'World Routes: On The Road', released 16 January, is a 2CD set of previously unreleased material recorded by the BBC Radio 3 programme World Routes on location over the last ten years. It features some of the biggest names in world music, including Grammy award-winning Toumani Diabate, Tito Paris and Ilham Al Madfai as well as many less familiar names. Artists from countries as diverse as Mali, India, Iraq, Georgia, China, Madagascar and Cape Verde all have tracks featured on the CD set.
The album has been co-produced by World Routes presenter Lucy Duranand comes with an extensive 44-page booklet featuring notes and photographs from Duran and the production team.
World Routes is the BBC's flagship world music show listened to by around 100,000 radio listeners in the UK on BBC Radio 3, and millions across the globe via the the BBC World Service. Since the autumn of 2000, World Routes has broadcast sessions and live concerts with a complete 'Who's Who' of world music artists from Youssou N'Dour, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Khaled, to Mariza, Caetano Velosoand Ravi Shankar. Alongside this, the World Routes team have also travelled to fifty three countries with the aim of documenting, preserving and celebrating endangered musical traditions, the results of which can be heard on this album. Listen to a little taster below.