World music of the week: BT River of Music, various venues, London

 

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Part of the London 2012 extravaganza unfolding across the capital, River of Music stretches down the Thames from Battersea to Docklands.

The Africa Stage at Docklands' Pleasure Gardens features Staff Benda Bilili, King Sunny Ade, Ethiopian grooves from the Krar Collective and the Invisible Republic of JuJu, featuring Juldeh Camara and guitarist Justin Adams' band with north African musicians.

The Asia Stage in Battersea Park ranges from Qawwali singer Asif Ali Khan to Transglobal Underground's British Council collaboration with musicians from the Gulf States. In Trafalgar Square, it's the sound of Europe, featuring Sarajevo's Amira, and Eliza Carthy, while Fado star Mariza is at Somerset House.

The Oceania Stage in Greenwich features the Black Arm Band with Wales's 9Bach. The Americas Stage by the Tower of London ranges from Scissor Sisters via Garifuna to Roberto Fonseca and the Colombian stew that is Ondatropica.

(0844 856 0202; btriverofmusic.com) today & Sun

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