Various Artists - World Routes: On The Road (4 stars)

Various Artists - World Routes: On The Road

30-track BBC Radio 3 compilation featuring Toumani Diabaté, Tito Paris and Ilham Al Madfai


How would we hear diverse world musics without Radio 3? Thank goodness they still have the budget to travel to far-flung places to capture stunning sounds from ordinary musicians we’d never know about otherwise. Since 2000 the World Routes team lead by intrepid presenter Lucy Dúran and producer James Parkin have recorded extraordinary artists like sugar-cane workers in a Brazilian cowshed or Georgian singers on a hillside, Peruvian highlanders in run-down Lima studios. The sound veracity and vitality of the music blows you away. What an unbeatable buzz: this 30-track compilation, featuring Grammy award-winning Toumani Diabaté, Tito Paris, Ilham Al Madfai and others is akin to standing on a mountain top and finding you have 53 countries within sight and earshot.

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