The Barbican’s Blaze festival is presenting an astounding range of contemporary music this summer, a line-up – from Staff Benda Bilili to Youssou N’Dour – that puts every other London presenter in the shade.
For a slice of modern Indian pop music, look no further than the larger-than-life figure of Kailash Kher. The Mumbai-based vocalist and bandleader made his name as a playback singer and star of many a Bollywood soundtrack.
This year our man on the ground is James Barrie, aka the Global Souljah. Join him as he checks out the best of this global scene and then drinks all the free wine
Forget the Buena Vista Social Club. If you want a heart warming tale of musical success despite extreme adversity then buy this CD and listen to the sound of these paraplegic street musicians from Kinshasa, Congo and their rhythm and blues, funk inflected rumba