Dr John is gone - rest in peace. We play the hit single from his most successful album “In the Right Place”, plus selections from the current box-set of recordings from the New Orleans Festival, including fellow-traveller and major influence Professor Longhair, and a gospel piece to send him on.
Angelique Kidjo brings her mighty voice to the recordings of Cuban superstar Celia Cruz.
Natu Camara from Guinea includes members of Salif Keita’s band on her solo debut.
Grupo Pilon are second generation Cape Verdean emigrants, formed in Luxembourg in the late ‘80s.
Kabaka Pyramid is from Kingston, Jamaica - in partnership with Bob Marley’s youngest son.
Youssou N’Dour is, of course, a figurehead and cultural icon of World music.
Blick Bassy revisits colonial atrocities from the independence struggles in his native Cameroon.
Luedji Luna is from Salvador, Brazil, born into a family tradition of black militancy.
AKA Trio are renowned musicians from Italy, Senegal and Brazil - Antonio Forcione, Seckou Keita, Adriano Adewale.
Constantinople are a Montreal-based trio, combining their Middle-Eastern style with Ablaye Cissoko’s Senegalese kora.
Khonyagaran-e Mehr Orchestra are an all-female orchestra from Iran.
Mara Aranda releases her second album in her exploration of Judeo-Spanish musical history, the Turkish instalment.
Rachele Andrioli and Rocco Nigro have a modern take on Salento tradition.
Rhiannon Giddens, supremely soulful folk singer and player, finds connections with Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi….in Ireland!