On British Airways’ flights next month, it’ll be Sir Mick Jagger’s selection.
The veteran rocker is leading a pack of celebrity musicians to create their favourite world music playlists for BA’s in-flight entertainment.
Jagger’s playlist, from March
Clifton Chenier I’m a Hog for You from the album Out West on Arhoolie Records
Salif Keita M’Bemba from the album M’Bemba on Decca Records
T Visvanathan and T Ranganathan Sandehamunu from the album Tribute to Alain Daniélou on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Farafina Dounounia from the album Faso Denou on Real World Records
Fela Kuti & Africa 70 with Ginger Baker Let’s Start from the album Fela Kuti & Africa 70 with Ginger Baker Live! on Knitting Factory Records
Rufus Wainwright’s playlist, April
Tim Maia Bom Senso from the album Nobody Can Live Forever: The Existential Soul of Tim Maia on Luaka Bop
Roza Eskenazi En Taxei from the album Voices of Rebetiko on Ta Nea
The Philip Koutev National Folk Ensemble Pilenze Pee, Govori from the album Bulgarian A Capella on JVC/Victor Entertainment Inc
Oum Kalthoum Tab en-Nasim al Alil from the album El Sett on Buda Musique
Doc & Merle Watson St James Infirmary from the album Remembering Merle on Sugar Hill Records
Alexander McCall Smith, AR Rahman, Brian Eno, Jamie Cullum, Jon Snow and Steve Martin are lined up for future playlists.
British Airways has struck up a partnership with Songlines magazine via Spafax, its in-flight entertainment provider, to supply the playlists based on its celebrity interviews and “Top of the World” selection of new album releases. (Our featured image at the top of the page is by Libertinus.)