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Cities

Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran explore music of cities, visiting the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali and South Africa.

In the final programme in this series to accompany BBC One's 'Human Planet', Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran focus on the music of Cities.

Congo: Andy roams the streets of Kinshasa, where there is a thriving scene of young musicians who can't afford guitars, and instead have made amplified thumb-pianos from old car parts.

Mali: Lucy enjoys 'Dimanche a Bamako', the lively Sunday music scene of Mali's capital, and meets two musicians who are stars in Mali, but hardly known outside.

South Africa: A prison is just about as far away from the natural world as it's possible to get. Andy visits the Central Correctional Facility in Pretoria to hear their world-class male choir.

Producers James Parkin and Roger Short.

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1 hour

Last on

Sat 5 Mar 2011 15:00

Music and featured items

  • Introduction

    Duration: 02:51

  • Choir of Pretoria Central Correctional Facility

    Tubela (a gospel welcome song)

    Recorded: by the BBC on 5th August 2010 by Roger Short

  • Kinshasa, Congo

    Duration: 18:34

  • Masankasankay

    Nseya Yamba

    Recorded: by Vincent Kenis at the Hotel Centrale, Kinshasa, 7th August, and mixed by Andrew Smillie

  • Masankasankay

    Banza Banza

    Recorded: by Vincent Kenis at the Hotel Centrale, Kinshasa, 7th August, and mixed by Andrew Smillie

  • Mali

    Duration: 18:57

  • Amadou & Mariam

    Beaux Dimanches

    Composer: Amadou Bagayoko

    • Dimanche a Bamako.
    • Because 3099952.
  • Yoro Diallo, with his musicians

    Wolahi Soulemane

    Performers: Yoro Diallo, Salimata Diakite, Issa Diarra, Maki Konate, Sonte Sidabe Recorded: by the BBC in Bamako on 24th January 2010

  • Yoro Diallo, with his musicians

    Seko toto

    Performers: Yoro Diallo, Salimata Diakite, Issa Diarra, Maki Konate, Sonte Sidabe Recorded: by the BBC in Bamako on 24th January 2010

  • Yoro Diallo, with his musicians

    Wula bara janya

    Performers: Yoro Diallo, Salimata Diakite, Issa Diarra, Maki Konate, Sonte Sidabe Recorded: by the BBC in Bamako on 24th January 2010

  • Babani Koné

    Nya Nya

    Performers: Babani Kone and her Group Recorded: by the BBC in Bamako on 25th January 2010

  • Babani Koné

    Att

    Performers: Babani Kone and her Group Recorded: by the BBC in Bamako on 25th January 2010

  • South Africa

    Duration: 19:38

  • Choir of Pretoria Central Correctional Facility

    Soon and very soon

    Composer: Traditional Recorded: by the BBC on 5th August 2010 by Roger Short

  • Choir of Pretoria Central Correctional Facility

    Mpulele

    Composer: Traditional Recorded: by the BBC on 5th August 2010 by Roger Short

  • Choir of Pretoria Central Correctional Facility

    Tubela

    Composer: Traditional Recorded: by the BBC on 5th August 2010 by Roger Short

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