Commonwealth Connections

Commonwealth Connections

Commonwealth Connections world music from all the Commonwealth countries for Radio 3’s World on 3 broadcast on Fridays 11pm-1am. Musicians, sportspeople and cultural figures introduce the music from their countries recorded on location.

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Recent episodes (10)

  • Maldives: Mueena Mohamed

    Sat, 12 Apr 14

    Duration:
    5 mins

    Mueena Mohamed is the Number One table tennis player in Maldives. She chooses a song very familiar to her from her childhood, Minivan vayaa, and talks about the place of music in Maldivian culture, the challenge of balancing high-level training with a job, and what it means to her to compete in her fourth Commonwealth Games.

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  • Tonga

    Sat, 12 Apr 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    A rare performance of music by the Lomipeau Collection, recorded in a church hall in the village of Lapaha, Tonga. Singer Alusa Falefa has been entrusted by Noble Kalaniuvalu Fotofili, the living heir to the Tu'i Tonga dynasty, to preserve this music. He leads a 30 strong vocal ensemble along with his son Soane Ngutukoula Tatuila Pusiaki, a practitioner of Tonga's most famous instrument the noseflute. This deeply moving form of music-making has been preserved since the 1800s, and Alusa's grandfather used to perform for Queen Salote of Tonga.

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  • Pakistan: Kiran Khan

    Sat, 5 Apr 14

    Duration:
    6 mins

    Kiran Khan is one of Pakistan's first international female swimmers. She talks about the responsibilities and pressures of being a media celebrity and a role-model for other women, and the difficulties of pursuing her chosen sport in a Muslim country. Her uplifting Heritage Track, 'Jazba-e-Junoon, to himmat na haar' by Ali Azmat, reflects the support she's received from her family, particularly her father, who always dreamed that his daughter should fulfill her dreams and become an inspiration to others.

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  • Rwanda

    Sat, 5 Apr 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, triggered by the assassination of the Rwandan President in April 1994, and continued for 100 days with an estimated death toll of more than half a million. Since then Rwanda has seen a remarkable transformation, and the capital Kigali is now a prosperous and thriving capital. Music has played its part in that transformation, and we hear first from Sophie Nzayisenga, who sings and plays the traditional stringed instrument, the inanga. She lost brothers and sisters in the conflict, surviving by hiding in the bush with her father for the hundred days. She's now involved in Rwanda's Cultural Upgrading Initiative, which seeks to promote harmony through traditional music. There is also a session with Gakondo, a traditional group which plays regular concerts at the Hotel Milles Collines, well known around the world as the former UN hotel which became a refuge during the genocide.

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  • Brunei: Maziah Mahusin

    Sat, 29 Mar 14

    Duration:
    6 mins

    Sprinter Maziah Mahusin was the only female athlete representing her country at the London Olympics 2012; carrying the Bruneian flag at the Opening Ceremony is one of her proudest moments. Since then she's inspired many young girls to run; these days they turn up in crowds at her training sessions to run alongside her. Maziah chooses a track that reminds her of playing with her siblings as a child, Sebarkan ke Seantero dunia by Putri Norizah. She reflects on how far she's come in her career- and on what it's going to take to live up to the responsibility she now feels to keep training hard and make Bruneians yet more proud of her.

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  • St Lucia

    Sat, 29 Mar 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    St Lucia's leading traditional folk band Man May La Kay keep alive the traditional Kwadril music. Drawn originally from the French courtly Quadrille, this is a curious mix of African and European dance styles introduced by the European plantation owners of an earlier era. Once a reminder of their colonial past, the Kwadril has become a national symbol of the people of St Lucia and this joyful music is the definitive Caribbean ceilidh.

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  • Sierra Leone: Hafsatu Kamara

    Sat, 22 Mar 14

    Duration:
    5 mins

    Hafsatu Kamara is an up-and-coming sprinter who represented Sierra Leone at the 2013 African Senior Championships, and aims to do well at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Raised in Sierra Leone and the United States, she is well aware of the extremes life can throw at you, having been forced to leave Sierra Leone because of the outbreak of Civil War in the early nineties. Her choice of music is by Emmerson from his “Yesterday Betteh Pass Tiday?” album, a recording which provoked a tense political debate in Sierra Leone. This reggae song "Na for Balance” advises Sierra Leoneans to avoid physical confrontation.

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  • Botswana

    Sat, 22 Mar 14

    Duration:
    16 mins

    In Botswana, each tribe has their own identifiable style of music. The Balete Ditlhaka traditional group, based in Ramotswa village in the south of Botswana, is one of the last groups keeping Ditlhaka music alive. Deputy Chief Kgosi Tsimane Mokgosi tells the stories of the Ditlhaka music, and the group's director and pipe tuner Sialala Mookestsi shares how he learnt Ditlhaka in the South African mines as a boy. In Botswana's capital Gaborone, a very different sound comes from inside a garden; Myzer Mathako plays his Mbira, moved by its spirit.

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  • Antigua and Barbuda: Kasheem Colbourne

    Sat, 15 Mar 14

    Duration:
    7 mins

    Up and coming 200m and 400m sprinter Kasheem Colbourne expresses through his music choice his deep pride in the beauty of his country. 'Antigua' by Rupert Blaize conjures up paradise-like images of this twin island state's stunning natural landscape and the warmth of its people, and for these reasons is a popular song in the country. Glasgow 2014 will be Kasheem's first time competing at Commonwealth level and in his contribution to Commonwealth Connections he expresses his resolve to do well, represent Antigua and Barbuda, and put it on the map in the minds of the world-wide audience for the track and field events.

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  • Australia

    Sat, 15 Mar 14

    Duration:
    19 mins

    Mark Atkins is regarded as one of Australia's finest virtuoso didgeridoo players and is recognized internationally for his collaborations with some of the world's leading musicians, including Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Sinead O'Connor and minimalist classical composer Philip Glass. Atkins is of Irish/Australian heritage, as well as being a descendant of Western Australia's Yamitji people. We get a chance to hear him performing and weaving stories at a didgeridoo workshop- festival held in Woolloongabba, a suburb of Brisbane, alongside contributions from master didgeridoo player Stephen Kent and Aboriginal player Adrian Burragubba, who talks about the concepts of 'Dreamtime' and 'songlines'.

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