On certain streets of Northern India it is not the classical sitar of Ravi Shankar that spills from markets and open air restaurants: it's the music of Najma Akhtar.
For those who want more juice than the old-school Shankar offers, Akhtar represents the next generation. She backs up classic ghazal
Ali Farka Toure has been called the "John Lee Hooker of Africa": if it's often said that the blues are a reworking of African tribal rhythms to fit the African-American experience, then Toure has aligned the blues back to African life.
Since he was born into nobility, a musical career was strongly d