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5.0 out of 5 stars
The BBC at its best, 29 Jan 2012
Celebrating 10 years on the air, World Routes is a great BBC programme and these thirty recordings try to encapsulate some of the fascinating recordings made in the field. From Madagascar to Mali, Rajastan to the Andes, Azerbaijan to Sri Lanka and points beyond the show has explored music from the extreme locations of the world, and from close to home. Those interested in exploring further can visit some of those programme on the Beeb webpages, but if you want a quick catch-up this is a great introduction.
There's some well known performers of world music in there like Toumani Diabate and Justin Valli as well as people recording for the first time. Have a listen to Iraqi singer Ilham al-Madfi's lament for Baghdad; or Peruvians Duo Ayacucho featuring Puspo performing their celebration of the horse 'Mi Caballo' a song from the high Andes, or the magnificent Georgian group Riho singing the wonderfully moving 'Lazhghvashi'. If you fancy exploring a world of music with unusual instruments and glorious sounds, this is well worth buying. There's also a terrific booklet of information about the performers and the sometimes hazardous journeys that presenter Lucy Duran and her producers made to record them.