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ABC's The Planet
ABC's Music Deli
Radio Palm Wine (new link)
Addis Live Ethiopian music online
BBC's 1Xtra music station RnB, African, funk etc
Radio Afrodicia African music online (US-based)
BBC Africa on your Street
Africa on Roots World click on the 'ears'
AfroPop Worldwide Guide to African & World Music
Foreign Correspondent voices of Sudan Uganda etc

For African radio programs in Aust see africanOz Tv&Radio

African stars at Womadelaide 2008
Also see www.womadelaide.com.au

Toumani Diabate's Symmetric Orchestra (Mali)
More than any other kora player, Toumani Diabate is responsible for bringing this unique 21-string West African harp to audiences around the world. He's an instrumental virtuoso, band leader, teacher, musical conservationist and composer, who was born into a family of exceptional griots – 71 generations of kora players. He was a self-taught child prodigy, playing kora at 5, his public debut at 13, and at 21 recording the first ever solo kora album, Kaira, without retakes in a single afternoon. In 2003 he received the Tamani d’or, a prize awarded to the best kora player in the world. Also see www.myspace.com/toumanidiabate
  

Mamadou Diabate (Mali)
Mamadou Diabate was born in 1975 in Kita (Mali), a centre for the West African Manding people's arts and culture. Mamadou comes from a family of griots, or jelis who use music and sometimes oratory to preserve and sustain people's consciousness of the past. Mamadou began learning the Kora from his father at the age of 4. He later studied with his famous cousin, Toumani Diabate who gave him the nickname "Djelika Djan" meaning "Tall Griot". Mamadou Diabate’s first solo album was nominated for a Grammy. Also see and www.myspace.com/diabatemamadou
Cesária Évora (Cape Verde)
Nicknamed the “barefoot diva” for her lifelong habit of performing without shoes, Cesaria Évora is the champion of morna – a raw, emotive folk music related to Portuguese fado and Brazilian modinha. She comes from Cape Verde where the sounds of Africa are assimilated with both American and European music – salsa, samba, quadrille, lundum and fado. It was not until she was 47 that Cesaria recorded her first album, after travelling to France for the recording sessions. La Diva aux pieds nus (The Barefoot Diva) became a hit in 1988 and launched a stellar international performing career that soon had critics raving: “She belongs to the world nobility of bar singers.” Cesaria, who has now sold over 5 million albums worldwide, and has just released 'Rogamar'Also see www.cesaria-evora.com

   Farafina (Burkina Faso)
Founded in 1978, Farafina have a great ability to expand musical ideas without surrendering traditional instruments. Thye weave complex and forceful rhythms on djembes, tama and baras, which carries the melodic lines of balafons, flute and koras while adding contemporary sounds through guitar and keyboard. The group’s radical sound led them to feature on recordings by such famed musicians as the Rolling Stones (on the Steel Wheels album), Ryuichi Sakamato, Jon Hassel, Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno (on Hassel’s Flash of the Spirit album), Billy Cobham and Joji Hirota, in addition to their own five albums. They are revered as live performers. Also see www.farafinakan.com

   Joseph Tawadros Trio (Australia)
Born in Cairo in 1983, Joseph came to Australia at 2 years of age. Joseph plays the Oud, a fretless stringed instrument, the Egyptian ancestor of the lute. By the age of 12 he was a seasoned concert performer, playing alongside his teacher Mohamed Youssef. He was encouraged to explore the musical parameters of the instrument and the traditional Egyptian Taqasim, a performing style akin to modal improvisation. But Tawadros has since developed a truly unique and distinctive personal style. Joseph won the 2006 Freedman Fellowship for Classical music. He has been twice nominated for young Australian of the year. He has been twice nominated for an ARIA award. He appears at festivals and concert halls throughout the world. Also see www.josephtawadros.com