European folk music, first through an overview of traditional ballads from France and Northern Italy followed by an in-depth look at interpretations of those traditional sounds through original vocal performances in Greece and instrumental pieces in Spain. Finally, a detour in two areas where folk music is still part of the mainstream scene; Hungary and Scotland.
An international program focused on music influenced by Islam, from Iran, Morocco, Algeria, the Sahara and former Yugoslavia. Various genres were explored, including traditional ritual chants and instrumental compositions, street music, modern Kabyle music, and desert blues. (Interested parties should check out the album, Bam! 3 Mustaphas Play Stereo by 3 Mustaphas 3, for more music from the Balkans.)
An exploration of the music of Senegal with its popular singers such as Youssou Ndour and Cheikh Lo, its fusion jazz-traditional music scene with the Royal Band of Thies and Baobab Orchestra and finally it's musical heritage with the griots and the drums.
Looking at fusion music, through the collaboration of artists from different regions of the world bringing together sounds and instruments. - the Touré-Raichel Collective a Israeli-Malian collaboration - Catrin Finch and Sekou Keita bringing the harp and the kora instruments together- Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate, an American-French/Guinean duo- R.A Fish exploring the power of the Dumbek, a small drum from the Middle-East
A journey into Balkan blues, a specific genre of folkoric and popular music from Southerneast Europe which takes its roots from Ottoman and Gypsy music and finds its inspirations in the tumultuous history of the Balkans. Balkan blues is at the same time a "unifying" music for this region but a type of music that takes its power from the multitude of ethnic groups in those countries. The songs are often very rythmic, sang by a masculine voice and depict joyous moments such as weddings but can also carry a form of poetic melancholia and loneliness.