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Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, Commonwealth Connections Part 21

Lopa Kothari presents new music, a live studio session from Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin and Part 21 of Commonwealth Connections, which features music from Singapore and Tuvalu.

Lopa Kothari with our series Commonwealth Connections, exploring the music of Singapore and Tuvalu, plus Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin live in session.

Commonwealth Connections - Feature: Singapore
Singapore is home to a very senior group of 'waijiang' musicians originating from Chaozhou in southern China. Their waijiang style of playing was popular in pre-cultural revolutionary China but is now extinct on the mainland. Yet in their small shop house in the Geylang neighbourhood these senior gentlemen still take pride in performing pieces such as 'Little Peach Red' and 'Pipa verse'. Not far away in Chinatown a group of young students from the Siong Leng Musical Association practice Nanyin or 'southern pipes music' - the traditional wooden flute and voice reminisce wistfully of home.

Commonwealth Connections - Heritage Feature
Formerly known as the Ellice Islands, Tuvalu is a Pacific island nation situated between Hawaii and Australia. Its population of just 11,200 means it the third-least populous sovereign state in the world, and in terms of land mass at ten square miles it's the fourth-smallest country in the world. If you stand in the middle of the main island you can see the Pacific Ocean in every direction. Tuvalu first took part in the Commonwealth Games in 1998 and since then has steadily increased its participation. But Tuvalu weightlifter Lapua Lapua isn't just an Olympian - he's a bit of a singer and guitarist too, and gave us a taste of the Pacific. The song is "Toku nukupele funafuti" by Tamaika Kofe.

Session: Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin
Phillip Henry, one of the UK's top slide guitar player and master of the Dobro, and Hannah Martin, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, join us live in the studio for an exclusive session before they rush off to Glastonbury.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Buda Folk Band

    Kicsi Madar

    Performer: Buda Folk Band.
    • Magyar Vilagi Nepzene.
    • Buda Folk Band.
  • King Ayisoba

    Bayeti Boi

    Performer: King Ayisoba.
    • Wicked Leaders.
    • Makkum Records.
  • Sergio Mendes

    Sou Eu ft. Seu Jorge

    Performer: Sergio Mendes.
    • Magic.
    • Okeh.
  • Mona Matbou Riahi, Golnar Shahyar, Jelena Poprzan

    Mosha Cheshmeh

    Performer: Mona Matbou Riahi, Golnar Shahyar, Jelena Poprzan.
    • Sormeh.
    • Lotus Records.
  • Siong Leng Musical Association

    Soul Journey

    Performer: Siong Leng Musical Association.
  • Siong Leng Musical Association

    Quiet Night thoughts

    Performer: Siong Leng Musical Association.
  • Somi

    Lady Revisited ft. Angelique Kidjo

    Performer: Somi.
    • The Lagos Music Salon.
    • OKeh Records.
  • Thau Yong Amateur Musical Association

    Pipa Verse

    Performer: Thau Yong Amateur Musical Association.
  • Thau Yong Amateur Musical Association

    Little Peach Red

    Performer: Thau Yong Amateur Musical Association.
  • Quantic

    La Plata

    Performer: Quantic.
    • Magnetica.
    • Tru Thoughts.
  • Anansy Cissé

    Baala

    Performer: Anansy Cissé.
    • Mali Overdrive.
    • Riverboat Records.
  • Jah Wobble ft. PJ Higgins

    My Heart's Burning

    Performer: Jah Wobble ft. PJ Higgins.
    • Inspiration.
    • Sonar Kollectiv.
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band

    That's It!

    Performer: Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
    • That's It!.
    • Sony Legacy.
  • The Two Man Gentlemen Band

    Beale Street Mama

    Performer: The Two Man Gentlemen Band.
    • Enthusiastic Attempts at Hot Swing & String Band Favourites.
    • twogentlemen.bandcamp.com.
  • Soema Montenegro

    Flores del Desierto

    Performer: Soema Montenegro.
    • Pasionaria.
    • Western Vinyl.
  • Beautiful Nubia and the Roots Renaissance Band

    Keere O!

    Performer: Beautiful Nubia and the Roots Renaissance Band.
    • Keere.
    • CD Baby.
  • Edgelarks

    Silbury Hill

  • Edgelarks

    Underground Railroad

  • Tamaika Kofe

    Toku nukupele funafuti

    Performer: Tamaika Kofe.
  • Mariza

    Pequenas Verdades ft. Buika

    Performer: Mariza.
    • Best of Mariza.
    • Warner Music.
  • Tiris

    Ma Zein Wadna

    Performer: Tiris.
    • Sandtracks.
    • Sandblast.
  • Edgelarks

    Last Broadcast

  • Edgelarks

    Nailmakers' Strike part 2

  • Siong Leng Musical Association

    Four Seasons

    Performer: Siong Leng Musical Association.

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