Papa Wemba

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

Ghorwane

Mozambique
In the hot and dusty Gaza province of Mozambique there is a small lake called Ghorwane that never runs dry, even in the hottest season. In… more »

Maryam Mursal

Somalia
The story of Maryam Mursal is both tragic and inspiring, the tale of a strong and determined woman whose music reflects her life, a… more »

Daby Touré

Mauritania
Daby's story goes back two generations and has a fairy tale beginning. Once upon a time, there were four brothers who lived in a village… more »

Tama

Guinea-Bissau, Mali, United Kingdom
Most bands, whether in the western rock tradition or in African music, are built around the concept of a leader - one strong character who… more »

Dub Colossus

Ethiopia, United Kingdom
Dub Colossus is the vision of Nick Page - aka Dubulah. Composer, guitarist, bass player and programmer Nick started his music career with… more »

Big Blue Ball

There is a dedicated website for Big Blue Ball with more information along with audio and video from the project. Big Blue Ball has taken… more »

Abdelli

Algeria
Abdelli is a Berber of the Kabyle people, indigenous North Africans who inhabited the region since pre-Arab times. His main instrument is… more »

JuJu

Gambia, United Kingdom
JuJu has been created by Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara. The band formed out of many months of intensive touring in support of their… more »

Pina

Austria
The Story of Pina Songwriters have often travelled far and wide in search of inspiration. But the crazy journey undertaken by Austrian… 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 »

The Creole Choir of Cuba

Cuba
The Creole Choir of Cuba are Emilia Diaz Chavez (Choir Leader), Teresita Romero Miranda, Marina Collazo Fernandez, Yara Castellanos Diaz,… 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 »

The Drummers of Burundi

Burundi
The Drummers of Burundi first took the UK by storm at the legendary inaugural WOMAD Festival in 1982. Over the last 20 years they have been… more »

Aurelio

Honduras
Born in the tiny coastal hamlet of Plaplaya on Honduras' Caribbean coast, Aurelio Martinez, 39, may be one of the last generations to grow… more »

Geoffrey Oryema

Uganda
Geoffrey Oryema is from Uganda, the source of his musical roots. His work, however, has been inspired by a myriad of styles - a fully… more »

Yungchen Lhamo

Tibet
The journey from Lhasa in Tibet over the high Himalayas to Dharamsala in India has got to be one the most testing and physically gruelling… more »

Dengue Fever

Cambodia, United States
Fever 'til you sizzle But what a lovely way to burn It's time to make room in your life for a burning fever: Dengue Fever, the Californian… more »

Charlie Musselwhite

United States
The story of the man and his music Charlie Musselwhite was born in the hill country of Mississippi and landed in Memphis at a time when… more »

Orquesta Revé

Cuba
Since the mid-fifties Elio Revé has been the founder member of two of Cuba's greatest bands, who were later known as Ritmo Oriental and… more »