The hybrid and the ambient from Real World feature in this issue and if there is a definitive hybrid artist/producer today, it has to be Michael Brook. Brook talks about his career, his collaborations with Real World artists and his new album with Armenian douduk master musician, Djivan Gasparyan. Robert Sandall, presenter of 'Mixing It', talks about the influence that 'Passion' had upon him and his seminal hybrid radio music programme. And we pay tribute to Penguin Caf? Orchestra master of ambience, the late, great Simon Jeffes.

Coming to WOMAD, Rivermead, Reading this summer are the great South African artists Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Joseph Shabakala talks about musical roots and their cultural significance. Also from South Africa, visual artists the Ndebele Women will be providing some inspirational tribal painting and decoration for the WOMAD site. And if you thought you could escape the World Cup, the answer is - not here. Football Africa, the newest CD on the WOMAD Select label, is a provocative compilation of the best music from the African artists who represent their teams and their countries at the championship.