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16 January 2010

27 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 16 January 2010

Charlie continues his exploration of music from South Korea: this time it’s the story-telling vocal genre known as pansori. We hear an extract from heungbuga, one of the five long traditional stories that make up the modern pansori repertoire. Half a century ago, Mahalia Jackson was the best-known gospel singer in the US with her own national radio programme and very healthy record sales. A few years later, she was asked to sing at the inauguration of president Kennedy and then at Martin Luther King’s funeral.

Some weeks ago, Sara Tavares sang and played for Charlie in a BBC studio; in this programme you can hear a song from her latest album Xinti. Sevval Sam comes from a dynasty of Turkish singers but in her native country she is thought of primarily as an actress. Plus another chance to hear Queen Ifrica and Nneka who complete this all-female vocalist programme.

Sara Tavares photo below by Isabel Pinto.

Music Played

6 items
  • Image for Queen Ifrica

    Queen Ifrica T.T.P.N.C


    Montego Bay, VP, 505 1865 1745-5-4

  • Image for Nneka

    Nneka Kangpe


    No Longer at Ease, Yo Mama's, CD-ATR 2509

  • Image for Soo-jong Chae

    Soo-jong Chae Dontaryeong in Pansori, Heungboga

    South Korea

    World Music in Korea, II, MCS, No details

  • Image for Mahalia Jackson

    Mahalia Jackson In the Upper Room, Parts 1 & 2


    Come to Jesus (4 CD box), Proper, PROPERBOX 109

  • Image for Sara Tavares

    Sara Tavares Bué

    Cape Verde

    Xinti, World Connection, WCD034

  • Image for Şevval Sam

    Şevval Sam Ben Seni Sevdi?umi


    Karadeniz, Kalan, CD 454


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