Rachel Unthank and The Winterset

United Kingdom
Forging links between folk worlds old, new and other, Rachel and her set have blown a bracing north-easterly gale through traditional… more »

Holmes Brothers

United States
Where sublime gospel meets juke-joint blues, the Holmes Brothers have a rare talent for finding fresh joy, love and pain out of even the… more »

Hukwe Zawose

Tanzania
This master musician from Tanzania was a WOMAD favourite for many years, and not just because of his extraordinary voice, which had a… more »

Joji Hirota

Japan
Percussionist, composer, singer, flautist - Joji Hirota joyously eludes definition. Trained as a classical musician in Japan, he has now… more »

Hossam Ramzy & His Egyptian Orchestra

Egypt
Hossam Ramzy was born in Cairo, Egypt. His musical career began early, when at the age of three he was given his first drum, an Egyptian… more »

Musicians of the Nile

Egypt
Originating from the furthest reaches of Upper-Egypt, The Musicians of the Nile have criss-crossed Europe over the last 20 years. Like the… more »

Spaccanapoli

Italy
Spaccanapoli are a group from Naples - historically a crossroads for the cultures of the whole Mediterranean region. Their music is rooted… more »

Hassan Hakmoun

Morocco
Moroccan singer/composer Hassan Hakmoun and his band Zahar released their first album for the Real World label in August 1993, entitled… more »

Thomas Mapfumo and The Blacks Unlimited

Zimbabwe
Thomas Mapfumo was born in 1945 in Marondera, a small town south of the Rhodesian capital, Salisbury (Harare). He spent his first ten years… more »

Zawose Family

Tanzania
Dressed in costumes made from goatskins and porcupine quills, with ostrich feathered headdresses, the idiosyncratic Zawoses have been a… more »

Toumast

Niger Republic
A nomad, who has spent his whole life amongst the compounds of the Sahara desert, is loath to leave. He follows his camels on the quest to… more »

Africa Calling

Zimbabwe
Youssou N'Dour et Le Super Étoile de Dakar (Senegal) Youssou N'Dour has revolutionised Senegalese music over the last thirty years. His… more »

Värttinä

Finland
They are one of Finland's biggest musical exports but they could hardly be described as typically Finnish. They are, simply, Värttinä:… more »

Los de Abajo

Mexico
This, surely, is one of the more glorious moments in the history of clashes between global music styles. There's a stirring,… more »

Temple Of Sound

United Kingdom

Amjad Ali Khan

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

Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali

Pakistan
Rizwan and Muazzam Mujahid Ali Khan are the torchbearers of a tradition that goes back over 700 years, the tradition of qawwali. Qawwali is… more »

Paban Das Baul

India
The Bauls are Bengal's mystical wandering minstrels, keepers of a carnivalesque rave culture that is more than five centuries old. An… more »

Daúde

Brazil
Though this may come as a surprise to those unfamiliar with Brazil's music scene, Daúde is a rare find: a Black woman in Brazil's eclectic… more »

S.E. Rogie

Sierra Leone
S.E Rogie was one of Sierra Leone's most enduring and popular recording artists. His inimitably warm and loving musical style, called Palm… more »