Singer-songwriter Souad Massi talks history, politics, new music and giving hope to freedom fighters.
With a new album out, the Algerian singer uses her music to give hope to people fighting for freedom in the Arab world.
Musicians are in the firing line as insurgent Islamists impose sharia law on two-thirds of the country.
Plans for a gig in London have revived the controversy over Paul Simon's boycott-breaking 1987 album.
For Robin Denselow, walking into the rehearsals of Fela!, it was impossible to stop thinking about the last time he met Fela Kuti.
Senegalese star Baaba Maal was one of the original icons of the 1980s world music boom and he's still finding new ways to cross over.
IN MEMORIAM: In Miriam Makeba's last interview she spoke to Robin Denselow about how hard it was to retire.
Fela Kuti will be "dancing in his grave". That's what his son, Femi, says. The reason? A special concert outside Femi's own Afrika Shrine this month.
When he's not taking calls from Mandela and Tutu, or keeping an eye on Womad, Peter Gabriel still loves a good groove.
Malian kora star Toumani Diabate has been nominated for a BBC World Music Award.