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Oceans

Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran explore music of ocean communities, sampling sounds in Galicia in Spain, Papua New Guinea, Salvador da Bahia in Brazil and the Solomon Islands.

For this major series to accompany BBC One's 'Human Planet', Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran go trekking across the globe to bring us music from the peoples of some of the world's remotest regions, visiting many of the places featured in the TV series. This week the focus is on the music of ocean communities.

Galicia: Galicians consider themselves Celts, linked by sea travel with peoples in Northern France, Ireland and Scotland. Lucy Duran meets leading piper Xosé Manuel Budiño, and is invited to the village of Cebreiro for a party celebrating Celtic culture.

Papua New Guinea: To the accompaniment of the villagers, Andy Kershaw sets off on a shark fishing expedition with Blais, the singing shark caller from Tembin Village. Together the try to lure sharks with Blais's unique repertory of shark-calling songs.

Brazil: Lucy Duran visits the coastal city of Salvador da Bahia, the ancient capital of the Camdomblé religion. This is the religion that uses old African customs and languages - it's practised on the seashore looking across to Africa, and the sea and its shells are crucial to the liturgy, and its music too.

Solomon Islands: Andy Kershaw gets the gospel: the Deep Sea Canoe Movement is dedicated to keeping up continuous worship 24 hours a day on the paradise island of Malaita.

Producers: Roger Short and James Parkin.

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Sat 15 Jan 2011 15:00

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  • Bibilang Group

    Rulimat (Killing the shark

    • BBC Recording made on-location by Sound Engineer James Birtwistle.
  • Galicia

    Lucy Duran meets leading piper Xosé Manuel Budiño

    Duration: 14:26

  • Xosé Manuel Budiño

    Improvised solo

    • BBC Recording made on-location by Sound Engineer Martin Appleby.
  • Xose-Luis Foxo

    Muneira

    • BBC Recording made on-location by Sound Engineer Martin Appleby.
  • Argentina

    Song of the harvest

    • BBC Recording made on-location by Sound Engineer Andrew Smillie.
  • Xosé Manuel Budiño

    Compostela

    • BBC Recording made on-location by Sound Engineer Martin Appleby.
  • Xosé Manuel Budiño

    Ardora

    • BBC Recording made on-location by Sound Engineer Martin Appleby.
  • Shark Calling in Papua New Guinea

    Andy Kershaw goes fishing with Blais, the singing shark caller

    Duration: 14:55

  • Bibilang Group

    Busantali

    • BBC Recording made on-location by Sound Engineer James Birtwistle.
  • Bibilang Group

    Sogosok

    • BBC Recording made on-location by Sound Engineer James Birtwistle.
  • Bibilang Group

    Lesepmat

    • BBC Recording made on-location by Sound Engineer James Birtwistle.
  • Bibilang Group

    Sambalam

    • BBC Recording made on-location by Sound Engineer James Birtwistle.
  • Coastal Brazil

    Lucy Duran learns about the Camdomblé religion in the coastal city of Salvador da Bahia.

    Duration: 14:48

  • Mateus Aleluia

    Lament as aguas

    • BBC Recording made on 6th April 2010 in Salvador de Bahia by Sound Engineer Martin Appleby.
  • Bloco Afro Dida

    Odoya

    Composer: Trad

    • BBC Recording made on 7th April 2010 in Salvador de Bahia by Sound Engineer Martin Appleby.
  • Virgínia Rodrigues

    Jemenja

    Composer: Trad

    • BBC Recording made on 8th April 2010 in Salvador de Bahia by Sound Engineer Martin Appleby.
  • Virgínia Rodrigues

    Nzambi

    Composer: Tigana

    • BBC Recording made on 8th April 2010 in Salvador de Bahia by Sound Engineer Martin Appleby.
  • Deep Sea Canoe in the Solomon Islands

    Andy Kershaw encounters a Deep Sea Canoe Movement on the paradise island of Malaita

    Duration: 11:55

  • The Deep Sea Canoe Movement

    Doxology (Creole)

    • BBC Recording made on-location by Sound Engineer James Birtwistle.
  • The Deep Sea Canoe Movement

    Eri ah oru ah

    • BBC Recording made on-location by Sound Engineer James Birtwistle.
  • The Deep Sea Canoe Movement

    Jesus you are the king of glory

    • BBC Recording made on-location by Sound Engineer James Birtwistle.

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