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Lopa Kothari celebrates women of the world

Lopa Kothari celebrates the greatest female talent from across the globe, and welcomes 'Diva of the Sudanese Desert' Amira Kheir into the studio.

Lopa Kothari celebrates the greatest female talent from across the globe in this International Women's Day special, with a studio session from Sudanese-Italian singer Amira Kheir, and a selection of some of the best releases from the last year by women. With the recent 40 year anniversary of the Iranian Revolution, this week's Road Trip comes from Mahsa Vardat in Teheran uncovering the music of women before and after the revolution. The ‘Mother of Latin American folk’ Chilean singer and folklorist Violeta Parra is this week's Classic Artist.

Listen to the world - Music Planet, Radio 3's new world music show presented by Lopa Kothari and Kathryn Tickell, brings us the best roots-based music from across the globe - with live sessions from the biggest international names and the freshest emerging talent; classic tracks and new releases, and every week a bespoke Road Trip from a different corner of the globe, taking us to the heart of its music and culture. Plus special guest Mixtapes and gems from the BBC archives. Whether it's traditional Indian ragas, Malian funk, UK folk or Cuban jazz, you'll hear it on Music Planet.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Tautumeitas

    Raganu Nakts

    • CPL Music.
  • Amira Kheir

    Manaok (Forbidden)

  • Angélique Kidjo

    Shango Wa

    • 429 Records.
  • Gulaza

    Ya Mehija

    • 1018333 RECORDS DK.
  • Nancy Kerr

    Gan tae the Kye / Peacock Followed the Hen

    • From Here Records.
  • Amira Kheir

    Amwaj (Waves)

  • Amira Kheir

    Ya Mara

  • سیما بینا

    Sabzeh Gol Yar

    • Buda Records.
  • Qamar-ol-Moluk Vaziri

    Atashi Dar Sineh Daram [There is a flame in my heart]

  • Marzieh & Gholam Hossein Banan

    Booye Jooye Moolian

    • Caltex Records.
  • Sepideh Raissadat & Mezrab Ensemble

    Ey Baghban

  • Mahsa Vahdat, Marjan Vahdat & Kronos Quartet

    Sun It Rises

  • Rachel Newton


    • West.
    • Shadowside Records.
    • 13.
  • Amira Kheir

    Zol (Guy)

  • Violeta Parra

    Gracias a la vida (thanks for life)

    • Warner Music.
  • Stella Chiweshe


    • Glitterbeat.
  • Dona Onete

    Festa do Tubarão

    • Rebujo.
    • Mais Um.
    • 1.


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