I’m currently having a love affair with Ostinato Records who have produced wonderful compilations from Haiti, from Somalia (last year), and currently from Sudan. They also gave us a great collection of Cape Verdean sounds a year or two back (which I featured on the show) and we started this programme with a new single release from Cape Verde.
Moonlight Benjamin played at Womad and her album “Siltane” shows off her heavy vodou style.
Solju play a modernised rocky Sami style of music from northern Scandinavia.
Out Of Nations are a band who came together in the States and found that they all had different passports, and so question the whole idea of nationhood.
Liraz Charhi grew up in Israel but aims to connect with her parents’ Iranian heritage.
Markus is a French trio who formed an alliance with Pakistani qawwali singer Shahzad Santoo Khan.
Maya Youssef, virtuoso of the qanun, originally from Syria and now based in London, played a beautiful set with her band in the Concert Hall on Wednesday in the Waltons World Masters series.
The singer Anandi Bhattacharya is a daughter of the remarkable slide guitarist from Calcutta, Debashish Bhattacharya.
Zakir Hussain is a legend of the tabla who now has a Rough Guide dedicated to him and his work.
The German “Pulsar Trio” are a line-up of keyboards, sitar and drums.
SANS are a collective of Andrew Cronshaw, Finnish singer Sanna Kurki-Suonio, her daughter, Tigran Aleksanyan (duduk), and Ian Blake.
Riccardo Tesi is renowned Italian accordionist, and Kymata are a trio who specialise in the music of Greece and Romania.