Simon Emmerson

United Kingdom
As musician, producer and bandleader, Simon's talents have been the catalyst behind many projects. In the Eighties he put together the… more »

Sheila Chandra

United Kingdom
Born in South London to a South Indian immigrant family, Sheila Chandra discovered her voice at the age of twelve and whilst at Theatre… more »

Temple Of Sound

United Kingdom

Jocelyn Pook

Jocelyn Pook is one of the UK's most versatile composers, having written extensively for stage, screen, opera house, and concert hall. She… more »

Afro Celt Sound System

United Kingdom
When Afro Celt Sound System burst onto the music scene in 1995, their impact was so instant, so astounding, that it hit like a thunder… more »

Speed Caravan

Algeria, France
If you've never regarded the oud - the fretless lute at the core of so much traditional Arabic music - as a rock'n'roll instrument, then… more »

Portico Quartet

United Kingdom
Portico Quartet still sound like nothing you ever heard before. The Mercury nominated, East London-based outfit's unique brand of hypnotic… more »

Mamer

China (Peoples Republic)
Eagles soar in the slipstreams over Xinjiang province, a windblown place way out in western China. A place where forests of stone jut from… more »

Samuel Yirga

Ethiopia
Samuel Yirga's musical life so far has been full of obstacles: social restrictions, family regulations, hurdles thrown up by the reality of… more »

Amjad Ali Khan

India
Amjad Ali Khan was born in 1945 in Gwalior, one of the great cities of Madhya Pradesh, India. It is famous as the home of Miyan Tansen… more »

U. Srinivas

India
U. Srinivas is to Indian classical music what Yehudi Menuhin is to Western classical music. Like Menuhin, U. Srinivas was a child prodigy.… more »

Rahul Sharma

India
Rahul Sharma is a master of the santoor which is a similar instrument to the hammered dulcimer. Sharma is the son of Shivkumar Sharma and… more »

Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma

India
Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma is a household name in India. He is one of those few classical musicians whose name and influence has transcended… more »

Gopal Shankar Misra

India
As a teenager, Dr Gopal Shankar Misra took up his father's earlier mission to establish the veena in the panoply of Indian instruments and… more »

Charlie Winston

United Kingdom
"It's near impossible for me to write in one style only," says singer/songwriter Charlie Winston. "And today, in my generation of… more »

Ayub Ogada

Kenya
Today Ayub Ogada is regarded as one of the greatest Kenyan artists of all time. He was born in 1956 in Mombassa as Job Seda, a descendant… more »

The Blind Boys Of Alabama

United States
Formed some six and a half decades ago, The Blind Boys of Alabama are the Iron Men of the music industry. They predate Elvis, Little… more »

Little Axe

United States
Who has released records on all these labels: the legendary R&B label OKeh, the nu-blues stronghold Fat Possum, the key rap originators… more »

The Terem Quartet

Russia
The individual members of the Terem Quartet came together as students at the Lenningrad Conservatoire in 1986. In just a few years this… more »

Papa Wemba

Congo Dem. Rep.
The trajectory of Papa Wemba's musical career was long, varied and adventurous. Years of youthful apprenticeship during the '60s and '70s… more »