Sun Ra "ultimate backbone of music"
The music world is full of larger-than-life characters, but surely few more extraordinary than the late Sun Ra, an African American bandleader who claimed he was visiting Earth from Saturn, leaving a trail of music in his wake.
His band, now known as The Arkestra, is still touring the world, with 91-year-old director and leading man, Marshall Allen, very much at the helm.
Robin Warren spoke to Sun Ra expert and BBC 6 Music DJ, Gilles Peterson, about why, 23 years after the its leader passed on, the music and legacy of the Sun Ra Arkestra is perhaps more relevant than ever.
(Photo: Sun Ra Arkestra at Glastonbury, 2014. Credit: BBC)