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African Essence

DJ Debbie and Anne Wanjie present a wide range of music from Africa and the wider diaspora.

Debbie Golt and Anne Wanjie bring their extensive radio experience from the legendary, Resonance fm and Radio Verulam, to this hour long show featuring an eclectic mix of African music from all destinations. Selections range from remixes and prereleases, to classic recordings from specific musical traditions. They have a keen ear for UK-based artists, holding interviews from key movers and shakers on the music scene, as well as from acclaimed artists and cultural experts.

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Ann Wanjie plays music from Zimbabwean rhumba star Leonard Zhakata, the Comorian artist Maalesh, then is joined in the studio by Simon Amutjira, a musician from Namibia who discusses his latest album, his life in music, and his aim to promote Namibian culture within the UK. More information about Simon Amutjira can be found here:

A mix of music including Malian superstars Salif Keita and Oumou Sangare, as well as a pre-recorded interview with Sista K and Clem from Watcha Clan

This week features a studio interview with award winning actor Jimmy Akinbola (Recently starred in Othello), as well as music by the great lady of taarab, Bi Kidude, and Dub Collosus.

Another all-star lineup including music from Toumast, Stella Chiweshe and a special Interview with Chiwoniso recorded at Momo's.

This week’s show features a studio interview with Mensa, one of Ghana's top young producers working with new talent like Wanlov and established artists like Reggie Rockstone. His father co-founded Osibisa and he is making waves with his own material combining hiplife, rare groove and vintage Ghanaian roots music. His debut album is out early in 2009.

Music from the late Myriam Makeba, followed by Angolan artists Waldemar Bastos and Bonga among others.

This weeks mix features Moroccan Reggae, Chadian singer Mounira Mitchala, and Malian star Rokia Traore. This show also includes a special pre-recorded interview with Souléymane Sy Savané, lead actor in the film 'Goodbye Solo.