We take a look back at a year of plummeting fortunes for Britain's deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. In Germany, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia clamps down on unemployed people gambling. Finally, find out how the Queen of Balkan pop is hoping to conquer Western Europe.
Amobe Mevegue brings us the best in international musical trends. To start, the King of African Pop, Roga Roga and his new international tour. Next, we check out the African music festival in Paris "Afrique En Scene." We conclude in Jamaica with one of the best roots reggae performers ever, Harrison Stafford's new single "Roller Coaster."
International musical trends with Amobe Mevegue begins this week with young African artist Blick Bassy and continues with one of the greatest rappers of all time, the former member of the Wu Tan Clan, Raekwon. Then we hear from the Moroccan group Binobin. But first we meet up with the infamous Raphael Saadiq on his European tour.
New York singer-songwriter Chocolate Genius Inc joins us in the studio to talk about his latest album, "Swansongs". But before that: the Balkan Trafik festival aims to open our eyes to the vibrant culture of south-eastern Europe...on the streets of Brussels. Plus, the golden boy of French music, Julien Doré, looks set to dazzle with his playful new album.
We take a closer look at Raphael Saadiq, the Californian artist who has just released his new album, "Stone Rollin". But also: in a tribute to Miles Davis, Marcus Miller is on stage for a few exceptional concerts with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. Finally, we discover "Ethnophony", the first solo album of the Congolese artist Fredy Massamba.
Amobé Mévégué introduces old and new international talent this week with three different genres of music: Quincy Jones, HK & Les Saltimbanks, plus the genius duo Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal. Then we take you to the opening of billionaire Carlos Slim's New Soumaya Museum in Mexico City.
Amobé Mévégué talks to culture about his top three music picks of the week. Number one selling French artist Jocelyne Béroard and hard hitting Congolese musician Roga Roga. Plus Amobé's personal favorite, the fresh French jazz singer Mina Agossi's latest album, "Just Like a Lady".
The Parisian band Moriarty joins Culture to tell us new stories from the making of their new album "The Missing Room". Plus, more than a few days before the Oscars, the race for statuettes is launched, the studios are desperate to impose their films on the Academy.