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Jungles

Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran explore the music of remote jungle communities aroung the world, visiting the Solomon Islands, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burma.

For this major series to accompany BBC One's 'Human Planet', Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran go in search of music from some of the world's remotest locations.. This week: Jungles.

Solomon Islands: Andy teams up with musicians in Honiara, who use giant rainforest bamboo trees to give a monster bass sound to their songs.

Congo: Lucy presents a profile of the Mbendjele people of northern Congo, a pygmy hunter-gatherer group whose music echoes the sound of the forest that feeds them.

Burma: Andy visits the Thai town of Mae Sot on the border with Burma where he records musicians from one of the giant refugee camps there, meets a Burmese protest singer who has just finished a 10-year jail sentence, and drops in on the local Karen-rebel guerrilla centre disguised as a restaurant.

Producers Roger Short and James Parkin.

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1 hour

Last on

Sat 5 Feb 2011 15:00

Music and featured items

  • Introduction

    Duration: 01:41

  • The Baruku Bamboo Band of Ughele

    Seni Tataru (Love Chain)

    • BBC recording by Sound Engineer James Birtwistle in Honiara, Solomon Islands, 16th March 2010.
  • Solomon Islands -Baruku Bamboo Band

    Duration: 15:38

  • The Baruku Bamboo Band of Ughele

    Balabala Pele Rau – Thinking Back

    • BBC recording by Sound Engineer James Birtwistle in Honiara, Solomon Islands, 16th March 2010.
  • The Baruku Bamboo Band of Ughele

    Veluvelu Sa Popoa – Evening Shadows

    • BBC recording by Sound Engineer James Birtwistle in Honiara, Solomon Islands, 16th March 2010.
  • Makoko

    Solo yodeling

    Artist: Makoko

    • BBC recording at the Pembe settlement on 28th August 2010.
  • Republic of Congo – Pygmy music

    Duration: 20:36

  • Babenzele Pygmies

    Malobé

    • BBC recording at the Pembe settlement on 28th August 2010.
  • Mbendjele Pygmies

    Water Play

    • BBC recording at the Pembe settlement on 28th August 2010.
  • Sung by men and women of Ibamba settlement

    Malobé (Ceremony of the spirit of the forest)

    • BBC recording at the Ibamba settlement on 29th August 2010.
  • Sung by the men of the Ibamba settlement

    Nyabula (song of the elephant)

    • BBC recording at the Ibamba settlement on 29th August 2010.
  • Sung by men and women of Ibamba settlement

    Malobé (Ceremony of the spirit of the forest)

    • BBC recording at the Ibamba settlement on on 29th August 2010.
  • Burma – music of Burmese refugees

    Duration: 21:00

  • Performed by Sin Tin Ayea

    Untitled Karen Song

    Composer: Trad

    • Recorded by the BBC at the Mae La refugee camp, Mae Sot, Thailand, on 16th May 2010.
  • Performed by Sin Tin Ayea

    Kweh ka baw

    Composer: Trad

    • Recorded by the BBC at the Mae La refugee camp, Mae Sot, Thailand on 16th May 2010.
  • Sin Tin Ayea

    Welcome Song

    Composer: Trad

    • Recorded by the BBC at the Mae La refugee camp, Mae Sot, Thailand, on 16th May 2010.
  • Ye Htun Oo

    The Dawn Bird Returns Home

    • Recorded by the BBC in Mae Sot, Thailand, on 16th May 2010.
  • Ye Htun Oo

    The Dawn Bird Returns Home

    • Recorded by the BBC in Mae Sot, Thailand on 16th May 2010.

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