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World On Your Street: The Global Music Challenge
Musicians' Stories
Click below for stories of music-making from around the UK. Or use the selector (right) to search by location or type of music.
Davide Giovannini Musicians
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Kim Ho Ip Musicians
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Ritu Sharma Musicians
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Kanyinda Koko MukalaKanyinda Koko Mukala - Rumba: '...some of my friends disappeared just like that. To this very day, I never knew what happened to them.'
Keith AngelKeith Angel - World fusion / English folk / Indian:'Once I heard all this wild music, I dug deeper and got involved in the whole Womad festival scene.'
Kim Ho IpKim Ho Ip - Chinese instrumental:'...in my high school we were exposed to a different kind of instrument, a different kind of tradition.'
Lamin JasseyLamin Jassey - Sene-Gambian folk:'I've got a small drumming school there called 'Tan Tan Kounda' which means 'House of Drums'
Len LigginsLen Liggins - Ukranian:'It is about a kozak (cossack) who has to ride off to war on his horse and leave his sweetheart behind.'
Ling LeeLing Lee - Traditional Chinese:'When learning the Chinese harp I'd practice for six to eight hours each day. Afterwards I'd be overwhelmed with tiredness ...'
Linos Wengara MagayaLinos Wengara Magaya - Zimbabwean: 'I play solo sometimes, but also with a full band who use drums, keyboards, congas, bass and djembe.'
Kanyinda Koko MukalaLino Rocha - Salsa / World Fusion: 'The UK Salsa scene was thriving in the mid-eighties and I was naturally drawn to it.'
Little George SuerefLittle George Sueref - downhome blues / Southern soul: 'I was feeling kind of inward bound, and the words just came right out of my mouth'
Liz DuttonLiz Dutton - Gospel / Samba:'I was going through Cardiff town centre one day and became entranced by a group of samba players busking on the street.'
LukasLukax Santana - Chilean / South American: 'Pinochet's military coup of 11th September, 1973, ended that. I spent a year in jail...'
Malo SonkoMalo Sonko - Mandinka Drumming: 'If I can't play I have to go somewhere where I can play. Drums are my medicine - music is my medicine.’
Martin TaylorMartin Taylor - Scottish / Jazz: '...in fact before I was even big enough to pick up a guitar, I started plucking myself.'
Michel CeresoMichel Cereso - Bolivian / Samba / Cumbia / Cuban / World fusion: I think Salsa and Samba are replacing Brass Band music in England...'.
Mikey DoranMikey Doran - Irish uilleann pipe: My grandfather made a tape called 'The Last of the Travelling Pipers'.
Mamadou DiawMamadou Diaw - Senegalese mbalax: 'The master drummer of the area is called to drum the song that will bring out the dragon, Nigki Nanka... '
Modeste HuguesModeste Hugues - Malagasy: 'Though I left Betroka as a young man, Malagasy music is embedded in my heart – it’s in my blood. It keeps me cool and happy'.
Mohammad Alim MaihanMohammad Alim Maihan - Afghan: 'I play malli music - a mix of Afghani and Indian music which is 5,000 years old.'
Mosi CondeMosi Conde - Traditional Manding: 'After my work with Messenger of Sakaran, I played with a band called Kalim Star and then I moved to the Ivory Coast'
Musa MboobMusa Mboob - Gambian, mbalax: 'I was coming back and forth, doing tours in England and Switzerland, doing some education work as well in schools.'
Netsayi Chigwendere © Mark Simmons PhotographyNetsayi Chigwendere - African American / Zimbabwean: ' I wanted him to teach me about drum patterns, because I wanted to focus on rhythm, but he persuaded me I should learn mbira.'
Oludele OlaseindeOludele Olaseinde - Toxteth, Liverpool: 'We have so many beautiful folk songs. When we play this music it makes us very happy.'
Pádraigín Ní UallacháinPádraigín Ní Uallacháin - sean nos / Irish folk: 'What draws me is the emotion of music and the feeling that's conveyed through performance.'
Paul AguileraPaul Aguilera - Flamenco / Spanish / Brazilian / Jazz: 'Every village in Spain has a pena so that's what we try to re-create in Lewes.'
Paul HendersonPaul Henderson - Scottish folk / Blues: 'They could be singing about something really sad but there’s a wry humour running through it - I relate to that bittersweet balance.'
Paul MarshallPaul Marshall - World fusion / Irish folk: 'I took a leap of faith, resigned from my Civil Service post and now I'm a professional musician and sound artist.'
Paulo CarnothPaulo Carnoth - Angolan Folk / soul: 'The drum is special because all music comes from the drum.'
Pedro MartinsPedro Martins - Brazilian: 'I wanted to do good music and I kept in mind bossa nova, the gentleness of it.'
Pete MortonPete Morton - English folk / country: '...they were songs that were told around the fireplace, before there was any other form of entertainment after a hard day's work'
Philip ContiniPhilip Contini - Italian/Neopolitan: 'When I went to Naples on holiday I'd go to the old music shops and I'd bring back sheet music to learn the songs..'
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