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Grasslands

Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran explore music of grassland regions around the world, visiting Cambodia, Mongolia and Namibia.

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: Grasslands. Producer James Parkin.

Cambodia: Andy travels through one of the most heavily mined areas in the world recording a group of landmine victims who have formed a band, and in Phnom Penh, he records Kong Nay: a rare musician who survived the Khmer Rouge's Killing Fields. Plus he meets a bunch of kids who rap over the lost pop music of the 60s and 70s.

Mongolia: Lucy marvels at the loneliness of the Gobi grasslands and listens to the songs and games associated with mare's milk. In Ulaanbaatar, she meets the group Khusugtun who perform traditional throat songs in exhilarating contemporary arrangements.

Namibia: Andy goes in search of music in this musically elusive country. As well as a session with Namibia's most famous hatmaker, he goes to the far north to meet the Bushmen of the Kalahari.

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1 hour

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Sat 19 Feb 2011 15:00

Music and featured items

  • Introduction

    Duration: 02:07

  • Khusugtun

    Mongol

    Composer: Batzorig Recorded: by the BBC in at the Choijin Lama Temple Museum in Ulaanbataar on 14th August 2010

  • Namibia

    Duration: 18:31

  • Patricia Ochurus, accompanied by Imms on guitar

    Africa

    Composer: Patricia Ochurus Recorded: by the BBC in Windhoek on 9th September 2010

  • Patricia Ochurus, accompanied by Imms on guitar

    Aise Mamase

    Composer: Trad arr Patricia Ochurus Recorded: by the BBC in Windhoek on 9th September 2010

  • Sung by Vevangua Muuondjo and his group

    A collection of traditional Namibian songs

    Recorded: by the BBC in Windhoek on 9th September 2010

  • Sung by the villagers of Doupost in Bushmanland

    A collection of traditional Namibian Bushman songs

    Recorded: by the BBC in Doupost on 11th September 2010

  • Mongolia

    Duration: 16:34

  • Chuluunbaatar

    Saruul Tal

    Composer: Traditional “long song” Recorded: by the BBC in at the Choijin Lama Temple Museum in Ulaanbataar on 14th August 2010

  • Otgontsetseg

    Gunan Khar (Horse Song)

    Composer: Traditional Recorded: by the BBC at the Arburd Sands camp, Mongolia on 16th August 2010

  • Zagd-Ochir

    Dorvon Nastai Khaliun

    Composer: Traditional Recorded: by the BBC at the Arburd Sands camp, Mongolia on 16th August 2010

  • Khusugtun

    Tavan Tes

    Composer: Traditional Recorded: by the BBC in at the Choijin Lama Temple Museum in Ulaanbataar on 14th August 2010

  • Khusugtun

    Toroi Bandi

    Composer: Trad arr Ariunbold Recorded: by the BBC in at the Choijin Lama Temple Museum in Ulaanbataar on 14th August 2010

  • Cambodia

    Duration: 22:38

  • Pan Ron

    Snaeha

    Composer: Pan Ron

    • Electric Cambodia.
    • Minky Records MKY1.
  • Kong Nay

    My Life (Phat Cheay)

    Composer: Kong Nay Recorded: by the BBC at at Le Royal Hotel, Phnom Penh, Cambodia on 12th May 2010

  • Kong Nay

    Lullaby (Bam Pe)

    Composer: Kong Nay Recorded: by the BBC at at Le Royal Hotel, Phnom Penh, Cambodia on 12th May 2010

  • The Khmer Rap Boyz

    Sexy

    Recorded: by Sok Visal and given to the BBC for Music Planet

  • Neu Tum & Jessica Srin

    Pailin Town

    Recorded: by the BBC in Phnom Penh on 12th May 2010

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