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Thursday 19 August 2010

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  • Khyam Allami and Ilham al Madfai

    Khyam Allami and Ilham al Madfai

    This year's 'World Music' prom concert features two Iraqi musicians. There's the man known as The Baghdad Beatle - Ilham al Madfai, and the winner of the 'BBC Radio 3 World Routes Academy' award, Khyam Allami. The concert can be heard on the BBC World Service on Saturday 21st August, and we spoke with them during a break in rehearsal, about how two generations of Iraqi musicians learnt how to work together

  • Madeo (Mother)

    Madeo (Mother)

    Hye-ja Kim who plays the title role.

    We review the latest film from South Korea's Bong Joon-ho, about a mother who desperately searches for the killer who she believes framed her son for a horrific murder.


    While President Obama has called for a 'new day' in Cuban-US relations, feelings about a political thaw between the two countries are mixed, not least in Miami's Little Havana, the centre of opposition to Fidel Castro's regime. For The Strand, Maria Bakkalapulo took herself off to the city's clubs and cafes to take the temperature of the music community; some prefer to maintain a cultural distance to match the 48 year old trade embargo, but others, especially the young,are saying now is the time for hands across the water, time to let the music play out loud and clear.

  • The Cairo Museum of Islamic Arts

    In September the Cairo Museum of Islamic Arts will re-open to the public after an eight-year, $10 million renovation project. The museum is widely described as having the largest collection of Islamic art in the world. Jon Leyne in Cairo speaks to the Museum's director and tells Mark what visitors can expect.


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