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Wednesday 18 August 2010

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Wednesday 18 August 2010

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

On today's programme: Author Ian Holding (pictured), Building Abroad, Shuga and Rara music in Haiti.


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  • Shuga

    The Kenyan TV soap opera changing the sex lives of young Africans.

  • Ian Holding

    The author discusses his novel about racism in Zimbabwe.

  • Rara

    The traditional music of Haiti, soundtracking the politics of today.

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    Novelist Ian Holding's day job is teaching history in his home town of Harare. His first novel won widespread acclaim for its treatment of loss and revenge in contemporary Zimbabwe. His second novel, Of Beasts and Beings, explores the legacy of the country's complicated and painful history, through the perspective of a school teacher called Ian. He talks to Bidisha about his hopes for Zimbabwe's future.

  • British Embassy Warsaw

    British Embassy Warsaw

    Photo: Christian Richters

    At the end of August architects from all over the world will meet at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Bidisha asks architect Tony Fretton and critic Hugh Pearman if architecture has gone global.

  • de Prinsendam housing, Amsterdam

    de Prinsendam housing, Amsterdam

    Photo: Christian Richters

  • Fuglsang Kunstmuseum, Lolland, Denmark

    Fuglsang Kunstmuseum, Lolland, Denmark

    Photo: Peter Cook


    Shuga is a three part TV soap opera broadcast across Africa that has caught the popular imagination; set in Nairobi, it reached nearly 60% of the intended audience there. It's a collaboration between MTV and several health organisations such as UNICEF and "HIV Free Generation" to promote safe sex. We talk to the producer about why it has been such a success

  • RARA Music in HAITI

    RARA Music in HAITI

    A Rara band plays in the streets of Port-au-Prince. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images.

    With presidential elections in Haiti in November the candidates are already using every means possible to gain support, and many are exploiting traditional music made with home made instruments to draw the crowds. We report from Haiti on the power of Rara music.

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