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Robin Denselow

Robin Denselow

    Souad Massi: Songs in praise of freedom
    Souad Massi: Songs in praise of freedom
    The most successful female singer-songwriter in the Arabic-speaking world is talking about history, sadness and her bravely adventurous new album,...
    Souad Massi: ​Songs in praise of freedom
    Souad Massi: ​Songs in praise of freedom
    The most successful female singer-songwriter in the Arabic-speaking world is talking about history, sadness and her bravely adventurous new album,...
    The battle for Mali's soul is a battle for its music
    The battle for Mali's soul is a battle for its music
    Nowhere does music have a greater social and political importance than in the vast desert state of Mali. Therefore, it is shocking that it has been...
    Going to Graceland 25 years on
    Going to Graceland 25 years on
    It was one of the most divisive shows in British pop history. On April 7 1987 Paul Simon brought his best-selling Graceland project to the...
    Fela Kuti's spirit is part of the world
    Fela Kuti's spirit is part of the world
    Walking into the rehearsals of Fela! at London's National Theatre, it was impossible to stop thinking about the last time I met the...
    The Baaba of world music
    The Baaba of world music
    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. Robin...
    The long goodbye
    The long goodbye
    Miriam Makeba is both a fighter and a legend, with one of the most remarkable stories in the history of African music. She was the continent's...
    Cross-continental jams
    Cross-continental jams
    Fela Kuti will be "dancing in his grave". That's what his son, Femi, says.
    Me and my X-men
    Me and my X-men
    Peter Gabriel isn't sure if he's meant to be saying this-- it's the kind of thing that could get a former secretary-general of the United Nations...
    The generation game
    The generation game
    Toumani Diabate sits under a tree in his moonlit front garden on a dusty dirt road in Bamako, the Malian capital. He picks out a melody on the...
    Ethiopia, France, the world
    Ethiopia, France, the world
    t's a scorching hot afternoon in a recording studio outside Toulouse in southern France. Inspired by the Ethiopiques albums compiled by...
    Reality rap
    Reality rap
    Outside it's business as usual under the blitz of neon in Times Square, with the weekend crowds jostling past the theatres offering the big...