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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  • Heritage Track: Belize

    Sat, 2 Aug 14

    Duration:
    6 mins

    The Hon. Dolores Balderamos Garcia is a politician, lawyer and broadcaster. The only woman of the 31 members of Belize's House of Representatives, she is particularly interested in improving the rights of women and children and in supporting those living with HIV and AIDS . Before she became so involved in politics she hosted her own jazz show on the radio and owns an enormous jazz collection of well over 1,000 CDs. Here, she chooses the music of the Lord Rhaburn Combo to express her deep love of the close-knit communities of Belize and to give us a sense of the Belizean zest for life.

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  • Trinidad and Tobago

    Sun, 27 Jul 14

    Duration:
    19 mins

    Within these small Islands, steelpan orchestras are an integral part of daily life. The Pamberi pan yard on the outskirts of Port of Spain is a meeting place for the whole community whether they turn up to play cards, have a sociable drink together or learn many artforms from painting to dance to music. For the young people in the steelpan orchestra, this is a passion and the way they choose to spend several evenings of their week and although they play all kinds of music it is still their native Calypso which gathers the largest crowd wherever they go.

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  • Heritage Track: Nauru

    Sat, 26 Jul 14

    Duration:
    8 mins

    Measuring eight square miles with a total coastline of eighteen and a half miles and a population of just over nine thousand, the Pacific island of Nauru is arguably the least populous actual sovereign country in the world, although officially the Vatican State and then Monaco occupy the first and second spots. Situated in Micronesia, Nauru lies 2,800 miles north east of Australia, and used to be called Pleasant Island before independence in 1968. Itte Detenamo is a super heavyweight lifter, and his chosen music is of Nauruan songs composed by Baron Waqa, a songwriter who is currently the nation's President.

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  • India

    Sat, 26 Jul 14

    Duration:
    20 mins

    Kala Ramnath is one of the leading Hindustani musicians of her generation. Born into a dynasty of violin players who championed the instrument in Indian classical music in the 20th century, Kala has developed the instrument still further with a mixture of traditional and improvisational repertoire. In her home in Mumbai, Kala demonstrates just how closely the violin is modelled on the human voice.

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  • Heritage Track: Cameroon

    Sat, 19 Jul 14

    Duration:
    5 mins

    Saxophonist Manu Dibango brought the sound of Cameroon to the world but also brought a bit of the world back into Cameroon, creating a glorious fusion of African Funk and Jazz. Weightlifter Vanatius Njuh is going for Gold in the 69 kilo class at the Commonwealth Games and through a computer at his training camp in Cameroon he's been talking about his hopes for the competition and how music fits into it.

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  • Zambia

    Sat, 19 Jul 14

    Duration:
    17 mins

    Seven kilometres from the world heritage site of Victoria Falls, in the Southern Province lies the rural Mukuni village, the main village of the Mukuni Chiefdom. It was founded in the 13th century by the Leya Tribal Matriarch and is today presided over by both a male and female leader. The Leya people keep alive their heritage in simple surroundings with dancing, singing and drumming for particular occasions and to communicate certain messages. The women of the village perform for us a traditional brewing dance complete with 12ft long poles for crushing grain while elsewhere in the village, the highly polished senior students at the secondary school in Mukuni village embrace the new modern Zambia with traditional, spiritual and rousingly patriotic songs.

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  • Heritage Track: Kiribati

    Sat, 12 Jul 14

    Duration:
    4 mins

    Kiribati is an archipelago of 33 islands in the central Pacific, with a population of just one hundred thousand people across more than a million square miles of Ocean. Formerly the Gilbert Islands, Kiribati gained independence from the UK in 1979, and has participated in the Commonwealth Games since 1998. Weightlifter David Katoata became the first person from the country to formally qualify for the Olympics, and came 17th in London two years ago. His favourite Kiribati group is called Ruff Dogs with their song Salute.

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  • Bangladesh

    Sat, 12 Jul 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    On a rooftop beside Gulshan lake, above the bells of tuk tuks and sounds of the call to prayer, a group of musicians have gathered in the late afternoon in Dhaka. Baby Dewan sings Bhatiyali songs of the lonely boatmen who ply the waters here for a living and Baul musician Rob Fakir shares the mystical music and philosophy of one of the legendary Bauls of Bangladesh, Lalon Shah.

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  • Heritage Track: St Vincent and the Grenadines

    Sat, 5 Jul 14

    Duration:
    5 mins

    Writer and poet Philip Nanton chooses Credentials by Shake Keane, the well-known Vincentian jazz musician and poet, and explains how the story Shake tells encapsulates for him certain key aspects of life in St Vincent and the Grenadines, including migration and the welcome awaiting those who choose to return.

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  • Seychelles

    Sat, 5 Jul 14

    Duration:
    17 mins

    In the midst of the Seychelles Carnival, Latroupe Nasyonal Sesel, a ceilidh-style band of seven players and several young dancers are preparing their traditional music and dances for the celebrations. The music and dances of this Creole culture grew from the European traditional dances such as Quadrille and Waltz but the Seychelles people have made it their own with African rhythms and movements and a real love and joie-de-vivre of their Islands. Singer-songwriter Jean-Marc Volcy shares this passion for their fragile heritage and works to keep it alive in his own contemporary songs.

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  • Heritage Track: Tuvalu

    Sat, 28 Jun 14

    Duration:
    5 mins

    Formerly known as the Ellice Islands, Tuvalu is a Pacific island nation situated between Hawaii and Australia. Its population of just 11,200 means it the third-least populous sovereign state in the world. Tuvalu first took part in the Commonwealth Games in 1998 and since then has steadily increased its participation. But Tuvalu weightlifter Lapua Lapua isn't just an Olympian - he's a bit of a singer and guitarist too, and gave us a taste of the Pacific. The song is "Toku nukupele funafuti" by Tamaika Kofe.

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  • Singapore

    Sat, 28 Jun 14

    Duration:
    17 mins

    Singapore is home to a very senior group of 'waijiang' musicians originating from Chaozhou in southern China. Their waijiang style of playing was popular in pre-cultural revolutionary China but is now extinct on the mainland. Yet in their small shop house in the Geylang neighbourhood these senior gentlemen still take pride in performing pieces such as 'Little Peach Red' and 'Pipa verse'. Not far away in Chinatown a group of young students from the Siong Leng Musical Association practice Nanyin or 'southern pipes music' - the traditional wooden flute and voice reminisce wistfully of home.

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  • Malaysia

    Sat, 21 Jun 14

    Duration:
    20 mins

    In the capital of Malaysia's southernmost state of Johor, traditional Malay Ghazal and Zapin dance music is popular despite the country's race to modernity. We hear from On Jaafar and Shafie Bin Ahmad how Zapin music and dance arrived with the Arab Missionaries and that the tradition of Ghazal came from Persia; graduating from royal palace performances to the local community.

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  • Heritage Track: Mozambique

    Sat, 21 Jun 14

    Duration:
    4 mins

    Mozambique is something of an anomaly in terms of Commonwealth membership. It only became a member in 1995 and was never under British control. Instead the country was ruled by Portugal from 1505 until independence in 1975. As a result Portuguese remains the official language and strong ties remain between Mozambique and Portugal. Swimmer Jessica Teixeira Vieira is part of that story, having been raised on the island and has chosen to represent them at events such as the Olympics. Her chosen piece of music is a Marrabenta a musical form typical of Mozambique, and the song is A Nkama wa hi Siya sung by Mingas.

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  • Heritgae Track: St. Kitts & Nevis

    Sat, 14 Jun 14

    Duration:
    7 mins

    Athlete Jason Rogers (100m), living and training in Canada, chooses an example of the soca music so popular back home in the Caribbean islands of St Kitts and Nevis. Unstoppable Force by King Konris is deeply rooted in that country and speaks of the pride, dedication and energy of the people, something Jason finds inspiring as he looks forward to representing St Kitts and Nevis at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

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  • Uganda

    Sat, 14 Jun 14

    Duration:
    19 mins

    Across the source of the Nile at Jinja and eastwards towards the Kenyan border lies the remote and rural Bigwala Village. The last surviving musicians of the Royal courts are the Akadinda players, playing a giant wooden xylophone built across a pit in the ground. This impromptu concert at the village also features a rare opportunity to hear the gourd trumpets of Busoga, who have been named by UNESCO on the list of Important Cultural Heritages in need of urgent safeguarding. Meanwhile and by contrast in the leafy campus of Kyambogo University in Kampala, we meet one of the two Ennanga (Bow harp) players of Buganda.

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  • Sri Lanka

    Sat, 7 Jun 14

    Duration:
    17 mins

    In Sri Lanka's capital Colombo, Vesak celebrations are underway for the birth and enlightenment of Lord Buddha. The streets are thronged with families and traffic all heading to the town centre, colourful lanterns are lit and the sounds of music and prayer from the Gangaramaya Temple can be heard from nearby Beira Lake. Temple musicians play Thammetama and Davula drums and the Horenava as they call people to prayer. Outside the city centre Mr TS Murugesh is continuing the Tamil tradition of folk songs, he sings a story of rural love and hopes more will be done to promote this Sri Lankan musical style.

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  • Heritage Track: Papua New Guinea

    Sat, 7 Jun 14

    Duration:
    5 mins

    Jeffry Feeger, Papua New Guinea's leading visual artist, chooses the song West Papua by George Telek to express the deep-rooted Melanesian heritage his people share with those across the border in the west.

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  • New Zealand

    Mon, 2 Jun 14

    Duration:
    17 mins

    Whiri Tu Aka are a 5-piece all-female Maori a capella group founded by producer/vocalist Mina Ripa. Best known for her work in the field of electronica and dance music, this project was inspired by the birth of Mina's son to create music using only 'the power of the voice'. We hear a performance by the band recorded at a special event on Waitangi Day (February 6th) at a waterfront concert in Wellington. On this day in 1840 the country's founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed granting Maori people ownership of their lands and properties giving them the same rights as British subjects. The programme also features a unique collaboration with members of Whiri Tu Aka and Horomona Horo a practitioner of 'taonga puoro', the collective term given to a wide array of Maori instruments, recorded on the shores of Titahi Bay, Porirua in the North Island of New Zealand.

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  • Heritage track: Guyana

    Mon, 2 Jun 14

    Duration:
    4 mins

    Writer and academic David Dabydeen is currently Guyana's ambassador to China. His Heritage Track is 'Not a Blade of Grass' by Dave Martins and the Tradewinds. For David the song prompts thoughts of Guyana's evolving relationship with Britain since independence in 1966, and of the opportunity for the Guyanese to renew their self-image and own their heritage.

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  • Heritage Track: Nigeria

    Sat, 24 May 14

    Duration:
    7 mins

    Nigeria has long been a powerhouse in terms of world music, with artists like Fela Kuti reaching audiences around the globe. Our Commonwealth athlete this week is US Olympian but has chosen to represent Nigeria because her father was born there. And Regina George's choice of music is also very much within the family. The chosen track is "Sweet Sherry" by Eddy Okonta

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  • Kenya

    Sat, 24 May 14

    Duration:
    20 mins

    Recorded at the African Heritage House outside Nairobi. Two generations of the Luo tribe perform the music of their people. Ayub Ogada has reached an international market as a world musician but here he returns to his acoustic roots and the ancient nyatiti lyre. This is the instrument of the Luo people and he has evolved a softer, gentler sound' to which he adds his distinctive soft sweet voice. In contrast, The Sega Sega Band, play Benga music, the style that is at the root of Kenyan pop music from the 60s to the present day. The melodies and rhythms are shaped by the tuning of the nyatiti harp and orutu, (a single string fiddle) but they have modernised the music to create uptempo dance music and transferred the musical lines to the modern guitar.

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  • Heritage Track: Vanuatu

    Sat, 17 May 14

    Duration:
    7 mins

    Vanuatu - which literally means freestanding - has only existed as an independent country since 1980. It has a population of less than quarter of a million, but despite that has a strong reputation for table tennis, especially in the shape of Anolyn Lulu whose chosen song is "Freedom" by Vanuatu's Vanessa Quai, as she explained from her island home.

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  • Dominica

    Sat, 17 May 14

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Music is a family affair in La Petite Souffriere, a tiny and remote village high in the hills of Dominica. Isma Alie still works as a farmer cultivating Bay Tree plantations for their oil but also happens to be the island's greatest accordion player. With his son James and grandson Jackson, he keeps alive the traditional Jing-ping music of Dominica for community dances and celebrations.

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  • Heritage Track: Gambia

    Sat, 10 May 14

    Duration:
    7 mins

    Gambian athlete, Suwaibou Sanneh, carries his country's music with him as he prepares for the 100 metres sprint in the USA. Music from Jaliba Kuyateh and The Kumareh Band.

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  • Malta

    Sat, 10 May 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Extinct for over 200 years, the Maltese Lira can be heard along with a clutch or other rare instruments all played by Ruben Zahra.Plus recordings of Malta's traditional folk music, 'Ghana'.

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  • Heritage Track: Samoa

    Sat, 3 May 14

    Duration:
    6 mins

    Sia Figiel is a novelist, painter and poet who won the 1997 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Fiction (SE Asia/Pacific Region). Her choice of Heritage Track LOTA NU'U, sung here by the Samoa Teachers' Choir, evokes deep emotions not only in her, but in many Samoans across the world, and is almost an unofficial national anthem, dissolving boundaries and bringing them, and all Pacific peoples, together as children of the great ocean, Moana.

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  • Solomon Islands

    Sat, 3 May 14

    Duration:
    13 mins

    Bamboo grows all over the Solomon Islands and provides a perfect natural material for making musical instruments. The 13 piece Waurana Pan Pipe Ensemble makes full use of the bamboo which grows around them to create their joyful, life-affirming sound. Hear the musicians talk about the history of this form of music making and enjoy a special session which captures a raw, hi-energy performance recorded at the Solomon Islands Broadcasting studios in the capital city of Honiara.

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  • Heritage Track: Grenada

    Sat, 26 Apr 14

    Duration:
    6 mins

    Writer Jacob Ross was short-listed for the 2009 Commonwealth Writers' Prize and in 2011 was awarded Grenada's highest award for his contribution to literature. His choice of Heritage Track- the 1960s calypso Dan is the Man in the Van by The Mighty Sparrow- reminds him of growing up in Grenada and the schooling he received in what was then a British colony, full of nonsensical nursery rhymes and images of seasons unknown in the Caribbean. He paints a picture of Grenadians as being both laid-back and determined in their attitude to life, and nurturing high hopes as their star sprinter, Kirani James, heads for Glasgow this summer.

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  • Malawi

    Sat, 26 Apr 14

    Duration:
    21 mins

    In a music centre at the heart of Malawi's capital Lilongwe, 3 groups converge to demonstrate some of this country's rich music and culture. Waliko Makhala, respected musicologist and pioneer at Malawi Broadcasting Corporation, introduces the Kang'oma Cultural Troupe. Teacher Nkathama Chavamagwede and singer Avelyn White play township jive and songs of social comment. Nyandoro & The Black Souls fill a small teaching room with the sounds of unashamedly traditional songs, and we hear how this music defines Malawi's heritage.

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  • Heritage Track: Ghana

    Sat, 19 Apr 14

    Duration:
    5 mins

    Ghana has made quite an impact on the world music scene over the years, not least with Highlife music, perhaps the best known genre to emerge from this west African country - and the Anglo-Ghanaian band Orchestra Jazira delighted audiences here in the UK in the eighties. But for weightlifter Alberta Ampomah, who represented Ghana in the London Olympics and at the Delhi Commonwealth Games and is currently training as a police officer in Accra, the times have clearly moved on. Song: "Life" by R2Bees

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  • Cyprus

    Sat, 19 Apr 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    The story of Cyprus's tumultuous past is told through its archaeological treasures, its dusty streets, its food and music. Michalis Tterlikkas was born and lived in the rural village of Kapouti in northern Cyprus until the 1974 Turkish invasion. As a child, he was steeped in the folklore and music of Cyprus and shares with us his lifelong passion for traditional song. Meanwhile, the next generation of musicians is picking up the traditional baton, and a new vigour is brought to the music of Cyprus by the trio 'Monsieur Doumani', who perform on a Nicosia rooftop, overlooking the old city and the green line that divides a nation.

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  • 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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  • Tanzania: Suleman Nyambui Mujaya

    Sat, 1 Mar 14

    Duration:
    7 mins

    Suleman Nyambui Mujaya struck silver for Tanzania in the 3000 metres steeplechase at the Moscow Olympics in 1980. He stayed in sport and is now General Secretary of Athletic Tanzania. His chosen artist is Best Nasso, and the track is Narudi Kijijini, a warning for young Africans leaving their villages that life in the big city might not be all it’s cracked up to be.

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  • Namibia

    Sat, 1 Mar 14

    Duration:
    17 mins

    In the Namibian bush, close to the Botswana border, two San families share their musical traditions. As one of southern Africa's oldest peoples, the San are proud of a way of life that is dying out. We hear berry-picking work songs and healing dances that have been performed for centuries. In Namibia's capital, Windhoek, singer-songwriter Elemotho is also preserving Namibian traditions through his music. He explains how his childhood in the Kalahari Desert has influenced his songs.

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  • Mauritius- Christianne Legentil

    Sat, 22 Feb 14

    Duration:
    4 mins

    Christianne Legentil did Mauritius proud by reaching the quarter finals of the 52kg women's Judo category at the London Olympics, despite coming from an island just 18 kilometres long in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Rodrigues Island lies five hundred kilometres east of the main island of Mauritius, and the Republic of Mauritius is an unusual Commonwealth Country because it is largely French speaking. Christine has chosen some seggae music, a fusion of the local sega music and reggae with an old favourite "Li Tourner" by Alain Ramanisum which has recently been given a new lease of life by local DJs.

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  • Barbados

    Sat, 22 Feb 14

    Duration:
    17 mins

    The music of Barbados is a curious hybrid of British culture and African rhythms dating back to plantation days, and their strong Calypso song is an aural newspaper of modern life on the island. Wayne 'Poonka' Willocks explains the tradition of his three man Tuk band of bass drum, snare drum and penny whistle and its connection to Scottish marching bands. Nine-times Calypso Monarch winner, Dr Anthony Carter, better known as The Mighty Gabby, sings of a more contemporary Barbados with his spontaneous and witty songs which tell stories about Bajan life. The songs range widely across hot topics in Bajan culture from the life of fishermen, a protest about sending Bajan troops to war, and of course the Bajan passion for Cricket, told with a twinkle and a more than a hint of sexual double-entendre.

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  • The Bahamas- Chris Brown

    Sat, 15 Feb 14

    Duration:
    8 mins

    Bahamian 400m sprinter and triple Olympic medallist, Chris Brown, talks about junkanoo, the music of the annual street parades that resonates with all Bahamians. This music, deeply rooted in the islands' historic ties to Africa, brings back memories for Chris of winning a drumming competition as a child and becoming the lead drummer on his island, of crowds dancing in the streets underneath giant figures of people and animals, and of fires springing up across the islands, lit to warm the drums so that they make the perfect sound. Chris explains how the rhythms of junkanoo are still with him today at international competitions, inspiring him to achieve the very best.

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  • South Africa

    Sat, 15 Feb 14

    Duration:
    22 mins

    Every Sunday morning, townships across South Africa vibrate to the sound and colour of traditional gospel services. The Holy Ethiopian Catholic Church of Zion gather in Soweto to sing songs which blend ancient Zulu melodies and free-flowing phrases with missionary-style harmonies which they say bring them closer to God. A very different kind of township style is found in the music of Madosini, a mouth-bow player and singer living in Cape Town. Now 92 years old, and still performing professionally, she sings stories of life in pre-apartheid rural South Africa, with dramatic overtone-singing and expressive mouth-bow effects.

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  • Lesotho- Mosito Lehata

    Sat, 8 Feb 14

    Duration:
    5 mins

    Mosito Lehata, 100 and 200 metre sprinter, is the fastest man in Lesotho and is the current holder of the country's record for the 100 metres. Mosito's chosen artist is Lesotho saxophonist Bhudaza with the track "Tjontjobina" from his album "Bo-Mapefane".

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  • Canada: Postcard from Newfoundland

    Sat, 8 Feb 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Generations of musicians have found inspiration from their landscape, their fishing traditions and island life in Newfoundland. This lively music session recorded in St. John's, Newfoundland's capital city, features legendary button accordionist Frank Maher, singer and collector of folk songs, Jean Hewson, the respected fiddler, and academic Christina Smith plus other local musicians including bodhran player Rick West and fiddler Tony O'Brien.

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  • cc: Jamaica: The Route to Reggae

    Sat, 1 Feb 14

    Duration:
    16 mins

    In Port Antonio on the north side of the island, the Jolly Boys, a mento band formed in 1945 to entertain at Errol Flynn's parties, live a quiet life entertaining the visiting stars and singing songs of social comment. This is Jamaica's Calypso, complete with banjo, percussion and rumba box accompaniment, an acoustic forerunner to the ubiquitous Reggae music heard all over the Caribbean.

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  • cc: Swaziland- Gideon Mthembu

    Sat, 1 Feb 14

    Duration:
    7 mins

    Gideon Mthembu made his name as a marathon runner for Swaziland, representing his country at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.He went on to play an important role in the administration of athletics in Swaziland, becoming General Secretary of the Athletics Federation, and today continues his work promoting track and field in the whole Southern Africa region. He chose the artist Bholoja, with a song called "Indzawo Yami" from his album "Swazi Soul", a beautiful song explaining Swazis' deep attachment to the land they call home

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  • Welcome

    Fri, 31 Jan 14

    Duration:
    1 min

    Welcome

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