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Sunday, 15 December, 2002, 17:19 GMT
Stars go global for BBC birthday
BBC World Service Global Party
The concert embraces music from around the world
A week of celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the BBC World Service has kicked off with a live broadcast from five concerts in cities around the world.

The BBC World Service Global Party will take in shows beamed from Dakar, Mumbai, Kabul, Mexico City and London, featuring stars including Youssou N'Dour, Baaba Maal and Ms Dynamite.



"It's one of the most creatively and technically challenging events ever undertaken by the BBC World Service," said 70th anniversary project editor David Stead.

Youssou N'Dour
Youssou N'Dour gets the party started
The show is being hosted by DJs John Peel and Emma B in London.

"It will show the World Service at its best and will set the tone for the rest of the week," Mr Stead said.

Opening the party at Bush House in London, the home of BBC World Service, will be Senegalese sensation Youssou N'Dour.

Globally famous for his 1994 duet with Neneh Cherry, Seven Seconds, he will perform in a huge marquee in front of an audience of 500 invited guests and selected World Service staff.

The party will then move around the world. In the Senegalese capital Dakar, Baaba Maal will mix his acoustic sound with international dance music.

Political sounds

Thousands of miles east, in Mumbai, Indian composer Trilok Gurtu will perform alongside classical pianist turned jazz and pop star Adnan Sami.

In Mexico City, ten-strong band of former students and activists Los de Abajo (Those from Below), will perform what they term as "tropipunk".

They will represent modern Mexico, playing a combination of Latin rhythms, reggae, funk and hip-hop.

Niomi McLean-Daley AKA Ms Dynamite
Ms Dynamite won this year's Mercury Music Prize
Meanwhile in Kabul, where a little over a year ago music simply wasn't heard, artists previously silenced by the Taliban will perform live to the world.

Performers including Sulam Logari, Gul Zaman, Ghulam Hussain, Safadar Tawakuli, Mashinai and Taj Mohammad will sing in local languages Uzbek, Pashto and Dari.

The finale will take place back in London, where British singing star Ms Dynamite will perform tracks from her album, A Little Deeper.

Having recently emerged from the vibrant UK garage scene, the singer - real name Niomi McLean-Daley - describes her sound as "trying to bring positivity to people... while encouraging people to think".

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