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 01Celtic Connections 201020100122 Mary Ann Kennedy live from the Late Night Sessions at the world's biggest winter music festival, Celtic Connections in Glasgow.
The Sessions run from very late until very early, with line-ups that are traditionally never divulged before the day.
For seventeen years, Celtic Connections has brought musicians not only from across Scotland but from across the world in a festival that celebrates connections between cultures.
The Celtic world is at the heart of the Festival, with performances from leading Scottish folk musicians, plus artists from Ireland, France and Spain, as well as from across the Atlantic.
And again, the Festival makes connections further afield with musicians from Africa and the Arab world.
This is the first of two live broadcasts from the Late Night Sessions.
Mary Ann Kennedy presents music from the 2009 Celtic Connections festival.
 01Celtic Connections 201220120131 Mary Ann Kennedy live from Glasgow at the world's biggest winter music festival. The first of four Late Night Sessions, with a top line-up of festival artists and also recorded concert highlights.
Celtic Connections is held in 20 venues over 18 days with 300 events taking place throughout the whole festival, involving over 2100 musicians from 26 countries. Scots and Irish celtic music is at the centre of the festival, but it has always embraced the music of the celtic cultures of the USA, Canada, France and Spain, together with the closely connected cultures of Scandinavia and eastern Europe. In recent years the Festival has also connected with traditions across Africa and Asia. The concerts range from the most traditional to the most experimental, all brought together in the context of one of the world's liveliest folk cultures, with a never-ending stream of young Scottish musicians who are reinventing their own traditions for their own time.
For the past three years, World on 3 has hosted some of the Festival's Late Night Sessions at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall. These start late, and finish early, usually well into the next day. Bands often come straight from a concert in a main venue to play at the Sessions. World on 3 hosts the Late Night Sessions for four nights during the final week of the Festival, from Tuesday 31st January until Friday 3rd February.
The line-up of the Late Night Sessions is always kept secret until the day of the event.
Mary Ann Kennedy presents a session from the 2012 Celtic Connections world music festival.
 01World On 3 At Celtic Connections 201120110125 Mary Ann Kennedy live from Glasgow at the world's biggest winter music festival.
The first of four Late Night Sessions, with a top line-up of festival artists and also recorded concert highlights.
The Sessions run from very late until very early, and the artists are traditionally never divulged before the day.
Celtic Connections is held in 14 venues over 18 days, with between 7 and 25 concerts and other events each day, involving 1500 artists from over 30 countries.
Scots and Irish Celtic music is at the centre of the festival, but it has always embraced the music of the Celtic cultures of the USA, Canada, France and Spain, together with the closely connected cultures of Scandinavia and eastern Europe , and in recent years has also connected with traditions across Africa and Asia.
The concerts range from the most traditional to the most experimental, all brought together in the context of one of the world's liveliest folk cultures, with a never-ending stream of young Scottish musicians who are reinventing their own traditions for their own time.
For the past two years, World on 3 has hosted some of the Festival's Late Night Sessions at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall.
These start late, and finish early, usually well into the next day.
Bands often come straight from a concert in a main venue to play at the Sessions.
World on 3 hosts the Late Night Sessions for four nights during the final week of the Festival, from Tuesday 25th until Friday 28th January.
The artist line-up remains confidential: the only hint we're giving is that, besides artists from Scotland, there are musicians from the USA, Canada, Norway, Spain and Cornwall.
Mary Ann Kennedy presents a late-night session from Glasgow at Celtic Connections 2011.
 02Celtic Connections 201220120201 Mary Ann Kennedy live from Glasgow at the world's biggest winter music festival. The second of four Late Night Sessions, with a top line-up of festival artists and also recorded concert highlights.
Celtic Connections is held in 20 venues over 18 days with 300 events taking place throughout the whole festival, involving over 2100 musicians from 26 countries. Scots and Irish celtic music is at the centre of the festival, but it has always embraced the music of the celtic cultures of the USA, Canada, France and Spain, together with the closely connected cultures of Scandinavia and eastern Europe. In recent years the Festival has also connected with traditions across Africa and Asia. The concerts range from the most traditional to the most experimental, all brought together in the context of one of the world's liveliest folk cultures, with a never-ending stream of young Scottish musicians who are reinventing their own traditions for their own time.
For the past three years, World on 3 has hosted some of the Festival's Late Night Sessions at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall. These start late, and finish early, usually well into the next day. Bands often come straight from a concert in a main venue to play at the Sessions. World on 3 hosts the Late Night Sessions for four nights during the final week of the Festival, from Tuesday 31st January until Friday 3rd February.
The line-up of the Late Night Sessions is always kept secret until the day of the event.
Mary Ann Kennedy presents music from the 2012 Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow.
 02World On 3 At Celtic Connections 201120110126 Mary Ann Kennedy live from Glasgow at the world's biggest winter music festival.
The Second of four Late Night Sessions, with a top line-up of festival artists and also recorded concert highlights.
The Sessions run from very late until very early, and the artists are traditionally never divulged before the day.
Celtic Connections is held in 14 venues over 18 days, with between 7 and 25 concerts and other events each day, involving 1500 artists from over 30 countries.
Scots and Irish Celtic music is at the centre of the festival, but it has always embraced the music of the Celtic cultures of the USA, Canada, France and Spain, together with the closely connected cultures of Scandinavia and eastern Europe , and in recent years has also connected with traditions across Africa and Asia.
The concerts range from the most traditional to the most experimental, all brought together in the context of one of the world's liveliest folk cultures, with a never-ending stream of young Scottish musicians who are reinventing their own traditions for their own time.
For the past two years, World on 3 has hosted some of the Festival's Late Night Sessions at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall.
These start late, and finish early, usually well into the next day.
Bands often come straight from a concert in a main venue to play at the Sessions.
World on 3 hosts the Late Night Sessions for four nights during the final week of the Festival, from Tuesday 25th until Friday 28th January.
The artist line-up remains confidential: the only hint we're giving is that, besides artists from Scotland, there are musicians from the USA, Canada, Norway, Spain and Cornwall.
Mary Ann Kennedy presents a late-night session from Glasgow at Celtic Connections 2011.
 03Celtic Connections 201220120202 Mary Ann Kennedy live from Glasgow at the world's biggest winter music festival. The third of four Late Night Sessions, with a top line-up of festival artists and also recorded concert highlights.
The line-up of the Late Night Sessions is always kept secret until the day of the event.
Mary Ann Kennedy presents a session from the 2012 Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow.
 03World On 3 At Celtic Connections 201120110127 Mary Ann Kennedy live from Glasgow at the world's biggest winter music festival.
The third of four Late Night Sessions, with a top line-up of festival artists and also recorded concert highlights.
The Sessions run from very late until very early, and the artists are traditionally never divulged before the day.
Celtic Connections is held in 14 venues over 18 days, with between 7 and 25 concerts and other events each day, involving 1500 artists from over 30 countries.
Scots and Irish Celtic music is at the centre of the festival, but it has always embraced the music of the Celtic cultures of the USA, Canada, France and Spain, together with the closely connected cultures of Scandinavia and eastern Europe , and in recent years has also connected with traditions across Africa and Asia.
The concerts range from the most traditional to the most experimental, all brought together in the context of one of the world's liveliest folk cultures, with a never-ending stream of young Scottish musicians who are reinventing their own traditions for their own time.
For the past two years, World on 3 has hosted some of the Festival's Late Night Sessions at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall.
These start late, and finish early, usually well into the next day.
Bands often come straight from a concert in a main venue to play at the Sessions.
World on 3 hosts the Late Night Sessions for four nights during the final week of the Festival, from Tuesday 25th until Friday 28th January.
The artist line-up remains confidential: the only hint we're giving is that, besides artists from Scotland, there are musicians from the USA, Canada, Norway, Spain and Cornwall.
Mary Ann Kennedy presents a late-night session from Glasgow at Celtic Connections 2011.
 04 LASTCeltic Connections 201220120203 Mary Ann Kennedy live from Glasgow at the world's biggest winter music festival. The last of four Late Night Sessions, with a top line-up of festival artists and also recorded concert highlights.
The line-up of the Late Night Sessions is always kept secret until the day of the event.
Mary Ann Kennedy presents a session from the 2012 Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow.
 04 LASTWorld On 3 At Celtic Connections 201120110128 Mary Ann Kennedy live from Glasgow at the world's biggest winter music festival.
The last of four Late Night Sessions, with a top line-up of festival artists and also recorded concert highlights.
The Sessions run from very late until very early, and the artists are traditionally never divulged before the day.
Celtic Connections is held in 14 venues over 18 days, with between 7 and 25 concerts and other events each day, involving 1500 artists from over 30 countries.
Scots and Irish Celtic music is at the centre of the festival, but it has always embraced the music of the Celtic cultures of the USA, Canada, France and Spain, together with the closely connected cultures of Scandinavia and eastern Europe , and in recent years has also connected with traditions across Africa and Asia.
The concerts range from the most traditional to the most experimental, all brought together in the context of one of the world's liveliest folk cultures, with a never-ending stream of young Scottish musicians who are reinventing their own traditions for their own time.
For the past two years, World on 3 has hosted some of the Festival's Late Night Sessions at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall.
These start late, and finish early, usually well into the next day.
Bands often come straight from a concert in a main venue to play at the Sessions.
World on 3 hosts the Late Night Sessions for four nights during the final week of the Festival, from Tuesday 25th until Friday 28th January..
The artist line-up remains confidential: the only hint we're giving is that, besides artists from Scotland, there are musicians from the USA, Canada, Norway, Spain and Cornwall.
Mary Ann Kennedy presents a late-night session from Glasgow at Celtic Connections 2011.
   20080331 Mary Ann Kennedy presents her own mix of sounds from across the globe.
   20080414 Singer and broadcaster Lopa Kothari presents her own global musical mix.
Featuring a concert from Belgium's Sfinks Festival by one of the most famous voices of Africa, Baaba Maal.
   20080421 Singer and broadcaster Lopa Kothari presents her own global musical mix.
Featuring a concert by Bulgaria's 'King of Wedding Band Music' Ivo Papasov, given at the Apollonia Festival in Sozopol on the Black Sea coast.
   20080519 Mary Ann Kennedy presents a mix of sounds from around the globe.
   20080526 Lopa Kothari presents her own global musical mix, including a concert from the so-called 'fastest band in the world', the Romanian gypsy group Fanfare Ciocarlia, given last summer at the Nijmegen Festival in the Netherlands.
   20080602 Lopa Kothari presents her own global musical mix, including concert highlights from Adama Yalomba, a star in his home country of Mali, but so far little-known outside.
Plus a new track by so-called 'King of Falafel Techno' Max Pashm and an outrageous take on English nursery rhymes by veteran Bollywood star Asha Bhosle.
   20080609 Charlie Gillett presents an exclusive session by Senegalese singer-songwriter and impresario Wasis Diop, who sings and plays in the studio and also brings along some of the records that have influenced him.
Now based in Paris, Wasis has written songs for artists all over the world, as well as having his own fair share of hits.
   20080623 Mary Ann Kennedy presents her own mix of sounds from around the globe, including the latest Celtic music releases.
   20080630 Mary Ann Kennedy presents her own mix of sounds from around the globe, including the latest Celtic music releases.
   20080707 Lopa Kothari presents a global musical mix, which includes sounds from Mozambique, Cuba, Poland, New York, China and Mali, as well as a concert recording from Utrecht in the Netherlands featuring the Catalan group L'Ham de Foc - or Fish Hook of Fire.
Although having strong traditional Spanish roots, their varied influences extend to Greece, the Balkans, the Adriatic and beyond.
   20080714 Lopa Kothari's global musical mix includes sounds from Brazil, Ghana, India, Romania and some vintage African rarities recorded by Hugh Tracey.
Plus a concert recording of the Marseille vocal ensemble Lo Cor de la Plana.
   20080721 Charlie Gillett presents a musical selection from around the world, plus a studio session from DeVotchKa, a four-piece band from Denver, Colorado, with infuences from folk, punk, Romani and Mariachi, and which started out as a backing band for burlesque shows.
   20080811 With Mary Ann Kennedy.
Highlights from this year's WOMAD festival, including a taste of the Rio Carnival from Brazilian street band Monobloco and Tuareg desert blues from Terakaft.
   20080818 Lopa Kothari presents a mix of music from around the world, and also introduces a recording of bassist Jah Wobble's new Chinese Dub project, made on the Radio 3 stage at this year's WOMAD festival.
   20080825 Lopa Kothari presents a mix of music from around the world, and introduces more recordings made at the WOMAD 2008 Festival last month, including Senegalese singer/songwriter Wasis Diop.
   20080901 Charlie Gillett presents tracks from around the world including Orchestra Baobab recorded on the Radio 3 Stage at this year's WOMAD festival.
Plus Massukos from northern Mozambique performing in the studio.
   20080908 Charlie Gillett is joined by a trio so new that they haven't yet chosen a name.
Brought together for a festival in Siberia, it unites three musicians who have been active on the world music scene for decades.
As well as playing in the studio, Justin Adams, Lu Edmonds and Ben Mandelson exchange records that have influenced their music.
   20080919 Mary Ann Kennedy presents new CDs and classic world music recordings, with folk, blues gospel and more, plus occasional recordings contributed by listeners.
Including music from last month's Valley of the Moon camp, a gathering in the California Redwoods of leading folk and traditional musicians, including Bruce Molsky, Martin Hayes and Natalie Haas.
Plus music from southern Morocco by Oudaden, one of the country's most traditional and popular groups, but so far rarely heard outside the country.
   20080926 Mary Ann Kennedy presents sounds from the Celtic world and far beyond, in a mix including folk, blues, gospel and world music.
   20081003 Lopa Kothari presents a mix of music from around the world, including a selection of recordings from some of Africa's railway bands.
   20081010 Lopa Kothari presents a lively mix of music from around the world, including a studio session by the Max Pashm Band, a collective of UK-based Jewish, Greek and Balkan musicians.
   20081017 Charlie Gillett presents a mix of music from around the world, including a specially recorded studio session by Tartit, a female-led Tuareg group from the Timbuktu region of Mali.
   20081024 Charlie Gillett presents a mix of music from around the world, including a specially recorded studio session by Greek singer Eleftheria Arvanitaki.
Charlie also meets Portuguese fado singer Mariza who talks about some of the important voices on the Lusophone music scene.
   20081031 Mary Ann Kennedy's eclectic mix of sounds from around the world features a BBC debut session from all-girl folk band The Shee, who blend Scottish, Gaelic and bluegrass music.
   20081107 Mary Kennedy's eclectic selection includes music from American folk duo Mike Marshall and Darol Anger performing with Swedish band Vasen at last weekend's WOMEX world music expo in Seville.
   20081121 Lopa Kothari presents an eclectic late-night musical mix.
Including a studio session from pianist Zoe Rahman and her brother, sax and clarinet player Idris Rahman, whose music is inspired by their Bengali heritage.
   20081128 Charlie Gillett mixes up a collection of sounds from around the world.
   20081205 Charlie Gillett presents the results of the fRoots Critics Award for Album of the Year 2008 and a session from Zimbabwean singer and mbira player Chiwoniso.
   20081212 Mary Ann Kennedy presents the latest releases of world music, blues, folk and gospel, and highlights from the 2008 Kaustinen Festival in Finland.
   20081226 Lopa Kothari introduces a session by Buena Vista Social Club singer Omara Portuondo.
Lopa Kothari presents her own mix of music from around the world and is joined in the studio by Cuban chanteuse and member of the Buena Vista Social Club, Omara Portuondo, who performs material from her new album.
   20090102 Lopa Kothari spins a varied world music mix plus Lokkhi Terra join her in the studio.
Lopa Kothari presents a mix of music from around the globe plus Lokkhi Terra perform in the Studio with the combined sonic forces of a Fender Rhodes keyboard, Latin American percussion, Indian tabla and Bangladeshi inspired vocals.
Including:
Arr.
Soothsayers: Music
  • album: azul claro
  • album: coba coba
  • album: franciisco forro y frevo
  • album: new destiny
  • album: one more reason
  • album: repente
  • album: singalana
  • album: sizhukong
  • aneire khan - vocals
  • chesf
    novalima: liberta
  • chico cesar
  • cumbancha cmb-cd-9
    studio session lokkhi terra
  • dallam-dougou
  • e-mail world.routes@bbc.co.uk
  • emi 217615 2
    peng: bathing in the stream sizhukong
  • fax 020 7765 5052
  • finn peters - flute/sax
  • friday 2nd january, 11:45pm
  • indies scope records
    world on 3
  • isaar
  • jumbie records jmb 0003
    ze brown: rapo sax
  • justin thurgur - trombone
  • kishon khan - piano/rhodes
  • novalima
  • oreste noda - congas/percussion
  • patrick zambonin - bass
  • presented by lopa kothari
  • promotional cd
    kishon khan: sa pa sa
  • recorded at broadcasting house, especially for world-on-3, november 2008.
    cesar: comer na mão
  • recorded at broadcasting house, especially for world-on-3, november 2008.
    dougou: mahala a la mandingo
  • recorded at broadcasting house, especially for world-on-3, november 2008.
    lalon shah: manoosh guru
  • recorded at broadcasting house, especially for world-on-3, november 2008.
    utom ghosh: nodir kul
  • silk road music szk 1001-1
    toni/toni: tapalapa
  • sohini alam - vocals
  • soothsayers; red earth collective
  • sujit mukherjee - tablas
    trad: bhromor kotyo
  • tel 020 7765 4661
  • toshi fujii (bass); eric lin (drums)
  • unmastered promotional copy
    isaar/lito/melo: pescador
  • yellow sisters
  • yuwen peng (piano); yichien chen (liuqin); alex wu (taiwanese erhu/udu);
  • ze brown
  • produced by.... - - roger short
  •   Manu Chao Special20090109 Charlie Gillett is joined in the BBC's Maida Vale studios by world music star Manu Chao.
    Charlie Gillett is joined in the BBC's Maida Vale studios by world music star Manu Chao, who plays an acoustic solo session and introduces his favourite tracks.
       20090116 Charlie Gillett with a session by Serbian-born violinist and zither player Felix Lajko, and an interview with Garth Cartwright, author of a book on Balkan Romany music and culture.
    Charlie Gillett with a session by Serbian-born violinist and zither player Felix Lajko.
      World On 320090123 From the Festival Club in Glasgow, Mary Ann Kennedy introduces some of the 1,500 artists from across the world who feature in 2009's Celtic Connections, now one of the UK's biggest music festivals.
    With late-night sessions and interviews from the venue, with line-ups that are traditionally never divulged before the day, and which has seen some memorable unplanned collaborations.
    From Glasgow's Festival Club, Mary Ann Kennedy presents music from Celtic Connections 2009
       20090130 Mary Ann Kennedy presents the programme from the 2009 Glasgow's Celtic Connections festival, with sessions and interviews from the renowned Festival Club.
    Mary Ann Kennedy presents the programme direct from Glasgow's Celtic Connections festival.
      Yellow Sisters20090206 Lopa Kothari presents her own mix of world sounds and a session by the Yellow Sisters, an all-female close harmony group from the Czech Republic whose eclectic style incoprorates soul, funk, world music, jazz and reggae.
    Lopa Kothari presents her own mix of world sounds and a session by the Yellow Sisters.
      Lopa Kothari20090213 presents a varied mix of world sounds and a session by gypsy fusion band Mec Yek, who are the latest incarnation of Euro-roots group Jaune Toujours.
    Lopa Kothari with a varied mix of world sounds and a session by gypsy fusion band Mec Yek.
      Charlie Gillett20090220 With Charlie Gillett
    The programme contains lyrics with some violent imagery.
    Charlie Gillett's guest this week is CW Stoneking, a 34-year old Australian whose voice and music suggest the soundworld of America's Deep South in the first half of the 20th-century; a performer described by The Observer's Killian Fox as listening to an old 78 recovered from a dusty attic in New Orleans".
    Recorded just before his appearance at the Barbican's Folk America show last month (curated by Seasick Steve), CW dropped in on the BBC Maida Vale studios with his brass-oriented backing band the Primitive Horn Orchestra to play four songs and to chat about his influences which include Blind Willie McTell, Rev.
    Charles White, Rev.
    Kelsey and the Mills Brothers.
    World on 3
    Presented by Charlie Gillett
  • Stephen Grant (trumpet)
  • aguas del rio rimac
  • album: africa to appalachia
  • album: anthology of american folk music
  • album: asiko
  • album: bairro
  • album: early classics 1931 – 1934
  • album: guitar evangelists
  • album: huaynos y huaylas
  • album: hunger's the best sauce
  • album: i started out with nothing and i still got most of it left
  • album: little george sueruf and the blue stars
  • album: mountain music of kyrgyztan
  • album: pig n' whistle red
  • album: remeny
  • album: rev.
    kelsey and his congregation 1947-1951
  • album: seya
  • album: sonantes
  • album: the key to the kingdom
  • barcelo bonga
  • bbc recording, maida vale studios
    arr.
    sonantes: carimbo
  • bbc recording, maida vale studios
    seasick steve: walking man
  • bbc recording, maida vale studios
    stoneking: the love me or die
  • bbc recording, maida vale studios
    wilmouth houdini: brave son of america
  • biograph records 30171
    sueruf: living in the city
  • bline willie mctell
  • cda004
    bonga: nguenda
  • cleoma breaux; joseph falcon
  • contre jour cj021
    presented by charlie gillett.
    including an interview and session with cw stoneking
  • cw stoneking & his primitive horn orchestra
  • cw stoneking (guitar/vocals)
  • dan hammerton (trombone)
    stoneking: dodo blues
  • document records dw81731
    sissoko: tree to tree
  • e-mail world.routes@bbc.co.uk
    friday 20th february
    sangare: iyo djeli
  • fax 020 7765 5052
  • felix lajko
  • fred records 2007
    gangbe brass band: un ete a vodelee
  • gangbe brass band; piet maris
  • globestyle cdorbbd 064
    trad: little boy (how old are you)
  • jayme stone; mansa sissoko
  • js200
    young/brown: the old man of the mountain
  • jsp records 788065575926
    picaflor de los andes: aguas del rio rimac
  • little george sueruf and the blue stars
  • lusafrica 562212
    muller/munoz: agua e'nieve
  • naxos nostalgia 8.120546
    zainidin imanaliev: küidüm chok (i burn, i smoulder like charcoal)
  • oliver browne (percussion)
  • oumou sangare
  • pussy cat records pcd001
    trad: how long
  • radio kajida
  • rev.
    charles white (james butler)
  • rev.
    kelsey and his congregation
  • richard pite (tuba/bass)
  • saltpeter
  • seasick steve
  • six degrees 657036114821
    saltpeter: picked up something dirty
  • smithsonian folkways sfwcd40090
    in session
    stoneking: jungle lullaby
  • smithsonian folkways sfwcd40520
    philips: i had a good father and mother
  • sonantes; ceu
  • tel 020 7765 4661
  • tengir too
  • the mills brothers
  • warner bros 2564694153
    trad: a to z blues
  • washington philips
  • world circuit wlwcd 081
    lajko: zaszlo/flag
  • wrasse records promo
    studio session:
  • yazoo records
    breaux: c'est si triste sans lui
  • produced by.... - - felix carey
    presents a selection of music, featuring a session with australian singer and guitarist cw stoneking and his primitive horn orchestra, playing original songs which evoke the spirit of 1920s american blues and vaudeville.
    including an interview and session with cw stoneking"
  •   Charlie Gillett20090227 presents a session from Argentinian accordionist Chango Spasiuk.
    He is a virtuoso of 'chamame', a blend of Amerindian folklore, rhythms from Africa and harmonies from Europe and beyond.
    Charlie Gillett presents a session from Argentinian accordionist Chango Spasiuk.
      Mary Ann Kennedy20090306 presents a session from Jon Boden, the singer and fiddle player from Bellowhead.
    Mary Ann Kennedy with a session from Jon Boden, singer and fiddle player from Bellowhead.
      John Martyn Tribute20090313 With Mary Ann Kennedy.
    Including another chance to hear an Andy Kershaw session from 2006 with singer, songwriter and guitarist John Martyn, who died in January 2009.
    Including a tribute to the late John Martyn.
      Lopa Kothari20090320 announces, plays and discusses nominations for the 2009 Songlines Music Awards.
    She is joined by music critic Nigel Williamson, who gives his views on the contenders for the awards of Best Artist, Best Group, Cross-Cultural Collaboration and Newcomer.
    Lopa Kothari announces the nominations for the 2009 Songlines Music Awards.
      Lopa Kothari20090327 with sounds from across the globe, and a session by the 'queen of Iranian trip hop', Haleh.
    She teams up with producer and musician Marc van Eyck to perform oriental chant with smooth electronic sounds.
    Lopa Kothari with sounds from across the globe, and a session by 'trip hop' artist Haleh.
      Charlie Gillett20090403 meets two world-class musicians with strong gypsy influences.
    Balkan singer and guitarist Goran Bregovic swaps tracks and talks about his new album Alkohol, and French singer and oud player Titi Robin performs songs from his new seven-movement suite Kali Sultana.
    Charlie Gillett talks to gypsy-influenced musicians Goran Bregovic and Titi Robin.
      Mary Ann Kennedy20090417 presents a session with Sara Watkins, best known as the singer and fiddle player with American 'progressive bluegrass' band Nickel Creek, who have made a solo album produced by Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones.
    Mary Ann Kennedy presents a session with American roots musician Sara Watkins.
      Mary Ann Kennedy20090424 presents her own mix of world music, folk, gospel and blues.
    Mary Ann Kennedy presents her own mix of world music, folk, gospel and blues.
      Lopa Kothari20090501 World on 3
    Presented by Lopa Kothari
    Produced by James Parkin
    Tel 020 7765 4661
    Fax 020 7765 5052
    e-mail worldon3@bbc.co.uk
    Friday 1st May 2009
    Camilo Lara/Holger Beier: Alcotel
    Mexican Institute of Sound
    Album: Alcotel
    Cooking Vinyl Cookcd472
    Marina Abad/Tote King: Donde te has metio
    Ojos de Brujo
    Album: Aocana
    Warner WE833
    El Tanbura: Khaly Anka al Yhom
    El Tanbura
    Album: Friends of Bamboute
    30IPS Ltd FOB1869
    Fatima Spar: Trust
    Fatima Spar and the Freedom Fries
    Album: Trust
    Hoanzl H550-2
    Canek Cabrera: Atrapao
    Los de Abajo
    Album: Los de Abajo EP
    Promotional CD
    Villares: Nó dend'água
    Beto Villares
    Album: Beto Villares
    Six Degrees 657036 1152-2
    Maia: Que Beleza
    Tim Maia
    Album: The Sound of Sound
    Luaka Bop LCD1801
    Muller/Munoz: Que lindo Suena
    Radio Kijada
    Album: Neuvos Sonidos Afro Peruanos
    Wrasse Records wrasse233
    In Session
    Kasse Mady Diabate (vocals/guitar)
    Diabate: Bandja
    Kasse Mady Diabate
    BBC Recording, Maida Vale Studios, 2009
    Diabate: Toumaro
    Diabate: Nama
    Trad: Mi Suegra, la negra
    Los Desterrados
    Album: Miradores
    Crusoe Records CRU002CD
    Maris/Baur: About this life
    Jaune Toujours
    Album: Ko Lectiv
    Choux de Bruxelles CHOU0902
    Tavares: One Love
    Sara Tavares
    Album: Alive in Lisboa
    World Connection WC43078
    Samay: Restless
    Samay
    Album: Songs for a Global Journey
    Samay Music
    Baildi: O Pasatebos
    Imam Baildi
    Album: Imam Baildi
    EMI 5099923680425
    Malouma/Haddab: Sable Émovant
    DuOud
    Album: Ping King
    World Village WVF 479025
    Mata et al: Vermehlo
    Vanessa da Mata
    Album: SIM
    Song BMG/Discograph 6139352
    N'dia Arbatras: Babako
    Baka Beyond
    Album: Beyond the Forest
    March Hare Music MAHACD 28
    Rubens Campos: So vendo que Beleza
    Omara Portundo; Maria Bethania
    Album: Omara Portuondo e Maria Bethania
    Discmedi DM 4509-02
    Lopa Kothari with sounds from across the globe and a session with Kasse Mady Diabate.
    World on 3
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    diabate: nama
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    diabate: toumaro
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    trad: mi suegra, la negra
  • beto villares
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    tavares: one love
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    marina abad/tote king: donde te has metio
  • crusoe records cru002cd
    maris/baur: about this life
  • discmedi dm 4509-02
    lopa kothari with sounds from across the globe and a session with kasse mady diabate
  • duoud
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    camilo lara/holger beier: alcotel
  • el tanbura
  • emi 5099923680425
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  • fatima spar and the freedom fries
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    canek cabrera: atrapao
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  • kasse mady diabate (vocals/guitar)
    diabate: bandja
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    muller/munoz: que lindo suena
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    rubens campos: so vendo que beleza
  • mexican institute of sound
  • ojos de brujo
  • omara portundo; maria bethania
  • presented by lopa kothari
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    villares: nó dend'água
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  • samay music
    baildi: o pasatebos
  • sara tavares
  • six degrees 657036 1152-2
    maia: que beleza
  • song bmg/discograph 6139352
    n'dia arbatras: babako
  • tim maia
  • vanessa da mata
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    el tanbura: khaly anka al yhom
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    samay: restless
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    in session
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  •   Lopa Kothari20090508 's mix of music from around the world includes new releases and vintage tracks, plus a studio session by Los Desterrados, a group who mix Sephardic Ladino lyrics with jazz, flamenco and Mediterranean folk.
    Lopa Kothari's presents new releases and vintage tracks, plus a session by Los Desterrados
      Charlie Gillett20090515 Presented by Charlie Gillett.
    Featuring a session with Portuguese singer Sara Tavares.
      Charlie Gillett20090522 World on 3
    Presented by Charlie Gillett
    Produced by Felix Carey
    Tel 020 7765 4661
    Fax 020 7765 5052
    e-mail world.routes@bbc.co.uk
    Friday 22nd May
    Ojos de Brujo: Rumba del adiós
    Ojos de Brujo
    Album: Aocaná
    Warner 2564691346
    Bregovic: Hop Hop Hop
    Goran Bregovic
    Album: Best of Goran Bregovic
    Wrasse Records WRASS241
    Sangare: Mogo Kele
    Oumou Sangare
    Album: Seya
    World Circuit WLWCD 081
    Tavares: Bué
    Sara Tavares
    Album: Xinti
    World Connection WCD034
    In Session
    Lhasa De Sela (voice)
    Joe Grass (guitar)
    De Sela: Is anything wrong
    BBC Recording by Michael Bacon, Broadcasting House, 2009.
    De Sela: Los Peces
    Lhasa
    Album: La Llorona
    Audiogramme ADCD10101
    Paredes: Canção Verdes Anos
    Carlos Paredes
    Album: O Melhor de Carlos Paredes
    EMI B00005077A
    Vargas: Macorina
    Chavela Vargas
    Album: Grandes Exitos
    Orfeon JCD 13848
    Cooke: A Change is Gonna Come
    De Sela: Fool's Gold
    Watson: The Great Escape
    Patrick Watson
    Album: American Teen - Music from the Motion Picture
    Columbia 88697326552
    Ayoub: Ya Oud
    Elizabeth Ayoub
    Album: Sound of the World
    Warner CJ 5144218402
    Cooke: Lost and Lookin'
    Sam Cooke
    Album: Night Beat
    RCA 1124-2
    De Sela: Anywhere On This Road
    Album: The Living Road
    Totoutard 5050467-0122-2
    Desir: Le Vent Nous Portera
    Noir Desir
    Album: World 2003
    EMI 7243 590071
    De Sela: Rising
    De Sela: Anyone and Everyone
    Green: Here I Am
    Al green
    Album: A Deep Shade of Green
    Hi HIBOOK!2
    Toussaint: St James Infirmary
    Allen Toussaint
    Album: The Bright Mississippi
    Nonesuch 400076
    De Sela: Galanton
    Lura
    Charlie Gillett presents a session and interview with singer-songwriter Lhasa.
      Mary Ann Kennedy20090529 Presented by Mary Ann Kennedy.
    Featuring a studio session with the Michael McGoldrick Band, led by the Manchester-born Irish flute player who combines traditional playing with crossover projects.
    Mary Ann Kennedy presents a studio session from the Michael McGoldrick Band.
      Mary Ann Kennedy20090605 's selection features a studio session with Arborea, a husband-and-wife folk duo who blend traditions from their native Appalachia with English folk and psychedelia.
    With Mary Ann Kennedy.
    Featuring a session by American folk duo Arborea.
      Lopa Kothari20090612 introduces a varied mix of world sounds, including an exclusive studio session by celebrated bluesman Taj Mahal.
    He performs songs from his latest album, Maestro, with his trio, as well as some classic tracks.
    He also talks about his background, the collaborations on the album, and the links between his music and Africa.
    Lopa Kothari is joined in the studio session by celebrated blues singer Taj Mahal.
      Lopa Kothari20090619 presents Senegalese superstar Baaba Maal in session, playing acoustic versions of songs from his album Television.
    Lopa Kothari presents Senegalese superstar Baaba Maal in session.
      Charlie Gillett20090626 's studio guest is Lura, a singer whose family originate in the Cape Verde islands.
    Based in Lisbon, she gives an exclusive acoustic performance and brings in a selection of tracks that are important to her.
    Charlie Gillett presents sounds from around the world, including a session from Lura.
      Charlie Gillett20090703 presents a session with Angolan singer Bonga, as well as an interview with producer Mark Johnson, whose recording project Playing for Change has united street musicians from around the world.
    Charlie Gillett presents a session with Angolan musician Bonga.
      Mary Ann Kennedy20090710 is joined in the studio by Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, an Australian singer-songwriter, blind from birth, whose songs in the Yolngu language present Aboriginal culture in a contemporary context.
    Presented by Mary Ann Kennedy.
    With a session from Australian Aboriginal singer Gurrumul.
       20090717 Mary Ann Kennedy presents highlights of a concert given in Munich in November 2008 by the Portuguese star of fado Mariza.
    Mary Ann Kennedy presents highlights of a concert given by Portuguese fado star Mariza.
      Lopa Kothari 20090731 presents highlights from the 2009 WOMAD festival, including the Siam Tent set by Enkh Jargal, a singer and player of the Mongolian horse fiddle, and Victor Deme, a singer and songwriter from Burkina Faso performing on the BBC Radio 3 stage.
    Lopa Kothari with highlights from WOMAD 2009, including Enkh Jargal and Victor Deme.
      Charlie Gillett20090807 presents an eclectic mix of world sounds and a specially recorded session from the annual world music festival WOMAD, which took place in Charlton Park in July 2009.
    Charlie Gillett presents highlights from the 2009 WOMAD festival.
      Charlie Gillett20090814 presents a varied mix of world sounds, including a specially-recorded session from 2009's WOMAD world music festival from Charlton Park in Wiltshire.
    Charlie Gillett presents more highlights from the 2009 WOMAD Festival.
      Mary Ann Kennedy20090821 introduces a session and interview with Tuareg group Tinariwen, performing music from their new album Imidiwan: Companions.
    Plus new releases on CD from around the globe.
    With Mary Ann Kennedy.
    Featuring a session and interview with Tuareg group Tinariwen.
       20090828 Mary Ann Kennedy presents a session and interview with American roots trio Groanbox, who perform music from their new album Gran Bwa.
    Plus new releases on CD from around the world.
    Mary Ann Kennedy presents a session and interview with North American roots trio Groanbox.
      Lopa Kothari20090904 presents her selection of the best new releases from around the world.
    Lopa Kothari presents her selection of the best new releases from around the world.
      11/09/200920090912 Lopa Kothari presents her selection of the best releases from around the world, plus a concert performance from the 2009 Darbar festival by the Dhrupad singer Wasifuddin Dagar.
    Steeped in a musical lineage, which it is said has been passed down through his family over 20 generations, Wasifuddin Dagar maintains the distinct musical approaches to Dhrupad song inherited from his father and uncle.
    In this concert performance, he is accompanied by Mohan Shyam Sharma on Pakhawaj and Gunwant Kaur and Raniana Ghatak playing the tanpuras.
    Lopa Kothari presents the best new releases, plus a performance by Wasifuddin Dagar.
      Mary Ann Kennedy20091002 introduces new CDs from around the world and a studio session with the Seckou Keita Quintet.
    It's an ensemble that blends Keita's Senegalese kora style with the playing of Egyptian violinist Sami Bishai, Gambian vocalist Binta Susso, Italian bass player Davide Mantovani and Senegalese percussionist Surahata Susso.
    Mary Ann Kennedy's selection includes a session with the Seckou Keita Quintet.
      Mary Ann Kennedy20091009 presents new musical releases from across the world and a studio session with tabla player, producer and composer Talvin Singh, performing with sitar virtuoso Niladri Kumar.
    Mary Ann Kennedy presents a session from Talvin Singh and sitar player Niladri Kumar.
      Lopa Kothari20091016 presents new CDs from around the world, and a studio session with Colombian diva Toto la Momposina.
    She brings along her family band - three generations of singers and percussionists - for music which reflects Colombia's traditonal 'cumbia', a mix of influences from indigenous Indians, West Africans, Chinese and Europeans.
    Lopa Kothari presents a session with Colombian diva Toto la Momposina.
      Lopa Kothari20091023 presents new CDs from around the world, and the UK broadcast debut of vintage West African band the Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou, whose music is based on the traditional vodoun rhythms of Benin.
    With Lopa Kothari.
    Includes a session with the Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou.
      Charlie Gillett20091030 World on 3
    Presented by Charlie Gillett
    Produced by James Parkin
    Tel 020 7765 4661
    Fax 020 7765 5052
    e-mail worldon3@bbc.co.uk
    Friday 30th October
    Missile (7:32)
    Franco et TPOK Jazz
    Album: Francophonic, Vol 2
      Charlie Gillett20091106 's selection includes highlights from WOMEX, the annual gathering of the world music industry, which in 2009 takes place in Copenhagen.
    The event showcases the newest bands and the freshest talent in world music, including old-style American creole from Cedric Watson and Bijou Creole, and the musical nomads from Marseilles, Watcha Clan.
    Charlie Gillett with new sounds in world music from WOMEX 2009 in Copenhagen.
       20091204 Lopa Kothari meets Ian Anderson, editor of fRoots, who announces the results of that magazine's 2009 Critics' Poll, which includes the world and roots Album of the Year and Best Compilation.
    Lopa Kothari meets Ian Anderson, editor of fRoots.
      Womad Revisited20091225 Lopa Kothari warms up Christmas night with highlights from the 2009 WOMAD festival, held in July in Charlton Park, Wiltshire.
    Featuring sets broadcast for the first time, with music from renowned dub reggae producer Denis Bovell, Mongolian throat singer Enkh Jargal and UK bhangra pioneer Channi Singh.
    Lopa Kothari with highlights from WOMAD 2009.
    Music from Denis Bovell and Enkh Jargal.
      Womad Revisited20100101 Lopa Kothari presents highlights from 2009's WOMAD festival, held in July in Charlton Park in Wiltshire, and including some sets broadcast for the first time.
    With music from English folk music's young radical Jim Moray, Algerian chaabi singer Kamel El Harrachi and Guinea's kora maestro Ba Cissoko.
    Lopa Kothari presents highlights from WOMAD 2009.
    World on 3 Womad Revisited20100101 Lopa Kothari presents highlights from 2009's WOMAD festival, held in July in Charlton Park in Wiltshire, and including some sets broadcast for the first time. With music from English folk music's young radical Jim Moray, Algerian chaabi singer Kamel El Harrachi and Guinea's kora maestro Ba Cissoko.
    World on 3
    Presented by Lopa Kothari
    Produced by Roger Short
    Tel 020 7765 4661
    Fax 020 7765 5052
    e-mail worldon3@bbc.co.uk
    Friday 1st January 2010
    Kidjo: Mbube
    Angelique Kidjo
    Album: Öÿö
    Proper records PASS004
    Raman: Ennapane
    Susheela Raman
    EP: Ennapane
    White Label
    Bilongo
    Papi Brandao y Sus Ejecutivos
    Album: Album: Panama! 3 Calypso Panameño
    Soundway SNDWCD081P
    WOMAD highlights
    Kamel El Harrachi
    Ya Rayah
    Kamel el Harrachi
    BBC Recording from the WOMAD festival, 2009
    M’bongi eyi
    Keletigui et ses Tambourinis
    Album: The Syliphone Years
    Sterns Records STCD3031-32
    WOMAD highlights
    Jim Moray
    Jim Moray (guitars/concertina/vocals)
    James Delarre (hurdy gurdy)
    Nick Cooke (melodeon/vocals)
    William Bowerman (drums)
    The Wild Boar
    Jim Moray
    BBC Recording from the WOMAD festival, 2009
    List for a sailor
    Jim Moray
    BBC Recording from the WOMAD festival, 2009
    All you pretty Girls
    Jim Moray
    BBC Recording from the WOMAD festival, 2009
    Valentine
    Jim Moray
    BBC Recording from the WOMAD festival, 2009
    Jorge: Carolina
    Seu Jorge
    Album: The Best of Mr. Bongo
    Mr. Bongo Records MRBCD065)
    Piaf: Soudain une vallee
    Martha Wainwright
    Album: ‘Sans Fusils, Ni Souliers, A Paris. Martha Wainwright’s Piaf Record’
    Cooperative music CP328
    WOMAD highlights
    Ba Cissoko
    Kimintan Ba Cissoko (lead vocals/Kora/tamani)
    Abdoulaye Kouyate (vocals/guitars)
    Sekou Kouyate (vocals/Kora)
    Ibrahim kouyate (vocals/Bass)
    Elhassane camara (percussion)
    Trad: Gambie
    Ba Cissoko
    BBC Recording from the WOMAD festival, 2009
    Cissoko: Seno
    Ba Cissoko
    BBC Recording from the WOMAD festival, 2009
    Cissoko: Bambo
    Ba Cissoko
    BBC Recording from the WOMAD festival, 2009
    Salvador: Mon jardin d’Hiver
    Henri Salvador
    Album: Room with a view
    Blue Note Records 36710
    World on 3 Womad Revisited20100101  
      Charlie Gillett20100108 World on 3
    Presented by Charlie Gillett
    Produced by Felix Carey
    Tel 020 7765 4661
    Fax 020 7765 5052
    e-mail world.routes@bbc.co.uk
    Friday 8th January
    Torok: When Mexico Gave Up the Rhumba
    Mitchell Torok
    Album: When Mexico Gave Up the Rhumba
    Acrobat ADDCD024
    Colon Colon
    Lord Cobra
    Album: Panama! 3 Calypso Panameño
    Soundway SNDWCD081P
    Tebe
    Kottarashky
    Album: Opa Hey!
    Asphalt Tango Records CD-ATR 2609
    La Foule
    Martha Wainwright
    Album: ‘Sans Fusils, Ni Souliers, A Paris. Martha Wainwright’s Piaf Record’
    Drowned in Sound VVR723066
    Paul Nabor: Nabi
    Andy Palacio
    Album: Keimoun
    Stonetree Records GLPD 17
    T.T.P.N.C
    Queen Ifrica
    Album: Montengo Bay
    VP Records VPCD1841
    Şiwan Perver: De Thelo Pia a anarthis
    Imam Baildi
    Album: Imam Baildi
    Capitol Records 509992 3680425
    Sebra Mala
    Şiwan Perver
    Album: Şiwan Perver
    Caprice CAP 214614
    Menonite
    Sam Baker
    Album: Cotton
    Sam Baker MRRCD104
    Vamanos
    Buika, Ft. Chucho Valdes
    Album: El Ultimo Trago
    Warner 2456 468 6147
    De Sela: J'Arrive a La Ville
    Lhasa
    Album: The Living Road
    Totoutard 505 0467-0122 2
    Trumpet and Saz improvations
    Ibrahim Maalouf
    Album: Disoriental
    IM Records IMB 2
    Daddy



    The Raft
    Fat Freddy’s Drop
    Album: Dr Boondigga & The Big B.W.
    Fat Freddy’s Drop Records DRP013CD
    Kazi Ngiyobafihlaphi
    Odadewethu
    Album: Kuyaoxaban' Amadoda
    Gold/Warner 5051865-1745-5-4
    Tougher than tough
    Derrick Morgan
    Album: Tougher than tough
    Island IBXCD1
    Toi et Moi
    Smadj, Ft. Minino Garay, Erik Truffaz & Talvin Singh
    Album: Selin
    MVS 3 760148 282 2894
    Tear-stained letter
    Jo-El Sonnier
    EP: Tear-stained Letter
    RCA SON 1
    Gudinpu
    Blue Asia
    Album: Sketches of Myahk
    Vivid Sound VSCD 9692, Tr 4 (5:03)
    The Banjo Song
    Seasick Steve
    Album: Man from Another Time
    Atkantuic 505186 5615828, Tr 9 (3:55)
    Hatichina Wekutumba Naye
    R U N N Family
    EP: Hatichina Wekutumba Naye
    Zimbabewe ZIM 410
    World on 3 Lopa Kothari20100115 World on 3
    Presented by Lopa Kothari
    Produced by James Parkin
    Tel 020 7765 4661
    Fax 020 7765 5052
    e-mail worldon3@bbc.co.uk
    Camelo: Menina Bordada
    Marcelo Camelo
    Album: Abril Pro Rock 2009
    Promo CD
    Ousmane Ag Mossa: Aicha
    Tamikrest
    Album: Adagh
    Glitterhouse Records GRCD 703
    Asfalt Tango
    Fanfare Ciocarlia
    Album: Fanfare Ciocarlia Live
    Asphalt Tango records CD-ATR-2309
    G. Leguizamon/M. J. Castilla: La Arenosa
    Mecedes Sosa
    Album: Mecesdes Sosa en Argentina
    SG Discos
    Erick Sanchez, Arr. Michel Padron: Psicologia
    Asere
    Album: Junio Groove
    Astar Records AARCDA012
    Diana Rojas: Mujer
    Cantaro
    Album: Andarien
    Milan/Warner 399 302-2
    Studio Session
    Muntu Valdo (guitar/voice/effects)
    Lemba
    Muntu Valdo
    BBC recording by engineers Marvin Ware & Andrew Smillie, January 2009
    Di Sibi
    Muntu Valdo
    BBC recording by engineers Marvin Ware & Andrew Smillie, January 2009
    Stanley/Stanley: Pretty Polly
    Carter stanley (guitar/voice); Ralph Stanley (vocals/banjo); Darrel Lambert (mandolin); Ernest Newst (bass); Les Woodle (violin)
    Album:
    Murder –Songs from the dark side of the Soul
    Trikont/Indigo 803992
    Manavyala – Nalinakanthi –Adi -Thyagaraja
    Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi (violin); Mala Chandrashekar (flute); Jaishree Jairaj (veena); Kallidaikurichi Sivakuma (mrudangam); N. Guruprasad (Ghatam)
    Album: Vadhya Sunadha Pravaham
    Felmay FL8152
    T. Mazwai: Izilo
    Thandiswa
    Album: Ibokwe
    Gallo Records CDGURB 122
    Barel Boppet: Jeunesse Vauclin
    Barel Coppet et Mister Lof
    Album: Tumbele! Biguine, afro & latin sounds from the French Caribbean, 1963-74
    Soundway SNDWCD017P
    Studio Session
    Leta
    Muntu Valdo
    BBC recording by engineers Marvin Ware & Andrew Smillie, January 2009
    Musseing
    Muntu Valdo
    BBC recording by engineers Marvin Ware & Andrew Smillie, January 2009
    Carvalho: Kianje
    Bonga, remixed by Cassin & Berna Ceppas
    Album: Best of Bonga
    Lusafrica 56725 562352
    Ceu/Seginho Machado/Bruno Buarque/Lucas Martins/Dj Marco/Guilherme Ribeiro: Sonambulo
    Ceu
    Album: Vagarosa
    Six Degrees Records 657036 1160-2
    De Sela: Is anything Wrong
    Lhasa
    Album: Lhasa
    Warner 2564690483
    Menuhin/Shankar: Swara-Kākali
    Yehudi Menuhin; Ravi Shankar; Alla Rakha Khan
    Album: Menuhin meets Shankar
    EMI Records/Virgin 00777 749070 2 6
    World on 3 Lopa Kothari20100115  
      Lopa Kothari20100205 including her selection of the best new releases from around the world.
    Lopa Kothari presents her selection of the best new releases from around the world.
      Lopa Kothari20100212 Sounds from around the world, with Lopa Kothari, including a specially recorded studio session by the Dele Sosimi Afrobeat orchestra.
    Afrobeat is the blend of jazz, funk and traditional Nigerian music that was pioneered by the late Fela Kuti.
    Dele Sosimi played keyboards in Fela Kuti's group Egypt 80 from 1979 to 1986, recording a string of influential and highly charged anti-establishment songs such as Movement of the People, Army Arrangement, and International Thief Thief.
    Following work with Fela Kuti's son Femi in the Positive Force, Dele moved from Lagos to London where he has developed his own jazz-influenced sound rooted in the Yoruba rhythms of the Afrobeat tradition.
    Dele Sosimi sings and plays keyboard in his Afrobeat Orchestra, a substantial 11-piece outfit including horn section and backing vocalists.
    Lopa Kothari and featuring Nigerian Afrobeat from Dele Sosimi in session.
      Mary Ann Kennedy20100226 introduces a special programme from Ardgour in Scotland's Western Highlands, with sessions from two generations of Scottish musicians: Sandy Wright, a veteran singer who is now being acclaimed as the country's 'finest undiscovered songwriter', and The Bevvy Sisters, fronted by three Edinburgh singers who share a passion for Americana, vintage rarities and original songwriting.
    Radio 3 launches a week-long focus on Scotland today, and this World on 3 comes from Mary Ann's own studio at home on the shores of Loch Linnhe.
    This month sees the release of a major double album featuring the songs of Sandy Wright - one CD is his solo debut with his band The Toxic Cowboys, and the second is a tribute by major artists of the younger generation, with Sandy's songs recorded by Eddi Reader, Chris Wood, Kris Drever, Karine Polwart and others.
    In his 60th year, after a colourful career which included years in the army and working as a clown, maybe it is time for Sandy to get the recognition many think he deserves.
    Heather Macleod, Kaela Rowan and Lindsey Black are all established singers in their own right, coming together occasionally as The Bevvy Sisters, singing tight, three-part harmony songs from the days of the Andrews Sisters, as well as contemporary self-penned songs.
    Their debut album was released at the end of January.
    Mary Ann Kennedy introduces a special programme from Ardgour in the Highlands of Scotland.
      Lopa Kothari20100305 Sounds from around the world, with Lopa Kothari, including a specially recorded studio session by clarinettist Arun Ghosh.
    Ghosh grew up in the north of England playing Western classical music and listening to the recordings of Indian classical instrumentalists such as Bismillah Khan, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan.
    After hearing Courtney Pine and discovering jazz he started to adapt the melodies and rhythms of Indian classical music into his own jazz-based compositions.
    His energetic live performances today also reflect his immersion in rock, indie and hip-hop.
    Arun Ghosh is joined for this session by Shabaka Hutchings (tenor saxophone), Nilesh Gulhane (tabla), Kishon Khan (piano), Liran Donin (double bass) and Rastko Rasic (drums).
    Lopa Kothari's global musical mix features a studio session by clarinettist Arun Ghosh.
    's global musical mix features a studio session by clarinettist Arun Ghosh.
      Lopa Kothari20100312 introduces a session by the British-Asian singer Susheela Raman.
    Plus all the latest sounds from around the world.
    Producer James Parkin.
    Susheela Raman is one of the leading artists and the pre-eminent vocalist to emerge from the Asian Diaspora.
    Born in the UK to Tamil parents, Raman aims to push musical and cultural barriers, finding new connections between India, Europe, Africa and the world.
    With her artistic partner and husband Sam Mills, Raman released her first album - Salt Rain - in 2001 on Narada, an American subsidiary of EMI.
    It went gold in France and in the UK was shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize.
    She also won the Best Newcomer award from BBC Radio 3.
    In 2003 she released her second album Love Trap which featured amongst other collaborators the Nigerian drummer Tony Allen and Tuvan singer Albert Kuvezin of the group Yat-Kha.
    The title track is a re-interpretation of an Ethiopian song from the seventies by the singer Mahmoud Ahmed.
    To date, she's sold half a million albums, and is currently preparing to launch her third release.
    Lopa Kothari introduces a session by British-Asian singer Susheela Raman.
      Mary Ann Kennedy20100319 Mary Ann Kennedy with CDs from across the globe, and a studio session with Razia Said, a Malagasy singer whose new album 'Zebu Nation' rediscovers the roots music of the island.
    Razia Said lived in Madagascar until she was eleven years old, until she moved with her family first to Gabon, then southern France, and finally New York.
    In the USA she sang mostly R&B, but found herself increasingly drawn to Malagasy traditional music.
    Her new album was recorded mostly on Madagascar, using local musicians, and her aim is to draw attention to the environmental challenges facing the island.
    Mary Ann Kennedy presents new CDs and a studio session with Malagasy singer Razia Said.
      Lopa Kothari20100402 In session tonight, the Swiss trio Mama Rosin who have brought the original sound of Louisana to the banks of Lake Geneva.
    Lopa Kothari introduces the group and plays sounds from around the world.
    Producer James Parkin.
    Mama Rosin, the Swiss Cajun/Zydeco subversives play electric melodeon (Cyril Yeterian), guitar/banjo/rub-board (Robin Girod) and drums (Xavier Gérard Guilain" Bray).
    They live and love the Cajun/Zydeco music style, whose roots go way back to the 18th century.
    The adventures of Mama Rosin began with a demo-tape recorded and mixed by Pierre Omer (ex-The Dead Brothers).
    Swamped by this intriguing sound "Reverend Beat-Man" decided to sign the trio to his cult Voodoo Rhythm Records label.
    The resulting debut album, Tu As Perdu Ton Chemin came out in September 2008.
    The second album, Brule Lentement, followed in March 2009 (both on Voodoo Rhythm Records).
    Now, these two albums are released in the UK in March 2010, (on Voodoo Rhythm Records / distributed by Cargo UK).
    Lopa Kothari presents music including a session of Cajun music from Swiss trio Mama Rosin."
      Lopa Kothari20100409 Sounds from around the world with Lopa Kothari, plus a studio session by Chucho Valdes.
    A recipient of multiple Grammy awards, the Cuban pianist and band-leader started playing aged three, has released over eighty albums and is currently on the London leg of a world tour.
    Producer James Parkin
    Chucho Valdés (born October 9, 1941), born Jesús Dionisio Valdés, is a Cuban pianist, bandleader, composer and arranger.
    He was born in Quivicán, Cuba.
    In 1972 he founded the group Irakere, one of Cuba's best-known Latin jazz bands.
    Together with pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Valdés is revered as one of Cuba's greatest jazz pianists.
    His father is the famed Cuban pianist and former director of Havana's legendary Tropicana" night club band Bebo Valdés.
    Lopa Kothari presents sounds from around the world, plus pianist Chucho Valdes in session."
      Mary Ann Kennedy20100416 with CDs from across the globe, and a studio session with Cimarron, who play the music of Colombia's rural heartland.
    The name Cimarron means 'wild bull', and it's not a bad description of the untamed energy of the music of the cattle-rearing region of Llaneros Orientales.
    Cimarron play harp, bandola and cuatro with dazzling virtuosity, with instrumental pieces and songs written for festive dancing, milking and cattle driving.
    Mary Ann Kennedy with CDs from around the globe and a session with Colombia's Cimarron.
      Mary Ann Kennedy20100423 with a mix of sounds from across the globe, plus a studio session with Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara, who have taken their guitar and ritti duo to a new level with the extended tracks of their latest album 'Trance Sessions'.
    Producer Roger Short
    Juldeh is a virtuoso of the one-stringed fiddle, the ritti, having been taught in the Gambia by his father.
    His collaboration with Justin Adams dates from 2007, and was an instant success, winning a prize in the 2008 Radio 3 Awards for World Music.
    Justin Adams started out playing electric guitar in bands with bassist Jah Wobble and also singer Robert Plant, and has developed a guitar sound and style influenced equally by American blues and African traditions.
    They see their Trance Sessions as having 'an African sense of time and structure' - musical ideas which evolve slowly, unfettered by the time restrictions of the classic pop record format.
    Mary Ann Kennedy presents a studio session with Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara.
      Lopa Kothari20100430 is joined in the studio by the Malian singer-songwriter Rokia Traore who's currently touring the UK. Her musical influences reflect her unbringing as a diplomat's daughter: as a child she lived all over the world. She's worked with artists as diverse as the Kronos Quartet and Ali Farka Toure, and in 2003 won a Radio 3 Award for World Music.
    Rokia was born in Mali as a member of the Bambara ethnic group. Her hometown of Kolokani is in the northwestern part of Mali's Koulikoro region.
    While the Bamana have a tradition of griot performing at weddings, members of the nobility such as Rokia are discouraged from performing as musicians. Rokia attended lycée in Mali while her father was stationed in Brussels and started performing publicly as a university student in Bamako. Unusually for a female musician in Africa, Rokia plays acoustic guitar as well as sings, and she uses vocal harmonies in her arrangements which are rare in Malian music. In 1997, she linked with Mali musician Ali Farka Touré which raised her profile. She won an Radio France Internationale prize as "African Discovery" of 1997, an honour previously won by Mali's Habib Koité in 1993. As well as guitar she plays ngoni (lute) and balafon (a wooden xylophone).
    Her first album Mouneïssa (Label Bleu), released in late 1997 in Mali and September 1, 1998 in Europe. It sold over 40,000 copies in Europe.
    On July 11, 2000, her second album Wanita was released. Traoré wrote and arranged the entire album. The album was widely acclaimed with The New York Times nominating it as one of its critics' albums of the year.
    Her 2003 album Bowmboï has two tracks recorded with the Kronos Quartet but still sung in the Bamana language.
    On May 6, 2008, her latest album, "Tchamantché", was released.
    Rokia was the winner of the Best Artist category in the inaugural Songlines Music Awards (2009) - announced May 1, 2009 - the new 'world music' awards organised by the UK-based magazine, Songlines.
    is joined in the studio by the Malian singer-songwriter Rokia Traore who's currently touring the UK.
    Her musical influences reflect her unbringing as a diplomat's daughter: as a child she lived all over the world.
    She's worked with artists as diverse as the Kronos Quartet and Ali Farka Toure, and in 2003 won a Radio 3 Award for World Music.
    Rokia was born in Mali as a member of the Bambara ethnic group.
    Her hometown of Kolokani is in the northwestern part of Mali's Koulikoro region.
    While the Bamana have a tradition of griot performing at weddings, members of the nobility such as Rokia are discouraged from performing as musicians.
    Rokia attended lycée in Mali while her father was stationed in Brussels and started performing publicly as a university student in Bamako.
    Unusually for a female musician in Africa, Rokia plays acoustic guitar as well as sings, and she uses vocal harmonies in her arrangements which are rare in Malian music.
    In 1997, she linked with Mali musician Ali Farka Touré which raised her profile.
    She won an Radio France Internationale prize as African Discovery" of 1997, an honour previously won by Mali's Habib Koité in 1993.
    As well as guitar she plays ngoni (lute) and balafon (a wooden xylophone).
    Her first album Mouneïssa (Label Bleu), released in late 1997 in Mali and September 1, 1998 in Europe.
    It sold over 40,000 copies in Europe.
    On July 11, 2000, her second album Wanita was released.
    Traoré wrote and arranged the entire album.
    The album was widely acclaimed with The New York Times nominating it as one of its critics' albums of the year.
    Her 2003 album Bowmboï has two tracks recorded with the Kronos Quartet but still sung in the Bamana language.
    On May 6, 2008, her latest album, "Tchamantché", was released.
    Lopa Kothari is joined in the studio by Malian singer-songwriter Rokia Traore."
      Lopa Kothari20100507 introduces a specially recorded session by German group La Brass Banda, an unusual brew of traditional Bavarian folk, Balkan beats, reggae and mariachi.
    Lopa Kothari introduces a specially-recorded session by German group La Brass Banda.
      Mary Ann Kennedy20100514 with new releases from across the globe, plus a studio session with Scottish singer Kris Drever.
    Kris Drever is best known as guitarist with the award-winning instrumental folk band Lau, but his second solo album, just released, confirms him as a powerful singer too.
    He writes his own songs - including the album's title track 'Mark the Hard Earth' - and he selects songs by other, mostly Scottish writers, including his neighbour in Edinburgh, Sandy Wright.
    Drever's origins are in Orkney, and he started out listening to Heavy Metal, but now finds himself part of the extraordinarily lively folk scene in Scotland today.
    For this session he is joined by fellow Scots multi-instrumentalist Anna Massie.
    Mary Ann Kennedy presents new world music releases and a studio session with Kris Drever.
      Mary Ann Kennedy20100521 Mary Ann Kennedy presents a specially recorded studio session by Chinese singer-songwriter Mamer, whose music combines the influences of Kazakh folk and American country.
    Plus a selection of new releases from around the globe.
    Mary Ann Kennedy with a session by Chinese singer-songwriter Mamer.
    Plus new releases.
      Lopa Kothari20100604 with new releases from across the globe, plus a studio session with Paris-based singer-songwriter Hindi Zahra.
    Born in Morocco, Hindi Zahra writes songs which reflect the many styles of music she heard as a child - her Berber heritage, the Algerian 'chabi' of Cheikha Rimitti, music of the desert bluesmen of the Sahara, the soulful singing of Aretha Franklin, and the gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt.
    She moved to Paris as a young girl, got a job at the Louvre, and began writing gentle, artful songs, last year delighting the audience with her performance on BBC Radio 3's stage at WOMAD.
    Lopa Kothari presents new world music releases and a session with Hindi Zahra.
      World Cup Kick-off Concert20100611 : Lopa Kothari in Soweto introduces highlights of last night's FIFA official concert marking the start of the tournament.
    The focus is on the African artists, including Amadou and Mariam, Angelique Kidjo, Vieux Farka Toure, Tinariwen and South Africa's Vusi Mahlasela and Hugh Masakela.
    The first FIFA World Cup to be held on African soil is heralded by the first ever official opening celebration concert.
    The event, on June 10th in the Orlando Stadium in Soweto, brings together artists from across the world, but especially from Africa, with a line-up of some of Africa's leading musicians.
    Other African artists on the bill include the Soweto Gospel Choir and K'naan, originally from Somalia, whose song 'Wavin' Flag' has become an anthem of the World Cup.
    Lopa Kothari will be in Soweto to bring us the atmosphere, meet the musicians, and maybe get the autographs of some of the football legends who are expected to be there.
    Lopa Kothari with highlights of a concert marking the start of the 2010 World Cup.
      Tony Mcmanus20100618 Mary Ann Kennedy with music from across the globe, plus a session with Scots - Canadian guitarist Tony McManus.
    Tony McManus has been acclaimed as 'the finest guitarist Scotland has ever produced' and 'the Jeff Beck of the acoustic guitar'.
    He is currently on a rare visit to the UK from his home in Canada, but it was before his move that he made his reputation in Scotland, playing in the lively session scene in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
    He has cultivated his own 'Celtic' style of guitar playing, which reflects all the phrasing and ornaments of traditional Scots pipe or fiddle music.
    Mary Ann Kennedy features a session with guitarist Tony McManus.
      Paul Curreri20100625 Sounds from around the world with Lopa Kothari.
    Plus a studio session with the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Paul Curreri from Charlottesville Virginia.
    A talented artist, he'd been to art school and written over 300 songs before he devoted his life to music.
    After a throat injury in 2008 and a forced break from performance, he's back for a 2010 tour.
    Raised in Richmond, Virginia, Paul now makes his home in Charlottesville with his wife the songwriter/guitarist Devon Sproule.
    Though he grew up playing music, he ended up enrolling at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) to pursue painting.
    Following a spot at New York's Knitting Factory in 2001, Curreri received several tour invitations from Kelly Joe Phelps.
    Over the next four years, the two would play over 100 concerts together.
    In April 2002, independent Brooklyn-based label City Salvage Records released Curreri's first album, From Long Gones to Hawkmoth.
    In June 2003, City Salvage Records released Curreri's second album, Songs for Devon Sproule dedicated to his future wife.
    Two albums followed and Curreri's fifth album, The Velvet Rut, was released in the UK on Tin Angel Records in June 2007.
    Curreri played all the accompanying instruments himself.
    In July 2008, Curreri suffered a major throat injury, which caused him to cancel the majority of his remaining concerts for the year.
    Reports from Charlottesville are that he can be seen riding his vintage Honda CB750 motorcycle through the countryside.
    In a recent interview, Curreri called the injury a gift," saying, "I'm looking to expand my perspective.
    I'm looking to find what I didn't have time to find before.
    I'm looking to appreciate."
    2010 has seen a return to touring for Paul.
    Lopa Kothari presents a studio session from American singer-songwriter Paul Curreri."
      Mary Ann Kennedy20100702 with music from around the world, plus a studio session with Senegalese singer Carlou D.
    Once a member of Senengal's biggest rap group - Positive Black Soul - he's now gone solo and blends spiritual texts with jazz, soul and hip-hop.
    Producer Roger Short.
    Carlou D left school at the age of 16 to perform on local stages around his neighbourhood.
    He soon came to the attention of the political rapper, Didier Awadi, and subsequently joined the ranks of Senegal's first, and arguably most successful, hip-hop group, Positive Black Soul.
    Now a solo artist, Carlou D belongs to the Baay Fall Spiritual sect, blending the essence of their philosophy with musical elements such as Jazz, soul and rap, alongside the direct and outspoken social and political commentary of hip-hop.
    Purity, simplicity, and respect for others are the cornerstone of Carlou D's concept.
    His third album comes out this month.
    Mary Ann Kennedy presents music from around the world, plus a session with Carlou D.
      Mary Ann Kennedy20100709 presents her selection of the best new releases on CD from around the globe.
    Mary Ann Kennedy with a selection of the best new releases on CD from around the globe.
      She'koyokh20100716 Mary Ann Kennedy with sounds from across the globe plus a session with klezmer band She'Koyokh.
    Mary Ann Kennedy with new releases plus a session with klezmer band She'Koyokh.
      Live From Womad20100723 Andrew Mcgregor, Lopa Kothari and Lucy Duran present a weekend of broadcasts from the globe's leading festival of world music, live from the festival site in Charlton Park in Wiltshire.
    Tonight, Congolese award-winners Staff Benda Bilili and roots reggae veteran Horace Andy on the Open Air Stage, Chinagrass ensemble Hanggai from inner Mongolia in the Siam Tent, plus English folk radicals Chumbawamba and Caribbean dance band Ska Cubano on Radio 3's own stage in the shady Arboretum.
    Plus interviews and truck sessions, starting off more than seven hours of live broadcasting from WOMAD.
    This year BBC Radio 3 marks ten years at WOMAD, a long track record of broadcasting performances from the leading stars of world music.
    The Radio 3 Stage continues the tradition of hosting a unique mix of new and emerging artists, and the on-site Radio 3 studio will be broadcasting main-stage highlights, exclusive interviews as well as the celebrated truck sessions.
    BBC Radio 3 WOMAD broadcast details:
    World on 3 live from WOMAD
    Friday 23 July, 11.15 pm-1.00am
    Presented by Andrew Mcgregor and Lopa Kothari
    Highlights include: Ska Cubano, Chumbawamba, Staff Benda Bilili
    World Routes LIVE from WOMAD
    Saturday 24 July, 3.00pm-4.00pm
    Presented by Lucy Duran
    Highlights include: Rizwan Muazzam Qawaali
    WOMAD 2010 LIVE
    Saturday 24 July, 10.30pm-1.00am
    Highlights include:Cerys Matthews, Salif Keita
    Sunday 26 July, 1.00pm-2.00pm
    Highlights include: Khyam Allami, Alim Qasimov Ensemble
    Sunday 25 July, 11.30pm-1.00am
    Highlights include: Kanda Bongo Man, Anxo Lorenzo, Dobet Gnahore
    LATE JUNCTION
    Tuesday 27 to Thursday 29th July, 11.15pm-1.00am
    WOMAD highlights presented by Fiona Talkington
    Featured artists: Farmers Market (27th); Lepisto and Lehti (28th); Soumik Datta (29th)
    WORLD ON 3
    Friday 30th July, 11.15pm-1.00am
    More highlights presented by Lopa Kothari
    WORLD ROUTES
    Saturday 31st August, 3.00-4.00pm
    More highlights with Lucy Duran.
    Andrew Mcgregor and Lopa Kothari with the first in a weekend of broadcasts from WOMAD.
      Lopa Kothari20100730 introduces recorded highlights from last weekend's WOMAD Festival.
    Lopa Kothari presents highlights from the 2010 WOMAD festival.
      Ilham Al-madfai, Farida Mohammad Ali20100806 Ahead of Monday night's late night Prom, Mary Ann Kennedy introduces a programme devoted to Iraqi music, with some of the latest releases chosen by World Routes Academy Mentee, Khyam Allami, and specially recorded concert performances by Ilham al-Madfai, and the mother of Maqam, Farida Mohammad Ali.
    Iraqi guitarist, singer and composer Ilham al-Madfai pioneered Arabic-world music cross-over, modernizing traditional and folkloric Arabic songs, and blending "modern" instruments with more traditional counterparts to create new arrangements of classical Arabic songs.
    Ilham al-Madfai has worked as mentor to Khyam Allami throughout the inaugural year of the World Routes Academy scheme.
    Born in the southern Iraqi town of Karbala, Farida Mohammad Ali is unique in having mastered what is still essentially a musical genre dominated by male voices.
    Known affectionately as "Mother Maqam", and now living in exile in the Netherlands, Farida is one of only a handful of artists who have mastered the complex melodies, scales, scriptures and the entire philosophy behind the discipline of Maqam.
    She specialises in Maqam al-Baghdadi, where emphasis is placed upon a musician's ability to improvise within an established framework, and the capacity to deliver settings of ancient Sufi of sadness and exile across an immense vocal and tonal range.
    Now resident in Utrecht, Farida works other modern masters, Hussein al-A'dhami and Hamid al-Saadi, on the Iraqi Maqam Foundation, a project which she initiated in 1997 with husband Mohammad Gomar, whose mission is to ensure that the Maqam repertoire, which now exists only in exile, survives for future generations.
    Mary Ann Kennedy music by Iraqi artists Ilham al-Madfai and Farida Mohammad Ali.
      Mary Ann Kennedy20100813 with sounds from across the globe, plus a studio session with Jah Wobble and the Nippon Dub Ensemble.
    'Japanese Dub' is Jah Wobble's second project mixing traditional oriental music with powerful dub basslines.
    The legendary Public Image Limited bass player has assembled a UK-Japanese group including percussionist Joji Hirota and koto player Keiko Kitamura.
    Wobble writes: 'For some time I've fancied having a crack at merging Japanese music with dub.
    I was very happy with the Chinese Dub album that I put together a couple of years ago, and was confident that I could do a similar job with Japanese styles.
    It can't be denied that traditional Japanese music is heavily influenced by Chinese music.
    However, paradoxically, there is something unique and unmistakable about Japanese music.
    To an extent this is due to their distinctive chromatic modes, but above all the Japanese are incredible reductionists.
    Somehow they take other cultures' 'stuff,' and in their own respectful way, rationalise it, reduce it, and thereby make it their own.'.
    Mary Ann Kennedy with a studio session from Jah Wobble and the Nippon Dub Ensemble.
      Lopa Kothari20100820 presents sounds from around the world, including Nigerian-German soul with a session by Nneka.
    Born to a Nigerian father and German mother, she was educated in both countries and qualified as an anthropologist.
    She's had mainstream chart success but doesn't shy away from difficult subjects such as colonialism in Africa, corruption and religion.
    Since 2003 Nneka has been working closely with the hip hop beatmaker DJ Farhot, a producer living in Hamburg.
    As a young singer she first gained public attention in 2004 while performing as an opening act for dancehall reggae star Sean Paul at Hamburg Stadtpark.
    She finished recording her first album in the autumn of 2005.
    Entitled 'Victim of Truth', it was released not only in Germany but also in England, France, Netherlands, Nigeria and Japan.
    The UK's Sunday Times later declared it "the year's most criminally overlooked album".
    Following the release of the album, Nneka enjoyed a sustained and successful period of touring, performing at festivals such as Chiemsee Reggae Summer, Haarlem (BevrijdingsPop), Den Haag (Park Pop) and Saint-Brieuc (Art Rock Festival) as well as in respected venues like La Maroquinerie and New Morning in Paris, Tivoli in Utrecht, Paradiso in Amsterdam and Cargo and ULU in London.
    She has also supported artists such as Femi Kuti, Bilal, Seeed, and Gnarls Barkley.
    In February 2008 she released her second album, 'No Longer at Ease'.
    The lead single from it, 'Heartbeat', became her first song to break into the German Top 50.
    In September 2009, the song entered the UK Singles Chart at number twenty.
    She also supported Lenny Kravitz on his French tour in 2009.
    She recorded a song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa called "Viva Africa".
    Lopa Kothari presents sounds from around the world, including a sould session from Nneka.
      Syriana20100827 Lopa Kothari interviews Nick Page and Bernard O'Neill about their new East West project Syriana and introduces highlights from their set at this year's WOMAD Festival of World Music.
    Plus the latest releases on CD from around the globe.
    Lopa Kothari presents music from the group Syriana recorded at the 2010 WOMAD festival.
      Mary Ann Kennedy20100903 takes her pick from the latest world music releases on CD.
       20100910 Mary Ann Kennedy with music from across the globe, plus a studio session with Yorkshire-based band The Family Elan.
    The Family Elan are led by bouzouki player Chris Hladowski and his sister, the singer Stephanie Hladowski, who both also play with other bands such as A Hawk and a Hacksaw.
    Their chief influence is traditional music from Eastern Europe, and they freely adapt old songs heard from field recordings into new compositions, giving them a kind of 21st-century Polish-Yorkshire slant.
    Their new album 'Bow Low Bright Glow' came out earlier this year.
    Mary Ann Kennedy with music from across the globe, plus a session from The Family Elan.
      Lopa Kothari20100917 with sounds from across the globe, plus a session with American bluesman Spider John Koerner.
    Lopa Kothari with sounds from around the world, plus a session with Spider John Koerner.
      Lopa Kothari20100924 All the latest sounds from around the world with Lopa Kothari including the sublime sound of Alemu Aga's Ethiopian harp, in session.
    Called the "bèguèna" in Amharic, some believe the instrument to be a direct descendant of King David's harp
    Alemu Aga was born in1950 in Entotta, near Addis Ababa and is an Ethiopian musician and singer and a master of the bèguèna (a ten-stringed member of the lute family, also known as "King David's Harp").
    Alemu went on to become an acknowledged master of the instrument, first recorded in 1972 by Cynthia Tse Kimberlin for a major UNESCO collection, and performing and broadcasting around the world.
    In 1974, however, the Derg military junta came to power in Ethiopia; their anti-religious policies also included the banning of the harp from radio broadcasts, as well as the teaching of the instrument.
    As a result, Alemu Aga decided to open a souvenir shop in Addis Ababa's Piazza district.
    For a time he played only in private, but the collapse of the Derg's régime led eventually to a change in state policy, and Alemu again began to teach and perform in public.
    Sounds from around the world with Lopa Kothari and a session by Alemu Aga from Ethiopia.
      Moishe's Bagel20101001 Mary Ann Kennedy with new releases from across the globe, plus a studio session with Scottish klezmer band Moishe's Bagel, who play tracks from their new album 'Uncle Roland's Flying Machine'.
    Moishe's Bagel play Jewish klezmer, but only one and a half of them is Jewish.
    They are a Scottish band, but only one of them grew up in Scotland.
    So it's no surprise that their klezmer embraces influences from far and wide, a unique blend of Balkan grooves with jazz, folk and eastern percussion, all delivered with great virtuosity.
    The group is led by classically-trained pianist Phil Alexander, and includes violinist Greg Lawson, who also plays with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra; leading accordionist Pete Garnett; Guy Nicolson, who specialises in oriental percussion; and Brazilian bass player Mario Caribe.
    With Mary Ann Kennedy and klezmer band Moishe's Bagel in session.
      Hassan Erraji Session20101008 Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, plus a session with Hassan Erraji, a Moroccan singer and oud player who has just released an acclaimed new album after a musical silence of eight years.
    "Violin-backed Arabic country hoe-down" is how The Guardian's Robin Denselow has described Hassan Erraji's new album 'Awal Mara'.
    Hassan Erraji was born blind in Tazart near Marrakech, and studied at the music academy in Casablanca, before moving to Belgium to learn western vioin and piano.
    He became widely respected as a singer and multi-instrumentalist, and released several albums of traditional Arabic music.
    'Awal Mara' represents a rethinking of his musical approach after his long break, joined now by his daughter on backing vocals, and with production by Dave Creffield, best known for his work with the Kaiser Chiefs.
    Mary Ann Kennedy with new world music plus a session with Moroccan singer Hassan Erraji.
      Lopa Kothari20101015 with sounds from around the world and an exclusive studio session by the Guinean singer Sayon Bamba who is now based in Marseilles.
    Producer James Parkin.
    Sayon cut her teeth singing with the Amazons of Guinea and the National Theatre of Guinea.
    Since 2007 her voice has been heard with the Circus Baobab troupe, with whom she's performed the world over.
    Arriving in Marseilles ten years ago, she felt at one with the culture of this city and its strong identity as one of the great gateways to Africa.
    She's mad about French culture and, when she chose to form her own group, didn't hesitate for a moment to risk mixing genres, bringing together artists like Abdoulaye Kouyaté and Dominique Beven.
    Lopa Kothari with music from around the globe and a session by Guinean singer Sayon Bamba.
      Lopa Kothari20101022 with sounds from around the world and an exclusive studio session by The Reverend Payton's Big Damn Band.
    Led by Josh "The Reverend" Peyton, this family affair from Brown County Indiana have become a touring sensation in the States and have just released a new album "Wages", which covers everything from unrequited love, to murder and crystal meth abuse.
    Producer James Parkin.
    Josh "The Reverend" Peyton was born April 12, 1981, Eagletown, Indiana.
    At age 12, Rev Peyton's father gave him a Kay brand guitar sending Peyton off on an exploration of the blues of BB King and Muddy Waters.
    Further exploration led to a desire to learn the finger-picking style of artists like Charlie Patton.
    At the time Peyton was unable to master it.
    Peyton played a party following his high school graduation, and the next morning suffered excruciating pain in his hands.
    At that point, he gave up music and spent a year working as the desk clerk in a hotel.
    Eventually an operation removed a mass of scar tissue.
    While recovering from surgery, Rev Peyton met (and later married) Breezy.
    When the bandages were removed, Peyton discovered a new flexibility in his fretting hand that enabled him to play in the "finger" style that had long eluded him.
    Breezy bought a washboard, and started writing songs with Rev Peyton and Jayme Peyton.
    Since that time, The Big Damn Band has been touring the United States, and blues festivals in Italy and Switzerland, pausing only to record their CD "Big Damn Nation".
    In June 2008, they signed with Los Angeles-based SideOneDummy Records.
    They released "The Whole Fam Damily" and it entered the Billboard Blues Chart at #4.
    Their album, The Wages, was released on May 25, 2010 and entered the Billboard Blues Album chart at #2.
    Lopa Kothari presents a studio session by The Reverend Payton's Big Damn Band.
      Mary Ann Kennedy20101029 with new tracks from across the globe, and a studio session with Hebridean musician Iain Morrison.
    Best-known for his work with former indie band Crash My Model Car, he looks to his musical heritage in a new project involving 'one-woman ceilidh' Rona Lightfoot, as well as his own father, Pipe Major Iain Morrison Senior.
    When Pipe Major Iain Morrison first heard his son playing guitar, we're told he didn't speak to him for a week.
    He had raised his son in the best traditions of the music of the Great Highland Bagpipe, which he had himself transformed with the introduction of influences from the local singing style, and from the singing language of traditional pipers, 'canntaireachd'.
    But after making a big impact on the piping world in his early teenage years, Iain junior turned to singing and songwriting, with bands such as Poor Old Ben and Crash My Model Car.
    This project unites the traditions of his dynastic piping family with his modern-day incarnation as rock musician and songwriter.
    The ensemble includes guitar, drums, bouzouki and cello as well as pipes and the singing of Rona Lightfoot and Iain Morrison Senior.
    The session is scheduled for Mary Ann's own studio up in the Western Highlands of Scotland.
    Mary Ann Kennedy presents a session with singer, guitarist and piper Iain Morrison.
       20101105 Presented by Mary Ann Kennedy and featuring American slide guitarist Bob Brozman and his new collaborative project with Irish musicians John McSherry (Uillean pipes) and Donal O'Connor (fiddle).
    The group is joined for this specially recorded session by Daniel Thomas (guitar).
    Mary Ann Kennedy presents sounds from around the globe.
      Creole Choir Of Cuba20101119 Lopa Kothari with the latest sounds from around the globe and the Creole Choir of Cuba in session.
    The Creole Choir of Cuba, in the UK for their appearances at the 2010 London Jazz Festival, tell the stories of their Haitian ancestors who were brought to Cuba to work in near slave conditions in the sugar and coffee plantations, through a vibrant mix of singing and percussion.
    The Choir sing in Creole, Cuba's second language, spoken by almost a million people, a pragmatic fusion of African, French and other languages.
    It's the language of a people twice exiled: first to Haiti from Africa through the iniquitous slave trade; then from Haiti to Cuba tricked into second slavery by their French masters after the Haitian Revolution of 1790.
    Other Haitians arrived in the 20th century fleeing political upheaval, poverty and oppression during the barbaric regime of Papa Doc Duvalier which held power from the 1950s to 70s, marked by reigns of terror and the brutality of his private militia, the Tonton Macoutes.
    The Choir - five men and five women - decided to re-forge the resistance songs and laments of their forebears, to celebrate the history of their Haitian descendents enslaved to the Caribbean from West Africa.
    To the songs that had been passed down in their families since the early 19th century, they added more modern Haitian sounds.
    Lopa Kothari presents the latest music from around the globe and the Creole Choir of Cuba.
      Mary Ann Kennedy20101126 with the latest sounds from around the globe, and a trio of musicians from Rajasthan in session.
    Nathoo Lal Solanki, from Pushkar in Rajasthan, is the acknowledged master of the nagara stick-drumming traditions, and comes from a long line of temple drummers.
    Kutle Khan is a young rising singing star, a great vocalist and improviser he is also a superb percussionist and expert on the emblematic instruments of Rajasthan like the morchang (jaw harp) the kartal (castanets).
    Male Khan is one of the very few remaining players of the Narh Flute.
    These three performers give captivating performances of the distinctive music of Rajasthan, and are joined by renowned British-Tamil vocalist Susheela Raman, and guitarist Sam Mills, for a taste of the collaboration they have been building over the last few years.
    Mary Ann Kennedy with sounds from around the world and Rajasthani musicians in session.
      Froots Poll, Aly Bain, Ale Moller And Bruce Molsky - In Session20101203 Mary Ann Kennedy and fRoots editor Ian Anderson announce the winners of the 2010 fRoots Poll, Mary Ann presents a specially recorded session with Scots fiddler Aly Bain, multi-instrumentalist Ale Möller and American fiddler Bruce Molsky mixing their Celtic, Nordic and Appalachian cultures.
    Plus the latest sounds from around the world.
    Mary Ann Kennedy announces the winners of the 2010 fRoots Poll.
      London Jazz Festival 2010, 10/12/201020101210 Lopa Kothari presents pianist Zoe Rahman in concert recorded at this year's London Jazz Festival.
    Plus the latest sounds on CD from around the world.
    Zoe Rahman is one of the UKs rising pianist composers, with a style deeply rooted in jazz but reflecting her classical background, British-Bengali heritage and her broad musical tastes.
    Recorded at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London as part of the 2010 London Jazz Festival, Zoe joins Lopa in the studio to talk about her music.
    With a mix of sounds from around the globe.
      Lopa Kothari20101217 presents a specially recorded session by Ethiopian jazz pioneer Mulatu Astatke and the London-based Heliocentrics.
    Plus a round-up of the latest world music releases on CD.
    Lopa Kothari with a specially-recorded session by Mulatu Astatke and The Heliocentrics.
      Christmas Eve Special20101224 Mary Ann Kennedy presents a special Christmas Eve edition, with all the latest CDs from around the globe, and contemporary English folk singer Kate Rusby recorded at the Royal Festival Hall with a showcase of South Yorkshire village carols.
    Mary Ann Kennedy presents a Christmas Eve edition, with Kate Rusby in concert.
      New Year Special 201020110101 Mary Ann Kennedy at home with The Battlefield Band, Michael Marra and The Staves.
    Mary Ann Kennedy celebrates the New Year at home in the Western Highlands, in the company of veteran musicians as well as new young voices.
    The Battlefield Band have been piping and fiddling their way through Scots traditional music for 40 years; Michael Marra is one of Scotland's leading songwriters, with songs such as 'Hamish the Goalie' and 'If I was an Englishman'; sisters Emily, Jessica and Camilla Staveley-Taylor are three sisters from Watford who are making waves as the 'folktastic' band The Staves.
      Lopa Kothari20110114 with new tracks from across the globe, and a session with American gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello.
    Lopa Kothari presents new tracks from across the world and a session with Gogol Bordello.
      Lopa Kothari20110121 presents her own mix of sounds from around the globe, and a studio session with Austrian hurdy-gurdy player extraordinaire Matthias Loibner.
    Lopa Kothari presents her selection of the best new releases on CD from around the world.
      Fredy Massamba20110204 Lopa Kothari is joined by Congolese singer and rapper Fredy Massamba for a special acoustic session.
    Originally from Congo-Brazzaville he toured with the Tambours de Brazza, Zap Mama and Didier Awadi, and last year released his first solo album Ethophony, a blend of Kikongo lyrics, hip-hop and Congolese rumba.
    Plus new music from around the globe.
    Lopa Kothari with Fredy Massamba in session and the latest sounds from around the globe.
      Abigail Washburn Session20110211 Lopa Kothari presents American banjo player Abigail Washburn and her band in session.
    An ex-member of all-girl string band Uncle Earl, clawhammer banjo player Abigail Washburn also spent time working and studying in China, and her love of Chinese culture and modality suffuses her music.
    Fresh from a UK tour she performs music from her new album City of Refuge.
    Plus new music from around the globe.
    Lopa Kothari, with Abigail Washburn in session and new music from around the globe.
      Al Andaluz Project20110218 
    Mary Ann Kennedy introduces a specially recorded session by Al Andaluz Project, a collaboration between the Valencian folk collective L'Ham de Foc and the German early music specialists Estampie, exploring the common musical ground between the Muslim, Jewish and Christian cultures of medieval Spain.
    Plus a round-up of the latest world music releases.
    Mary Ann Kennedy with the latest world music releases and session by Al Andaluz Project.
      Lo Cor De La Plana20110225 Mary Ann Kennedy introduces a specially recorded session by Lo Cor de la Plana, a group from Marseilles who have revived the local Occitan culture through their music, an exciting mix of a cappella vocals, foot stomping, handclaps and percussion.
    Plus a round-up of some of the latest releases from around the world.
    Mary Ann Kennedy introduces a specially recorded session by Lo Cor de la Plana.
      Lopa Kothari20110304 with new tracks from across the globe, and a studio session with American bluesman Charlie Parr.
    Charlie Parr comes from Duluth, Minnesota.
    He writes songs in a country-blues style, and accompanies himself on a National resonator guitar.
    Of his songs, an American reviewer wrote, "chunks of coal mined by genius shine like diamonds.".
    Lopa Kothari presents new tracks from around the world, and a session with Charlie Parr.
      Vinicio Capossela Session20110311 Lopa Kothari with new tracks from across the globe, and a studio session with Italian singer-songwriter Vinicio Capossela.
    Described by the Sunday Times as 'Italy's greatest secret', Vinicio Capossela brings his unique song style to Radio 3.
    For 20 years he has entertained Italian audiences with his quirky approach to life and music; now he is embarking on a world tour, which sees him, in a four-day stretch, giving concerts in Paris, London and Buenos Aires as well as recording his World on 3 session.
    Lopa Kothari with new tracks from around the world and a session with Vinicio Capossela.
      Mary Ann Kennedy20110318 presents a session with Japanese duo Etsuro Ono & Shunsuke Kimura.
    Kimura and Ono are powerful innovators of the Japanese three-stringed lute, the Tsugaru-Shamisen.
    Their semi-improvised style is from northern Japan and they perform both traditional pieces and new material which fuses an original folk sound with the soul and blues rhythms of the West.
    Plus new music from around the globe.
    Mary Ann Kennedy presents Japanese tsugaru-shamisen duo Etsuro Ono and Shunsuke Kimura.
      Les Freres Guisse20110325 Mary Ann Kennedy presents a trio of Senegalese brothers in session, Les Frères Guissé.
    The three brothers Djiby, Cheik and Aliou Guissé originate from the Fouta Tooro area in the North of Senegal.
    Their music, combining poetic lyrics and close harmony singing, two acoustic guitars and a variety of percussion, is based on different rhythms of the Toucouleur, such as the Yela.
    Plus new music from around the globe.
    Mary Ann Kennedy presents a session from Les freres Guisse, a trio of Senegalese brothers.
      Lopa Kothari20110401 with the latest world music releases and a specially recorded studio session by the Marseille-based outfit Watcha Clan.
    Lopa Kothari presents the latest world music releases and a session by Watcha Clan.
      Lopa Kothari20110408 presents her selection of the latest sounds from around the world, plus a specially recorded studio session by Brazilian singer Tulipa.
    With a mix of sounds from around the globe.
      Alasdair Fraser, Natalie Haas20110415 
    Mary Ann Kennedy introduces tracks from across the globe, and a studio session with Scots-American folk duo Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas.
    Alasdair Fraser was born in Clackmannan, an ancient town in the heart of Scotland, and he is renowned as an accomplished fiddler, and a leading tradition-bearer of the styles of that area.
    Natalie Haas is a cellist, classically-trained at New York's Julliard School, who comes from California.
    The duo have just released their third album, 'Highlander's Farewell'.
    The critic of the Boston Globe has said of their partnership, "Their sound is as urbane as a Manhattan midnight, and as wild as a Clackmannan winter.".
    Mary Ann Kennedy presents world music, plus a session by Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas.
       20110422 Mary Ann Kennedy with tracks from across the globe, plus a studio session with American star of country music Emmylou Harris, performing songs from her new solo album 'Hard Bargain'.
    In recent years Emmylou's music has moved on from the country music mainstream to a style closer to alternative music.
    Her new album includes a song that harks back to the darkest days of 1950s American racism, another that reflects on her relationship with the late Gram Parsons, and one that is a tribute to fellow singer Kate McGarrigle.
    She talks about them, and gives an exclusive acoustic solo performance.
    With Mary Ann Kennedy, and a studio session from American alt-country star Emmylou Harris.
       20110429 Lopa Kothari with tracks from across the globe, plus a studio session with Argentinean electro-cumbia artist Axel Krygier.
    Axel Krygier's new album 'Pesebre' takes in Andean bluegrass, Latino twist, tropical klezmer and Peruvian surf music as well as digital cumbia.
    He is currently on a European tour with his new Paris-based band.
    Lopa Kothari with tracks from across the globe, plus a session with Axel Krygier.
      Raghu Dixit Session20110506 Lopa Kothari with tracks from across the globe and a session from Indian singer-songwriter Raghu Dixit.
    Recently nominated as best Newcomer in this year's 'Songlines' Awards, Raghu Dixit is becoming known internationally, with songs rooted in traditional Indian words and melodies but still thoroughly 21st century.
    He trained as an Indian classical dancer, but also studied microbiology, before discovering the guitar and his own strong, distinctive voice quality.
    A recent appearance on BBC TV's Jools Holland show led to one of his songs becoming an instant download hit, and this year he'll be making several appearances at festivals in the UK and in Europe.
    He recently gave a concert as part of London South Bank's 'Alchemy' Festival.
    Lopa Kothari with music from around the world, plus Indian singer Raghu Dixit in session.
      Tiken Jah Fakoly In Session20110513 Mary Ann Kennedy introduces a specially recorded session by the Ivory Coast singer and bandleader Tiken Jah Fakoly, whose politically-charged music brings together reggae and traditional West African sounds.
    Plus a selection of the latest new releases from around the globe.
    Mary Ann Kennedy with a session by Ivory Coast singer and bandleader Tiken Jah Fakoly.
      Eliza Carthy20110520 Presented by Mary Ann Kennedy and featuring a specially recorded studio session by English folk musician Eliza Carthy with a trio that includes Bethany Porter (cello) and Phil Alexander (accordion).
    Plus the latest releases from across the globe.
    Mary Ann Kennedy presents a special studio session by folk musician Eliza Carthy.
       20110527 Lopa Kothari with tracks from across the globe, plus a specially-recorded studio session with Afrobeat dub fusion band Soothsayers.
    This London-based multicultural group includes members with backgrounds in reggae, funk, soul, jazz and Asian music.
    Lopa Kothari presents music from around the world, plus a session from Soothsayers.
      Aruna Sairam20110603 Lopa Kothari introduces a special concert recorded in Chennai by South Indian singer Aruna Sairam, who is this year's World Routes Academy mentor.
    The whole of this programme is devoted to the concert, a chance to hear full-length Indian ragas sung by one of India's top performers.
    She is accompanied by violinist H.N.
    Bhaskar, J.
    Vaidyanathan playing the mridangham drum, Shri Kartik on the ghatam, the clay pot and Shreemati Girija on tanpura.
    In the World Routes Academy scheme, Aruna Sairam is mentoring the young UK veena player Hari Sivanesan, a year-long project that culminates in a joint late-night BBC Promenade Concert in July.
    Lopa Kothari presents a concert given in Chennai by South Indian singer Aruna Sairam.
      Belshazzar's Feast Session20110610 Mary Ann Kennedy with tracks from across the globe, and a World on 3 session featuring singer and fiddle player Paul Sartin, with accordionist Paul Hutchinson, otherwise known as folk duo Belshazzar's Feast.
    Paul Sartin is a classically-trained singer, violinist and oboe player who was also a choral scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford.
    He also composes music for TV and film, and performs with several folk bands.
    Paul Hutchinson combines his accordion playing with broadcasting.
    They will be playing songs from their latest album 'Find the Lady', including the poignant First World War song 'Home, Lads Home'.
    Mary Ann Kennedy with a world music round up and a session by folk duo Belshazzar's Feast.
      Gasandji Session20110617 Mary Ann Kennedy with tracks from across the globe, and a World on 3 session with Gasandji, a new voice from Paris who draws on her Congolese heritage.
    After years as a backing singer with artists such as MC Solaar, Gasandji has emerged as a solo artist with a new album of songs in Lingala, French and English.
    Her name means "the one who unveils the conscience".
    Mary Ann Kennedy presents tracks from around the world and a session with Gasandji.
      Natasa Mirkovic And Matthias Loibner In Session20110624 Lopa Kothari with new tracks from across the globe, plus a session with Bosnian singer Natasa Mirkovic and Viennese hurdy-gurdy virtuoso Matthias Loibner.
    Lopa Kothari presents a special session from Natasa Mirkovic and Matthias Loibner.
      Hans Raj Hans Session20110701 Lopa Kothari with tracks from across the globe and a session from Indian Sufi singer Hans Raj Hans.
    Hans Raj Hans sees his main role as conveying the message of the ancient Sufi masters through music.
    His Punjabi-language songs have a more lyrical style than the better-known Sufi Qawwali style of the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - but he feels his music is a 'truer' approach to Sufism.
    He also frequently writes and sings music for Bollywood films, and occasionally makes appearances in them too.
    He recently featured in London South Bank's Alchemy Festival.
    Lopa Kothari presents new world music and a session by Indian singer Hans Raj Hans.
      Allison Williams, Rachel Eddy20110708 With Mary Ann Kennedy, and a studio session featuring American old-time music from Allison Williams on the clawhammer banjo, plus fiddle player Rachel Eddy.
    Mary Ann Kennedy presents American old-time music from Allison Williams and Rachel Eddy.
      Yvonne Lyon20110715 Mary Ann Kennedy presents an intimate World on 3 session with Scottish singer Yvonne Lyon, performing music from her album "Ashes and Gold". Once a school music teacher, Yvonne combines uplifting pop and folk melodies to create an overwhelmingly positive sound, which she combines with lyrics inspired by her charity work around the world.
    Plus music from around the globe.
    Mary Ann Kennedy presents a session with Scottish singer Yvonne Lyon.
    Mary Ann Kennedy presents an intimate World on 3 session with Scottish singer Yvonne Lyon, performing music from her album "Ashes and Gold".
    Once a school music teacher, Yvonne combines uplifting pop and folk melodies to create an overwhelmingly positive sound, which she combines with lyrics inspired by her charity work around the world.
      Sondorgo In Session20110722 Lopa Kothari presents a World on 3 session with Hungarian tambur band Söndörgő.
    Founded in the small Hungarian town of Szentendre in the mid-90s, the band of young musicians set out to preserve the traditions of Southern Slavic folk music.
    Their sound is based on the instruments of the tambur, or fretted lute, family, complemented occasionally by wind instruments and accordion.
    Their repertoire is compiled out of the folk song material gathered by 20th Century composers Béla Bartók and Tihamér Vujicsics.
    Historically Southern Slav ethnicities living in Hungary have been particularly isolated from each other.
    Consequently, the traditions that they treasure and maintain display a wide variety of differences, both in musical instrument types and forms.
    The first written record of the Southern Slav tambur dates from 1551, the instrument being of Iranian and Turkish origin, but used in a variety of forms in the Balkan peninsula.
    Plus music from around the globe.
    Lopa Kothari presents a special session with Hungarian tambur band Sondorgo.
      Live From Womad 201120110729 Mary Ann Kennedy and Lopa Kothari are joined by Lucy Duran and Andrew McGregor for the first of a weekend of broadcasts from the globe's leading festival of world music, live from the festival site in Charlton Park in Wiltshire.
    Tonight's headliner Alpha Blondy comes live from the Open Air stage, with highlights from the mighty musical veterans from Cuba and Mali, AfroCubism; live from the Siam Tent is Pakistani qawwali singer Faiz Ali Faiz; and from Radio 3's own stage in the shady arboretum, Abigail Washburn and The Village from the USA, and Romanian gypsy band Mahala Rai Banda.
    Plus interviews and truck sessions, starting off a full eight hours of live broadcasting from WOMAD.
    Mary Ann Kennedy and Lopa Kothari with music from Alpha Blondy, AfroCubism, Faiz Ali Faiz.
      World On 3 At Womad20110805 Lopa Kothari and Mary Ann Kennedy introduce highlights from last weekend's WOMAD Festival.
    Lopa Kothari and Mary Ann Kennedy introduce highlights from the 2011 WOMAD festival.
      Bibilang Shark Calling Group20110812 Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, plus a World on 3 session with the Bibilang Shark Calling Group from Papua New Guinea.
    The Bibilang Shark Calling Group featured in Radio 3's major series 'Music Planet' earlier this year, and also made a special trip from Papua New Guinea for last month's Human Planet Prom concert.
    Here they play songs which have never been heard outside Papua New Guinea, many of which were bought by their leader Langan Daniel from old village singers for the equivalent of £5.
    Mary Ann Kennedy presents a session with the Bibilang Shark Calling Group.
      Owiny Sigoma Band Session20110819 Lopa Kothari presents the latest releases from around the globe and a specially recorded studio session by the Owiny Sigoma Band, a meeting of London-based musicians and traditional Luo artists from Nairobi.
    Producer Felix Carey
    Presenter LOPA KOTHARI.
    Lopa Kothari presents new world music releases and a session by the Owiny Sigoma Band.
      Fool's Gold20110826 Lopa Kothari with tracks from across the globe, plus an exclusive acoustic studio session from Los Angeles world-pop band Fool's Gold.
    They play tracks from their brand new album, out in the UK this month, and band-leaders Luke Top and Lewis Pesacov chat with Lopa about the group's foundation and its global influences - which include Congolese soukous, Ethiopian and Eritrean music, and Tuareg desert blues.
    Lopa Kothari presents a studio session from Los Angeles world-pop band Fool's Gold.
      Genticorum20110902 Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, plus a specially recorded session by traditional Quebecois trio Genticorum.
    Mary Ann Kennedy presents a session by traditional Quebecois trio Genticorum.
      Sona Jobarteh In Session20110909 Mary Ann Kennedy presents a World on 3 session with kora player Sona Jobarteh, the first female kora virtuoso from the prestigious West African Jobarteh Griot family.
    Singer and multi-instrumentalist Jobarteh is the granddaughter of the master Griot Amadu Bansang Jobarteh and cousin to the celebrated kora maestro Toumani Diabaté.
    She has recently completed her new album "Fasiya".
    Plus new releases from around the globe.
    Mary Ann Kennedy presents a special session with kora player Sona Jobarteh.
      Nitin Sawhney Session20110916 Lopa Kothari with the new releases from across the globe, plus a specially recorded studio session by composer and producer Nitin Sawhney performing songs from his most recent album Last Days of Meaning.
    Lopa Kothari presents new releases from around the world, plus a session by Nitin Sawhney.
      Pokey La Farge And South City Three20110923 Lopa Kothari with the new releases from across the globe, plus a specially recorded studio session by the American roots musician Pokey La Farge and his South City Three.
    Lopa Kothari with new world music and a session by Pokey La Farge and South City Three.
      Jackie Oates In Session20110930 Mary Ann Kennedy with tracks from across the globe, and a studio session with young English folk singer Jackie Oates, whose new album is released this month.
    Mary Ann Kennedy presents tracks from around the world and a session with Jackie Oates.
       20111007 Mary Ann Kennedy surveys new world music tracks from across the globe, and Lopa Kothari meets Adeel Saeed Chishti, a Pakistani qawwali singer who settled in the UK following the assassination of his father during a concert.
    With Mary Ann Kennedy.
    Including a session with qawwali singer Adeel Saeed Chishti.
      Cambodian Space Project In Session20111014 Lopa Kothari with the psychedelic sounds of the Cambodian Space Project in session.
    Based in Phnom Penh, The Cambodian Space Project are fronted by the charismatic Srey Thy and made up of Australian, French and Cambodian musicians who relive the glory days of 1960s Cambodian rock and roll, mixing psych with surf and Cambodian pop.
    Plus new world music releases.
    From the band's official biography:
    The Cambodian Space Project formed back in 2009 when Julien Poulson, an Australian musician and film producer, was in Phnom Penh looking for Cambodian musicians to work with.
    He stumbled across lead vocalist Srey Thy singing in a karaoke bar and was instantly taken with her.
    A couple of months later she was part of a band and The Cambodian Space Project was born.
    Up until that point life had been far from easy for Thy.
    Born into a poor family in the poverty stricken region of Prey Veng, she began singing in local restaurants at an early age.
    Thy left home at the age of 18, heading to Phnom Penh in search of a better life, but while there she was kidnapped and nearly forced into a sex trafficking ring.
    Left tied to a bed with electrical wires around her wrist for hours, an unknown woman freed her and gave her $2.50.
    Thy fled.
    Following this defining moment in her life, Thy went on to work odd jobs when and where she could, sending money back to her parents and her young son as often as possible.
    She now uses her new found fame in the region to raise awareness of human trafficking in Cambodia through workshops and public talks.
    Lopa Kothari presents the psychedelic sounds of the Cambodian Space Project in session.
      Brothers Of Brazil In Session20111021 Lopa Kothari with explosive rockabilly-bossa duo the Brothers of Brazil in session, and new world music releases.
    Supla and João are two brothers from Sao Paulo, Brazil.
    Supla is obsessed with Rock and Roll and João with totally Brazilian music, and for the past three years they've been combining elements of traditional Brazilian music such as bossa nova and samba with rock and funk to create a unique sound that's won over countless fans in the band's home base of South America.
    On tour in the UK they pop in to the World on 3 studio, to give Lopa a taste of their raucous live sound.
    Lopa Kothari presents the Brothers of Brazil in session, plus new world music releases.
      Old Sledge Session20111028 Mary Ann Kennedy introduces a specially recorded studio session by the Appalachian folk trio Old Sledge, plus the latest world music releases from around the globe.
    Mary Ann Kennedy with a specially-recorded session by Appalachian folk trio Old Sledge.
      Catriona Mckay And Chris Stout Session20111104 Mary Ann Kennedy introduces a specially recorded studio session by the Scottish harp and fiddle duo of Catriona McKay and Chris Stout, plus the latest world music releases from around the globe.
    Mary Ann Kennedy introduces a studio session by Catriona McKay and Chris Stout.
      Muzsikas Session20111118 Lopa Kothari introduces a specially recorded studio session by the Hungarian folk group Muzsikás.
    Plus the latest world music releases from around the globe.
    Lopa Kothari with a specially recorded studio session by Hungarian folk group Muzsikas.
      Emir Kusturica And The No Smoking Orchestra20111125 Mary Ann Kennedy with new releases from across the globe, and highlights from the London Jazz Festival concert by Emir Kusturica and The No Smoking Orchestra, recorded last weekend at the Royal Festival Hall.
    Emir Kusturica is best known as a film director, with classic releases such as 'Underground' and 'Time of the Gypsies'.
    But he has always been a musician in his spare time, playing bass in the 1980s in the band Zabranjeno Pusenje.
    From 1998 the band's music started to be featured in his films, and they changed their name to Emir Kusturica and The No Smoking Orchestra.
    Their style has been described as 'a wild collision of gypsy, punk and rock music from right across the Balkans.'.
    Mary Ann Kennedy presents a concert from Emir Kusturica and the No Smoking Orchestra.
      Cahalen Morrison And Eli West Session20111202 Mary Ann Kennedy with the results of the fRoots Album of the Year poll 2011, and a studio session with American acoustic duo Cahalen Morrison and Eli West.
    The fRoots Critics' Poll for Albums of the Year is one of the most prestigious awards in folk and world music.
    Andrew Cronshaw reveals the names of the top nominees, and the winner.
    Cahalen comes from rural New Mexico, with roots in American old-time music, whilst Eli lives in Seattle and is based more in bluegrass.
    Both play guitar and banjo, and they came together as a duo only recently - earlier this year their debut album 'The Holy Coming of the Storm' was released to great acclaim.
    Mary Ann Kennedy introduces a session with Cahalen Morrison and Eli West.
      Roopa Panesar20111209 Lopa Kothari with tracks from across the globe, and a full one-hour raga performance by young UK sitar virtuoso Roopa Panesar.
    Roopa Panesar grew up in Leicester, and is a pupil of the renowned teacher Dharambir Singh.
    She is acclaimed as one of the UK's leading Indian classical performers, and recently contributed to the soundtrack for the film 'West is West'.
    This performance of Raga Puriya was recorded at this year's Darbar Festival in London - she is accompanied by renowned percussionist Sukhwinder Singh.
    Lopa Kothari presents new world music and a performance by sitar virtuoso Roopa Panesar.
      Womad 2011 Unheard Tracks20111216 Lopa Kothari with tracks from across the globe, and some previously-unheard recordings from last summer's WOMAD Festival.
    Lopa Kothari presents new world music and unheard recordings from the 2011 WOMAD Festival.
      Womad 2011 Unheard Tracks20111223 Mary Ann Kennedy with tracks from across the globe, and some previously-unheard recordings from last summer's WOMAD Festival, including a set from Norwegian string band Majorstuen.
    Mary Ann Kennedy presents music from around the world and music from WOMAD 2011.
      Toumani Diabate20111230 Mary Ann Kennedy with tracks from across the globe, and a studio session with Toumani Diabaté, the Malian musician who made the kora Africa's best-known instrument.
    One of Africa's most celebrated musicians comes to the World on 3 studio in this special session. Over a career of three decades, Toumani Diabaté has established the kora as a virtuoso classical instrument, giving concerts across the world both as a soloist and with his own band. He is currently touring with a four-piece band, and in this session he talks to West Africa specialist Lucy Duran, and plays melodies dating from the ancient Mandé Empire, as well as newly-composed pieces.
    Mary Ann Kennedy with music from around the world, and a session with Toumani Diabate.
      Amira Kheir Session20120106 Lopa Kothari with sounds from around the world and a session by singer Amira Kheir. Born in Italy to Sudanese parents, Amira combines traditional Sudanese music with jazz and soul, switching in her lyrics between Arabic and English. Producer James Parkin.
    Lopa Kothari presents music from around the world and a session by singer Amira Kheir.
      Aziz Sahmaoui Session20120113 Lopa Kothari with sounds from around the world and a session by Aziz Sahmaoui and the University of Gnawa from Morocco. Producer James Parkin.
    Aziz Sahmaoui is a musical institution in his native Morocco. He grew up in Marrakesh where he absorbed the traditional music and emerging sounds such as Nass el Ghiwane, amaziria music, chaabi and especially the healing music of his Gnawa masters.
    In the 90s in Paris he was one of the founders of the Orchestre National de Barbès, with whom he toured the world and sold over 100,000 albums.
    Aziz recorded his first solo album in 2011 which was produced by Martin Meissonier (Fela, Khaled, Papa Wemba.
    Lopa Kothari presents a session by Aziz Sahmaoui and the University of Gnawa from Morocco.
      Imperial Tiger Orchestra Session20120120 Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, plus a studio session with Switzerland's own Ethio-jazz ensemble the Imperial Tiger Orchestra.
    Inspired by the golden age of Ethiopian jazz in the nineteen-seventies, in 2007 the Swiss trumpet player Raphael Anker got together a band to play, and play with, this extraordinary music. A trip to Addis Ababa to perform with and learn from the locals inspired them to record an album, taking Ethio-jazz as a starting point, but also bringing in influences from rock, jazz, funk and electronic music. This first album 'Mercato' has just been released.
    Mary Ann Kennedy presents new world music and a session from the Imperial Tiger Orchestra.
       20120127 Lopa Kothari with tracks from across the globe, and a studio session with UK folk band Pilgrims' Way.
    Pilgrims' Way - singer Lucy Wright, guitarist Edward Beasant and fiddle player Tom Kitching - are one of the freshest bands in English folk music. They are based around Stockport in the North West, and they bring their own approach to traditional songs. They have been nominated in the Horizon category in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
    With Lopa Kothari and featuring a studio session by folk band Pilgrims' Way.
      Gochag Askerov Session20120210 Lopa Kothari presents a specially recorded studio session by the Azerbaijani mugham singer Gochag Askerov. Plus a round-up of the latest new releases from around the world.
    Lopa Kothari presents a special studio session by Azerbaijani singer Gochag Askerov.
      Tim Edey And Brendan Power Session20120217 Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, and a session with Celtic folk duo Tim Edey and Brendan Power.
    Tim Edey and Brendan Power were nominated in this year's Radio 2 Folk Awards in the Best Duo category. Tim plays acoustic guitar and button accordion - he was brought up in the South East of England, but learned Irish traditional music from his Dublin-born mother from the age of four. Brendan Power is from New Zealand, and is one of the UK's top harmonica players, having performed with the likes of Sting, Van Morrison and Kate Bush. As a duo they have built up a reputation for powerful performances of both traditional and new music, always with a strong element of improvisation.
    Mary Ann Kennedy presents a session with Celtic folk duo Tim Edey and Brendan Power.
      Samba Sunda Session20120224 Mary Ann Kennedy with tracks from across the globe, and a studio session with Indonesian band Samba Sunda. Their ethereal sound is created by three 'kecapi', the Javan boat-shaped zither, and the voice of Rita Tila.
    Led by composer and kecapi player Ismet Ruchimat, Samba Sunda perform pieces rooted in the classical Sundanese tradition, with rhythmic influences from local urban popular music. There are also influences from further afield: one piece brings in elements of Irish folk with the title 'Paddy Pergi Ke Bandung' (Paddy goes to Bandung).
    With Mary Ann Kennedy. Including a studio session with Indonesian band Samba Sunda.
      Baloji Session20120302 Lopa Kothari with sounds from around the world including a session by Baloji. Born in the Democratic Repulic of Congo, he was raised in Belgium and has been big on the French rap scene for a decade. Now, and for his latest album, he returns to his African roots. Producer James Parkin.
    Lopa Kothari presents sounds from around the world, including a session by Baloji.
      Emel Mathlouthi In Session20120309 Lopa Kothari with all the latest sounds from around the world plus a studio session by Emel Mathlouthi.
    Born in Tunis, she's a singer-songwriter who draws heavily on the music of the native Maghreb, as well citing influences as diverse as Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and the Lebanese diva Fairouz.
    Lopa Kothari with the latest world music releases plus a session by Emel Mathlouthi.
      Anais Mitchell, Songlines Awards Nominations20120316 Mary Ann Kennedy with American singer Anais Mitchell in session, and the announcement of the 2012 Songlines Music Awards nominations.
    Following on from her successful folk opera Hadestown, Anais Mitchell's new album Young Man in America tells plaintive tales of family, of love and of loss. She popped into the studio with her guitar to play for World on 3, and talk about how she finds inspiration when driving on the interstate highway, and reading the Child Ballads.
    Mary Ann Kennedy also announces the 2012 Songlines Music Award nominations, playing tracks from albums voted for by the magazine's readers in the categories Best Artist, Best Group, Cross-Cultural Collaboration, and Newcomer.
    Mary Ann Kennedy with Anais Mitchell in session, and the Songlines Awards nominations.
      Diabel Cissokho Session20120406 Lopa Kothari presents a specially recorded studio session with Senegalese griot musician Diabel Cissokho and his band, plus a round-up of the latest releases from around the globe.
    Lopa Kothari introduces new world music releases and a session with Diabel Cissokho.
      Session With Po' Girl20120413 Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, plus Canadian roots band Po' Girl in a studio session.
    Canadian roots music has never had it so good, and Po' Girl are right at the centre of this flourishing scene, based as they are in Montreal and Toronto. They call their style 'urban roots' and it has elements of folk, country and jazz. Po' Girl are Allison Russell and Awna Teixeira, both singers and multi-instrumentalists, joined by Mikey 'Lightning' August on vocals, drums and keys and Chris Merrill on electric bass.
    Mary Ann Kennedy presents new world music and a session from Canadian roots band Po' Girl.
      Ahmad Al Khatib And Youssef Hbeisch Session20120420 Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, plus a studio session by Ahmad Al Khatib and Youssef Hbeisch.
    Mary Ann Kennedy with a studio session by Ahmad Al Khatib and Youssef Hbeisch.
      Lucas Santtana In Session, Songlines Awards20120427 Lopa Kothari with new tracks from across the globe, plus experimental Brazilian singer-songwriter Lucas Santtana in session.
    Plus Simon Broughton from Songlines Magazine joins Lopa in the studio to discuss the Songlines Music Awards winners.
    Lopa Kothari presents new music from around the world, plus Lucas Santtana in session.
      Woody Pines In Session20120504 Lopa Kothari with new tracks from across the globe, plus a session with American roots band Woody Pines.
    Based in North Carolina but inspired by old New Orleans, Woody Pines embraces a century of American roots music in a style described as "an intoxicating blend of rural and urban stringband, country blues, ragtime and jug band music". Texas country legend Billy Joe Shaver once said of them, "They're the best damn band I've ever heard!".
      Paprika In Session20120511 Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, and a studio session with Paprika, a Balkan string band with members from Romania, the UK and Serbia.
    Paprika bring together styles and influences from Eastern Europe as well as the Balkans, plus Gipsy and classical music. They are based in the UK, but have given concerts around the world. They have recently focussed on bringing back to life rare and lost traditional Balkan music.
      Mary Ann Kennedy - Jim Moray Session20120518 Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, plus a studio session with English folk musician Jim Moray.
    Jim Moray studied classical composition at Birmingham Conservatoire, and at the same time was recording tracks for an album which took an individual approach to English folk. He writes that he sees "pop, rock and folk all as parts of the same musical world - because they are." His new album 'Skulk' was released in April.
      Vusi Mahlasela In Session20120525 Lopa Kothari with tracks from across the globe, and a studio session with South Africa's Vusi Mahlasela.
    Vusi Mahlasela was a leading anti-apartheid voice from within South Africa during the 1980s. He was invited to sing at Nelson Mandela's inauguration, and he has continued to work as an official ambassador to Mandela's HIV/AIDS initiative, 46664. Looking back on the 1980s, he has said 'Somehow you get some sort of courage. You look at what's happening to your comrades, and you see that their struggle has to be testified-and you don't have to be afraid.' He has continued to write songs with powerful social messages, including his hit 'When you come back', encouraging exiled South Africans to return, which became a World Cup anthem in 2010. His new album 'Say Africa' has just been released in the UK.
      Lopa Kothari2012060120120601 (R3)presents the latest releases from around the globe plus a specially recorded studio session by the Cypriot contemporary rembetika group Trio Tekke.
      Roberto Fonseca In Session2012060820120608 (R3)Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, and a session with Cuban jazz pianist Roberto Fonseca.
    Roberto Fonseca is now established as a leading Cuban pianist and bandleader. He was born in Havana in 1975, and made an impact at a jazz festival in the city when he was just 15. He studied at the Havana's celebrated Instituto Superior de Arte, then left Cuba to gain international experience. In 2001 he began touring with the Buena Vista Social Club, and worked with many of its soloists, including Ibrahim Ferrer and Cachaíto López. His new album 'Yo!' has just been released.
      Le Vent Du Nord In Session2012061520120615 (R3)Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, plus a specially recorded studio session by Canadian folk group Le Vent du Nord.
    Le Vent du Nord was founded in 2002 and comprises Nicolas Boulerice (hurdy-gurdy), Olivier Demers (violin), Simon Beaudry (guitar) and Réjean Brunet (accordion). The group's repertoire is a mixture of original compositions and tunes from the Celtic-infused Quebecois tradition.
      Ruta In Session20120622 Lopa Kothari presents the latest sounds from around the globe, including a specially recorded studio session by the band RUTA - an unlikely blend of early music, Polish roots and punk influences.
      Samba Mapangala In Session20120629 Lopa Kothari with the latest sounds from around the globe plus a specially recorded studio session by the Congolese singer and bandleader Samba Mapangala with his mix of rumba, soukous and traditional Kenyan styles.
      The Voice Squad In Session20120706 Mary Ann Kennedy presents a session with traditional Irish vocal trio The Voice Squad (Gerry Cullen, Phil Callery and Fran McPhail) recorded in Londonderry, along with the usual mix of tracks from across the globe.
      Jake Cogan In Session20120713 Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, and a session with Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter Jake Cogan, whose new album 'Parcel of Rogues' takes a transatlantic perspective on the songs of Robert Burns 
      Gaiteros De San Jacinto On Location20120720 Lopa Kothari with tracks from across the globe, and a location recording with Colombian band Gaiteros de San Jacinto.
    The 2012 World Routes Academy is coming to its climax with a BBC Promenade Concert at the end of the month. BBC Radio 3's very own Colombian producer-presenter Juan Carlos Jaramillo introduces an unheard recording, made in Colombia as part of the Academy project, of one of Colombia's best-known traditional bands, the Gaiteros de San Jacinto. Their tradition combines the gaita flutes develloped by the indigenous people of northern Colombia, with strong percussive beats derived from African culture, and the lyricism of the Spanish immigrants.
      Womad 2012 Highlights20120803 Lopa Kothari and Mary Ann Kennedy introduce highlights from the 2012 WOMAD festival.
    Lopa Kothari and Mary Ann Kennedy introduce highlights from last weekend's WOMAD Festival.
      Oumou Sangare And Bela Fleck In Session20120810 Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, and a studio session with Malian singer Oumou Sangare performing with American banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck, a collaboration that began in 2005 when Bela Fleck travelled to West Africa to seek out the roots of the banjo.
    Mary Ann Kennedy presents new world music plus Oumou Sangare and Bela Fleck in session.
      Nation Beat In Session20120817 Lopa Kothari with a mix of sounds from across the globe and a session by the Brazilian/American outfit Nation Beat who combine traditional maracatu drumming with funk, country and blues.
    The American/Brazilian collective Nation Beat plays a 21st century mashup inspired by Brazilian maracatu drumming, New Orleans second line rhythms, funk and country-blues. They're the first American group to record in Brazil with the legendary Mestre Walter and Maracatu Nação Estrela Brilhante - and the first Brazilian band to perform with Willie Nelson who called Nation Beat "just a fantastic group".
    Lopa Kothari presents new world music and a session with Nation Beat.
      Hazmat Modine In Session20120824 Lopa Kothari with new releases from around the world, plus a session with Hazmat Modine.
    Lopa Kothari presents a session with Hazmat Modine, and new CD releases from around the world.
    From the band's website: HAZMAT MODINE draws from the rich soil of American music of the 20's and 30's through to the 50's and early 60's, blending elements of early Blues, Hokum Jugband, Swing, Klezmer, New Orleans R & B, and Jamaican Rocksteady. The band is fronted by two harmonicas which use call and response, harmony, melody, and syncopated interweaving rhythms. The band includes tuba, guitar, and percussion, claviola and Hawaiian steel guitar. The band's sound reflects musical influences ranging from Avant-garde Jazz to Rockabilly and Western Swing to Middle-Eastern, African, and Hawaiian musical styles.
      Tom Paley In Session20120831 Mary Ann Kennedy with tracks from across the globe, and a session with veteran American folk singer Tom Paley.
    Tom Paley released his first LP in 1953 - he was in his mid-twenties, and the album was called 'Folksongs of the Southern Appalachian Mountains'. Now in his mid-eighties, he has just released a new album, and is embarking on a major concert tour to promote it. He is best known as a member of the New Lost City Ramblers, who Bob Dylan cites as a great influence. Tom left the USA in the 1960s and settled in London.
    Mary Ann Kennedy intdoduces a session with veteran American folk singer Tom Paley.
      Konkoma In Session20120907 Mary Ann Kennedy's selection includes a studio session from Afro-funk outfit KonKoma.
    Mary Ann Kennedy with the latest sounds from around the globe, including a specially recorded studio session from London-based Afro-funk outfit KonKoma.
      Red Baraat In Session20120914 Lopa Kothari with some of the latest world music releases and a studio session with New York-based group Red Baraat. Led by dhol player Sunny Jain. they fuse Bhangra with Latin, funk, and jazz.
      Krar Collective In Session20120921 Lopa Kothari with some of the latest world music releases and a studio session with London-based Ethiopian
    group Krar Collective.
    Led by Temesegen Tareken, a former pupil of veteran Ethiopian vibraphone player Mulatu Astatke, the Krar Collective play a gritty and upbeat take on traditional Ethiopian songs. The core of their sound is the Krar the Ethiopian 5 or 6 stringed harp, and they will be playing songs from their debut album 'Ethiopia Super Krar'.
      Session A9 In Session20120928 Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, and 'Scottish supergroup' Session A9 in session.
    Session A9 are seven leading Scottish folk musicians who came together in 2001, named after the 269-mile major road, Scotland's longest road, that goes north from Edinburgh, known as the 'spine of Scotland', and a road that Scottish session musicians find themselves on probably more than they would like. The band released their first album in 2003, their second in 2008, and they are about to release their third. They have been a major attraction in festivals across the UK, including Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival and Festivals in Orkney and Shetland, and have played in Denmark and Spain. It's not the first time we've tried to get them on World on 3 - but here they are at last.
      Sam Lee In Session20121005 Mary Ann Kennedy with tracks from across the globe, and a session with one of the new voices of English folk, Mercury Prize nominee Sam Lee.
    Ex-burlesque artist and survival expert Sam Lee has just been nominated for the Mercury Prize for his album 'Ground of its Own', which brings a fresh sound to English folk.
      Awale In Session20121012 Lopa Kothari with the latest releases from around the globe plus a specially recorded studio session from London-based Afrobeat collective Awale.
      Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band In Session20121019 Lopa Kothari with the latest releases from around the globe, plus a specially recorded studio session from American vocalist and guitarist Reverend J. Peyton and his Big Damn Band.
      Myshkin In Session20121026 Mary Ann Kennedy presents world music plus singer-songwriter Myshkin in session.
    Mary Ann Kennedy with tracks from across the globe, plus American singer-songwriter Myshkin in session.
    Myshkin now lives in the mountains of Oregon, where she has founded an artists' comunity, and built her own earth-walled studio. Her new album 'That Diamond Lust' was five years in the making, with a song style that has been described as folk-noir and spooky-swing.
      Karine Polwart In Session20121102 Mary Ann Kennedy with tracks from across the globe, plus a studio session with Scottish singer-songwriter Karine Polwart.
    Karine formed her first band at the age of 10, known as KP and the Minichips. She completed a degree in politics and philosophy, and this has always been reflected in her songwriting: her new album 'Traces' includes songs about the Occupy movement outside St Paul's Catherdral, as well as Donald Trump's controversial golf club development in Aberdeenshire. It also features a warm tribute to a late neighbour, and a song about the mixed emotions on leaving a family home.
      Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino In Session20121116 Lopa Kothari with new tracks from across the globe, and a studio session with Italian tarantella band Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino.
    Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino come from Salento in southern Italy. The band was formed in 1975, and in 2007 the violinist Mauro Durante took over as leader of the band from his father. Their style of music is based on the 'pizzica' dance style, which is linked to tarantella, where dancers who have supposedly been bitten by the tarantula spider dance furiously to get rid of the poison.
      Ara Dinkjian In Session20121123 Mary Ann Kennedy with tracks from across the globe, plus a studio session with Armenian-American oud player and composer Ara Dinkjian.
    Acclaimed as one of the world's leading players of the oud, the Arabic lute, Ara Dinkjian was born in the USA to parents from Armenia. With percussionist Arto Tuncboyacian he formed the band Night Ark, reinterpreting Armenian and Middle Eastern folk music in a jazz context. He is also a songwriter, and his song Homecoming (Dinata Dinata) was chosen to be performed at the closing ceremony of the Athens Olympics. He is visiting London with his Quartet for a concert as part of the London Jazz Festival.
      Nuala Kennedy In Session20121130 Mary Ann Kennedy with tracks from across the globe, plus a session with Irish flautist and singer Nuala Kennedy.
    Nuala Kennedy's album 'Noble Stranger' has just been released on Nashville's Compass Records label. It confirms her reputation as a fine flautist and singer, as well as someone who is happy to go as far as she wants to with bold and experimental arrangements. She was brought up in Dundalk Co Louth on Ireland's east coast - she then studied in Edinburgh and Inverness, taking in Scottish song and instrumental traditions. She also works regularly with folk and indie musicians in the USA and Canada.
      Froots Critics' Poll20121207 Lopa Kothari with details of this year's fRoots Critics' Poll. The magazine's editor, Ian Anderson, talks through the contenders for Album Of The Year, as well the top re-issue, compilation, and best packaged album. Plus there's a concert set by Criolo from Sao Paulo, Brazil.
      Womad 2012 Revisited20121214 Lopa Kothari with tracks from across the globe, plus some previously-unheard recordings from last summer's WOMAD Festival, including the desert blues of Abdallah Oumbadougou, cross-culture collaborations from Lo'Jo, Senegalese traditions from Diabel Cissokho, Azeri classical songs with Nazaket Teymurova, and the romantic songs of Portuguese band Deolinda.
      Womad 2012 Revisited Again20121221 Mary Ann Kennedy with tracks from across the globe, plus some previously-unheard recordings from last summer's WOMAD Festival, including the mighty Hugh Masekela, Quebec foot-tappers Genticorum, star of Nigerian Afrobeat Femi Kuti, Danish folkies Habadekuk and the legendary Buena Vista Social Club.
      Carolina Chocolate Drops20121228 Mary Ann Kennedy with tracks from across the globe, plus a concert set from American old-time string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops.
    To set the mood for World on 3's upcoming three live broadcasts from Glasgow's Celtic Connections festival, we look back at one of the highlights from the 2012 Festival, a concert set from one of today's most exciting bands playing Amercian roots music.
      Nidi D'arac In Session20130104 Lopa Kothari with the latest sounds from around the globe plus a specially recorded studio session by the Italian group Nidi d'Arac.
      Seckou Keita In Session20130111 Lopa Kothari with the latest releases from around the globe plus a specially recorded studio session by Senegalese bandleader Seckou Keita.
      Celtic Connections 201320130118 Mary Ann Kennedy live from Glasgow at one of the world's biggest winter music festivals, with special late-night performances from the Green Room of Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall.
    Celtic Connections is held in 20 venues over 18 days with 300 events taking place throughout the whole festival, involving over 2100 musicians from 26 countries. Scots and Irish Celtic music is at the centre of the festival, but it has always embraced the music of the Celtic cultures of the USA, Canada, France and Spain, together with the closely connected cultures of Scandinavia and eastern Europe. In recent years the Festival has also connected with traditions across Africa and Asia. The concerts range from the most traditional to the most experimental, all brought together in the context of one of the world's liveliest folk cultures, with a never-ending stream of young Scottish musicians who are reinventing their own traditions for their own time.
    For the past four years, World on 3 has hosted live late-night sesssions from the Festival at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall. These start late, and finish early, with bands often coming straight from a concert in a main venue to play for World on 3. The line-up is always kept secret until the day of the event.
      Live From Celtic Connections 201320130125 Mary Ann Kennedy live from Glasgow at one of the world's biggest winter music festivals, with special late-night performances from the Green Room of Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall.
    Celtic Connections is held in 20 venues over 18 days with 300 events taking place throughout the whole festival, involving over 2100 musicians from 26 countries. Scots and Irish Celtic music is at the centre of the festival, but it has always embraced the music of the Celtic cultures of the USA, Canada, France and Spain, together with the closely connected cultures of Scandinavia and eastern Europe. In recent years the Festival has also connected with traditions across Africa and Asia. The concerts range from the most traditional to the most experimental, all brought together in the context of one of the world's liveliest folk cultures, with a never-ending stream of young Scottish musicians who are reinventing their own traditions for their own time.
    For the past four years, World on 3 has hosted live late-night sesssions from the Festival at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall. These start late, and finish early, with bands often coming straight from a concert in a main venue to play for World on 3. The line-up is always kept secret until the day of the event.
      Live From Celtic Connections20130201 Mary Ann Kennedy live from Glasgow at Celtic Connections, one of the world's biggest winter music festivals, with special late-night performances from top festival artists.
    Producer Roger Short.
      Bassekou Kouyate And Ngoni Ba In Session20130208 With Lopa Kothari. Including a session from Malian band Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba.
      Session With Anda Union20130215 Lopa Kothari with new world music and a session with Mongolian throat singers Anda Union.
      Finnish String Band Frigg In Session20130222 Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, and a studio session with Finnish string band Frigg.
    Frigg describe their style as Nordgrass, a blend of Nordic fiddle styles with American bluegrass. Most of their music is based on traditonal folk melodies, with a rich harmonic texture that has its roots in the legendary band JPP, but they also compose their own tunes. They regularly tour around North America as well as Europe, and they have named themselves after the Nordic mother goddess.
      Tamikrest In Concert20130301 Lopa Kothari with tracks from across the globe, and a concert set from Malian Touareg band Tamikrest, recorded in Glasgow at Celtic Connections 2013.
    Tamikrest were formed in 2006 by musicians based around Kidal in the north east of Mali. They had musical training at a school funded from Europe, and they were inspired by fellow Tuareg band Tinariwen. At the height of the recent crisis in Mali, they toured with fellow Malian musicians Bassekou Kouyate and Sidi Toure, in a concert named 'Sahara Soul'.
      The Family Atlantica In Session20130308 Lopa Kothari with new tracks from across the globe, and a studio session with new London-based band Family Atlantica.
    Label manager Miles Cleret established the reputation of Soundway Records with a series of acclaimed releases of vintage recordings of world music. Now he is releasing albums of the label's own artists. At the core of Family Atlantica are multi-instrumentalist Jack Yglesias, Venezuelan singer Luzmira Zerpa, and West African percussionist Kwame 'Natural Power' Crentsil. Their debut album is just out, recorded over four years in London and Venezuela.
      Old Tire Swingers In Session20130315 Mary Ann Kennedy with the latest sounds from around the globe plus a specially recorded session by the Old Tire Swingers, a bluegrass band from central California.
    The brainchild of banjo enthusiast Paul Chesterton, this old-time stringband hails not from the foggy mountains of Virginia but from the city of Fresno in central California. They bring their own brand of Appalachian-inspired country bluegrass to the World on 3 studio performing original songs from their eponymous debut album.
      Zykopops In Session20130322 Mary Ann Kennedy with the latest sounds from around the globe, plus a specially recorded studio session by the Croatian-based Zykopops, a heady brew of Balkan roots, punk and hip-hop.
      Session With Meklit Hadero20130329 Lopa Kothari with sounds from around the world and a session by the Ethiopian-born American singer Meklit Hadero. Her music is a rich melting-pot, influenced by jazz, soul and hip-hop as well as the folk traditions of the Americas and East African motherland. Producer James Parkin.
    Born in Ethiopia in the early 1980s, Meklit grew up in Iowa, New York, and Florida. After studying political science at Yale, she moved to San Francisco and became immersed in the city's thriving arts scene. Named a TED Global Fellow in 2009, Meklit has served as an artist-in-residence at New York University, the De Young Museum, and the Red Poppy Art House. She has also completed musical commissions for the San Francisco Foundation and for theatrical productions staged by Brava! For Women in the Arts. She is the founder of the Arba Minch Collective, a group of Ethiopian artists in diaspora devoted to nurturing ties to their homeland through collaborating with both traditional and contemporary artists there.
      Los Chinches In Session20130405 Lopa Kothari with new tracks from across the globe, and a studio session with Peruvian Londoners Los Chinches.
    Veterans of WOMAD and Glastonbury, Los Chinches create a blend of Peruvian percussion with London-inspired punk and ska. At their heart is the psychedelic style known as chicha music, which flourished in Peru in the 60s and 70s, named after a strong Andean brew.
      Bella Hardy In Session20130412 Mary Ann Kennedy with tracks from across the globe, plus a studio session with folk singer Bella Hardy, performing songs from her new album 'Battleplan'.
    Bella Hardy comes from the Derbyshire Peak District village of Edale, and was immersed in the local folk culture from an early age. She is one of a new wave of young English folk musicians, singing as well as playing the folk fiddle, and writing her own songs as well as singing traditional ones. In 2008 she sang unaccompanied in the Royal Albert Hall as part of the first Folk Prom. In her new album, she says she has taken a more directly personal approach in the songwriting than in her previous work.
      Dervish In Session20130419 Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, and a studio session with Irish band Dervish, live and direct from Broadcasting House.
    Dervish have been an icon of Irish music for 24 years, performing around the world, from large-scale festival performances in Rio de Janeiro, to concerts at the Great Wall of China.
      Session With Ganesh And Kumaresh20130426 Lopa Kothari introduces a session by the South Indian Carnatic violin duo Ganesh and Kumaresh, and announces details of the Songlines Awards Winners for 2013. With voting by the world music magazine's readers, there are categories for Best Artist, Group, Cross-Cultural Collaboration, and Newcomer. Producer James Parkin.
    Songlines Music Awards 2013 Nominees:
    BEST ARTIST
    Katy Carr, Angélique Kidjo, Seth Lakeman, Ravi Shankar
    BEST GROUP
    Bellowhead, Guy Schalom & Baladi Blues Ensemble, Lo'Jo, Warsaw Village Band
    CROSS-CULTURAL COLLABORATION
    Eric Bibb & Habib Koité, The Chieftains, Dub Colossus, Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyaté
    NEWCOMER
    Sam Lee, Emel Mathlouthi, Mokoomba, Samuel Yirga.
      Moussu T E Lei Jovents In Session20130503 Lopa Kothari with tracks from across the globe, plus a studio session with Marseilles-based band Moussu T e lei jovents.
      Session With Nordic Fiddlers Bloc20130510 Mary Ann Kennedy with tracks from across the globe, and a studio session with Norwegian-Swedish-Scottish collaboration Nordic Fiddlers Bloc.
    The Scottish element of Nordic Fiddlers Bloc is Kevin Henderson from the Shetland Islands, and the fact that Shetland is closer to the Norwegian city of Bergen than it is to Edinburgh underlines the historical connections between those islands and Scandanavia. The other Bloc members are Norwegian fiddler Olav Luksengard Mjelva, and Anders Hall from Sweden, and all three are young players who have already earned wide acclaim as individuals. All three regions have rich and distinctive fiddling styles, and it was Andres Hall who suggested bringing these together in Nordic Fiddlers Bloc. They are currently on a tour of the UK, Ireland and Scandanavia to promote their self-titled album.
      Al Scorch And The Country Soul Ensemble In Session20130517 Mary Ann Kennedy with tracks from across the globe, and a studio session with Chicago-based band Al Scorch and the Country Soul Ensemble.
    This is the first visit to the UK by a musician who describes his style as "grafting literate, character-driven song craft and Mid-American roots with a post-punk DIY attitude". It has also been called 'the other side of the Mountain Music', and in his album 'Board up the Windows' he brings to life vivid characters from American life: a hearse driver bound for the cemetery, a Civil War soldier, a couple whose home is threatened by developers, songs powered by heartfelt singing and furious banjo picking.
      Loudon Wainwright Iii In Session20130524 Lopa Kothari presents new world music and a studio session with Loudon Wainwright III.
    Lopa Kothari with new tracks from across the globe, and a specially recorded studio session with Loudon Wainwright III.
    Older Than My Old Man Now is the 22nd album from this prolific American songwriter who is the father of Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright, and former husband of the late Kate McGarrigle. In between songs, Wainwright talks about his family, career and musical influences which include Ramblin' Jack Elliott. And along the way, we hear an old classic from 1970 and two brand new songs, on the subjects of dogwalking and Mark Twain.
      Spider John Koerner In Session20130531 Lopa Kothari plays the latest World Music releases and has a studio session with American blues & folk legend Spider John Koerner.
      Yasmine Hamdan In Session20130607 Lopa Kothari with tracks from across the globe, plus a specially recorded studio session by Lebanese singer Yasmine Hamdan whose debut solo album is inspired by some of the great female Arabic vocalists of the 20th century.
      Paddy Callaghan At The 2013 Shetland Folk Festival20130614 Mary Ann Kennedy brings us new tracks from across the globe, and celebrates British music with a session from Scots-Irish button accordion player Paddy Callaghan, recorded at the Shetland Folk Festival.
    Paddy Callaghan is the current BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year. He was brought up in Glasgow, with a family heitage in northern Ireland, and he works full-time with the Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Eireann, an organisation that promotes Irish music. In this session recorded at the Shetland Folk Festival he is accompanied by Danny Boyle on flute and Adam Brown on bodhran.
      Leon Hunt And Skerryvore From The Shetland Folk Festival20130621 Mary Ann Kennedy brings us new tracks from across the globe, and celebrates British music with concert sets from the Shetland Folk Festival featuring English bluegrass banjo player Leon Hunt and young Scottish band Skerryvore.
      Session With Goran Bregovic20130628 Lopa Kothari presents new music from around the world and a session by Goran Bregovic.
    Lopa Kothari with sounds from around the world and a session by Goran Bregovic. Born in Sarajevo, Bregovic is one of the Balkan's greatest exponents of modern gypsy music and on tonight's show he and members of his band perform an exclusive set of songs featuring on his latest album "Champagne for Gypsies".
    Goran Bregovic; says, "I come from a culture that has been bypassed by opera and symphonic music. In times when Monteverdi wrote his ORFEO we were still labouring fields with oxen-driven ploughs, breeding cattle and fishing. And traditionally music was played to accompany drinking. My album "Alkohol" is a modest attempt to bridge the gap by making music that can be enjoyed and danced to with or without ALKOHOL."
    From 1974 until 1989, Bregovic; played lead guitar and was the main creative force behind Bijelo Dugme (White Button). For years they stood as one of the most popular bands in SFR Yugoslavia.
    These days Bregovic; performs with a large ensemble of musicians: a brass band, bagpipes, a string ensemble, a tuxedo-clad all-male choir from Belgrade, and traditional Bulgarian and Roma singers make up his 40-piece band and orchestra. Since 1998, Bregovic; has been performing all over the world with his Weddings and Funerals Orchestra which consists of 10 people in the small version or 37 in the large.
      Coig In Session20130705 Mary Ann Kennedy with the latest sounds from around the globe and featuring a session with Coig, a new band formed by some of the rising stars of the Cape Breton folk scene.
      Cedric Watson At The 2013 Shetland Folk Festival20130712 Mary Ann Kennedy with tracks from across the globe, plus Louisiana creole singer Cedric Watson in concert at the Shetland Folk Festival.
    Singer, fiddle player and accordionist Cedric Watson warms up the British Legion Hall in Lerwick, Shetland with the warm sunshine of French-American creole culture. His new album 'Le Soleil est Levé' demonstrates his love for traditional styles which he refreshes with his own new songs.
      Session Sarah Savoy20130719 Lopa Kothari is joined in the studio for a session by the cajun singer-songwriter - and chef - Sarah Savoy with her band from Louisiana. Accompanied by bass, accordion, fiddle and guitar she reflects on being "Cajun born, bred and dead", as well as what awaits us in the Fires of Hell.
       20130802 Lopa Kothari and Mary Ann Kennedy introduce highlights from last weekend's WOMAD Festival.
      The Young Uns Live In Session20130809 Mary Ann Kennedy presents new music from around the globe and a live studio session from The Young Uns.
      Cocos Lovers In Session20130816 Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, plus a session with English alternative folk band Cocos Lovers, performing Kentish roots music with influences from just about anywhere.
      Session With Sam Amidon20130823 Multi-instrumentalist and folk singer from Vermont, Sam Amidon is in session. Plus all the latest sounds from around the world with Lopa Kothari. Producer James Parkin.
    Born in 1981 and raised in Vermont by folk-musician parents, Sam Amidon sings and plays fiddle, banjo, and guitar. As a teenager, Amidon rose to acclaim as a fiddler, releasing five albums with his band Popcorn Behavior. A musician who plays anything from traditional folk to free jazz, Amidon has released four solo albums, and also plays in the New York-based indie-rock bands Doveman and Stars Like Fleas. Amidon also draws comics and makes videos and his work has shown in the Galleries Kuhturm in Leipzig, Audio Visual Arts in New York City, and in a multimedia performance at New York's Museum of Art and Design.
      The Wagon Tales In Session20130830 Lopa Kothari with new tracks from across the globe, plus a studio session with British alternative bluegrass band The Wagon Tales.
    A motley collection of British musicians with backgrounds variously in Muse, Madness and the English Chamber Orchestra, The Wagon Tales bring their spark and virtuosity to American bluegrass music, with a mix of traditional tunes and original compositions. Their debut album 'Introducing...' has been acclaimed by people who know about these things.
      Session With James Duncan Mackenzie20130906 Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, plus a studio session with Scots bagpiper James Duncan MacKenzie.
    James Duncan MacKenzie has just released his first solo album, emerging from a background which stretches back to early instruction on the Isle of Lewis and ranges from performances with the prize-winning ScottishPower Pipe Band to gigs with one of the hottest young bands on the Scottish scene, Breabach. He also has a growing reputation as a composer, and his tunes are regularly heard in Glasgow's lively session scene.
     
    World on 3 Session With Man's Ruin20130913 Mary Ann Kennedy with tracks from across the globe, plus a session with Scottish alt-folk band Man's Ruin.
    World on 3 Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya Live In Session20130920 Lopa Kothari with tracks from across the globe, plus a live session with Indian slide guitar player Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya and Pandit Yogesh Samsi on tabla.
      Sound Of Cinema: Ar Rahman Profile, 2013 Darbar Festival20130927 Lopa Kothari with a profile of Indian film composer A R Rahman, plus highlights from last weekend's Darbar Festival of Indian classical music, including the sitar of Budhaditya Mukherjee and the voice of Sudha Ragunathan.
    In the first hour of the programme, as part of the Sound of Cinema season, Lopa Kothari meets A R Rahman, who brought about a revolution in Indian cinema in the 1990s with music that introduced fresh elements from Indian traditional and sacred music, plus western pop and classical. Rahman also insisted on a state-of-the-art approach to sound quality, and two decades on, the technical standards in Indian films and in urban Indian cinemas are the equal of anywhere in the world. Emerging from the Tamil film industry, Rahman moved to Bollywood and then went on to popularise Indian film music to a global audience, not least with his song 'Jai Ho' from 'Slumdog Millionaire'. Rahman is still based in the Tamil city of Chennai, and Lopa Kothari visits his studio, and also Rahman's own music conservatory, where he is seeking to train a new generation of orchestral and traditional Indian musicians to perform for Indian films in the future.
    The second hour is devoted to two performances from the Darbar Festival, with leading performers from both north and south India.
      Session With Cigdem Aslan20131004 Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, plus a studio session with young Turkish singer Çigdem Aslan, performing songs from her debut album 'Mortissa'.
    'Mortissa' means 'strong, independent woman', and Çigdem Aslan's new album looks back to the musically-rich period of Turkey and Greece in the 1920s, when 'rebetiko' songs flourished in the cafes of Istanbul, Athens and Piraeus. Like the contemporary jazz of the USA, these songs were associated with the disreputable underclass, and spoke against the status quo of the time with powerful and emotional music.
      Session With Cigdem Aslan20131004 Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, plus a studio session with young Turkish singer Çigdem Aslan, performing songs from her debut album 'Mortissa'.
    'Mortissa' means 'strong, independent woman', and Çigdem Aslan's new album looks back to the musically-rich period of Turkey and Greece in the 1920s, when 'rebetiko' songs flourished in the cafes of Istanbul, Athens and Piraeus. Like the contemporary jazz of the USA, these songs were associated with the disreputable underclass, and spoke against the status quo of the time with powerful and emotional music.
      Natacha Atlas In Session20131011 Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, plus a session with one of the legends of world music, Natacha Atlas.
    Natacha Atlas emerged in the 1990s as lead singer with Transglobal Underground, later following a solo career. She has described herself as a 'human Gaza Strip', blending together influences from her diverse musical background, which embraces Arab, Jewish and Western European styles. She has two new albums just out, a 2-CD retrospective and a live album recorded in Toulouse.
      Natacha Atlas In Session20131011 Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, plus a session with one of the legends of world music, Natacha Atlas.
    Natacha Atlas emerged in the 1990s as lead singer with Transglobal Underground, later following a solo career. She has described herself as a 'human Gaza Strip', blending together influences from her diverse musical background, which embraces Arab, Jewish and Western European styles. She has two new albums just out, a 2-CD retrospective and a live album recorded in Toulouse.
      Nynke In Session20131018 Lopa Kothari presents the latest tracks from across the globe, plus a specially recorded studio session by the Dutch fado singer Nynke, who combines influences from the Mediterranean and her native Friesland.
      Nynke In Session20131018 Lopa Kothari presents the latest tracks from across the globe, plus a specially recorded studio session by the Dutch fado singer Nynke, who combines influences from the Mediterranean and her native Friesland.
      Womex 201320131025 Lopa Kothari introduces international showcase artists from WOMEX 2013.
      Womex 201320131025 Lopa Kothari is live at the Wales Millennium Centre for highlights from WOMEX 2013, the annual gathering of the world music industry. WOMEX is a showcase for artists worldwide, and performing in concert are the Indian classical violin duo Ganesh and Kumaresh. Plus an exclusive session from the Wales-Senegal collaboration of Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita.
      Capercaillie In Session20131101 Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, plus a studio session with Scottish folk pioneers Capercaille.
    Capercaillie celebrate their 30th anniversary this year, releasing their first album for five years. As much as any other band, they revitalised Scottish music, presenting traditional songs and tunes in a way that is thoroughly up to date, yet still respecting the original spirit, and also writing new songs in a contemporary Scottish folk style. In their new album they return to the ancient repertoire of Hebridean songs.
    World on 3 Capercaillie In Session20131101 Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, plus a studio session with Scottish folk pioneers Capercaille.
    Capercaillie celebrate their 30th anniversary this year, releasing their first album for five years. As much as any other band, they revitalised Scottish music, presenting traditional songs and tunes in a way that is thoroughly up to date, yet still respecting the original spirit, and also writing new songs in a contemporary Scottish folk style. In their new album they return to the ancient repertoire of Hebridean songs.
      April Verch In Session20131108 Mary Ann Kennedy presents new music plus a session with Canadian fiddle player April Verch
    Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, plus a studio session with Canadian fiddle player April Verch.
    April Verch is a fiddle player from Canada's Ottawa Valley, who was the first woman to win both the Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship and the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Competition. She has come through this experience relatively unscathed, and has just released her ninth studio album, 'Bright Like Gold'. She is joined by Ohio guitarist Hayes Griffin, and banjo and bass player Cody Walters from Kansas.
    World on 3 April Verch In Session20131108 Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, plus a studio session with Canadian fiddle player April Verch.
    April Verch is a fiddle player from Canada's Ottawa Valley, who was the first woman to win both the Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship and the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Competition. She has come through this experience relatively unscathed, and has just released her ninth studio album, 'Bright Like Gold'. She is joined by Ohio guitarist Hayes Griffin, and banjo and bass player Cody Walters from Kansas.
      Womex 201320131129 With Lopa Kothari. Including music from WOMEX 2013: Cumbia All Stars and Jambinai.
    Lopa Kothari with tracks from across the globe, plus music from WOMEX, the world music expo in Cardiff. Including performances from Peruvian veterans Cumbia All Stars, and acoustic death metal from South Koreans Jambinai.
      Siba In Session20131206 Lopa Kothari with sounds from around the world including a studio session by the musical maverick, roots researcher and Manguebeat pioneer, Siba from Brazil. Plus the editor of fRoots Ian Anderson, reveals the results of the magazine's 2013 Critics Poll. Producer James Parkin.
    Described as "one of the mavericks of the Brazilian music scene", Siba released his latest album in September 2013, mixing Northeastern Brazilian rhythms, rock 'n' roll and romantic Brazilian 'brega' music with African influences such as 70s Senegalese guitar music and Congotronics.
    He was a pioneer in the manguebeat revolution of the late 90s that took Chico Science and Siba's own band, Mestre Ambrosio ? previously signed to Sony Music Brazil ? across the globe; he's lived the life of a struggling Maracatu poet singing improvised verses long into the night in the harsh Brazilian interior of Zona da mata; he's redefined contemporary Brazilian roots music with his folk orchestra Siba e a Fuloresta, and now, he turns a new page as a tropical rocker with a collection of songs hailed by Brazilian critics as one of the Brazilian albums of the year.
      The Mandela Years20131213 Mary Ann Kennedy introduces Andy Kershaw's hour-long tribute to Nelson Mandela, told through the music of the time. With archive interviews and music from Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the praise poet Mzwakhe Mbuli.
    In the second hour, a studio session with Malian kora player Ballake Sissoko and his quartet plus a round-up of the latest releases from around the globe.
    We know little of Mandela's personal taste in music, but he certainly recognised the value of music in the struggle against apartheid. Whether it was raising awareness in the international community, or raising morale in South Africa itself, music not only reflected but also influenced the events of the time. Andy Kershaw begins in the 1950s with the music of the Manhattan Brothers, and traces the music of the exiles in the 1960s and 70s, the songs of the activists, the many 'Free Mandela' songs of the 1980s, and the music that celebrated the end of apartheid and the birth of the Rainbow Nation. And Andy recalls the time when he once - accidentally - met Nelson Mandela.
    "It is music and dancing that make me at peace with the world."
    - Nelson Mandela.
      Tsuumi Sound System In Session20131220 Mary Ann Kennedy presents the latest releases from around the globe plus a specially recorded studio session by Finnish folk eight-piece Tsuumi Sound System.
      Abida Parveen In Concert20131228 Lopa Kothari introduces a concert given by Pakistani Sufi singer Abida Parveen.
    Lopa Kothari introduces a concert by Pakistani Sufi legend Abida Parveen, part of the Manchester International Festival 2013.
    This Bridgewater Hall concert was Abida Parveen's first appearance in the UK for a decade, a much-anticipated event for her many UK devotees. She is regarded as one of the leading singers of Sufi music, a devotional Islamic music which claims to bring its followers to a spiritual ecstasy and a oneness with the Divine. Her appeal also goes far beyond her fans - the critic of the Manchester Evening News wrote of this concert, "As soon as she started singing, Parveen's extraordinary voice transcended language and cultural barriers. Such is the power and strength of this woman's vocal cords you don't need to know about Sufism or understand the languages she sings in to appreciate an amazing gift.".
      Soothsayers With Cornell Campbell In Session20140103 Sounds from around the world, plus a studio session by a new collective made up of the sweet-voiced Jamaican Cornell Campbell and the London-based Afro-dub collective, Soothsayers. With Lopa Kothari.
    The pairing of sweet-voiced Jamaican Cornell Campbell and the London-based reggae and Afro-dub collective, Soothsayers (led by Robin Hopcraft and Idris Rahman), first took shape through a chance meeting between Cornell Campbell and Hopcraft in Kingston Jamaica early in 2011. A session was arranged at Bunny Lee's recording studio in West Kingston and, within days, the collaboration produced the sweet 'I'll Never Leave', a homage to Cornell's island home of St Elizabeth.
    Now signed to Strut, the collaboration has recorded a full album in which the collective revisits Cornell's poignant 1970s sufferer's classic 'Jah Jah Me No Born Yah'. Soothsayers also bring their trademark fusion of influences and move Cornell's sound into bold new directions, adding an African groove to the hard-hitting 'Nothing Can Stop Us'.
    The album carries forward the legacy of Campbell's recordings over the last half century, from his early work with "Coxsone" Dodd at Studio One to '70s and '80s classics with Joe Gibbs, Bunny "Striker" Lee, King Tubby and Winston "Niney" Observer. For Soothsayers, the album is the culmination of ten years leading the London live scene. Comprising musicians that have played with many top artists including Mulatu Astatke, Jerry Dammers' Spatial AKA Arkestra and Hugh Masekela, the band are known for their collaborations with Johnny Clarke, Maxi Jazz (Faithless), Keziah Jones and more, and form the nucleus of the band that backed the London leg of the 'Fela!' musical during 2011.
      Monoswezi In Session20140110 Lopa Kothari with new tracks from across the globe, plus a studio session with Monoswezi, fronted by Zimbabwean singer Hope Masike.
    Monoswezi - the name means 'one world' in Shona - is a coming together of jazz musicians from Norway and Sweden with Zimbabwean singer Hope Masike. Hope also plays the mbira, Zimbabwe's traditional thumb-piano, and their music is rooted in the folk songs of Zimbabwe and neighbouring Mozambique. The band's success has been worldwide: a critic from New Zealand wrote "Proving less-is-more, the spacious arrangements allow for the simple folk melodies to sit easily with elegantly sophisticated contemporary jazz.".
      Celtic Connections 201420140131 Mary Ann Kennedy live from the BBC's Pacific Quay studios in Glasgow with artists from Celtic Connections, plus the launch of the 26-part series Commonwealth Connections, featuring musicians from across the Commonwealth.
    Music from each and every Commonwealth country: part of the BBC's Commonwealth Games programming, Commonwealth Connections is 26 weekly features reflecting the breathtaking range of music and culture across the 53 countries of the Commonwealth. Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 as part of World on 3, starting from Glasgow's Celtic Connections festival in January and running until the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July, the series includes 26 music features recorded on location, and 26 'Heritage Tracks' introduced by sports people and cultural figures from the Commonwealth countries. The series culminates in a live concert from Glasgow on 1st August, just before the close of the Games, from BBC@theQuay, the BBC's cultural hub on the banks of the Clyde.
    The Radio 3 team in Glasgow and London will be crossing the globe, meeting musicians, recording music on location and capturing musical events, all reflecting the traditional cultures of each country. From Antigua to Zambia, the series reflects the Commonwealth's vibrant sounds, as the countries come together for their festival of sport. The features will also be available for internet streaming and as podcasts, building up a rich audio archive alongside a wealth of images and video.
    The features will be transmitted around midnight on Friday nights, the centrepiece of Radio 3's world music programme World on 3.
    Programme 1
    MUSIC FEATURE: Jamaica - the route to Reggae
    In Port Antonio over on the north side of the island, the Jolly Boys, a mento band formed in 1945 to entertain at Errol Flynn's parties, live a quiet life entertaining the visiting stars singing songs of social comment. This is Jamaica's Calypso complete with banjo, percussion and rumba box accompaniment, an acoustic forerunner to the ubiquitous Reggae music heard all over the Caribbean.
    HERITAGE TRACK: Swaziland
    Gideon Mthembu made his name as a marathon runner for Swaziland, representing his country at the Seoul Olympics in 1988.He went on to play an important role in the administration of athletics in Swaziland, becoming General Secretary of the Athletics Federation, and today continues his work promoting track and field in the whole Southern Africa Region. He chose the artist Bholoja, with a song called "Indzawo Yami" from his album "Swazi Soul", a beautiful song explaining Swazis' deep attachment to the land they call home.
      Siba In Session20140207 Lopa Kothari with tracks from across the globe, a studio session with Brazilian artist Siba and part two of 'Commonwealth Connections', featuring musicians from around the Commonwealth.
    SESSION: Described as "one of the mavericks of the local music scene", Siba has redefined contemporary Brazilian roots music with his folk orchestra Siba e a Fuloresta. He released his latest album in September, hailed by local critics as one of last year's best, mixing North-Eastern Brazilian rhythms, rock 'n' roll and romantic Brazilian 'brega' music with African influences such as 70s Senegalese guitar music and Congotronics - flavours very much explored in our exclusive studio session.
    'Commonwealth Connections' is a new BBC Radio 3 landmark 26-part weekly series leading up to the Commonwealth Games in July, featuring music from each of the 53 member states, reflecting the range of music and culture across the whole organisation.
    MUSIC FEATURE: Canada - A Postcard from the Atlantic island of Newfoundland
    A lively music session recorded in St. John's, Newfoundland's capital city, featuring legendary button accordionist Frank Maher, singer and collector of folk songs, Jean Hewson, the respected fiddler and academic Christina Smith plus other local musicians including bodhran player Rick West and fiddler Tony O'Brien. We hear how generations of musicians have found inspiration from their landscape, their fishing traditions and island life.
    HERITAGE TRACK: Lesotho
    Mosito Lehata, 100 and 200 metre sprinter, is the fastest man in Lesotho and is the current holder of the country's record for the 100 metres. Mosito's chosen artist is Lesotho saxophonist Bhudaza with the track "Tjontjobina" from his album "Bo-Mapefane".
      Angelique Kidjo20140214 With Lopa Kothari. The third part of our 'Commonwealth Connections' series, and a session with African mega-star Angelique Kidjo.
    Angelique Kidjo is a Grammy award-winning music recording artist deemed "Africa's premier diva". Born in Benin, West Africa, Kidjo's dynamic and infectious music has transcended art and now reaches philanthropy through her work with organizations and charities across Third-World countries. Angelique talks about all that in this exclusive session in our studio and shows all her inspiring magic and power, including a musical Valentine-Day present for all!
    We continue Commonwealth Connections, a landmark 26-part weekly series leading up to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July. Featuring musicians and musical events from each and every of the 53 member states from Antigua to Zambia, the series reflects the Commonwealth's vibrant sounds, as the countries come together for their festival of sport. In this programme, music from South Africa and the Bahamas.
    Music Feature: Every Sunday morning, townships across South Africa vibrate to the sound and colour of traditional gospel services. The Holy Ethiopian Catholic Church of Zion gather in Soweto to sing songs which blend ancient Zulu melodies and free-flowing phrases with missionary-style harmonies which they say bring them closer to God. A very different kind of township style is found in the music of Madosini, a mouth-bow player and singer living in Cape Town. Now 92 years old, and still performing professionally, she sings stories of life in pre-apartheid rural South Africa, with dramatic overtone-singing and expressive mouth-bow effects.
    Plus a heritage track from the Bahamas:
    Bahamian 400m sprinter and Olympic medallist, Chris Brown talks about junkanoo, the music of the annual street parades that resonates with all Bahamians. This music, deeply rooted in the islands' historic ties to Africa, brings back memories for Chris of winning a drumming competition as a child and becoming the lead drummer on his island; of crowds dancing in the streets underneath giant figures of people and animals; and of fires springing up across the islands, lit to warm the drums so that they make the perfect sound. Chris explains how the rhythms of junkanoo are still with him today at international competitions inspiring him to achieve the very best.
      With Mary Ann Kennedy. Commonwealth Connections 4 And A Session With Eduardo Niebla20140221 Mary Ann Kennedy with tracks from across the globe, a studio session with jazz flamenco guitarist Eduardo Niebla, and part 4 of 'Commonwealth Connections' with music from Barbados and Mauritius.
    Eduardo Niebla was born in Tangiers in Morocco, and at a young age he fled with his family as a refugee to Spain. He played in a rock band before moving to flamenco and jazz, composing his own pieces and performing in festivals around the world.
    Commonwealth Connections is a landmark 26-part weekly series leading up to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July. Featuring musicians and musical events from each of the 53 member states from Antigua to Zambia, the series reflects the Commonwealth's vibrant sounds, as the countries come together for their festival of sport.
    Commonwealth Connections music feature:
    The music of Barbados is a curious hybrid of British culture and African rhythms dating back to plantation days, and their strong Calypso song is an aural newspaper of modern life on the Island. Wayne 'Poonka' Willocks explains the tradition of his three man Tuk band of bass drum, snare drum and penny whistle and its connection to Scottish marching bands. Nine-times Calypso Monarch winner, Dr Anthony Carter, better known as The Mighty Gabby, sings of a more contemporary Barbados with his spontaneous and witty songs which tell stories about Bajan life. The songs range widely across hot topics in Bajan culture from the life of fishermen, a protest about sending Bajan troops to war, and of course the Bajan passion for Cricket, told with a twinkle and a more than a hint of sexual double-entendre.
    Commonwealth Connections heritage track:
    Christianne Legentil did Mauritius proud by reaching the quarter finals of the 52 kg women's Judo category at the London Olympics, despite coming from an island just 18 kilometres long in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Rodrigues Island lies five hundred kilometres east of the main island of Mauritius, and the Republic of Mauritius is an unusual Commonwealth Country because it is largely French speaking. Christine has chosen some seggae music, a fusion of the local sega music and reggae with an old favourite "Li Tourner" by Alain Ramanisum which has recently been given a new lease of life by local DJs.
    Producer Roger Short.
      Bulgarian Voices Angelite20140228 Lopa Kothari with tracks from across the globe, a studio session with Bulgarian Voices Angelite, and part 5 of Commonwealth Connections with music from Namibia and Tanzania.
    COMMONWEALTH CONNECTIONS
    This landmark 26-part weekly series leading up to the Commonwealth Games in July features music from each of the 53 member states, reflecting the range of music and culture across the whole Commonwealth.
    Music feature from Namibia:
    In the Namibian bush, close to the Botswana border, two San families share their musical traditions. As one of southern Africa's oldest peoples, the San are proud of a way of life that is dying out. We hear berry-picking work songs and healing dances that have been performed for centuries. In Namibia's capital Windhoek, singer-songwriter Elemotho is also preserving Namibian traditions through his music. He explains how his childhood in the Kalahari Desert has influenced his songs.
    Heritage track from Tanzania:
    Suleman Nyambui Mujaya struck silver for Tanzania in the 5000 metres at the Moscow Olympics in 1980. He stayed in sport and is now General Secretary of Athletics Tanzania.
    His chosen artist is Best Nasso, and the track is Narudi Kijijini, a warning for young Africans leaving their villages that life in the big city might not be all it's cracked up to be.
    Session with Bulgarian Voices Angelite:
    Formed from the ashes of the old State Television Choir by the State Choir's manager Tanja Andreeva, The Bulgarian Voices Angelite have become one of the most renowned vocal ensembles from the Balkans. The choir comprises 19 female voices, under the leadership of Georgy Petkov, and creates a unique blend of classical and folk traditions and an enchanting array of vocal sounds. Their new album 'Angelite' is out now on German label Jaro.
      Sidi Toure In Session, Commonwealth Connections 620140314 Mary Ann Kennedy with tracks from across the globe, a studio session with Malian singer Sidi Toure, and Commonwealth Connections 6, with music from Australia and Antigua.
    'Commonwealth Connections' is a BBC Radio 3 landmark 26-part weekly series leading up to the Commonwealth Games in July, featuring music from each of the 53 member states, reflecting the range of music and culture across the whole organisation.
    MUSIC FEATURE: AUSTRALIA
    Mark Atkins is regarded as one of Australia's finest virtuoso didgeridoo players and is recognized internationally for his collaborations with some of the world's leading musicians, including
    Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Sinead O'Connor and minimalist classical composer Philip Glass. Atkins is of Irish/Australian heritage, as well as being a descendant of Western Australia's Yamitji people. We get a chance to hear him performing and weaving stories at a didgeridoo workshop- festival held in Woolloongabba, a suburb of Brisbane, alongside contributions from master didgeridoo player Stephen Kent and Aboriginal player Adrian Burragubba, who talks about the concepts of 'Dreamtime' and 'songlines'.
    HERITAGE TRACK: ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA- KASHEEM COLBOURNE
    Up and coming 200m and 400m sprinter Kasheem Colbourne expresses through his music choice his deep pride in the beauty of his country. 'Antigua' by Rupert Blaize conjures up paradise-like images of this twin island state's stunning natural landscape and the warmth of its people, and for these reasons is a popular song in the country. Glasgow 2014 will be Kasheem's first time competing at Commonwealth level and in his contribution to this series he expresses his resolve to do well, represent Antigua and Barbuda, and put it on the map in the minds of the world-wide audience for the track and field events.
    SESSION WITH SIDI TOURE:
    Sidi Toure was born in Gao in northern Mali , and he bases his music on the local Songhai styles. His new album 'Alafia' reflects Mali's recent turbulent times. Sidi Toure was on tour in France when Gao was occupied by rebels, and his new songs call on Malians to move forward in a spirit of unity.
      Live At Southbank Centre: Claudia Aurora In Session, Commonwealth Connections 720140321 Live at Southbank Centre: Mary Ann Kennedy with Portuguese Fado singer Claudia Aurora live in session and part 7 of the Commonwealth Connections series.
    COMMONWEALTH CONNECTIONS
    This landmark 26-part weekly series leading up to the Commonwealth Games in July features music from each of the 53 member states, reflecting the range of music and culture across the whole Commonwealth.
    Music feature from Botswana:
    In Botswana, each tribe has their own identifiable style of music. The Balete Ditlhaka traditional group, based in Ramotswa village in the south of Botswana, is one of the last groups keeping Ditlhaka music alive. Deputy Chief Kgosi Tsimane Mokgosi tells the stories of the Ditlhaka music, and the group's director and pipe tuner Sialala Mookestsi shares how he learnt Ditlhaka in the South African mines as a boy. In Botswana's capital Gaborone, a very different sound comes from inside a garden; Myzer Mathako plays his Mbira, moved by its spirit.
    Heritage Track from Sierra Leone:
    Hafsatu Kamara is an up-and-coming sprinter who represented Sierra Leone at the 2013 African Senior Championships, and aims to do well at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Raised in Sierra Leone and the United States, she is well aware of the extremes life can throw at you, having been forced to leave Sierra Leone because of the outbreak of Civil War in the early nineties. Her choice of music is by Emmerson from his "Yesterday Betteh Pass Tiday?" album, a recording which provoked a tense political debate in Sierra Leone. This reggae song "Na for Balance" advises Sierra Leoneans to avoid physical confrontation.
    Live session with Claudia Aurora:
    Born and raised in Oporto, Portugal. Claudia Aurora grew up listening to early Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young and Janis Joplin. It wasn't until she re-located to Bristol in 2003, a place far from friends and family, that she became interested in performing the music from her roots - Fado, a musical form renowned for its heady mix of loss, longing, love, and nostalgia.
    Radio 3 is broadcasting live from a pop-up studio at London's Southbank Centre all day every day for the last two weeks of March. If you're in the area, visit the Radio 3 studio and performance space in the Royal Festival Hall Riverside Café to listen to Radio 3, ask questions and enjoy the special events.
      Live At Southbank Centre: Fay Hield And The Hurricane Party, Commonwealth Connections 820140328 Live at Southbank Centre: Commonwealth Connections 8 plus a session with Fay Hield and The Hurricane Party, presented by Lopa Kothari.
    'Commonwealth Connections' is a BBC Radio 3 landmark 26-part weekly series leading up to the Commonwealth Games in July, featuring music from each of the 53 member states, reflecting the range of music and culture across the whole organisation.
    Music feature from St Lucia
    St Lucia's leading traditional folk band Man May La Kay keep alive the traditional Kwadril music. Drawn originally from the French courtly Quadrille, this is a curious mix of African and European dance styles introduced by the European plantation owners of an earlier era. Once a reminder of their colonial past, the Kwadril has become a national symbol of the people of St Lucia and this joyful music is the definitive Caribbean ceilidh.
    Heritage Track from Brunei:
    The Loneliness of the Short Distance Runner: 400m sprinter Maziah Mahusin was the only female athlete representing her country at the London Olympics 2012; carrying the Bruneian flag at the Opening Ceremony is one of her proudest moments. Since then she has inspired many young girls to run; these days they turn up in crowds at her training sessions to run alongside her. Maziah chooses a track that reminds her of playing with her siblings as a child, Sebarkan ke Seantero dunia by Putri Norizah. She reflects on how far she's come in her career- and on what it's going to take to live up to the responsibility she now feels to keep training hard and make Bruneians yet more proud of her.
    Session with Fay Hield and The Hurricane Party:
    By day an ethnomusicologist, by night one of England's most original folksingers, Fay Hield performs here with some of the leading luminaries of English folk, including Jon Boden, Sam Sweeney, Rob Habron and Andy Cutting
    Radio 3 is broadcasting live from a pop-up studio at London's Southbank Centre all day every day for the last two weeks of March. If you're in the area, visit the Radio 3 studio and performance space in the Royal Festival Hall Riverside Café to listen to Radio 3, ask questions and enjoy the special events.
      Mayra Andrade, Commonwealth Connections 920140404 Lopa Kothari with tracks from across the globe, Commonwealth Connections from Rwanda and Pakistan, and a session with Cape Verdean singer Mayra Andrade.
    'Commonwealth Connections' is a BBC Radio 3 landmark 26-part weekly series leading up to the Commonwealth Games in July, featuring music from each of the 53 member states, reflecting the range of music and culture across the whole organisation.
    Music feature from Rwanda:
    This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, which was triggered by the assassination of the Rwandan President on April 6th 1994, and continued for 100 days, with an estimated death toll of more than half a million. Since then Rwanda has seen a remarkable transformation, and the capital Kigali is now a prosperous and thriving capital. Music has played its part in that transformation, and we hear first from Sophie Nzayisenga, who sings and plays the traditional stringed instrument, the inanga. She lost brothers and sisters in the conflict, surviving by hiding in the bush with her father for the hundred days. She is now involved in Rwanda's Cultural Upgrading Initiative, which seeks to promote harmony through traditional music. There is also a session with Gakondo, a traditional group which plays regular concerts at the Hotel Milles Collines, well known around the world as the former UN hotel which became a refuge during the genocide.
    Heritage Track: Pakistan
    Kiran Khan is one of Pakistan's first international female swimmers. She talks about the responsibilities and pressures of being a media celebrity and a role-model for other women, and the difficulties of pursuing her chosen sport in a Muslim country. Her uplifting music choice, Jazba-e-Junoon, to himmat na haar by Ali Azmat, reflects the support she's received from her family, particularly her father, who always dreamed that his daughter should fulfil her dreams and become an inspiration to others.
    Session with Mayra Andrade:
    She was born in Cuba, but her parents were from Cape Verde, and her main musical influences have always been the songs of these islands. Although she has lived in Paris in recent years, most of her songs are in Cape Verde's local Crioulo language. Her new album 'Lovely Difficult' has already been nominated for a French Victoires de la Musique Award.
      Mischa Macpherson Trio In Session, Commonwealth Connections 1020140411 Mary Ann Kennedy with tracks from across the globe, Commonwealth Connections from Tonga and Maldives, plus the Mischa Macpherson Trio in session live from Glasgow.
    'Commonwealth Connections' is a BBC Radio 3 landmark 26-part weekly series leading up to the Commonwealth Games in July, featuring music from each of the 53 member states, reflecting the range of music and culture across the whole organisation.
    Music feature from Tonga:
    A rare performance of music by the Lomipeau Collection, recorded in a church hall in the village of Lapaha, Tonga. Singer Alusa Falefa has been entrusted by Noble Kalaniuvalu Fotofili, the living heir to the Tu'i Tonga dynasty, to preserve this music. He leads a 30 strong vocal ensemble along with his son Soane Ngutukoula Tatuila Pusiaki, a practitioner of Tonga's most famous instrument the noseflute. This deeply moving form of music-making has been preserved since the 1800s, and Alusa's grandfather used to perform for Queen Salote of Tonga.
    Heritage Track from Maldives:
    Mueena Mohamed is the Number One table tennis player in Maldives. She chooses a song very familiar to her from her childhood, Minivan vayaa, and talks about the place of music in Maldivian culture, the challenge of balancing high-level training with a job, and what it means to her to compete in her fourth Commonwealth Games.
    Session with the Mischa Macpherson Trio:
    Gaelic singer Mischa Macpherson, with guitarist Innes White and pipes player Conal McDonagh are the winners of this year's BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. Mischa grew up in Sandwick on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, and the trio's music refects the unique culture of those islands.
      Nuba Nour In Session, Commonwealth Connections 1120140418 Lopa Kothari with new tracks from across the globe, Commonwealth Connections from Cyprus and Ghana, and Nuba Nour in session
    MUSIC FEATURE: CYPRUS
    The story of Cyprus's tumultuous past is told through its archaeological treasures, its dusty streets, its food and music. Michalis Tterlikkas was born and lived in the rural village of Kapouti in northern Cyprus until the 1974 Turkish invasion. As a child, he was steeped in the folklore and music of Cyprus and shares with us this lifelong passion for traditional song. Meanwhile, the next generation of musicians is picking up the traditional baton, and a new vigour is brought to the music of Cyprus by the trio 'Monsieur Doumani', who perform on a Nicosia rooftop, overlooking the old city and the green line that divides a nation.
    HERITAGE TRACK:GHANA
    Ghana has made quite an impact on the world music scene over the years, not least with Highlife music, perhaps the best known genre to emerge from this west African country - and the Anglo-Ghanaian band Orchestra Jazira delighted audiences here in the UK in the eighties. But for weightlifter Alberta Ampomah, who represented Ghana in the London Olympics and at the Delhi Commonwealth Games and is currently training as a police officer in Accra, the times have clearly moved on.
    Song "Life" by R2Bees
    STUDIO SESSION: NUBA NOUR
    Cairo-based Nubian singers and master frame drummers Nuba Nour perform traditional Nubian music and modern folk songs that express the hardship of the exiled Nubian people after the loss of their Aswan homeland in the 1960s. They perform a song from their debut double A side 7" single, Dessy Lemon to be released on Record Store Day 2014 (19th April 2014).
      The Gloaming In Session, Commonwealth Connections 1220140425 Mary Ann Kennedy with a session from Irish band The Gloaming, news of the Songlines Awards, and Commonwealth Connections continues with music from Grenada and Malawi.
    Feature: Malawi
    In a music centre at the heart of Malawi's capital Lilongwe, 3 groups converge to demonstrate some of this country's rich music and culture. Waliko Makhala, respected musicologist and pioneer at Malawi Broadcasting Corporation, introduces the Kang'oma Cultural Troupe. Teacher Nkathama Chavamagwede and singer Avelyn White play township jive and songs of social comment. Nyandoro & The Black Souls fill a small teaching room with the sounds of unashamedly traditional songs, and we hear how this music defines Malawi's heritage.
    Heritage Track: Grenada
    Writer Jacob Ross was short-listed for the 2009 Commonwealth Writers' Prize and in 2011 was awarded Grenada's highest award for his contribution to literature. His choice of Heritage Track- the 1960s calypso Dan is the Man in the Van by The Mighty Sparrow- reminds him of growing up in Grenada and the schooling he received in what was then a British colony, full of nonsensical nursery rhymes and images of seasons unknown in the Caribbean. He paints a picture of Grenadians as being both laid-back and determined in their attitude to life, and nurturing high hopes as their star sprinter, Kirani James, heads for Glasgow this summer.
    Session: The Gloaming
    Since breaking into the music scene in Ireland in 2011 The Gloaming has been critically acclaimed for their innovative approach, mixing traditional Irish folk roots with the New York contemporary music scene. Irish and American musicians join forces in this five-piece ensemble to produce a fresh mix moving 'the music of Ireland in captivating new directions', according to The New Yorker Magazine. After concerts in London, Amsterdam, Paris and New York last year, The Gloaming showcase some of their latest work in an exclusive session in our studio.
    Mary Ann Kennedy with a session from Irish band The Gloaming, news of the Songlines Awards, and Commonwealth Connections continues with music from Grenada and Malawi.
    Feature: Malawi
    In a music centre at the heart of Malawi's capital Lilongwe, 3 groups converge to demonstrate some of this country's rich music and culture. Waliko Makhala, respected musicologist and pioneer at Malawi Broadcasting Corporation, introduces the Kang'oma Cultural Troupe. Teacher Nkathama Chavamagwede and singer Avelyn White play township jive and songs of social comment. Nyandoro & The Black Souls fill a small teaching room with the sounds of unashamedly traditional songs, and we hear how this music defines Malawi's heritage.
    Heritage Track: Grenada
    Writer Jacob Ross was short-listed for the 2009 Commonwealth Writers' Prize and in 2011 was awarded Grenada's highest award for his contribution to literature. His choice of Heritage Track- the 1960s calypso Dan is the Man in the Van by The Mighty Sparrow- reminds him of growing up in Grenada and the schooling he received in what was then a British colony, full of nonsensical nursery rhymes and images of seasons unknown in the Caribbean. He paints a picture of Grenadians as being both laid-back and determined in their attitude to life, and nurturing high hopes as their star sprinter, Kirani James, heads for Glasgow this summer.
    Session: The Gloaming
    Since breaking into the music scene in Ireland in 2011 The Gloaming has been critically acclaimed for their innovative approach, mixing traditional Irish folk roots with the New York contemporary music scene. Irish and American musicians join forces in this five-piece ensemble to produce a fresh mix moving 'the music of Ireland in captivating new directions', according to The New Yorker Magazine. After concerts in London, Amsterdam, Paris and New York last year, The Gloaming showcase some of their latest work in an exclusive session in our studio.
      Tinariwen In Session, Commonwealth Connections 1320140502 Mary Ann Kennedy introduces a live session with Tinariwen, the Tuareg band from the Sahara desert, and our Commonwealth Connections series, this week with music from Solomon Islands and Samoa.
    TINARIWEN LIVE
    A live session in our studio, plus interview, with this celebrated nomadic Tuareg band from the Sahara desert, offering more of their unique brand of Malian blues. Tinariwen plays material from their new album Emmaar, recorded in another desert, in California, miles away from their homeland because of its political instability.
    COMMONWEALTH CONNECTIONS FEATURE: SOLOMON ISLANDS
    Bamboo grows all over the Solomon Islands and provides a perfect natural material for making musical instruments. The 13 piece Waurana Pan Pipe Ensemble makes full use of the bamboo which grows around them to create their joyful, life-affirming sound. Hear the musicians talk about the history of this form of music making and enjoy a special session which captures a raw, hi-energy performance recorded at the Solomon Islands Broadcasting studios in the capital city of Honiara.
    COMMONWEALTH CONNECTIONS HERITAGE TRACK: Samoa
    Sia Figiel is a novelist, painter and poet who won the 1997 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Fiction (SE Asia/Pacific Region). Her choice of Heritage Track LOTA NU'U, sung by the Samoa Teachers' Choir, evokes deep emotions not only in her, but in many Samoans across the world, and is almost an unofficial national anthem, dissolving boundaries and bringing them, and all Pacific peoples, together as children of the great ocean, Moana.
      La Chiva Gantiva In Session, Commonwealth Connections 1420140509 Lopa Kothari presents a session with La Chiva Gantiva and Commonwealth Connections from Malta and The Gambia.
    COMMONWEALTH CONECTIONS MUSIC FEATURE: MALTA
    Malta's history reads like a Dan Brown novel and the music that has been recorded for this week's feature is infused with Malta's wonderfully diverse historical influences. Musician and composer, Ruben Zahra, takes us on a guided tour of traditional Maltese instruments that span the centuries: from the iz-Zummara, a Maltese reed flute fashioned by children as a toy, to the impressive Maltese bagpipe or iz-Zaqq. Ruben's passion for these instruments, the music and the skills needed to play is helping to prevent their extinction, as happened with the Maltese Lira. This is the world's first studio recording of the Maltese Lira which was lost some 200 years ago but recreated using lithographs and paintings.
    The tradition of working-class folk song is also being kept alive by the Maltese people in the wine bars of Zejtun. The 'Spirtu Pront' genre of folk song requires singers to verbally duel with improvised lyrics and it has been recorded live in the Ta' Ganna bar with six singers competing for their pride and superiority. They are accompanied by local musicians playing the unusual, horned, Maltese guitar.
    HERITAGE FEATURE: THE GAMBIA
    The Gambia is a relatively small slice of land in West Africa on the north and south shores of the river Gambia, and surrounded by Senegal. This week's Commonwealth athlete Suwaibou Sanneh currently lives away from his home town of Brikama studying in the States but he carries the country's music with him as he prepares for the 100 metres sprint, an event for which he holds the Gambian national record. A semi-finalist at the London Olympics, he aims to do even better at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Music from Jaliba Kuyateh and The Kumareh Band
    SESSION: LA CHIVA GANTIVA
    La Chiva Gantiva are a group of young Colombian musicians who met in Brussels. Fuelled with a desire to get back to their roots, they started to combine Colombian rhythms with rock, afrobeat and funk. Their new album 'Vivo' is out now on Crammed Discs. We catch them as they are about to embark on their UK tour.
    Mary Ann Kennedy presents a session with La Chiva Gantiva and Commonwealth Connections from Malta and The Gambia.
     
      Kristi Stassinopoulou And Stathis Kalyviotis, Phil Stanton, Commonwealth Connections 1520140516 Lopa Kothari introduces live music by Kristi Stassinopoulou and Stathis Kalyviotis, and talks to Phil Stanton who founded the Rough Guides label of world music compilations 20 years ago this year. This week's Commonwealth Connection is made in Dominica featuring the traditional Jing-ping style of music, and the Heritage Track is chosen by ping-pong champion Anolyn Lulu from Vanuatu.
    LIVE SESSION:
    Greekadelia is the latest album release of Kristi Stassinopoulou and Stathis Kalyviotis, and this innovative pair perform electro-acoustic arrangements of traditional folk songs from Greece as well as their own compositions, using their traditional instruments, live looping techniques and story telling.
    COMMONWEALTH CONNECTIONS FEATURE: DOMINICA
    Music is a family affair in La Petite Souffriere, a tiny and remote village high in the hills of Dominica. Isma Alie still works as a farmer cultivating Bay Tree plantations for their oil but also happens to be the island's greatest accordion player. With his son James and grandson Jackson, he keeps alive the traditional Jing-ping music of Dominica for community dances and celebrations.
    COMMONWEALTH CONNECTIONS HERITAGE TRACK: VANUATU
    Vanuatu - which literally means freestanding - has only existed as an independent country since 1980, and before that it was known as the New Hebrides and run by Britain and France. This South Pacific archipelago consists of more than eighty islands and lies a thousand miles east of northern Australia, west of Fiji, and southeast of the Solomon Islands. It has a population of less than quarter of a million, but despite that has a strong reputation for table tennis, especially in the shape of Anolyn Lulu whose chosen song is "Freedom" by Vanuatu's Vanessa Quai, as she explained from her island home.
      Mamane Barka Live In Session, Plus Commonwealth Connections 1620140523 Mary Ann Kennedy with a live session by Mamane Barka, plus Commonwealth Connections from Kenya and Nigeria.
    COMMONWEALTH CONNECTIONS FEATURE: KENYA
    Recorded at the African Heritage House outside Nairobi, home to the finest Art Collection in Africa, two generations of the Luo tribe perform the music of their people. Ayub Ogada has reached an international market as a world musician but here he returns to his acoustic roots and the ancient nyatiti lyre. Ayub talks about his nyatiti like a friend, definitely a female friend. He loves his instrument. This is the instrument of the Luo people (famously this is the tribe that President Obama is related to), and he has evolved a softer, gentler sound' to which he adds his distinctive soft sweet voice. In contrast, The Sega Sega Band, also from the Luo people, play Benga music, the style that is at the root of Kenyan pop music from the 60s to the present day. The melodies and rhythms are shaped by the tuning of the nyatiti harp and orutu, (a single string fiddle) but they have modernised the music to create uptempo dance music and transferred the musical lines to the modern guitar.
    COMMONWEALTH CONNECTIONS HERITAGE TRACK: NIGERIA
    Nigeria has long been a powerhouse in terms of world music, with artists like Fela Kuti reaching audiences around the globe. Our Commonwealth athlete this week is US Olympian but has chosen to represent Nigeria because her father was born there. And Regina George's choice of music is also very much within the family. The chosen track is "Sweet Sherry" by Eddy Okonta
    SESSION: MAMANE BARKA
    Desert bluesman Mamane Barka from Niger joins us in the studio for a live session. Born into a family of Toubou nomads Mamane is a master of the Biram, a rare five-string harp like instrument that can only be played by an initiated few. Mamane made it his mission to learn the Biram in order to save this rare instrument from dying out he is now believed to be the only master of the biram in all Niger.
      Jaune Toujours In Session, Plus Commonwealth Connections 1720140530 Lopa Kothari with our Commonwealth Connections series, including a location feature from New Zealand and our Heritage Track from Guyana, also a session with band Jaune Toujours, plus new world music releases from around the globe.
    New Zealand
    Whiri Tu Aka are a 5-piece all-female Maori a capella group founded by producer/vocalist Mina Ripa. Best known for her work in the field of electronica and dance music, this project was inspired by the birth of Mina's son to create music using only 'the power of the voice'. We hear a performance by the band recorded at a special event on Waitangi Day (February 6th) at a waterfront concert in Wellington. On this day in 1840 the country's founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed granting Maori people ownership of their lands and properties giving them the same rights as British subjects. The programme also features a unique collaboration with members of Whiri Tu Aka and Horomona Horo a practitioner of 'taonga puoro', the collective term given to a wide array of Maori instruments, recorded on the shores of Titahi Bay, Porirua in the North Island of New Zealand.
    Heritage Track - Guyana
    Writer and academic David Dabydeen is currently Guyana's ambassador to China. His Heritage Track is the calypso Not a Blade of Grass by Dave Martins and the Tradewinds. For David the song prompts thoughts of Guyana's evolving relationship with Britain since independence in 1966, and of the opportunity for the Guyanese to renew their self-image and own their heritage.
    Session - Jaune Toujours
    In our studio, this Belgian cult band with its irrepressible sound, a mix of accordion, wind instruments, percussion and voice, exploring contemporary issues with strong social and cultural undertones.
      Eddi Reader In Session, Plus Commonwealth Connections 1820140606 Lopa Kothari with our Commonwealth Connections series featuring music from Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea, also some new releases of World Music, and a session with Scottish singer-songwriter Eddi Reader.
    COMMONWEALTH CONNECTIONS FEATURE - Sri Lanka
    In Sri Lanka's capital Colombo, Vesak celebrations are underway for the birth and enlightenment of Lord Buddha. The streets are thronged with families and traffic all heading to the town centre, colourful lanterns are lit and the sounds of music and prayer from the Gangaramaya Temple can be heard from nearby Beira Lake. Temple musicians play Thammetama and Davula drums and the Horenava as they call people to prayer. Outside the city centre Mr TS Murugesh is continuing the Tamil tradition of folk songs, he sings a story of rural love and hopes more will be done to promote this Sri Lankan musical style.
    HERITAGE TRACK- Papua New Guinea
    Jeffry Feeger, Papua New Guinea's leading visual artist, chooses the song West Papua by George Telek to express the deep-rooted Melanesian heritage his people share with those across the border in the west. He explains that Papua New Guineans see the world as both ordinary and extraordinary thanks to their belief in the spirit world, and they also very much enjoy the potential sport has to unite the nation.
    SESSION - Eddi Reader
    Known for her work with Fairground Attraction as well as her solo career, Scottish singer-songwriter Eddi Reader bring to our studios her unmistakable voice and her blend of traditional folk roots with a contemporary touch, including material from her latest recording Vagabond.
      Svara-kanti, Commonwealth Connections 1920140613 Mary Ann Kennedy with music from Uganda, and from the Caribbean islands of St Kitts and Nevis in our Commonwealth Connections. Also a session with Simon Thacker's multicultural Indian-Western group Svara-Kanti, and a selection of new World Music releases.
    COMMONWEALTH CONNECTIONS FEATURE / Uganda ? both sides of the Nile
    Across the source of the Nile at Jinja and eastwards towards the Kenyan border lies the remote and rural Bigwala Village with music both from the Busoga royal courts and of the people. The last surviving musicians of the Royal courts are the Akadinda players, playing a giant wooden xylophone built across a pit in the ground for resonance. This impromptu concert at the village also features a rare opportunity to hear the gourd trumpets of Busoga, also a part of the royal music who have been named by UNESCO on the list of Important Cultural Heritages in need of urgent safeguarding. Meanwhile and by contrast in the leafy campus of Kyambogo University in Kampala, we meet one of the two Ennanga (Bow harp) players of Buganda, who learned from court players at the Buganda Royal Palace. This beautiful instrument was played pointing towards the King and the player was his confidante and personal advisor, relating in stories, all the worries and concerns of his people.
    HERITAGE TRACK- ST KITTS AND NEVIS
    Athlete Jason Rogers (100m), living and training in Canada, chooses as his Heritage Track an example of the soca music so popular back home in the Caribbean islands of St Kitts and Nevis. Unstoppable Force by King Konris is deeply-rooted in that country and speaks of the pride, dedication and energy of the people, something Jason finds inspiring as he looks forward to representing St Kitts and Nevis at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in a few weeks' time.
    SESSION - Simon Thacker's group Svara-Kanti
    Simon Thacker and his group Svara-Kanti bring a mix of original pieces as well as arrangements to our studio, in this special multicultural experiment. Western sounds, with both jazz, classical, rock and flamenco undertones, blend in with the rhythmic structures of Indian music as the group Svara-Kanti find new expression to cross-cultural collaborations.
       20140620 Mary Ann Kennedy presents a live session with Martin and Eliza Carthy, plus music from Mozambique and Malaysia in Commonwealth Connections.
    Commonwealth Connections - Feature: Malaysia
    In the capital of Malaysia's southernmost state of Johor, traditional Malay Ghazal and Zapin dance music is popular despite the country's race to modernity. We hear from On Jaafar and Shafie Bin Ahmad how Zapin music and dance arrived with the Arab Missionaries and that the tradition of Ghazal came from Persia; graduating from royal palace performances to the local community.
    Commonwealth Connections - Heritage Track: Mozambique
    Mozambique is something of an anomaly in terms of Commonwealth membership. It only became a member in 1995 and was never under British control. Instead the country was ruled by Portugal from 1505 until independence in 1975. As a result Portuguese remains the official language and strong ties remain between Mozambique and Portugal. Swimmer Jessica Teixeira Vieira is part of that story, having been raised on the island and has chosen to represent them at events such as the Olympics. Her chosen piece of music is a Marrabenta a musical form typical of Mozambique, and the song is A Nkama wa hi Siya sung by Mingas.
    Live studio session: Martin Carthy and Eliza Carthy
    Winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Martin Carthy and his twice Mercury nominated daughter Eliza join us live in the studio to play songs from their new album 'The Moral of the Elephant' their first duo album ever.
      Phillip Henry And Hannah Martin, Commonwealth Connections Part 2120140627 Lopa Kothari with our series Commonwealth Connections, exploring the music of Singapore and Tuvalu, plus Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin live in session.
    Commonwealth Connections - Feature: Singapore
    Singapore is home to a very senior group of 'waijiang' musicians originating from Chaozhou in southern China. Their waijiang style of playing was popular in pre-cultural revolutionary China but is now extinct on the mainland. Yet in their small shop house in the Geylang neighbourhood these senior gentlemen still take pride in performing pieces such as 'Little Peach Red' and 'Pipa verse'. Not far away in Chinatown a group of young students from the Siong Leng Musical Association practice Nanyin or 'southern pipes music' - the traditional wooden flute and voice reminisce wistfully of home.
    Commonwealth Connections - Heritage Feature
    Formerly known as the Ellice Islands, Tuvalu is a Pacific island nation situated between Hawaii and Australia. Its population of just 11,200 means it the third-least populous sovereign state in the world, and in terms of land mass at ten square miles it's the fourth-smallest country in the world. If you stand in the middle of the main island you can see the Pacific Ocean in every direction. Tuvalu first took part in the Commonwealth Games in 1998 and since then has steadily increased its participation. But Tuvalu weightlifter Lapua Lapua isn't just an Olympian - he's a bit of a singer and guitarist too, and gave us a taste of the Pacific. The song is "Toku nukupele funafuti" by Tamaika Kofe.
    Session: Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin
    Phillip Henry, one of the UK's top slide guitar player and master of the Dobro, and Hannah Martin, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, join us live in the studio for an exclusive session before they rush off to Glastonbury.
      Sam Lewis In Session, Commonwealth Connections 2220140704 Lopa Kothari with our series Commonwealth Connections, exploring the music of the Seychelles and St Vincent, and live a session from Nashville singer Sam Lewis.
    Commonwealth Connections Feature - Seychelles
    In the midst of the Seychelles Carnival, Latroupe Nasyonal Sesel, a ceilidh-style band of seven players and several young dancers are preparing their traditional music and dances for the celebrations. The music and dances of this Creole culture grew from the European traditional dances such as Quadrille and Waltz but the Seychelles people have made it their own with African rhythms and movements and a real love and joie-de-vivre of their Islands. Singer-songwriter Jean-Marc Volcy shares this passion for their fragile heritage and works to keep it alive in his own contemporary songs.
    Heritage Track- St Vincent and the Grenadines
    Writer and poet Philip Nanton chooses Credentials by Shake Keane, the well-known Vincentian jazz musician and poet, and explains how the story Shake tells encapsulates for him certain key aspects of life in St Vincent and the Grenadines, including migration and the welcome awaiting those who choose to return.
    Session: Sam Lewis
    Since moving from Knoxville to Nashville, Sam Lewis has become known as one of the city's brightest new singer-songwriters, with a style that freely moves from country and blues to gospel. He celebrates July 4th with us after coming straight from a gig at Suffolk's own Maverick Festival.
    World on 3 Commonwealth Connections 2320140711 Lopa Kothari with the Commonwealth Connections series, exploring the music of Bangladesh and Kiribati,
    plus a live session by Tulipa, and the latest new World Music releases.

    COMMONWEALTH FEATURE / Bangladesh
    On a rooftop beside Gulshan lake, above the bells of tuk tuks and sounds of the call to prayer, a group of musicians have gathered in the late afternoon in Dhaka. Baby Dewan sings Bhatiyali songs of the lonely boatmen who ply the waters here for a living and Baul musician Rob Fakir shares the mystical music and philosophy of one of the legendary Bauls of Bangladesh, Lalon Shah.

    HERITAGE FEATURE / Kiribati
    Kiribati is an archipelago of 33 islands in the central Pacific, with a population of just one hundred thousand people across more than a million square miles of Ocean. Formerly the Gilbert Islands, Kiribati gained independence from the UK in 1979, and has participated in the Commonwealth Games since 1998. Weightlifter David Katoata became the first person from the country to formally qualify for the Olympics, and came 17th in London two years ago. His favourite Kiribati group is called Ruff Dogs with their song Salute.

    SESSION: Tulipa
    Brazilian singer-songwriter Tulipa visit the studio for a live session.
      Maya Youssef Session, Commonwealth Connections 2420140718 Mary Ann Kennedy with Syrian Kanun player Maya Youssef live in session and Commonwealth Connections from Zambia and Cameroon.
    Commonwealth Connections Feature - Zambia
    Seven kilometres from the world heritage site of Victoria Falls, in the Southern Province lies the rural Mukuni village, the main village of the Mukuni Chiefdom. It was founded in the 13th century by the Leya Tribal Matriarch and is today presided over by both a male and female leader. The Leya people keep alive their heritage in simple surroundings with dancing, singing and drumming for particular occasions and to communicate certain messages. The women of the village perform for us a traditional brewing dance complete with 12ft long poles for crushing grain while elsewhere in the village, the highly polished senior students at the secondary school in Mukuni village embrace the new modern Zambia with traditional, spiritual and rousingly patriotic songs.
    Commonwealth Connections Heritage Track - Cameroon
    As well as varied tribal traditions Cameroon was divided in colonial times between Britain and France but the country is united behind the choice of artist in our Heritage track tonight. Saxophonist Manu Dibango brought the sound of Cameroon to the world but also brought a bit of the world back into Cameroon, creating a glorious fusion of African Funk and Jazz. Weightlifter Vanatius Njuh is going for Gold in the 69 kilo class at the Commonwealth Games and through a computer at his training camp in Cameroon he's been talking about his hopes for the competition and how music fits into it.
    Live Studio Session: Maya Youssef
    London based Kanun virtuoso Maya Youssef joins us in the studio for a live session.
    At the age of ten Maya began her musical career with the Kanun at Sulhi Alwadi Music Institute in Damascus from where she graduated with an excellence degree in 2002.
    The winner of numerous awards both in Syria and the UK, Maya came to the UK in 2012.
      Commonwealth Connections Final Concert - Bbc At The Quay20140801 From BBC at the Quay in Glasgow, the culmination of World on 3's 35 part Commonwealth Connections series. Lopa Kothari presents with a concert of bands from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Edinburgh-based Shooglenifty, originators of 'acid-croft', mix contemporary styles with Celtic folk; 9 Bach, whose name can be roughly translated as 'loveable grandmother', are fronted by the Welsh vocals of Lisa Jen; uilleann pipes player Jarlath Henderson comes from Dungannon, County Tyrone - he performs with Scottish bagpiper Ross Ainslie; and following the final Commonwealth Connections Heritage Track from Belize, England's Bellowhead bring their big brassy sound to the BBC's stage by the River Clyde.
    HERITAGE TRACK- BELIZE
    The Hon. Dolores Balderamos Garcia is a politician, lawyer and broadcaster. The only woman of the 31 members of Belize's House of Representatives, she is particularly interested in improving the rights of women and children and in supporting those living with HIV and AIDS. Before she became so involved in politics she hosted her own jazz show on the radio and owns an enormous jazz collection of well over 1,000 CDs. Here, she chooses the music of the Lord Rhaburn Combo to express her deep love of the close-knit communities of Belize and to give us a sense of the Belizean zest for life.
    World on 3 is part of the BBC at the Quay, the BBC's cultural celebration running alongside the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The pop-up festival site is outside BBC Scotland's headquarters at Pacific Quay on the banks of the Clyde.
      Lopa Kothari20140809 Lopa Kothari presents new music from around the world and Commonwealth Connections Extra.
    Lopa Kothari presents new sounds from around the world, plus Commonwealth Connections extra.
    World on 3 Lopa Kothari20140809 Lopa Kothari presents new sounds from around the world, plus Commonwealth Connections extra.
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    World on 3 Lopa Kothari20140809 Lopa Kothari presents new music from around the world and Commonwealth Connections Extra.
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      Mary Ann Kennedy With Nancy Kerr In Session20140815 Mary Ann Kennedy with tracks from across the globe, plus a studio session with Nancy Kerr, one of the new voices in English folk.
    World on 3 Mose Fan Fan Live In Session20140822 Lopa Kothari with new sounds from around the globe and Congolese guitarist Mose Fan Fan live in session.

    Mose Se Sengo 'Fan Fan' is considered to be one of Congo's leading guitarists and one of the 'grand old men' of African music. He forged his career in the early 1960s on the new wave of Congolese rumba that swept out of Leopoldville (as the DRC's capital, Kinshasa, was formerly known). Playing in bands such as Jazz Baron and Orchestra La Revolution and OK Jazz. He left Kinshasa in 1975 and after living in Zambia, Kenya and Tanzania he settled in Britain in 1984. Tonight he will be playing tracks from his latest album 'Musicatelama'.
    World on 3 Mose Fan Fan Live In Session20140822  
      Jaipur Kawa Brass Band In Session20140829 Lopa Kothari with new tracks from across the globe, plus a studio session with the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band.
    The deserts of Rajasthan have a thriving culture of brass playing - founded in the tradition of British military bands, but soon adopted and adapted to local folk culture. The Jaipur Kawa Brass Band was formed from the best players of the area, playing a mix of styles from traditional folk songs to Bollywood tunes, and they regularly take their music to festivals across Europe. For this World on 3 session the band promises us a dancer, which is always great for radio.
      Jaipur Kawa Brass Band In Session20140829 Lopa Kothari with new tracks from across the globe, plus a studio session with the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band.
    The deserts of Rajasthan have a thriving culture of brass playing - founded in the tradition of British military bands, but soon adopted and adapted to local folk culture. The Jaipur Kawa Brass Band was formed from the best players of the area, playing a mix of styles from traditional folk songs to Bollywood tunes, and they regularly take their music to festivals across Europe. For this World on 3 session the band promises us a dancer, which is always great for radio.
      Rastafari Bobo Shanti Nyahbinghi Church20140906 Presented by Lopa Kothari. Includes music from the Rastafari Bobo Shanti Nyahbinghi Church

    Lopa Kothari with new tracks from across the globe, plus a session recorded in Jamaica with the Rastafari Boboshanti Nyahbinghi Church.
    Nyahbinghi music is the traditional drumming music of the Jamaica's Rastafarian communities, named after Queen Nyabinghi, a traditional African goddess. It's a hypnotic trance music, involving chanting with words from the Psalms or Christian hymns, and the style is very much at the roots of reggae. This session was recoeded during a Commonwealth Connections field trip, and it was recorded at the Rastafari Boboshanti Nyahbinghi Church.
      Lopa Kothari - Niladri Kumar In Session20140912 Lopa Kothari presents new music from around the World and a live session from sitar player Niladri Kumar.
      Lopa Kothari - Akkarai S Subhalakshmi20140919 Lopa Kothari presents live music from carnatic violinist Akkarai S Subhalakshmi.
      Mary Ann Kennedy - Aziza Brahim In Session20140926 Mary Ann Kennedy with tracks from across the globe, plus a studio session with Aziza Brahim, a singer born in the Saharawi refugee camps in Algeria.
    Aziza Brahim's family moved from the Western Sahara after the Moroccan take-over in 1975. They settled in the desert refugee camps in southern Algeria, and when she was 11, Aziza made the journey to Cuba for her secondary education. After returning to the camps as a singer in the 1990s, she then settled in Spain. Here she found success first as a jazz singer, then forming the group Gulli Mankoo, with whom she recorded two acclaimed albums. Her third album 'Soutak' (Your Voice) is a return to her acoustic roots, with songs from the Sahara mixed with influences from Spain.
      Mary Ann Kennedy - Adam Holmes And The Embers In Session20141003 Live from Glasgow, with Mary Ann Kennedy introduces new releases from across the globe, and a session in studio featuring Edinburgh band Adam Holmes and the Embers.
    Adam Holmes is one of the brightest rising stars on the local music scene, with his unique blend of Americana and Scottish traditional tunes. His album 'Heirs And Graces', released last September, was hailed as one of the best albums of the year in Scotland.
      Lopa Kothari - Tashi Lhunpo Monks In Session20141010 Lopa Kothari presents music from around the globe and a live session by the Tashi Lhunpo Monks.
    Following the occupation of Tibet in 1959 twenty elderly Buddhist monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery fled into exile by trekking across the Himalayas to India. Custodians of religious traditions dating back over 500 years, the Monks subsequently rebuilt their Monastery in the Tibetan settlement of Bylakuppe in southern India. There are now over 300 monks living at the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery which is now an important centre for learning and for the preservation of the culture and traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Seven of these Monks take time out from their three-month concert tour of the UK to join us for an exclusive live session.
    Playing music from their new album '17 Golden Greats' (a greatest hits collection compiled from the five albums the Monks have made over the last decade), they will be performing Tibetan chants and mantras, and showing us some of their Tantric Orchestra instruments.
      Lopa Kothari - Olcay Bayir In Session20141017 Lopa Kothari with sounds from around the World and London based Turkish singer/songwriter Olcay Bayir live in session.
    Olcay Bayir was born in Antep in south-eastern Turkey, she grew up immersed in the melting pot of musical traditions that is Anatolia. Being the principal trade route between East and West for millennia, it is an area where traditions, cultures and songs were exchanged. Olcay sees herself as carrying on the tradition of Anatolian women singing the intricacies of their daily lives.
    She joins us in the studio for an exclusive live session Just ahead of the release of her debut album, Neva/Harmony.
    World on 3 Mary Ann Kennedy - Womex 201420141024 Mary Ann Kennedy is in Santiago de Compostela in Spain for highlights from WOMEX, the annual gathering of the world music industry. WOMEX is a showcase for artists worldwide, and there will be concert recordings, interviews and live sessions from the latest bands and the freshest talent in world music.
      Mary Ann Kennedy - Ewan Mclennan In Session20141031 Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, plus a live studio session with Scottish singer Ewan McLennan.
    Ewan McLennan's last album was chosen by Mojo magazine as one of the top ten albums of 2010 - his new album,''Stories Still Untold', has just been released. He was brought up in Edinburgh, and was classically trained on the piano - however, his family was imbued with Scottish folk culture, and his ideas on introducing folk-style improvisation into Chopin was not well received by his teachers. He then turned to classical guitar, and worked up a formidable technique. All this produced an individual approach to folk music, reviving sometimes well known, sometimes long-forgotten songs and presenting them in a new light. He also writes his own songs, reflecting present-day concerns: he says, "One of the songs from my album, 'The Last Bird to Sing', is about the ex-soldier and conscientious objector that I got to know ; Joe Glenton. Not only is his story inspiring but it occurred to me it's one that has been told, in one form or another, in traditional folk songs through the ages.".
    World on 3 Lopa Kothari - Simo Lagnawi In Session20141107 Lopa Kothari presents new tracks from across the globe, and Moroccan Gnawa master Simo Lagnawi plays a live session.

    With his band including Samir Nacer, Said Boussaod, Abdelmajid Shili and Griselda Sanderson, singer and guembri player Simo Lagnawi brings the mystical music of the Gnawa to the World on 3 studio. The Gnawa music of Morocco is seen as powerful music for healing, a hypnotic music intended to induce deep trances and a spiritual high. After becoming a Gnawa master in Morocco, Simo moved to London, and has released two albums here. He has been nominated for Best Newcomer as well as Best Artist in the 2014 Songlines Awards.

    Programme iPlayer picture by Hassan Hajjaj.
    World on 3 Mary Ann Kennedy - Arifa In Session20141121 Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, plus a session with Netherlands-based band Arifa.

    Arifa has been called "a bridge of sounds between the Orient and Occident", with a style that blends the cultures of its band members. Romanian Alex Simu plays saxophone, clarinet and live laptop;
    Michalis Cholevas from Greece plays the Tarhu spike fiddle and the Ney flute; German
    Franz von Chossy plays piano; and Turkish musician Sjahin During is on percussion. They are currently on a tour which includes Korea, Spain, the Netherlands and the UK.
      Mary Ann Kennedy - Sondorgo In Session20141128 Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the world plus Hungarian folk-based, five-piece group Sondorgo live in session, bringing to life a largely unknown repertoire from the Balkans, inspired by its Slavonic roots. Sandorgo, currently taking the world music scene by storm, is a tambouritza band built around the remarkable tambura, a fresh and sparkly mandolin-like plucked instrument, supported by wind instruments and an accordion.
      Mary Ann Kennedy With Fofoulah In Session20141205 Mary Ann Kennedy presents a selection of music from across the globe and a live studio session from London-based quintet Fofoulah.
    With Senegal's Batch Gueye on vocals and West African percussion from Kaw Secka, plus members of Juju, Robert Plant's Sensational Space Shifters, Irok and Red Snapper, Fofoulah are real mix of genres and cultures yet also very much a product of the melting pot that is the London music scene.
      Lopa Kothari - London Klezmer Quartet Live In Session20141212 Lopa Kothari with sounds from around the globe and London Klezmer Quartet live in session.
      Womad Unheard - Highlights From Womad 201420141219 Mary Ann Kennedy introduces previously-unbroadcast highlights from last summer's WOMAD Festival, from performances recorded on the BBC Radio 3 Charlie Gillett Stage.
    Featuring the virtuoso fiddle playing and soulful singing of Maria Natanson in the Polish-based band Caci Vorba and Eastern Canada's top folk fiddler Gordie MacKeeman bringing the heady atmosphere of a Prince Edward Island dance-hall to the Charlton Park audience at Womad.

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