World Routes: On The Road, scheduled for release on November 14, is a 2 CD set of previously unreleased material recorded by the BBC Radio 3 program World Routes on location over the last 10 years. It features some of the biggest names in world music, including Grammy award-winning Toumani Diabate.
World Routes is the BBC’s flagship world music show listened to by around 100,000 radio listeners in the UK on BBC Radio 3, and millions across the globe via the the BBC World Service. Since the autumn of 2000, World Routes has broadcast sessions and live concerts with a complete “Who’s Who” of world music artists from Youssou N’Dour, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Khaled, to Mariza, Caetano Veloso and Ravi Shankar.
However, World Routes is not just interested in the stars of world music, but is also on a mission is to travel to the most far-flung corners of the planet to document and – in its own small way – preserve endangered musical traditions. In the past 10 years, the program’s producers and sound engineers, along with presenter Lucy Duran and a team of guest presenters, have left the comfort of London’s Broadcasting House in search of real roots traditions. To date, the show has visited some 53 countries, including 15 in Africa, 15 in Asia, and 9 in the Americas.
The album has been co-produced by World Routes’ presenter Lucy Duran, who is also a Grammy-award winning record producer responsible for ‘Segu Blue‘ (2007) and ‘I Speak Fula‘ (2009) by the acclaimed Malian ngoni virtuoso, Bassekou Kouyate.
The deluxe 2 CD digipack comes with a 44-page booklet featuring notes and photographs from Lucy Duran and the production team.
1 Eldar Shoshitashvili – Dilis Saari/Shushtari (Georgia, 2007)
2 Toumani Diabate – Musu Maramba (Mali, 2003)
3 Sambiasy & Samba – Soloho Mahavelo (Madagascar, 2009)
4 Ms Gunavathi, Inbaraj, Murugesan, Rajendran, Chellia, & Pandi – Themmangu (India, 2011)
5 Alim Qasimov & Fargana Qasimova – Ay Qiz Leyla (Azerbaijan, 2007)
6 Ilham Al Madfai – Baghdad (Jordan, 2007)
7 Siba & the Fuloresta – Vale do Juca (Brazil, 2008)
8 Duo Ayacucho featuring Puspo – Mi Caballo (Peru, 2009)
9 Michel – Homi di Fora (Cape Verde, 2009)
10 Watmon Cultural Group – Lweny Dong Pe (Uganda, 2005)
11 Cengiz Ozkan – Elif Dedim be Dedim (Turkey, 2009)
12 The Langa Children of Rajasthan – Rag Soohab (India, 2002)
13 Maureen Nehedar – Juni Juni (Israel, 2008)
14 Petroloukas Chalkias – Mariola (Greece, 2003)
15 Dai Shuhong and Dai Wei – Plum Tree Blossom (China, 2008)
1 Carlos Orozco – A la Suegra (Venezuela, 2004)
2 Tito Paris – Mar Azul (Cape Verde, 2009)
3 Riho – Lazhghvashi (Georgia, 2007)
4 Renata Rosa – Marcha do Donzel (Brazil, 2008)
5 Haywire Family – The Boatman (USA, 2009)
6 Nakibembe Village Musicians – Waire Nzira Nte (Uganda, 2005)
7 Justin Vali & Paddy Bush – Veloma (Madagascar, 2009)
8 Khyam Allami & Taoufik Meerkhan – Naghmat Tahrir (Syria, 2010)
9 Misra Brothers – Bandishi Thumri in Raga Desh (India, 2002)
10 Gochaq Askarov – Ay Qiz/Mugham Shahaz (Azerbaijan, 2007)
11 Manuelcha Prado – Flor de los Glaciares (Peru, 2006)
12 Sadao China – Nakankari-Bushi (Japan, 2006)
13 Wisam Gibran – Uruk (Israel, 2008)
14 Aruna Sairam & Hari Vrndavn Sivanesan – Samaja Vara Gamana (India, 2011)
15 Familia Pilco – Jerusalem Llaqtaruna (Peru, 2006)
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Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.