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A-Z of World Music

Journeying through the alphabet, a showcase of music from across the world - from Africa to Uzbekistan, Norway to South America, India to Louisiana and everywhere in between.

Featured instruments include Kimmo Pohjonen's accordion, the impressively large drums of the Yamato Drummers and the extraordinary vocals of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The helter-skelter ride takes us from the 1970s, through to the explosion of acts in the 1980s, right up to the most sought-after musicians on the world music circuit today.

From Sevara Nazarkhan's pin-drop solo to a crowd-moving set from Orchestra Baobab, this is a compilation that presents a fun, vibrant snapshot of the range of traditional music that has captured audiences the world over.

Release date:

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Sun 23 Jul 2017 02:05

BBC Four: World Music Season

BBC Four: World Music Season

This programme is part of BBC Four's World Music Season.

From afrobeat to zydeco via juju, panpipes and Uzbek folk, this is the story of the music that broadened our horizons.


Role Contributor
Executive ProducerMark Cooper

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