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Oceans

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Thursday 13 January 2011

For this major series to accompany BBC One's 'Human Planet', Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran go trekking across the globe to bring us music from the peoples of some of the world's remotest regions, visiting many of the places featured in the TV series. This week the focus is on the music of ocean communities.

Galicia: Galicians consider themselves Celts, linked by sea travel with peoples in Northern France, Ireland and Scotland. Lucy Duran meets leading piper Xosé Manuel Budiño, and is invited to the village of Cebreiro for a party celebrating Celtic culture.

Papua New Guinea: To the accompaniment of the villagers, Andy Kershaw sets off on a shark fishing expedition with Blais, the singing shark caller from Tembin Village. Together the try to lure sharks with Blais's unique repertory of shark-calling songs.

Brazil: Lucy Duran visits the coastal city of Salvador da Bahia, the ancient capital of the Camdomblé religion. This is the religion that uses old African customs and languages - it's practised on the seashore looking across to Africa, and the sea and its shells are crucial to the liturgy, and its music too.

Solomon Islands: Andy Kershaw gets the gospel: the Deep Sea Canoe Movement is dedicated to keeping up continuous worship 24 hours a day on the paradise island of Malaita.

Producers: Roger Short and James Parkin.

Music and featured items

21 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Bibilang Group

    Bibilang Group Rulimat (Killing the shark

    BBC Recording made on-location by Sound Engineer James Birtwistle

  • Galicia

    Lucy Duran meets leading piper Xosé Manuel Budiño

  • Image for Xosé Manuel Budiño

    Xosé Manuel Budiño Improvised solo

    BBC Recording made on-location by Sound Engineer Martin Appleby

  • Image for Xose-Luis Foxo

    Xose-Luis Foxo Muneira

    BBC Recording made on-location by Sound Engineer Martin Appleby

  • Image for Argentina

    Argentina Song of the harvest

    BBC Recording made on-location by Sound Engineer Andrew Smillie

  • Image for Xosé Manuel Budiño

    Xosé Manuel Budiño Compostela

    BBC Recording made on-location by Sound Engineer Martin Appleby

  • Image for Xosé Manuel Budiño

    Xosé Manuel Budiño Ardora

    BBC Recording made on-location by Sound Engineer Martin Appleby

  • Shark Calling in Papua New Guinea

    Andy Kershaw goes fishing with Blais, the singing shark caller

  • Image for Bibilang Group

    Bibilang Group Busantali

    BBC Recording made on-location by Sound Engineer James Birtwistle

  • Image for Bibilang Group

    Bibilang Group Sogosok

    BBC Recording made on-location by Sound Engineer James Birtwistle

  • Image for Bibilang Group

    Bibilang Group Lesepmat

    BBC Recording made on-location by Sound Engineer James Birtwistle

  • Image for Bibilang Group

    Bibilang Group Sambalam

    BBC Recording made on-location by Sound Engineer James Birtwistle

  • Coastal Brazil

    Lucy Duran learns about the Camdomblé religion in the coastal city of Salvador da Bahia.

  • Image for Mateus Aleluia

    Mateus Aleluia Lament as aguas

    BBC Recording made on 6th April 2010 in Salvador de Bahia by Sound Engineer Martin Appleby

  • Image for Bloco Afro Dida

    Bloco Afro Dida Odoya

    Composer: Trad

    BBC Recording made on 7th April 2010 in Salvador de Bahia by Sound Engineer Martin Appleby

  • Image for Virginia Rodrigues

    Virginia Rodrigues Jemenja

    Composer: Trad

    BBC Recording made on 8th April 2010 in Salvador de Bahia by Sound Engineer Martin Appleby

  • Image for Virginia Rodrigues

    Virginia Rodrigues Nzambi

    Composer: Tigana

    BBC Recording made on 8th April 2010 in Salvador de Bahia by Sound Engineer Martin Appleby

  • Deep Sea Canoe in the Solomon Islands

    Andy Kershaw encounters a Deep Sea Canoe Movement on the paradise island of Malaita

  • Image for The Deep Sea Canoe Movement

    The Deep Sea Canoe Movement Doxology (Creole)

    BBC Recording made on-location by Sound Engineer James Birtwistle

  • Image for The Deep Sea Canoe Movement

    The Deep Sea Canoe Movement Eri ah oru ah

    BBC Recording made on-location by Sound Engineer James Birtwistle

  • Image for The Deep Sea Canoe Movement

    The Deep Sea Canoe Movement Jesus you are the king of glory

    BBC Recording made on-location by Sound Engineer James Birtwistle

  • Village Pipers of Galicia

    Village Pipers of Galicia

  • Bibilang Group, Papua New Guinea

    Bibilang Group, Papua New Guinea

  • The Goddess Yemanja at the Casa de Yemanja

    The Goddess Yemanja at the Casa de Yemanja

  • Choir of the Deep Sea Canoe Movement, Solomon Islands

    Choir of the Deep Sea Canoe Movement, Solomon Islands

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