finnish folk.

Kathryn Tickell presents a tribute to Celso Pina and a Road Trip to Finland.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Kathryn Tickell presents a tribute to Celso Pi\u00f1a and a Road Trip to Vietnam.

Celtic Connections From Glasgow20210130Kathryn Tickell with the best roots-based music from around the world.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Celtic Connections With Lopa Kothari20190118Lopa Kothari with live music from artists featured at this year's Celtic Connections festival including the Rheingans Sisters, Scottish traditional music from Chris Stout and Catriona McKay, plus the duo of guitarist Ian Carr and Swedish nyckelharpist Niklas Roswall. This week's classic artist is the late Hugh Masekela, and a track from the South African trumpeter's 1973 collaboration with Ghanaian group Hedzoleh Soundz. Plus we have new releases from Bassekou Kouyate (Mali), Kel Assouf (Niger/Belgium), Carminho (Portugal) and Que Vola? (Cuba).

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new releases, and every week a bespoke Road Trip from a different corner of the globe, taking us to the heart of its music and culture. Plus special guest Mixtapes and gems from the BBC archives. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

Lopa Kothari with artists featured at this year's Celtic Connections festival

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Chiranjeeb Chakraborty In Session With Lopa Kothari20190104Hindustani vocalist Chiranjeeb Chakraborty in session with Lopa Kothari, performing three ragas in the studio with tabla player Manjit Singh Rasiya. For our Music Planet Road Trip we’re off on the Santiago de Compostela trail with journalist Betto Arcos to explore the music of the Galicia region in northern Spain, and this week's Mixtape has been put together by Antonis Antoniou from Cypriot band Monsieur Doumani, featuring music from Turkey, Greece and the UK.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new releases, and every week a bespoke Road Trip from a different corner of the globe, taking us to the heart of its music and culture. Plus special guest Mixtapes and gems from the BBC archives. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

Hindustani vocalist Chiranjeeb Chakraborty in session with Lopa Kothari.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Lopa Kothari presents the best roots-based music from across the world - with a special studio session, classic tracks and new releases.

Lopa Kothari presents the best roots-based music from across the world.

Cigdem Aslan And Tahir Palali With Lopa Kothari20190906Turkish duo \u00c7i\u011fdem Aslan and Tahir Palali join Lopa Kothari in the studio.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Turkish duo Cigdem Aslan and Tahir Palali join Lopa Kothari in the studio

Cimarrf3n In Session With Lopa Kothari20200307
Claudia Aurora In Session With Kathryn Tickell20181019Kathryn Tickell with the best roots-based music from around the world, including a studio session with Portuguese fado singer Claudia Aurora., and a Road Trip to Cape Breton Island in Eastern Canada, hosted by the CBC's Wendy Bergfeldt. This week's Mixtape is by Don Letts, who made his name in the 1980s as a punk and reggae DJ and film director, and our Classic Artist is Cheikh Lo from Senegal.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new releases, and every week a bespoke Road Trip from a different corner of the globe, taking us to the heart of its music and culture. Plus special guest Mixtapes and gems from the BBC archives. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

Kathryn Tickell with a studio session from Portuguese fado singer Claudia Aurora

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Concert From Celtic Connections With Kathryn Tickell20190125Kathryn Tickell with a concert recorded at Celtic Connections in Glasgow.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Dam In Session With Lopa Kothari20190315Palestinian rap group DAM in a studio session with Lopa Kothari, plus a Road Trip to Nairobi with Bill Odidi of the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation. This week's Classic Artist is Celia Cruz, a Cuban singer considered to be the most popular Latin artist of the 20th century. Plus a selection of the latest releases from across the globe.

Palestinian rap group DAM in a studio session, with Lopa Kothari

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Ensemble E-do (korea) In Session And Ashanti Omkar's Mixtape20181012Lopa Kothari presents a session from the Korean Ensemble E-DO, a group led by Yu Kyung-Hwa, combining traditional Korean instruments such as the chulhyungeum (iron-stringed zither), janggu (drum) and daegeum (bamboo flute), alongside the double bass and acoustic guitar. Istanbul-born singer Cigdem Aslan is our guide to the Alevi music of Turkey in this week's Road Trip; our Classic Artist is Brazilian composer and multi-instrumentalist Hermeto Pascoal - celebrated through a variety of vintage recordings - and our Mixtape comes from Asian Network's Ashanti Omkar. Plus a selection of new releases from around the world including Gaye Su Akyol (Turkey), Amira Kheir (Sudan), former BBC Music Introducing artists Vula Viel and a new compilation of forgotten 78s documenting "Yiddisher Jazz" in London's East End between the 1920s and 1950s.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the world - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new release, and every week a bespoke Road Trip from a different corner of the world, taking us to the heart of its music and culture. Plus special guest Mixtapes and gems from the BBC archives. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

Korea's Ensemble E-DO in session and a mixtape from Ashanti Omkar - with Lopa Kothari

The best roots-based music from across the world.

The best roots-based music from across the globe

Lopa Kothari presents a session from the Korean Ensemble E-DO, a group led by Yu Kyung-Hwa, combining traditional Korean instruments such as the chulhyungeum (iron-stringed zither), janggu (drum) and daegeum (bamboo flute), alongside the double bass and acoustic guitar. This week's Classic Artist is Brazilian composer and multi-instrumentalist Hermeto Pascoal and our Mixtape comes from Asian Network's Ashanti Omkar. Plus a selection of new releases from around the world.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new release, and every week a bespoke Road Trip from a different corner of the globe, taking us to the heart of its music and culture. Plus special guest Mixtapes and gems from the BBC archives. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

Eugenia Georgieva In Session With Kathryn Tickell20181207Kathryn Tickell introduces a specially recorded studio session from Bulgarian singer Eugenia Georgieva and her band. In this week's Road Trip, American folk musician Riley Baugus reports from North Carolina, our classic artist is Algerian rai star Khaled and our Mixtape comes from Michael League of the groups Snarky Puppy and Bokanté. fRoots Editor Ian Anderson announces the winners of the magazine's end-of-year Critics' Poll and there's the usual round-up of the latest releases including tracks by Fofoulah, Yama Warashi and Lau.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new releases, and every week a bespoke Road Trip from a different corner of the globe, taking us to the heart of its music and culture. Plus special guest Mixtapes and gems from the BBC archives. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

Bulgarian singer Eugenia Georgieva in session with Kathryn Tickell.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Excavated Shellac20210213Kathryn Tickell interviews Jonathan Ward - music historian, record collector and producer of Dust-to-Digital's latest release Excavated Shellac: An Alternate History of the World's Music, a collection of rare 78s from around the world. Plus new releases from La Dame Blanche, Aster Aweke and Bush Gothic.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Fofoulah In Session With Lopa Kothari20190510Lopa Kothari presents a studio session from London-based group, Fofoulah, who mix Senegalese vocals with West African rhythms and dub basslines. In this week's Road Trip, Chirag Jain guides us through the music of northern India, plus, we announce the winners of the 2019 Songlines Music Awards geographical categories. Jo Frost, editor of Songlines, joins Lopa to reveal the winning artists.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new releases, and every week a bespoke Road Trip from a different corner of the globe, taking us to the heart of its music and culture. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

Lopa Kothari with a studio session from Fofoulah.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Fra Fra Funeral Songs20200516
Garifuna Collective With Kathryn Tickell20190705Kathryn Tickell introduces a specially recorded studio session from the Garifuna Collective of Belize, plus a round-up of new releases including tracks by Vent du Nord and Hazmat Modine. Our Road Trip comes from South India with Chirag Jain in Bangalore and this week's Classic Artist is Serbia's Boban Markovic.

Featuring a specially recorded session with the Garifuna Collective of Belize.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Heart Of The Dragon Ensemble In Session With Kathryn Tickell20190621Kathryn Tickell introduces live music from Chinese traditional music group Heart of the Dragon Ensemble. Betto Arcos reports from Quito, Ecuador for this week's Road Trip, our classic artist is the great Malian singer Kassé Mady Diabaté and we have the latest new releases from across the globe, including music from BCUC, Gili Yalo, Sarathy Korwar and 75 Dollar Bill.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Highlights From The Euroradio Folk Festival In Moscow With Kathryn Tickell20180907The best roots-based music from across the globe

Kathryn Tickell with highlights from the Euroradio Folk Festival, which took place in Moscow in May, including performances from 17 folk bands from countries including Russia, Bulgaria, Spain, Turkey and China. Also, a Mixtape from online world music magazine Rhythm Passport.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new release, and every week a bespoke Road Trip from a different corner of the globe, taking us to the heart of its music and culture. Plus special guest Mixtapes and gems from the BBC archives. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

Highlights from the Euroradio Folk Festival in Moscow with Kathryn Tickell

Kathryn Tickell with highlights from the Euroradio Folk Festival, which took place in Moscow in May and included performances from 17 folk bands from around Europe and beyond. On Music Planet highlights will include music from Bulgaria, Poland and Norway and we're off to Tuva in southern Siberia for our Road Trip with Tuvan guitarist and throat singer, Albert Kuvezin. This week's Mixtape has been put together by the team at online world music magazine Rhythm Passport with a selection of tracks from Italy, South Africa and New Zealand. Plus a selection of new releases and our Classic Artist, Spanish Flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Inna De Yard With Kathryn Tickell20190816
Inna De Yard With Lopa Kothari20190816
Jackie Oates In Session With Kathryn Tickell20190222Kathryn Tickell presents a solo session by English folk singer and fiddle player Jackie Oates. Her seventh solo album The Joy of Living, recorded at home in Jackie’s kitchen, features intimate performances of songs made famous by folk greats including Ewan McColl, Lal Waterson and Davey Steele. Also in the show Nicoletta Demetriou takes us on a Road Trip to Cyprus.

Kathryn Tickell presents a session by English folk singer and fiddle player Jackie Oates.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Kathryn Tickell presents a solo session by English folk singer and fiddle player Jackie Oates. Her seventh solo album The Joy of Living, recorded at home in Jackie’s kitchen, features intimate performances of songs made famous by folk greats including Ewan McColl, Lal Waterson and Davey Steele. Also in the show Nicoletta Demetriou takes us on a Road Trip to Cyprus.

Jaune Toujours In Session With Lopa Kothari20190322Lopa Kothari presents a specially recorded studio session by Belgian band Jaune Toujours, whose melting pot approach takes in Latin, reggae, punk and Balkan influences. Our Road Trip this week comes from Uganda where James Isabirye is our guide to the royal music traditions and how they've evolved in recent years. And our classic artist this week is Okinawan folk singer and sanshin player Seijin Noborikawa. Plus a selection of the latest releases from across the globe.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new releases, and every week a bespoke Road Trip from a different corner of the globe, taking us to the heart of its music and culture. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

Lopa Kothari with Jaune Toujours in session.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Lopa Kothari presents a specially recorded studio session by Belgian band Jaune Toujours, whose melting pot approach takes in Latin, reggae, punk and Balkan influences. In this week's Road Trip, James Isabirye is our guide to the royal music traditions of Uganda and how they've evolved in recent years, and our classic artist is Okinawan folk singer and sanshin player Seijin Noborikawa. Plus a selection of the latest releases from across the globe including new music from Dudu Tassa and the Kuwaitis, Blick Bassy and Nerija.

Kate Rusby's Yorkshire Christmas20191221Kate Rusby performs festive Yorkshire songs and carols in a concert from Victoria Hall in Leeds, introduced by Kathryn Tickell. For two hundred years, Yorkshire has had its very own Christmas carol tradition, centred on village pubs, and with its own versions of well-known carols, some of which were frowned upon by the church in Victorian times as ‘too happy’. Kate Rusby grew up in this tradition, and has been sharing it for the past fifteen years with audiences across the UK in her annual Christmas tours.

For this concert she is joined by her husband Damien O’Kane on guitar, Steven Byrnes on bouzouki, Nick Cooke playing diatonic accordion, and Duncan Lyall on double bass, together with the Brass Boys quintet.

Kate Rusby performs festive Yorkshire songs and carols in a concert from Leeds.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Kathryn Tickell At Free Thinking20190329Kathryn Tickell presents a special episode from Free Thinking at Sage Gateshead exploring the emotional power of music and song from different global cultures. With live music from Teesside folk trio The Young'uns, who use the sea shanty and work song traditions of the North East to tell real human stories, kora player and singer Kadialy Kouyate - born into the great line of Kouyaté Griots in Southern Senegal - explores the emotional resonance of his musical heritage and Olcay Bayir sings the emotional Kurdish and Turkish folk songs of her youth.

Kathryn Tickell from Free Thinking Festival at Sage Gateshead.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Kathryn Tickell With A Focus On Music And Politics In Egypt20201128Kathryn Tickell with new music from across the globe, plus a focus on a century of political songs in Egypt with New Generation Thinker Islam Issa. Australian singer Frank Yamma is this week's Classic Artist, and there are also tracks from the USA's Katie McNally Trio and Galician bagpiper Susana Seivane.

The best roots-based music from around the world with Kathryn Tickell.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Kathryn Tickell With A Road Trip To Colombia20200912New releases from across the globe and a Road Trip to Colombia.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Kathryn Tickell With A Road Trip To Lithuania20191116Kathryn Tickell presents the latest new releases from across the globe and a track from this week's Classic Artist, Gochag Askarov of Azerbaijan. In the latest Road Trip, musician Indrė Jurgelevičiūtė reports on the traditional music of Lithuania.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; specially curated mixtapes, classic tracks and new releases, plus a monthly Road Trip, taking us to the heart of each location's music and culture. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

The best roots-based music from across the globe.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Kathryn Tickell With Bareto And Fendika20180817Kathryn Tickell with live performances by Peruvian band Bareto and Ethiopia's Fendika.

The best roots-based music from across the globe

Kathryn Tickell presents live performances of Peruvian Cumbia by Bareto and Ethiopian Azmari music from Fendika, both recorded at the 2017 Glatt & Verkehrt Festival in Austria and recorded by ORF (Austrian Radio).

Hailing from Lima in Peru, Bareto play lively versions of classic Peruvian Cumbia hits, they were nominated for a Latin Grammy for their album 'Ves lo que quieres ver' and their fifth studio album 'Impredecible' was released in 2015, via World Village.

Ethiopian ensemble Fendika are led by dancer/choreographer Melaku Belay who taught himself to dance through participation in folk traditions and religious festivals whilst growing up as an orphan on the streets of Addis Ababa. He worked for seven years as a dancer for tips in Addis Ababa's Kazanchis neighborhood where he eventually saved enough money to buy the club, Fendika Azmari Bet, from its owners. It was in this venue that Belay formed Fendika, an ensemble featuring three musicians, two dancers, and one singer, performing a portable acoustic version of Azmari folk music.

Also in the show Odilon Ranaivoson takes us on a Road Trip to Madagascar, and we have a hauntingly beautiful mixtape from Sofyann Ben Youssef (Ammar 808) featuring the ambient sounds of Jon Hassell's Blues Nile, the dying tradition of Stambeli as performed by Salah el Ouergli and 1930's Greek Rembetiko from Kostas Nuros. To celebrate the birthday of Marcus Garvey our Classic Artist this week is Jamaican dub reggae pioneer Lee "Scratch" Perry.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new releases. Plus special guest Mixtapes and gems from the BBC archives. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

Hailing from Lima in Peru, Bareto play lively versions of classic Peruvian Cumbia hits, they were nominated for a Latin Grammy for their album ‘Ves lo que quieres ver' and their fifth studio album 'Impredecible' was released in 2015, via World Village.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Kathryn Tickell With Rhiannon Giddens And Francesco Turrisi20210313Celebrated musician Rhiannon Giddens and Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi talk to Kathryn about their new album album 'They're Calling me Home', recorded in 6 days in Ireland, and reflecting the longing for the comfort of home throughout the pandemic. Today's classic artist is 'the voice of Georgia' Hamlet Gonashvili; oustanding vocalist of Georgian folk music and founder of the world famous Rustavi Choir.

Kathryn Tickell with the best roots-based music from across the globe.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Kathryn Tickell With Sara Correia20200613
Kathryn Tickelll With Diabel Cissokho In Session20191109The best roots-based music from across the world - Kathryn Tickelll with Senegalese kora player Diabel Cissokho in session, plus new releases and a focus on Norwegian Sami singer Mari Boine.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent, classic tracks and new releases, plus a monthly Road Trip, taking us to the heart of each location's music and culture. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

The best roots-based music from across the world - Kathryn Tickelll with Diabel Cissokho.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Kefaya And Elaha Soroor In Session With Lopa Kothari20190920
Kyungso Park In Session With Lopa Kothari20181214Korean musician, composer and improviser Kyungso Park in session with Lopa Kothari, performing on the gayageum – a traditional Korean 12-stringed zither. Our Mixtape has been put together by Afro Celt Sound System founder Simon Emmerson, and for this week’s Road Trip, journalist Betto Arcos explores the Narcocorridos or drug ballads of Mexico - a controversial genre of folk-songs which tell stories of the real lives of drug smugglers and cartels.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new releases, and every week a bespoke Road Trip from a different corner of the globe, taking us to the heart of its music and culture. Plus special guest Mixtapes and gems from the BBC archives. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

Korean gayageum player Kyungso Park in session with Lopa Kothari.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

La Yegros In Session With Kathryn Tickell20190503Her live shows are described as "Feminine, joyous and tropical. It’s a revolution you can dance to.” and the Buenos Aires based singer La Yegros brings that explosive energy, her unique voice and South American folk beats to the Music Planet studio in an exclusive live session - expect fireworks!

Kathryn Tickell will be playing the best new roots discs and classics, and there's a Road Trip to the Philippines as Jose Semblante Buenconsejo introduces us to some of the oldest music in existence right up to the urban music of Manila today.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new releases, and every week a bespoke Road Trip from a different corner of the globe, taking us to the heart of its music and culture. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

Funding for the field recordings of traditional Philippine music in this episode was made possible through a 2016 National Research Council of the Philippines grant titled Resilient Music at the Margins.

Argentinian singer La Yegros brings explosive folk beats to the Music Planet studio

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Las Maravillas De Mali With Lopa Kothari20190719Lopa Kothari introduces a live recording of the Malian-Cuban band Las Maravillas de Mali, some 50 years after their formation. Led by the group's sole surviving member Boncana Maïga, the set also features Guinean musician Mory Kanté. In this week's Road Trip, Betto Arcos explores some of the new music to have come out of Cuba in recent years from artists who are combining traditional and contemporary styles. Plus the latest new releases, and a track from classic artist Daniel Owino Misiani, pioneer of the East African benga genre in the 1960s.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Lopa Kothari introduces a live recording of the Malian-Cuban band Las Maravillas de Mali, some 50 years after their formation. Led by the group's sole surviving member Boncana Maïga, the set also features Guinean musician Mory Kanté. In this week's Road Trip, Betto Arcos explores some of Cuba's traditional dance styles such as son, salsa and timba. Plus the latest new releases, and a track from classic artist Daniel Owino Misiani, pioneer of the East African benga genre in the 1960s.

Lisa O'neill With Kathryn Tickell20190712Kathryn Tickell presents a specially recorded studio session from Irish folk singer Lisa O'Neill, performing material from her album Heard a Long Gone Song. For this week's Road Trip, Jérôme Galabert of the Sakifo Festival in Réunion reports on the vibrant music scene of this small island in the Indian Ocean. Plus tracks from Luka Productions (Mali), Minyo Crusaders (Japan) and this week's classic artist, the Tahitian Choir.

Featuring a studio session from Irish singer Lisa O'Neill

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Live From Celtic Connections In Glasgow20200125Kathryn Tickell, live from Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Lopa Kothari Celebrates Women Of The World20190308Lopa Kothari celebrates the greatest female talent from across the globe in this International Women's Day special, with a studio session from Sudanese-Italian singer Amira Kheir, and a selection of some of the best releases from the last year by women. With the recent 40-year anniversary of the Shah Revolution, this week's Road Trip comes from Mahsa Vardat in Iran uncovering the music of women before and after the revolution, and the ‘Mother of Latin American folk’ Chilean singer and folklorist Violeta Parra is this week's Classic Artist.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new releases, and every week a bespoke Road Trip from a different corner of the globe, taking us to the heart of its music and culture. Plus, special guest Mixtapes and gems from the BBC archives. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

Lopa Kothari celebrates the greatest female talent from across the globe.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Lopa Kothari celebrates the greatest female talent from across the globe in this International Women's Day special, with a studio session from Sudanese-Italian singer Amira Kheir, and a selection of some of the best releases from the last year by women. With the recent 40 year anniversary of the Iranian Revolution, this week's Road Trip comes from Mahsa Vardat in Teheran uncovering the music of women before and after the revolution. The ‘Mother of Latin American folk’ Chilean singer and folklorist Violeta Parra is this week's Classic Artist.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new releases, and every week a bespoke Road Trip from a different corner of the globe, taking us to the heart of its music and culture. Plus special guest Mixtapes and gems from the BBC archives. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

Lopa Kothari From Womex In Las Palmas20181102Lopa Kothari reports from WOMEX, held, in 2018, in Las Palmas in the Canary Islands.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Lopa Kothari With A Road Trip To Argentina20191026
Lopa Kothari With A Road Trip To Armenia20200606The best roots-based music from across the world presented by Lopa Kothari.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Lopa Kothari With A Road Trip To Senegal20180831Lopa Kothari presents, featuring new releases, tracks from this week's Classic Artist Mercedes Sosa, and a Road Trip to Senegal with broadcaster Maimouna Dembele following the Proms debut of the country's cultural icon, Youssou N'dour.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new release, and every week a bespoke Road Trip from a different corner of the globe, taking us to the heart of its music and culture. Plus special guest Mixtapes and gems from the BBC archives. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

Lopa Kothari presents, featuring a Road Trip to Senegal.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

The best roots-based music from across the globe

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new release, and every week a bespoke Road Trip from a different corner of the globe, taking us to the heart of its music and culture. Plus special guest Mixtapes and gems from the BBC archives. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

Lopa Kothari With A Road Trip To Senegal And A Mixtape From Ashanti Omkar20180831Lopa Kothari presents, with a Road Trip to Senegal and a Mixtape from Ashanti Omkar

The best roots-based music from across the globe

Lopa Kothari presents, featuring a Mixtape from Ashanti Omkar and a Road Trip to Senegal following the Proms debut of the country's cultural icon, Youssou N'dour.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new release, and every week a bespoke Road Trip from a different corner of the globe, taking us to the heart of its music and culture. Plus special guest Mixtapes and gems from the BBC archives. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

Lopa Kothari With Arif Lohar In Session20191102Lopa Kothari is joined by one of Pakistan's most popular musicians, Punjabi folk singer Arif Lohar, in a joint session with the BBC Asian Network's Bobby Friction. There are new releases from Diabel Cissokho from Senegal and Japanese band Minyo Crusa, and the Classic Artist is Romanian brass band Fanfare Ciocarlia.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; specially curated mixtapes, classic tracks and new releases, plus a monthly Road Trip, taking us to the heart of each location's music and culture. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

Lopa Kothari with Arif Lohar in session.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Lopa Kothari With Attaullah Khan Esakhelvi In Session20180824Presented by Lopa Kothari with a specially recorded studio session from Pakistani folk singer Attaullah Khan Esakhelvi and a Road Trip exploring British Asian music around the UK with broadcaster Ashanti Omkar from the BBC Asian Network, as part of The Big British Asian Summer across the BBC.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new release, and every week a bespoke Road Trip from a different corner of the globe, taking us to the heart of its music and culture. Plus special guest Mixtapes and gems from the BBC archives. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

Lopa Kothari with Pakistani folk singer Attaullah Khan Esakhelvi in session

The best roots-based music from across the world.

The best roots-based music from across the globe

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new release, and every week a bespoke Road Trip from a different corner of the globe, taking us to the heart of its music and culture. Plus special guest Mixtapes and gems from the BBC archives. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

Lopa Kothari With Ayom20210417Lopa Kothari with the latest new releases from across the globe including tracks from Nigerien Tuareg group Les Filles de Illighadad, Hungarian a cappella trio Dalinda, Malian kora virtuoso Ballake Sissoko and a new collection of Cuban changui recorded in homes around the country by music journalist Gianluca Tramontana. Plus an interview with the singer Jabu Morales of the group Ayom and a track from this week's Classic Artist Tassos Chalkias.

Lopa Kothari with the latest new releases from across the globe.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Lopa Kothari With Black Flower In Session20191123Lopa Kothari presents a specially recorded studio session from the Belgian band Black Flower with their modern take on the Ethio-jazz tradition. Plus the latest new releases from across the globe.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; specially curated mixtapes, classic tracks and new releases, plus a monthly Road Trip, taking us to the heart of each location's music and culture. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

The best roots-based music from across the globe.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Lopa Kothari With Cheng Yu20210508Radio 3's weekly exploration of the best roots-based music from across the world.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Lopa Kothari With Cigdem Aslan20200627Lopa Kothari with the latest new releases and a session from Cigdem Aslan.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Lopa Kothari With Dur-dur Band (somalia)20180914Lopa Kothari with live music from Somalia's Dur-Dur Band and a Road Trip from Mexico

The best roots-based music from across the globe

Lopa Kothari presents a special session from Somalia's Dur-Dur Band ahead of their rare live performance in London tomorrow celebrating the re-issue of their first two albums on the Analog Africa label. Formed in Mogadishu in the 1980s Dur-Dur Band mix traditional Somalian music with funk, soul, disco and New Wave. Also featured tonight is a Road Trip to Veracruz in Mexico with music journalist Betto Arcos, a Mixtape from Jamaican singer Winston McAnuff, and music from our Classic Artist tonight, Hungarian cimbalon player Kalman Balogh. Plus a round-of of new releases including tracks by Anthony Joseph, Lokkhi Terra and Dele Sosimi, Animanz and Mountain Man.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new release, and every week a bespoke Road Trip from a different corner of the globe, taking us to the heart of its music and culture. Plus special guest Mixtapes and gems from the BBC archives. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

Lopa Kothari presents a special session from Somalia's Dur-Dur Band ahead of their rare live performance in London tomorrow celebrating the re-issue of their first two albums on the Analog Africa label. Formed in Mogadishu in the 1980s Dur-Dur Band mix traditional Somalian music with funk, soul, disco and New Wave. Also featured tonight is a Road Trip to Veracruz in Mexico with music journalist Betto Arcos, a Mixtape from Jamaican singer Winston McAnuff, and music from our Classic Artist tonight, Hungarian cimbalon player Kalman Balogh. Plus a round-of new releases including tracks by Anthony Joseph, Lokkhi Terra and Dele Sosimi, Animanz and Mountain Man.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Lopa Kothari With Girma Be8ye8ne8 And Akale Wube In Session20190607Lopa Kothari introduces a specially recorded studio session by the veteran Ethiopian singer Girma Bèyènè, once a part of Addis Ababa's vibrant music scene of the 1970s and who has recently returned to music with a new record, part of the Ethiopiques series, made with the French Ethio-jazz group Akalé Wubé. In this week's Road Trip, Amani Samaan, director of Beirut & Beyond Festival, explores the music of Lebanon, and there's music from our Classic Artist, Angolan singer songwriter, Bonga.

Lopa Kothari with a session from Ethiopian singer Girma B\u00e8y\u00e8n\u00e8 and French group Akal\u00e9 Wub\u00e9

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Lopa Kothari With Imarhan (algeria)20180921Lopa Kothari with a studio session from Algerian desert rockers Imarhan

The best roots-based music from across the world.

The best roots-based music from across the globe

Lopa Kothari presents a specially recorded studio session from Algerian desert rock group Imarhan, performing material from their recent album Temet. For this week's Road Trip artist manager Allie Silver reports from the Argentine capital Buenos Aires and our Mixtape comes from Canadian fiddler April Verch. New releases include music from Cimbaliland (Hungary), Gerald Toto (France), Enkel (Finland) and the duo of Eliades Ochoa and Alejandro Almenares (Cuba). Plus Ethio-jazz from BBC Music Introducing artists Tezeta and our Classic Artist tonight, Azerbaijan's Alim Qasimov, master of the mugham vocal style.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new release, and every week a bespoke Road Trip from a different corner of the globe, taking us to the heart of its music and culture. Plus special guest Mixtapes and gems from the BBC archives. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

Lopa Kothari presents a specially recorded studio session from Algerian desert rock group Imarhan, performing material from their recent album Temet. For this week's Road Trip Allie Silver reports from the Argentine capital Buenos Aires and our Mixtape comes from Canadian fiddler April Verch. Plus a round-up of the latest new releases and a track from our Classic Artist tonight, Azerbaijan's Alim Qasimov, master of the mugham vocal style.

Lopa Kothari With Liraz20210116Lopa Kothari with the best roots-based music from across the world.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Lopa Kothari With Olcay Bayir In Session20200905Lopa Kothari returns to the BBC studios with a session recorded in the BBC Radio Theatre. Kurdish singer Olcay Bayir is joined by her 5-piece band in socially-distanced performances of songs from the Kurdish and Armenian traditions. Plus new releases from across the globe and a special focus on this week's Classic Artist, the Bhundu Boys from Zimbabwe.

Lopa Kothari with the best roots-based music from around the world.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Lopa Kothari With Omar Sosa20210227The best roots-based music from across the world.
Lopa Kothari With Rachid Taha Tribute20191130Lopa Kothari talks to Lyes Taha about his father Rachid Taha's album Je Suis Africain.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Lopa Kothari With The Turbans In Session20181109Lopa Kothari with a studio session with The Turbans, a London-based band with musicians from 'manywhere'. For this week's Road Trip, Betto Arcos reports on the current scene in Peru, and our Classic Artist is the great Miriam Makeba, who died ten years ago today. Our Music Planet Mixtape comes from DJ Anthony Joseph.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new releases, and every week a bespoke Road Trip from a different corner of the globe, taking us to the heart of its music and culture. Plus special guest Mixtapes and gems from the BBC archives. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

Lopa Kothari with The Turbans in a studio session and a tribute to Miriam Makeba.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Lopa Kothari With This Year's Songlines Awards20210515Lopa Kothari introduces the winners of this year's Songlines Awards.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Madagascar Road Trip20200620Kathryn Tickell with a Road Trip to Madagascar.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Mariza In Session With Lopa Kothari20181123Lopa Kothari with a studio session from Portuguese fado superstar Mariza. From queen of fado to king of rumba - this week's Classic Artist is Congolese guitarist Franco, also known as''The Sorcerer of the Guitar'. In our Road Trip, Mu Qian explores the music of Xinjiang in western China, and the Music Planet Mixtape has been specially curated by Scottish-Zambian singer-songwriter, Namvula.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new releases, and every week a bespoke Road Trip from a different corner of the globe, taking us to the heart of its music and culture. Plus special guest Mixtapes and gems from the BBC archives. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

Portuguese fado star Mariza in session with Lopa Kothari.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Mariza With Kathryn Tickell20201205Portuguese singer Mariza talks to Kathryn Tickell about her new album Canta Amalia, a collection of songs made famous by fado legend Amalia Rodrigues in new orchestral arrangements produced by Jaques Morelenbaum. Plus the latest new releases from across the globe and a track from this week's classic artist, Ghanian King of Highlife ET Mensah.

Kathryn's guest is Portuguese fado singer Mariza.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Martin Simpson In Session With Kathryn Tickell20190913Kathryn Tickell presents live music from English folk singer Martin Simpson performing songs from his new release Rooted. For this week's Road Trip, Betto Arcos reports from Cuba and the continuing popularity of the son style, twenty years after the release of Wim Wenda's documentary Buena Vista Social Club. Plus the latest new releases and a track from this week's Classic Artist, Argentinian accordionist Chango Spasiuk.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Kathryn Tickell presents live music from English folk singer Martin Simpson performing songs from his new release Rooted. For this week's Road Trip, Betto Arcos reports from Cuba and the continuing popularity of the son style, made famous by Buena Vista Social Club. Plus the latest new releases and a track from this week's Classic Artist, Argentinian accordionist Chango Spasiuk.

Mayra Andrade In Session With Kathryn Tickell20181130Kathryn Tickell introduces a specially recorded studio session from Cuban-born, Lisbon-based Cape Verdean singer Mayra Andrade, performing songs from her forthcoming album Manga. In this week's Road Trip, producer Paul Chandler reports from the current music scene in and around the Malian capital of Bamako, our Mixtape comes from Newcastle troubadour Richard Dawson, and our featured artist is Iraqi oud player Munir Bashir. Plus the latest releases from around the world including tracks from Sans, Refree, Hot 8 Brass Band and Lionel Loueke.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new releases, and every week a bespoke Road Trip from a different corner of the globe, taking us to the heart of its music and culture. Plus special guest Mixtapes and gems from the BBC archives. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

Cape Verdean singer Mayra Andrade in session

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Kathryn Tickell introduces a specially recorded studio session from Cape Verdean singer Mayra Andrade, known for her modern interpretation of the island's traditional "morna" style. In this week's Road Trip, Paul Chandler reports from the music scene in and around the Malian capital of Bamako, and our Mixtape comes from Newcastle troubadour Richard Dawson. Plus a round-up of the latest releases from around the world.

Kathryn Tickell introduces a specially recorded studio session from Cape Verdean singer Mayra Andrade, known for her modern intepretation of the island's traditional "morna" style. In this week's Road Trip, Paul Chandler reports from the music scene in and around Bamako and our Mixtape comes from Newcastle troubadour Richard Dawson. Plus a round-up of the latest releases from around the world.

Modeste Hughes In Session20201121Madagascan singer-songwriter Modeste Hughes in session with Lopa Kothari.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Modeste Hugues In Session2020112120210320 (R3)Madagascan singer-songwriter Modeste Hugues in session with Lopa Kothari.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Monsieur Doumani In Session With Kathryn Tickell20191207Kathryn Tickell presents a specially recorded studio session from the award-winning Cypriot trio Monsieur Doumani, plus the latest new releases from across the globe and a track from today’s Classic Artist, the Canadian-Scottish musician Martyn Bennett. Also in today’s programme, coinciding with the conclusion tomorrow of the Seven Worlds, One Planet television series on BBC One, there’s another chance to hear David Attenborough’s Music Planet Mixtape which includes tracks from his own archive of field recordings.

The best roots-based music from across the globe with Kathryn Tickell

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Kathryn Tickell presents a specially recorded studio session from the award-winning Cypriot trio Monsieur Doumani, plus the latest new releases from across the globe and a track from today’s Classic Artist, the Canadian-Scottish musician Martyn Bennett. Also in today’s programme, coinciding with the conclusion tomorrow of the Seven Worlds, One Planet television series on BBC One, another chance to hear David Attenborough’s Music Planet Mixtape which includes tracks from his own archive of field recordings.

Moroccan Tapes20200418Kathryn Tickell is joined today by the New York-based musician Amino Belyamani of the group Dawn of Midi, whose new online project Moroccan Tapes is a platform for rare historical recordings from Morocco, many of which have only been released locally on cassette. This week's Classic Artist is Thomas Mapfumo, today marking the 40th anniversary of Zimbabwe's independence. Plus we have the latest new releases including music by Martin Buscaglia (Uruguay), Jeich Ould Badou (Mauritania) and Fra Fra (Ghana).

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Music Planet At Womad20190726Lopa Kothari presents a live edition from the globe's leading festival of world music, taking place this weekend at Charlton Park in Wiltshire. Live recordings tonight include sets by Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino with the pizzica music of southern Italy, Trinidad and Tobago's Calypso Rose, and the UK's own Vula Viel, the trio featuring the Ghanaian gyil xylophone of Bex Burch. And from our backstage session tent we hear from the Saharan Tuarag group Les Filles de Illighadad, Israeli-Ethiopian singer Gili Yalo and the Iberi Choir of Georgia. Also tonight, our weekly Road Trip takes us to Belize with record producer Ivan Duran.

Radio 3 celebrates twenty years at WOMAD, with live sets and highlights from the Open Air and Charlie Gillett Stages as well as exclusive back-stage tent sessions. The BBC's coverage continues over the weekend with Cerys Matthews on 6 Music on both Saturday and Sunday, as well as upcoming programmes on BBC World Service.

Live music and recorded highlights from the globe's leading festival of world music.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Radio 3 celebrates twenty years at WOMAD, with live sets and highlights from the Open Air and Charlie Gillett Stages as well as exclusive back-stage tent sessions. The BBC's coverage continues over the weekend with Cerys Matthews on 6 Music on both Saturday and Sunday, as well as upcoming programmes on BBC World Service.

Music Planet With Lopa Kothari20181109Lopa Kothari with a studio session and a tribute to Miriam Makeba.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Presented by Lopa Kothari. For this week's Road Trip, Betto Arcos reports on the current scene in Peru, and our Classic Artist is the great Miriam Makeba, who died ten years ago today. Our Music Planet Mixtape comes from Finnish string band Frigg.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new releases, and every week a bespoke Road Trip from a different corner of the globe, taking us to the heart of its music and culture. Plus special guest Mixtapes and gems from the BBC archives. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

Omar Sosa's East African Journey20210227Cuban pianist Omar Sosa tells Lopa Kothari about the making of his new album An East African Journey, created over ten years with artists from seven countries in East Africa. Plus the latest new releases from Altin Gun, Rhiannon Giddens and Francesca Ter-Berg, re-issues from Omar Khorshid and Stella Chiweshe, and a track from this week's Classic Artist, the Czech singer Vera Bila.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Paraguay Road Trip20200523
Road Trip To Argentina20210306
Road Trip To Guizhou20210403Lopa Kothari with the latest new releases from across the globe, including tracks from Natik Awayez and Trio Bacana, and re-issues from Nigeria's Victor Awaifo and Peruvian quena player Andres Vargas Pinedo. Plus a Road Trip to the Chinese province of Guizhou, with musicologist Mu Qian and a track from this week's Classic Artist Saban Bajramovic.

Lopa Kothari with the latest new releases from across the globe.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Road Trip To Russia20210123Kathryn Tickell with the latest new releases and a Road Trip to Russia.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Road Trip To Uganda20210206
Road Trip To Uruguay20210109Lopa Kothari with the latest new releases and a Road Trip to Uruguay.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Rodrigo Y Gabriela In Session With Lopa Kothari20190426Lopa Kothari presents a special studio session with the virtuosic Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela who celebrate the release of their new album Mettavolution - an album that brings together their interest in Buddhism and evolution all expressed through the medium of two acoustic guitars! In this week's Road Trip Betto Arcos transports us to the Festival de la Mejorana in Panama, one of the oldest traditional music festivals in Latin America, and our classic artist is the world's premier pipa player and leading ambassador of Chinese music - Wu Man.

Lopa Kothari presents a session with Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Rokia Traore, Smithsonian Folkways20200704Lopa Kothari presents a session from Mali's Rokia Traore - three songs of classical Mandinka music specially recorded for the programme at the Blues Faso theatre of Fondation Passerelle in Bamako. Also today, we explore the archives of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings in an interview with Curator and Senior Archivist Jeff Place, focusing on protest songs by African-American artists from Champion Jack Dupree to Bernice Reagan and the Freedom Singers. Plus a round-up of the latest new releases from across the globe and a track from this week's Classic Artist, Vietnam's Kim Sinh.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Rudolstadt Festival Highlights With Kathryn Tickell20200104Kathryn Tickell with bands from Ukraine and Sweden at the Rudolstadt Festival.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Ruut At The Viljandi Folk Festival20190524Kathryn Tickell with the Estonian folk band Ruut recorded at the Viljandi Folk Festival in Estonia.

Named after a local wetland bird and with album titles that mean 'Picking Strawberries' and 'Junipers' Ruut are a band deeply in touch with their environment and Estonian heritage - "We have to take care of the nature and the birds" they say "otherwise they will not exist anymore. It is the same thing with traditional music."
We feature highlights from their concert at the Viljandi Folk Festival, a quiet village that once a year becomes the centre of Estonian roots music.

We've a Road Trip to Tanzania, Bill Odidi introduces us to the roots of Tanzanian music from the slopes of the great Mount Kilimanjaro to traditional songs of Zanzibar.

And Kathryn's Classic Artist is the Godfather of World Music - sitar player Ravi Shankhar

Kathryn Tickell with the band Ruut recorded at the Viljandi Folk Festival in Estonia.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Sam Amidon In Session20201219Kathryn Tickell with a specially recorded session by Sam Amidon.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Saz'iso In Concert With Kathryn Tickell20181005With Kathryn Tickell, featuring a Road Trip to Paraguay from Betto Arcos, and music from the Rudolstadt Festival in Germany. This week's Classic Artist is Tabu Ley Rochereau, a singer who flourished in the newly-independent Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Mixtape is from listener James Roriston, based on recent travels to India and Sweden.

Three artists are featured from the Rudolstadt Festival in Germany, recorded in July by Bavarian Radio: the Familie Schuen sing in the rare language pf Ladin; Estonian band the Torupilli Jussi Trio pay homage to a veteran bagpiper; and Saz'iso sing the extraordinary folk music of Albania.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new releases, and every week a bespoke Road Trip from a different corner of the globe, taking us to the heart of its music and culture. Plus special guest Mixtapes and gems from the BBC archives. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

Kathryn Tickell with a Road Trip to Paraguay and music from the Rudolstadt Festival

The best roots-based music from across the world.

The best roots-based music from across the globe

With Kathryn Tickell, featuring a Road Trip to Paraguay and a Mixtape from listener James Roriston, based on recent travels to India and Sweden.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new release, and every week a bespoke Road Trip from a different corner of the globe, taking us to the heart of its music and culture. Plus special guest Mixtapes and gems from the BBC archives. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

Seth Lakeman In Session With Kathryn Tickell20190412English folk singer and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman with a special studio session, presented by Kathryn Tickell. For our Road Trip we're off to Latvia with Lauma Berza from the band Tautumeitas, plus, to mark Record Store Day we catch up with James Rugami from Stall 570 in Nairobi’s Kenyatta Market who has been selling records there for over 30 years and has sent over a rare gem from the collection to play on the programme.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new releases, and every week a bespoke Road Trip from a different corner of the globe, taking us to the heart of its music and culture. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

English folk singer and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman in session with Kathryn Tickell

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Seun Kuti In Concert20190215Lopa Kothari presents, with Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 in concert at the Festival Radio France Occitanie Montpellier. Also classic tracks and new releases, and a Road Trip to Estonia.

Seun Kuti first sang in the band of his legendary father Fela Kuti when he was eight years old. When Fela died six years later, Seun became the lead singer with Egypt 80. For him, the strongly political message of Afrobeat is more relevant now than ever - and for him, it's a message of optimism: 'You put positivity in the world, you get positivity back'. This concert was recorded last summer at the Domaine D'O in Montpellier.

Lopa Kothari presents, with Seun Kuti in concert.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Seun Kuti In Concert With Lopa Kothari.20190215Lopa Kothari with Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 in concert at the Festival Radio France Occitanie Montpellier. Also, classic tracks and new releases, and a Road Trip to Hungary.

Seun Kuti first sang in the band of his legendary father Fela Kuti when he was eight years old. When Fela died six years later, Seun became the lead singer with Egypt 80. For him, the strongly political message of Afrobeat is more relevant now than ever - and for him, it's a message of optimism: 'You put positivity in the world, you get positivity back'. His concert was recorded last summer at the Domaine D'O in Montpellier.

Seun Kuti in concert with Lopa Kothari.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Sharon Shannon In Concert From Celtic Connections, Presented By Kathryn Tickell20190125Sharon Shannon in concert at the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, in a double bill with Irish folk supergroup Usher's Island. From the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow, Irish folk star Sharon Shannon is joined by Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita and Irish singer-songwriter Susan O’Neill. Usher's Island features Irish folk legends Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny and Paddy Glackin, performing with Michael McGoldrick on flute and guitarist John Doyle. Introduced by Kathryn Tickell.

Kathryn Tickell with a concert from Sharon Shannon at Celtic Connections in Glasgow.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Sharon Shannon in concert at the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, in a double bill with Irish folk supergroup Usher's Island. From the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow, Irish folk star Sharon Shannon is joined by Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita and Irish singer-songwriter Susan O’Neill. Usher's Island features Irish folk legends Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny and Paddy Glackin, performing with Michael McGoldrick on flute and guitarist John Doyle. Introduced by Kathryn Tickell.

Sir David Attenborough Mixtape Plus Concert Sets From Womex 2018 With Lopa Kothari20181228Music Planet ends the year with a Mixtape introduced by Sir David Attenborough, with tracks from his double CD set of his own field recordings. And Lopa Kothari introduces concert sets from WOMEX 2018, the annual gathering of the world music industry held in Las Palmas in the Canary Islands - with performances from Haitian singer Moonlight Benjamin, and acapella polyphony group San Salvador from southern France.

Sir David Attenborough first became nationally known as the presenter of BBC TV's Zoo Quest, a series based on expeditions to catch exotic animals for London Zoo. The programmes ran from 1954 to 1963, and in his spare time during the filming, Sir David made sound recordings of the local music, some of which made its way onto the TV series. He passed the tapes on to the BBC Sound Archive, who dutifully copied and preserved them all, and they are now being released to the public in their entirety for the first time. In this Music Planet Mixtape, Sir David introduces some of his favourites - including some sparkly harp playing from Paraguay, the chanting of his team's luggage-carriers in New Guinea, and the funeral gongs of the Dyak people in Borneo.

Sir David Attenborough's Mixtape plus concert sets from WOMEX 2018 with Lopa Kothari

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Sitar Virtuoso Purbayan Chatterjee With Kathryn Tickell20180928With Kathryn Tickell and a studio session from Indian sitar virtuoso Purbayan Chatterjee

The best roots-based music from across the world.

The best roots-based music from across the globe

Kathryn Tickell with a studio session from Indian sitar virtuoso Purbayan Chatterjee, with tabla player Gurdain Rayatt, who are performing in London at the Darbar Festival. For this week's Road Trip, Karsten Sommer reports from Greenland, and our Classic Artist is the late Malian 'Diva of the Desert', Khaira Arby. Also in the show, alt-rock band legends They Might Be Giants present their take on this week's Music Planet Mixtape.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new release, and every week a bespoke Road Trip from a different corner of the globe, taking us to the heart of its music and culture. Plus special guest Mixtapes and gems from the BBC archives. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

Kathryn Tickell with a studio session from Indian sitar virtuoso Purbayan Chatterjee, with tabla player Gurdain Rayatt, who are performing in London at the Darbar Festival. For this week's Road Trip, Karsten Sommer reports from Greenland, and our Classic Artist is the late Algerian singer Rachid Taha. Also in the show, alt-rock band legends They Might Be Giants present this week's Music Planet Mixtape.

Sofiane Saidi And Mazalda In Session With Lopa Kothari20190628
Songhoy Blues20190830Lopa Kothari with Songhoy Blues in session and a Road Trip to Kazakhstan.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Soumik Datta In Session With Lopa Kothari20190517Lopa Kothari introduces a special studio session from British Indian composer and virtuoso sarod player, Soumik Datta, ahead of the release of his new album 'Messengers' and his new television series about Indian music on BBC Four. Our Road Trip explores the music of Algeria with dancer, frame drummer and singer, Amel Tafsout, as our guide, plus the latest releases and music by our featured Classic Artist.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Lopa Kothari introduces a special studio session from British Indian composer and virtuoso sarod player, Soumik Datta, ahead of the release of his new album 'Messengers' and his new television series about Indian music on BBC Four. Our Road Trip explores the music of Lebanon with guide Amani Samaan, the director of Beirut & Beyond Festival, plus the latest releases and music by our featured Classic Artist.

Stella Chiweshe In Session With Lopa Kothari20190809
Stian Carstensen In Session20210102With Lopa Kothari and featuring Stian Carsensen in session.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

The Sages In Session With Kathryn Tickell20200111Kathryn Tickell with a studio session with The Sages, plus a Road Trip to Serbia.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Tony Allen Tribute20200509
Vallenato With Kathryn Tickell20210424Kathryn Tickell's Classic Artist this week is Peruvian soprano Yma Sumac.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Vallenato With Kathryn Tickell20210501Radio 3's weekly exploration of the best roots-based music from across the world.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Vula Viel In Session With Kathryn Tickell20190208Kathryn Tickell and a studio session with UK based trio Vula Viel featuring the Gyil (Ghanaian xylophone). Betto Arcos takes us on a Road Trip to South Texas to explore the accordion driven sounds of Conjunto music, and our classic artist is Romanian cimbalom virtuoso Toni Iordache. Plus new music from Finland, Kenya, France and Nigeria.

Vula Viel in session with Kathryn Tickell

The best roots-based music from across the world.

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With Kathryn Tickell20200425Kathryn Tickell with the best roots-based music from across the world.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Kathryn Tickell with new releases and classic tracks from across the globe, including music from Senegalese kora player Kadialy Kouyate and the debut album from Saigon Soul Revival, who perform the music of 1960s Vietnam. Algeria's Mother of Rai Cheikha Rimitti is the Classic Artist, and there is a Road Trip to Colombia.

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With Kathryn Tickell20200919Kathryn Tickell with music from the great folk traditions of eastern and northern Europe.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

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With Kathryn Tickell20201114The best roots-based music from across the world with Kathryn Tickell.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

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With Kathryn Tickell And A Road Trip To Italy20201010The best roots-based music from around the world with Kathryn Tickell

The best roots-based music from across the world.

With Kathryn Tickell And A Road Trip To The Drc20200711
With Kathryn Tickell And Fatoumata Diawara In Concert20190405Kathryn Tickell introduces a concert by Malian diva Fatoumata Diawara, recorded in Paris. Vladimir Potancok is in Slovakia for this week's Road Trip, and the Classic Artist is Congolese guitar legend Franco. Plus, a selection of the latest releases from across the globe.

Fatoumata Diawara received two nominations in this year's Grammy Awards, affirming her international reputation for her songs, which blend the Wassoulou traditional music of southern Mali with contemporary influences. This concert was recorded at Studio 105 at the Maison de la Radio in Paris by Radio France, and features songs from her latest album 'Fenfo'.

Kathryn Tickell with Malian diva Fatoumata Diaara in concert in Paris.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

With Lopa Kothari20191019Lopa Kothari samples the latest new releases from across the globe, including tracks by Haitian collective Lakou Mizik, Sahrawi singer Aziza Brahim, French-Congolese band Bantou Mentale and this week's Classic Artist Zap Mama.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; specially curated mixtapes, classic tracks and new releases, plus a monthly Road Trip, taking us to the heart of each location's music and culture. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

With Lopa Kothari20200118The latest in roots-based music with Lopa Kothari.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

The latest in roots-based music from around the world.

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With Lopa Kothari20200502Lopa Kothari with the best roots-based music from the lockdown.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Lopa Kothari is joined today by Betto Arcos, with his latest Road Trip, this time from home, with music from a locked-down Latin America. This week's Classic Artist is Mozambican Marrabenta star Fany Mpfumo. Plus we hear a duet with nightingales from Sam Lee and from Portuguese singer Lina from home in Lisbon.

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The best roots-based music from across the world.

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With Lopa Kothari20201003A celebration of Senegalese supergroup Orchestra Baobab, who have turned 50 this year.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

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With Lopa Kothari And A Road Trip To China20200926
With Lopa Kothari And A Road Trip To Tanzania20201212The best roots-based music from around the world.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

With Lopa Kothari And Fay Hield In Session20201017Lopa Kothari with new tracks plus a session with English folk singer Fay Hield.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

With Lopa Kothari, And A Road Trip To Mexico20201031
Womad 2019 With Lopa Kothari20191228Highlights from WOMAD 2019 with Lopa Kothari

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Womad Highlights20190802Lopa Kothari presents some of the best music from WOMAD Festival

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Lopa Kothari presents some of the best music from WOMAD Festival.

Womad Retrospective With Lopa Kothari20181221Highlights from the 2018 WOMAD Festival with Lopa Kothari

The best roots-based music from across the world.

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World Mix With Kathryn Tickell20200808Kathryn Tickell presents two specially curated mixtapes, including music from Ethiopia’s best-known exponent of the traditional begena harp Alemu Aga, Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Hermeto Pascoal and ritual sounds from Haiti. Plus music new and old from Bogota, Cyprus, Kinshasa, Macedonia and Zanzibar.

Global beats and roots music from every corner of the world.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

World Mix With Kathryn Tickell20200815Kathryn Tickell presents two specially curated mixtapes, with music ranging from the other-worldly sounds of the Tashi Lhunpo Monks of Tibet to the mellifluous harmonies of the Bulgarian Voices Angelite and the joyful sound of South Africa's Mahotella Queens. Plus, taarab music from Zanzibar, Balkan jazz with a dash of bluegrass from Norway's Farmers Market and the legendary Indian playback singer Lata Mangeshkar.

Global beats and roots music from every corner of the world.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

World Mix With Kathryn Tickell20210327Global beats and roots music from every corner of the world.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

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Xabier Diaz And Adufeiras De Salitre Ensemble With Lopa Kothari20190201Xabier Diaz and the Adufeiras de Salitre vocal ensemble from Galicia with Lopa Kothari.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Xabier Diaz And Adufeiras De Salitre Ensemble With Lopa Kothari.20190201Lopa Kothari and a studio session with Galician musicians Xabier Diaz and Adufeiras de Salitre ensemble, plus a Road trip to Barbados with Alex Jordan. This week's Classic Artist is the voice of Bollywood Asha Bhosle, and there is a special tribute to one of Zimbabwe's greats, the late Oliver Mtukudzi.

Xabier Diaz and Adufeiras de Salitre ensemble from Galicia with Lopa Kothari.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Xylouris White In Session With Kathryn Tickell20200222Including a live studio session from Xylouris White, the duo comprising Cretan laouto player and singer George Xylouris and Australian drummer Jim White, known for his work with the instrumental rock band Dirty Three. Plus the latest releases from across the globe and a track from this week's Classic Artist, Ethiopia's Mulatu Astatke.

The best roots-based music from across the globe

The best roots-based music from across the world.

Yazidi Music20200530
01Cuba's Eliades Ochoa In Session With Lopa Kothari20180406Lopa Kothari with Radio 3's new world music show, featuring Eliades Ochoa in session.

The best roots-based music from across the globe

Buena Vista Social Club star Eliades Ochoa is in session with Lopa Kothari for Radio 3's new world music programme, also featuring a Road Trip to Zimbabwe, and a Mixtape from TV travel presenter Simon Reeve.

Eliades Ochoa is known as 'Mr Chan Chan' in Cuba - he was a lead vocalist and guitar player for the original Buena Vista Social Club sessions in Havana in 1996 - and now, in his 70s, he has launched a new solo career. He performs four classic songs in this solo acoustic session, and introduces a track by one of his own heroes, Benny Moré.

Simon Reeve is an author and TV presenter whose travel features have taken him to the most remote parts of the world. He shares with us some of the music he has picked up on the way, with an all-Africa Mixtape with tracks from Ethiopia, Congo and Egypt.

As Zimbabwe emerges from its years under Robert Mugabe, and Zimbabwe's exiled musicians start returning to their homeland, singer and traditional mbira player Hope Masike introduces tracks that reflect Zimbabwe's rich heritage, and its lively present.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new releases; and every week a bespoke Road Trip from a different corner of the globe, taking us to the heart of its music and culture. Plus special guest Mixtapes and gems from the BBC archives. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

01Oceans2011011320110115For this major series to accompany BBC One's 'Human Planet', Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran go trekking across the globe to bring us music from the peoples of some of the world's remotest regions, visiting many of the places featured in the TV series.

This week the focus is on the music of ocean communities.

Galicia: Galicians consider themselves Celts, linked by sea travel with peoples in Northern France, Ireland and Scotland.

Lucy Duran meets leading piper Xos退 Manuel Budiño, and is invited to the village of Cebreiro for a party celebrating Celtic culture.

Papua New Guinea: Andy Kershaw goes shark fishing with Blais, the singing shark caller from Tembin Village, to the accompaniment of the villagers, who encourage them with a unique repertory of shark-calling songs.

Brazil: Lucy Duran visits the coastal city of Salvador da Bahia, the ancient capital of Camdombl退.

This is the religion that uses old African customs and languages - it's practised on the seashore looking across to Africa, and the sea and its shells are crucial to the liturgy, and its music too.

Solomon Islands: Andy Kershaw gets the gospel: the Deep Sea Canoe Movement is dedicated to keeping up continuous worship 24 hours a day on the paradise island of Malaita.

Producers: Roger Short and James Parkin.

The series accompanies and visits the same destinations as BBC One's Human Planet, a new landmark anthropological series celebrating man's remarkable ingenuity in using and adapting to his environment.

Music Planet will offer the chance to gain a deeper understanding of the cultures witnessed on BBC One's Human Planet by experiencing their music, sounds and songs.

From the jungles of Papua New Guinea to the deserts of Mali; from the heart of the Amazon to the islands of the Pacific; from the dark winter days of Greenland to the long summer nights of Arctic Norway; from the dried-up rivers of Kenya to the grasslands of Mongolia, Music Planet gives the listeners unique access to sounds from around the world, captured in high-quality sound by the BBC's top music recording engineers.

And throughout, Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran bring their own special insights to what we're hearing.

Key moments for the series include a traditional head-hunting song from New Ireland in Papua New Guinea; the mighty voice of Greenland's greatest singer; the story of the Mangue-bit movement in Recife, Brazil; yodelling in the Swiss Alps; rapping in Dubai; an Inuit throat-singing duet, recorded by the frozen Arctic Sea; and the secret songs of Burma recorded in the jungle on the border with Thailand.

Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran explore music of ocean communities around the world.

For this major series to accompany BBC One's 'Human Planet', Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran go trekking across the globe to bring us music from the peoples of some of the world's remotest regions, visiting many of the places featured in the TV series. This week the focus is on the music of ocean communities.

Galicia: Galicians consider themselves Celts, linked by sea travel with peoples in Northern France, Ireland and Scotland. Lucy Duran meets leading piper Xos退 Manuel Budiño, and is invited to the village of Cebreiro for a party celebrating Celtic culture.

Brazil: Lucy Duran visits the coastal city of Salvador da Bahia, the ancient capital of Camdombl退. This is the religion that uses old African customs and languages - it's practised on the seashore looking across to Africa, and the sea and its shells are crucial to the liturgy, and its music too.

From the jungles of Papua New Guinea to the deserts of Mali; from the heart of the Amazon to the islands of the Pacific; from the dark winter days of Greenland to the long summer nights of Arctic Norway; from the dried-up rivers of Kenya to the grasslands of Mongolia, Music Planet gives the listeners unique access to sounds from around the world, captured in high-quality sound by the BBC's top music recording engineers. And throughout, Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran bring their own special insights to what we're hearing.

02Deserts2011012020110122For this major series to accompany BBC One's 'Human Planet', Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran go in search of music from some of the world's remotest, and more familiar locations, visiting many of the places featured in the TV series.

This week the focus is on the music of desert communities.

Producers: James Parkin and Roger Short.

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Dubai: Andy Kershaw meets the first Emirati singer to record an album in Urdu - a significant moment in Dubai where some 65% of the population are Sub-continent migrant workers.

He also visits the labour camps where they live, marvels at an indoor ski resort and climbs the tallest building in the world.

Plus there's a session from Desert Heat who deliver their rap in traditional Emirati dress.

Mongolia: Lucy Duran travels deep into the Gobi desert, sets up a recording studio in a ger (traditional Mongolian tent, known in Russia as a yurt) and records various styles of desert song, including the extraordinary two-tone throat singing.

Plus there are songs of Holy Mountains in one of the remostest parts of the Gobi desert, and a young artist from Ulaanbaatar who combines throat singing with beat-boxing.

Algeria: Andy Kershaw travels to the far south of Algeria and the small town of Djanet.

He marvels at the beauty of this vast desert and listens to music inspired by the Sahara.

He meets and records the Bali family and finds them mourning the recent death of their father - who drowned in the desert.

Key moments for the series include a traditional head-hunting song from New Ireland in Papua New Guinea; the mighty voice of Greenland's greatest singer; yodelling in the Swiss Alps; rapping in Cambodia; an Inuit throat-singing duet, recorded by the frozen Arctic Sea; and the secret songs of Burma recorded in the jungle on the border with Thailand.

Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran explore the music of desert communities.

For this major series to accompany BBC One's 'Human Planet', Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran go in search of music from some of the world's remotest, and more familiar locations, visiting many of the places featured in the TV series. This week the focus is on the music of desert communities. Producers: James Parkin and Roger Short. 2/8

Dubai: Andy Kershaw meets the first Emirati singer to record an album in Urdu - a significant moment in Dubai where some 65% of the population are Sub-continent migrant workers. He also visits the labour camps where they live, marvels at an indoor ski resort and climbs the tallest building in the world. Plus there's a session from Desert Heat who deliver their rap in traditional Emirati dress.

Mongolia: Lucy Duran travels deep into the Gobi desert, sets up a recording studio in a ger (traditional Mongolian tent, known in Russia as a yurt) and records various styles of desert song, including the extraordinary two-tone throat singing. Plus there are songs of Holy Mountains in one of the remostest parts of the Gobi desert, and a young artist from Ulaanbaatar who combines throat singing with beat-boxing.

Algeria: Andy Kershaw travels to the far south of Algeria and the small town of Djanet. He marvels at the beauty of this vast desert and listens to music inspired by the Sahara. He meets and records the Bali family and finds them mourning the recent death of their father - who drowned in the desert.

02Kathryn Tickell With Joe Newberry And April Verch In Session20180413Kathryn Tickell with Joe Newberry and April Verch in session.

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Appalachian musicians Joe Newberry and April Verch are in session with Kathryn Tickell for Radio 3's new world music show, plus a Road Trip to Norway, and a Mixtape from singer and 6 Music presenter Cerys Matthews.

Cerys Matthews has chosen two African artists as part of her Music Planet Mixtape - including vintage Senegalese singer Mar Seck (a mentor to Youssou N'Dour) and Malian kora player Ballake Sissoko.

Arne Berg is in Tromso in northern Norway for this week's Road Trip, reflecting both the country's mainstream roots-based music, and the songs of the Sami people.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new releases; and every week a bespoke Road Trip from a different corner of the globe, taking us to the heart of its music and culture. Plus special guest Mixtapes and gems from the BBC archives. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

Kathryn Tickell presents Joe Newberry and April Verch in session.

The Ottawa Valley meets the Appalachians with Joe Newberry and April Verch in a studio session with Kathryn Tickell, plus a Road Trip to Norway, and a Mixtape from singer and 6 Music presenter Cerys Matthews.

Banjo player Joe Newberry and fiddle player April Verch have brought together their respective traditions from Canada and the USA in this week's studio session. We are grateful to them for doing the session at short notice - we had planned a session with Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara, but this had to be postponed owing to travel difficulties - we are hoping to rearrange the session for later in the year..

The best roots-based music from across the world.

03Lopa Kothari With Melissa Laveaux In Session20180420Lopa Kothari presents Radio 3's new world music show, with Melissa Laveaux in session.

The best roots-based music from across the globe

Haitian singer Melissa Laveaux is in session with Lopa Kothari for Radio 3's new world music programme, with a Roadtrip from Rio de Janeiro and a Mixtape from Quinton Scott.

With her new album Radyo Siwel out now on No Format!, Melissa Laveaux explores her Haitian heritage, re-working songs sung in Haiti during the American military occupation of the early 20th century, and presented here in an intimate solo setting.

For this week's Roadtrip, music journalist and author Silvio Essinger reports from Rio de Janeiro, the home of baile funk, with tracks from pianist Dom Salvador and rappers Cidinho and Doca.

And to mark this weekend's Record Store Day, collector and Strut Records founder Quinton Scott digs out some vintage sounds from Guadeloupe, Nigeria and Madagascar in his Music Planet mixtape.

Plus the latest new releases and a track from this week's classic artist, Romany group Taraf de Haidouks.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new releases; and every week a bespoke Road Trip from a different corner of the globe, taking us to the heart of its music and culture. Plus special guest Mixtapes and gems from the BBC archives. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

Haitian singer Melissa Laveaux is in session with Lopa Kothari for Radio 3's new world music programme, with a Road Trip to Rio de Janeiro and a Mixtape from Quinton Scott.

For this week's Road Trip, music journalist and author Silvio Essinger reports from Rio de Janeiro, the home of baile funk, with tracks from pianist Dom Salvador and rappers Cidinho and Doca.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

03The Arctic2011012720110129For this major series to accompany BBC One's 'Human Planet', Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran go in search of music from some of the world's remotest locations..

This week: the Arctic.

Greenland: Lucy greets the New Year with music, and hears the mighty voice of Greenland's greatest singer, Rasmus Lyberth.

Norway: Andy goes reindeer-herding under the midnight sun with Human Planet's May Torril, who also happens to be an accomplished singer in the Sami tradition of yoiking.

Canada: Inuit singer Tanya Tagaq introduces us to her village in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, and sings the intensely soulful music of the western Inuit.

Siberia: Andy meets musicians from Yakutsk, the coldest city on earth, where long winter nights are whiled away with the help of a Jew's harp.

Producers Roger Short and James Parkin.

Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran explore the music of Arctic communities.

For this major series to accompany BBC One's 'Human Planet', Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran go in search of music from some of the world's remotest locations.. This week: the Arctic.

04Aicha Redouane In Session With Lopa Kothari20180504Moroccan singer Aicha Redouane is in session, and a Mixtape from Afrobeat star Seun Kuti.

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Moroccan singer Aicha Redouane is in session with Lopa Kothari, plus a Road Trip to Greece, and a Mixtape from Afrobeat star Seun Kuti.

Aicha Redouane is joined by her Al-Adwar Ensemble in this studio session, exploring the rich heritage of Arabic classical music. Her powerful and soulful voice is joined by Arabic oud, the ney flute, percussion plus the qanun, the Arabic zither.

Seun Kuti has chosen a mixtape featuring Ivory Coast-style reggae from Alpha Blondy, a vintage track from Nigeria by Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey, and a classic song from his father Fela Kuti.

Giorgos Markakis reports from Athens for this week's Road Trip,

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new releases; and every week a bespoke Road Trip from a different corner of the globe, taking us to the heart of its music and culture. Plus special guest Mixtapes and gems from the BBC archives. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

04Frigg In Session With Kathryn Tickell20180608Kathryn Tickell with Finnish fiddle band Frigg in an exclusive session.

The best roots-based music from across the globe

Kathryn Tickell presents a session with Finnish fiddlers Frigg, Nickodemus shares his Mixtape and there's a Road Trip to Russia.

Over the past 15 years, Frigg have been thrilling audiences with their own brand of folk music- a fusion of Nordic folk and American bluegrass which they now call Nordgrass. Expect high-octane Finnish reels and jigs with a twist. As excitement mounts for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, for this week's Road Trip Nataliya Myazina explores the rich culture of Russian folk and roots music. And we've a Mixtape from DJ and producer Nickodemus, with music from Mali, Niger and Nigeria.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new releases; and every week a bespoke Road Trip from a different corner of the globe, taking us to the heart of its music and culture. Plus special guest Mixtapes and gems from the BBC archives. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

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Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran explore the music of remote jungle communities.

For this major series to accompany BBC One's 'Human Planet', Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran go in search of music from some of the world's remotest locations..

This week: Jungles.

Solomon Islands: Andy teams up with musicians in Honiara, who use giant rainforest bamboo trees to give a monster bass sound to their songs.

Congo: Lucy presents a profile of the Mbendjele people of northern Congo, a pygmy hunter-gatherer group whose music echoes the sound of the forest that feeds them.

Burma: Andy visits the Thai town of Mae Sot on the border with Burma where he records musicians from one of the giant refugee camps there, meets a Burmese protest singer who has just finished a 10-year jail sentence, and drops in on the local Karen-rebel guerrilla centre disguised as a restaurant.

Producers Roger Short and James Parkin.

For this major series to accompany BBC One's 'Human Planet', Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran go in search of music from some of the world's remotest locations.. This week: Jungles.

04Kathryn Tickell With Joji Hirota In Session20180427Kathryn Tickell presents Radio 3's new world music show, with Joji Hirota in session.

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As part of Radio 3's late night Japan season, Night Blossoms, Taiko drummer Joji Hirota & his band are in session with Kathryn Tickell for Music Planet, plus we take a Road Trip to Tokyo

Joji Hirota is a composer, percussionist and multi instrumentalist hailing from Northern Japan. Trained as a classical musicians and a master of the spectacular and thunderous Taiko drums as well as the delicate Japanese flute the shakuhachi. He'll be playing both in the Music Planet studio with his ensemble the London Taiko drummers, who joined him in opening the Live Earth concert at Wembley Stadium in 2007 which was broadcast worldwide to millions. Taiko means 'big fat drum' in Japanese, so it might get loud!

We take a Roadtrip to Tokyo in the company of DJ and journalist Peter Barakan - he'll be giving us a flavour of where traditional Japanese roots music meets the alternative fringe across Japan.

There's yet more live music in the studio in the form of the traditional Japanese court music Gagaku - the world's oldest orchestral music still being performed today. The ensemble Reigakusha perform for us and take us through some of the traditional Japanese instruments.

And tonight's Music Planet Mixtape comes from the Welsh harpist Catrin Finch. Catrin is equally at home in classical, folk or world music and she chooses Joropo music from Columbia, Argentinean tango and an award winning classical and jazz collaboration.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new releases; and every week a bespoke Road Trip from a different corner of the globe, taking us to the heart of its music and culture. Plus special guest Mixtapes and gems from the BBC archives. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

04Ladysmith Black Mambazo20180518Ladysmith Black Mambazo in session, with Lopa Kothari.

The best roots-based music from across the globe

Lopa Kothari presents a session from the celebrated South African choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. This week's Road Trip takes a closer look at the music of Palestine, and we have a Mixtape from Canadian singer Melissa Laveaux.

The legendary South African a capella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo are currently touring the UK. Formed in the early 1960s, the group takes its name from founder Joseph Shabalala's hometown of Ladysmith and two symbols of strength: the Black ox and Mambazo, the Zulu word for a chopping axe. The group is known for its mastery of isicathamiya, a vocal style that was popular entertainment in the mining hostels of South Africa. They are best known to mainstream audiences for providing the vocals on Paul Simon's groundbreaking Graceland album of 1986.

To mark the 70th anniversary earlier this week of the Nakba, Reem Kelani is our Road Trip guide to historical recordings from Palestine. And in this week's Mixtape, singer-songwriter Melissa Laveaux shares music from Jose Gonzalez and Mia Doi Todd, Creole folk from Réunion's Alain Péters and the psychedelic cumbia of Colombia's Meridian Brothers.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new releases; and every week a bespoke Road Trip from a different corner of the globe, taking us to the heart of its music and culture. Plus special guest Mixtapes and gems from the BBC archives. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

Lopa Kothari presents a session from the celebrated South African choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and this week's Mixtape comes from Canadian singer Melissa Laveaux.

In this week's Mixtape, singer-songwriter Melissa Laveaux shares music from Jose Gonzalez and Mia Doi Todd, Creole folk from Réunion's Alain Péters and the psychedelic cumbia of Colombia's Meridian Brothers.

Tonight's Classic Artist is Malian guitarist Ali Farka Toure and we have new releases from BCUC, Yonatan Gat, Abu Obaida Hassan, Ammar 808, Don Kipper and Chancha Via Circuita.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new releases. Plus special guest Mixtapes and gems from the BBC archives. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

The legendary South African a capella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo are currently touring the UK. Formed in the early 1960s, the group takes its name from founder Joseph Shabalala's hometown of Ladysmith and two symbols of strength: the Black ox and Mambazo, the Zulu word for a chopping axe. The group is known for its mastery of isicathamiya, a vocal style that was popular entertainment in the mining hostels of South Africa. They are best known to mainstream audiences for providing the vocals on Paul Simon's groundbreaking GracelandMusic Planet

The best roots-based music from across the world.

04Lopa Kothari At Bbc Music's Biggest Weekend In Coventry20180601Lopa Kothari with highlights from BBC Music's Biggest Weekend in Coventry.

The best roots-based music from across the globe

Lopa Kothari with highlights from BBC Music's Biggest Weekend in Coventry, including a set from Angelique Kidjo. Plus a Mixtape from Rita Ray and a Road Trip to Colombia.

Radio 3 were in Coventry last Monday, and Music Planet brings together some of the best moments. Including performances from superstar singer from Benin Angelique Kidjo, English folk singers Jon Boden and Eliza Carthy with the Wayward Band,, plus local bhangra artists JK.

With a Mixtape from Rita Ray, presenter of BBC Four's Music in Africa, and a Road Trip to Colombia.

Radio 3 were in Coventry last Monday, and Music Planet brings together some of the best moments. Including performances from superstar singer from Benin Angelique Kidjo, English folk singers Jon Boden and Eliza Carthy with the Wayward Band, plus Derby-based bhangra artists JK.

With a Mixtape from Rita Ray, presenter of BBC Four's Africa: A Journey into Music. Also, Bogota-based music broadcaster Luisa Pineros takes us on a Road Trip to Colombia.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

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04Radio 3 At The Biggest Weekend20180525Recordings from BBC Music's Biggest Weekend and a Road Trip to Belize.

The best roots-based music from across the globe

Kathryn Tickell presents recordings from today's BBC Music's Biggest Weekend event in Scone Palace near Perth. Live music comes from folk band Breabach, Zambian-Scottish singer Namvula and the eclectic klezmer-based outfit Moishe's Bagel. This week's Road Trip takes us to Belize where we hear from Ivan Duran, the record producer behind acclaimed releases by Andy Palacio and the Garifuna Collective. And, ahead of her residency this weekend at the Hay Festival, broadcaster and author Gemma Cairney provides our Mixtape with tracks from Songhoy Blues, Frank Ocean and Bob Marley.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new releases; and every week a bespoke Road Trip from a different corner of the globe, taking us to the heart of its music and culture. Plus special guest Mixtapes and gems from the BBC archives. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

04The Biggest Weekend With Kathryn Tickell20180525Recordings from BBC Music's Biggest Weekend and a Road Trip to Belize.

The best roots-based music from across the globe

Lopa Kothari presents a session from the celebrated South African choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. This week's Road Trip takes a closer look at the Kathryn Tickell presents recordings from today's BBC Music's Biggest Weekend event in Scone Palace near Perth. Live music comes from folk band Breabach, Zambian-Scottish singer Namvula and the eclectic klezmer-based outfit Moishe's Bagel. This week's Road Trip takes us to Belize where we hear from Ivan Duran, the record producer behind acclaimed releases by Andy Palacio and the Garifuna Collective. And, ahead of her residency this weekend at the Hay Festival, broadcaster and author Gemma Cairney provides our Mixtape with tracks from Songhoy Blues, Frank Ocean and Bob Marley.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new releases; and every week a bespoke Road Trip from a different corner of the globe, taking us to the heart of its music and culture. Plus special guest Mixtapes and gems from the BBC archives. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

04Toko Telo In Session With Kathryn Tickell20180511Kathryn Tickell with Madagascan trio Toko Telo in an exclusive session.

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Kathryn Tickell presents a session with all-star trio Toko Telo from the island of Madagascar, The Turbans share their mixtape and there's a Road Trip to Israel

Featuring the soulful vocals of Monika Njava and stunning guitar tapestry from D'Gary and Joël Rabesolo (the latter joining the trio after original member Regis Gizavo tragically passed away last summer), Toko Telo ('group of three') present a fresh take on the traditional musical styles of Madagascar such as tsapiky, jihe and beko.

This May marks 70 years since the declaration of the State of Israel, so for this week's Road Trip, the composer and oud player Yair Dalal talks to us from his home town, the ancient port city of Jaffa, about the rich and complex musical heritage of the communities within Israel.

Kathryn will be joined by editor in chief of Songlines magazine Simon Broughton to announce some of the winners and introduce tracks from this year's Songlines Music Awards.

And we've a Mixtape from The Turbans, a band of international musical adventurers who hail from Turkey, Bulgaria, Israel, Iran, Spain, Greece and England - it's bound to be eclectic!

Plus the latest new releases and a track from this week's classic artist the Bulgarian clarinettist Ivo Papasov

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new releases; and every week a bespoke Road Trip from a different corner of the globe, taking us to the heart of its music and culture. Plus special guest Mixtapes and gems from the BBC archives. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

05Les Amazones D'afrique At Hay Festival20180615Kathryn Tickell programme features West African supergroup Les Amazones d'Afrique.

The best roots-based music from across the globe

Kathryn Tickell presents, featuring West African supergroup, Les Amazones d'Afrique, recorded live at Hay Festival, a mixtape from A Hawk and a Hacksaw, and a Road Trip to Ghana.

Les Amazones d'Afrique are an all-female collective made up of some of west Africa's finest singers, united in one common cause: freedom and equal rights for women. Guest presenter Georgia Ruth catches up with the band at Hay Festival, and we hear tracks from their live set recorded specially for Music Planet. For this week's Road Trip, Rita Ray takes us on a journey through the music of Ghana, and we've a Mixtape from American folk duo A Hawk and a Hacksaw, whose collaborations have taken them to Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria and Turkey.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new releases; and every week a bespoke Road Trip from a different corner of the globe, taking us to the heart of its music and culture. Plus special guest Mixtapes and gems from the BBC archives. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

Les Amazones d'Afrique are an all-female collective made up of some of west Africa's finest singers, united in one common cause: freedom and equal rights for women. Guest presenter Georgia Ruth catches up with the band at Hay Festival, and we hear tracks from their live set recorded specially for Music Planet. For this week's Road Trip, Rita Ray takes us on a journey through the music of Ghana, and we've a Mixtape from American folk duo A Hawk and a Hacksaw, whose collaborations have taken them to Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria and Turkey.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

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Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran focus on the music of mountain communities around the world.

For this major series to accompany BBC One's 'Human Planet', Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran go in search of music from some of the world's remotest locations.

This week: Mountains

Switzerland: Andy takes in a lesson in playing the giant cow-bell, gets his head around the many regional styles of yodelling, and records the alphorn quartet Hornroh.

Nepal: Lucy meets Sherpa musicians from the Everest Base Camp, listens to the songs of the mountain children in the ancient town of Bhaktapur, and enjoys traditional Neplasese folk tunes given the Django Reinhardt treatment in Kathmandu.

Solomon Islands: Andy visits the remote Kwaio people, whose unique music remains untouched by western influences, and who still reserve the right to go head-hunting.

Producers: James Parkin and Roger Short.

For this major series to accompany BBC One's 'Human Planet', Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran go in search of music from some of the world's remotest locations. This week: Mountains

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Lopa Kothari with Anatolian psych band Derya Yildirim and Grup Şimşek in session, Amanda Kauranne takes us on a road trip to Finland and a Peruvian flavoured mixtape from chef and restaurateur Martin Morales.

Featuring the hypnotizing Saz and vocals of Derya Yıldırım, Grup Şimşek present a fresh take on Anatolian Folk mixing hints of Psychedelia, Jazz and Funk to create a modern yet retro and highly danceable take on Turkish music.

Musician and broadcaster Amanda Kauranne takes us on a road trip to Finland, looking at the roots of Finnish music from Karelia and it's influence on contemporary ideas of Finnish folk music.

Martin Morales, founder of the highly regarded Ceviche restaurants and Tiger's Milk Records, gives us a Peruvian flavoured mixtape to whet our appetites.#

Our classic artist this week are Canadian Québécois legends La Bottine Souriante.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new releases; and every week a bespoke Road Trip from a different corner of the globe, taking us to the heart of its music and culture. Plus special guest Mixtapes and gems from the BBC archives. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

Lopa Kothari with Anatolian psych band Derya Yildirim & Grup Şimşek in session, Amanda Kauranne takes us on a road trip to Finland and a Peruvian flavoured mixtape from chef and restaurateur Martin Morales.

Musician and broadcaster Amanda Kauranne takes us on a road trip to Finland, looking at the diverse roots of Finnish music from Karelia and its influence on contemporary ideas of Finnish folk music.

Martin Morales, founder of the highly regarded Ceviche and Andina restaurants and Tiger's Milk Records, gives us a Peruvian flavoured mixtape to whet our appetites.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

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Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran explore music of grassland regions around the world.

For this major series to accompany BBC One's 'Human Planet', Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran go in search of music from some of the world's remotest locations.

This week: Grasslands.

Producer James Parkin.

Cambodia: Andy travels through one of the most heavily mined areas in the world recording a group of landmine victims who have formed a band, and in Phnom Penh, he records Kong Nay: a rare musician who survived the Khmer Rouge's Killing Fields.

Plus he meets a bunch of kids who rap over the lost pop music of the 60s and 70s.

Mongolia: Lucy marvels at the loneliness of the Gobi grasslands and listens to the songs and games associated with mare's milk.

In Ulaanbaatar, she meets the group Khusugtun who perform traditional throat songs in exhilarating contemporary arrangements.

Namibia: Andy goes in search of music in this musically elusive country.

As well as a session with Namibia's most famous hatmaker, he goes to the far north to meet the Bushmen of the Kalahari.

For this major series to accompany BBC One's 'Human Planet', Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran go in search of music from some of the world's remotest locations. This week: Grasslands. Producer James Parkin.

Cambodia: Andy travels through one of the most heavily mined areas in the world recording a group of landmine victims who have formed a band, and in Phnom Penh, he records Kong Nay: a rare musician who survived the Khmer Rouge's Killing Fields. Plus he meets a bunch of kids who rap over the lost pop music of the 60s and 70s.

Mongolia: Lucy marvels at the loneliness of the Gobi grasslands and listens to the songs and games associated with mare's milk. In Ulaanbaatar, she meets the group Khusugtun who perform traditional throat songs in exhilarating contemporary arrangements.

Namibia: Andy goes in search of music in this musically elusive country. As well as a session with Namibia's most famous hatmaker, he goes to the far north to meet the Bushmen of the Kalahari.

07Lopa Kothari With Blick Bassy And Samy Ben Redjeb20180629Presented by Lopa Kothari and featuring a live performance by Cameroonian singer-songwriter Blick Bassy, recorded at the 2017 Glatt & Verkehrt Festival in Austria and recorded by ORF (Austrian Radio).

This year is the 70th anniversary of the Palestinian exodus, or nakba, and in tonight's Road Trip, the British-Palestinian singer Reem Kelani explores the traditional music of Palestine from before and after 1948, including 1920s singer Thourayya Kaddoura and a field recording made at the Ein al-Hilweh refugee camp in Lebanon.

Our Mixtape this week comes from Samy Ben Redjeb - record collector, DJ and founder of the Analog Africa label - and includes tracks by Dur-Dur Band (Somalia), The Movers (South Africa) and Ary Lobo (Brazil).

This week's classic artist is Bollywood playback singer Lata Mangeshkar who has recorded for over 1,000 films dating back to 1940s and is considered one of the greatest artists of the genre. Plus we have new releases from Quantic, Makan Badje Tounkara, Nickodemus and Sibongile Kgaila.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new releases. Plus special guest Mixtapes and gems from the BBC archives. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

Lopa Kothari with Blick Bassy, live in concert.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

The best roots-based music from across the globe

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new releases. Plus special guest Mixtapes and gems from the BBC archives. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

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Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran explore music of river regions around the world.

For this major series to accompany BBC One's 'Human Planet', Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran go in search of music from some of the world's remotest locations.

This week: Rivers

Zambia: Andy visits the Victoria Falls, and meets the local Chief, King Mukumi, who invites him to a celebration at his village which involves the participants getting very drunk and blowing horns very loudly.

Brazil: Onboard the Amazon Queen, Lucy travels around Para state in northern Brazil meeting some of the mighty river's musical characters, including elderly diva Dona Onete, and a group of indigenous villagers from a very remote community that is close to extinction.

Thailand and Laos: Andy records Mekong Music in Laos, and attends a Rocket Festival in northern Thailand which celebrates fertility, calls the monsoon, and makes a mockery of health and safety law, as forty foot rockets packed with explosives are lauched into the air by groups of drunken youths.

Producers James Parkin and Roger Short.

For this major series to accompany BBC One's 'Human Planet', Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran go in search of music from some of the world's remotest locations. This week: Rivers

Zambia: Andy visits the Victoria Falls, and meets Chief Mukuni of the Tokoleya people, who invites him to a celebration at his village which involves the participants getting very drunk and blowing horns very loudly.

Thailand & Laos: Andy records Mekong Music in Laos, and attends a Rocket Festival in northern Thailand which celebrates fertility, calls the monsoon, and makes a mockery of health and safety law, as forty foot rockets packed with explosives are lauched into the air by groups of drunken youths.

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Musician, producer and composer Nitin Sawhney brings his own view of the world of music to Music Planet. Nitin was at the forefront of the British-Asian music movement in the 1990s, and his 10 solo albums have won many awards. He has composed music for more than 50 films,. and has a strong track record as a remixer and producer. He strongly dislikes the concept of 'world music' - he'll tell us why.

Nitin's session guest Anoushka Shankar is one of the world's most influential Indian musicians - the daughter of the legendary Ravi Shankar, she is an accomplished sitar player and composer, expanding the horizons of Indian classical music with contemporary styles. Her albums have won six Grammy nominations. She has collaborated extensively with Nitin Sawhney, and for their Music Planet session they will be playing a duet together.

This week's Road Trip takes us to Spain in the company of Max Moya, a percussion player formerly with the band Ojos de Brujo. The Mixtape is contributed by Andy Serkis, best known for playing the role of Gollum in the Lord of the Rings movies - he has chosen music from Greece, Spain and Pakistan, with a track from the great Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

(first broadcast in July 2018)

With guest presenter Nitin Sawhney and a session with Anoushka Shankar.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

The best roots-based music from across the globe

This week's Road Trip takes us to Spain in the company of Max Moya, a percussion player formerly with the band Ojos de Brujo. The Mixtape is contributed by Andy Serkis, best known for playing the role of Gollum in the Lord of the Rings movies - he has chosen music from Greece, Spain and Pakistan, with a track from the great Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

With guest presenter Nitin Sawhney, a studio session with Anoushka Shankar, a Road Trip to Spain and a Mixtape from actor Andy Serkis.

Musician, producer and composer Nitin Sawhney brings his own view of the world of music to Music Planet. Nitin was at the forefront of the British-Asian music movement in the 1990s, and his 10 solo albums have won many awards. He has composed music for more than 50 films,. and has a strong track record as a remixer and producer. He strongly dislikes the concept of 'world music' - he'll tell us why.

Nitin's session guest Anoushka Shankar is one of the world's most influential Indian musicians - the daughter of the legendary Ravi Shankar, she is an accomplished sitar player and composer, expanding the horizons of Indian classical music with contemporary styles. Her albums have won six Grammy nominations. She has collaborated extensively with Nitin Sawhney, and for their Music Planet session they will be playing a duet together.

Musician, producer and composer Nitin Sawhney brings his own view of the world of music to Music Planet. Nitin was at the forefront of the British-Asian music movement in the 1990s, and his 10 solo albums have won many awards. He has composed music for more than 50 films, and has a strong track record as a remixer and producer. He strongly dislikes the concept of 'world music' - he'll tell us why.

Nitin's session guest Anoushka Shankar is one of the world's most influential Indian musicians - the daughter of the legendary Ravi Shankar, she is an Music Planet

Musician, producer and composer Nitin Sawhney brings his own view of the world of music to Music Planet. Nitin was at the forefront of the British-Asian music movement in the 1990s, and his 10 solo albums have won many awards. He has composed music for more than 50 films, and has a strong track record as a remixer and producer. He strongly dislikes the concept of 'world music' - he'll tell us why.

08 LASTCities2011030320110305Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran explore music of three African cities.

In the final programme in this series to accompany BBC One's 'Human Planet', Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran focus on the music of Cities.

Congo: Andy roams the streets of Kinshasa, where there is a thriving scene of young musicians who can't afford guitars, and instead have made amplified thumb-pianos from old car parts.

Mali: Lucy enjoys 'Dimanche a Bamako', the lively Sunday music scene of Mali's capital, and meets two musicians who are stars in Mali, but hardly known outside.

South Africa: A prison is just about as far away from the natural world as it's possible to get.

Andy visits the Central Correctional Facility in Pretoria to hear their world-class male choir.

Producers James Parkin and Roger Short.

South Africa: A prison is just about as far away from the natural world as it's possible to get. Andy visits the Central Correctional Facility in Pretoria to hear their world-class male choir.

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The best roots-based music from across the globe

Master Musicians of the Aga Khan Music Initiative in session with Kathryn Tickell, plus a Road Trip from Shetland and a Mixtape from American folk and blues artist Joe Newberry.

The Aga Khan Music Initiative was set up in 2000 to support traditional musicians in Central Asia, with the aim of preserving and developing the heritage culture of the region. It has since expanded into Africa, South Asia and the Middle East. The session features two musicians from Syria and one from Uzbekistan: Basel Rajoub, is an award-winning saxophonist and composer-improviser from Syria; Feras Charestan is an accomplished and innovative performer on the qanun, a Middle Eastern zither; and Abbos Kosimov, who comes from a famous musical family in Uzbekistan, is a master performer on the doira, an Uzbek tambourine

Singer and multi-instrumentalist Inge Thomson takes us on a Road Trip to Shetland, whose long isolation has produced a musical culture all its own. She reports from her home on Fair Isle.

The best roots-based music from across the world.

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Presented by Lopa Kothari and featuring a specially recorded studio session by the Malian singer and songwriter Fatoumata Diawara, performing material from her new album Fenfo. DJ and broadcaster Alex Jordan reports from Kingston, Jamaica for this week's Road Trip with music ranging from classic ska and rocksteady to contemporary dancehall. Our Mixtape comes from Mr Jukes of Bombay Bicycle Club ahead of his set at next weekend's WOMAD Festival and our classic artist tonight is the Turkish-born Greek rebetika singer Kostas Nouros, known as "the nightingale of Smyrna" and a prolific recording artist of the 1920s and 30s. Plus we have new releases from Thabang Tabane (South Africa), Liraz (Iran/Israel), and the latest discovery from BBC Music Introducing.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new release, and every week a bespoke Road Trip from a different corner of the globe, taking us to the heart of its music and culture. Plus special guest Mixtapes and gems from the BBC archives. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

Lopa Kothari with Fatoumata Diawara in session.

The best roots-based music from across the world.