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Eddi Reader in session, plus Commonwealth Connections 18

Lopa Kothari with Commonwealth Connections from Sri Lanka, a Heritage Track from Papua New Guinea, new releases of World Music and a session from singer-songwriter Eddi Reader.

Lopa Kothari with our Commonwealth Connections series featuring music from Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea, also some new releases of World Music, and a session with Scottish singer-songwriter Eddi Reader.

In Sri Lanka's capital Colombo, Vesak celebrations are underway for the birth and enlightenment of Lord Buddha. The streets are thronged with families and traffic all heading to the town centre, colourful lanterns are lit and the sounds of music and prayer from the Gangaramaya Temple can be heard from nearby Beira Lake. Temple musicians play Thammetama and Davula drums and the Horenava as they call people to prayer. Outside the city centre Mr TS Murugesh is continuing the Tamil tradition of folk songs, he sings a story of rural love and hopes more will be done to promote this Sri Lankan musical style.

HERITAGE TRACK- Papua New Guinea
Jeffry Feeger, Papua New Guinea's leading visual artist, chooses the song West Papua by George Telek to express the deep-rooted Melanesian heritage his people share with those across the border in the west. He explains that Papua New Guineans see the world as both ordinary and extraordinary thanks to their belief in the spirit world, and they also very much enjoy the potential sport has to unite the nation.

SESSION - Eddi Reader
Known for her work with Fairground Attraction as well as her solo career, Scottish singer-songwriter Eddi Reader bring to our studios her unmistakable voice and her blend of traditional folk roots with a contemporary touch, including material from her latest recording Vagabond.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Alejandro Almenares

    Mujercita Linda

    Performer: Alejandro Almenares.
    • Casa de Trova Cuba 50's.
    • Tumi.
    • 3.
  • Dub Colossus

    We are the Playthings of the Rich & Famous

    Performer: Dub Colossus.
    • Addis to Omega.
    • IRL.
    • 4.
  • Eccodek

    Village in Me

    Performer: Eccodek.
    • Singing in Tongues.
    • Big Mind.
    • 1.
  • KM Jayawardana, PN Nimal Dayaratne, MD Samudu Lakshan

    Traditional call to prayer 'Poya'

    Performer: KM Jayawardana, PN Nimal Dayaratne, MD Samudu Lakshan.
    • Recordings at Gangaramaya Temple in Colombo, near Beira lake.
  • Mr TS Murugesh

    Love Song

    Performer: Mr TS Murugesh.
    • Recording in a backgarden, outskirts of Colombo.
  • Mr TS Murugesh, Ratha Veerasingham, Ratnam Ratnathurai

    Lord Ganesh's Blessings - Munthivi Munthivi Vinayagare

    Performer: Mr TS Murugesh, Ratha Veerasingham, Ratnam Ratnathurai.
    • Recording in a backgarden outskirts of Colombo.
  • Noura Mint Seymali

    El Mougelmen

    Performer: Noura Mint Seymali.
    • Tzenni.
    • Glitterbeat.
    • 5.
  • Pradeep Ratnayake

    Reinvention and improvisation on traditional song of the Eagle

    Performer: Pradeep Ratnayake.
    • Recording at Pradeep's house - Boralesgamuwa.
  • Professor Karunarathna Bandara, Nirmala Damayanthi Rathnayake

    Sinhala Traditional song of the Eagle

    Performer: Professor Karunarathna Bandara, Nirmala Damayanthi Rathnayake.
    • Recording at Pradeep's house - Boralesgamuwa.
  • Mar Seck


    Performer: Mar Seck.
    • Vagabonde.
    • Terangabeat.
    • 3.
  • It's a Beautiful Night (feat. Eddi Reader)

  • Kasai Allstars

    Beware the Fetish

    Performer: Kasai Allstars.
    • Beware the Fetish.
    • Crammed Discs.
    • 2.
  • Angkanang Kunchai

    Teoy Salap Pamaa

    Performer: Angkanang Kunchai.
    • The Sound of Siam vol.2.
    • Soundway.
    • 4.
  • California Feetwarmers

    Always Got a Home

    Performer: California Feetwarmers.
    • California Feetwarmers.
    • 3.
  • Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha


    Performer: Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha.
    • Lapland-Balkan.
    • Playground Music Finland.
    • 7.
  • Baby's Boat (feat. Eddi Reader)

  • Vagabond (feat. Eddi Reader)

  • Tárkány Művek

    Itt a Nyar

    Performer: Tárkány Művek.
    • Cimesincs.
    • Author's Edition.
    • 1.
  • Amsterdam Klezmer Band ft. Lilian Vieira

    Op Je Hoede

    Performer: Amsterdam Klezmer Band ft. Lilian Vieira.
    • Blitzmash.
  • George Telek Featuring Ngaiire

    West Papua by George Telek Featuring Ngaiire

    Performer: George Telek Featuring Ngaiire.
    • Akave.
    • Wantok Musik.
  • Aynur


    Performer: Aynur.
    • Hevra (Together).
    • Sony Music.
    • 2.
  • Ruspo

    Brasilia e Luisa

    Performer: Ruspo.
    • Role: New Sounds of Brazil.
    • Mais Um Discos.
    • 13.
  • Back the Dogs (feat. Eddi Reader)

  • In My Ain Country (feat. Eddi Reader)


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