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The Strand - Thursday 27th May 2010

28 minutes
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Thursday 27 May 2010

The best of the world's arts, film, music, literature and music brought to you every day. Presented by Mark Coles.

In today's programme: Videocracy - a new documentary about Silvio Berlusconi, music links into Argentine national identity, South African satrist Ben Voss and music from Mayer Hawthorne.


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  • Videocracy

    Film-maker Eric Gandini takes on the Italian prime minsiter in a documentary.

  • Argentina 4 Alika

    The Argentine musician Alika champions the country's disposessed.

  • Ben Voss

    South African satirist Ben Voss lets his alter ego Beauty Ramapelepele loose.

  • Mayer Hawthorn

    New 60s soul man - US singer Mayer Hawthorn.

  • Videocracy

    Above photo c/o Getty Images.

    Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi(above) has been ridiculed outside his country and attacked intellectually and physically at home. He's seemingly untouchable though, his power cemented by control over domestic television programming in Italy. A new documentary "Videocracy" traces the history of Berlusconi's rise to power through the TV programming he first introduced with stripping housewives on a gameshow thirty years ago.

  • Argentina 200

    Argentina 200

    All this week, Argentina celebrates its bicentenary, with countrywide festivities. Here on The Strand we'll be talking to musicians about how their music links into Argentine national identity. Today emerging reggae star Alika (above) takes Danny Aeberhard around one of the villas - or slums - on the outskirts of Buenos Aires . She discusses how her music reflects the other side of the economic divide and her role as one of the few women in her musical field.

  • Beauty Ramapelepele aka Ben Voss

    Beauty Ramapelepele aka Ben Voss

    The Strand talks to South African satrist Ben Voss and his alter ego Beauty Ramapelepele - the rich, black, opinionated and botox-ed Business Woman of the Year, and why he feels she represents the face of the new country.

    Ben Voss Website
  • Mayer Hawthorne

    Mayer Hawthorne

    Mayer Hawthorne (above) is a Detroit born musician who has delighted the hip hop community with his album of classic soul music, 'A Strange Arrangement'. He introduces some of his favourite tracks and gives his perspective on why he's been embraced by rap artists from Snoop Dog to The Roots.

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