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Wisteria - Twilight Poems from the Swamp Country
Sunday 21 October 2007 21:30-22:15 (Radio 3)
When poet Kwame Dawes, who was born in Ghana and grew up in Jamaica, moved to Sumter in South Carolina, he recorded interviews with older black people he met, who told him about their lives in the era of segregation. From these recollections, Dawes wrote a collection of poems, Wisteria, which New Orleans composer Kevin Simmonds set to music for an ensemble of 14 black classical musicians.
Sunday Feature pagesThe John Tusa interviews