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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

  • 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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 (guitar/vocals)
  • cw stoneking and his primitive horn orchestra
  • 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.

    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.

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    Presented by Charlie Gillett.

    Featuring a session with Portuguese singer Sara Tavares.

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    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.

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    '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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

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    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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'.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

  • 30ips ltd fob1869

    fatima spar: trust

  • album: alcotel
  • album: alive in lisboa
  • album: aocana
  • album: beto villares
  • album: beyond the forest
  • album: friends of bamboute
  • album: imam baildi
  • album: ko lectiv
  • album: los de abajo ep
  • album: miradores
  • album: neuvos sonidos afro peruanos
  • album: omara portuondo e maria bethania
  • album: ping king
  • album: sim
  • album: songs for a global journey
  • album: the sound of sound
  • album: trust
  • baka beyond
  • bbc recording, maida vale studios, 2009

    diabate: nama

  • bbc recording, maida vale studios, 2009

    diabate: toumaro

  • bbc recording, maida vale studios, 2009

    trad: mi suegra, la negra

  • beto villares
  • choux de bruxelles chou0902

    tavares: one love

  • cooking vinyl cookcd472

    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
  • e-mail worldon3@bbc.co.uk

    camilo lara/holger beier: alcotel

  • el tanbura
  • emi 5099923680425

    malouma/haddab: sable Émovant

  • fatima spar and the freedom fries
  • fax 020 7765 5052
  • hoanzl h550-2

    canek cabrera: atrapao

  • imam baildi
  • jaune toujours
  • kasse mady diabate
  • kasse mady diabate (vocals/guitar)

    diabate: bandja

  • los de abajo
  • los desterrados
  • luaka bop lcd1801

    muller/munoz: que lindo suena

  • march hare music mahacd 28

    rubens campos: so vendo que beleza

  • mexican institute of sound
  • ojos de brujo
  • omara portundo; maria bethania
  • presented by lopa kothari
  • promotional cd

    villares: nó dend'água

  • radio kijada
  • samay
  • 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
  • warner we833

    el tanbura: khaly anka al yhom

  • world connection wc43078

    samay: restless

  • world village wvf 479025

    mata et al: vermehlo

  • wrasse records wrasse233

    in session

  • produced by.... - - james parkin

  • 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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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."

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    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."

    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.

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    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.

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    introduces recorded highlights from last weekend's WOMAD Festival.

    Lopa Kothari presents highlights from the 2010 WOMAD festival.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    presents the latest releases from around the globe plus a specially recorded studio session by the Cypriot contemporary rembetika group Trio Tekke.

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    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.

    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.

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    '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.

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    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.

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    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.

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    takes her pick from the latest world music releases on CD.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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."

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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!".

    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.

    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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.