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Lucy Duran's New BBC Radio Series Roams the World for Unusual Sounds

14 January 2011
Lucy Durán

Lecturer in African Music Lucy Duran and veteran broadcaster Andy Kershaw have launched a new music series for BBC Radio 3. 

Called Music Planet, the show follows Duran and Kershaw as they roam the world in search of little-known music. 

As the BBC put it, their travels take them from "the jungles of Papua New Guinea to the deserts of Mali; from the heart of the Amazon to the islands of the Pacific; from the dark winter days of Greenland to the long summer nights of Arctic Norway; from the dried-up rivers of Kenya to the grasslands of Mongolia."

The programme is a companion to BBC1's new Human Planet TV series.

Music Planet airs every Thursday at 9 pm on BBC Radio 3, with a repeat broadcast at 3 pm on Saturday. It's also possible to listen to the programmes online through the BBC iPlayer. There will be eight one-hour episodes.   

The Financial Times recently ran an entertaining feature on the challenges Duran, Kershaw and the producers faced in recording the programmes in unique and often trying circumstances.