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20080324

Mary Ann Kennedy presents her own mix of sounds from across the globe.

20080331
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.

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.

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.

20080428

Charlie Gillett presents a studio session and CD tracks from former Crash Test Dummy and member of The Detonators Ben Darvill, now known as bluesman Son of Dave.

20080505

Charlie Gillett presents more sounds from around the world, including a studio session with Turkish tembur player Cemil Kocgun.

20080512

Mary Ann Kennedy presents her own mix of sounds from around the globe.

20080519

Mary Ann Kennedy presents a mix of sounds from around the globe.

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.

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.

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.

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.

20080616

Charlie Gillett's eclectic musical mix features singer Natacha Atlas, who shares her musical tastes and performs with her new project, the Mazeeka Ensemble.

20080623

Mary Ann Kennedy presents her own mix of sounds from around the globe, including the latest Celtic music releases.

20080623

Mary Ann Kennedy presents her own mix of sounds from around the globe, including the latest Celtic music releases.

20080630
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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
20081212

Mary Ann Kennedy presents the latest releases of world music, blues, folk and gospel, and highlights from the 2008 Kaustinen Festival in Finland.

20081219

Mary Ann Kennedy presens new CDs of world music and a session with Afrobeat star Seun Kuti

20081226

Lopa Kothari introduces a session by Buena Vista Social Club singer Omara Portuondo.

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.

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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.

    20100528
    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    20130802

    Lopa Kothari and Mary Ann Kennedy introduce highlights from last weekend's WOMAD Festival.

    20140620

    Mary Ann Kennedy presents a live session with Martin and Eliza Carthy, plus music from Mozambique and Malaysia in Commonwealth Connections.

    Commonwealth Connections - Feature: Malaysia

    In the capital of Malaysia's southernmost state of Johor, traditional Malay Ghazal and Zapin dance music is popular despite the country's race to modernity. We hear from On Jaafar and Shafie Bin Ahmad how Zapin music and dance arrived with the Arab Missionaries and that the tradition of Ghazal came from Persia; graduating from royal palace performances to the local community.

    Commonwealth Connections - Heritage Track: Mozambique

    Mozambique is something of an anomaly in terms of Commonwealth membership. It only became a member in 1995 and was never under British control. Instead the country was ruled by Portugal from 1505 until independence in 1975. As a result Portuguese remains the official language and strong ties remain between Mozambique and Portugal. Swimmer Jessica Teixeira Vieira is part of that story, having been raised on the island and has chosen to represent them at events such as the Olympics. Her chosen piece of music is a Marrabenta a musical form typical of Mozambique, and the song is A Nkama wa hi Siya sung by Mingas.

    Live studio session: Martin Carthy and Eliza Carthy

    Winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Martin Carthy and his twice Mercury nominated daughter Eliza join us live in the studio to play songs from their new album 'The Moral of the Elephant' their first duo album ever.

    20140620

    Mary Ann Kennedy presents a live session with Martin and Eliza Carthy, plus music from Mozambique and Malaysia in Commonwealth Connections.

    Commonwealth Connections - Feature: Malaysia

    In the capital of Malaysia's southernmost state of Johor, traditional Malay Ghazal and Zapin dance music is popular despite the country's race to modernity. We hear from On Jaafar and Shafie Bin Ahmad how Zapin music and dance arrived with the Arab Missionaries and that the tradition of Ghazal came from Persia; graduating from royal palace performances to the local community.

    Commonwealth Connections - Heritage Track: Mozambique

    Mozambique is something of an anomaly in terms of Commonwealth membership. It only became a member in 1995 and was never under British control. Instead the country was ruled by Portugal from 1505 until independence in 1975. As a result Portuguese remains the official language and strong ties remain between Mozambique and Portugal. Swimmer Jessica Teixeira Vieira is part of that story, having been raised on the island and has chosen to represent them at events such as the Olympics. Her chosen piece of music is a Marrabenta a musical form typical of Mozambique, and the song is A Nkama wa hi Siya sung by Mingas.

    Live studio session: Martin Carthy and Eliza Carthy

    Winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Martin Carthy and his twice Mercury nominated daughter Eliza join us live in the studio to play songs from their new album 'The Moral of the Elephant' their first duo album ever.

    "lopa Kothari - Oum, Ballake Sissoko And Vincent Segal"20170609

    Live recordings of Moroccan singer Oum and the duo of Ballake Sissoko and Vincent Segal.

    Lopa Kothari presents a round-up of the latest releases from across the globe, live recordings featuring Moroccan singer Oum, who blends traditional Gnawa and Hassani styles with with influences from jazz and Sufi music, and the Malian-French duo of kora player Ballake Sissoko and cellist Vincent Segal.
    Picture of Oum (c)Lamia Lahbabi.

    11/09/200920090912

    Lopa Kothari presents the best new releases, plus a performance by Wasifuddin Dagar.

    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.

    2015 Darbar Festival20150918

    Recorded in London at the South Bank Centre's Darbar Festival of Indian classical music, Lopa Kothari presents a double bill of musicians from North and South India: the sarod and tabla duo of Abhisek Lahiri and Pandit Ramkumar Mishra, alongside the Carnatic vocals of Ranjani and Gayatri. Part of the BBC's India Season.

    Recorded in London at the South Bank Centre's Darbar Festival of Indian classical music, Lopa Kothari presents a double bill of musicians from North and South India: the sarod and tabla duo of Abhisek Lahiri and Pandit Ramkumar Mishra, alongside the Carnatic vocals of Ranjani and Gayatri. Part of the BBC's India Season.

    Abida Parveen In Concert20131228

    Lopa Kothari introduces a concert given by Pakistani Sufi singer Abida Parveen.

    Lopa Kothari introduces a concert by Pakistani Sufi legend Abida Parveen, part of the Manchester International Festival 2013.

    This Bridgewater Hall concert was Abida Parveen's first appearance in the UK for a decade, a much-anticipated event for her many UK devotees. She is regarded as one of the leading singers of Sufi music, a devotional Islamic music which claims to bring its followers to a spiritual ecstasy and a oneness with the Divine. Her appeal also goes far beyond her fans - the critic of the Manchester Evening News wrote of this concert, "As soon as she started singing, Parveen's extraordinary voice transcended language and cultural barriers. Such is the power and strength of this woman's vocal cords you don't need to know about Sufism or understand the languages she sings in to appreciate an amazing gift.".

    Lopa Kothari introduces a concert given by Pakistani Sufi singer Abida Parveen.

    Lopa Kothari introduces a concert by Pakistani Sufi legend Abida Parveen, part of the Manchester International Festival 2013.

    This Bridgewater Hall concert was Abida Parveen's first appearance in the UK for a decade, a much-anticipated event for her many UK devotees. She is regarded as one of the leading singers of Sufi music, a devotional Islamic music which claims to bring its followers to a spiritual ecstasy and a oneness with the Divine. Her appeal also goes far beyond her fans - the critic of the Manchester Evening News wrote of this concert, "As soon as she started singing, Parveen's extraordinary voice transcended language and cultural barriers. Such is the power and strength of this woman's vocal cords you don't need to know about Sufism or understand the languages she sings in to appreciate an amazing gift.".

    Abigail Washburn Session20110211

    Lopa Kothari presents American banjo player Abigail Washburn and her band in session.

    An ex-member of all-girl string band Uncle Earl, clawhammer banjo player Abigail Washburn also spent time working and studying in China, and her love of Chinese culture and modality suffuses her music.

    Fresh from a UK tour she performs music from her new album City of Refuge.

    Plus new music from around the globe.

    Lopa Kothari, with Abigail Washburn in session and new music from around the globe.

    Lopa Kothari presents American banjo player Abigail Washburn and her band in session. An ex-member of all-girl string band Uncle Earl, clawhammer banjo player Abigail Washburn also spent time working and studying in China, and her love of Chinese culture and modality suffuses her music. Fresh from a UK tour she performs music from her new album City of Refuge. Plus new music from around the globe.

    Lopa Kothari presents American banjo player Abigail Washburn and her band in session. An ex-member of all-girl string band Uncle Earl, clawhammer banjo player Abigail Washburn also spent time working and studying in China, and her love of Chinese culture and modality suffuses her music. Fresh from a UK tour she performs music from her new album City of Refuge. Plus new music from around the globe.

    Lopa Kothari, with Abigail Washburn in session and new music from around the globe.

    Lopa Kothari presents American banjo player Abigail Washburn and her band in session. An ex-member of all-girl string band Uncle Earl, clawhammer banjo player Abigail Washburn also spent time working and studying in China, and her love of Chinese culture and modality suffuses her music. Fresh from a UK tour she performs music from her new album City of Refuge. Plus new music from around the globe.

    Lopa Kothari presents American banjo player Abigail Washburn and her band in session.

    An ex-member of all-girl string band Uncle Earl, clawhammer banjo player Abigail Washburn also spent time working and studying in China, and her love of Chinese culture and modality suffuses her music.

    Fresh from a UK tour she performs music from her new album City of Refuge.

    Plus new music from around the globe.

    Lopa Kothari, with Abigail Washburn in session and new music from around the globe.

    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.

    Al Andaluz Project20110218

    Mary Ann Kennedy introduces a specially recorded session by Al Andaluz Project, a collaboration between the Valencian folk collective L'Ham de Foc and the German early music specialists Estampie, exploring the common musical ground between the Muslim, Jewish and Christian cultures of medieval Spain. Plus a round-up of the latest world music releases.

    Mary Ann Kennedy introduces a specially recorded session by Al Andaluz Project, a collaboration between the Valencian folk collective L'Ham de Foc and the German early music specialists Estampie, exploring the common musical ground between the Muslim, Jewish and Christian cultures of medieval Spain.

    Plus a round-up of the latest world music releases.

    Mary Ann Kennedy with the latest world music releases and session by Al Andaluz Project.

    Mary Ann Kennedy introduces a specially recorded session by Al Andaluz Project, a collaboration between the Valencian folk collective L'Ham de Foc and the German early music specialists Estampie, exploring the common musical ground between the Muslim, Jewish and Christian cultures of medieval Spain. Plus a round-up of the latest world music releases.

    Mary Ann Kennedy with the latest world music releases and session by Al Andaluz Project.

    Mary Ann Kennedy introduces a specially recorded session by Al Andaluz Project, a collaboration between the Valencian folk collective L'Ham de Foc and the German early music specialists Estampie, exploring the common musical ground between the Muslim, Jewish and Christian cultures of medieval Spain. Plus a round-up of the latest world music releases.

    Mary Ann Kennedy introduces a specially recorded session by Al Andaluz Project, a collaboration between the Valencian folk collective L'Ham de Foc and the German early music specialists Estampie, exploring the common musical ground between the Muslim, Jewish and Christian cultures of medieval Spain.

    Plus a round-up of the latest world music releases.

    Mary Ann Kennedy with the latest world music releases and session by Al Andaluz Project.

    Al Scorch And The Country Soul Ensemble In Session20130517

    Mary Ann Kennedy with tracks from across the globe, and a studio session with Chicago-based band Al Scorch and the Country Soul Ensemble.

    This is the first visit to the UK by a musician who describes his style as "grafting literate, character-driven song craft and Mid-American roots with a post-punk DIY attitude". It has also been called 'the other side of the Mountain Music', and in his album 'Board up the Windows' he brings to life vivid characters from American life: a hearse driver bound for the cemetery, a Civil War soldier, a couple whose home is threatened by developers, songs powered by heartfelt singing and furious banjo picking.

    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.

    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.

    Angelique Kidjo20140214

    With Lopa Kothari. The third part of our 'Commonwealth Connections' series, and a session with African mega-star Angelique Kidjo.

    Angelique Kidjo is a Grammy award-winning music recording artist deemed "Africa's premier diva". Born in Benin, West Africa, Kidjo's dynamic and infectious music has transcended art and now reaches philanthropy through her work with organizations and charities across Third-World countries. Angelique talks about all that in this exclusive session in our studio and shows all her inspiring magic and power, including a musical Valentine-Day present for all!

    We continue Commonwealth Connections, a landmark 26-part weekly series leading up to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July. Featuring musicians and musical events from each and every of the 53 member states from Antigua to Zambia, the series reflects the Commonwealth's vibrant sounds, as the countries come together for their festival of sport. In this programme, music from South Africa and the Bahamas.

    Music Feature: Every Sunday morning, townships across South Africa vibrate to the sound and colour of traditional gospel services. The Holy Ethiopian Catholic Church of Zion gather in Soweto to sing songs which blend ancient Zulu melodies and free-flowing phrases with missionary-style harmonies which they say bring them closer to God. A very different kind of township style is found in the music of Madosini, a mouth-bow player and singer living in Cape Town. Now 92 years old, and still performing professionally, she sings stories of life in pre-apartheid rural South Africa, with dramatic overtone-singing and expressive mouth-bow effects.

    Plus a heritage track from the Bahamas:

    Bahamian 400m sprinter and Olympic medallist, Chris Brown talks about junkanoo, the music of the annual street parades that resonates with all Bahamians. This music, deeply rooted in the islands' historic ties to Africa, brings back memories for Chris of winning a drumming competition as a child and becoming the lead drummer on his island; of crowds dancing in the streets underneath giant figures of people and animals; and of fires springing up across the islands, lit to warm the drums so that they make the perfect sound. Chris explains how the rhythms of junkanoo are still with him today at international competitions inspiring him to achieve the very best.

    With Lopa Kothari. The third part of our 'Commonwealth Connections' series, and a session with African mega-star Angelique Kidjo.

    Angelique Kidjo is a Grammy award-winning music recording artist deemed "Africa's premier diva". Born in Benin, West Africa, Kidjo's dynamic and infectious music has transcended art and now reaches philanthropy through her work with organizations and charities across Third-World countries. Angelique talks about all that in this exclusive session in our studio and shows all her inspiring magic and power, including a musical Valentine-Day present for all!

    We continue Commonwealth Connections, a landmark 26-part weekly series leading up to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July. Featuring musicians and musical events from each and every of the 53 member states from Antigua to Zambia, the series reflects the Commonwealth's vibrant sounds, as the countries come together for their festival of sport. In this programme, music from South Africa and the Bahamas.

    Music Feature: Every Sunday morning, townships across South Africa vibrate to the sound and colour of traditional gospel services. The Holy Ethiopian Catholic Church of Zion gather in Soweto to sing songs which blend ancient Zulu melodies and free-flowing phrases with missionary-style harmonies which they say bring them closer to God. A very different kind of township style is found in the music of Madosini, a mouth-bow player and singer living in Cape Town. Now 92 years old, and still performing professionally, she sings stories of life in pre-apartheid rural South Africa, with dramatic overtone-singing and expressive mouth-bow effects.

    Plus a heritage track from the Bahamas:

    Bahamian 400m sprinter and Olympic medallist, Chris Brown talks about junkanoo, the music of the annual street parades that resonates with all Bahamians. This music, deeply rooted in the islands' historic ties to Africa, brings back memories for Chris of winning a drumming competition as a child and becoming the lead drummer on his island; of crowds dancing in the streets underneath giant figures of people and animals; and of fires springing up across the islands, lit to warm the drums so that they make the perfect sound. Chris explains how the rhythms of junkanoo are still with him today at international competitions inspiring him to achieve the very best.

    April Verch In Session20131108

    Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, plus a studio session with Canadian fiddle player April Verch.

    April Verch is a fiddle player from Canada's Ottawa Valley, who was the first woman to win both the Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship and the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Competition. She has come through this experience relatively unscathed, and has just released her ninth studio album, 'Bright Like Gold'. She is joined by Ohio guitarist Hayes Griffin, and banjo and bass player Cody Walters from Kansas.

    Mary Ann Kennedy presents new music plus a session with Canadian fiddle player April Verch

    Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, plus a studio session with Canadian fiddle player April Verch.

    April Verch is a fiddle player from Canada's Ottawa Valley, who was the first woman to win both the Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship and the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Competition. She has come through this experience relatively unscathed, and has just released her ninth studio album, 'Bright Like Gold'. She is joined by Ohio guitarist Hayes Griffin, and banjo and bass player Cody Walters from Kansas.

    Mary Ann Kennedy presents new music plus a session with Canadian fiddle player April Verch

    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.

    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.

    Bassekou Kouyate And Ngoni Ba In Session20130208

    With Lopa Kothari. Including a session from Malian band Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba.

    Bbc Introducing: Amaraterra20160205

    Lopa Kothari presents a specially recorded BBC Introducing session from Amaraterra, a London-based group of expatriates from Salento in southern Italy, whose songs in the pizzica dance style speak of love, longing and passion. Plus a round-up of the latest new releases from around the globe.

    Bbc Introducing: Don Kipper20160212

    Mary Ann Kennedy with a studio session from BBC Introducing band Don Kipper, plus new releases from across the globe.

    Bbc Music Day - Maal At The Hay Festival20160603

    As BBC Music Day draws to a close, Lopa Kothari presents a concert from Hay Festival, with Senegalese superstar Baaba Maal. Also featuring BBC Introducing artists Olion Byw, a duo with a fresh approach to traditional Welsh music.

    As BBC Music Day draws to a close, Lopa Kothari presents a concert from Hay Festival, with Senegalese superstar Baaba Maal. Also featuring BBC Introducing artists Olion Byw, a duo with a fresh approach to traditional Welsh music.

    Bella Hardy In Session20130412

    Mary Ann Kennedy with tracks from across the globe, plus a studio session with folk singer Bella Hardy, performing songs from her new album 'Battleplan'.

    Bella Hardy comes from the Derbyshire Peak District village of Edale, and was immersed in the local folk culture from an early age. She is one of a new wave of young English folk musicians, singing as well as playing the folk fiddle, and writing her own songs as well as singing traditional ones. In 2008 she sang unaccompanied in the Royal Albert Hall as part of the first Folk Prom. In her new album, she says she has taken a more directly personal approach in the songwriting than in her previous work.

    Mary Ann Kennedy with tracks from across the globe, plus a studio session with folk singer Bella Hardy, performing songs from her new album 'Battleplan'.

    Bella Hardy comes from the Derbyshire Peak District village of Edale, and was immersed in the local folk culture from an early age. She is one of a new wave of young English folk musicians, singing as well as playing the folk fiddle, and writing her own songs as well as singing traditional ones. In 2008 she sang unaccompanied in the Royal Albert Hall as part of the first Folk Prom. In her new album, she says she has taken a more directly personal approach in the songwriting than in her previous work.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Bulgarian Voices Angelite20140228

    Lopa Kothari with tracks from across the globe, a studio session with Bulgarian Voices Angelite, and part 5 of Commonwealth Connections with music from Namibia and Tanzania.

    COMMONWEALTH CONNECTIONS

    This landmark 26-part weekly series leading up to the Commonwealth Games in July features music from each of the 53 member states, reflecting the range of music and culture across the whole Commonwealth.

    Music feature from Namibia:

    In the Namibian bush, close to the Botswana border, two San families share their musical traditions. As one of southern Africa's oldest peoples, the San are proud of a way of life that is dying out. We hear berry-picking work songs and healing dances that have been performed for centuries. In Namibia's capital Windhoek, singer-songwriter Elemotho is also preserving Namibian traditions through his music. He explains how his childhood in the Kalahari Desert has influenced his songs.

    Heritage track from Tanzania:

    Suleman Nyambui Mujaya struck silver for Tanzania in the 5000 metres at the Moscow Olympics in 1980. He stayed in sport and is now General Secretary of Athletics Tanzania.

    His chosen artist is Best Nasso, and the track is Narudi Kijijini, a warning for young Africans leaving their villages that life in the big city might not be all it's cracked up to be.

    Session with Bulgarian Voices Angelite:

    Formed from the ashes of the old State Television Choir by the State Choir's manager Tanja Andreeva, The Bulgarian Voices Angelite have become one of the most renowned vocal ensembles from the Balkans. The choir comprises 19 female voices, under the leadership of Georgy Petkov, and creates a unique blend of classical and folk traditions and an enchanting array of vocal sounds. Their new album 'Angelite' is out now on German label Jaro.

    Lopa Kothari with tracks from across the globe, a studio session with Bulgarian Voices Angelite, and part 5 of Commonwealth Connections with music from Namibia and Tanzania.

    COMMONWEALTH CONNECTIONS

    This landmark 26-part weekly series leading up to the Commonwealth Games in July features music from each of the 53 member states, reflecting the range of music and culture across the whole Commonwealth.

    Music feature from Namibia:

    In the Namibian bush, close to the Botswana border, two San families share their musical traditions. As one of southern Africa's oldest peoples, the San are proud of a way of life that is dying out. We hear berry-picking work songs and healing dances that have been performed for centuries. In Namibia's capital Windhoek, singer-songwriter Elemotho is also preserving Namibian traditions through his music. He explains how his childhood in the Kalahari Desert has influenced his songs.

    Heritage track from Tanzania:

    Suleman Nyambui Mujaya struck silver for Tanzania in the 5000 metres at the Moscow Olympics in 1980. He stayed in sport and is now General Secretary of Athletics Tanzania.

    His chosen artist is Best Nasso, and the track is Narudi Kijijini, a warning for young Africans leaving their villages that life in the big city might not be all it's cracked up to be.

    Session with Bulgarian Voices Angelite:

    Formed from the ashes of the old State Television Choir by the State Choir's manager Tanja Andreeva, The Bulgarian Voices Angelite have become one of the most renowned vocal ensembles from the Balkans. The choir comprises 19 female voices, under the leadership of Georgy Petkov, and creates a unique blend of classical and folk traditions and an enchanting array of vocal sounds. Their new album 'Angelite' is out now on German label Jaro.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Capercaillie In Session20131101

    Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, plus a studio session with Scottish folk pioneers Capercaille.

    Capercaillie celebrate their 30th anniversary this year, releasing their first album for five years. As much as any other band, they revitalised Scottish music, presenting traditional songs and tunes in a way that is thoroughly up to date, yet still respecting the original spirit, and also writing new songs in a contemporary Scottish folk style. In their new album they return to the ancient repertoire of Hebridean songs.

    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.

    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.

    Cedric Watson At The 2013 Shetland Folk Festival20130712

    Mary Ann Kennedy with tracks from across the globe, plus Louisiana creole singer Cedric Watson in concert at the Shetland Folk Festival.

    Singer, fiddle player and accordionist Cedric Watson warms up the British Legion Hall in Lerwick, Shetland with the warm sunshine of French-American creole culture. His new album 'Le Soleil est Levé' demonstrates his love for traditional styles which he refreshes with his own new songs.

    Mary Ann Kennedy with tracks from across the globe, plus Louisiana creole singer Cedric Watson in concert at the Shetland Folk Festival.

    Singer, fiddle player and accordionist Cedric Watson warms up the British Legion Hall in Lerwick, Shetland with the warm sunshine of French-American creole culture. His new album 'Le Soleil est Levé' demonstrates his love for traditional styles which he refreshes with his own new songs.

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    Mary Ann Kennedy live from Glasgow at one of the world's biggest winter music festivals, with special late-night performances from the Green Room of Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall.

    Celtic Connections is held in 20 venues over 18 days with 300 events taking place throughout the whole festival, involving over 2100 musicians from 26 countries. Scots and Irish Celtic music is at the centre of the festival, but it has always embraced the music of the Celtic cultures of the USA, Canada, France and Spain, together with the closely connected cultures of Scandinavia and eastern Europe. In recent years the Festival has also connected with traditions across Africa and Asia. The concerts range from the most traditional to the most experimental, all brought together in the context of one of the world's liveliest folk cultures, with a never-ending stream of young Scottish musicians who are reinventing their own traditions for their own time.

    For the past four years, World on 3 has hosted live late-night sesssions from the Festival at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall. These start late, and finish early, with bands often coming straight from a concert in a main venue to play for World on 3. The line-up is always kept secret until the day of the event.

    Mary Ann Kennedy live from Glasgow at one of the world's biggest winter music festivals, with special late-night performances from the Green Room of Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall.

    Celtic Connections is held in 20 venues over 18 days with 300 events taking place throughout the whole festival, involving over 2100 musicians from 26 countries. Scots and Irish Celtic music is at the centre of the festival, but it has always embraced the music of the Celtic cultures of the USA, Canada, France and Spain, together with the closely connected cultures of Scandinavia and eastern Europe. In recent years the Festival has also connected with traditions across Africa and Asia. The concerts range from the most traditional to the most experimental, all brought together in the context of one of the world's liveliest folk cultures, with a never-ending stream of young Scottish musicians who are reinventing their own traditions for their own time.

    For the past four years, World on 3 has hosted live late-night sesssions from the Festival at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall. These start late, and finish early, with bands often coming straight from a concert in a main venue to play for World on 3. The line-up is always kept secret until the day of the event.

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    Mary Ann Kennedy live from the BBC's Pacific Quay studios in Glasgow with artists from Celtic Connections, plus the launch of the 26-part series Commonwealth Connections, featuring musicians from across the Commonwealth.

    Music from each and every Commonwealth country: part of the BBC's Commonwealth Games programming, Commonwealth Connections is 26 weekly features reflecting the breathtaking range of music and culture across the 53 countries of the Commonwealth. Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 as part of World on 3, starting from Glasgow's Celtic Connections festival in January and running until the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July, the series includes 26 music features recorded on location, and 26 'Heritage Tracks' introduced by sports people and cultural figures from the Commonwealth countries. The series culminates in a live concert from Glasgow on 1st August, just before the close of the Games, from BBC@theQuay, the BBC's cultural hub on the banks of the Clyde.

    The Radio 3 team in Glasgow and London will be crossing the globe, meeting musicians, recording music on location and capturing musical events, all reflecting the traditional cultures of each country. From Antigua to Zambia, the series reflects the Commonwealth's vibrant sounds, as the countries come together for their festival of sport. The features will also be available for internet streaming and as podcasts, building up a rich audio archive alongside a wealth of images and video.

    The features will be transmitted around midnight on Friday nights, the centrepiece of Radio 3's world music programme World on 3.

    Programme 1

    MUSIC FEATURE: Jamaica - the route to Reggae

    In Port Antonio over on the north side of the island, the Jolly Boys, a mento band formed in 1945 to entertain at Errol Flynn's parties, live a quiet life entertaining the visiting stars singing songs of social comment. This is Jamaica's Calypso complete with banjo, percussion and rumba box accompaniment, an acoustic forerunner to the ubiquitous Reggae music heard all over the Caribbean.

    HERITAGE TRACK: Swaziland

    Gideon Mthembu made his name as a marathon runner for Swaziland, representing his country at the Seoul Olympics in 1988.He went on to play an important role in the administration of athletics in Swaziland, becoming General Secretary of the Athletics Federation, and today continues his work promoting track and field in the whole Southern Africa Region. He chose the artist Bholoja, with a song called "Indzawo Yami" from his album "Swazi Soul", a beautiful song explaining Swazis' deep attachment to the land they call home.

    Mary Ann Kennedy live from the BBC's Pacific Quay studios in Glasgow with artists from Celtic Connections, plus the launch of the 26-part series Commonwealth Connections, featuring musicians from across the Commonwealth.

    Music from each and every Commonwealth country: part of the BBC's Commonwealth Games programming, Commonwealth Connections is 26 weekly features reflecting the breathtaking range of music and culture across the 53 countries of the Commonwealth. Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 as part of World on 3, starting from Glasgow's Celtic Connections festival in January and running until the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July, the series includes 26 music features recorded on location, and 26 'Heritage Tracks' introduced by sports people and cultural figures from the Commonwealth countries. The series culminates in a live concert from Glasgow on 1st August, just before the close of the Games, from BBC@theQuay, the BBC's cultural hub on the banks of the Clyde.

    The Radio 3 team in Glasgow and London will be crossing the globe, meeting musicians, recording music on location and capturing musical events, all reflecting the traditional cultures of each country. From Antigua to Zambia, the series reflects the Commonwealth's vibrant sounds, as the countries come together for their festival of sport. The features will also be available for internet streaming and as podcasts, building up a rich audio archive alongside a wealth of images and video.

    The features will be transmitted around midnight on Friday nights, the centrepiece of Radio 3's world music programme World on 3.

    Programme 1

    MUSIC FEATURE: Jamaica - the route to Reggae

    In Port Antonio over on the north side of the island, the Jolly Boys, a mento band formed in 1945 to entertain at Errol Flynn's parties, live a quiet life entertaining the visiting stars singing songs of social comment. This is Jamaica's Calypso complete with banjo, percussion and rumba box accompaniment, an acoustic forerunner to the ubiquitous Reggae music heard all over the Caribbean.

    HERITAGE TRACK: Swaziland

    Gideon Mthembu made his name as a marathon runner for Swaziland, representing his country at the Seoul Olympics in 1988.He went on to play an important role in the administration of athletics in Swaziland, becoming General Secretary of the Athletics Federation, and today continues his work promoting track and field in the whole Southern Africa Region. He chose the artist Bholoja, with a song called "Indzawo Yami" from his album "Swazi Soul", a beautiful song explaining Swazis' deep attachment to the land they call home.

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    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"

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    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.

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    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: Bu

    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

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    '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.

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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 8th January

    Torok: When Mexico Gave Up the Rhumba

    Mitchell Torok

    Album: When Mexico Gave Up the Rhumba

    Acrobat ADDCD024

    Colon Colon

    Lord Cobra

    Album: Panama! 3 Calypso Panameño

    Soundway SNDWCD081P

    Tebe

    Kottarashky

    Album: Opa Hey!

    Asphalt Tango Records CD-ATR 2609

    La Foule

    Martha Wainwright

    Album: ‘Sans Fusils, Ni Souliers, A Paris. Martha Wainwright’s Piaf Record’

    Drowned in Sound VVR723066

    Paul Nabor: Nabi

    Andy Palacio

    Album: Keimoun

    Stonetree Records GLPD 17

    T.T.P.N.C

    Queen Ifrica

    Album: Montengo Bay

    VP Records VPCD1841

    Şiwan Perver: De Thelo Pia a anarthis

    Imam Baildi

    Album: Imam Baildi

    Capitol Records 509992 3680425

    Sebra Mala

    Şiwan Perver

    Album: Şiwan Perver

    Caprice CAP 214614

    Menonite

    Sam Baker

    Album: Cotton

    Sam Baker MRRCD104

    Vamanos

    Buika, Ft. Chucho Valdes

    Album: El Ultimo Trago

    Warner 2456 468 6147

    De Sela: J'Arrive a La Ville

    Lhasa

    Album: The Living Road

    Totoutard 505 0467-0122 2

    Trumpet and Saz improvations

    Ibrahim Maalouf

    Album: Disoriental

    IM Records IMB 2

    Daddy

    The Raft

    Fat Freddy’s Drop

    Album: Dr Boondigga and The Big B.W.

    Fat Freddy’s Drop Records DRP013CD

    Kazi Ngiyobafihlaphi

    Odadewethu

    Album: Kuyaoxaban' Amadoda

    Gold/Warner 5051865-1745-5-4

    Tougher than tough

    Derrick Morgan

    Album: Tougher than tough

    Island IBXCD1

    Toi et Moi

    Smadj, Ft. Minino Garay, Erik Truffaz and Talvin Singh

    Album: Selin

    MVS 3 760148 282 2894

    Tear-stained letter

    Jo-El Sonnier

    EP: Tear-stained Letter

    RCA SON 1

    Gudinpu

    Blue Asia

    Album: Sketches of Myahk

    Vivid Sound VSCD 9692, Tr 4 (5:03)

    The Banjo Song

    Seasick Steve

    Album: Man from Another Time

    Atkantuic 505186 5615828, Tr 9 (3:55)

    Hatichina Wekutumba Naye

    R U N N Family

    EP: Hatichina Wekutumba Naye

    Zimbabewe ZIM 410

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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 8th January

    Torok: When Mexico Gave Up the Rhumba

    Mitchell Torok

    Album: When Mexico Gave Up the Rhumba

    Acrobat ADDCD024

    Colon Colon

    Lord Cobra

    Album: Panama! 3 Calypso Panameño

    Soundway SNDWCD081P

    Tebe

    Kottarashky

    Album: Opa Hey!

    Asphalt Tango Records CD-ATR 2609

    La Foule

    Martha Wainwright

    Album: ‘Sans Fusils, Ni Souliers, A Paris. Martha Wainwright’s Piaf Record’

    Drowned in Sound VVR723066

    Paul Nabor: Nabi

    Andy Palacio

    Album: Keimoun

    Stonetree Records GLPD 17

    T.T.P.N.C

    Queen Ifrica

    Album: Montengo Bay

    VP Records VPCD1841

    Şiwan Perver: De Thelo Pia a anarthis

    Imam Baildi

    Album: Imam Baildi

    Capitol Records 509992 3680425

    Sebra Mala

    Şiwan Perver

    Album: Şiwan Perver

    Caprice CAP 214614

    Menonite

    Sam Baker

    Album: Cotton

    Sam Baker MRRCD104

    Vamanos

    Buika, Ft. Chucho Valdes

    Album: El Ultimo Trago

    Warner 2456 468 6147

    De Sela: J'Arrive a La Ville

    Lhasa

    Album: The Living Road

    Totoutard 505 0467-0122 2

    Trumpet and Saz improvations

    Ibrahim Maalouf

    Album: Disoriental

    IM Records IMB 2

    Daddy

    The Raft

    Fat Freddy’s Drop

    Album: Dr Boondigga and The Big B.W.

    Fat Freddy’s Drop Records DRP013CD

    Kazi Ngiyobafihlaphi

    Odadewethu

    Album: Kuyaoxaban' Amadoda

    Gold/Warner 5051865-1745-5-4

    Tougher than tough

    Derrick Morgan

    Album: Tougher than tough

    Island IBXCD1

    Toi et Moi

    Smadj, Ft. Minino Garay, Erik Truffaz and Talvin Singh

    Album: Selin

    MVS 3 760148 282 2894

    Tear-stained letter

    Jo-El Sonnier

    EP: Tear-stained Letter

    RCA SON 1

    Gudinpu

    Blue Asia

    Album: Sketches of Myahk

    Vivid Sound VSCD 9692, Tr 4 (5:03)

    The Banjo Song

    Seasick Steve

    Album: Man from Another Time

    Atkantuic 505186 5615828, Tr 9 (3:55)

    Hatichina Wekutumba Naye

    R U N N Family

    EP: Hatichina Wekutumba Naye

    Zimbabewe ZIM 410

    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.

    Cocos Lovers In Session20130816

    Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, plus a session with English alternative folk band Cocos Lovers, performing Kentish roots music with influences from just about anywhere.

    Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, plus a session with English alternative folk band Cocos Lovers, performing Kentish roots music with influences from just about anywhere.

    Coig In Session20130705

    Mary Ann Kennedy with the latest sounds from around the globe and featuring a session with Coig, a new band formed by some of the rising stars of the Cape Breton folk scene.

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    Lopa Kothari with the Commonwealth Connections series, exploring the music of Bangladesh and Kiribati,

    plus a live session by Tulipa, and the latest new World Music releases.

    COMMONWEALTH FEATURE / Bangladesh

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

    HERITAGE FEATURE / Kiribati

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

    SESSION: Tulipa

    Brazilian singer-songwriter Tulipa visit the studio for a live session.

    Commonwealth Connections Final Concert - Bbc At The Quay20140801

    From BBC at the Quay in Glasgow, the culmination of World on 3's 35 part Commonwealth Connections series. Lopa Kothari presents with a concert of bands from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Edinburgh-based Shooglenifty, originators of 'acid-croft', mix contemporary styles with Celtic folk; 9 Bach, whose name can be roughly translated as 'loveable grandmother', are fronted by the Welsh vocals of Lisa Jen; uilleann pipes player Jarlath Henderson comes from Dungannon, County Tyrone - he performs with Scottish bagpiper Ross Ainslie; and following the final Commonwealth Connections Heritage Track from Belize, England's Bellowhead bring their big brassy sound to the BBC's stage by the River Clyde.

    HERITAGE TRACK- BELIZE

    The Hon. Dolores Balderamos Garcia is a politician, lawyer and broadcaster. The only woman of the 31 members of Belize's House of Representatives, she is particularly interested in improving the rights of women and children and in supporting those living with HIV and AIDS. Before she became so involved in politics she hosted her own jazz show on the radio and owns an enormous jazz collection of well over 1,000 CDs. Here, she chooses the music of the Lord Rhaburn Combo to express her deep love of the close-knit communities of Belize and to give us a sense of the Belizean zest for life.

    World on 3 is part of the BBC at the Quay, the BBC's cultural celebration running alongside the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The pop-up festival site is outside BBC Scotland's headquarters at Pacific Quay on the banks of the Clyde.

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    Mary Ann Kennedy with highlights from the Radio 3 Commonwealth Connections series, music from some of the 53 countries taking part in the summer games in Glasgow earlier this year, including South Africa, Singapore, Pakistan, Jamaica, Rwanda, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Grenada and Kenya.

    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.

    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.

    Dervish In Session20130419

    Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, and a studio session with Irish band Dervish, live and direct from Broadcasting House.

    Dervish have been an icon of Irish music for 24 years, performing around the world, from large-scale festival performances in Rio de Janeiro, to concerts at the Great Wall of China.

    Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, and a studio session with Irish band Dervish, live and direct from Broadcasting House.

    Dervish have been an icon of Irish music for 24 years, performing around the world, from large-scale festival performances in Rio de Janeiro, to concerts at the Great Wall of China.

    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.

    Eddi Reader In Session, Plus Commonwealth Connections 1820140606

    Lopa Kothari with our Commonwealth Connections series featuring music from Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea, also some new releases of World Music, and a session with Scottish singer-songwriter Eddi Reader.

    COMMONWEALTH CONNECTIONS FEATURE - Sri Lanka

    In Sri Lanka's capital Colombo, Vesak celebrations are underway for the birth and enlightenment of Lord Buddha. The streets are thronged with families and traffic all heading to the town centre, colourful lanterns are lit and the sounds of music and prayer from the Gangaramaya Temple can be heard from nearby Beira Lake. Temple musicians play Thammetama and Davula drums and the Horenava as they call people to prayer. Outside the city centre Mr TS Murugesh is continuing the Tamil tradition of folk songs, he sings a story of rural love and hopes more will be done to promote this Sri Lankan musical style.

    HERITAGE TRACK- Papua New Guinea

    Jeffry Feeger, Papua New Guinea's leading visual artist, chooses the song West Papua by George Telek to express the deep-rooted Melanesian heritage his people share with those across the border in the west. He explains that Papua New Guineans see the world as both ordinary and extraordinary thanks to their belief in the spirit world, and they also very much enjoy the potential sport has to unite the nation.

    SESSION - Eddi Reader

    Known for her work with Fairground Attraction as well as her solo career, Scottish singer-songwriter Eddi Reader bring to our studios her unmistakable voice and her blend of traditional folk roots with a contemporary touch, including material from her latest recording Vagabond.

    Lopa Kothari with our Commonwealth Connections series featuring music from Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea, also some new releases of World Music, and a session with Scottish singer-songwriter Eddi Reader.

    COMMONWEALTH CONNECTIONS FEATURE - Sri Lanka

    In Sri Lanka's capital Colombo, Vesak celebrations are underway for the birth and enlightenment of Lord Buddha. The streets are thronged with families and traffic all heading to the town centre, colourful lanterns are lit and the sounds of music and prayer from the Gangaramaya Temple can be heard from nearby Beira Lake. Temple musicians play Thammetama and Davula drums and the Horenava as they call people to prayer. Outside the city centre Mr TS Murugesh is continuing the Tamil tradition of folk songs, he sings a story of rural love and hopes more will be done to promote this Sri Lankan musical style.

    HERITAGE TRACK- Papua New Guinea

    Jeffry Feeger, Papua New Guinea's leading visual artist, chooses the song West Papua by George Telek to express the deep-rooted Melanesian heritage his people share with those across the border in the west. He explains that Papua New Guineans see the world as both ordinary and extraordinary thanks to their belief in the spirit world, and they also very much enjoy the potential sport has to unite the nation.

    SESSION - Eddi Reader

    Known for her work with Fairground Attraction as well as her solo career, Scottish singer-songwriter Eddi Reader bring to our studios her unmistakable voice and her blend of traditional folk roots with a contemporary touch, including material from her latest recording Vagabond.

    Eliza Carthy20110520

    Presented by Mary Ann Kennedy and featuring a specially recorded studio session by English folk musician Eliza Carthy with a trio that includes Bethany Porter (cello) and Phil Alexander (accordion). Plus the latest releases from across the globe.

    Mary Ann Kennedy presents a special studio session by folk musician Eliza Carthy.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Finnish String Band Frigg In Session20130222

    Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, and a studio session with Finnish string band Frigg.

    Frigg describe their style as Nordgrass, a blend of Nordic fiddle styles with American bluegrass. Most of their music is based on traditonal folk melodies, with a rich harmonic texture that has its roots in the legendary band JPP, but they also compose their own tunes. They regularly tour around North America as well as Europe, and they have named themselves after the Nordic mother goddess.

    Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, and a studio session with Finnish string band Frigg.

    Frigg describe their style as Nordgrass, a blend of Nordic fiddle styles with American bluegrass. Most of their music is based on traditonal folk melodies, with a rich harmonic texture that has its roots in the legendary band JPP, but they also compose their own tunes. They regularly tour around North America as well as Europe, and they have named themselves after the Nordic mother goddess.

    Folk Connections20160129

    Lopa Kothari presents music from Calan, Bella Hardy and Afro Celt Sound System from Celtic Connections at the CCA in Glasgow - performances by leading musicians from Scotland, Wales and England as part of Radio 3's Folk Connections weekend.

    Lopa Kothari presents music from Calan, Bella Hardy and Afro Celt Sound System from Celtic Connections at the CCA in Glasgow - performances by leading musicians from Scotland, Wales and England as part of Radio 3's Folk Connections weekend.

    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.

    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.

    Fredy Massamba20110204

    Lopa Kothari is joined by Congolese singer and rapper Fredy Massamba in session. Originally from Congo-Brazzaville he toured with the Tambours de Brazza, Zap Mama and Didier Awadi, and last year released his first solo album Ethophony. Fredy sings exclusively in Kikongo, and many of the songs on the album reflect on the period of civil war in his country. He talks to Lopa about leaving Brazzaville, recording in Dakar and Bombay, and why he wants to say thank you to the Pygmy people of the Congo. Plus new music from around the globe.

    Lopa Kothari is joined by Congolese singer and rapper Fredy Massamba for a special acoustic session.

    Originally from Congo-Brazzaville he toured with the Tambours de Brazza, Zap Mama and Didier Awadi, and last year released his first solo album Ethophony, a blend of Kikongo lyrics, hip-hop and Congolese rumba.

    Plus new music from around the globe.

    Lopa Kothari with Fredy Massamba in session and the latest sounds from around the globe.

    Lopa Kothari is joined by Congolese singer and rapper Fredy Massamba for a special acoustic session. Originally from Congo-Brazzaville he toured with the Tambours de Brazza, Zap Mama and Didier Awadi, and last year released his first solo album Ethophony, a blend of Kikongo lyrics, hip-hop and Congolese rumba. Plus new music from around the globe.

    Lopa Kothari with Fredy Massamba in session and the latest sounds from around the globe.

    Lopa Kothari is joined by Congolese singer and rapper Fredy Massamba in session. Originally from Congo-Brazzaville he toured with the Tambours de Brazza, Zap Mama and Didier Awadi, and last year released his first solo album Ethophony. Fredy sings exclusively in Kikongo, and many of the songs on the album reflect on the period of civil war in his country. He talks to Lopa about leaving Brazzaville, recording in Dakar and Bombay, and why he wants to say thank you to the Pygmy people of the Congo. Plus new music from around the globe.

    Lopa Kothari is joined by Congolese singer and rapper Fredy Massamba for a special acoustic session.

    Originally from Congo-Brazzaville he toured with the Tambours de Brazza, Zap Mama and Didier Awadi, and last year released his first solo album Ethophony, a blend of Kikongo lyrics, hip-hop and Congolese rumba.

    Plus new music from around the globe.

    Lopa Kothari with Fredy Massamba in session and the latest sounds from around the globe.

    Free Thinking20151106

    Mary Ann Kennedy presents tonight's Free Thinking edition of World on 3 in front of an audience at Sage Gateshead with live music from American folk legend Peggy Seeger, one of Britain's foremost a cappella groups The Wilson Family, and BBC Introducing talent Project Jam Sandwich, an instrumental five-piece with influences from Bulgaria to South Africa via Scotland. Plus some of the latest new releases on disc from around the world.

    Freetown Connections At Uproot Festival20170408

    Kathryn Tickell introduces a concert from Hull Truck Theatre with Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars plus Martin Simpson, as part of Radio 3's Uproot festival for Hull 2017.

    Sierra Leone Connections celebrates Hull's twin-town links with Freetown, which recognises Hull as the birthplace of politician William Wilberforce, who led the campaign to end slavery. Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars were formed in a refugee camp during the country's civil strife - the band has inspired audiences across the world with songs of joy, faith and hope. To start, a special guest performance from Scunthorpe-born folk star Martin Simpson.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Glastonbury Festival20170623

    Lopa Kothari presents a special Glastonbury Festival 2017 edition.

    Lopa Kothari presents a special edition live from the Glastonbury Festival featuring Ghana's Pat Thomas and his Kwashibu Area Band and New Orleans' Hot 8 Brass Band, both performing today on the West Holts Stage. British folk group The Young'uns drop in for session backstage in the BBC Music Tepee and new releases come from some of the world music artists to be appearing at the festival over the weekend including Songhoy Blues and Orchestra Baobab. Lopa is joined in the mobile studio by Canadian singer Martha Wainwright and Quinton Scott, record collector and founder of Afrobeat specialists Strut Records.

    Lopa Kothari presents a special Glastonbury Festival 2017 edition.

    Lopa Kothari presents a special edition live from the Glastonbury Festival featuring Ghana's Pat Thomas and his Kwashibu Area Band and New Orleans' Hot 8 Brass Band, both performing today on the West Holts Stage. British folk group The Young'uns drop in for a session backstage in the BBC Music Tepee and new releases come from some of the world music artists to be appearing at the festival over the weekend including Songhoy Blues, Oumou Sangare and Orchestra Baobab. Lopa is joined in the mobile studio by Canadian singer Martha Wainwright and Quinton Scott, record collector and founder of Afrobeat specialists Strut Records.

    Lopa Kothari presents a special Glastonbury Festival 2017 edition.

    Lopa Kothari presents a special edition live from the Glastonbury Festival featuring Ghana's Pat Thomas and his Kwashibu Area Band and New Orleans' Hot 8 Brass Band, both performing today on the West Holts Stage. British folk group The Young'uns drop in for a session backstage in the BBC Music Tepee and new releases come from some of the world music artists to be appearing at the festival over the weekend including Songhoy Blues and Orchestra Baobab. Lopa is joined in the mobile studio by Canadian singer Martha Wainwright and Quinton Scott, record collector and founder of Afrobeat specialists Strut Records.

    Lopa Kothari presents a special Glastonbury Festival 2017 edition.

    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.

    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.

    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 and 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.

    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.

    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.

    Jaipur Kawa Brass Band In Session20140829

    Lopa Kothari with new tracks from across the globe, plus a studio session with the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band.

    The deserts of Rajasthan have a thriving culture of brass playing - founded in the tradition of British military bands, but soon adopted and adapted to local folk culture. The Jaipur Kawa Brass Band was formed from the best players of the area, playing a mix of styles from traditional folk songs to Bollywood tunes, and they regularly take their music to festivals across Europe. For this World on 3 session the band promises us a dancer, which is always great for radio.

    Lopa Kothari with new tracks from across the globe, plus a studio session with the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band.

    The deserts of Rajasthan have a thriving culture of brass playing - founded in the tradition of British military bands, but soon adopted and adapted to local folk culture. The Jaipur Kawa Brass Band was formed from the best players of the area, playing a mix of styles from traditional folk songs to Bollywood tunes, and they regularly take their music to festivals across Europe. For this World on 3 session the band promises us a dancer, which is always great for radio.

    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.

    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

    Jaune Toujours In Session, Plus Commonwealth Connections 1720140530

    Lopa Kothari with our Commonwealth Connections series, including a location feature from New Zealand and our Heritage Track from Guyana, also a session with band Jaune Toujours, plus new world music releases from around the globe.

    New Zealand

    Whiri Tu Aka are a 5-piece all-female Maori a capella group founded by producer/vocalist Mina Ripa. Best known for her work in the field of electronica and dance music, this project was inspired by the birth of Mina's son to create music using only 'the power of the voice'. We hear a performance by the band recorded at a special event on Waitangi Day (February 6th) at a waterfront concert in Wellington. On this day in 1840 the country's founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed granting Maori people ownership of their lands and properties giving them the same rights as British subjects. The programme also features a unique collaboration with members of Whiri Tu Aka and Horomona Horo a practitioner of 'taonga puoro', the collective term given to a wide array of Maori instruments, recorded on the shores of Titahi Bay, Porirua in the North Island of New Zealand.

    Heritage Track - Guyana

    Writer and academic David Dabydeen is currently Guyana's ambassador to China. His Heritage Track is the calypso Not a Blade of Grass by Dave Martins and the Tradewinds. For David the song prompts thoughts of Guyana's evolving relationship with Britain since independence in 1966, and of the opportunity for the Guyanese to renew their self-image and own their heritage.

    Session - Jaune Toujours

    In our studio, this Belgian cult band with its irrepressible sound, a mix of accordion, wind instruments, percussion and voice, exploring contemporary issues with strong social and cultural undertones.

    Lopa Kothari with our Commonwealth Connections series, including a location feature from New Zealand and our Heritage Track from Guyana, also a session with band Jaune Toujours, plus new world music releases from around the globe.

    New Zealand

    Whiri Tu Aka are a 5-piece all-female Maori a capella group founded by producer/vocalist Mina Ripa. Best known for her work in the field of electronica and dance music, this project was inspired by the birth of Mina's son to create music using only 'the power of the voice'. We hear a performance by the band recorded at a special event on Waitangi Day (February 6th) at a waterfront concert in Wellington. On this day in 1840 the country's founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed granting Maori people ownership of their lands and properties giving them the same rights as British subjects. The programme also features a unique collaboration with members of Whiri Tu Aka and Horomona Horo a practitioner of 'taonga puoro', the collective term given to a wide array of Maori instruments, recorded on the shores of Titahi Bay, Porirua in the North Island of New Zealand.

    Heritage Track - Guyana

    Writer and academic David Dabydeen is currently Guyana's ambassador to China. His Heritage Track is the calypso Not a Blade of Grass by Dave Martins and the Tradewinds. For David the song prompts thoughts of Guyana's evolving relationship with Britain since independence in 1966, and of the opportunity for the Guyanese to renew their self-image and own their heritage.

    Session - Jaune Toujours

    In our studio, this Belgian cult band with its irrepressible sound, a mix of accordion, wind instruments, percussion and voice, exploring contemporary issues with strong social and cultural undertones.

    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.

    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.

    Kathryn Tickell20170707

    With Kathryn Tickell and featuring Samia Malik in session.

    Kathryn Tickell presents a live session from British-Pakistani singer Samia Malik, performing original songs in Urdu and English based on the Ghazal form, and accompanied on tabla by Sukhdeep Singh Dhanjal. Plus a round-up of the latest new releases of world music, with tracks by the Meridian Brothers, Kondi Band and Kate Young.

    Kathryn Tickell - Cimbaliband In Session20170331

    Kathryn Tickell presents the latest sounds from around the globe, including a live studio session from Hungarian folk group Cimbaliband, who mix up Balkan, jazz and classical influences under the direction of Balazs Unger, once referred to as "the Chuck Berry of cimbalom", the traditional hammered dulcimer.

    Kathryn Tickell - Jon Boden In Session20161014

    Kathryn Tickell introduces a live session with Jon Boden, one of the leading figures in today's Brit folk, and leader of the former group Bellowhead, plus our customary selection of new releases from around the world.

    Kathryn Tickell - Kefaya In Session20170224

    Kathryn Tickell with new tracks from across the globe, plus a live session with eclectic collective Kefaya.

    Kathryn Tickell - Lady Maisery In Session20161209

    Kathryn Tickell introduces a live session with the all-female English folk group Lady Maisery, which explore vocal harmonies in an almost lost tradition both in the UK and North Europe. Also new releases of music from across the globe, a highlight from our World Music Archive, and a BBC Introducing band too.

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    Kathryn Tickell presents a live session from English folk trio Lady Maisery.

    Kathryn Tickell with the Songlines Music Awards plus a live session with English folk trio Lady Maisery.

    Jo Frost introduces tracks from the winning bands in the Songlines Music Awards 2017.

    Lady Maisery are Hannah James (vocals, piano accordion and clogs) Hazel Askew (vocals and concertina) and Rowan Rheingans (vocals, fiddle and banjo). They perform traditional and contemporary songs, and have explored the tradition of 'diddling' or tune singing, which had nearly died out in England.

    Kathryn Tickell - Mokoomba In Session20170616

    Kathryn Tickell introduces a live session from Mokoomba, plus new world music releases.

    Kathryn Tickell introduces a live session with Mokoomba, a Zimbabwean Afro-fusion band mixing rap, ska, soukous and Afro-Cuban tunes with their own traditional music, most of it sung in Tonga, one of the country's many languages. Also, a BBC Introducing track, and new world music releases from across the globe.

    Kathryn Tickell - Niteworks From Glasgow20160520

    Kathryn Tickell in Glasgow with new music from across the globe, plus a live session with Celtic fusion band Niteworks

    Niteworks are four musicians from the Isle of Skye - Innes Strachan (Vocals/Keyboards), Allan MacDonald (Bagpipes/Keyboards), Christopher Nicolson, (Bass Guitar) and Ruairidh Graham (Drums). They mix the sound of the bagpipes and traditional Gaelic songs with techno and house beats, and also write their own songs in Scots Gaelic.

    Kathryn Tickell - Ragged Union In Session20161007

    Kathryn Tickell introduces a live session with the American bluegrass band Ragged Union, currently touring the UK, plus the latest new releases from around the globe, including Turkish singer-songwriter Gaye Su Akyol, English folk legend Shirley Collins, and a new compilation of East African dance music from the 1970s.

    Kathryn Tickell - Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band In Session20170714

    Kathryn Tickell with a session with the Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band, plus new releases.

    Kathryn Tickell introduces a session with the Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band, and its uplifting, colourful sound, combining trumpet, saxophone, tuba, sousaphone, clarinet and trombone with local percussion. The band feature two unique and contrasting styles: first, music derived from Kalbelia, the nomadic snake charmers in a tradition going back centuries; and second, arrangements from Bollywood soundtracks. Also in the programme, a BBC Introducing band plus new releases of World Music from across the globe.

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    Kathryn Tickell with new music from across the globe, plus music from Shanghai's Festival on the Green.

    Kathryn Tickell - Sondorgo Live In Session20161125

    Kathryn Tickell presents a live session from Hungarian tamburitza band Söndörgö.

    Formed in 1995, Söndörgö play turbo-charged Hungarian folk music on the tambura, a small plucked instrument similar to the mandolin. Their traditional repertoire is made up of material gathered by Béla Bartók and Tihamér Vujicsics as well as learned from old masters of the tradition. They are considered to be one of Europe's most versatile and exciting bands.

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    Kathryn Tickell introduces a live session with Kathryn Tickell introduces a live session with English folk artist Hannah James. A special reportage by World Music journalist and critic Robin Denselow on the festival of the Damara people in Namibia, including rarely heard choral music. Also, new releases of music from across the globe and a BBC Introducing band too.

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    Kathryn Tickell with Mosi Conde, one of the finest UK-based kora players - a griot from Guinea-Conakry, in session.

    Kathryn Tickell With Op Sa! In Session20160923

    Kathryn Tickell presents the usual mix of music from around the world and a live session from Balkan band Op Sa!

    Op Sa! bring their own brand of Balkan music to the studio, influenced by the roots of the Serbian Kolo and the Turkish cocek (chochek), their repertoire is an addictive blend of wild beats, gypsy flair and modern sound with music from Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia and the Romani culture.

    Kathryn Tickell With The Orchestra Of Syrian Musicians In Session20160624

    Kathryn Tickell with new music from across the globe, plus a live studio session with members of The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians.

    Syrian oud player Issam Rafea brings members of his Orchestra of Syrian Musicians (formerly the Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music) to perform the classic traditional repertory of Syria. They are currently touring the UK along with Damon Albarn, who first worked with them in Damascus in 2008, then toured and recorded with them. Many of the musicians were forced to leave Syria because of the ongoing conflict, but are now reuniting for a celebration of Syrian music and culture.

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    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.

    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'.

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    Lopa Kothari introduces live music by Kristi Stassinopoulou and Stathis Kalyviotis, and talks to Phil Stanton who founded the Rough Guides label of world music compilations 20 years ago this year. This week's Commonwealth Connection is made in Dominica featuring the traditional Jing-ping style of music, and the Heritage Track is chosen by ping-pong champion Anolyn Lulu from Vanuatu.

    LIVE SESSION:

    Greekadelia is the latest album release of Kristi Stassinopoulou and Stathis Kalyviotis, and this innovative pair perform electro-acoustic arrangements of traditional folk songs from Greece as well as their own compositions, using their traditional instruments, live looping techniques and story telling.

    COMMONWEALTH CONNECTIONS FEATURE: DOMINICA

    Music is a family affair in La Petite Souffriere, a tiny and remote village high in the hills of Dominica. Isma Alie still works as a farmer cultivating Bay Tree plantations for their oil but also happens to be the island's greatest accordion player. With his son James and grandson Jackson, he keeps alive the traditional Jing-ping music of Dominica for community dances and celebrations.

    COMMONWEALTH CONNECTIONS HERITAGE TRACK: VANUATU

    Vanuatu - which literally means freestanding - has only existed as an independent country since 1980, and before that it was known as the New Hebrides and run by Britain and France. This South Pacific archipelago consists of more than eighty islands and lies a thousand miles east of northern Australia, west of Fiji, and southeast of the Solomon Islands. It has a population of less than quarter of a million, but despite that has a strong reputation for table tennis, especially in the shape of Anolyn Lulu whose chosen song is "Freedom" by Vanuatu's Vanessa Quai, as she explained from her island home.

    Lopa Kothari introduces live music by Kristi Stassinopoulou and Stathis Kalyviotis, and talks to Phil Stanton who founded the Rough Guides label of world music compilations 20 years ago this year. This week's Commonwealth Connection is made in Dominica featuring the traditional Jing-ping style of music, and the Heritage Track is chosen by ping-pong champion Anolyn Lulu from Vanuatu.

    LIVE SESSION:

    Greekadelia is the latest album release of Kristi Stassinopoulou and Stathis Kalyviotis, and this innovative pair perform electro-acoustic arrangements of traditional folk songs from Greece as well as their own compositions, using their traditional instruments, live looping techniques and story telling.

    COMMONWEALTH CONNECTIONS FEATURE: DOMINICA

    Music is a family affair in La Petite Souffriere, a tiny and remote village high in the hills of Dominica. Isma Alie still works as a farmer cultivating Bay Tree plantations for their oil but also happens to be the island's greatest accordion player. With his son James and grandson Jackson, he keeps alive the traditional Jing-ping music of Dominica for community dances and celebrations.

    COMMONWEALTH CONNECTIONS HERITAGE TRACK: VANUATU

    Vanuatu - which literally means freestanding - has only existed as an independent country since 1980, and before that it was known as the New Hebrides and run by Britain and France. This South Pacific archipelago consists of more than eighty islands and lies a thousand miles east of northern Australia, west of Fiji, and southeast of the Solomon Islands. It has a population of less than quarter of a million, but despite that has a strong reputation for table tennis, especially in the shape of Anolyn Lulu whose chosen song is "Freedom" by Vanuatu's Vanessa Quai, as she explained from her island home.

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    Mary Ann Kennedy presents a session with La Chiva Gantiva and Commonwealth Connections from Malta and The Gambia.

    COMMONWEALTH CONECTIONS MUSIC FEATURE: MALTA

    Malta's history reads like a Dan Brown novel and the music that has been recorded for this week's feature is infused with Malta's wonderfully diverse historical influences. Musician and composer, Ruben Zahra, takes us on a guided tour of traditional Maltese instruments that span the centuries: from the iz-Zummara, a Maltese reed flute fashioned by children as a toy, to the impressive Maltese bagpipe or iz-Zaqq. Ruben's passion for these instruments, the music and the skills needed to play is helping to prevent their extinction, as happened with the Maltese Lira. This is the world's first studio recording of the Maltese Lira which was lost some 200 years ago but recreated using lithographs and paintings.

    The tradition of working-class folk song is also being kept alive by the Maltese people in the wine bars of Zejtun. The 'Spirtu Pront' genre of folk song requires singers to verbally duel with improvised lyrics and it has been recorded live in the Ta' Ganna bar with six singers competing for their pride and superiority. They are accompanied by local musicians playing the unusual, horned, Maltese guitar.

    HERITAGE FEATURE: THE GAMBIA

    The Gambia is a relatively small slice of land in West Africa on the north and south shores of the river Gambia, and surrounded by Senegal. This week's Commonwealth athlete Suwaibou Sanneh currently lives away from his home town of Brikama studying in the States but he carries the country's music with him as he prepares for the 100 metres sprint, an event for which he holds the Gambian national record. A semi-finalist at the London Olympics, he aims to do even better at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Music from Jaliba Kuyateh and The Kumareh Band

    SESSION: LA CHIVA GANTIVA

    La Chiva Gantiva are a group of young Colombian musicians who met in Brussels. Fuelled with a desire to get back to their roots, they started to combine Colombian rhythms with rock, afrobeat and funk. Their new album 'Vivo' is out now on Crammed Discs. We catch them as they are about to embark on their UK tour.

    Lopa Kothari presents a session with La Chiva Gantiva and Commonwealth Connections from Malta and The Gambia.

    COMMONWEALTH CONECTIONS MUSIC FEATURE: MALTA

    Malta's history reads like a Dan Brown novel and the music that has been recorded for this week's feature is infused with Malta's wonderfully diverse historical influences. Musician and composer, Ruben Zahra, takes us on a guided tour of traditional Maltese instruments that span the centuries: from the iz-Zummara, a Maltese reed flute fashioned by children as a toy, to the impressive Maltese bagpipe or iz-Zaqq. Ruben's passion for these instruments, the music and the skills needed to play is helping to prevent their extinction, as happened with the Maltese Lira. This is the world's first studio recording of the Maltese Lira which was lost some 200 years ago but recreated using lithographs and paintings.

    The tradition of working-class folk song is also being kept alive by the Maltese people in the wine bars of Zejtun. The 'Spirtu Pront' genre of folk song requires singers to verbally duel with improvised lyrics and it has been recorded live in the Ta' Ganna bar with six singers competing for their pride and superiority. They are accompanied by local musicians playing the unusual, horned, Maltese guitar.

    HERITAGE FEATURE: THE GAMBIA

    The Gambia is a relatively small slice of land in West Africa on the north and south shores of the river Gambia, and surrounded by Senegal. This week's Commonwealth athlete Suwaibou Sanneh currently lives away from his home town of Brikama studying in the States but he carries the country's music with him as he prepares for the 100 metres sprint, an event for which he holds the Gambian national record. A semi-finalist at the London Olympics, he aims to do even better at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Music from Jaliba Kuyateh and The Kumareh Band

    SESSION: LA CHIVA GANTIVA

    La Chiva Gantiva are a group of young Colombian musicians who met in Brussels. Fuelled with a desire to get back to their roots, they started to combine Colombian rhythms with rock, afrobeat and funk. Their new album 'Vivo' is out now on Crammed Discs. We catch them as they are about to embark on their UK tour.

    Lopa Kothari presents a session with La Chiva Gantiva and Commonwealth Connections from Malta and The Gambia.

    COMMONWEALTH CONECTIONS MUSIC FEATURE: MALTA

    Malta's history reads like a Dan Brown novel and the music that has been recorded for this week's feature is infused with Malta's wonderfully diverse historical influences. Musician and composer, Ruben Zahra, takes us on a guided tour of traditional Maltese instruments that span the centuries: from the iz-Zummara, a Maltese reed flute fashioned by children as a toy, to the impressive Maltese bagpipe or iz-Zaqq. Ruben's passion for these instruments, the music and the skills needed to play is helping to prevent their extinction, as happened with the Maltese Lira. This is the world's first studio recording of the Maltese Lira which was lost some 200 years ago but recreated using lithographs and paintings.

    The tradition of working-class folk song is also being kept alive by the Maltese people in the wine bars of Zejtun. The 'Spirtu Pront' genre of folk song requires singers to verbally duel with improvised lyrics and it has been recorded live in the Ta' Ganna bar with six singers competing for their pride and superiority. They are accompanied by local musicians playing the unusual, horned, Maltese guitar.

    HERITAGE FEATURE: THE GAMBIA

    The Gambia is a relatively small slice of land in West Africa on the north and south shores of the river Gambia, and surrounded by Senegal. This week's Commonwealth athlete Suwaibou Sanneh currently lives away from his home town of Brikama studying in the States but he carries the country's music with him as he prepares for the 100 metres sprint, an event for which he holds the Gambian national record. A semi-finalist at the London Olympics, he aims to do even better at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Music from Jaliba Kuyateh and The Kumareh Band

    SESSION: LA CHIVA GANTIVA

    La Chiva Gantiva are a group of young Colombian musicians who met in Brussels. Fuelled with a desire to get back to their roots, they started to combine Colombian rhythms with rock, afrobeat and funk. Their new album 'Vivo' is out now on Crammed Discs. We catch them as they are about to embark on their UK tour.

    Mary Ann Kennedy presents a session with La Chiva Gantiva and Commonwealth Connections from Malta and The Gambia.

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    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.

    Le Vent Du Nord In Session20120615

    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.

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    Mary Ann Kennedy brings us new tracks from across the globe, and celebrates British music with concert sets from the Shetland Folk Festival featuring English bluegrass banjo player Leon Hunt and young Scottish band Skerryvore.

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    Mary Ann Kennedy presents a trio of Senegalese brothers in session, Les Frères Guiss. The three brothers Djiby, Cheik and Aliou Guiss 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.

    Mary Ann Kennedy presents a trio of Senegalese brothers in session, Les Frères Guiss.

    The three brothers Djiby, Cheik and Aliou Guiss 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.

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    Live at Southbank Centre: Mary Ann Kennedy with Portuguese Fado singer Claudia Aurora live in session and part 7 of the Commonwealth Connections series.

    COMMONWEALTH CONNECTIONS

    This landmark 26-part weekly series leading up to the Commonwealth Games in July features music from each of the 53 member states, reflecting the range of music and culture across the whole Commonwealth.

    Music feature from Botswana:

    In Botswana, each tribe has their own identifiable style of music. The Balete Ditlhaka traditional group, based in Ramotswa village in the south of Botswana, is one of the last groups keeping Ditlhaka music alive. Deputy Chief Kgosi Tsimane Mokgosi tells the stories of the Ditlhaka music, and the group's director and pipe tuner Sialala Mookestsi shares how he learnt Ditlhaka in the South African mines as a boy. In Botswana's capital Gaborone, a very different sound comes from inside a garden; Myzer Mathako plays his Mbira, moved by its spirit.

    Heritage Track from Sierra Leone:

    Hafsatu Kamara is an up-and-coming sprinter who represented Sierra Leone at the 2013 African Senior Championships, and aims to do well at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Raised in Sierra Leone and the United States, she is well aware of the extremes life can throw at you, having been forced to leave Sierra Leone because of the outbreak of Civil War in the early nineties. Her choice of music is by Emmerson from his "Yesterday Betteh Pass Tiday?" album, a recording which provoked a tense political debate in Sierra Leone. This reggae song "Na for Balance" advises Sierra Leoneans to avoid physical confrontation.

    Live session with Claudia Aurora:

    Born and raised in Oporto, Portugal. Claudia Aurora grew up listening to early Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young and Janis Joplin. It wasn't until she re-located to Bristol in 2003, a place far from friends and family, that she became interested in performing the music from her roots - Fado, a musical form renowned for its heady mix of loss, longing, love, and nostalgia.

    Radio 3 is broadcasting live from a pop-up studio at London's Southbank Centre all day every day for the last two weeks of March. If you're in the area, visit the Radio 3 studio and performance space in the Royal Festival Hall Riverside Café to listen to Radio 3, ask questions and enjoy the special events.

    Live at Southbank Centre: Mary Ann Kennedy with Portuguese Fado singer Claudia Aurora live in session and part 7 of the Commonwealth Connections series.

    COMMONWEALTH CONNECTIONS

    This landmark 26-part weekly series leading up to the Commonwealth Games in July features music from each of the 53 member states, reflecting the range of music and culture across the whole Commonwealth.

    Music feature from Botswana:

    In Botswana, each tribe has their own identifiable style of music. The Balete Ditlhaka traditional group, based in Ramotswa village in the south of Botswana, is one of the last groups keeping Ditlhaka music alive. Deputy Chief Kgosi Tsimane Mokgosi tells the stories of the Ditlhaka music, and the group's director and pipe tuner Sialala Mookestsi shares how he learnt Ditlhaka in the South African mines as a boy. In Botswana's capital Gaborone, a very different sound comes from inside a garden; Myzer Mathako plays his Mbira, moved by its spirit.

    Heritage Track from Sierra Leone:

    Hafsatu Kamara is an up-and-coming sprinter who represented Sierra Leone at the 2013 African Senior Championships, and aims to do well at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Raised in Sierra Leone and the United States, she is well aware of the extremes life can throw at you, having been forced to leave Sierra Leone because of the outbreak of Civil War in the early nineties. Her choice of music is by Emmerson from his "Yesterday Betteh Pass Tiday?" album, a recording which provoked a tense political debate in Sierra Leone. This reggae song "Na for Balance" advises Sierra Leoneans to avoid physical confrontation.

    Live session with Claudia Aurora:

    Born and raised in Oporto, Portugal. Claudia Aurora grew up listening to early Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young and Janis Joplin. It wasn't until she re-located to Bristol in 2003, a place far from friends and family, that she became interested in performing the music from her roots - Fado, a musical form renowned for its heady mix of loss, longing, love, and nostalgia.

    Radio 3 is broadcasting live from a pop-up studio at London's Southbank Centre all day every day for the last two weeks of March. If you're in the area, visit the Radio 3 studio and performance space in the Royal Festival Hall Riverside Café to listen to Radio 3, ask questions and enjoy the special events.

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    Live at Southbank Centre: Commonwealth Connections 8 plus a session with Fay Hield and The Hurricane Party, presented by Lopa Kothari.

    'Commonwealth Connections' is a BBC Radio 3 landmark 26-part weekly series leading up to the Commonwealth Games in July, featuring music from each of the 53 member states, reflecting the range of music and culture across the whole organisation.

    Music feature from St Lucia

    St Lucia's leading traditional folk band Man May La Kay keep alive the traditional Kwadril music. Drawn originally from the French courtly Quadrille, this is a curious mix of African and European dance styles introduced by the European plantation owners of an earlier era. Once a reminder of their colonial past, the Kwadril has become a national symbol of the people of St Lucia and this joyful music is the definitive Caribbean ceilidh.

    Heritage Track from Brunei:

    The Loneliness of the Short Distance Runner: 400m sprinter Maziah Mahusin was the only female athlete representing her country at the London Olympics 2012; carrying the Bruneian flag at the Opening Ceremony is one of her proudest moments. Since then she has inspired many young girls to run; these days they turn up in crowds at her training sessions to run alongside her. Maziah chooses a track that reminds her of playing with her siblings as a child, Sebarkan ke Seantero dunia by Putri Norizah. She reflects on how far she's come in her career- and on what it's going to take to live up to the responsibility she now feels to keep training hard and make Bruneians yet more proud of her.

    Session with Fay Hield and The Hurricane Party:

    By day an ethnomusicologist, by night one of England's most original folksingers, Fay Hield performs here with some of the leading luminaries of English folk, including Jon Boden, Sam Sweeney, Rob Habron and Andy Cutting

    Radio 3 is broadcasting live from a pop-up studio at London's Southbank Centre all day every day for the last two weeks of March. If you're in the area, visit the Radio 3 studio and performance space in the Royal Festival Hall Riverside Café to listen to Radio 3, ask questions and enjoy the special events.

    Live at Southbank Centre: Commonwealth Connections 8 plus a session with Fay Hield and The Hurricane Party, presented by Lopa Kothari.

    'Commonwealth Connections' is a BBC Radio 3 landmark 26-part weekly series leading up to the Commonwealth Games in July, featuring music from each of the 53 member states, reflecting the range of music and culture across the whole organisation.

    Music feature from St Lucia

    St Lucia's leading traditional folk band Man May La Kay keep alive the traditional Kwadril music. Drawn originally from the French courtly Quadrille, this is a curious mix of African and European dance styles introduced by the European plantation owners of an earlier era. Once a reminder of their colonial past, the Kwadril has become a national symbol of the people of St Lucia and this joyful music is the definitive Caribbean ceilidh.

    Heritage Track from Brunei:

    The Loneliness of the Short Distance Runner: 400m sprinter Maziah Mahusin was the only female athlete representing her country at the London Olympics 2012; carrying the Bruneian flag at the Opening Ceremony is one of her proudest moments. Since then she has inspired many young girls to run; these days they turn up in crowds at her training sessions to run alongside her. Maziah chooses a track that reminds her of playing with her siblings as a child, Sebarkan ke Seantero dunia by Putri Norizah. She reflects on how far she's come in her career- and on what it's going to take to live up to the responsibility she now feels to keep training hard and make Bruneians yet more proud of her.

    Session with Fay Hield and The Hurricane Party:

    By day an ethnomusicologist, by night one of England's most original folksingers, Fay Hield performs here with some of the leading luminaries of English folk, including Jon Boden, Sam Sweeney, Rob Habron and Andy Cutting

    Radio 3 is broadcasting live from a pop-up studio at London's Southbank Centre all day every day for the last two weeks of March. If you're in the area, visit the Radio 3 studio and performance space in the Royal Festival Hall Riverside Café to listen to Radio 3, ask questions and enjoy the special events.

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    Mary Ann Kennedy live from Glasgow at Celtic Connections, one of the world's biggest winter music festivals, with special late-night performances from top festival artists.

    Producer Roger Short.

    Mary Ann Kennedy live from Glasgow at Celtic Connections, one of the world's biggest winter music festivals, with special late-night performances from top festival artists.

    Producer Roger Short.

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    Mary Ann Kennedy live from Glasgow at one of the world's biggest winter music festivals, with special late-night performances from the Green Room of Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall.

    Celtic Connections is held in 20 venues over 18 days with 300 events taking place throughout the whole festival, involving over 2100 musicians from 26 countries. Scots and Irish Celtic music is at the centre of the festival, but it has always embraced the music of the Celtic cultures of the USA, Canada, France and Spain, together with the closely connected cultures of Scandinavia and eastern Europe. In recent years the Festival has also connected with traditions across Africa and Asia. The concerts range from the most traditional to the most experimental, all brought together in the context of one of the world's liveliest folk cultures, with a never-ending stream of young Scottish musicians who are reinventing their own traditions for their own time.

    For the past four years, World on 3 has hosted live late-night sesssions from the Festival at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall. These start late, and finish early, with bands often coming straight from a concert in a main venue to play for World on 3. The line-up is always kept secret until the day of the event.

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    Lopa Kothari is live from BBC Music at Celtic Connections in Glasgow, with special late-night performances West Highlands group Dàimh, Québécois folk music from Les Poules de Colin and Trio da Kali from Mali. Live from the CCA, the BBC's hub on Sauchiehall Street.

    Radio 3's Celtic Connections programming expands to over 10 hours this year, with three late-night sessions from the CCA, and three specially-recorded concerts around Radio 3's 'Folk Connections' weekend at the end of the month. BBC Music offers extensive coverage of Celtic Connections this year, also featuring on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC2 TV in Scotland, and BBC Music Online. Artists appearing at the World on 3 Sessions range from young Welsh band Calan to African superstar Baaba Maal.

    Celtic Connections is held in 20 venues over 18 days with 300 events taking place throughout the whole festival, involving over two thousand 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.

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    Lopa Kothari is live from BBC Music at Celtic Connections in Glasgow, with special late-night performances West Highlands group Dàimh, Québécois folk music from Les Poules de Colin and Trio da Kali from Mali. Live from the CCA, the BBC's hub on Sauchiehall Street.

    Radio 3's Celtic Connections programming expands to over 10 hours this year, with three late-night sessions from the CCA, and three specially-recorded concerts around Radio 3's 'Folk Connections' weekend at the end of the month. BBC Music offers extensive coverage of Celtic Connections this year, also featuring on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC2 TV in Scotland, and BBC Music Online. Artists appearing at the World on 3 Sessions range from young Welsh band Calan to African superstar Baaba Maal.

    Celtic Connections is held in 20 venues over 18 days with 300 events taking place throughout the whole festival, involving over two thousand 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.

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    Lopa Kothari is live from BBC Music at Celtic Connections in Glasgow, with special late-night performances from Moh! Kouyate from Guinea, Breton folk veterans Kornog performing as Breton Blend 2016 and Senegalese superstar Baaba Maal.

    Radio 3's Celtic Connections programming expands to over 10 hours this year, with three late-night sessions from the CCA, and three specially-recorded concerts around Radio 3's 'Folk Connections' weekend at the end of the month. BBC Music offers extensive coverage of Celtic Connections this year, also featuring on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC2 TV in Scotland, and BBC Music Online.

    Celtic Connections is held in 20 venues over 18 days with 300 events taking place throughout the whole festival, involving over two thousand 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.

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    Lopa Kothari is live from BBC Music at Celtic Connections in Glasgow, with special late-night performances from Moh! Kouyate from Guinea, Breton folk veterans Kornog performing as Breton Blend 2016 and Senegalese superstar Baaba Maal.

    Radio 3's Celtic Connections programming expands to over 10 hours this year, with three late-night sessions from the CCA, and three specially-recorded concerts around Radio 3's 'Folk Connections' weekend at the end of the month. BBC Music offers extensive coverage of Celtic Connections this year, also featuring on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC2 TV in Scotland, and BBC Music Online.

    Celtic Connections is held in 20 venues over 18 days with 300 events taking place throughout the whole festival, involving over two thousand 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.

    Live From Edinburgh20150828

    Live from the BBC's Blue Tent in Edinburgh. Mary Ann Kennedy with star artists from the Festival and the fringe, as well as the latest talent from BBC Introducing. With live sets from BBC Introducing find Samba Sene and Diwan, Chinese duo Gao Jing-hua and Zhu Zhi-qin and local heroes The Scott Wood Band.

    Live from the BBC's Blue Tent in Edinburgh. Mary Ann Kennedy with star artists from the Festival and the fringe, as well as the latest talent from BBC Introducing. With live sets from BBC Introducing find Samba Sene and Diwan, Chinese duo Gao Jing-hua and Zhu Zhi-qin and local heroes The Scott Wood Band.

    Live From The Edinburgh Festival And Fringe20160819

    , Mary Ann Kennedy introduces a concert featuring music from a project inspired by GRIT, Martyn Bennett's landmark album blending Scottish folk tunes and techno beats; also, Scottish singer-songwriter Jenny Sturgeon, and there's a BBC Introducing act too: The Sinderins, a folk and country blues band from Dundee.

    , Mary Ann Kennedy introduces a concert featuring music from a project inspired by GRIT, Martyn Bennett's landmark album blending Scottish folk tunes and techno beats; also, Scottish singer-songwriter Jenny Sturgeon, and there's a BBC Introducing act too: The Sinderins, a folk and country blues band from Dundee.

    Live From The Edinburgh Festivals With Lopa Kothari20170804

    Lopa Kothari is live at the BBC Blue Tent in Edinburgh.

    Lopa Kothari live at the BBC Blue Tent in Edinburgh, part of Radio 3's coverage at the Festival and Fringe, with a concert of World Music including Trip, an exciting new Scottish band featuring keyboard, whistle and bodhran - a BBC Introducing act; plus Turkish composer and performer Oguz Kaplangi bringing traditional percussion instruments, guitars and electronic samples, and mixing them with Scottish bagpipes, performed by Annie Grace: it's material inspired from the incidental music to the play 'Rhinoceros', shown at the EIF; also, South Korean Ensemble Su performing on traditional instruments, among them a zither, a one-string fiddle and Asian percussion, blending it all with a cello and keyboards for a pinch of Western sound as well. And closing the show, leading the 'New Wave' of traditional Scottish fiddlers, virtuoso Ryan Young accompanied on the guitar by Jenn Butterworth.

    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.

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    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.

    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.

    Lo Cor De La Plana20110225

    Mary Ann Kennedy introduces a specially recorded session by Lo Cor de la Plana, a group from Marseilles who have revived the local Occitan culture through their music, an exciting mix of a cappella vocals, foot stomping, handclaps and percussion.

    Plus a round-up of some of the latest releases from around the world.

    Mary Ann Kennedy introduces a specially recorded session by Lo Cor de la Plana.

    Mary Ann Kennedy introduces a specially recorded session by Lo Cor de la Plana, a group from Marseilles who have revived the local Occitan culture through their music, an exciting mix of a cappella vocals, foot stomping, handclaps and percussion. Plus a round-up of some of the latest releases from around the world.

    Mary Ann Kennedy introduces a specially recorded session by Lo Cor de la Plana, a group from Marseilles who have revived the local Occitan culture through their music, an exciting mix of a cappella vocals, foot stomping, handclaps and percussion. Plus a round-up of some of the latest releases from around the world.

    Mary Ann Kennedy introduces a specially recorded session by Lo Cor de la Plana.

    Mary Ann Kennedy introduces a specially recorded session by Lo Cor de la Plana, a group from Marseilles who have revived the local Occitan culture through their music, an exciting mix of a cappella vocals, foot stomping, handclaps and percussion. Plus a round-up of some of the latest releases from around the world.

    Mary Ann Kennedy introduces a specially recorded session by Lo Cor de la Plana, a group from Marseilles who have revived the local Occitan culture through their music, an exciting mix of a cappella vocals, foot stomping, handclaps and percussion.

    Plus a round-up of some of the latest releases from around the world.

    Mary Ann Kennedy introduces a specially recorded session by Lo Cor de la Plana.

    London Jazz Festival 2010, 10/12/201020101210

    Lopa Kothari presents pianist Zoe Rahman in concert recorded at this year's London Jazz Festival. Plus the latest sounds on CD from around the world.

    Zoe Rahman is one of the UKs rising pianist composers, with a style deeply rooted in jazz but reflecting her classical background, British-Bengali heritage and her broad musical tastes. Recorded at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London as part of the 2010 London Jazz Festival, Zoe joins Lopa in the studio to talk about her music.

    With a mix of sounds from around the globe.

    Lopa 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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    Lopa Kothari20090213

    presents a varied mix of world sounds and a session by gypsy fusion band Mec Yek, who are the latest incarnation of Euro-roots group Jaune Toujours.

    Lopa Kothari with a varied mix of world sounds and a session by gypsy fusion band Mec Yek.

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    Lopa Kothari20090320

    announces, plays and discusses nominations for the 2009 Songlines Music Awards.

    She is joined by music critic Nigel Williamson, who gives his views on the contenders for the awards of Best Artist, Best Group, Cross-Cultural Collaboration and Newcomer.

    Lopa Kothari announces the nominations for the 2009 Songlines Music Awards.

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    Lopa Kothari20090327

    with sounds from across the globe, and a session by the 'queen of Iranian trip hop', Haleh.

    She teams up with producer and musician Marc van Eyck to perform oriental chant with smooth electronic sounds.

    Lopa Kothari with sounds from across the globe, and a session by 'trip hop' artist Haleh.

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    Lopa Kothari20090501

    World on 3

    Presented by Lopa Kothari

    Produced by James Parkin

    Tel 020 7765 4661

    Fax 020 7765 5052

    e-mail worldon3@bbc.co.uk

    Friday 1st May 2009

    Camilo Lara/Holger Beier: Alcotel

    Mexican Institute of Sound

    Album: Alcotel

    Cooking Vinyl Cookcd472

    Marina Abad/Tote King: Donde te has metio

    Ojos de Brujo

    Album: Aocana

    Warner WE833

    El Tanbura: Khaly Anka al Yhom

    El Tanbura

    Album: Friends of Bamboute

    30IPS Ltd FOB1869

    Fatima Spar: Trust

    Fatima Spar and the Freedom Fries

    Album: Trust

    Hoanzl H550-2

    Canek Cabrera: Atrapao

    Los de Abajo

    Album: Los de Abajo EP

    Promotional CD

    Villares: Nó dend'água

    Beto Villares

    Album: Beto Villares

    Six Degrees 657036 1152-2

    Maia: Que Beleza

    Tim Maia

    Album: The Sound of Sound

    Luaka Bop LCD1801

    Muller/Munoz: Que lindo Suena

    Radio Kijada

    Album: Neuvos Sonidos Afro Peruanos

    Wrasse Records wrasse233

    In Session

    Kasse Mady Diabate (vocals/guitar)

    Diabate: Bandja

    Kasse Mady Diabate

    BBC Recording, Maida Vale Studios, 2009

    Diabate: Toumaro

    Diabate: Nama

    Trad: Mi Suegra, la negra

    Los Desterrados

    Album: Miradores

    Crusoe Records CRU002CD

    Maris/Baur: About this life

    Jaune Toujours

    Album: Ko Lectiv

    Choux de Bruxelles CHOU0902

    Tavares: One Love

    Sara Tavares

    Album: Alive in Lisboa

    World Connection WC43078

    Samay: Restless

    Samay

    Album: Songs for a Global Journey

    Samay Music

    Baildi: O Pasatebos

    Imam Baildi

    Album: Imam Baildi

    EMI 5099923680425

    Malouma/Haddab: Sable Émovant

    DuOud

    Album: Ping King

    World Village WVF 479025

    Mata et al: Vermehlo

    Vanessa da Mata

    Album: SIM

    Song BMG/Discograph 6139352

    N'dia Arbatras: Babako

    Baka Beyond

    Album: Beyond the Forest

    March Hare Music MAHACD 28

    Rubens Campos: So vendo que Beleza

    Omara Portundo; Maria Bethania

    Album: Omara Portuondo e Maria Bethania

    Discmedi DM 4509-02

    Lopa Kothari with sounds from across the globe and a session with Kasse Mady Diabate.

    World on 3

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    fatima spar: trust

  • album: alcotel
  • album: alive in lisboa
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  • 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
    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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    Lopa Kothari20090612

    introduces a varied mix of world sounds, including an exclusive studio session by celebrated bluesman Taj Mahal.

    He performs songs from his latest album, Maestro, with his trio, as well as some classic tracks.

    He also talks about his background, the collaborations on the album, and the links between his music and Africa.

    Lopa Kothari is joined in the studio session by celebrated blues singer Taj Mahal.

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    Lopa Kothari20090619

    presents Senegalese superstar Baaba Maal in session, playing acoustic versions of songs from his album Television.

    Lopa Kothari presents Senegalese superstar Baaba Maal in session.

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    Lopa Kothari20090904

    presents her selection of the best new releases from around the world.

    Lopa Kothari presents her selection of the best new releases from around the world.

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    Lopa Kothari20091016

    presents new CDs from around the world, and a studio session with Colombian diva Toto la Momposina.

    She brings along her family band - three generations of singers and percussionists - for music which reflects Colombia's traditonal 'cumbia', a mix of influences from indigenous Indians, West Africans, Chinese and Europeans.

    Lopa Kothari presents a session with Colombian diva Toto la Momposina.

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    Lopa Kothari20091023

    presents new CDs from around the world, and the UK broadcast debut of vintage West African band the Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou, whose music is based on the traditional vodoun rhythms of Benin.

    With Lopa Kothari.

    Includes a session with the Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou.

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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

    Camelo: Menina Bordada

    Marcelo Camelo

    Album: Abril Pro Rock 2009

    Promo CD

    Ousmane Ag Mossa: Aicha

    Tamikrest

    Album: Adagh

    Glitterhouse Records GRCD 703

    Asfalt Tango

    Fanfare Ciocarlia

    Album: Fanfare Ciocarlia Live

    Asphalt Tango records CD-ATR-2309

    G. Leguizamon/M. J. Castilla: La Arenosa

    Mecedes Sosa

    Album: Mecesdes Sosa en Argentina

    SG Discos

    Erick Sanchez, Arr. Michel Padron: Psicologia

    Asere

    Album: Junio Groove

    Astar Records AARCDA012

    Diana Rojas: Mujer

    Cantaro

    Album: Andarien

    Milan/Warner 399 302-2

    Studio Session

    Muntu Valdo (guitar/voice/effects)

    Lemba

    Muntu Valdo

    BBC recording by engineers Marvin Ware and Andrew Smillie, January 2009

    Di Sibi

    Stanley/Stanley: Pretty Polly

    Carter stanley (guitar/voice); Ralph Stanley (vocals/banjo); Darrel Lambert (mandolin); Ernest Newst (bass); Les Woodle (violin)

    Album:

    Murder –Songs from the dark side of the Soul

    Trikont/Indigo 803992

    Manavyala – Nalinakanthi –Adi -Thyagaraja

    Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi (violin); Mala Chandrashekar (flute); Jaishree Jairaj (veena); Kallidaikurichi Sivakuma (mrudangam); N. Guruprasad (Ghatam)

    Album: Vadhya Sunadha Pravaham

    Felmay FL8152

    T. Mazwai: Izilo

    Thandiswa

    Album: Ibokwe

    Gallo Records CDGURB 122

    Barel Boppet: Jeunesse Vauclin

    Barel Coppet et Mister Lof

    Album: Tumbele! Biguine, afro and latin sounds from the French Caribbean, 1963-74

    Soundway SNDWCD017P

    Leta

    Musseing

    Carvalho: Kianje

    Bonga, remixed by Cassin and Berna Ceppas

    Album: Best of Bonga

    Lusafrica 56725 562352

    Ceu/Seginho Machado/Bruno Buarque/Lucas Martins/Dj Marco/Guilherme Ribeiro: Sonambulo

    Ceu

    Album: Vagarosa

    Six Degrees Records 657036 1160-2

    De Sela: Is anything Wrong

    Lhasa

    Album: Lhasa

    Warner 2564690483

    Menuhin/Shankar: Swara-K?kali

    Yehudi Menuhin; Ravi Shankar; Alla Rakha Khan

    Album: Menuhin meets Shankar

    EMI Records/Virgin 00777 749070 2 6

    Lopa Kothari20100115

    World on 3

    Presented by Lopa Kothari

    Produced by James Parkin

    Tel 020 7765 4661

    Fax 020 7765 5052

    e-mail worldon3@bbc.co.uk

    Camelo: Menina Bordada

    Marcelo Camelo

    Album: Abril Pro Rock 2009

    Promo CD

    Ousmane Ag Mossa: Aicha

    Tamikrest

    Album: Adagh

    Glitterhouse Records GRCD 703

    Asfalt Tango

    Fanfare Ciocarlia

    Album: Fanfare Ciocarlia Live

    Asphalt Tango records CD-ATR-2309

    G. Leguizamon/M. J. Castilla: La Arenosa

    Mecedes Sosa

    Album: Mecesdes Sosa en Argentina

    SG Discos

    Erick Sanchez, Arr. Michel Padron: Psicologia

    Asere

    Album: Junio Groove

    Astar Records AARCDA012

    Diana Rojas: Mujer

    Cantaro

    Album: Andarien

    Milan/Warner 399 302-2

    Studio Session

    Muntu Valdo (guitar/voice/effects)

    Lemba

    Muntu Valdo

    BBC recording by engineers Marvin Ware and Andrew Smillie, January 2009

    Di Sibi

    Stanley/Stanley: Pretty Polly

    Carter stanley (guitar/voice); Ralph Stanley (vocals/banjo); Darrel Lambert (mandolin); Ernest Newst (bass); Les Woodle (violin)

    Album:

    Murder –Songs from the dark side of the Soul

    Trikont/Indigo 803992

    Manavyala – Nalinakanthi –Adi -Thyagaraja

    Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi (violin); Mala Chandrashekar (flute); Jaishree Jairaj (veena); Kallidaikurichi Sivakuma (mrudangam); N. Guruprasad (Ghatam)

    Album: Vadhya Sunadha Pravaham

    Felmay FL8152

    T. Mazwai: Izilo

    Thandiswa

    Album: Ibokwe

    Gallo Records CDGURB 122

    Barel Boppet: Jeunesse Vauclin

    Barel Coppet et Mister Lof

    Album: Tumbele! Biguine, afro and latin sounds from the French Caribbean, 1963-74

    Soundway SNDWCD017P

    Leta

    Musseing

    Carvalho: Kianje

    Bonga, remixed by Cassin and Berna Ceppas

    Album: Best of Bonga

    Lusafrica 56725 562352

    Ceu/Seginho Machado/Bruno Buarque/Lucas Martins/Dj Marco/Guilherme Ribeiro: Sonambulo

    Ceu

    Album: Vagarosa

    Six Degrees Records 657036 1160-2

    De Sela: Is anything Wrong

    Lhasa

    Album: Lhasa

    Warner 2564690483

    Menuhin/Shankar: Swara-K?kali

    Yehudi Menuhin; Ravi Shankar; Alla Rakha Khan

    Album: Menuhin meets Shankar

    EMI Records/Virgin 00777 749070 2 6

    Lopa Kothari20100205
    Lopa Kothari20100205

    including her selection of the best new releases from around the world.

    Lopa Kothari presents her selection of the best new releases from around the world.

    Lopa Kothari20100212
    Lopa Kothari20100212

    Sounds from around the world, with Lopa Kothari, including a specially recorded studio session by the Dele Sosimi Afrobeat orchestra.

    Afrobeat is the blend of jazz, funk and traditional Nigerian music that was pioneered by the late Fela Kuti.

    Dele Sosimi played keyboards in Fela Kuti's group Egypt 80 from 1979 to 1986, recording a string of influential and highly charged anti-establishment songs such as Movement of the People, Army Arrangement, and International Thief Thief.

    Following work with Fela Kuti's son Femi in the Positive Force, Dele moved from Lagos to London where he has developed his own jazz-influenced sound rooted in the Yoruba rhythms of the Afrobeat tradition.

    Dele Sosimi sings and plays keyboard in his Afrobeat Orchestra, a substantial 11-piece outfit including horn section and backing vocalists.

    Lopa Kothari and featuring Nigerian Afrobeat from Dele Sosimi in session.

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    's global musical mix features a studio session by clarinettist Arun Ghosh.

    Lopa Kothari20100305

    Sounds from around the world, with Lopa Kothari, including a specially recorded studio session by clarinettist Arun Ghosh.

    Ghosh grew up in the north of England playing Western classical music and listening to the recordings of Indian classical instrumentalists such as Bismillah Khan, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan.

    After hearing Courtney Pine and discovering jazz he started to adapt the melodies and rhythms of Indian classical music into his own jazz-based compositions.

    His energetic live performances today also reflect his immersion in rock, indie and hip-hop.

    Arun Ghosh is joined for this session by Shabaka Hutchings (tenor saxophone), Nilesh Gulhane (tabla), Kishon Khan (piano), Liran Donin (double bass) and Rastko Rasic (drums).

    Lopa Kothari's global musical mix features a studio session by clarinettist Arun Ghosh.

    's global musical mix features a studio session by clarinettist Arun Ghosh.

    Lopa Kothari20100312
    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.

    Lopa Kothari20100402
    Lopa Kothari20100402

    In session tonight, the Swiss trio Mama Rosin who have brought the original sound of Louisana to the banks of Lake Geneva.

    Lopa Kothari introduces the group and plays sounds from around the world.

    Producer James Parkin.

    Mama Rosin, the Swiss Cajun/Zydeco subversives play electric melodeon (Cyril Yeterian), guitar/banjo/rub-board (Robin Girod) and drums (Xavier Grard Guilain" Bray).

    They live and love the Cajun/Zydeco music style, whose roots go way back to the 18th century.

    The adventures of Mama Rosin began with a demo-tape recorded and mixed by Pierre Omer (ex-The Dead Brothers).

    Swamped by this intriguing sound "Reverend Beat-Man" decided to sign the trio to his cult Voodoo Rhythm Records label.

    The resulting debut album, Tu As Perdu Ton Chemin came out in September 2008.

    The second album, Brule Lentement, followed in March 2009 (both on Voodoo Rhythm Records).

    Now, these two albums are released in the UK in March 2010, (on Voodoo Rhythm Records / distributed by Cargo UK).

    Lopa Kothari presents music including a session of Cajun music from Swiss trio Mama Rosin."

    Lopa Kothari20100409
    Lopa Kothari20100409

    Sounds from around the world with Lopa Kothari, plus a studio session by Chucho Valdes.

    A recipient of multiple Grammy awards, the Cuban pianist and band-leader started playing aged three, has released over eighty albums and is currently on the London leg of a world tour.

    Producer James Parkin

    Chucho Valds (born October 9, 1941), born Jesús Dionisio Valds, 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, Valds 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 Valds.

    Lopa Kothari presents sounds from around the world, plus pianist Chucho Valdes in session."

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    is joined in the studio by the Malian singer-songwriter Rokia Traore who's currently touring the UK. Her musical influences reflect her unbringing as a diplomat's daughter: as a child she lived all over the world. She's worked with artists as diverse as the Kronos Quartet and Ali Farka Toure, and in 2003 won a Radio 3 Award for World Music.

    Rokia was born in Mali as a member of the Bambara ethnic group. Her hometown of Kolokani is in the northwestern part of Mali's Koulikoro region.

    While the Bamana have a tradition of griot performing at weddings, members of the nobility such as Rokia are discouraged from performing as musicians. Rokia attended lycée in Mali while her father was stationed in Brussels and started performing publicly as a university student in Bamako. Unusually for a female musician in Africa, Rokia plays acoustic guitar as well as sings, and she uses vocal harmonies in her arrangements which are rare in Malian music. In 1997, she linked with Mali musician Ali Farka Touré which raised her profile. She won an Radio France Internationale prize as "African Discovery" of 1997, an honour previously won by Mali's Habib Koité in 1993. As well as guitar she plays ngoni (lute) and balafon (a wooden xylophone).

    Her first album Mouneïssa (Label Bleu), released in late 1997 in Mali and September 1, 1998 in Europe. It sold over 40,000 copies in Europe.

    On July 11, 2000, her second album Wanita was released. Traoré wrote and arranged the entire album. The album was widely acclaimed with The New York Times nominating it as one of its critics' albums of the year.

    Her 2003 album Bowmboï has two tracks recorded with the Kronos Quartet but still sung in the Bamana language.

    On May 6, 2008, her latest album, "Tchamantché", was released.

    Rokia was the winner of the Best Artist category in the inaugural Songlines Music Awards (2009) - announced May 1, 2009 - the new 'world music' awards organised by the UK-based magazine, Songlines.

    is joined in the studio by the Malian singer-songwriter Rokia Traore who's currently touring the UK.

    Her musical influences reflect her unbringing as a diplomat's daughter: as a child she lived all over the world.

    She's worked with artists as diverse as the Kronos Quartet and Ali Farka Toure, and in 2003 won a Radio 3 Award for World Music.

    Rokia was born in Mali as a member of the Bambara ethnic group.

    Her hometown of Kolokani is in the northwestern part of Mali's Koulikoro region.

    While the Bamana have a tradition of griot performing at weddings, members of the nobility such as Rokia are discouraged from performing as musicians.

    Rokia attended lyce in Mali while her father was stationed in Brussels and started performing publicly as a university student in Bamako.

    Unusually for a female musician in Africa, Rokia plays acoustic guitar as well as sings, and she uses vocal harmonies in her arrangements which are rare in Malian music.

    In 1997, she linked with Mali musician Ali Farka Tour which raised her profile.

    She won an Radio France Internationale prize as African Discovery" of 1997, an honour previously won by Mali's Habib Koit in 1993.

    As well as guitar she plays ngoni (lute) and balafon (a wooden xylophone).

    Her first album Mouneïssa (Label Bleu), released in late 1997 in Mali and September 1, 1998 in Europe.

    It sold over 40,000 copies in Europe.

    On July 11, 2000, her second album Wanita was released.

    Traor wrote and arranged the entire album.

    The album was widely acclaimed with The New York Times nominating it as one of its critics' albums of the year.

    Her 2003 album Bowmboï has two tracks recorded with the Kronos Quartet but still sung in the Bamana language.

    On May 6, 2008, her latest album, "Tchamantch", was released.

    Lopa Kothari is joined in the studio by Malian singer-songwriter Rokia Traore."

    is joined in the studio by the Malian singer-songwriter Rokia Traore who's currently touring the UK. Her musical influences reflect her unbringing as a diplomat's daughter: as a child she lived all over the world. She's worked with artists as diverse as the Kronos Quartet and Ali Farka Toure, and in 2003 won a Radio 3 Award for World Music.

    Rokia was born in Mali as a member of the Bambara ethnic group. Her hometown of Kolokani is in the northwestern part of Mali's Koulikoro region.

    While the Bamana have a tradition of griot performing at weddings, members of the nobility such as Rokia are discouraged from performing as musicians. Rokia attended lycée in Mali while her father was stationed in Brussels and started performing publicly as a university student in Bamako. Unusually for a female musician in Africa, Rokia plays acoustic guitar as well as sings, and she uses vocal harmonies in her arrangements which are rare in Malian music. In 1997, she linked with Mali musician Ali Farka Touré which raised her profile. She won an Radio France Internationale prize as "African Discovery" of 1997, an honour previously won by Mali's Habib Koité in 1993. As well as guitar she plays ngoni (lute) and balafon (a wooden xylophone).

    Her first album Mouneïssa (Label Bleu), released in late 1997 in Mali and September 1, 1998 in Europe. It sold over 40,000 copies in Europe.

    On July 11, 2000, her second album Wanita was released. Traoré wrote and arranged the entire album. The album was widely acclaimed with The New York Times nominating it as one of its critics' albums of the year.

    Her 2003 album Bowmboï has two tracks recorded with the Kronos Quartet but still sung in the Bamana language.

    On May 6, 2008, her latest album, "Tchamantché", was released.

    Rokia was the winner of the Best Artist category in the inaugural Songlines Music Awards (2009) - announced May 1, 2009 - the new 'world music' awards organised by the UK-based magazine, Songlines.

    is joined in the studio by the Malian singer-songwriter Rokia Traore who's currently touring the UK.

    Her musical influences reflect her unbringing as a diplomat's daughter: as a child she lived all over the world.

    She's worked with artists as diverse as the Kronos Quartet and Ali Farka Toure, and in 2003 won a Radio 3 Award for World Music.

    Rokia was born in Mali as a member of the Bambara ethnic group.

    Her hometown of Kolokani is in the northwestern part of Mali's Koulikoro region.

    While the Bamana have a tradition of griot performing at weddings, members of the nobility such as Rokia are discouraged from performing as musicians.

    Rokia attended lyce in Mali while her father was stationed in Brussels and started performing publicly as a university student in Bamako.

    Unusually for a female musician in Africa, Rokia plays acoustic guitar as well as sings, and she uses vocal harmonies in her arrangements which are rare in Malian music.

    In 1997, she linked with Mali musician Ali Farka Tour which raised her profile.

    She won an Radio France Internationale prize as African Discovery" of 1997, an honour previously won by Mali's Habib Koit in 1993.

    As well as guitar she plays ngoni (lute) and balafon (a wooden xylophone).

    Her first album Mouneïssa (Label Bleu), released in late 1997 in Mali and September 1, 1998 in Europe.

    It sold over 40,000 copies in Europe.

    On July 11, 2000, her second album Wanita was released.

    Traor wrote and arranged the entire album.

    The album was widely acclaimed with The New York Times nominating it as one of its critics' albums of the year.

    Her 2003 album Bowmboï has two tracks recorded with the Kronos Quartet but still sung in the Bamana language.

    On May 6, 2008, her latest album, "Tchamantch", was released.

    Lopa Kothari is joined in the studio by Malian singer-songwriter Rokia Traore."

    Lopa Kothari20100507
    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.

    Lopa Kothari20100604
    Lopa Kothari20100604

    with new releases from across the globe, plus a studio session with Paris-based singer-songwriter Hindi Zahra.

    Born in Morocco, Hindi Zahra writes songs which reflect the many styles of music she heard as a child - her Berber heritage, the Algerian 'chabi' of Cheikha Rimitti, music of the desert bluesmen of the Sahara, the soulful singing of Aretha Franklin, and the gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt.

    She moved to Paris as a young girl, got a job at the Louvre, and began writing gentle, artful songs, last year delighting the audience with her performance on BBC Radio 3's stage at WOMAD.

    Lopa Kothari presents new world music releases and a session with Hindi Zahra.

    Lopa Kothari20100730

    Lopa Kothari introduces recorded highlights from last weekend's WOMAD Festival.

    Lopa Kothari presents highlights from the 2010 WOMAD festival.

    Lopa Kothari20100730

    introduces recorded highlights from last weekend's WOMAD Festival.

    Lopa Kothari presents highlights from the 2010 WOMAD festival.

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    Lopa Kothari 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.

    Lopa Kothari20100820

    presents sounds from around the world, including Nigerian-German soul with a session by Nneka.

    Born to a Nigerian father and German mother, she was educated in both countries and qualified as an anthropologist.

    She's had mainstream chart success but doesn't shy away from difficult subjects such as colonialism in Africa, corruption and religion.

    Since 2003 Nneka has been working closely with the hip hop beatmaker DJ Farhot, a producer living in Hamburg.

    As a young singer she first gained public attention in 2004 while performing as an opening act for dancehall reggae star Sean Paul at Hamburg Stadtpark.

    She finished recording her first album in the autumn of 2005.

    Entitled 'Victim of Truth', it was released not only in Germany but also in England, France, Netherlands, Nigeria and Japan.

    The UK's Sunday Times later declared it "the year's most criminally overlooked album".

    Following the release of the album, Nneka enjoyed a sustained and successful period of touring, performing at festivals such as Chiemsee Reggae Summer, Haarlem (BevrijdingsPop), Den Haag (Park Pop) and Saint-Brieuc (Art Rock Festival) as well as in respected venues like La Maroquinerie and New Morning in Paris, Tivoli in Utrecht, Paradiso in Amsterdam and Cargo and ULU in London.

    She has also supported artists such as Femi Kuti, Bilal, Seeed, and Gnarls Barkley.

    In February 2008 she released her second album, 'No Longer at Ease'.

    The lead single from it, 'Heartbeat', became her first song to break into the German Top 50.

    In September 2009, the song entered the UK Singles Chart at number twenty.

    She also supported Lenny Kravitz on his French tour in 2009.

    She recorded a song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa called "Viva Africa".

    Lopa Kothari presents sounds from around the world, including a sould session from Nneka.

    Lopa Kothari20100917

    Lopa Kothari with sounds from across the globe, plus a session with American bluesman Spider John Koerner.

    Lopa Kothari with sounds from around the world, plus a session with Spider John Koerner.

    Lopa Kothari20100917

    with sounds from across the globe, plus a session with American bluesman Spider John Koerner.

    Lopa Kothari with sounds from around the world, plus a session with Spider John Koerner.

    Lopa Kothari20100924

    All the latest sounds from around the world with Lopa Kothari including the sublime sound of Alemu Aga's Ethiopian harp, in session. Called the "bèguèna" in Amharic, some believe the instrument to be a direct descendant of King David's harp

    Alemu Aga was born in1950 in Entotta, near Addis Ababa and is an Ethiopian musician and singer and a master of the bèguèna (a ten-stringed member of the lute family, also known as "King David's Harp"). Alemu went on to become an acknowledged master of the instrument, first recorded in 1972 by Cynthia Tse Kimberlin for a major UNESCO collection, and performing and broadcasting around the world. In 1974, however, the Derg military junta came to power in Ethiopia; their anti-religious policies also included the banning of the harp from radio broadcasts, as well as the teaching of the instrument. As a result, Alemu Aga decided to open a souvenir shop in Addis Ababa's Piazza district.

    For a time he played only in private, but the collapse of the Derg's rgime 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.

    Lopa Kothari20100924

    All the latest sounds from around the world with Lopa Kothari including the sublime sound of Alemu Aga's Ethiopian harp, in session.

    Called the "bèguèna" in Amharic, some believe the instrument to be a direct descendant of King David's harp

    Alemu Aga was born in1950 in Entotta, near Addis Ababa and is an Ethiopian musician and singer and a master of the bèguèna (a ten-stringed member of the lute family, also known as "King David's Harp").

    Alemu went on to become an acknowledged master of the instrument, first recorded in 1972 by Cynthia Tse Kimberlin for a major UNESCO collection, and performing and broadcasting around the world.

    In 1974, however, the Derg military junta came to power in Ethiopia; their anti-religious policies also included the banning of the harp from radio broadcasts, as well as the teaching of the instrument.

    As a result, Alemu Aga decided to open a souvenir shop in Addis Ababa's Piazza district.

    For a time he played only in private, but the collapse of the Derg's rgime 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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    Lopa Kothari 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 Kouyat and Dominique Beven.

    Lopa Kothari with music from around the globe and a session by Guinean singer Sayon Bamba.

    Lopa Kothari20101015

    with sounds from around the world and an exclusive studio session by the Guinean singer Sayon Bamba who is now based in Marseilles.

    Producer James Parkin.

    Sayon cut her teeth singing with the Amazons of Guinea and the National Theatre of Guinea.

    Since 2007 her voice has been heard with the Circus Baobab troupe, with whom she's performed the world over.

    Arriving in Marseilles ten years ago, she felt at one with the culture of this city and its strong identity as one of the great gateways to Africa.

    She's mad about French culture and, when she chose to form her own group, didn't hesitate for a moment to risk mixing genres, bringing together artists like Abdoulaye Kouyat and Dominique Beven.

    Lopa Kothari with music from around the globe and a session by Guinean singer Sayon Bamba.

    Lopa Kothari20101022
    Lopa Kothari20101022

    Lopa Kothari 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.

    Lopa Kothari20101022

    with sounds from around the world and an exclusive studio session by The Reverend Payton's Big Damn Band.

    Led by Josh "The Reverend" Peyton, this family affair from Brown County Indiana have become a touring sensation in the States and have just released a new album "Wages", which covers everything from unrequited love, to murder and crystal meth abuse.

    Producer James Parkin.

    Josh "The Reverend" Peyton was born April 12, 1981, Eagletown, Indiana.

    At age 12, Rev Peyton's father gave him a Kay brand guitar sending Peyton off on an exploration of the blues of BB King and Muddy Waters.

    Further exploration led to a desire to learn the finger-picking style of artists like Charlie Patton.

    At the time Peyton was unable to master it.

    Peyton played a party following his high school graduation, and the next morning suffered excruciating pain in his hands.

    At that point, he gave up music and spent a year working as the desk clerk in a hotel.

    Eventually an operation removed a mass of scar tissue.

    While recovering from surgery, Rev Peyton met (and later married) Breezy.

    When the bandages were removed, Peyton discovered a new flexibility in his fretting hand that enabled him to play in the "finger" style that had long eluded him.

    Breezy bought a washboard, and started writing songs with Rev Peyton and Jayme Peyton.

    Since that time, The Big Damn Band has been touring the United States, and blues festivals in Italy and Switzerland, pausing only to record their CD "Big Damn Nation".

    In June 2008, they signed with Los Angeles-based SideOneDummy Records.

    They released "The Whole Fam Damily" and it entered the Billboard Blues Chart at #4.

    Their album, The Wages, was released on May 25, 2010 and entered the Billboard Blues Album chart at #2.

    Lopa Kothari presents a studio session by The Reverend Payton's Big Damn Band.

    Lopa Kothari20101217

    Lopa Kothari 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.

    Lopa Kothari20101217

    presents a specially recorded session by Ethiopian jazz pioneer Mulatu Astatke and the London-based Heliocentrics.

    Plus a round-up of the latest world music releases on CD.

    Lopa Kothari with a specially-recorded session by Mulatu Astatke and The Heliocentrics.

    Lopa Kothari20110114
    Lopa Kothari20110114

    with new tracks from across the globe, and a session with American gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello.

    Lopa Kothari presents new tracks from across the world and a session with Gogol Bordello.

    Lopa Kothari20110121

    Lopa Kothari 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.

    Lopa Kothari20110121

    presents her own mix of sounds from around the globe, and a studio session with Austrian hurdy-gurdy player extraordinaire Matthias Loibner.

    Lopa Kothari presents her selection of the best new releases on CD from around the world.

    Lopa Kothari20110304

    Lopa Kothari 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.

    Lopa Kothari20110304

    with new tracks from across the globe, and a studio session with American bluesman Charlie Parr.

    Charlie Parr comes from Duluth, Minnesota.

    He writes songs in a country-blues style, and accompanies himself on a National resonator guitar.

    Of his songs, an American reviewer wrote, "chunks of coal mined by genius shine like diamonds.".

    Lopa Kothari presents new tracks from around the world, and a session with Charlie Parr.

    Lopa Kothari20110401
    Lopa Kothari20110401

    with the latest world music releases and a specially recorded studio session by the Marseille-based outfit Watcha Clan.

    Lopa Kothari presents the latest world music releases and a session by Watcha Clan.

    Lopa Kothari20110408

    Lopa Kothari 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.

    Lopa Kothari20110408

    presents her selection of the latest sounds from around the world, plus a specially recorded studio session by Brazilian singer Tulipa.

    With a mix of sounds from around the globe.

    Lopa Kothari20120601

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

    Lopa Kothari20140809

    presents new music from around the world and Commonwealth Connections Extra.

    presents new sounds from around the world, plus Commonwealth Connections extra.

    Lopa Kothari presents new music from around the world and Commonwealth Connections Extra.

    Lopa Kothari presents new sounds from around the world, plus Commonwealth Connections extra.

    Lopa Kothari20140809

    presents new sounds from around the world, plus Commonwealth Connections extra.

    presents new music from around the world and Commonwealth Connections Extra.

    Lopa Kothari20150821

    with the latest releases from across the globe, also our World Music Archive, and a newcomer in our BBC Introducing slot.

    Lopa Kothari20150821

    with the latest releases from across the globe, also our World Music Archive, and a newcomer in our BBC Introducing slot.

    Lopa Kothari20160715

    with new music from around the globe, plus a live session.

    Lopa Kothari20160715

    with new music from around the globe, plus a live session.

    Lopa Kothari20170519

    presents a mix of sounds from around the globe.

    Lopa Kothari introduces a session with the award-winning Canadian folk band The East Pointers, a trio featuring fiddle, guitar and banjo hailing from the island of Prince Edward. Also, Simon Broughton reports live from the Fustanella Festival in Albania, as this feast of music from around the globe starts today; and a BBC Introducing track, and new World Music releases.

    Lopa Kothari - 2016 Darbar Festival20160916

    Lopa Kothari presents music from the 2016 Darbar Festival.

    Lopa Kothari presents music from the 2016 Darbar Festival.

    Lopa Kothari - 2016 Darbar Festival Preview20160909

    Lopa Kothari with a preview of this year's Darbar Festival of Indian music at Southbank Centre in London.

    Lopa Kothari with a preview of this year's Darbar Festival of Indian music at Southbank Centre in London.

    Lopa Kothari - A Brazilian Session Recorded In Sao Paulo20160812

    Coinciding with the Olympics, Lopa Kothari travels to Brazil to introduce a session with Brazilian folk and popular musicians, recorded recently in São Paulo. The group Clareira led by legendary pianist Benjamin Taubkin opens the show, exploring Afro-Brazilian influences fused with contemporary jazz; then, an ensemble put together for this session showcasing the young talent emerging from the 'Paulista' scene, featuring accordion, violin, guitar and percussion; and musician and researcher Alfredo Bello, aka DJ Tudo and his band close this varied musical landscape, mixing melodies and rhythms from around Brazil with electronica and rock, giving it a modern and urban touch.

    Coinciding with the Olympics, Lopa Kothari travels to Brazil to introduce a session with Brazilian folk and popular musicians, recorded recently in São Paulo. The group Clareira led by legendary pianist Benjamin Taubkin opens the show, exploring Afro-Brazilian influences fused with contemporary jazz; then, an ensemble put together for this session showcasing the young talent emerging from the 'Paulista' scene, featuring accordion, violin, guitar and percussion; and musician and researcher Alfredo Bello, aka DJ Tudo and his band close this varied musical landscape, mixing melodies and rhythms from around Brazil with electronica and rock, giving it a modern and urban touch.

    Lopa Kothari - Abdullah Ibrahim In Session20160226

    Lopa Kothari with new releases from across the globe, plus a live studio session with South African jazz legend Abdullah Ibrahim.

    Lopa Kothari with new releases from across the globe, plus a live studio session with South African jazz legend Abdullah Ibrahim.

    Lopa Kothari - Akkarai S Subhalakshmi20140919

    Lopa Kothari presents live music from carnatic violinist Akkarai S Subhalakshmi.

    Lopa Kothari - Antonio Zambujo In Session20170414

    Lopa Kothari with a special live session by Portuguese singer António Zambujo and the latest sounds from around the globe.

    In the UK ahead of his performance at La Linea festival, Portuguese singer António Zambujo joins Lopa Kothari in the studio for an exclusive live session.

    Considered to be 'one of the best singers in the world today' by Caetano Veloso, António Zambujo's music incorporates elements of Fado, the traditional music of Alentejo and the rhythmic influence of Brazilian popular music. His latest project pays tribute to the songs of Chico Buarque, one of Brazil's greatest singer-songwriters.

    Lopa Kothari - Arash Moradi In Session20161216

    Lopa Kothari with a live session from Iranian tanbour player Arash Moradi.

    Arash Moradi was born in the Kurdish city of Kermanshah in Western Iran. He is the eldest son of Iran's leading tanbour player Ali Akbar Moradi. Arash started learning this ancient art form from an early age from his father, whom he has since accompanied in numerous concerts and festivals throughout the world. Arash lives in London, where he teaches tanbour and runs workshops on Persian music.

    Lopa Kothari - Bbc Radio 2 Folk Awards Winner Session20160429

    Lopa Kothari introduces a session from an artist featured in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

    Lopa Kothari introduces a session from an artist featured in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

    Lopa Kothari - Bollywood Brass Band And Jyotsna Srikanth In Session20170526

    Lopa Kothari presents the Bollywood Brass Band and Jyotsna Srikanth live in session.

    Lopa Kothari presents a live session by the UK's Bollywood Brass Band in collaboration with South Indian Carnatic violinist Jyotsna Srikanth, ahead of their appearance next week at the Songlines Encounters festival in London. Plus a round-up of the latest new releases of world music from across the globe.

    Lopa Kothari - Bombino In Session, Womad News20160610

    Lopa Kothari with new music from around the globe, plus a live session with Tuareg singer Bombino, and news about this year's BBC WOMAD artists.

    This year's BBC Radio 3 WOMAD artists are announced today, including performances by artists from Tuva, Russia, Niger and Poland.

    Lopa Kothari with new music from around the globe, plus a live session with Tuareg singer Bombino, and news about this year's BBC WOMAD artists.

    This year's BBC Radio 3 WOMAD artists are announced today, including performances by artists from Tuva, Russia, Niger and Poland.

    Lopa Kothari - Buena Vista Social Club20150327

    Lopa Kothari with tracks from across the globe, plus a live session with Omara Portuondo and Eliades Ochoa of the Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, now making their farewell tour.

    World on 3 sessions are available for download as a podcast via the home page.

    Lopa Kothari with tracks from across the globe, plus a live session with Omara Portuondo and Eliades Ochoa of the Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, now making their farewell tour.

    World on 3 sessions are available for download as a podcast via the home page.

    Lopa Kothari - Derek Gripper In Session20170210

    Lopa Kothari presents new releases of World music, and is joined in the studio by South African guitarist Derek Gripper for a session. Derek specialises in arranging traditional African kora (harp) music for solo guitar.

    Lopa Kothari - Faith I Branko And Sam Lee's Nightingales20160513

    Lopa Kothari with new music from across the globe, and a live session with Faith i Branko, a collaboration between an English circus accordionist and a traditional Roma violinist, whose formation in rural Serbia tells of a remarkable personal story. Also tonight, Sam Lee ventures one last time into the woods of Suffolk for a nocturnal session duetting with nightingales.

    Every Spring, during the months of April and May, the woods of Sussex resound with the songs of the nightingale. This Spring, singer and folk song collector Sam Lee is venturing into the woods accompanied by musician colleagues who have volunteered to make music with the nightingales. These late-night sessions are being broadcast across a week of Late Junction and World on 3, Tuesday to Saturday, 10th to 13th May at around 11.30 pm each night. We'll hear what happens when nature's finest singers meet with human artistic creation.

    Lopa Kothari with new music from across the globe, and a live session with Faith i Branko, a collaboration between an English circus accordionist and a traditional Roma violinist, whose formation in rural Serbia tells of a remarkable personal story. Also tonight, Sam Lee ventures one last time into the woods of Suffolk for a nocturnal session duetting with nightingales.

    Every Spring, during the months of April and May, the woods of Sussex resound with the songs of the nightingale. This Spring, singer and folk song collector Sam Lee is venturing into the woods accompanied by musician colleagues who have volunteered to make music with the nightingales. These late-night sessions are being broadcast across a week of Late Junction and World on 3, Tuesday to Saturday, 10th to 13th May at around 11.30 pm each night. We'll hear what happens when nature's finest singers meet with human artistic creation.

    Lopa Kothari - Fuego In Session, Bbc Introducing20150206

    Lopa Kothari with tracks from across the globe, plus a live session with Argentina's Quarteto Fuego and Jesus Hidalgo, plus BBC Introducing comes to World on 3.

    Quarteto Fuego, Argentina's 'Fire Quartet', consists of four young players bringing a contemporary approach to tango - bandoneon player Clemente Carrascal, violinist Christine Brebes, pianist Matias Feigin and bass player Facundo Benavidez. Singer Jesus Hildago has become something of a national icon in Argentina, having sung a version of their national anthem with Mercedes Sosa in 2008. They are currently performing with the Tango Fire Company at the Peacock Theatre in London.

    BBC Introducing, the BBC's new talent scheme which gives undiscovered and unsigned music artists a platform, will for the first time feature world music in 2015, through working with World on 3. Lopa Kothari writes:

    "Are you a brilliant Turkish saz player living in London? Or maybe a fine traditional Sufi singer in Birmingham? Perhaps you have a whole new take on folk roots music? You might be famous in your own community, but how do you get heard beyond that? The answer could be the BBC Introducing Uploader. Since 2007 BBC Introducing has done a great job of picking up and promoting new talent across the UK, well supported by both BBC local and BBC network stations. But not all music fits into the music policy of the national stations. So this is where World on 3 comes in. The World on 3 team will listen to every submission. If we like what you upload, you could hear it being played on the programme. We might even ask you to come in and play live on air. And who knows, there may be a chance to play on the BBC stage at Womad, the most prestigious world music festival around.

    If BBC Introducing had been around in my day this is just the thing that would have given me and my band a chance to be heard across the UK and who knows maybe all over the World! So, go on, upload your stuff to BBC Introducing and open up your music to a whole new world of possibilities.".

    Lopa Kothari with tracks from across the globe, plus a live session with Argentina's Quarteto Fuego and Jesus Hidalgo, plus BBC Introducing comes to World on 3.

    Quarteto Fuego, Argentina's 'Fire Quartet', consists of four young players bringing a contemporary approach to tango - bandoneon player Clemente Carrascal, violinist Christine Brebes, pianist Matias Feigin and bass player Facundo Benavidez. Singer Jesus Hildago has become something of a national icon in Argentina, having sung a version of their national anthem with Mercedes Sosa in 2008. They are currently performing with the Tango Fire Company at the Peacock Theatre in London.

    BBC Introducing, the BBC's new talent scheme which gives undiscovered and unsigned music artists a platform, will for the first time feature world music in 2015, through working with World on 3. Lopa Kothari writes:

    "Are you a brilliant Turkish saz player living in London? Or maybe a fine traditional Sufi singer in Birmingham? Perhaps you have a whole new take on folk roots music? You might be famous in your own community, but how do you get heard beyond that? The answer could be the BBC Introducing Uploader. Since 2007 BBC Introducing has done a great job of picking up and promoting new talent across the UK, well supported by both BBC local and BBC network stations. But not all music fits into the music policy of the national stations. So this is where World on 3 comes in. The World on 3 team will listen to every submission. If we like what you upload, you could hear it being played on the programme. We might even ask you to come in and play live on air. And who knows, there may be a chance to play on the BBC stage at Womad, the most prestigious world music festival around.

    If BBC Introducing had been around in my day this is just the thing that would have given me and my band a chance to be heard across the UK and who knows maybe all over the World! So, go on, upload your stuff to BBC Introducing and open up your music to a whole new world of possibilities.".

    Lopa Kothari - Highlights From Womad 201620161223

    Lopa Kothari presents a selection of highlights from the 2016 Womad festival.

    Lopa Kothari presents a selection of highlights from the 2016 Womad festival.

    Lopa Kothari - Highlights From Womex 201620161104

    Lopa Kothari with highlights of the new talent emerging from across the globe, recorded at WOMEX '16, the World Music industry's yearly gathering, held this year in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. With music from Bixiga 70, Okra Playground, Black String, Bella Ciao, Kondi Band and Gisella Joao.

    Bixiga 70 photo by Leco de Souza.

    Lopa Kothari with highlights of the new talent emerging from across the globe, recorded at WOMEX '16, the World Music industry's yearly gathering, held this year in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. With music from Bixiga 70, Okra Playground, Black String, Bella Ciao, Kondi Band and Gisella Joao.

    Bixiga 70 photo by Leco de Souza.

    Lopa Kothari - Jamie Smith's Mabon In Session20160318

    Lopa Kothari with new music from across the globe, plus Jamie Smith's Mabon in a live studio session.

    Lopa Kothari with new music from across the globe, plus Jamie Smith's Mabon in a live studio session.

    Lopa Kothari - Josienne Clarke And Ben Walker In Session20150109

    Lopa Kothari with new tracks from across the globe, plus a live session from English folk duo Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker.

    Lopa Kothari with new tracks from across the globe, plus a live session from English folk duo Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker.

    Lopa Kothari - Julie Fowlis Live In Session20150417

    Lopa Kothari with new music from across the globe, plus Scots folk singer Julie Fowlis in a live studio session.

    Julie Fowlis grew up in the Gaelic-speaking Outer Hebrides, and has devoted herself to singing the traditional Gaelic song repertoire, and well as new songs in Gaelic. She has also brought her music to a wide audience, through singing at big events such as the opening of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014, and the Disney Pixar film 'Brave'. Her fourth studio album 'Gach Sgeul - Every Story' was widely acclaimed. She has been nominated as Folk Singer of the Year in next week's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, which she is also co-presenting. She will be joined in the session by her long-time musical partner and husband Eamon Doorly, as well as guitarist Tony Byrne.

    Plus the latest from BBC Introducing, and another dip into the Radio 3 World Music Archive.

    World on 3 sessions are available for download as a podcast via the home page.

    Lopa Kothari with new music from across the globe, plus Scots folk singer Julie Fowlis in a live studio session.

    Julie Fowlis grew up in the Gaelic-speaking Outer Hebrides, and has devoted herself to singing the traditional Gaelic song repertoire, and well as new songs in Gaelic. She has also brought her music to a wide audience, through singing at big events such as the opening of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014, and the Disney Pixar film 'Brave'. Her fourth studio album 'Gach Sgeul - Every Story' was widely acclaimed. She has been nominated as Folk Singer of the Year in next week's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, which she is also co-presenting. She will be joined in the session by her long-time musical partner and husband Eamon Doorly, as well as guitarist Tony Byrne.

    Plus the latest from BBC Introducing, and another dip into the Radio 3 World Music Archive.

    World on 3 sessions are available for download as a podcast via the home page.

    Lopa Kothari - Khiyo In Session20150710

    Lopa Kothari with new tracks from across the globe, plus a live session with British-Bengali band Khiyo.

    Khiyo is named after a letter in the Bengali alphabet - as the band says, it's actually a combination of two letters, but has an identity of its own. In the same way, the band brings together styles from traditional Bengali music with western influences, creating a unique blend. Lead singer Sohini Alam is a British singer of Bangladeshi descent, a third-generation vocalist who learned from her mother and her aunts. The band's debut album has just been released.

    Plus the latest from BBC Introducing, and another dip into the Radio 3 World Music Archive.

    World on 3 sessions are available for download as a podcast via the home page.

    Lopa Kothari with new tracks from across the globe, plus a live session with British-Bengali band Khiyo.

    Khiyo is named after a letter in the Bengali alphabet - as the band says, it's actually a combination of two letters, but has an identity of its own. In the same way, the band brings together styles from traditional Bengali music with western influences, creating a unique blend. Lead singer Sohini Alam is a British singer of Bangladeshi descent, a third-generation vocalist who learned from her mother and her aunts. The band's debut album has just been released.

    Plus the latest from BBC Introducing, and another dip into the Radio 3 World Music Archive.

    World on 3 sessions are available for download as a podcast via the home page.

    Lopa Kothari - Kiran Ahluwalia In Session20150904

    Lopa Kothari presents the latest releases from across the globe, plus home-grown talent from BBC Introducing, and a live studio session by Indian-born singer Kiran Ahluwalia, whose music brings together the great vocal traditions of India and Pakistan with influences from jazz and the desert rock sound of Saharan Africa.

    Lopa Kothari presents the latest releases from across the globe, plus home-grown talent from BBC Introducing, and a live studio session by Indian-born singer Kiran Ahluwalia, whose music brings together the great vocal traditions of India and Pakistan with influences from jazz and the desert rock sound of Saharan Africa.

    Lopa Kothari - Klezmer-ish In Session20170602

    Lopa Kothari introduces a live session from BBC Introducing band Klezmer-ish.

    Lopa Kothari introduces a live session with BBC Introducing band Klezmer-ish, made up from four classically trained musicians exploring a wide range of traditions and repertoire from travelling peoples across the world: the result? A fascinating blend of klezmer, tangos, gypsy jazz and Irish fiddle music. Also, new releases from around the globe.

    Lopa Kothari - London Klezmer Quartet Live In Session20141212

    Lopa Kothari with sounds from around the globe and London Klezmer Quartet live in session.

    Lopa Kothari - Luisa Rocha In Session20170721

    Lopa Kothari introduces a session from Portuguese fado artist Luisa Rocha.

    Lopa Kothari - Lula Pena Live In Session20170310

    Lopa Kothari introduces a live session with Portuguese fado star Lula Pena, accompanying herself on the guitar, and with her unmistakable husky voice and often heart-breaking lyrics - a compellingly atmospheric sound experience. Also in the programme, our BBC Introducing band plus some new releases from across the globe.

    Lopa Kothari - Maia Von Lekow In Session20150911

    Lopa Kothari with a live session by Kenyan singer Maia von Lekow, the latest new releases from across the globe and new music from BBC Introducing.

    Lopa Kothari with a live session by Kenyan singer Maia von Lekow, the latest new releases from across the globe and new music from BBC Introducing.

    Lopa Kothari - Marcel Khalife In Session20160401

    Lopa Kothari with new releases from across the globe, a live session with Lebanese oud player Marcel Khalife, plus news of the nominations in the Songlines Music Awards 2016.

    Lopa Kothari with new releases from across the globe, a live session with Lebanese oud player Marcel Khalife, plus news of the nominations in the Songlines Music Awards 2016.

    Lopa Kothari - Muha In Session20151009

    Lopa Kothari presents a live session by BBC Introducing artist Muha.

    Described as an Eastern European contemporary folk band, Muha are more than that as they combine melodies from Slavonic folklore, with North Indian rhythms, Caribbean beats and original lyrics, for a blend of different musical traditions across the world.

    Also in the programme, new releases from around the globe as well as our World Music Archive track.

    Lopa Kothari presents a live session by BBC Introducing artist Muha.

    Described as an Eastern European contemporary folk band, Muha are more than that as they combine melodies from Slavonic folklore, with North Indian rhythms, Caribbean beats and original lyrics, for a blend of different musical traditions across the world.

    Also in the programme, new releases from around the globe as well as our World Music Archive track.

    Lopa Kothari - Namvula In Session20150508

    Lopa Kothari with Scottish Zambian singer songwriter Namvula live in session.

    Namvula's music is a fusion of the traditions of her Zambian homeland with Latin, jazz and folk drawn from her Scottish roots and connections with the London music scene.

    Lopa Kothari with Scottish Zambian singer songwriter Namvula live in session.

    Namvula's music is a fusion of the traditions of her Zambian homeland with Latin, jazz and folk drawn from her Scottish roots and connections with the London music scene.

    Lopa Kothari - Ngawang Lodup In Session20150619

    Lopa Kothari with the latest releases from across the globe, and a BBC Introducing session from Tibetan singer and ex-monk Ngawang Lodup.

    Lodup comes from a long line of Nomadic singers in the Amdo region of Tibet. His songs, which have been passed down from generation to generation, tell of noble Tibetan warriors, warlords and the snow mountains of Tibetan legend. Lodup is accompanied on the Dramnyen six-string lute by Jayang Dorgee.

    Lopa Kothari with the latest releases from across the globe, and a BBC Introducing session from Tibetan singer and ex-monk Ngawang Lodup.

    Lodup comes from a long line of Nomadic singers in the Amdo region of Tibet. His songs, which have been passed down from generation to generation, tell of noble Tibetan warriors, warlords and the snow mountains of Tibetan legend. Lodup is accompanied on the Dramnyen six-string lute by Jayang Dorgee.

    Lopa Kothari - Niladri Kumar In Session20140912

    Lopa Kothari presents new music from around the World and a live session from sitar player Niladri Kumar.

    Lopa Kothari - Nitin Sawhney In Session20160304

    Lopa Kothari with new music from across the globe, and a live session with Nitin Sawhney, performing tracks from his new album 'Dystopian Dream'.

    Nitin Sawhney is joined live in the studio by his regular band Eric Appapoulay on guitar, Aref Durvesh on Tabla and singer Nicki Wells. Across two decades, Nitin Sawhney has become one of the most accomplished and versatile musicians on the scene - with credits as guitarist, pianist, songwriter, film composer, DJ, orchestral arranger, producer, theatre director, and not least broadcaster. Dystopian Dream is his tenth album, with dark themes running through it. Nitin Sawhney says of it, "I became increasingly disillusioned with the hypocritical world of politics, with immigrants (like my parents) once more being scapegoated and austerity measures being used to bludgeon the poorest and most vulnerable sections of society. I found these feelings of despair about political and social injustices being blamed on immigrants were being amplified constantly in the news.".

    Lopa Kothari with new music from across the globe, and a live session with Nitin Sawhney, performing tracks from his new album 'Dystopian Dream'.

    Nitin Sawhney is joined live in the studio by his regular band Eric Appapoulay on guitar, Aref Durvesh on Tabla and singer Nicki Wells. Across two decades, Nitin Sawhney has become one of the most accomplished and versatile musicians on the scene - with credits as guitarist, pianist, songwriter, film composer, DJ, orchestral arranger, producer, theatre director, and not least broadcaster. Dystopian Dream is his tenth album, with dark themes running through it. Nitin Sawhney says of it, "I became increasingly disillusioned with the hypocritical world of politics, with immigrants (like my parents) once more being scapegoated and austerity measures being used to bludgeon the poorest and most vulnerable sections of society. I found these feelings of despair about political and social injustices being blamed on immigrants were being amplified constantly in the news.".

    Lopa Kothari - Noura Mint Seymali In Session20150410

    Lopa Kothari with new music from across the globe, plus a live session with Noura Mint Seymali, a singer from the deserts of Mauritania.

    Noura Mint Seymali was born into Mauritanian music royalty: her father arranged the country's national anthem, and her mother was Dimi Mint Abba, an iconic figure in Mauritanian music. Noura Mint Seymali began her career at the age of thirteen, as a backing singer for her mother. She later teamed up with, and married, Jeiche Ould Chighaly, who is celebrated in Mauritania for transferring the intricate musical lines of the traditional instrument the tidninit onto the electric guitar. They have been first choice to play for the best weddings in Mauritania for years: now with their four-piece band, they are reaching an international audience. Noura Mint Seymali will also be introducing a classic recording by her mother as her Heritage Track.

    Plus the latest from BBC Introducing, and another dip into the Radio 3 World Music Archive.

    World on 3 sessions are available for download as a podcast via the home page.

    Lopa Kothari with new music from across the globe, plus a live session with Noura Mint Seymali, a singer from the deserts of Mauritania.

    Noura Mint Seymali was born into Mauritanian music royalty: her father arranged the country's national anthem, and her mother was Dimi Mint Abba, an iconic figure in Mauritanian music. Noura Mint Seymali began her career at the age of thirteen, as a backing singer for her mother. She later teamed up with, and married, Jeiche Ould Chighaly, who is celebrated in Mauritania for transferring the intricate musical lines of the traditional instrument the tidninit onto the electric guitar. They have been first choice to play for the best weddings in Mauritania for years: now with their four-piece band, they are reaching an international audience. Noura Mint Seymali will also be introducing a classic recording by her mother as her Heritage Track.

    Plus the latest from BBC Introducing, and another dip into the Radio 3 World Music Archive.

    World on 3 sessions are available for download as a podcast via the home page.

    Lopa Kothari - Olcay Bayir In Session20141017

    Lopa Kothari with sounds from around the World and London based Turkish singer/songwriter Olcay Bayir live in session.

    Olcay Bayir was born in Antep in south-eastern Turkey, she grew up immersed in the melting pot of musical traditions that is Anatolia. Being the principal trade route between East and West for millennia, it is an area where traditions, cultures and songs were exchanged. Olcay sees herself as carrying on the tradition of Anatolian women singing the intricacies of their daily lives.

    She joins us in the studio for an exclusive live session Just ahead of the release of her debut album, Neva/Harmony.

    Lopa Kothari - Otava Yo Live In Session20160219

    Lopa Kothari presents a live session with the Russian folk/rock band Otava Yo, offering traditional melodies on fiddle, psaltery, bagpipes, gusli, drums and electric guitar - all with a modern and humorous twist, plus new releases from across the globe.

    Lopa Kothari presents a live session with the Russian folk/rock band Otava Yo, offering traditional melodies on fiddle, psaltery, bagpipes, gusli, drums and electric guitar - all with a modern and humorous twist, plus new releases from across the globe.

    Lopa Kothari - Oum, Ballake Sissoko And Vincent Segal20170609

    Live recordings of Moroccan singer Oum and the duo of Ballake Sissoko and Vincent Segal.

    Lopa Kothari presents a round-up of the latest releases from across the globe, live recordings featuring Moroccan singer Oum, who blends traditional Gnawa and Hassani styles with with influences from jazz and Sufi music, and the Malian-French duo of kora player Ballake Sissoko and cellist Vincent Segal. Plus Simon Broughton reports from EXIB Musica, a showcase for Spanish, Portuguese and Latin music in Evora, Portugal.

    Live recordings of Moroccan singer Oum and the duo of Ballake Sissoko and Vincent Segal.

    Lopa Kothari presents a round-up of the latest releases from across the globe, live recordings featuring Moroccan singer Oum, who blends traditional Gnawa and Hassani styles with with influences from jazz and Sufi music, and the Malian-French duo of kora player Ballake Sissoko and cellist Vincent Segal.
    Picture of Oum (c)Lamia Lahbabi.

    Live recordings of Moroccan singer Oum and the duo of Ballake Sissoko and Vincent Segal.

    Lopa Kothari - Paco Pena In Session20150626

    Paco Pena is one of Spanish flamenco's greatest exponents, and is well known to UK audiences following his move to London in the 1960s from his native Cordoba. His work as performer and composer has included solo recitals, crossover projects, choral collaborations and theatrical productions with the Paco Pena Flamenco Dance Company. The latest of these, Flamencura, is currently at Sadler's Wells in London and explores the idea of duende, the flamenco artist's sought after state of deep communion with the music and its audience.

    Paco Pena is one of Spanish flamenco's greatest exponents, and is well known to UK audiences following his move to London in the 1960s from his native Cordoba. His work as performer and composer has included solo recitals, crossover projects, choral collaborations and theatrical productions with the Paco Pena Flamenco Dance Company. The latest of these, Flamencura, is currently at Sadler's Wells in London and explores the idea of duende, the flamenco artist's sought after state of deep communion with the music and its audience.

    Lopa Kothari - Ramon Goose And Modou Toure In Session20170428

    Lopa Kothari introduces a live session with Ramon Goose and Modou Touré, who've joined forces to create The West African Blues Project. Goose brings his blues guitar along, while Touré, a musician with singing in his Senegalese genes going back generations, explores the soul of West Africa, all with a common goal: bringing back blues to its origins. Also in the programme, our BBC Introducing artist, as well as new releases from across the globe.

    Lopa Kothari hosts a live session of West African blues with Ramon Goose and Modou Toure.

    Lopa Kothari introduces a live session with Ramon Goose and Modou Touré, who've joined forces to create The West African Blues Project. Goose brings his blues guitar along, while Touré, a musician with singing in his Senegalese genes going back generations, explores the soul of West Africa, all with a common goal: bringing back blues to its origins. Also in the programme, Robin Denselow reports from the International Festival of Mountain Music taking place in Peru, where he's recorded material and interviews on rarely heard Andean music. And also, new releases from across the globe.

    Lopa Kothari hosts a live session of West African blues with Ramon Goose and Modou Toure.

    Lopa Kothari - Rizwan-muazzam Qawwali Group In Session20170324

    Lopa Kothari introduces a live session with the Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali Group, representing a centuries-old Sufi devotional tradition from Pakistan. The ensemble is led by singer brothers Rizwan and Muazzem, nephews of the legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Also in the programme our BBC Introducing band plus new releases from across the globe.

    Lopa Kothari - Shashwati Mandal In Session20150227

    Lopa Kothari with tracks from across the globe, plus a live session with Indian singer Shashwati Mandal. Shashwati - also known as Sasha - hails from Bhopal and specialises in khayal and tappa singing, both rooted in North Indian classical music and characterised by highly ornamental melodic lines.

    Lopa Kothari with tracks from across the globe, plus a live session with Indian singer Shashwati Mandal. Shashwati - also known as Sasha - hails from Bhopal and specialises in khayal and tappa singing, both rooted in North Indian classical music and characterised by highly ornamental melodic lines.

    Lopa Kothari - Simo Lagnawi In Session20141107

    Lopa Kothari presents new tracks from across the globe, and Moroccan Gnawa master Simo Lagnawi plays a live session.

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

    Programme iPlayer picture by Hassan Hajjaj.

    Lopa Kothari - Songlines Music Awards 201620160506

    Lopa Kothari is joined by Songlines magazine editor Jo Frost to announce the winners of the Songlines Music Awards 2016. Plus new music from across the globe, and BBC Introducing artist Yaz Fentazi live in session.

    The nominees for this year's Songlines Awards embrace artists from around the world, including Portuguese fado star Mariza, Canadian folk band Le Vent du Nord, Indian classical artist Anouskar Shankar and Malian newcomers Songhoy Blues. The award categories are Best Artist, Best Group, Fusion and Newcomers, plus - new for this year - four geographical categories, Africa and Middle East, Americas, Europe, also Asia and South Pacific.

    BBC Introducing artist Yaz Fentazi, an oud virtuoso from Algeria, performs live with percussionist Samir Nacer and bass player Robyn Hemmings. Their style is described as a 'breathtakingly rootsy blend of Gnawa, Chaabi, Andalusian music, jazz and blues'.

    Lopa Kothari - Sweet Liberties20161118

    Lopa Kothari presents a live session from British folk musicians Maz O'Connor and Sam Carter, performing songs from Sweet Liberties, a project commissioned last year for the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. Plus the usual round-up of new releases from around the globe.

    Lopa Kothari presents a live session from British folk musicians Maz O'Connor and Sam Carter, performing songs from Sweet Liberties, a project commissioned last year for the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. Plus the usual round-up of new releases from around the globe.

    Lopa Kothari - Tashi Lhunpo Monks In Session20141010

    Lopa Kothari presents music from around the globe and a live session by the Tashi Lhunpo Monks.

    Following the occupation of Tibet in 1959 twenty elderly Buddhist monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery fled into exile by trekking across the Himalayas to India. Custodians of religious traditions dating back over 500 years, the Monks subsequently rebuilt their Monastery in the Tibetan settlement of Bylakuppe in southern India. There are now over 300 monks living at the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery which is now an important centre for learning and for the preservation of the culture and traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Seven of these Monks take time out from their three-month concert tour of the UK to join us for an exclusive live session.

    Playing music from their new album '17 Golden Greats' (a greatest hits collection compiled from the five albums the Monks have made over the last decade), they will be performing Tibetan chants and mantras, and showing us some of their Tantric Orchestra instruments.

    Lopa Kothari - The Hot Seats In Session20150605

    Lopa Kothari with the latest releases from across the globe, and a live session from Appalachian string band The Hot Seats.

    The Hot Seats are a five-piece from Richmond, Virginia, with their own twisted blend of American roots music. With influences ranging from Woody Guthrie and Phil Ochs to George Formby and Frank Zappa, their intention is "to keep the role of traditional musician as entertainer and commentator alive and kicking".

    Plus the latest from BBC Introducing, and another dip into the Radio 3 World Music Archive.

    World on 3 sessions are available for download as a podcast via the home page.

    Lopa Kothari with the latest releases from across the globe, and a live session from Appalachian string band The Hot Seats.

    The Hot Seats are a five-piece from Richmond, Virginia, with their own twisted blend of American roots music. With influences ranging from Woody Guthrie and Phil Ochs to George Formby and Frank Zappa, their intention is "to keep the role of traditional musician as entertainer and commentator alive and kicking".

    Plus the latest from BBC Introducing, and another dip into the Radio 3 World Music Archive.

    World on 3 sessions are available for download as a podcast via the home page.

    Lopa Kothari - The Nile Project In Session20160617

    Lopa Kothari presents the latest releases from across the globe and a live session from The Nile Project, a multicultural collective of musicians from different cultures along the river, including artists from Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia and Uganda.

    Lopa Kothari presents the latest releases from across the globe and a live session from The Nile Project, a multicultural collective of musicians from different cultures along the river, including artists from Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia and Uganda.

    Lopa Kothari - Tinariwen In Concert20170421

    Lopa Kothari presents a gig performed in Liverpool by Tuareg desert rock band Tinariwen.

    Lopa Kothari presents a concert from Liverpool by Tuareg desert rock band Tinariwen. The band formed in the mountains of the Sahara over 30 years ago, and their distinctive guitar grooves have spawned a whole genre of "desert blues". This concert was recorded last month in front of a packed house at the Invisible Wind Factory, a converted warehouse in the North Docks area. Lopa also talks to vocalist and guitarist Abdallah Ag Alhassane about how the band fuse traditional Toureg music with rock and blues, to express powerful lyrics about the problems of their home land in the Sahara since new borders were established in the 1960s. Lopa is also joined by Andy Morgan, who is writing a book about the band, and who provides an overview of their development and their significance in the wider context of Malian music.

    Lopa Kothari presents a gig performed in Liverpool by Tuareg desert rock band Tinariwen.

    Lopa Kothari presents a concert from Liverpool by Tuareg desert rock band Tinariwen. The band formed in the mountains of the Sahara over 30 years ago, and their distinctive guitar grooves have spawned a whole genre of "desert blues". This concert was recorded last month in front of a packed house at the Invisible Wind Factory, a converted warehouse in the North Docks area. Lopa also talks to vocalist and guitarist Abdallah Ag Alhassane about how the band fuse traditional Toureg music with rock and blues, to express powerful lyrics about the problems of their home land in the Sahara since new borders were established in the 1960s. Lopa is also joined by Andy Morgan, who is writing a book about the band, and who provides an overview of their development and their significance in the wider context of Malian music.

    Lopa Kothari - Tinariwen In Session At The Hay Festival20150529

    Lopa Kothari presents a special edition from the Hay Festival in Powys featuring a live set from Malian desert blues band Tinariwen and support from BBC Introducing talent Maelog.

    Tinariwen have for a decade been one of Mali's leading bands, their songs telling the stories of nomadic life in the Sahara, as well as highlighting current political concerns. This concert celebrates Hay's links with Timbuktu, once Tinariwen's home city, but since the violence of 2012-13 they have not been able to return there. Support band Maelog are a Welsh-Galician roots collective whose uplifting songs feature traditional pipes from both shores with an array of strings and percussion.

    Part of Radio 3's week-long residency at the Hay Festival, with programmes CD Review, Lunchtime Concert, In Tune, Free Thinking, The Verb, and The Essay all broadcasting from the festival.

    Lopa Kothari presents a special edition from the Hay Festival in Powys featuring a live set from Malian desert blues band Tinariwen and support from BBC Introducing talent Maelog.

    Tinariwen have for a decade been one of Mali's leading bands, their songs telling the stories of nomadic life in the Sahara, as well as highlighting current political concerns. This concert celebrates Hay's links with Timbuktu, once Tinariwen's home city, but since the violence of 2012-13 they have not been able to return there. Support band Maelog are a Welsh-Galician roots collective whose uplifting songs feature traditional pipes from both shores with an array of strings and percussion.

    Part of Radio 3's week-long residency at the Hay Festival, with programmes CD Review, Lunchtime Concert, In Tune, Free Thinking, The Verb, and The Essay all broadcasting from the festival.

    Lopa Kothari - Toto La Momposina In Session20150814

    Lopa Kothari presents a studio session with Colombian singer Totó La Momposina, the original "Queen of Cumbia", performing songs from 'Tambolero' her re-imagining of the classic 1993 album 'La Candela Viva'. We were treated to an intimate session recorded at BBC Maida Vale stuido with her grandchildren on backing vocals and percussion.

    Lopa Kothari - With Highlights From Womad And Latitude20170811

    Lopa Kothari introduces highlights from last month's Womad Festival.

    Lopa Kothari - Womad 2016 Highlights20160805

    Lopa Kothari introduces highlights from the 2016 Womad festival.

    Lopa Kothari introduces highlights from the 2016 Womad festival.

    Lopa Kothari - Womex 201520151023

    Lopa Kothari is in Budapest for highlights from WOMEX, the annual gathering of the world music industry. WOMEX is a showcase for artists worldwide, and there will be concert recordings, interviews and live sessions from the latest bands and the freshest talent in world music.

    Lopa Kothari is in Budapest for highlights from WOMEX, the annual gathering of the world music industry. WOMEX is a showcase for artists worldwide, and there will be concert recordings, interviews and live sessions from the latest bands and the freshest talent in world music.

    Lopa Kothari - Womex 201620161028

    Lopa Kothari reports from WOMEX, the annual gathering of the world music industry, held this year in Santiago de Compostela in Spain. With highlights from the WOMEX showcase concerts of new bands from across the globe, plus a studio session with Trad Attack, a band with their own take on the folk music of Estonia.

    Lopa Kothari reports from WOMEX, the annual gathering of the world music industry, held this year in Santiago de Compostela in Spain. With highlights from the WOMEX showcase concerts of new bands from across the globe, plus a studio session with Trad Attack, a band with their own take on the folk music of Estonia.

    Lopa Kothari - World Music Milestones20161021

    As part of the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the birth of The Third Programme, Lopa Kothari introduces a wide variety of World Music milestones selected from the last seven decades, from Lord Kitchener to Mercedes Sosa, from Fela Kuti to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, from Ravi Shankar to Youssou N'Dour. This anthology, which includes Radio 3 archive material, is discussed in studio with guests Simon Broughton, from Songlines magazine, and DJ Rita Ray. Collaborating also in the programme as they select their favourite World Music artist are composer and producer Nitin Sawhney; the poet, composer, songwriter PJ Harvey, and the singer, songwriter and broadcaster, Cerys Matthews.

    As part of the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the birth of The Third Programme, Lopa Kothari introduces a wide variety of World Music milestones selected from the last seven decades, from Lord Kitchener to Mercedes Sosa, from Fela Kuti to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, from Ravi Shankar to Youssou N'Dour. This anthology, which includes Radio 3 archive material, is discussed in studio with guests Simon Broughton, from Songlines magazine, and DJ Rita Ray. Collaborating also in the programme as they select their favourite World Music artist are composer and producer Nitin Sawhney; the poet, composer, songwriter PJ Harvey, and the singer, songwriter and broadcaster, Cerys Matthews.

    Lopa Kothari - Zakir Hussain Concert20160527

    Lopa Kothari presents a special concert of Zakir Hussain and the BBC Concert Orchestra recorded at the Royal Festival Hall, featuring Hussain's latest work 'Peshkar' an original concerto combining the virtuosity of tabla improvisation with the structure and melodic framework of Western classical music.

    Lopa Kothari presents a special concert of Zakir Hussain and the BBC Concert Orchestra recorded at the Royal Festival Hall, featuring Hussain's latest work 'Peshkar' an original concerto combining the virtuosity of tabla improvisation with the structure and melodic framework of Western classical music.

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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.

    Lopa Kothari At Celtic Connections 201720170203

    Lopa Kothari with sessions from Celtic Connections in Glasgow, recorded at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Sauchiehall Street. Featuring Sahara desert rock with Ezza from Niger, plus trad sounds from Orkney band Fara.

    Lopa Kothari Live From Celtic Connections 201520150130

    Lopa Kothari with the best of Celtic Connections, live from the BBC's Pacific Quay studios in Glasgow.

    Featuring highlights from the previous night's concert given by two major African bands, Konono no.1 from Congo, and Bombino from Niger, and a live session with Canadian folk duo Pharis and Jason Romero.

    Lopa Kothari with the best of Celtic Connections, live from the BBC's Pacific Quay studios in Glasgow.

    Featuring highlights from the previous night's concert given by two major African bands, Konono no.1 from Congo, and Bombino from Niger, and a live session with Canadian folk duo Pharis and Jason Romero.

    Lopa Kothari With A Session From Jim Moray20170317

    Lopa Kothari introduces a live studio session from English folk artist Jim Moray, known for his reinvention of tradition material. Plus the latest sounds from across the globe including new releases from King Ayisoba, Oumou Sangare with Tony Allen, Mokoomba from Zimbabwe and a re-issue of Trinidad and Tobago's Shadow.

    Lopa Kothari With Kourelou In Session20151016

    Lopa Kothari presents a live session with BBC Introducing band Kourelou, a London-based ensemble drawing on Greek roots as well as music from the South Balkans. The band searches for a contemporary sound based on violin, bouzouki, baglama, tzoura davul, defi, piano and guitar.

    Also, new releases from around the globe, plus our World Music Archive track.

    Lopa Kothari presents a live session with BBC Introducing band Kourelou, a London-based ensemble drawing on Greek roots as well as music from the South Balkans. The band searches for a contemporary sound based on violin, bouzouki, baglama, tzoura davul, defi, piano and guitar.

    Also, new releases from around the globe, plus our World Music Archive track.

    Lopa Kothari With Muzykanci And Wu Man In Concert20151204

    Lopa Kothari with new music from across the globe, and Polish band Muzykanci with Chinese pipa virtuoso Wu Man in concert. Plus the winners of this year's fRoots Poll are announced.

    fRoots magazine editor Ian Anderson announces the winners of this year's Poll. The concert recordings are from this year's WOMEX showcases, which took place in Budapest in October.

    Also more from the World Music Archive and BBC Introducing.

    Lopa Kothari with new music from across the globe, and Polish band Muzykanci with Chinese pipa virtuoso Wu Man in concert. Plus the winners of this year's fRoots Poll are announced.

    fRoots magazine editor Ian Anderson announces the winners of this year's Poll. The concert recordings are from this year's WOMEX showcases, which took place in Budapest in October.

    Also more from the World Music Archive and BBC Introducing.

    Lopa Kothari With Nepalese Band Night In Session20160408

    Lopa Kothari with new releases from across the globe, plus a live session with Night, a band from Kathmandu who have collected songs from remote regions of Nepal.

    Lopa Kothari with new releases from across the globe, plus a live session with Night, a band from Kathmandu who have collected songs from remote regions of Nepal.

    Lopa Kothari With Recordings From Womex 201520160108

    Lopa Kothari with new bands, old music from Georgia and South Korea, recorded at WOMEX 2015 in Budapest. Iberi perform the extraordinary polyphonic music of Georgia, whilst Baraji have reinvented the traditional music of the islands off the south coast of Korea.

    Lopa Kothari with new bands, old music from Georgia and South Korea, recorded at WOMEX 2015 in Budapest. Iberi perform the extraordinary polyphonic music of Georgia, whilst Baraji have reinvented the traditional music of the islands off the south coast of Korea.

    Lopa Kothari With The East Pointers In Session20151127

    Lopa Kothari with new music from across the globe, plus a live studio session with Canadian band The East Pointers.

    The East Pointers came together on Prince Edward Island in Canada's Atlantic Maritimes. Cousins Tim Chaisson (fiddle) and Koady Chaisson (banjo), who were born on the island, found themselves joined in regular informal kitchen parties by guitarist Jake Charron - it wasn't long before they decided to make a go of a band. They offer a fresh, youthful take on the area's traditional music.

    Plus more from the World Music Archive and BBC Introducing.

    Lopa Kothari with new music from across the globe, plus a live studio session with Canadian band The East Pointers.

    The East Pointers came together on Prince Edward Island in Canada's Atlantic Maritimes. Cousins Tim Chaisson (fiddle) and Koady Chaisson (banjo), who were born on the island, found themselves joined in regular informal kitchen parties by guitarist Jake Charron - it wasn't long before they decided to make a go of a band. They offer a fresh, youthful take on the area's traditional music.

    Plus more from the World Music Archive and BBC Introducing.

    Lopa Kothari, Andy Kershaw, Sheila Kay Adams20160902

    Lopa Kothari with new music from across the globe, plus Kershaw's Appalachian Sessions - music and interview recorded earlier this year with traditional singer Sheila Kay Adams in Hot Springs, North Carolina.

    The historic house where Andy Kershaw met Sheila Kay was the home of Jane Gentry, one of the sources for pioneer folk collector Cecil Sharp when he was collecting Appalachian songs in 1916.

    Lopa Kothari with new music from across the globe, plus Kershaw's Appalachian Sessions - music and interview recorded earlier this year with traditional singer Sheila Kay Adams in Hot Springs, North Carolina.

    The historic house where Andy Kershaw met Sheila Kay was the home of Jane Gentry, one of the sources for pioneer folk collector Cecil Sharp when he was collecting Appalachian songs in 1916.

    Los Chinches In Session20130405

    Lopa Kothari with new tracks from across the globe, and a studio session with Peruvian Londoners Los Chinches.

    Veterans of WOMAD and Glastonbury, Los Chinches create a blend of Peruvian percussion with London-inspired punk and ska. At their heart is the psychedelic style known as chicha music, which flourished in Peru in the 60s and 70s, named after a strong Andean brew.

    Loudon Wainwright Iii In Session20130524

    Lopa Kothari with new tracks from across the globe, and a specially recorded studio session with Loudon Wainwright III.

    Older Than My Old Man Now is the 22nd album from this prolific American songwriter who is the father of Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright, and former husband of the late Kate McGarrigle. In between songs, Wainwright talks about his family, career and musical influences which include Ramblin' Jack Elliott. And along the way, we hear an old classic from 1970 and two brand new songs, on the subjects of dogwalking and Mark Twain.

    Lopa Kothari presents new world music and a studio session with Loudon Wainwright III.

    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.

    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.

    Mamane Barka Live In Session, Plus Commonwealth Connections 1620140523

    Mary Ann Kennedy with a live session by Mamane Barka, plus Commonwealth Connections from Kenya and Nigeria.

    COMMONWEALTH CONNECTIONS FEATURE: KENYA

    Recorded at the African Heritage House outside Nairobi, home to the finest Art Collection in Africa, two generations of the Luo tribe perform the music of their people. Ayub Ogada has reached an international market as a world musician but here he returns to his acoustic roots and the ancient nyatiti lyre. Ayub talks about his nyatiti like a friend, definitely a female friend. He loves his instrument. This is the instrument of the Luo people (famously this is the tribe that President Obama is related to), and he has evolved a softer, gentler sound' to which he adds his distinctive soft sweet voice. In contrast, The Sega Sega Band, also from the Luo people, play Benga music, the style that is at the root of Kenyan pop music from the 60s to the present day. The melodies and rhythms are shaped by the tuning of the nyatiti harp and orutu, (a single string fiddle) but they have modernised the music to create uptempo dance music and transferred the musical lines to the modern guitar.

    COMMONWEALTH CONNECTIONS HERITAGE TRACK: NIGERIA

    Nigeria has long been a powerhouse in terms of world music, with artists like Fela Kuti reaching audiences around the globe. Our Commonwealth athlete this week is US Olympian but has chosen to represent Nigeria because her father was born there. And Regina George's choice of music is also very much within the family. The chosen track is "Sweet Sherry" by Eddy Okonta

    SESSION: MAMANE BARKA

    Desert bluesman Mamane Barka from Niger joins us in the studio for a live session. Born into a family of Toubou nomads Mamane is a master of the Biram, a rare five-string harp like instrument that can only be played by an initiated few. Mamane made it his mission to learn the Biram in order to save this rare instrument from dying out he is now believed to be the only master of the biram in all Niger.

    Mary Ann Kennedy with a live session by Mamane Barka, plus Commonwealth Connections from Kenya and Nigeria.

    COMMONWEALTH CONNECTIONS FEATURE: KENYA

    Recorded at the African Heritage House outside Nairobi, home to the finest Art Collection in Africa, two generations of the Luo tribe perform the music of their people. Ayub Ogada has reached an international market as a world musician but here he returns to his acoustic roots and the ancient nyatiti lyre. Ayub talks about his nyatiti like a friend, definitely a female friend. He loves his instrument. This is the instrument of the Luo people (famously this is the tribe that President Obama is related to), and he has evolved a softer, gentler sound' to which he adds his distinctive soft sweet voice. In contrast, The Sega Sega Band, also from the Luo people, play Benga music, the style that is at the root of Kenyan pop music from the 60s to the present day. The melodies and rhythms are shaped by the tuning of the nyatiti harp and orutu, (a single string fiddle) but they have modernised the music to create uptempo dance music and transferred the musical lines to the modern guitar.

    COMMONWEALTH CONNECTIONS HERITAGE TRACK: NIGERIA

    Nigeria has long been a powerhouse in terms of world music, with artists like Fela Kuti reaching audiences around the globe. Our Commonwealth athlete this week is US Olympian but has chosen to represent Nigeria because her father was born there. And Regina George's choice of music is also very much within the family. The chosen track is "Sweet Sherry" by Eddy Okonta

    SESSION: MAMANE BARKA

    Desert bluesman Mamane Barka from Niger joins us in the studio for a live session. Born into a family of Toubou nomads Mamane is a master of the Biram, a rare five-string harp like instrument that can only be played by an initiated few. Mamane made it his mission to learn the Biram in order to save this rare instrument from dying out he is now believed to be the only master of the biram in all Niger.

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    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.

    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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    Mary Ann Kennedy20090306

    presents a session from Jon Boden, the singer and fiddle player from Bellowhead.

    Mary Ann Kennedy with a session from Jon Boden, singer and fiddle player from Bellowhead.

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    Mary Ann Kennedy20090417

    presents a session with Sara Watkins, best known as the singer and fiddle player with American 'progressive bluegrass' band Nickel Creek, who have made a solo album produced by Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones.

    Mary Ann Kennedy presents a session with American roots musician Sara Watkins.

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    Mary Ann Kennedy20090424

    presents her own mix of world music, folk, gospel and blues.

    Mary Ann Kennedy presents her own mix of world music, folk, gospel and blues.

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    Mary Ann Kennedy20090529

    Presented by Mary Ann Kennedy.

    Featuring a studio session with the Michael McGoldrick Band, led by the Manchester-born Irish flute player who combines traditional playing with crossover projects.

    Mary Ann Kennedy presents a studio session from the Michael McGoldrick Band.

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    Mary Ann Kennedy20090605

    's selection features a studio session with Arborea, a husband-and-wife folk duo who blend traditions from their native Appalachia with English folk and psychedelia.

    With Mary Ann Kennedy.

    Featuring a session by American folk duo Arborea.

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    Mary Ann Kennedy20090710

    is joined in the studio by Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, an Australian singer-songwriter, blind from birth, whose songs in the Yolngu language present Aboriginal culture in a contemporary context.

    Presented by Mary Ann Kennedy.

    With a session from Australian Aboriginal singer Gurrumul.

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    Mary Ann Kennedy20090821

    introduces a session and interview with Tuareg group Tinariwen, performing music from their new album Imidiwan: Companions.

    Plus new releases on CD from around the globe.

    With Mary Ann Kennedy.

    Featuring a session and interview with Tuareg group Tinariwen.

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    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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    Mary Ann Kennedy20091009

    presents new musical releases from across the world and a studio session with tabla player, producer and composer Talvin Singh, performing with sitar virtuoso Niladri Kumar.

    Mary Ann Kennedy presents a session from Talvin Singh and sitar player Niladri Kumar.

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    Mary Ann Kennedy20100226

    introduces a special programme from Ardgour in Scotland's Western Highlands, with sessions from two generations of Scottish musicians: Sandy Wright, a veteran singer who is now being acclaimed as the country's 'finest undiscovered songwriter', and The Bevvy Sisters, fronted by three Edinburgh singers who share a passion for Americana, vintage rarities and original songwriting.

    Radio 3 launches a week-long focus on Scotland today, and this World on 3 comes from Mary Ann's own studio at home on the shores of Loch Linnhe.

    This month sees the release of a major double album featuring the songs of Sandy Wright - one CD is his solo debut with his band The Toxic Cowboys, and the second is a tribute by major artists of the younger generation, with Sandy's songs recorded by Eddi Reader, Chris Wood, Kris Drever, Karine Polwart and others.

    In his 60th year, after a colourful career which included years in the army and working as a clown, maybe it is time for Sandy to get the recognition many think he deserves.

    Heather Macleod, Kaela Rowan and Lindsey Black are all established singers in their own right, coming together occasionally as The Bevvy Sisters, singing tight, three-part harmony songs from the days of the Andrews Sisters, as well as contemporary self-penned songs.

    Their debut album was released at the end of January.

    Mary Ann Kennedy introduces a special programme from Ardgour in the Highlands of Scotland.

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    Mary Ann Kennedy20100319

    Mary Ann Kennedy with CDs from across the globe, and a studio session with Razia Said, a Malagasy singer whose new album 'Zebu Nation' rediscovers the roots music of the island.

    Razia Said lived in Madagascar until she was eleven years old, until she moved with her family first to Gabon, then southern France, and finally New York.

    In the USA she sang mostly R&B, but found herself increasingly drawn to Malagasy traditional music.

    Her new album was recorded mostly on Madagascar, using local musicians, and her aim is to draw attention to the environmental challenges facing the island.

    Mary Ann Kennedy presents new CDs and a studio session with Malagasy singer Razia Said.

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    Mary Ann Kennedy20100416

    with CDs from across the globe, and a studio session with Cimarron, who play the music of Colombia's rural heartland.

    The name Cimarron means 'wild bull', and it's not a bad description of the untamed energy of the music of the cattle-rearing region of Llaneros Orientales.

    Cimarron play harp, bandola and cuatro with dazzling virtuosity, with instrumental pieces and songs written for festive dancing, milking and cattle driving.

    Mary Ann Kennedy with CDs from around the globe and a session with Colombia's Cimarron.

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    Mary Ann Kennedy20100423

    with a mix of sounds from across the globe, plus a studio session with Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara, who have taken their guitar and ritti duo to a new level with the extended tracks of their latest album 'Trance Sessions'.

    Producer Roger Short

    Juldeh is a virtuoso of the one-stringed fiddle, the ritti, having been taught in the Gambia by his father.

    His collaboration with Justin Adams dates from 2007, and was an instant success, winning a prize in the 2008 Radio 3 Awards for World Music.

    Justin Adams started out playing electric guitar in bands with bassist Jah Wobble and also singer Robert Plant, and has developed a guitar sound and style influenced equally by American blues and African traditions.

    They see their Trance Sessions as having 'an African sense of time and structure' - musical ideas which evolve slowly, unfettered by the time restrictions of the classic pop record format.

    Mary Ann Kennedy presents a studio session with Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara.

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    Mary Ann Kennedy20100514

    with new releases from across the globe, plus a studio session with Scottish singer Kris Drever.

    Kris Drever is best known as guitarist with the award-winning instrumental folk band Lau, but his second solo album, just released, confirms him as a powerful singer too.

    He writes his own songs - including the album's title track 'Mark the Hard Earth' - and he selects songs by other, mostly Scottish writers, including his neighbour in Edinburgh, Sandy Wright.

    Drever's origins are in Orkney, and he started out listening to Heavy Metal, but now finds himself part of the extraordinarily lively folk scene in Scotland today.

    For this session he is joined by fellow Scots multi-instrumentalist Anna Massie.

    Mary Ann Kennedy presents new world music releases and a studio session with Kris Drever.

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    Mary Ann Kennedy20100521

    Mary Ann Kennedy presents a specially recorded studio session by Chinese singer-songwriter Mamer, whose music combines the influences of Kazakh folk and American country.

    Plus a selection of new releases from around the globe.

    Mary Ann Kennedy with a session by Chinese singer-songwriter Mamer.

    Plus new releases.

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    Mary Ann Kennedy20100702

    with music from around the world, plus a studio session with Senegalese singer Carlou D.

    Once a member of Senengal's biggest rap group - Positive Black Soul - he's now gone solo and blends spiritual texts with jazz, soul and hip-hop.

    Producer Roger Short.

    Carlou D left school at the age of 16 to perform on local stages around his neighbourhood.

    He soon came to the attention of the political rapper, Didier Awadi, and subsequently joined the ranks of Senegal's first, and arguably most successful, hip-hop group, Positive Black Soul.

    Now a solo artist, Carlou D belongs to the Baay Fall Spiritual sect, blending the essence of their philosophy with musical elements such as Jazz, soul and rap, alongside the direct and outspoken social and political commentary of hip-hop.

    Purity, simplicity, and respect for others are the cornerstone of Carlou D's concept.

    His third album comes out this month.

    Mary Ann Kennedy presents music from around the world, plus a session with Carlou D.

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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.

    Mary Ann Kennedy20100709

    presents her selection of the best new releases on CD from around the globe.

    Mary Ann Kennedy with a selection of the best new releases on CD from around the globe.

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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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    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.

    Mary Ann Kennedy20101029

    with new tracks from across the globe, and a studio session with Hebridean musician Iain Morrison.

    Best-known for his work with former indie band Crash My Model Car, he looks to his musical heritage in a new project involving 'one-woman ceilidh' Rona Lightfoot, as well as his own father, Pipe Major Iain Morrison Senior.

    When Pipe Major Iain Morrison first heard his son playing guitar, we're told he didn't speak to him for a week.

    He had raised his son in the best traditions of the music of the Great Highland Bagpipe, which he had himself transformed with the introduction of influences from the local singing style, and from the singing language of traditional pipers, 'canntaireachd'.

    But after making a big impact on the piping world in his early teenage years, Iain junior turned to singing and songwriting, with bands such as Poor Old Ben and Crash My Model Car.

    This project unites the traditions of his dynastic piping family with his modern-day incarnation as rock musician and songwriter.

    The ensemble includes guitar, drums, bouzouki and cello as well as pipes and the singing of Rona Lightfoot and Iain Morrison Senior.

    The session is scheduled for Mary Ann's own studio up in the Western Highlands of Scotland.

    Mary Ann Kennedy presents a session with singer, guitarist and piper Iain Morrison.

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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.

    Mary Ann Kennedy20101126

    with the latest sounds from around the globe, and a trio of musicians from Rajasthan in session.

    Nathoo Lal Solanki, from Pushkar in Rajasthan, is the acknowledged master of the nagara stick-drumming traditions, and comes from a long line of temple drummers.

    Kutle Khan is a young rising singing star, a great vocalist and improviser he is also a superb percussionist and expert on the emblematic instruments of Rajasthan like the morchang (jaw harp) the kartal (castanets).

    Male Khan is one of the very few remaining players of the Narh Flute.

    These three performers give captivating performances of the distinctive music of Rajasthan, and are joined by renowned British-Tamil vocalist Susheela Raman, and guitarist Sam Mills, for a taste of the collaboration they have been building over the last few years.

    Mary Ann Kennedy with sounds from around the world and Rajasthani musicians in session.

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    presents a session with Japanese duo Etsuro Ono and 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 Kennedy20110318

    presents a session with Japanese duo Etsuro Ono and 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 presents a session with Japanese duo Etsuro Ono and 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.

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    with the latest new releases from across the globe, new music from BBC Introducing, plus our album of the month, as selected by studio guest Kevin LeGendre.

    Mary Ann Kennedy20150807

    with the latest new releases from across the globe, new music from BBC Introducing, plus our album of the month, as selected by studio guest Kevin LeGendre.

    Mary Ann Kennedy - Adam Holmes And The Embers In Session20141003

    Live from Glasgow, with Mary Ann Kennedy introduces new releases from across the globe, and a session in studio featuring Edinburgh band Adam Holmes and the Embers.

    Adam Holmes is one of the brightest rising stars on the local music scene, with his unique blend of Americana and Scottish traditional tunes. His album 'Heirs And Graces', released last September, was hailed as one of the best albums of the year in Scotland.

    Mary Ann Kennedy - Alash In Session20150515

    Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, plus live music from traditional Tuvan trio Alash.

    Alash are masters of the extraordinary throat-singing tradition of Tuva in Central Asia. The technique of throat-singing enables the performer to produce whistle-like overtones against a simultaneous low-pitched drone. Alash take their name from the Alash River in the northwest region of Tuva, and the group came together in 1999 as students in the Tuvan capital Kykzl. The trio accompany themselves on traditional instruments made from horsehair and goatskin. Their work has included collaborations with the Sun Ra Arkestra and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones.

    Also in tonight's programme, Andy Kershaw makes a welcome return to Radio 3 to select his Album of the Month, Alone by Malian desert rock band Terakaft.

    All World on 3 sessions are available for download as a podcast via the Radio 3 website.

    Mary Ann Kennedy - Alya Marquardt In Session20160311

    Mary Ann Kennedy with new music from across the globe, plus a studio session with British-Iraqi singer Alya Marquardt.

    Alya Marquardt was born in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, and moved to London with her parents following the Iran-Iraq war. She was classically trained as a pianist and mezzo-soprano, but has since devoted herself to rediscovering the music of her Iraqi heritage. She sings with her seven-piece band Alula.

    Mary Ann Kennedy - Andrew Duhon In Session20150703

    Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, and a live studio session with New Orleans musician Andrew Duhon, currently in the UK to take part in the Maverick Festival. Our Album of the Month is chosen by Northumbrian folk musician Kathryn Tickell.

    Andrew Duhon comes to the UK fresh from concerts in Nashville and Knoxville - his third album was nominated last year for a Grammy.

    Plus the latest from BBC Introducing, and another dip into the Radio 3 World Music Archive.

    World on 3 sessions are available for download as a podcast via the home page.

    Mary Ann Kennedy - Arifa In Session20141121

    Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, plus a session with Netherlands-based band Arifa.

    Arifa has been called "a bridge of sounds between the Orient and Occident", with a style that blends the cultures of its band members. Romanian Alex Simu plays saxophone, clarinet and live laptop;

    Michalis Cholevas from Greece plays the Tarhu spike fiddle and the Ney flute; German

    Franz von Chossy plays piano; and Turkish musician Sjahin During is on percussion. They are currently on a tour which includes Korea, Spain, the Netherlands and the UK.

    Mary Ann Kennedy - Aurelio Martinez In Concert20150213

    Mary Ann Kennedy presents highlights from a concert by Garifuna singer songwriter Aurelio Martinez, recorded at Symphony Space in New York.

    Mary Ann Kennedy - Aziza Brahim In Session20140926

    Mary Ann Kennedy with tracks from across the globe, plus a studio session with Aziza Brahim, a singer born in the Saharawi refugee camps in Algeria.

    Aziza Brahim's family moved from the Western Sahara after the Moroccan take-over in 1975. They settled in the desert refugee camps in southern Algeria, and when she was 11, Aziza made the journey to Cuba for her secondary education. After returning to the camps as a singer in the 1990s, she then settled in Spain. Here she found success first as a jazz singer, then forming the group Gulli Mankoo, with whom she recorded two acclaimed albums. Her third album 'Soutak' (Your Voice) is a return to her acoustic roots, with songs from the Sahara mixed with influences from Spain.

    Mary Ann Kennedy - Bela Fleck And Abigail Washburn In Session20151030

    Mary Ann Kennedy with new music from across the globe, plus a live session with American banjo virtuoso players Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn as they start their European tour.

    Also, our World Music Archive track.

    Mary Ann Kennedy - El Naan In Session20160325

    Mary Ann Kennedy presents the latest new releases around the globe and a live studio session from Spanish group El Naan, a 7-piece from Palencia who explore the common ground between Arabic, Celtic and Jewish roots music in the Iberian Peninsula. Also tonight Kevin Le Gendre reviews the new album from Congolese band Konono No.1, a collaboration with Angolan-Portuguese artist Batida.

    Mary Ann Kennedy - Ewan Mclennan In Session20141031

    Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, plus a live studio session with Scottish singer Ewan McLennan.

    Ewan McLennan's last album was chosen by Mojo magazine as one of the top ten albums of 2010 - his new album,''Stories Still Untold', has just been released. He was brought up in Edinburgh, and was classically trained on the piano - however, his family was imbued with Scottish folk culture, and his ideas on introducing folk-style improvisation into Chopin was not well received by his teachers. He then turned to classical guitar, and worked up a formidable technique. All this produced an individual approach to folk music, reviving sometimes well known, sometimes long-forgotten songs and presenting them in a new light. He also writes his own songs, reflecting present-day concerns: he says, "One of the songs from my album, 'The Last Bird to Sing', is about the ex-soldier and conscientious objector that I got to know ; Joe Glenton. Not only is his story inspiring but it occurred to me it's one that has been told, in one form or another, in traditional folk songs through the ages.".

    Mary Ann Kennedy - Gold Lyre Of Ur20150220

    Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, plus a session featuring a reconstructed Gold Lyre of Ur.

    Singer and musicologist Stef Conner has collaborated with harp maker and player Andy Lowings and harpist and producer Mark Harmer to create songs based on ancient Sumerian texts, accompanied by a reconstruction of the Gold Lyre of Ur. Three gold lyres were discovered in Iraq in 1929, and are thought to date back to 2500 BC. The reconstruction was made entirely from materials and techniques available at the time.

    Stef Conner will also introduce a Heritage Track - music which has been a big influence on her - and there will be another dip into Radio 3's World Music Archive.

    Mary Ann Kennedy - Iarla O Lionaird, Mehuhin Tribute20160415

    Mary Ann Kennedy with new music from across the globe, plus a double centenary: Irish singer Iarla Ó Lionáird marks a hundred years of Irish culture, and Viram Jasani celebrates the collaborations between Ravi Shankar and Yehudi Menuhin, who was born a hundred years ago.

    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.

    Mary Ann Kennedy - Lucia Pulido In A Live Session20150424

    Mary Ann Kennedy with new music from across the globe, plus Colombian folk singer Lucia Pulido in a live studio session.

    Lucia's velvety voice blends naturally with her ensemble, a mix of traditional and modern instruments, as she experiments with Colombia's rich folk music, including Caribbean rhythms such as cumbia and bullerengue from the Atlantic Coast, but also currulaos from the Pacific Coast as well as joropos of the Colombian Eastern plains. Lucia's written songs for this kind of modern fusion, opening the doors to the influences of jazz and world music, but her repertoire also includes all-time standards as well as material by contemporary composers.

    Plus the latest from BBC Introducing, and another dip into the Radio 3 World Music Archive.

    World on 3 sessions are available for download as a podcast via the home page.

    Mary Ann Kennedy - Malituanie In Session20150717

    Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, plus a live session with MaLituanie, a mix of musicians from Mali and Lithuania.

    MaLituanie brings together folk musicians from Lithuania with visiting and expat musicians from Mali. Malian ngoni player Baba Sissoko and rock musician Viktoras Diawara join Baltic psaltery player Indre Jurgeleviciute, duduk player Saulius Petreikis and Laurita Peleniute who plays ocarina and 'water percussion'. What unites them is of course the universal themes of songs - love, protection for the environment and the eternal cycle of life.

    Plus the latest from BBC Introducing, and another dip into the Radio 3 World Music Archive.

    World on 3 sessions are available for download as a podcast via the home page.

    Mary Ann Kennedy - Mor Karbasi In Session20150522

    Mary Ann Kennedy with new music from across the globe, plus the Jerusalem-born singer Mor Karbasi in a live studio session.

    Since she broke into the World Music scene in 2008, Mor, based now in Seville, has mesmerised audiences with her blend of Ladino songs, music from the exiled Jews of Spain, and Latin American as well as European folk songs. Mor produces her own material, which she's been composing from an early age, but also relies on traditional songs across continents, performing in Ladino, Hebrew, Arabic and Spanish providing a fascinating bridge between ancient cultures and traditions.

    Plus the latest from BBC Introducing, and another dip into the Radio 3 World Music Archive.

    World on 3 sessions are available for download as a podcast via the home page.

    Mary Ann Kennedy - Nazim Ziryab In Session20150403

    Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, plus a session with BBC Introducing artist Nazim Ziryab, a singer and guitarist originally from Algeria.

    World on 3 joined BBC Introducing in January, with the aim of uncovering new talent in world, roots and folk music. Tracks from unsigned artists are now regularly featured in the programme, and this is our first BBC Introducing session. Singer and guitarist Nazim Ziryab uploaded his tracks onto BBC Introducing in January - he had performed in Mali and Morocco as well as his native Algeria before moving to the UK as a student three years ago. Nazim and his band were invited to record this session at the BBC's Maida Vale studios in March. Nazim describes his music as "traditional Berber music fused with Afro-Blues, reggae, Jazz and raw psychedelic sounds that will transport you into the heart of the Sahara." The session will be available as a video on the BBC Introducing website.

    Nazim will also introduce a Heritage Track that has influenced him as a musician, and there will be another dip into Radio 3's World Music Archive. Plus, World on 3's Album of the Month.

    World on 3 sessions are available for download as a podcast via the home page.

    Mary Ann Kennedy - Sam Lee Live In Session20150320

    Mary Ann Kennedy presents a selection of new music from across the globe and a live session from the English folk musician Sam Lee, performing songs from his new album A Fade in Time.

    Sam Lee began collecting traditional song after meeting and studying with Scottish traveller singer Stanley Robinson. His striking arrangements often utilize instruments not normally associated with English folk music such as koto, tabla, Shruti box, and trumpet. On A Fade in Time, the follow up to 2012's critically acclaimed A Ground of its Own, Sam revisits and reinvents songs from his teacher Stanley Robinson as well as those collected by English gypsy singers May Bradley and Freda Black. For this live session - following the first night of his 16-date tour of England, Sam is joined by regular bandmembers Flora Curzon (violin), Josh Green (percussion) and Jon Whitten (piano and dulcimer) plus guest singers, to be announced.

    World on 3 sessions are available for download as a podcast via the home page.

    Mary Ann Kennedy presents a selection of new music from across the globe and a live session from the English folk musician Sam Lee, performing songs from his new album A Fade in Time. We also take another dip into our World Music Archive and another new artist is featured on BBC Introducing.

    Mary Ann Kennedy - Seckou Keita In Session, Songlines Poll Results20150501

    Mary Ann Kennedy with new music from across the globe, and a live session with Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita. Plus news of the winners of the Songlines Music Awards 2015.

    In a country where lineage is important, Seckou Keita had a head start: his father is from the Keita royal line, and his mother was a Cissokho, a clan associated with musicians. He has been a champion of the kora music if the Casamance region of southern Senegal, but he plays styles from throughout the country, embracing the four different traditional kora tunings - for this session he will be playing on four koras. His solo album '22 Strings' is released this month.

    Simon Broughton of Songlines magazine will be announcing their 2015 award winners, covering their four categories of Best Artist, Best Group, Cross-Cultural Collaboration and Newcomer.

    Plus the latest from BBC Introducing, and another dip into the Radio 3 World Music Archive.

    World on 3 sessions are available for download as a podcast via the home page.

    Mary Ann Kennedy - Seth Lakeman In Session20150313

    Mary Ann Kennedy with tracks from across the globe, plus Seth Lakeman in a live solo session.

    Seth Lakeman regularly plays to vast crowds at festivals including Glastonbury, Cambridge and WOMAD, with his English folk spirit imbued with a rock style. But his West Country roots are always evident, ever more so in a solo acoustic setting, as in this World on 3 session. He will be performing music from his new album 'Word of Mouth', recorded in a church in Cornwall, and featuring songs reflecting the lives of local people, such as dock workers and bell ringers. Plus more music from Radio 3's World Music Archive.

    World on 3 sessions are available for download as a podcast via the home page.

    Mary Ann Kennedy - Sondorgo In Session20141128

    Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the world plus Hungarian folk-based, five-piece group Sondorgo live in session, bringing to life a largely unknown repertoire from the Balkans, inspired by its Slavonic roots. Sandorgo, currently taking the world music scene by storm, is a tambouritza band built around the remarkable tambura, a fresh and sparkly mandolin-like plucked instrument, supported by wind instruments and an accordion.

    Mary Ann Kennedy - Stelios Vamvakaris In Session20150612

    Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, plus live traditional Greek music from bouzouki player Stelios Vamvakaris in a tribute to his father, Markos Vamvakaris, the so-called Patriarch of Rebetiko, on the 40th anniversary of his death. Stelios brings to our session a stellar line-up of top Greek musicians on guitar, accordion and percussion.

    Plus the latest from BBC Introducing, and another dip into the Radio 3 World Music Archive.

    World on 3 sessions are available for download as a podcast via the home page.

    Mary Ann Kennedy - The Cadillac Three In Session20150306

    Mary Ann Kennedy with new world music from around the globe, also reflecting on female artists ahead of Women's International Day on Sunday. Also our unique World Music Archive track, as well as the Album of the Month with journalist Jo Frost. In session in our studio, directly from Nashville, The Cadillac Three: singer-guitarist Jaren Johnston, lap steel player Kelby Ray and drummer Neil Masony, with their mix of country's anthems, heavy rock and Southern folk.

    Mary Ann Kennedy - Womex 201420141024

    Mary Ann Kennedy is in Santiago de Compostela in Spain for highlights from WOMEX, the annual gathering of the world music industry. WOMEX is a showcase for artists worldwide, and there will be concert recordings, interviews and live sessions from the latest bands and the freshest talent in world music.

    Mary Ann Kennedy With Alya Marquardt Live In Session20160311

    Mary Ann Kennedy with new music from across the globe, plus a live studio session with British-Iraqi singer Alya Marquardt.

    Alya Marquardt was born in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, and moved to London with her parents following the Iran-Iraq war. She was classically trained as a pianist and mezzo-soprano, but has since devoted herself to rediscovering the music of her Iraqi heritage. She sings with her seven-piece band Alula.

    Mary Ann Kennedy With Fofoulah In Session20141205

    Mary Ann Kennedy presents a selection of music from across the globe and a live studio session from London-based quintet Fofoulah.

    With Senegal's Batch Gueye on vocals and West African percussion from Kaw Secka, plus members of Juju, Robert Plant's Sensational Space Shifters, Irok and Red Snapper, Fofoulah are real mix of genres and cultures yet also very much a product of the melting pot that is the London music scene.

    Mary Ann Kennedy With Ghazalaw In Session20160701

    Mary Ann Kennedy with new music from across the globe, plus a live session with Ghazalaw, a band who mix the music of Wales and India.

    Ghazalaw emerged from a collaboration between Mumbai singer Tauseef Akhtar and Welsh singer-songwriter Gwyneth Glyn - the name merges Indian song style 'ghazal' with the Welsh word 'alaw' which can mean melody, or harmony. Together with other leading musicians from India and from the Welsh folk scene, the band has played concerts across India, including the Desert Festival in Delhi and the Ghazal Bahaar in Mumbai, as well as back in Wales. They have now come together again for their current tour of the UK.

    Mary Ann Kennedy With Kershaw's Appalachian Sessions20160826

    Mary Ann Kennedy with new music from across the globe, plus Kershaw's Appalachian Sessions - music and interviews recorded earlier this year with celebrated duo Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, plus traditional singer Elizabeth LaPrelle.

    Mary Ann Kennedy With Nancy Kerr In Session20140815

    Mary Ann Kennedy with tracks from across the globe, plus a studio session with Nancy Kerr, one of the new voices in English folk.

    Mary Ann Kennedy, Plus Karen Matheson In Session20151002

    Mary Ann Kennedy live from Glasgow with new music from across the globe, and a session with singer Karen Matheson.

    Karen Matheson, best known as the lead singer in top Scottish band Capercaillie, is joined by Donald Shaw on piano and guitarist Matheu Watson in a live session from BBC Scotland's Pacific Quay studios. Karen Matheson's new album 'Urram', a Gaelic word meaning 'Respect', is released this month.

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    Mary Ann Kennedy with Syrian Kanun player Maya Youssef live in session and Commonwealth Connections from Zambia and Cameroon.

    Commonwealth Connections Feature - Zambia

    Seven kilometres from the world heritage site of Victoria Falls, in the Southern Province lies the rural Mukuni village, the main village of the Mukuni Chiefdom. It was founded in the 13th century by the Leya Tribal Matriarch and is today presided over by both a male and female leader. The Leya people keep alive their heritage in simple surroundings with dancing, singing and drumming for particular occasions and to communicate certain messages. The women of the village perform for us a traditional brewing dance complete with 12ft long poles for crushing grain while elsewhere in the village, the highly polished senior students at the secondary school in Mukuni village embrace the new modern Zambia with traditional, spiritual and rousingly patriotic songs.

    Commonwealth Connections Heritage Track - Cameroon

    As well as varied tribal traditions Cameroon was divided in colonial times between Britain and France but the country is united behind the choice of artist in our Heritage track tonight. Saxophonist Manu Dibango brought the sound of Cameroon to the world but also brought a bit of the world back into Cameroon, creating a glorious fusion of African Funk and Jazz. Weightlifter Vanatius Njuh is going for Gold in the 69 kilo class at the Commonwealth Games and through a computer at his training camp in Cameroon he's been talking about his hopes for the competition and how music fits into it.

    Live Studio Session: Maya Youssef

    London based Kanun virtuoso Maya Youssef joins us in the studio for a live session.

    At the age of ten Maya began her musical career with the Kanun at Sulhi Alwadi Music Institute in Damascus from where she graduated with an excellence degree in 2002.

    The winner of numerous awards both in Syria and the UK, Maya came to the UK in 2012.

    Mary Ann Kennedy with Syrian Kanun player Maya Youssef live in session and Commonwealth Connections from Zambia and Cameroon.

    Commonwealth Connections Feature - Zambia

    Seven kilometres from the world heritage site of Victoria Falls, in the Southern Province lies the rural Mukuni village, the main village of the Mukuni Chiefdom. It was founded in the 13th century by the Leya Tribal Matriarch and is today presided over by both a male and female leader. The Leya people keep alive their heritage in simple surroundings with dancing, singing and drumming for particular occasions and to communicate certain messages. The women of the village perform for us a traditional brewing dance complete with 12ft long poles for crushing grain while elsewhere in the village, the highly polished senior students at the secondary school in Mukuni village embrace the new modern Zambia with traditional, spiritual and rousingly patriotic songs.

    Commonwealth Connections Heritage Track - Cameroon

    As well as varied tribal traditions Cameroon was divided in colonial times between Britain and France but the country is united behind the choice of artist in our Heritage track tonight. Saxophonist Manu Dibango brought the sound of Cameroon to the world but also brought a bit of the world back into Cameroon, creating a glorious fusion of African Funk and Jazz. Weightlifter Vanatius Njuh is going for Gold in the 69 kilo class at the Commonwealth Games and through a computer at his training camp in Cameroon he's been talking about his hopes for the competition and how music fits into it.

    Live Studio Session: Maya Youssef

    London based Kanun virtuoso Maya Youssef joins us in the studio for a live session.

    At the age of ten Maya began her musical career with the Kanun at Sulhi Alwadi Music Institute in Damascus from where she graduated with an excellence degree in 2002.

    The winner of numerous awards both in Syria and the UK, Maya came to the UK in 2012.

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    Lopa Kothari with tracks from across the globe, Commonwealth Connections from Rwanda and Pakistan, and a session with Cape Verdean singer Mayra Andrade.

    'Commonwealth Connections' is a BBC Radio 3 landmark 26-part weekly series leading up to the Commonwealth Games in July, featuring music from each of the 53 member states, reflecting the range of music and culture across the whole organisation.

    Music feature from Rwanda:

    This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, which was triggered by the assassination of the Rwandan President on April 6th 1994, and continued for 100 days, with an estimated death toll of more than half a million. Since then Rwanda has seen a remarkable transformation, and the capital Kigali is now a prosperous and thriving capital. Music has played its part in that transformation, and we hear first from Sophie Nzayisenga, who sings and plays the traditional stringed instrument, the inanga. She lost brothers and sisters in the conflict, surviving by hiding in the bush with her father for the hundred days. She is now involved in Rwanda's Cultural Upgrading Initiative, which seeks to promote harmony through traditional music. There is also a session with Gakondo, a traditional group which plays regular concerts at the Hotel Milles Collines, well known around the world as the former UN hotel which became a refuge during the genocide.

    Heritage Track: Pakistan

    Kiran Khan is one of Pakistan's first international female swimmers. She talks about the responsibilities and pressures of being a media celebrity and a role-model for other women, and the difficulties of pursuing her chosen sport in a Muslim country. Her uplifting music choice, Jazba-e-Junoon, to himmat na haar by Ali Azmat, reflects the support she's received from her family, particularly her father, who always dreamed that his daughter should fulfil her dreams and become an inspiration to others.

    Session with Mayra Andrade:

    She was born in Cuba, but her parents were from Cape Verde, and her main musical influences have always been the songs of these islands. Although she has lived in Paris in recent years, most of her songs are in Cape Verde's local Crioulo language. Her new album 'Lovely Difficult' has already been nominated for a French Victoires de la Musique Award.

    Lopa Kothari with tracks from across the globe, Commonwealth Connections from Rwanda and Pakistan, and a session with Cape Verdean singer Mayra Andrade.

    'Commonwealth Connections' is a BBC Radio 3 landmark 26-part weekly series leading up to the Commonwealth Games in July, featuring music from each of the 53 member states, reflecting the range of music and culture across the whole organisation.

    Music feature from Rwanda:

    This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, which was triggered by the assassination of the Rwandan President on April 6th 1994, and continued for 100 days, with an estimated death toll of more than half a million. Since then Rwanda has seen a remarkable transformation, and the capital Kigali is now a prosperous and thriving capital. Music has played its part in that transformation, and we hear first from Sophie Nzayisenga, who sings and plays the traditional stringed instrument, the inanga. She lost brothers and sisters in the conflict, surviving by hiding in the bush with her father for the hundred days. She is now involved in Rwanda's Cultural Upgrading Initiative, which seeks to promote harmony through traditional music. There is also a session with Gakondo, a traditional group which plays regular concerts at the Hotel Milles Collines, well known around the world as the former UN hotel which became a refuge during the genocide.

    Heritage Track: Pakistan

    Kiran Khan is one of Pakistan's first international female swimmers. She talks about the responsibilities and pressures of being a media celebrity and a role-model for other women, and the difficulties of pursuing her chosen sport in a Muslim country. Her uplifting music choice, Jazba-e-Junoon, to himmat na haar by Ali Azmat, reflects the support she's received from her family, particularly her father, who always dreamed that his daughter should fulfil her dreams and become an inspiration to others.

    Session with Mayra Andrade:

    She was born in Cuba, but her parents were from Cape Verde, and her main musical influences have always been the songs of these islands. Although she has lived in Paris in recent years, most of her songs are in Cape Verde's local Crioulo language. Her new album 'Lovely Difficult' has already been nominated for a French Victoires de la Musique Award.

    Mischa Macpherson Trio In Session, Commonwealth Connections 1020140411

    Mary Ann Kennedy with tracks from across the globe, Commonwealth Connections from Tonga and Maldives, plus the Mischa Macpherson Trio in session live from Glasgow.

    'Commonwealth Connections' is a BBC Radio 3 landmark 26-part weekly series leading up to the Commonwealth Games in July, featuring music from each of the 53 member states, reflecting the range of music and culture across the whole organisation.

    Music feature from Tonga:

    A rare performance of music by the Lomipeau Collection, recorded in a church hall in the village of Lapaha, Tonga. Singer Alusa Falefa has been entrusted by Noble Kalaniuvalu Fotofili, the living heir to the Tu'i Tonga dynasty, to preserve this music. He leads a 30 strong vocal ensemble along with his son Soane Ngutukoula Tatuila Pusiaki, a practitioner of Tonga's most famous instrument the noseflute. This deeply moving form of music-making has been preserved since the 1800s, and Alusa's grandfather used to perform for Queen Salote of Tonga.

    Heritage Track from Maldives:

    Mueena Mohamed is the Number One table tennis player in Maldives. She chooses a song very familiar to her from her childhood, Minivan vayaa, and talks about the place of music in Maldivian culture, the challenge of balancing high-level training with a job, and what it means to her to compete in her fourth Commonwealth Games.

    Session with the Mischa Macpherson Trio:

    Gaelic singer Mischa Macpherson, with guitarist Innes White and pipes player Conal McDonagh are the winners of this year's BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. Mischa grew up in Sandwick on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, and the trio's music refects the unique culture of those islands.

    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.

    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.

    Monoswezi In Session20140110

    Lopa Kothari with new tracks from across the globe, plus a studio session with Monoswezi, fronted by Zimbabwean singer Hope Masike.

    Monoswezi - the name means 'one world' in Shona - is a coming together of jazz musicians from Norway and Sweden with Zimbabwean singer Hope Masike. Hope also plays the mbira, Zimbabwe's traditional thumb-piano, and their music is rooted in the folk songs of Zimbabwe and neighbouring Mozambique. The band's success has been worldwide: a critic from New Zealand wrote "Proving less-is-more, the spacious arrangements allow for the simple folk melodies to sit easily with elegantly sophisticated contemporary jazz.".

    Lopa Kothari with new tracks from across the globe, plus a studio session with Monoswezi, fronted by Zimbabwean singer Hope Masike.

    Monoswezi - the name means 'one world' in Shona - is a coming together of jazz musicians from Norway and Sweden with Zimbabwean singer Hope Masike. Hope also plays the mbira, Zimbabwe's traditional thumb-piano, and their music is rooted in the folk songs of Zimbabwe and neighbouring Mozambique. The band's success has been worldwide: a critic from New Zealand wrote "Proving less-is-more, the spacious arrangements allow for the simple folk melodies to sit easily with elegantly sophisticated contemporary jazz.".

    Mose Fan Fan Live In Session20140822

    Lopa Kothari with new sounds from around the globe and Congolese guitarist Mose Fan Fan live in session.

    Mose Se Sengo 'Fan Fan' is considered to be one of Congo's leading guitarists and one of the 'grand old men' of African music. He forged his career in the early 1960s on the new wave of Congolese rumba that swept out of Leopoldville (as the DRC's capital, Kinshasa, was formerly known). Playing in bands such as Jazz Baron and Orchestra La Revolution and OK Jazz. He left Kinshasa in 1975 and after living in Zambia, Kenya and Tanzania he settled in Britain in 1984. Tonight he will be playing tracks from his latest album 'Musicatelama'.

    Lopa Kothari with new sounds from around the globe and Congolese guitarist Mose Fan Fan live in session.

    Mose Se Sengo 'Fan Fan' is considered to be one of Congo's leading guitarists and one of the 'grand old men' of African music. He forged his career in the early 1960s on the new wave of Congolese rumba that swept out of Leopoldville (as the DRC's capital, Kinshasa, was formerly known). Playing in bands such as Jazz Baron and Orchestra La Revolution and OK Jazz. He left Kinshasa in 1975 and after living in Zambia, Kenya and Tanzania he settled in Britain in 1984. Tonight he will be playing tracks from his latest album 'Musicatelama'.

    Moussu T E Lei Jovents In Session20130503

    Lopa Kothari with tracks from across the globe, plus a studio session with Marseilles-based band Moussu T e lei jovents.

    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.

    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 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.

    Mary Ann Kennedy presents world music plus singer-songwriter Myshkin in session.

    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.

    Natacha Atlas In Session20131011

    Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, plus a session with one of the legends of world music, Natacha Atlas.

    Natacha Atlas emerged in the 1990s as lead singer with Transglobal Underground, later following a solo career. She has described herself as a 'human Gaza Strip', blending together influences from her diverse musical background, which embraces Arab, Jewish and Western European styles. She has two new albums just out, a 2-CD retrospective and a live album recorded in Toulouse.

    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 presents new world music and a session with Nation Beat.

    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".

    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 In Newcastle20161230

    Kathryn Tickell gets set for Northumbria's Old Year's Night with a live pub session from her home town, Newcastle. With music from the Monster Ceilidh Band, who bring together the sounds of Borders folk music with drum and bass, and The Young'uns, an acclaimed vocal trio who have given new life to the working songs of North-East England. And Kathryn will also be bringing along her fiddle and Northumbrian smallpipes.

    New Year New Music With Lopa Kothari20160101

    New Year New Music: Lopa Kothari introduces performances recorded at WOMEX 2015 by bands with a new take on old traditions. A-Wa blend dance grooves with Yemenite folk singing, while Baraji have reinvented the ancient music of the islands off the south coast of Korea.

    New Year Special 201020110101

    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.

    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.

    Nidi D'arac In Session20130104

    Lopa Kothari with the latest sounds from around the globe plus a specially recorded studio session by the Italian group Nidi d'Arac.

    Lopa Kothari with the latest sounds from around the globe plus a specially recorded studio session by the Italian group Nidi d'Arac.

    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.

    Northern Lights: Nanook Of The North20151211

    The first broadcast performance of Canadian inuit singer Tanya Tagaq's soundtrack to the classic 1922 silent movie 'Nanook of the North' by American film-maker, Robert J. Flaherty. The performance was specially recorded at the Banff Centre in Alberta, and the original movie is being streamed live alongside the performance on the Radio 3 website. Presented by Verity Sharp.

    'Nanook of the North' is celebrated as the first full-length documentary film ever made, chronicling the traditional ways of the Canadian Inuit just as they were disappearing for ever - it documents the lives of Nanook and his family with a direct, unromanticised approach, reflecting the brutal harshness of their environment. Tanya Tagaq, who last year won Canada's prestigious Polaris Prize, is joined by violinist Jesse Zubot and percussionist Jean Martin in a score rooted in the throat-singing traditions of the Inuit people.

    This is the first time Radio 3 has streamed a film with soundtrack live on the station's website.

    Tanya Tagaq and Nanook of the North was originally commissioned by the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). This performance was recorded in association with The Banff Centre, Canada's arts and cultural institute which provides multidisciplinary programming and advancing the practice of artists and leaders.

    www.banffcentre.ca.

    The first broadcast performance of Canadian inuit singer Tanya Tagaq's soundtrack to the classic 1922 silent movie 'Nanook of the North' by American film-maker, Robert J. Flaherty. The performance was specially recorded at the Banff Centre in Alberta, and the original movie is being streamed live alongside the performance on the Radio 3 website. Presented by Verity Sharp.

    'Nanook of the North' is celebrated as the first full-length documentary film ever made, chronicling the traditional ways of the Canadian Inuit just as they were disappearing for ever - it documents the lives of Nanook and his family with a direct, unromanticised approach, reflecting the brutal harshness of their environment. Tanya Tagaq, who last year won Canada's prestigious Polaris Prize, is joined by violinist Jesse Zubot and percussionist Jean Martin in a score rooted in the throat-singing traditions of the Inuit people.

    This is the first time Radio 3 has streamed a film with soundtrack live on the station's website.

    Tanya Tagaq and Nanook of the North was originally commissioned by the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). This performance was recorded in association with The Banff Centre, Canada's arts and cultural institute which provides multidisciplinary programming and advancing the practice of artists and leaders.

    www.banffcentre.ca.

    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.

    Nuba Nour In Session, Commonwealth Connections 1120140418

    Lopa Kothari with new tracks from across the globe, Commonwealth Connections from Cyprus and Ghana, and Nuba Nour in session

    MUSIC FEATURE: CYPRUS

    The story of Cyprus's tumultuous past is told through its archaeological treasures, its dusty streets, its food and music. Michalis Tterlikkas was born and lived in the rural village of Kapouti in northern Cyprus until the 1974 Turkish invasion. As a child, he was steeped in the folklore and music of Cyprus and shares with us this lifelong passion for traditional song. Meanwhile, the next generation of musicians is picking up the traditional baton, and a new vigour is brought to the music of Cyprus by the trio 'Monsieur Doumani', who perform on a Nicosia rooftop, overlooking the old city and the green line that divides a nation.

    HERITAGE TRACK:GHANA

    Ghana has made quite an impact on the world music scene over the years, not least with Highlife music, perhaps the best known genre to emerge from this west African country - and the Anglo-Ghanaian band Orchestra Jazira delighted audiences here in the UK in the eighties. But for weightlifter Alberta Ampomah, who represented Ghana in the London Olympics and at the Delhi Commonwealth Games and is currently training as a police officer in Accra, the times have clearly moved on.

    Song "Life" by R2Bees

    STUDIO SESSION: NUBA NOUR

    Cairo-based Nubian singers and master frame drummers Nuba Nour perform traditional Nubian music and modern folk songs that express the hardship of the exiled Nubian people after the loss of their Aswan homeland in the 1960s. They perform a song from their debut double A side 7" single, Dessy Lemon to be released on Record Store Day 2014 (19th April 2014).

    Lopa Kothari with new tracks from across the globe, Commonwealth Connections from Cyprus and Ghana, and Nuba Nour in session

    MUSIC FEATURE: CYPRUS

    The story of Cyprus's tumultuous past is told through its archaeological treasures, its dusty streets, its food and music. Michalis Tterlikkas was born and lived in the rural village of Kapouti in northern Cyprus until the 1974 Turkish invasion. As a child, he was steeped in the folklore and music of Cyprus and shares with us this lifelong passion for traditional song. Meanwhile, the next generation of musicians is picking up the traditional baton, and a new vigour is brought to the music of Cyprus by the trio 'Monsieur Doumani', who perform on a Nicosia rooftop, overlooking the old city and the green line that divides a nation.

    HERITAGE TRACK:GHANA

    Ghana has made quite an impact on the world music scene over the years, not least with Highlife music, perhaps the best known genre to emerge from this west African country - and the Anglo-Ghanaian band Orchestra Jazira delighted audiences here in the UK in the eighties. But for weightlifter Alberta Ampomah, who represented Ghana in the London Olympics and at the Delhi Commonwealth Games and is currently training as a police officer in Accra, the times have clearly moved on.

    Song "Life" by R2Bees

    STUDIO SESSION: NUBA NOUR

    Cairo-based Nubian singers and master frame drummers Nuba Nour perform traditional Nubian music and modern folk songs that express the hardship of the exiled Nubian people after the loss of their Aswan homeland in the 1960s. They perform a song from their debut double A side 7" single, Dessy Lemon to be released on Record Store Day 2014 (19th April 2014).

    Nynke In Session20131018

    Lopa Kothari presents the latest tracks from across the globe, plus a specially recorded studio session by the Dutch fado singer Nynke, who combines influences from the Mediterranean and her native Friesland.

    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.

    Old Tire Swingers In Session20130315

    Mary Ann Kennedy with the latest sounds from around the globe plus a specially recorded session by the Old Tire Swingers, a bluegrass band from central California.

    The brainchild of banjo enthusiast Paul Chesterton, this old-time stringband hails not from the foggy mountains of Virginia but from the city of Fresno in central California. They bring their own brand of Appalachian-inspired country bluegrass to the World on 3 studio performing original songs from their eponymous debut album.

    Orchestra Baobab20170303

    , the legendary Senegalese Afro-Cuban big band, recorded in concert at the Roundhouse in London in January. The gig is introduced by Kathryn Tickell, who is joined by Lucy Duran to discuss the Baobabs' long history (they formed in 1970 in Dakar).

    The band take their name from the Dakar nightclub where they were resident. They fused Afro-Cuban rhythm and Portuguese Creole melody with Congolese rumba, high life and a whole gamut of local styles, kick-starting a musical renaissance in their native Senegal, which turned the capital, Dakar, into one of the world's most vibrant musical cities.

    The band released dozens of recordings before disbanding in the mid-80s but it was their neglected 1982 album Ken Dou Werente that became a cult-classic, re-released to huge acclaim in 1989 under the title Pirate's Choice. They reformed in 2001, and now Orchestra Baobab are back in the studio recording a new album, which is set for release in Spring 2017.

    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.

    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.

    Paddy Callaghan At The 2013 Shetland Folk Festival20130614

    Mary Ann Kennedy brings us new tracks from across the globe, and celebrates British music with a session from Scots-Irish button accordion player Paddy Callaghan, recorded at the Shetland Folk Festival.

    Paddy Callaghan is the current BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year. He was brought up in Glasgow, with a family heitage in northern Ireland, and he works full-time with the Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Eireann, an organisation that promotes Irish music. In this session recorded at the Shetland Folk Festival he is accompanied by Danny Boyle on flute and Adam Brown on bodhran.

    Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya Live In Session20130920

    Lopa Kothari with tracks from across the globe, plus a live session with Indian slide guitar player Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya and Pandit Yogesh Samsi on tabla.

    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.

    Phillip Henry And Hannah Martin, Commonwealth Connections Part 2120140627

    Lopa Kothari with our series Commonwealth Connections, exploring the music of Singapore and Tuvalu, plus Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin live in session.

    Commonwealth Connections - Feature: Singapore

    Singapore is home to a very senior group of 'waijiang' musicians originating from Chaozhou in southern China. Their waijiang style of playing was popular in pre-cultural revolutionary China but is now extinct on the mainland. Yet in their small shop house in the Geylang neighbourhood these senior gentlemen still take pride in performing pieces such as 'Little Peach Red' and 'Pipa verse'. Not far away in Chinatown a group of young students from the Siong Leng Musical Association practice Nanyin or 'southern pipes music' - the traditional wooden flute and voice reminisce wistfully of home.

    Commonwealth Connections - Heritage Feature

    Formerly known as the Ellice Islands, Tuvalu is a Pacific island nation situated between Hawaii and Australia. Its population of just 11,200 means it the third-least populous sovereign state in the world, and in terms of land mass at ten square miles it's the fourth-smallest country in the world. If you stand in the middle of the main island you can see the Pacific Ocean in every direction. Tuvalu first took part in the Commonwealth Games in 1998 and since then has steadily increased its participation. But Tuvalu weightlifter Lapua Lapua isn't just an Olympian - he's a bit of a singer and guitarist too, and gave us a taste of the Pacific. The song is "Toku nukupele funafuti" by Tamaika Kofe.

    Session: Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin

    Phillip Henry, one of the UK's top slide guitar player and master of the Dobro, and Hannah Martin, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, join us live in the studio for an exclusive session before they rush off to Glastonbury.

    Lopa Kothari with our series Commonwealth Connections, exploring the music of Singapore and Tuvalu, plus Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin live in session.

    Commonwealth Connections - Feature: Singapore

    Singapore is home to a very senior group of 'waijiang' musicians originating from Chaozhou in southern China. Their waijiang style of playing was popular in pre-cultural revolutionary China but is now extinct on the mainland. Yet in their small shop house in the Geylang neighbourhood these senior gentlemen still take pride in performing pieces such as 'Little Peach Red' and 'Pipa verse'. Not far away in Chinatown a group of young students from the Siong Leng Musical Association practice Nanyin or 'southern pipes music' - the traditional wooden flute and voice reminisce wistfully of home.

    Commonwealth Connections - Heritage Feature

    Formerly known as the Ellice Islands, Tuvalu is a Pacific island nation situated between Hawaii and Australia. Its population of just 11,200 means it the third-least populous sovereign state in the world, and in terms of land mass at ten square miles it's the fourth-smallest country in the world. If you stand in the middle of the main island you can see the Pacific Ocean in every direction. Tuvalu first took part in the Commonwealth Games in 1998 and since then has steadily increased its participation. But Tuvalu weightlifter Lapua Lapua isn't just an Olympian - he's a bit of a singer and guitarist too, and gave us a taste of the Pacific. The song is "Toku nukupele funafuti" by Tamaika Kofe.

    Session: Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin

    Phillip Henry, one of the UK's top slide guitar player and master of the Dobro, and Hannah Martin, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, join us live in the studio for an exclusive session before they rush off to Glastonbury.

    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.

    Polish Connections At Uproot Festival20170408

    Live from Hull Truck Theatre, Kathryn Tickell introduces a concert with the Warsaw Village Band plus Fay Hield, as part of Radio 3's Uproot festival for Hull 2017.

    'Polish Connections' reflects Hull's wider international links, inspired by Hull's vibrant Polish community, and its twin-town links with Poland. The Warsaw Village Band's music mixes folk, roots, punk, ethno and trance - contemporary music inspired by Poland's rural traditions. To start, a special guest performance from Yorkshire folk artist Fay Hield, and in the interval, Kathryn Tickell meets Hull's Polish community.

    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.

    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.

    Rastafari Bobo Shanti Nyahbinghi Church20140906

    Presented by Lopa Kothari. Includes music from the Rastafari Bobo Shanti Nyahbinghi Church

    Lopa Kothari with new tracks from across the globe, plus a session recorded in Jamaica with the Rastafari Boboshanti Nyahbinghi Church.

    Nyahbinghi music is the traditional drumming music of the Jamaica's Rastafarian communities, named after Queen Nyabinghi, a traditional African goddess. It's a hypnotic trance music, involving chanting with words from the Psalms or Christian hymns, and the style is very much at the roots of reggae. This session was recoeded during a Commonwealth Connections field trip, and it was recorded at the Rastafari Boboshanti Nyahbinghi Church.

    Presented by Lopa Kothari. Includes music from the Rastafari Bobo Shanti Nyahbinghi Church

    Lopa Kothari with new tracks from across the globe, plus a session recorded in Jamaica with the Rastafari Boboshanti Nyahbinghi Church.

    Nyahbinghi music is the traditional drumming music of the Jamaica's Rastafarian communities, named after Queen Nyabinghi, a traditional African goddess. It's a hypnotic trance music, involving chanting with words from the Psalms or Christian hymns, and the style is very much at the roots of reggae. This session was recoeded during a Commonwealth Connections field trip, and it was recorded at the Rastafari Boboshanti Nyahbinghi Church.

    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.

    Reem Kelani20160722

    Mary Ann Kennedy presents the latest new releases from across the globe and a studio session from British-born Palestinian singer Reem Kelani, fusing traditional Arabic and jazz influences alongside pianist Bruno Heinen and bassist Ryan Trebilcock. Also tonight, a live set from Vula Viel recorded on the BBC Introducing stage at last weekend's Latitude Festival.

    Mary Ann Kennedy presents the latest new releases from across the globe and a studio session from British-born Palestinian singer Reem Kelani, fusing traditional Arabic and jazz influences alongside pianist Bruno Heinen and bassist Ryan Trebilcock. Also tonight, a live set from Vula Viel recorded on the BBC Introducing stage at last weekend's Latitude Festival.

    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 Session20120608

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Sam Lewis In Session, Commonwealth Connections 2220140704

    Lopa Kothari with our series Commonwealth Connections, exploring the music of the Seychelles and St Vincent, and live a session from Nashville singer Sam Lewis.

    Commonwealth Connections Feature - Seychelles

    In the midst of the Seychelles Carnival, Latroupe Nasyonal Sesel, a ceilidh-style band of seven players and several young dancers are preparing their traditional music and dances for the celebrations. The music and dances of this Creole culture grew from the European traditional dances such as Quadrille and Waltz but the Seychelles people have made it their own with African rhythms and movements and a real love and joie-de-vivre of their Islands. Singer-songwriter Jean-Marc Volcy shares this passion for their fragile heritage and works to keep it alive in his own contemporary songs.

    Heritage Track- St Vincent and the Grenadines

    Writer and poet Philip Nanton chooses Credentials by Shake Keane, the well-known Vincentian jazz musician and poet, and explains how the story Shake tells encapsulates for him certain key aspects of life in St Vincent and the Grenadines, including migration and the welcome awaiting those who choose to return.

    Session: Sam Lewis

    Since moving from Knoxville to Nashville, Sam Lewis has become known as one of the city's brightest new singer-songwriters, with a style that freely moves from country and blues to gospel. He celebrates July 4th with us after coming straight from a gig at Suffolk's own Maverick Festival.

    Lopa Kothari with our series Commonwealth Connections, exploring the music of the Seychelles and St Vincent, and live a session from Nashville singer Sam Lewis.

    Commonwealth Connections Feature - Seychelles

    In the midst of the Seychelles Carnival, Latroupe Nasyonal Sesel, a ceilidh-style band of seven players and several young dancers are preparing their traditional music and dances for the celebrations. The music and dances of this Creole culture grew from the European traditional dances such as Quadrille and Waltz but the Seychelles people have made it their own with African rhythms and movements and a real love and joie-de-vivre of their Islands. Singer-songwriter Jean-Marc Volcy shares this passion for their fragile heritage and works to keep it alive in his own contemporary songs.

    Heritage Track- St Vincent and the Grenadines

    Writer and poet Philip Nanton chooses Credentials by Shake Keane, the well-known Vincentian jazz musician and poet, and explains how the story Shake tells encapsulates for him certain key aspects of life in St Vincent and the Grenadines, including migration and the welcome awaiting those who choose to return.

    Session: Sam Lewis

    Since moving from Knoxville to Nashville, Sam Lewis has become known as one of the city's brightest new singer-songwriters, with a style that freely moves from country and blues to gospel. He celebrates July 4th with us after coming straight from a gig at Suffolk's own Maverick Festival.

    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.

    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.

    Seckou Keita In Session20130111

    Lopa Kothari with the latest releases from around the globe plus a specially recorded studio session by Senegalese bandleader Seckou Keita.

    Lopa Kothari with the latest releases from around the globe plus a specially recorded studio session by Senegalese bandleader Seckou Keita.

    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 Sarah Savoy20130719

    Lopa Kothari is joined in the studio for a session by the cajun singer-songwriter - and chef - Sarah Savoy with her band from Louisiana. Accompanied by bass, accordion, fiddle and guitar she reflects on being "Cajun born, bred and dead", as well as what awaits us in the Fires of Hell.

    Session With Anda Union20130215

    Lopa Kothari with new world music and a session with Mongolian throat singers Anda Union.

    Session With Cigdem Aslan20131004

    Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, plus a studio session with young Turkish singer Çigdem Aslan, performing songs from her debut album 'Mortissa'.

    'Mortissa' means 'strong, independent woman', and Çigdem Aslan's new album looks back to the musically-rich period of Turkey and Greece in the 1920s, when 'rebetiko' songs flourished in the cafes of Istanbul, Athens and Piraeus. Like the contemporary jazz of the USA, these songs were associated with the disreputable underclass, and spoke against the status quo of the time with powerful and emotional music.

    Session With Ganesh And Kumaresh20130426

    Lopa Kothari introduces a session by the South Indian Carnatic violin duo Ganesh and Kumaresh, and announces details of the Songlines Awards Winners for 2013. With voting by the world music magazine's readers, there are categories for Best Artist, Group, Cross-Cultural Collaboration, and Newcomer. Producer James Parkin.

    Songlines Music Awards 2013 Nominees:

    BEST ARTIST

    Katy Carr, Angélique Kidjo, Seth Lakeman, Ravi Shankar

    BEST GROUP

    Bellowhead, Guy Schalom and Baladi Blues Ensemble, Lo'Jo, Warsaw Village Band

    CROSS-CULTURAL COLLABORATION

    Eric Bibb and Habib Koité, The Chieftains, Dub Colossus, Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyaté

    NEWCOMER

    Sam Lee, Emel Mathlouthi, Mokoomba, Samuel Yirga.

    Lopa Kothari introduces a session by the South Indian Carnatic violin duo Ganesh and Kumaresh, and announces details of the Songlines Awards Winners for 2013. With voting by the world music magazine's readers, there are categories for Best Artist, Group, Cross-Cultural Collaboration, and Newcomer. Producer James Parkin.

    Songlines Music Awards 2013 Nominees:

    BEST ARTIST

    Katy Carr, Angélique Kidjo, Seth Lakeman, Ravi Shankar

    BEST GROUP

    Bellowhead, Guy Schalom and Baladi Blues Ensemble, Lo'Jo, Warsaw Village Band

    CROSS-CULTURAL COLLABORATION

    Eric Bibb and Habib Koité, The Chieftains, Dub Colossus, Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyaté

    NEWCOMER

    Sam Lee, Emel Mathlouthi, Mokoomba, Samuel Yirga.

    Session With Goran Bregovic20130628

    Lopa Kothari presents new music from around the world and a session by Goran Bregovic.

    Lopa Kothari with sounds from around the world and a session by Goran Bregovic. Born in Sarajevo, Bregovic is one of the Balkan's greatest exponents of modern gypsy music and on tonight's show he and members of his band perform an exclusive set of songs featuring on his latest album "Champagne for Gypsies".

    Goran Bregovic; says, "I come from a culture that has been bypassed by opera and symphonic music. In times when Monteverdi wrote his ORFEO we were still labouring fields with oxen-driven ploughs, breeding cattle and fishing. And traditionally music was played to accompany drinking. My album "Alkohol" is a modest attempt to bridge the gap by making music that can be enjoyed and danced to with or without ALKOHOL."

    From 1974 until 1989, Bregovic; played lead guitar and was the main creative force behind Bijelo Dugme (White Button). For years they stood as one of the most popular bands in SFR Yugoslavia.

    These days Bregovic; performs with a large ensemble of musicians: a brass band, bagpipes, a string ensemble, a tuxedo-clad all-male choir from Belgrade, and traditional Bulgarian and Roma singers make up his 40-piece band and orchestra. Since 1998, Bregovic; has been performing all over the world with his Weddings and Funerals Orchestra which consists of 10 people in the small version or 37 in the large.

    Lopa Kothari presents new music from around the world and a session by Goran Bregovic.

    Lopa Kothari with sounds from around the world and a session by Goran Bregovic. Born in Sarajevo, Bregovic is one of the Balkan's greatest exponents of modern gypsy music and on tonight's show he and members of his band perform an exclusive set of songs featuring on his latest album "Champagne for Gypsies".

    Goran Bregovic; says, "I come from a culture that has been bypassed by opera and symphonic music. In times when Monteverdi wrote his ORFEO we were still labouring fields with oxen-driven ploughs, breeding cattle and fishing. And traditionally music was played to accompany drinking. My album "Alkohol" is a modest attempt to bridge the gap by making music that can be enjoyed and danced to with or without ALKOHOL."

    From 1974 until 1989, Bregovic; played lead guitar and was the main creative force behind Bijelo Dugme (White Button). For years they stood as one of the most popular bands in SFR Yugoslavia.

    These days Bregovic; performs with a large ensemble of musicians: a brass band, bagpipes, a string ensemble, a tuxedo-clad all-male choir from Belgrade, and traditional Bulgarian and Roma singers make up his 40-piece band and orchestra. Since 1998, Bregovic; has been performing all over the world with his Weddings and Funerals Orchestra which consists of 10 people in the small version or 37 in the large.

    Session With James Duncan Mackenzie20130906

    Mary Ann Kennedy with new tracks from across the globe, plus a studio session with Scots bagpiper James Duncan MacKenzie.

    James Duncan MacKenzie has just released his first solo album, emerging from a background which stretches back to early instruction on the Isle of Lewis and ranges from performances with the prize-winning ScottishPower Pipe Band to gigs with one of the hottest young bands on the Scottish scene, Breabach. He also has a growing reputation as a composer, and his tunes are regularly heard in Glasgow's lively session scene.

    Session With Man's Ruin20130913

    Mary Ann Kennedy with tracks from across the globe, plus a session with Scottish alt-folk band Man's Ruin.

    Session With Meklit Hadero20130329

    Lopa Kothari with sounds from around the world and a session by the Ethiopian-born American singer Meklit Hadero. Her music is a rich melting-pot, influenced by jazz, soul and hip-hop as well as the folk traditions of the Americas and East African motherland. Producer James Parkin.

    Born in Ethiopia in the early 1980s, Meklit grew up in Iowa, New York, and Florida. After studying political science at Yale, she moved to San Francisco and became immersed in the city's thriving arts scene. Named a TED Global Fellow in 2009, Meklit has served as an artist-in-residence at New York University, the De Young Museum, and the Red Poppy Art House. She has also completed musical commissions for the San Francisco Foundation and for theatrical productions staged by Brava! For Women in the Arts. She is the founder of the Arba Minch Collective, a group of Ethiopian artists in diaspora devoted to nurturing ties to their homeland through collaborating with both traditional and contemporary artists there.

    Session With Nordic Fiddlers Bloc20130510

    Mary Ann Kennedy with tracks from across the globe, and a studio session with Norwegian-Swedish-Scottish collaboration Nordic Fiddlers Bloc.

    The Scottish element of Nordic Fiddlers Bloc is Kevin Henderson from the Shetland Islands, and the fact that Shetland is closer to the Norwegian city of Bergen than it is to Edinburgh underlines the historical connections between those islands and Scandanavia. The other Bloc members are Norwegian fiddler Olav Luksengard Mjelva, and Anders Hall from Sweden, and all three are young players who have already earned wide acclaim as individuals. All three regions have rich and distinctive fiddling styles, and it was Andres Hall who suggested bringing these together in Nordic Fiddlers Bloc. They are currently on a tour of the UK, Ireland and Scandanavia to promote their self-titled album.

    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.

    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.

    Session With Sam Amidon20130823

    Multi-instrumentalist and folk singer from Vermont, Sam Amidon is in session. Plus all the latest sounds from around the world with Lopa Kothari. Producer James Parkin.

    Born in 1981 and raised in Vermont by folk-musician parents, Sam Amidon sings and plays fiddle, banjo, and guitar. As a teenager, Amidon rose to acclaim as a fiddler, releasing five albums with his band Popcorn Behavior. A musician who plays anything from traditional folk to free jazz, Amidon has released four solo albums, and also plays in the New York-based indie-rock bands Doveman and Stars Like Fleas. Amidon also draws comics and makes videos and his work has shown in the Galleries Kuhturm in Leipzig, Audio Visual Arts in New York City, and in a multimedia performance at New York's Museum of Art and Design.

    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.

    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.

    Siba In Session20131206

    Lopa Kothari with sounds from around the world including a studio session by the musical maverick, roots researcher and Manguebeat pioneer, Siba from Brazil. Plus the editor of fRoots Ian Anderson, reveals the results of the magazine's 2013 Critics Poll. Producer James Parkin.

    Described as "one of the mavericks of the Brazilian music scene", Siba released his latest album in September 2013, mixing Northeastern Brazilian rhythms, rock 'n' roll and romantic Brazilian 'brega' music with African influences such as 70s Senegalese guitar music and Congotronics.

    He was a pioneer in the manguebeat revolution of the late 90s that took Chico Science and Siba's own band, Mestre Ambrosio ? previously signed to Sony Music Brazil ? across the globe; he's lived the life of a struggling Maracatu poet singing improvised verses long into the night in the harsh Brazilian interior of Zona da mata; he's redefined contemporary Brazilian roots music with his folk orchestra Siba e a Fuloresta, and now, he turns a new page as a tropical rocker with a collection of songs hailed by Brazilian critics as one of the Brazilian albums of the year.

    Siba In Session20140207

    Lopa Kothari with tracks from across the globe, a studio session with Brazilian artist Siba and part two of 'Commonwealth Connections', featuring musicians from around the Commonwealth.

    SESSION: Described as "one of the mavericks of the local music scene", Siba has redefined contemporary Brazilian roots music with his folk orchestra Siba e a Fuloresta. He released his latest album in September, hailed by local critics as one of last year's best, mixing North-Eastern Brazilian rhythms, rock 'n' roll and romantic Brazilian 'brega' music with African influences such as 70s Senegalese guitar music and Congotronics - flavours very much explored in our exclusive studio session.

    'Commonwealth Connections' is a new BBC Radio 3 landmark 26-part weekly series leading up to the Commonwealth Games in July, featuring music from each of the 53 member states, reflecting the range of music and culture across the whole organisation.

    MUSIC FEATURE: Canada - A Postcard from the Atlantic island of Newfoundland

    A lively music session recorded in St. John's, Newfoundland's capital city, featuring legendary button accordionist Frank Maher, singer and collector of folk songs, Jean Hewson, the respected fiddler and academic Christina Smith plus other local musicians including bodhran player Rick West and fiddler Tony O'Brien. We hear how generations of musicians have found inspiration from their landscape, their fishing traditions and island life.

    HERITAGE TRACK: Lesotho

    Mosito Lehata, 100 and 200 metre sprinter, is the fastest man in Lesotho and is the current holder of the country's record for the 100 metres. Mosito's chosen artist is Lesotho saxophonist Bhudaza with the track "Tjontjobina" from his album "Bo-Mapefane".

    Sidi Toure In Session, Commonwealth Connections 620140314

    Mary Ann Kennedy with tracks from across the globe, a studio session with Malian singer Sidi Toure, and Commonwealth Connections 6, with music from Australia and Antigua.

    'Commonwealth Connections' is a BBC Radio 3 landmark 26-part weekly series leading up to the Commonwealth Games in July, featuring music from each of the 53 member states, reflecting the range of music and culture across the whole organisation.

    MUSIC FEATURE: AUSTRALIA

    Mark Atkins is regarded as one of Australia's finest virtuoso didgeridoo players and is recognized internationally for his collaborations with some of the world's leading musicians, including

    Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Sinead O'Connor and minimalist classical composer Philip Glass. Atkins is of Irish/Australian heritage, as well as being a descendant of Western Australia's Yamitji people. We get a chance to hear him performing and weaving stories at a didgeridoo workshop- festival held in Woolloongabba, a suburb of Brisbane, alongside contributions from master didgeridoo player Stephen Kent and Aboriginal player Adrian Burragubba, who talks about the concepts of 'Dreamtime' and 'songlines'.

    HERITAGE TRACK: ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA- KASHEEM COLBOURNE

    Up and coming 200m and 400m sprinter Kasheem Colbourne expresses through his music choice his deep pride in the beauty of his country. 'Antigua' by Rupert Blaize conjures up paradise-like images of this twin island state's stunning natural landscape and the warmth of its people, and for these reasons is a popular song in the country. Glasgow 2014 will be Kasheem's first time competing at Commonwealth level and in his contribution to this series he expresses his resolve to do well, represent Antigua and Barbuda, and put it on the map in the minds of the world-wide audience for the track and field events.

    SESSION WITH SIDI TOURE:

    Sidi Toure was born in Gao in northern Mali , and he bases his music on the local Songhai styles. His new album 'Alafia' reflects Mali's recent turbulent times. Sidi Toure was on tour in France when Gao was occupied by rebels, and his new songs call on Malians to move forward in a spirit of unity.

    Mary Ann Kennedy with tracks from across the globe, a studio session with Malian singer Sidi Toure, and Commonwealth Connections 6, with music from Australia and Antigua.

    'Commonwealth Connections' is a BBC Radio 3 landmark 26-part weekly series leading up to the Commonwealth Games in July, featuring music from each of the 53 member states, reflecting the range of music and culture across the whole organisation.

    MUSIC FEATURE: AUSTRALIA

    Mark Atkins is regarded as one of Australia's finest virtuoso didgeridoo players and is recognized internationally for his collaborations with some of the world's leading musicians, including

    Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Sinead O'Connor and minimalist classical composer Philip Glass. Atkins is of Irish/Australian heritage, as well as being a descendant of Western Australia's Yamitji people. We get a chance to hear him performing and weaving stories at a didgeridoo workshop- festival held in Woolloongabba, a suburb of Brisbane, alongside contributions from master didgeridoo player Stephen Kent and Aboriginal player Adrian Burragubba, who talks about the concepts of 'Dreamtime' and 'songlines'.

    HERITAGE TRACK: ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA- KASHEEM COLBOURNE

    Up and coming 200m and 400m sprinter Kasheem Colbourne expresses through his music choice his deep pride in the beauty of his country. 'Antigua' by Rupert Blaize conjures up paradise-like images of this twin island state's stunning natural landscape and the warmth of its people, and for these reasons is a popular song in the country. Glasgow 2014 will be Kasheem's first time competing at Commonwealth level and in his contribution to this series he expresses his resolve to do well, represent Antigua and Barbuda, and put it on the map in the minds of the world-wide audience for the track and field events.

    SESSION WITH SIDI TOURE:

    Sidi Toure was born in Gao in northern Mali , and he bases his music on the local Songhai styles. His new album 'Alafia' reflects Mali's recent turbulent times. Sidi Toure was on tour in France when Gao was occupied by rebels, and his new songs call on Malians to move forward in a spirit of unity.

    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 Diabat. 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.

    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 Diabat.

    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 Bla Bartók and Tihamr 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.

    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 Bla Bartók and Tihamr 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.

    Soothsayers With Cornell Campbell In Session20140103

    Sounds from around the world, plus a studio session by a new collective made up of the sweet-voiced Jamaican Cornell Campbell and the London-based Afro-dub collective, Soothsayers. With Lopa Kothari.

    The pairing of sweet-voiced Jamaican Cornell Campbell and the London-based reggae and Afro-dub collective, Soothsayers (led by Robin Hopcraft and Idris Rahman), first took shape through a chance meeting between Cornell Campbell and Hopcraft in Kingston Jamaica early in 2011. A session was arranged at Bunny Lee's recording studio in West Kingston and, within days, the collaboration produced the sweet 'I'll Never Leave', a homage to Cornell's island home of St Elizabeth.

    Now signed to Strut, the collaboration has recorded a full album in which the collective revisits Cornell's poignant 1970s sufferer's classic 'Jah Jah Me No Born Yah'. Soothsayers also bring their trademark fusion of influences and move Cornell's sound into bold new directions, adding an African groove to the hard-hitting 'Nothing Can Stop Us'.

    The album carries forward the legacy of Campbell's recordings over the last half century, from his early work with "Coxsone" Dodd at Studio One to '70s and '80s classics with Joe Gibbs, Bunny "Striker" Lee, King Tubby and Winston "Niney" Observer. For Soothsayers, the album is the culmination of ten years leading the London live scene. Comprising musicians that have played with many top artists including Mulatu Astatke, Jerry Dammers' Spatial AKA Arkestra and Hugh Masekela, the band are known for their collaborations with Johnny Clarke, Maxi Jazz (Faithless), Keziah Jones and more, and form the nucleus of the band that backed the London leg of the 'Fela!' musical during 2011.

    Sounds from around the world, plus a studio session by a new collective made up of the sweet-voiced Jamaican Cornell Campbell and the London-based Afro-dub collective, Soothsayers. With Lopa Kothari.

    The pairing of sweet-voiced Jamaican Cornell Campbell and the London-based reggae and Afro-dub collective, Soothsayers (led by Robin Hopcraft and Idris Rahman), first took shape through a chance meeting between Cornell Campbell and Hopcraft in Kingston Jamaica early in 2011. A session was arranged at Bunny Lee's recording studio in West Kingston and, within days, the collaboration produced the sweet 'I'll Never Leave', a homage to Cornell's island home of St Elizabeth.

    Now signed to Strut, the collaboration has recorded a full album in which the collective revisits Cornell's poignant 1970s sufferer's classic 'Jah Jah Me No Born Yah'. Soothsayers also bring their trademark fusion of influences and move Cornell's sound into bold new directions, adding an African groove to the hard-hitting 'Nothing Can Stop Us'.

    The album carries forward the legacy of Campbell's recordings over the last half century, from his early work with "Coxsone" Dodd at Studio One to '70s and '80s classics with Joe Gibbs, Bunny "Striker" Lee, King Tubby and Winston "Niney" Observer. For Soothsayers, the album is the culmination of ten years leading the London live scene. Comprising musicians that have played with many top artists including Mulatu Astatke, Jerry Dammers' Spatial AKA Arkestra and Hugh Masekela, the band are known for their collaborations with Johnny Clarke, Maxi Jazz (Faithless), Keziah Jones and more, and form the nucleus of the band that backed the London leg of the 'Fela!' musical during 2011.

    Sound Frontiers: World On 3 At Southbank Centre20160930

    As part of Radio 3 live at Southbank Centre, London, Lopa Kothari introduces sessions with Debashish Bhattacharya, Indian master of the lap slide guitar, and BBC Introducing guest, Coco Mbassi and her group. Also, our customary selection of new releases from around the world.

    Sound Of Cinema: Ar Rahman Profile, 2013 Darbar Festival20130927

    Lopa Kothari with a profile of Indian film composer A R Rahman, plus highlights from last weekend's Darbar Festival of Indian classical music, including the sitar of Budhaditya Mukherjee and the voice of Sudha Ragunathan.

    In the first hour of the programme, as part of the Sound of Cinema season, Lopa Kothari meets A R Rahman, who brought about a revolution in Indian cinema in the 1990s with music that introduced fresh elements from Indian traditional and sacred music, plus western pop and classical. Rahman also insisted on a state-of-the-art approach to sound quality, and two decades on, the technical standards in Indian films and in urban Indian cinemas are the equal of anywhere in the world. Emerging from the Tamil film industry, Rahman moved to Bollywood and then went on to popularise Indian film music to a global audience, not least with his song 'Jai Ho' from 'Slumdog Millionaire'. Rahman is still based in the Tamil city of Chennai, and Lopa Kothari visits his studio, and also Rahman's own music conservatory, where he is seeking to train a new generation of orchestral and traditional Indian musicians to perform for Indian films in the future.

    The second hour is devoted to two performances from the Darbar Festival, with leading performers from both north and south India.

    Sounds Of Shakespeare20160422

    Verity Sharp celebrates the influence of Shakespeare's work with a concert from Stratford-upon-Avon, including English folk music inspired by The Bard performed by Wes Finch and friends, as well as by Peter Knight's Gigspanner. Also musicians from the current RSC production of Hamlet; with guest Andrew Dickson, author of "World Elsewhere: Journeys Around Shakespeare's Globe," and performing too is Rufus Wainwright, who'll be at the piano singing some of his own settings of Shakespeare's Sonnets.

    Part of "Sounds of Shakespeare" Radio 3's weekend (22-24th April) from Stratford-Upon-Avon, marking the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare. Radio 3 will be broadcasting music and performance inspired by Shakespeare, live from their pop-up studio at the Royal Shakespeare Company's Other Place Theatre and from historic venues across the town.

    Verity Sharp celebrates the influence of Shakespeare's work with a concert from Stratford-upon-Avon, including English folk music inspired by The Bard performed by Wes Finch and friends, as well as by Peter Knight's Gigspanner. Also musicians from the current RSC production of Hamlet; with guest Andrew Dickson, author of "World Elsewhere: Journeys Around Shakespeare's Globe," and performing too is Rufus Wainwright, who'll be at the piano singing some of his own settings of Shakespeare's Sonnets.

    Part of "Sounds of Shakespeare" Radio 3's weekend (22-24th April) from Stratford-Upon-Avon, marking the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare. Radio 3 will be broadcasting music and performance inspired by Shakespeare, live from their pop-up studio at the Royal Shakespeare Company's Other Place Theatre and from historic venues across the town.

    Spider John Koerner In Session20130531

    Lopa Kothari plays the latest World Music releases and has a studio session with American blues and folk legend Spider John Koerner.

    Svara-kanti, Commonwealth Connections 1920140613

    Mary Ann Kennedy with music from Uganda, and from the Caribbean islands of St Kitts and Nevis in our Commonwealth Connections. Also a session with Simon Thacker's multicultural Indian-Western group Svara-Kanti, and a selection of new World Music releases.

    COMMONWEALTH CONNECTIONS FEATURE / Uganda ? both sides of the Nile

    Across the source of the Nile at Jinja and eastwards towards the Kenyan border lies the remote and rural Bigwala Village with music both from the Busoga royal courts and of the people. The last surviving musicians of the Royal courts are the Akadinda players, playing a giant wooden xylophone built across a pit in the ground for resonance. This impromptu concert at the village also features a rare opportunity to hear the gourd trumpets of Busoga, also a part of the royal music who have been named by UNESCO on the list of Important Cultural Heritages in need of urgent safeguarding. Meanwhile and by contrast in the leafy campus of Kyambogo University in Kampala, we meet one of the two Ennanga (Bow harp) players of Buganda, who learned from court players at the Buganda Royal Palace. This beautiful instrument was played pointing towards the King and the player was his confidante and personal advisor, relating in stories, all the worries and concerns of his people.

    HERITAGE TRACK- ST KITTS AND NEVIS

    Athlete Jason Rogers (100m), living and training in Canada, chooses as his Heritage Track an example of the soca music so popular back home in the Caribbean islands of St Kitts and Nevis. Unstoppable Force by King Konris is deeply-rooted in that country and speaks of the pride, dedication and energy of the people, something Jason finds inspiring as he looks forward to representing St Kitts and Nevis at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in a few weeks' time.

    SESSION - Simon Thacker's group Svara-Kanti

    Simon Thacker and his group Svara-Kanti bring a mix of original pieces as well as arrangements to our studio, in this special multicultural experiment. Western sounds, with both jazz, classical, rock and flamenco undertones, blend in with the rhythmic structures of Indian music as the group Svara-Kanti find new expression to cross-cultural collaborations.

    Mary Ann Kennedy with music from Uganda, and from the Caribbean islands of St Kitts and Nevis in our Commonwealth Connections. Also a session with Simon Thacker's multicultural Indian-Western group Svara-Kanti, and a selection of new World Music releases.

    COMMONWEALTH CONNECTIONS FEATURE / Uganda ? both sides of the Nile

    Across the source of the Nile at Jinja and eastwards towards the Kenyan border lies the remote and rural Bigwala Village with music both from the Busoga royal courts and of the people. The last surviving musicians of the Royal courts are the Akadinda players, playing a giant wooden xylophone built across a pit in the ground for resonance. This impromptu concert at the village also features a rare opportunity to hear the gourd trumpets of Busoga, also a part of the royal music who have been named by UNESCO on the list of Important Cultural Heritages in need of urgent safeguarding. Meanwhile and by contrast in the leafy campus of Kyambogo University in Kampala, we meet one of the two Ennanga (Bow harp) players of Buganda, who learned from court players at the Buganda Royal Palace. This beautiful instrument was played pointing towards the King and the player was his confidante and personal advisor, relating in stories, all the worries and concerns of his people.

    HERITAGE TRACK- ST KITTS AND NEVIS

    Athlete Jason Rogers (100m), living and training in Canada, chooses as his Heritage Track an example of the soca music so popular back home in the Caribbean islands of St Kitts and Nevis. Unstoppable Force by King Konris is deeply-rooted in that country and speaks of the pride, dedication and energy of the people, something Jason finds inspiring as he looks forward to representing St Kitts and Nevis at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in a few weeks' time.

    SESSION - Simon Thacker's group Svara-Kanti

    Simon Thacker and his group Svara-Kanti bring a mix of original pieces as well as arrangements to our studio, in this special multicultural experiment. Western sounds, with both jazz, classical, rock and flamenco undertones, blend in with the rhythmic structures of Indian music as the group Svara-Kanti find new expression to cross-cultural collaborations.

    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.

    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.

    Tamikrest In Concert20130301

    Lopa Kothari with tracks from across the globe, and a concert set from Malian Touareg band Tamikrest, recorded in Glasgow at Celtic Connections 2013.

    Tamikrest were formed in 2006 by musicians based around Kidal in the north east of Mali. They had musical training at a school funded from Europe, and they were inspired by fellow Tuareg band Tinariwen. At the height of the recent crisis in Mali, they toured with fellow Malian musicians Bassekou Kouyate and Sidi Toure, in a concert named 'Sahara Soul'.

    The Family Atlantica In Session20130308

    Lopa Kothari with new tracks from across the globe, and a studio session with new London-based band Family Atlantica.

    Label manager Miles Cleret established the reputation of Soundway Records with a series of acclaimed releases of vintage recordings of world music. Now he is releasing albums of the label's own artists. At the core of Family Atlantica are multi-instrumentalist Jack Yglesias, Venezuelan singer Luzmira Zerpa, and West African percussionist Kwame 'Natural Power' Crentsil. Their debut album is just out, recorded over four years in London and Venezuela.

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    Mary Ann Kennedy with a session from Irish band The Gloaming, news of the Songlines Awards, and Commonwealth Connections continues with music from Grenada and Malawi.

    Feature: Malawi

    In a music centre at the heart of Malawi's capital Lilongwe, 3 groups converge to demonstrate some of this country's rich music and culture. Waliko Makhala, respected musicologist and pioneer at Malawi Broadcasting Corporation, introduces the Kang'oma Cultural Troupe. Teacher Nkathama Chavamagwede and singer Avelyn White play township jive and songs of social comment. Nyandoro and The Black Souls fill a small teaching room with the sounds of unashamedly traditional songs, and we hear how this music defines Malawi's heritage.

    Heritage Track: Grenada

    Writer Jacob Ross was short-listed for the 2009 Commonwealth Writers' Prize and in 2011 was awarded Grenada's highest award for his contribution to literature. His choice of Heritage Track- the 1960s calypso Dan is the Man in the Van by The Mighty Sparrow- reminds him of growing up in Grenada and the schooling he received in what was then a British colony, full of nonsensical nursery rhymes and images of seasons unknown in the Caribbean. He paints a picture of Grenadians as being both laid-back and determined in their attitude to life, and nurturing high hopes as their star sprinter, Kirani James, heads for Glasgow this summer.

    Session: The Gloaming

    Since breaking into the music scene in Ireland in 2011 The Gloaming has been critically acclaimed for their innovative approach, mixing traditional Irish folk roots with the New York contemporary music scene. Irish and American musicians join forces in this five-piece ensemble to produce a fresh mix moving 'the music of Ireland in captivating new directions', according to The New Yorker Magazine. After concerts in London, Amsterdam, Paris and New York last year, The Gloaming showcase some of their latest work in an exclusive session in our studio.

    Mary Ann Kennedy with a session from Irish band The Gloaming, news of the Songlines Awards, and Commonwealth Connections continues with music from Grenada and Malawi.

    Feature: Malawi

    In a music centre at the heart of Malawi's capital Lilongwe, 3 groups converge to demonstrate some of this country's rich music and culture. Waliko Makhala, respected musicologist and pioneer at Malawi Broadcasting Corporation, introduces the Kang'oma Cultural Troupe. Teacher Nkathama Chavamagwede and singer Avelyn White play township jive and songs of social comment. Nyandoro and The Black Souls fill a small teaching room with the sounds of unashamedly traditional songs, and we hear how this music defines Malawi's heritage.

    Heritage Track: Grenada

    Writer Jacob Ross was short-listed for the 2009 Commonwealth Writers' Prize and in 2011 was awarded Grenada's highest award for his contribution to literature. His choice of Heritage Track- the 1960s calypso Dan is the Man in the Van by The Mighty Sparrow- reminds him of growing up in Grenada and the schooling he received in what was then a British colony, full of nonsensical nursery rhymes and images of seasons unknown in the Caribbean. He paints a picture of Grenadians as being both laid-back and determined in their attitude to life, and nurturing high hopes as their star sprinter, Kirani James, heads for Glasgow this summer.

    Session: The Gloaming

    Since breaking into the music scene in Ireland in 2011 The Gloaming has been critically acclaimed for their innovative approach, mixing traditional Irish folk roots with the New York contemporary music scene. Irish and American musicians join forces in this five-piece ensemble to produce a fresh mix moving 'the music of Ireland in captivating new directions', according to The New Yorker Magazine. After concerts in London, Amsterdam, Paris and New York last year, The Gloaming showcase some of their latest work in an exclusive session in our studio.

    The Mandela Years20131213

    Mary Ann Kennedy introduces Andy Kershaw's hour-long tribute to Nelson Mandela, told through the music of the time. With archive interviews and music from Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the praise poet Mzwakhe Mbuli.

    In the second hour, a studio session with Malian kora player Ballake Sissoko and his quartet plus a round-up of the latest releases from around the globe.

    We know little of Mandela's personal taste in music, but he certainly recognised the value of music in the struggle against apartheid. Whether it was raising awareness in the international community, or raising morale in South Africa itself, music not only reflected but also influenced the events of the time. Andy Kershaw begins in the 1950s with the music of the Manhattan Brothers, and traces the music of the exiles in the 1960s and 70s, the songs of the activists, the many 'Free Mandela' songs of the 1980s, and the music that celebrated the end of apartheid and the birth of the Rainbow Nation. And Andy recalls the time when he once - accidentally - met Nelson Mandela.

    "It is music and dancing that make me at peace with the world."

    - Nelson Mandela.

    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.

    The Wagon Tales In Session20130830

    Lopa Kothari with new tracks from across the globe, plus a studio session with British alternative bluegrass band The Wagon Tales.

    A motley collection of British musicians with backgrounds variously in Muse, Madness and the English Chamber Orchestra, The Wagon Tales bring their spark and virtuosity to American bluegrass music, with a mix of traditional tunes and original compositions. Their debut album 'Introducing...' has been acclaimed by people who know about these things.

    The Young Uns Live In Session20130809

    Mary Ann Kennedy presents new music from around the globe and a live studio session from The Young Uns.

    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.

    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.

    Tinariwen In Session, Commonwealth Connections 1320140502

    Mary Ann Kennedy introduces a live session with Tinariwen, the Tuareg band from the Sahara desert, and our Commonwealth Connections series, this week with music from Solomon Islands and Samoa.

    TINARIWEN LIVE

    A live session in our studio, plus interview, with this celebrated nomadic Tuareg band from the Sahara desert, offering more of their unique brand of Malian blues. Tinariwen plays material from their new album Emmaar, recorded in another desert, in California, miles away from their homeland because of its political instability.

    COMMONWEALTH CONNECTIONS FEATURE: SOLOMON ISLANDS

    Bamboo grows all over the Solomon Islands and provides a perfect natural material for making musical instruments. The 13 piece Waurana Pan Pipe Ensemble makes full use of the bamboo which grows around them to create their joyful, life-affirming sound. Hear the musicians talk about the history of this form of music making and enjoy a special session which captures a raw, hi-energy performance recorded at the Solomon Islands Broadcasting studios in the capital city of Honiara.

    COMMONWEALTH CONNECTIONS HERITAGE TRACK: Samoa

    Sia Figiel is a novelist, painter and poet who won the 1997 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Fiction (SE Asia/Pacific Region). Her choice of Heritage Track LOTA NU'U, sung by the Samoa Teachers' Choir, evokes deep emotions not only in her, but in many Samoans across the world, and is almost an unofficial national anthem, dissolving boundaries and bringing them, and all Pacific peoples, together as children of the great ocean, Moana.

    Tom Paley In Session20120831

    Mary Ann Kennedy intdoduces a session with veteran American folk singer Tom Paley.

    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.

    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.

    Tony Mcmanus20100618
    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 Diabat, 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 Diabat 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 Mand Empire, as well as newly-composed pieces.

    Mary Ann Kennedy with music from around the world, and a session with Toumani Diabate.

    Mary Ann Kennedy with tracks from across the globe, and a studio session with Toumani Diabat, 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 Diabat 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 Mand Empire, as well as newly-composed pieces.

    Mary Ann Kennedy with music from around the world, and a session with Toumani Diabate.

    Tsuumi Sound System In Session20131220

    Mary Ann Kennedy presents the latest releases from around the globe plus a specially recorded studio session by Finnish folk eight-piece Tsuumi Sound System.

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    Mary Ann Kennedy presents the latest releases from around the globe plus a specially recorded studio session by Finnish folk eight-piece Tsuumi Sound System.

    Verity Sharp With Lynched In Session20151120

    Verity Sharp with the latest sounds from across the globe and a specially recorded studio session from Irish folk group Lynched whose music ranges from Dublin music-hall and street songs to American dance tunes, classic ballads and originals.

    Verity Sharp with the latest sounds from across the globe and a specially recorded studio session from Irish folk group Lynched whose music ranges from Dublin music-hall and street songs to American dance tunes, classic ballads and originals.

    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.

    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.

    Wasifuddin Dagar

    Why Music? - Singing Planet20150925

    Mary Ann Kennedy explores Song: common to every society on the planet, heard at home and at work from humankind's earliest days. Guests include singer and song collector Sam Lee plus journalist Simon Broughton, unravelling the common threads that bind this fundamental human activity.

    Mary Ann Kennedy explores Song: common to every society on the planet, heard at home and at work from humankind's earliest days. Guests include singer and song collector Sam Lee plus journalist Simon Broughton, unravelling the common threads that bind this fundamental human activity.

    With Kathryn Tickell20170505

    Kathryn Tickell presents Rokia Traore in concert.

    Kathryn Tickell presents live recordings of Malian singer Rokia Traoré at last year's Glatt and Verkehrt Festival in Germany, and the Philip Koutev National Folk Ensemble of Bulgaria. Plus the latest releases from across the globe, including Quantic and Nidia Gongora of Colombia and American bluegrass musician Tim O'Brien.

    Rokia Traoré photo by Danny Willems.

    Kathryn Tickell presents Rokia Traore in concert.

    With Mary Ann Kennedy. Commonwealth Connections 4 And A Session With Eduardo Niebla20140221

    Mary Ann Kennedy with tracks from across the globe, a studio session with jazz flamenco guitarist Eduardo Niebla, and part 4 of 'Commonwealth Connections' with music from Barbados and Mauritius.

    Eduardo Niebla was born in Tangiers in Morocco, and at a young age he fled with his family as a refugee to Spain. He played in a rock band before moving to flamenco and jazz, composing his own pieces and performing in festivals around the world.

    Commonwealth Connections is a landmark 26-part weekly series leading up to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July. Featuring musicians and musical events from each of the 53 member states from Antigua to Zambia, the series reflects the Commonwealth's vibrant sounds, as the countries come together for their festival of sport.

    Commonwealth Connections music feature:

    The music of Barbados is a curious hybrid of British culture and African rhythms dating back to plantation days, and their strong Calypso song is an aural newspaper of modern life on the Island. Wayne 'Poonka' Willocks explains the tradition of his three man Tuk band of bass drum, snare drum and penny whistle and its connection to Scottish marching bands. Nine-times Calypso Monarch winner, Dr Anthony Carter, better known as The Mighty Gabby, sings of a more contemporary Barbados with his spontaneous and witty songs which tell stories about Bajan life. The songs range widely across hot topics in Bajan culture from the life of fishermen, a protest about sending Bajan troops to war, and of course the Bajan passion for Cricket, told with a twinkle and a more than a hint of sexual double-entendre.

    Commonwealth Connections heritage track:

    Christianne Legentil did Mauritius proud by reaching the quarter finals of the 52 kg women's Judo category at the London Olympics, despite coming from an island just 18 kilometres long in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Rodrigues Island lies five hundred kilometres east of the main island of Mauritius, and the Republic of Mauritius is an unusual Commonwealth Country because it is largely French speaking. Christine has chosen some seggae music, a fusion of the local sega music and reggae with an old favourite "Li Tourner" by Alain Ramanisum which has recently been given a new lease of life by local DJs.

    Producer Roger Short.

    Mary Ann Kennedy with tracks from across the globe, a studio session with jazz flamenco guitarist Eduardo Niebla, and part 4 of 'Commonwealth Connections' with music from Barbados and Mauritius.

    Eduardo Niebla was born in Tangiers in Morocco, and at a young age he fled with his family as a refugee to Spain. He played in a rock band before moving to flamenco and jazz, composing his own pieces and performing in festivals around the world.

    Commonwealth Connections is a landmark 26-part weekly series leading up to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July. Featuring musicians and musical events from each of the 53 member states from Antigua to Zambia, the series reflects the Commonwealth's vibrant sounds, as the countries come together for their festival of sport.

    Commonwealth Connections music feature:

    The music of Barbados is a curious hybrid of British culture and African rhythms dating back to plantation days, and their strong Calypso song is an aural newspaper of modern life on the Island. Wayne 'Poonka' Willocks explains the tradition of his three man Tuk band of bass drum, snare drum and penny whistle and its connection to Scottish marching bands. Nine-times Calypso Monarch winner, Dr Anthony Carter, better known as The Mighty Gabby, sings of a more contemporary Barbados with his spontaneous and witty songs which tell stories about Bajan life. The songs range widely across hot topics in Bajan culture from the life of fishermen, a protest about sending Bajan troops to war, and of course the Bajan passion for Cricket, told with a twinkle and a more than a hint of sexual double-entendre.

    Commonwealth Connections heritage track:

    Christianne Legentil did Mauritius proud by reaching the quarter finals of the 52 kg women's Judo category at the London Olympics, despite coming from an island just 18 kilometres long in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Rodrigues Island lies five hundred kilometres east of the main island of Mauritius, and the Republic of Mauritius is an unusual Commonwealth Country because it is largely French speaking. Christine has chosen some seggae music, a fusion of the local sega music and reggae with an old favourite "Li Tourner" by Alain Ramanisum which has recently been given a new lease of life by local DJs.

    Producer Roger Short.

    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 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 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 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.

    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 2015 Highlights20150731

    Mary Ann Kennedy and Lopa Kothari present some of their highlights from last weekend?s WOMAD festival of world music.

    Mary Ann Kennedy and Lopa Kothari present some of their highlights from last weekend?s WOMAD festival of world music.

    Womad Revisited20091225
    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.

    World on 3

    Presented by Lopa Kothari

    Produced by Roger Short

    Tel 020 7765 4661

    Fax 020 7765 5052

    e-mail worldon3@bbc.co.uk

    Friday 1st January 2010

    Kidjo: Mbube

    Angelique Kidjo

    Album: Öÿö

    Proper records PASS004

    Raman: Ennapane

    Susheela Raman

    EP: Ennapane

    White Label

    Bilongo

    Papi Brandao y Sus Ejecutivos

    Album: Album: Panama! 3 Calypso Panameño

    Soundway SNDWCD081P

    WOMAD highlights

    Kamel El Harrachi

    Ya Rayah

    BBC Recording from the WOMAD festival, 2009

    M’bongi eyi

    Keletigui et ses Tambourinis

    Album: The Syliphone Years

    Sterns Records STCD3031-32

    Jim Moray

    Jim Moray (guitars/concertina/vocals)

    James Delarre (hurdy gurdy)

    Nick Cooke (melodeon/vocals)

    William Bowerman (drums)

    The Wild Boar

    List for a sailor

    All you pretty Girls

    Valentine

    Jorge: Carolina

    Seu Jorge

    Album: The Best of Mr. Bongo

    Mr. Bongo Records MRBCD065)

    Piaf: Soudain une vallee

    Martha Wainwright

    Album: ‘Sans Fusils, Ni Souliers, A Paris. Martha Wainwright’s Piaf Record’

    Cooperative music CP328

    Ba Cissoko

    Kimintan Ba Cissoko (lead vocals/Kora/tamani)

    Abdoulaye Kouyate (vocals/guitars)

    Sekou Kouyate (vocals/Kora)

    Ibrahim kouyate (vocals/Bass)

    Elhassane camara (percussion)

    Trad: Gambie

    Cissoko: Seno

    Cissoko: Bambo

    Salvador: Mon jardin d’Hiver

    Henri Salvador

    Album: Room with a view

    Blue Note Records 36710

    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.

    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.

    Lopa Kothari presents highlights from 2009's WOMAD festival, held in July in Charlton Park in Wiltshire, and including some sets broadcast for the first time. With music from English folk music's young radical Jim Moray, Algerian chaabi singer Kamel El Harrachi and Guinea's kora maestro Ba Cissoko.

    World on 3

    Presented by Lopa Kothari

    Produced by Roger Short

    Tel 020 7765 4661

    Fax 020 7765 5052

    e-mail worldon3@bbc.co.uk

    Friday 1st January 2010

    Kidjo: Mbube

    Angelique Kidjo

    Album: Öÿö

    Proper records PASS004

    Raman: Ennapane

    Susheela Raman

    EP: Ennapane

    White Label

    Bilongo

    Papi Brandao y Sus Ejecutivos

    Album: Album: Panama! 3 Calypso Panameño

    Soundway SNDWCD081P

    WOMAD highlights

    Kamel El Harrachi

    Ya Rayah

    BBC Recording from the WOMAD festival, 2009

    M’bongi eyi

    Keletigui et ses Tambourinis

    Album: The Syliphone Years

    Sterns Records STCD3031-32

    Jim Moray

    Jim Moray (guitars/concertina/vocals)

    James Delarre (hurdy gurdy)

    Nick Cooke (melodeon/vocals)

    William Bowerman (drums)

    The Wild Boar

    List for a sailor

    All you pretty Girls

    Valentine

    Jorge: Carolina

    Seu Jorge

    Album: The Best of Mr. Bongo

    Mr. Bongo Records MRBCD065)

    Piaf: Soudain une vallee

    Martha Wainwright

    Album: ‘Sans Fusils, Ni Souliers, A Paris. Martha Wainwright’s Piaf Record’

    Cooperative music CP328

    Ba Cissoko

    Kimintan Ba Cissoko (lead vocals/Kora/tamani)

    Abdoulaye Kouyate (vocals/guitars)

    Sekou Kouyate (vocals/Kora)

    Ibrahim kouyate (vocals/Bass)

    Elhassane camara (percussion)

    Trad: Gambie

    Cissoko: Seno

    Cissoko: Bambo

    Salvador: Mon jardin d’Hiver

    Henri Salvador

    Album: Room with a view

    Blue Note Records 36710

    Womad Unheard - Highlights From Womad 201420141219

    Mary Ann Kennedy introduces previously-unbroadcast highlights from last summer's WOMAD Festival, from performances recorded on the BBC Radio 3 Charlie Gillett Stage.

    Featuring the virtuoso fiddle playing and soulful singing of Maria Natanson in the Polish-based band Caci Vorba and Eastern Canada's top folk fiddler Gordie MacKeeman bringing the heady atmosphere of a Prince Edward Island dance-hall to the Charlton Park audience at Womad.

    Womad Unheard - Highlights From Womad 201420150102

    Mary Ann Kennedy introduces previously-unbroadcast highlights from last summer's WOMAD Festival, from performances recorded on the BBC Radio 3 Charlie Gillett Stage.

    Features the closing set of the BBC Radio 3 Charlie Gillett Stage, from Zimbabwean legend Oliver Mtukudzi with his band The Black Spirits, his set spanning his 40-year career with classic songs and new material. The classic rembetika songs of early twentieth century Greece and Turkey are brought to life once more by Turkish singer Cigdem Aslan at Womad 2014.

    Womad Unheard - Highlights From Womad 201420150102

    Mary Ann Kennedy introduces previously-unbroadcast highlights from last summer's WOMAD Festival, from performances recorded on the BBC Radio 3 Charlie Gillett Stage.

    Features the closing set of the BBC Radio 3 Charlie Gillett Stage, from Zimbabwean legend Oliver Mtukudzi with his band The Black Spirits, his set spanning his 40-year career with classic songs and new material. The classic rembetika songs of early twentieth century Greece and Turkey are brought to life once more by Turkish singer Cigdem Aslan at Womad 2014.

    Womex 201320131025

    Lopa Kothari is live at the Wales Millennium Centre for highlights from WOMEX 2013, the annual gathering of the world music industry. WOMEX is a showcase for artists worldwide, and performing in concert are the Indian classical violin duo Ganesh and Kumaresh. Plus an exclusive session from the Wales-Senegal collaboration of Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita.

    Lopa Kothari introduces international showcase artists from WOMEX 2013.

    Womex 201320131129

    With Lopa Kothari. Including music from WOMEX 2013: Cumbia All Stars and Jambinai.

    Lopa Kothari with tracks from across the globe, plus music from WOMEX, the world music expo in Cardiff. Including performances from Peruvian veterans Cumbia All Stars, and acoustic death metal from South Koreans Jambinai.

    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
    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.

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    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 Uproot Festival20170407

    Kathryn Tickell introduces a concert by the Arms Wide Orchestra, recorded last night at Hull Truck Theatre as part of Radio 3's Uproot festival for Hull 2017.

    Eliza Carthy leads the band in contemporary alternative folk music inspired by the legacy of Hull's Waterson family, and featuring some of the finest young singers on the English folk scene plus percussion and electronics. Also featuring a solo set from folk singer-songwriter Olivia Chaney.

    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.

    Yasmine Hamdan In Session20130607

    Lopa Kothari with tracks from across the globe, plus a specially recorded studio session by Lebanese singer Yasmine Hamdan whose debut solo album is inspired by some of the great female Arabic vocalists of the 20th century.

    Yellow Sisters20090206
    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.

    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.

    Zykopops In Session20130322

    Mary Ann Kennedy with the latest sounds from around the globe, plus a specially recorded studio session by the Croatian-based Zykopops, a heady brew of Balkan roots, punk and hip-hop.

    01Celtic Connections 201020100122
    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.

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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.

    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.

    01Celtic Connections 201220120131

    Mary Ann Kennedy live from Glasgow at the world's biggest winter music festival. The first of four Late Night Sessions, with a top line-up of festival artists and also recorded concert highlights.

    Celtic Connections is held in 20 venues over 18 days with 300 events taking place throughout the whole festival, involving over 2100 musicians from 26 countries. Scots and Irish celtic music is at the centre of the festival, but it has always embraced the music of the celtic cultures of the USA, Canada, France and Spain, together with the closely connected cultures of Scandinavia and eastern Europe. In recent years the Festival has also connected with traditions across Africa and Asia. The concerts range from the most traditional to the most experimental, all brought together in the context of one of the world's liveliest folk cultures, with a never-ending stream of young Scottish musicians who are reinventing their own traditions for their own time.

    For the past three years, World on 3 has hosted some of the Festival's Late Night Sessions at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall. These start late, and finish early, usually well into the next day. Bands often come straight from a concert in a main venue to play at the Sessions. World on 3 hosts the Late Night Sessions for four nights during the final week of the Festival, from Tuesday 31st January until Friday 3rd February.

    The line-up of the Late Night Sessions is always kept secret until the day of the event.

    Mary Ann Kennedy presents a session from the 2012 Celtic Connections world music festival.

    01World On 3 At Celtic Connections 201120110125

    Mary Ann Kennedy live from Glasgow at the world's biggest winter music festival.

    The first of four Late Night Sessions, with a top line-up of festival artists and also recorded concert highlights.

    The Sessions run from very late until very early, and the artists are traditionally never divulged before the day.

    Celtic Connections is held in 14 venues over 18 days, with between 7 and 25 concerts and other events each day, involving 1500 artists from over 30 countries.

    Scots and Irish Celtic music is at the centre of the festival, but it has always embraced the music of the Celtic cultures of the USA, Canada, France and Spain, together with the closely connected cultures of Scandinavia and eastern Europe , and in recent years has also connected with traditions across Africa and Asia.

    The concerts range from the most traditional to the most experimental, all brought together in the context of one of the world's liveliest folk cultures, with a never-ending stream of young Scottish musicians who are reinventing their own traditions for their own time.

    For the past two years, World on 3 has hosted some of the Festival's Late Night Sessions at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall.

    These start late, and finish early, usually well into the next day.

    Bands often come straight from a concert in a main venue to play at the Sessions.

    World on 3 hosts the Late Night Sessions for four nights during the final week of the Festival, from Tuesday 25th until Friday 28th January.

    The artist line-up remains confidential: the only hint we're giving is that, besides artists from Scotland, there are musicians from the USA, Canada, Norway, Spain and Cornwall.

    Mary Ann Kennedy presents a late-night session from Glasgow at Celtic Connections 2011.

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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.

    Celtic Connections is held in 20 venues over 18 days with 300 events taking place throughout the whole festival, involving over 2100 musicians from 26 countries. Scots and Irish celtic music is at the centre of the festival, but it has always embraced the music of the celtic cultures of the USA, Canada, France and Spain, together with the closely connected cultures of Scandinavia and eastern Europe. In recent years the Festival has also connected with traditions across Africa and Asia. The concerts range from the most traditional to the most experimental, all brought together in the context of one of the world's liveliest folk cultures, with a never-ending stream of young Scottish musicians who are reinventing their own traditions for their own time.

    For the past three years, World on 3 has hosted some of the Festival's Late Night Sessions at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall. These start late, and finish early, usually well into the next day. Bands often come straight from a concert in a main venue to play at the Sessions. World on 3 hosts the Late Night Sessions for four nights during the final week of the Festival, from Tuesday 31st January until Friday 3rd February.

    The line-up of the Late Night Sessions is always kept secret until the day of the event.

    Mary Ann Kennedy presents music from the 2012 Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow.

    02World On 3 At Celtic Connections 201120110126

    Mary Ann Kennedy live from Glasgow at the world's biggest winter music festival.

    The Second of four Late Night Sessions, with a top line-up of festival artists and also recorded concert highlights.

    The Sessions run from very late until very early, and the artists are traditionally never divulged before the day.

    Celtic Connections is held in 14 venues over 18 days, with between 7 and 25 concerts and other events each day, involving 1500 artists from over 30 countries.

    Scots and Irish Celtic music is at the centre of the festival, but it has always embraced the music of the Celtic cultures of the USA, Canada, France and Spain, together with the closely connected cultures of Scandinavia and eastern Europe , and in recent years has also connected with traditions across Africa and Asia.

    The concerts range from the most traditional to the most experimental, all brought together in the context of one of the world's liveliest folk cultures, with a never-ending stream of young Scottish musicians who are reinventing their own traditions for their own time.

    For the past two years, World on 3 has hosted some of the Festival's Late Night Sessions at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall.

    These start late, and finish early, usually well into the next day.

    Bands often come straight from a concert in a main venue to play at the Sessions.

    World on 3 hosts the Late Night Sessions for four nights during the final week of the Festival, from Tuesday 25th until Friday 28th January.

    The artist line-up remains confidential: the only hint we're giving is that, besides artists from Scotland, there are musicians from the USA, Canada, Norway, Spain and Cornwall.

    Mary Ann Kennedy presents a late-night session from Glasgow at Celtic Connections 2011.

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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 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 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 la