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My America
My America is a project devised by Kwame Kwei-Armah - artistic director of Center Stage in Baltimore, USA. Short monologues by 50 playwrights about America which have been filmed by Hal Hartley.

Hip Hop in the Middle east
Saudi DJ Big Hass selects a couple of tracks that he feels reflect the situatuion musically and politically in the region.

Chico Buarque
As his latest novel, Spilt Milk, appears in English we hear about a founder of Bossa Nova, song-writer and award-winning novelist who is also a political hero in his home country, Brazil.

Photo shows Kwame Kwei-Amagh. © BBC.

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Thu 18 Oct 2012 08:32 GMT