Today’s guests have chosen to live out of Africa but celebrate its native languages and defend their right to move and groove with the times.
2010-02-12 17:31 TU
Nigerian-German hip-hop/soul artist Nneka has come a long way since she first spoke to Worldtracks in 2007. With the release of her fourth album Concrete Jungle and a guest appearance on the David Letterman show in the US, she’s quickly becoming one to watch.
2010-02-06 11:27 TU
Salif Keita's latest album seeks to fight discrimination against his fellow albinos, and Mamane Barka, the last master of the biram, battles to save the traditional instrument.
2010-01-30 16:33 TU
Well-established French electro-pop duo Air have returned with a groovy and uptempo production, while innovative newcomers Sourya have used a Nintendo DS to pack more emotion into their debut album than a dancefloor can normally withstand.
2010-01-23 12:20 TU
Many musicians have been inspired by the ondes martenot. The electronic keyboard can produce a huge range of fascinating sounds but the instrument itself remains somewhat marginal and misunderstood. Christine Ott is determined to change that.
2010-01-18 18:13 TU
The Mexican-American singer Lhasa de Sela died on 1 January 2010, aged just 37. In tribute to her remarkable voice and force we rebroadcast a Worldtracks from 2003 which followed the release of her second album The Living Road.
2010-01-08 17:19 TU
French festival Les Transmusicales is renowned for its eclectic line-up of relatively unknown bands from all over the world. But some acts have gone on to bigger things, including Nirvana, Dizzee Rascal and Justice.
2010-01-05 14:21 TU
New Yorkers Bethany & Rufus join forces with African percussionists, while Langhorne Slim delivers his own pared-down, acoustic love songs with disarming sincerity.
2010-01-27 13:43 TU
Klezmer is one of the most nomadic forms of world music and no Jewish wedding would be complete without it! World Tracks talks to David Krakauer about the revival of Klezmer and his mission to keep it out of the museum.
2009-12-13 12:18 TU