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Angelique Kidjo, Meryl Streep, Raghu Dixit

55 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 02 February 2014

This week in The Arts Hour with Nikki Bedi the Beninese singer and activist Angelique Kidjo tell Nikki why she was told to stop singing when she reached puberty - plus what she thought of Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s dancing. Also on this week’s programme: Meryl Streep explains why she tried to turn down the role that has just won her her 18th Oscar nomination and Kenneth Branagh discusses playing a ruthless Russian baddie in the new Jack Ryan film – and confides he met some shady characters in Moscow while researching the role. Christos Tsiolkas discusses how the success of his novel The Slap affected his latest book and Linda Kennedy reports on the political twist to this year’s Chinese New Year entertainments. We hear how a Bollywood style singing contest is brightening the lives of Dubai’s migrant labour camps and South Indian folk sensation Raghu Dixit seduces the audience into a sing-a-long in Kannada (his language) at the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow.

Photo: Angelique Kidjo (credit: BBC), Meryl Streep (credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images), Raghu Dixit (credit: Gomtesh Upadhye)

Music and featured items

16 items
  • Raghu Dixit


    Raghu Dixit has a new album out called Jag Changa

    (Photo credit: Gomtesh Upadhye)


  • Angelique Kidjo

    Angelique Kidjo (c) BBC

    Angelique Kidjo’s new album, Eve, is released on 28 January on 429 Records, and her autobiography, Spirit Rising, is published on 30 January by Harper Collins.


    Angelique can also be heard in session on World Routes on BBC Radio 3 on 14 February, speaking to Lopa Kothari and playing five tracks from her new album, Eve. 


    Photo credit: BBC


  • Christos Tsiolkas

    Christos-Tsiolkas (c) BBC

    This month on World Book Club  Christos talks to Harriett Gilbert about his controversial, award-winning novel The Slap which has polarised opinion in his native Australia and across the globe. In it he presents an apparently minor domestic incident, when a man smacks a badly behaved child, from eight very different perspectives and examines how its aftermath reverberates through the lives and communities of everyone who witnesses it. His new book is called Barracuda.

  • Champ of the Camp

    Champ of the Camp competition
    Champ of the Camp is a feature-length documentary film which follows migrant labourers in the controversial camps of the United Arab Emirates who have entered a Bollywood-themed talent contest. Made by award-winning Lebanese documentary maker Mahmoud Kaabour.   


Presenter Nikki Bedi

Nikki Bedi

Nikki curates, writes and presents The Arts Hour. Find out about her other work.


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