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Robin Denselow

Souad Massi: Songs in praise of freedom

Singer-songwriter Souad Massi talks history, politics, new music and giving hope to freedom fighters.

Souad Massi: ​Songs in praise of freedom

With a new album out, the Algerian singer uses her music to give hope to people fighting for freedom in the Arab world.

The battle for Mali’s soul is a battle for its music

Musicians are in the firing line as insurgent Islamists impose sharia law on two-thirds of the country.

Going to Graceland 25 years on

Plans for a gig in London have revived the controversy over Paul Simon's boycott-breaking 1987 album.

Fela Kuti’s spirit is part of the world

For <b>Robin Denselow</b>, walking into the rehearsals of <i>Fela!</i>, it was impossible to stop thinking about the last time he met Fela Kuti.

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.

The long goodbye

IN MEMORIAM: In Miriam Makeba's last interview she spoke to Robin Denselow about how hard it was to retire.

Cross-continental jams

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.

Me and my X-men

When he's not taking calls from Mandela and Tutu, or keeping an eye on Womad, Peter Gabriel still loves a good groove.

The generation game

Malian kora star Toumani Diabate has been nominated for a BBC World Music Award.

‘I was spat at and called a traitor’

Khaled's global breakthrough came in 1992 when his song Didi sold more than one million copies across Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Asia. His mix of African dance music and Western pop made him a star — and won him enemies back home in Algeria, writes Robin Denselow.

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