Hardeep Singh Kohli sits in
Hardeep Singh Kohli sits in to host the topical faith show. His guest this morning is the poet Benjamin Zephaniah who'll be talking about his Rastafari faith, his life and career. There's music from the ACM Gospel Choir whose album The Spirituals is just out. And Hardeep's faith guest is Rabbi Naftali Brawer.
Benjamin Zephaniah describes himself as a poet, writer, lyricist, musician and trouble maker. Born in Handsworth, Birmingham to Caribbean parents, Benjamin Zephaniah left school at 13 unable to read or write and got involved with street crime. His salvation was his love of poetry which was influenced by what he calls ‘street politics’ and the reggae music of Jamaica. As the best known dub poet of the 1980s, Zephaniah may have been something of a thorn in the side of the establishment. But today this self-styled trouble maker is Professor of Poetry and Creative Writing at Brunel University, holds several honorary doctorates, and regularly appears as a political and cultural commentator on radio and TV.
ACM Gospel Choir
The ACM Gospel Choir was formed in 2005 at the Academy of Contemporary Music by vocal coach Mark De-Lisser. The choir rose to fame when they reached the semi-finals of BBC One’s Last Choir Standing series in 2008. Dubbed the youngest, hippest choir and the "Stars" of the show they have gone on to tour with Russell Watson, perform with Beverley Knight, JLS, Diversity, Alexandra Burke, record with Robbie Williams, Scouting For Girls, Olly Murs and sung as special guests for HRH The Queen on numerous occasions.
The choir has just released an album "The Spirituals" which is available now.
Rabbi Naftali Brawer
Dr Naftali Brawer is Rabbi of the Elstree and Borehamwood Synagogue. He serves on the Chief Rabbi's cabinet with responsibility for Jewish-Muslim relations and is a regular columnist for the Jewish Chronicle.