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The Real World Recording Week

Music journalist Johnny Black chronicles the famous Real World Recording Week 1991.

Track of the Day: ‘Kothbiro’ by Ayub Ogada

One of the most popular songs in our catalogue, this song has been sampled by US rapper Kanye West.

Totó la Momposina in Paris: a Colombian refugee becomes a star

How the Colombian musical icon’s career blossomed in the 70s and 80s in France

10 Years of Society of Sound

It’s some legacy: Ten years’ worth of outstanding music. Sounds good, right? Actually, it sounds...

‘World Music’ or A World of Musics? An African Perspective

Youssou N'Dour looks at the complex relationship between western music and music of African origin.

Live: Les Amazones d’Afrique at Brighton Festival

Les Amazones d'Afrique deliver a rousing, energetic set in the Dome as part of Brighton Festival.

10 Songs of protest from around the world

10 inspirational tracks with bold socio-political statements that feature on our playlist, Protest!

Remembering Haroon Shamsher

In June 2017, Haroon Shamsher was honoured with a BBC Music Day Blue Plaque in recognition of his co...

The Seven Steps to Mercy: Track by Track

Iarla Ó Lionáird takes us through the tracks on his debut solo album, released in 1997.

Meet Rokia Koné: the Rose of Bamako

The latest single by Les Amazones d'afrique features the outstanding Malian singer Rokia Koné, whose powerful, distinctive voice will stop you in your tracks.