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20140517

2014051720140518 (WS)

Global Beats showcases some of the best and most inventive up and coming musicians from...

20140517

20140517

Global Beats showcases some of the best and most inventive up and coming musicians from around the world.

2014062120140622 (WS)

Global Beats showcases some of the best and most inventive up and coming musicians from...

Global Beats showcases some of the best and most inventive up and coming musicians from around the world.

2014071920140720 (WS)

Rafael Estefania showcases Latin American musical talent, featuring artists from Brazil...

Rafael Estefania showcases Latin American musical talent, featuring artists from Brazil, Colombia, Panama, Mexico and Chile.

2014081620140817 (WS)

Cross-Cultural Collaborations: Wonderful music made by artists from different tradition...

Cross-Cultural Collaborations: Wonderful music made by artists from different traditions coming together to create new sounds.

2014092020140921 (WS)

This month Rafael Estefania travels to Mexico City in search of the new musical talent...

This month Rafael Estefania travels to Mexico City in search of the new musical talent that is emerging in the metropolis.

2014101820141019 (WS)

This month Global Beats offers a varied selection of songs from Africa, recorded especi...

20141018

This month Global Beats offers a varied selection of songs from Africa, recorded especially for the BBC.

Global Beats: Ghana20140621

Global Beats: Ghana2014062120140622 (WS)

Seven up-and-coming Ghanaian musicians perform songs especially for the BBC and talk about what inspires them in Ghana and beyond. Efya, queen of Afro pop, was discovered through a talent show, and recently nominated for the World Music Awards. Kyekyeku is giving a modern twist to traditional palm wine music and making Ghanaians chuckle with his witty lyrics. There’s also Yaa Pono, with a unique rocking rap, and Ayisoba, with his distinctive gruff voice and northern style, plus gospel artist Cwesi Oteng.

The programme is presented by Rita Ray, respected London DJ and authority on African music, who is originally from Ghana herself.

(Photo: From left to right, Efya, Kyekyeku and Wiyaala, Ghana's rising musical talent. BBC copyright)

Rock2014111620141119 (WS)

music from The Wanton Bishops, Dakha Brakha, Baby Metal and Geomungo Factory

Rita Ray presents some of the most exciting and newest rock from some of the most unlikely places. The Wanton Bishops for example are from Beirut, but their musical homeland is the southern states of the US. They recently made a pilgrimage tour to Texas which was filmed for a documentary.

There is also a growing rock scene in India, as well as Angola, where musicians and fans alike find it the best way of expressing the violence they have lived through and the anger and frustration they often feel.

Dakha Brakha is an all-female Ukrainian band fast winning fans with a highly inventive, high energy sound which often includes rock elements. Rock tends to dominated by men, but in Japan Baby Metal is a somewhat bizarre but very popular combination of cute girl trio and heavy metal.

Also in the programme, two examples from opposite corners of the globe – Finland and Korea – of rock sounds produced by instruments not traditionally associated with rock. Geomungo Factory from South Korea create a totally modern rock sound with ancient Korean zithers. Alamaailman Vasarat (which translates as Hammers of the Underworld) produce their avant garde rock with saxophones, clarinets, percussion, cellos, pump organ and grand piano. There is no guitar in sight!