Andy Kershaw

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Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the broadcaster and journalist Andy Kershaw. His career to date is as distinctive as his delivery - he combines an evangelical enthusiasm for world music with a fascination for reporting from the planet's most unstable places. He says he is happiest when marinated in mosquito repellent and living out of a rucksack - and although he is best known for unearthing unfamiliar tunes and bringing them to a wider audience it is his current affairs reporting that has brought him the greatest acclaim.

Rwanda, Burundi and Haiti are among the 81 countries he has visited; his front line dispatches vividly conveying the true horror of conflict. His reporting and his music broadcasts have won him many, many awards and both careers are, he says, the result of his insatiable nosiness.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: Hupenyu Hwangu by Bhundu Boys
Book: The collected works by Ryszard Kapuscinski
Luxury: Lots of toilet roll.

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45 minutes

Last on

Fri 16 Mar 2007 09:00
BBC Radio 4 FM only


Role Contributor
PresenterKirsty Young
Interviewed GuestAndy Kershaw

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