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Paris is a hub for musicians from all over the world. Our weekly show is a forum for sharing that music, and exploring its emotional impact. World Music Matters is hosted by RFI's Alison Hird.

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Paris is a hub for musicians from all over the world. Our weekly show is a forum for sharing that music, and exploring its emotional impact. World Music Matters is hosted by RFI's Alison Hird.

    World Music Matters - Touki: how West Africa's kora found kindred spirit in the banjo

    World Music Matters - Touki: how West Africa's kora found kindred spirit in the banjo

    When musicians Amadou Diagne and Cory Seznec had a chance encounter in a bar in Bath in 2007, they knew one day they would record together. Thirteen years later, after many "touki" (journeys), they've embarked on a new musical adventure with a debut album Right of Passage. They talk to RFI about making new roots music with kora, banjo and guitar.

    • 17 min
    World Music Matters - Chadian band Pulo NDJ creates sounds out of its Lomé lockdown

    World Music Matters - Chadian band Pulo NDJ creates sounds out of its Lomé lockdown

    When N'Djamena-based electro band Pulo NDJ found themselves stranded in Abuja with no chance of returning to Chad because of the coronavirus, they made their way to Lomé, set up a home studio and recorded a song about living in lockdown. Their story is one of friendship and remaining creative through the crisis.

     

    • 11 min
    World Music Matters - Djibouti's Groupe RTD make international 'Dancing Devils' album debut

    World Music Matters - Djibouti's Groupe RTD make international 'Dancing Devils' album debut

    Djibouti is better known as a strategic outpost than a hotbed of music but Groupe RTD, the country's national radio band, are one of its best kept secrets. By day they play at official ceremonies, off duty they let rip their love of American jazz, Indian Bollywood, Jamaican reggae and Somali funk. For the first time ever an independent label, Ostinato Records, was allowed to capture that sound and release it to the outside world on the upcoming Dancing Devils of Djibouti album. 

    • 14 min
    World Music Matters - Sarah McCoy sings, and lives, the blues

    World Music Matters - Sarah McCoy sings, and lives, the blues

    Sarah McCoy is undoubtedly one of the most exuberant and talented singer-songwriters around, unafraid to bear her heart and soul in her music. "Honesty is important," says the 35-year old American. "If I were just singing about how it's sunshiny all the time, well some people can do that, but it's my job to sing about when it rains."

    • 14 min
    World Music Matters - Olgha Nk: a strong voice lamenting the pain of Cameroon's Anglophone crisis

    World Music Matters - Olgha Nk: a strong voice lamenting the pain of Cameroon's Anglophone crisis

    Olga "Olgha" Nkweti is a singer-songwriter from the English-speaking part of Cameroon. She began singing professionally aged just 17 and has made a name crafting covers of popular songs into Pigdin English, but also writes her own soulful afro-pop compositions. She talks to RFI about composing the song Cold to draw attention to the innocent victims caught up in the Anglophone conflict.

    • 12 min
    World Music Matters - Seb el Zin: hardcore with a soft centre

    World Music Matters - Seb el Zin: hardcore with a soft centre

    Seb el Zin founded the surrealist rock band Ithak in 2005 and it somehow manages to straddle hardcore, metal, psychedelia and traditional Turkish music with equal ease. He talks to us about why metal is ethno music, his love of dystopia and science fiction, and finding lyrical inspiration in the odd mushroom.

    • 15 min

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