Caroline Phillips' rich, soprano voice conjures up the far-and-wide cultures of the world, especially the sound and language of the Basque Country.

Why you should listen

Californian-born, French-resident entrepreneur and musician Caroline Phillips is one half of Basque music duo Bidaia, alongside Mixel Ducau. Her searching, Moroccan- and East Indian-inflected vocals are accompanied by the distinctive, folky sounds of the hurdy-gurdy, an unfamiliar and unusual string instrument operated with a crank-turned wheel.

Throughout her years as a professional musician, Phillips has regularly performed in jazz clubs and toured with her one-woman show in the Caribbean and North Africa.

What others say

“The roots are deep and the instruments acoustic, but make no mistake: this is a contemporary band with energy, drive and wide-ranging curiosity. Bidaia translates as 'voyage' and it definitely offers a unique travel experience.” — Dirty Linen

Caroline Phillips’ TED talk