Broadcaster and journalist Andy Kershaw, 39, was born in Rochdale. He began presenting BBC2's "Old Grey Whistle Test" in 1984 and had his own show on BBC Radio 1 for 14 years. He lives in Crouch End, London, with his partner and their two young children.
Lucy Duran was born in Spain. She has produced 10 world music albums and lectures at the School of Oriental and African Studies. She is currently presenting "World Routes" on Radio 3, and lives in Camden, London
}}Andy Kershaw: Lucy rang me up when I'd been on Radio 1 a little more than a year. She must have heard me playing the odd African thing. She worked at the National Sound Archive at the time, as the curator of the African music section. Her enthusiasm was contagious. Strictly speaking she's an academic, but she hasn't allowed the rigours of academia to drive out any sense of fun from her discipline. She has a zest for life and she's slightly naughty and irreverent. A bit of a rebel. We hit it off straight away.
She'd been saying for a while, "You must come on my Christmas music trip to Gambia." So I signed up for it and we had the most fantastic time. Lucy was a brilliant travelling companion. Here is a woman who speaks two or three west African languages fluently, let alone all the other languages she speaks. She's lived in the United States, Chile, Greece, west Africa, the UK and Spain. And she was conceived on Hemingway's bed in Cuba. She's a true citizen of the world.
I was invited to stay in Dembo Konte's compound, so my first experience of staying in Africa was authentic west African living - living in this lovely walled, sandy compound. Every night I'd be lying out in the yard under a mango tree with a billion stars in the sky, listening to Dembo play the kora. It was just utterly magical. And I blame Lucy entirely. She was responsible for pushing me on a plane to Africa, and since then I've not been able to keep away from the place.
Evenings round at Lucy's are legendary. When I first knew her, her kids were about eight and 10, and she was bringing them up on her own in Camden. The opportunities for her to go out were few and far between, so the world came to her. She has these evenings where she cooks up a huge west African meal and everybody who is anything in African music in London gathers round Lucy's kitchen table. And, as many of them are musicians, a session then gets going. I've seen Youssou N'dour in there singing.
When I won my first Sony radio award in 1987, Lucy happened to be having one of those evenings. So when I came away from the ceremony at the Grosvenor House hotel, I went straight round to her house. I walked in - I like to think I was like Marlon Brando in The Wild One, where he'd won that trophy in the motorcycle race - and I banged my award down on the table in front of her. I felt I'd won it because I'd brought something different to the airwaves and a lot of that I put down to her guidance and enthusiasm. The whole world music thing, for me, would never have happened without Lucy. And you could argue that the whole world music thing in the UK would probably not have happened had she not been such a powerful catalyst. …