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British Library Sound Archive - Topic World Series

London, 07.03.20

Our tenth programme celebrates a collaboration between the British Library’s World and Traditional Music collections and the London-based label Topic Records. From 1999, unpublished, unique field recordings and reissues of 78-rpm discs and LPs were compiled into sixteen releases as part of the Topic World Series.

These sixteen CD publications remain fresh and inspiring and in this programme, we zig-zag through them on a dazzling and rich musical journey, which begins in Balochistan and ends in Egypt via Peru, India, and more.


  • Unnamed Performers
    Shesireka’s Wedding, Maasti Ballad (Palakonda, Andhra Pradesh)
  • Sharruk (Vocal); Osman (Benjo, Dukkur, Chinchir
    Nach Saz (Recorded In Jiwani)
  • Los Cuatro Ases De La Jarana
    Manda El Amor Como Un Rey (Versión 1)
  • Unnamed Performers
    Lezghinka (Lekuri)
  • Michael Papei
    Shark-Calling Song
  • Unnamed Performers
    Hunting Song Of The Moge &Amp; Kopi Clans
  • Unnamed Performers
    Welcome, Monpa Geet (Shakti Village, Arunachal Pradesh)
  • Hotam Hokimov 
  • Xavier Cugat And His Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra
    Elube Changó
  • Sheikh Burukan Kiwuuwa And Team
    Omussi W’enswa (Akadinda Song)
  • Royalist Music Of Buganda
    Uganda [TSCD925]
  • Kilimani Madarasa
  • Rico’s Creole Band
    Lamento Esclavo (Slave’s Lament)
  • Alwatan Musical Group 
    Ee, Baba Pakistani
  • Unnamed Performers
    Title Unknown
  • Rose Zahran (Piano) And Sami Al-Shawa (Violin
    Bashraf Nawa’ather Yusuf Bey