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David Prest

David Prest has been involved in broadcasting for many years. He is best known as a feature and documentary maker, and has won an extraordinary three Sony Gold awards for his work in the field. For Open Air, he puts his passion for world music to the fore. His philosophy is that "it's not always pretty, and some of the music might set your teeth, and your next door neighbour's teeth on edge, but somewhere there are gems to be found."

With David Prest every week is a journey, from Cuban swing to Finnish shouting and then maybe some thumb popping Malian tunes. "We just mix it up and see what happens", promises David.

Travel Editor and Sony award winning radio presenter-producer David Prest returns to OpenAir fresh from exploring the rich variety of world folk music. In this episode he brings us some of his discoveries including Zar music (Denmark), The astounding eyes of Rita (Tunisia), Dengue Fever (Cambodia/LA) as well as flamenco from Estrella Morente and tunes from Mali with Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoriba.

David Prest wraps up the current series of Thick Ear with some Swedish Jazz, Italian Kitch and some old favourites.

Nigerian 1970s psychedelic funk from Kenny Mania and The Action Thirteen, and a tribute to Ravi Shankar feature in this episode.

The Ukrainians (the band, not the entire population of Ukraine) open this episode of Thick Ear, which also features music from Linda Thompson, Paulo Conte, Pauline Croze and Etran Finatawa

David Prest brings his normal ecletic mix, including the next big thing to come out of China, Sa Ding Ding. Genius or joke...

Featuring a heavy smattering of music from the Balkans and tracks from the new studio album by 4 men and a dog.

Journeying far and wide in this week's show, covering territory from Kurdistan to Congo and playing tracks from Luka Bloom's 1991 album Turf.

A more laid back feel, with tracks from Toumani Diabeté's new album among offerings from Big Bill Broonzy and the Finnish harmonica group, Svang.

David Prest presents music from around the world, including songs from Tarika, Jimmy Cliff and the Naples Mandolin Orchestra.