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Gnaoua Festival: A melting pot of musical fusion

On today’s music show our correspondents check out a festival that's a little different from the likes of Glastonbury or Coachella. The Gnaoua Festival is in its 17th year and showcases music that has its roots in ancient Africa.

Plus: we find out why critics are getting a bit sick of Lana Del Rey’s melancholy persona, as she claims she wants to die young.

And musical storytelling at its most spectacular: we check out a new version of Verdi’s operatic masterpiece "La Traviata" as it comes to the Paris stage.

By Nicola HEBDEN , Mariam SAAB , Jade BARKER

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2015-01-29 culture

Angoulême comics festival: The power of the pencil

FRANCE 24 reporter Alex Turnbull speaks to Eve Jackson from Europe's largest cartoon and comic-strip festival in Angoulême. Around 200,000 people are expected over four days for...

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2015-01-28 culture

Film Show: 'The Imitation Game', 'Phoenix' and the French Oscars

Our film critic Lisa Nesselson speaks to Eve Jackson about the films of the week, including "The Imitation Game", "Phoenix" and "West Side Story". They also discuss this year's...

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2015-01-27 culture

The voices of Auschwitz in music, film and literature

Seventy years after the liberation of the Nazi death camp, we speak to those who survived the atrocities and through music, film and literature are telling their stories.

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2015-01-26 music

Music show: Björk, Charlie Winston and Ray Lema

Central African musician Ray Lema joins music critic Mark Thompson and Eve Jackson in the studio to talk about his new album, "Nzimbu". They also discuss the week's music news,...

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2015-01-23 culture

Literary giant Russell Banks on freedom of speech

His works include "Affliction", which was made into a movie with Nick Nolte, "Continental Drift", "Lost Memory of Skin" and "Rule of the Bone". His protagonists are blue-collar...

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