Desert Island Discs was created by Roy Plomley in 1942, and the format is simple: a guest is invited by Kirsty Young to choose the eight records they would take with them to a desert island
March 15th, 2009
Episode 41 of 579 episodes
Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the musician Baaba Maal. He's among the best known African artists in the West, performing at events as diverse as the Glastonbury Festival and the Proms. Born in Senegal, music was always part of his life, but was not seen as a possible career option. Yet through his singing he has gained an incredible international profile - he represents the UN's development programme on HIV, is an ambassador for Nelson Mandela's 46664 campaign and champions the right of African communities to be involved in the aid projects which are intended to benefit them. [Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs] Favourite track: So What by Miles Davis Book: Coups de Pilon by David Diop Alternative to Bible: Koran Luxury: Guitar.