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Baaba Maal
The Senegalese singer (pictured) talks about curating a special month long festival at London's South Bank Centre. Called Africa Utopia, it celebrates the work of African artists.

Inua Ellams
The self described word and graphic artist talks about the various projects he's involved in for Africa Utopia - a festival at London's South Bank, and also about being a BT Storyteller - one of many who will tell the story of the London Olympics.

Nuruddin Farah
As Crossbones his fact-packed thriller about Somalia comes out one of Africa's most listened-to voices talks pirates, his hatred of fear and questions he wants answered.

Robben Island Bible
For the men held on South Africa's infamous prison island in the days of apartheid, reading matter was rationed to religious texts only, but they managed to smuggle in a complete works of Shakespeare. A new play tells that story.

Toumani Diabate
Malian kora musician Toumani Diabate talks about his latest Brazilian collaboration with Arnaldo Antunes and Edgard Scandurra.

We Face Forward
A festival of West African art and music is taking over the British City of Manchester for the summer. Artists Emeka Ogboh, Pascale Marthine Tayou and Barthélémy Toguo and curator Maria Balshaw talk to the BBC's Ekene Akalawu.

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Mon 9 Jul 2012 03:05 GMT