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Jungles

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Thursday 03 February 2011

For this major series to accompany BBC One's 'Human Planet', Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran go in search of music from some of the world's remotest locations.. This week: Jungles.

Solomon Islands: Andy teams up with musicians in Honiara, who use giant rainforest bamboo trees to give a monster bass sound to their songs.

Congo: Lucy presents a profile of the Mbendjele people of northern Congo, a pygmy hunter-gatherer group whose music echoes the sound of the forest that feeds them.

Burma: Andy visits the Thai town of Mae Sot on the border with Burma where he records musicians from one of the giant refugee camps there, meets a Burmese protest singer who has just finished a 10-year jail sentence, and drops in on the local Karen-rebel guerrilla centre disguised as a restaurant.

Producers Roger Short and James Parkin.

Music and featured items

18 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Introduction

  • Image for The Baruku Bamboo Band of Ughele

    The Baruku Bamboo Band of Ughele Seni Tataru (Love Chain)

    BBC recording by Sound Engineer James Birtwistle in Honiara, Solomon Islands, 16th March 2010

  • Solomon Islands -Baruku Bamboo Band

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    The Baruku Bamboo Band of Ughele Balabala Pele Rau – Thinking Back

    BBC recording by Sound Engineer James Birtwistle in Honiara, Solomon Islands, 16th March 2010

  • Image for The Baruku Bamboo Band of Ughele

    The Baruku Bamboo Band of Ughele Veluvelu Sa Popoa – Evening Shadows

    BBC recording by Sound Engineer James Birtwistle in Honiara, Solomon Islands, 16th March 2010

  • Image for Makoko

    Makoko Solo yodeling

    Artist: Makoko

    BBC recording at the Pembe settlement on 28th August 2010

  • Republic of Congo – Pygmy music

  • Image for Babenzele Pygmies

    Babenzele Pygmies Malobé

    BBC recording at the Pembe settlement on 28th August 2010

  • Image for Mbendjele Pygmies

    Mbendjele Pygmies Water Play

    BBC recording at the Pembe settlement on 28th August 2010

  • Image for Sung by men and women of Ibamba settlement

    Sung by men and women of Ibamba settlement Malobé (Ceremony of the spirit of the forest)

    BBC recording at the Ibamba settlement on 29th August 2010

  • Image for Sung by the men of the Ibamba settlement

    Sung by the men of the Ibamba settlement Nyabula (song of the elephant)

    BBC recording at the Ibamba settlement on 29th August 2010

  • Image for Sung by men and women of Ibamba settlement

    Sung by men and women of Ibamba settlement Malobé (Ceremony of the spirit of the forest)

    BBC recording at the Ibamba settlement on on 29th August 2010

  • Burma – music of Burmese refugees

  • Image for Performed by Sin Tin Ayea

    Performed by Sin Tin Ayea Untitled Karen Song

    Composer: Trad

    Recorded by the BBC at the Mae La refugee camp, Mae Sot, Thailand, on 16th May 2010

  • Image for Performed by Sin Tin Ayea

    Performed by Sin Tin Ayea Kweh ka baw

    Composer: Trad

    Recorded by the BBC at the Mae La refugee camp, Mae Sot, Thailand on 16th May 2010

  • Image for Sin Tin Ayea

    Sin Tin Ayea Welcome Song

    Composer: Trad

    Recorded by the BBC at the Mae La refugee camp, Mae Sot, Thailand, on 16th May 2010

  • Image for Ye Htun Oo

    Ye Htun Oo The Dawn Bird Returns Home

    Recorded by the BBC in Mae Sot, Thailand, on 16th May 2010

  • Image for Ye Htun Oo

    Ye Htun Oo The Dawn Bird Returns Home

    Recorded by the BBC in Mae Sot, Thailand on 16th May 2010

  • Andy Kershaw takes a bamboo lesson

    Andy Kershaw takes a bamboo lesson

  • A young boy accompanies at a night Ceremony in the Republic of Congo

    A young boy accompanies at a night Ceremony in the Republic of Congo

  • ...the morning ceremony

    ...the morning ceremony

  • The River Moei which acts as the border between Thailand and Burma at Mae Sot

    The River Moei which acts as the border between Thailand and Burma at Mae Sot

  • Young Burmese Monks

    Young Burmese Monks

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