Sir Mick Jagger and Rufus Wainwright Kick off New Monthly Celebrity World Music Playlists for British Airways Flights

Rock royalty, Sir Mick Jagger is leading a pack of celebrity musicians to create their favourite world music playlists for British Airways’ in-flight entertainment.

Fliers will be treated to Jagger’s selection, including Salif Keita and Fela Kuti in March.

Rufus Wainwright¹s top tunes will feature in April, as well as tracks from new albums by Angélique Kidjo, The Gloaming and Mostar Sevdah Reunion.

The airline has struck up a partnership with Songlines magazine via its in-flight entertainment provider, Spafax, to supply the world music playlists based on its celebrity interviews and ‘Top of the World’ selection of new album releases.

Richard D’Cruze, British Airways’ in-flight entertainment manager, said: “Who better to introduce our travellers to the current best and up-and-coming artists on the music scene than legends like Sir Mick Jagger? We believe these play-lists will prove really popular as we know our customers love to be brought new entertainment when they fly with us. For many of us, flying offers some rare down-time and the perfect opportunity to listen to different music. Many customers tell us they note down the music on-board and then go on to explore and enjoy more of that artist’s work.

“The partnership with Songlines enables us to tap into their vast expertise to deliver a great experience for our customers.”

British Airways’ new aircraft boast more than 130 of the latest Hollywood blockbusters and classic movies, more than 650 TV shows from around the world, some 550 audio albums and 225 radio shows. There is also more than 200 hours of non-English programming.

The airline is investing more than £5bn in new aircraft, smarter cabins, elegant lounges and new technologies to make life more comfortable in the air and on the ground.


February 3, 2014        002/AA/14

Notes to editors:

  • Future playlists will include Alexander McCall Smith, AR Rahman, Brian Eno, Jamie Cullum, Jon Snow and Steve Martin.
  • Sir Mick Jagger's full world music playlist tracks are:
  • Clifton Chenier ‘I'm a Hog for You' from the album Out West on Arhoolie Records
  • Salif Keita ‘M'Bemba' from the album M’Bemba on Decca Records
  • T Visvanathan and T Ranganathan ‘Sandehamunu’ from the album Tribute to Alain Daniélou on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
  • Farafina ‘Dounounia' from the album Faso Denou on Real World Records
  • Fela Kuti & Africa 70 with Ginger Baker ‘Let's Start’ from the album Fela Kuti & Africa 70 with Ginger Baker Live! on Knitting Factory Records
  • Rufus Wainwright’s complete world music selection is:
  • Tim Maia ‘Bom Senso' from the album Nobody Can Live Forever: The Existential Soul of Tim Maia on Luaka Bop
  • Roza Eskenazi ‘En Taxei' from the album Voices of Rebetiko on Ta Nea
  • The Philip Koutev National Folk Ensemble ‘Pilenze Pee, Govori’ from the album Bulgarian A Capella on JVC/Victor Entertainment Inc
  • Oum Kalthoum ‘Tab en-Nasim al Alil’ from the album El Sett on Buda Musique
  • Doc & Merle Watson ‘St James Infirmary' from the album Remembering Merle on Sugar Hill Records
  • British Airways, part of International Airlines Group, is one of the world's leading global premium airlines and the largest international carrier in the UK. The carrier has its home base at London Heathrow, the world's busiest international airport and flies to more than 70 different countries. In 2012 the airline carried more than 37 million customers. The airline currently has a fleet of more than 270 aircraft.
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