Ten years after launching its world music programme World Routes, BBC Radio 3 is opening up its archive.
The online archive features more than 100 hours of content, including sessions from artists such as Youssou N’Dour, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Ravi Shankar, and reportage on global musical traditions from presenters including Andy Kershaw.
Content includes Kershaw’s trip to North Korea - the first radio show to be recorded on location in the country - and his Sony-winning series from Iraq.
The move also marks the 10th year in which the station has broadcast from the Womad music festival, and this year’s event will be accessible on the site. Users can explore an interactive map or browse a list of content to
choose by country or by programme name.
Kershaw has been with the station for almost a decade, having joined from Radio 1. “There are documentaries here I’d forgotten I’d made, some of which uncover the music and the reality of life in the world’s most extreme, secretive, feared and misunderstood countries,” he said.