We track four people on their journey.
Caught in the crossfire of the US war on gangs
Traditional Levantine sounds fused with music from a new generation inspired by rock and hip-hop.
27 Aug 2011 10:18 GMT | Arts & Culture, Armenia, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco
"Maritime art is our culture, we must protect it, continue practicing it and pass it on to the coming generations."
24 Aug 2011 10:54 GMT | Arts & Culture, Kuwait
"The oud is my soul, I can't explain it. There is a very close relationship between me and the oud."
24 Aug 2011 10:51 GMT | Arts & Culture, US & Canada, Algeria, Bahrain, Iraq
"We came up with a lovely mixture of our personalities."
Next Music Station | 24 Aug 2011 10:31 GMT | Arts & Culture, Bahrain, Kuwait
"When our people used to go to the military, they used to sing Hujeini style as they rode their camels."
Next Music Station | 24 Aug 2011 10:20 GMT | Human Rights, Arts & Culture
"In the Gulf, our problem is that we are restricted with the traditions of a very conservative society."
Next Music Station | 24 Aug 2011 10:03 GMT | Human Rights, Arts & Culture, Kuwait
"Bahrain is an open country and full of various styles of music taken from heritage and developed by many artists."
Next Music Station | 24 Aug 2011 09:58 GMT | Business & Economy, Arts & Culture, Bahrain
"I like Jazz music, I like classic and Nahma. That is where I find my soul."
Next Music Station | 23 Aug 2011 14:31 GMT | Arts & Culture, Bahrain
"The oud is the 'weapon' through which we can show our capabilities as Arab musicians in the West."
Next Music Station | 23 Aug 2011 14:29 GMT | Arts & Culture, Kuwait
Music inspired by the motion of the sea - from fishermen's melodies to Bedouin desert songs.
Next Music Station | 23 Aug 2011 14:08 GMT | Arts & Culture, Bahrain, Kuwait, Morocco
We meet the 'godfathers' of Moroccan music in the coastal city of Casablanca.
Next Music Station | 21 Aug 2011 11:43 GMT | Arts & Culture, Lebanon, Morocco
A couple working to protect LA communities from gang violence is caught in the crossfire of the US war on gangs.
Politics, Gang violence, US
How improving relations between communist Cuba and the capitalist US will change the lives of people on both sides.
Politics, United States, Cuba
Mayotte is a magnet for Comoros islanders who risk their lives crossing hazardous seas in search of a better life.
Poverty & Development, France, Refugees
A three-part series looking at the history of France's black community and their long struggle for recognition.
Politics, US & Canada, France