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Commonwealth Connections 23

Lopa Kothari presents new world music, a live session from Tulipa and Part 23 of the series Commonwealth Connections, exploring the music of Bangladesh and Kiribati.

Lopa Kothari with the Commonwealth Connections series, exploring the music of Bangladesh and Kiribati,
plus a live session by Tulipa, and the latest new World Music releases.

On a rooftop beside Gulshan lake, above the bells of tuk tuks and sounds of the call to prayer, a group of musicians have gathered in the late afternoon in Dhaka. Baby Dewan sings Bhatiyali songs of the lonely boatmen who ply the waters here for a living and Baul musician Rob Fakir shares the mystical music and philosophy of one of the legendary Bauls of Bangladesh, Lalon Shah.

Kiribati is an archipelago of 33 islands in the central Pacific, with a population of just one hundred thousand people across more than a million square miles of Ocean. Formerly the Gilbert Islands, Kiribati gained independence from the UK in 1979, and has participated in the Commonwealth Games since 1998. Weightlifter David Katoata became the first person from the country to formally qualify for the Olympics, and came 17th in London two years ago. His favourite Kiribati group is called Ruff Dogs with their song Salute.

Brazilian singer-songwriter Tulipa visit the studio for a live session.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Tulipa Ruiz


  • Los de Abajo

    Me Dejo

    Performer: Los de Abajo.
    • Mariachi Beat.
    • Flowfish Records.
  • Söndörgő


    Performer: Söndörgő.
    • Tamburocket Hungarian Fireworks.
    • Riverboat Records.
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band

    Rattlin' Bones

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

    The Palm Springs Jump

    Performer: The Two Man Gentlemen Band.
    • Enthusiastic Attempts at Hot Swing & String Band Favorites.
  • Tulipa Ruiz


  • Tulipa Ruiz

    Like This

  • Idrissa Soumaoro

    Berbere feat. Ali Farka Toure

    Performer: Idrissa Soumaoro.
    • Mali All Stars: Bogolan Music.
    • Wrasse Records.
  • Tremor

    Huella feat. Micaela Chauque

    Performer: Tremor.
    • Proa.
    • Wonderwheel Recordings.
  • Ruff Dogs


    Performer: Ruff Dogs.
    • Commonwealth Connections - Kiribati (Heritage Track).
  • Niasony

    Nasina - I Know You

    Performer: Niasony.
    • Afroplastique.
    • Membran.
  • Dino d'Santiago

    Heranca da uma Cantadeira

    Performer: Dino d'Santiago.
    • Eva.
    • Lusafrica.
  • Tulipa Ruiz

    Da maior importância (Caetano Veloso)

  • Tulipa Ruiz


  • Petunia

    The One Thing

    Performer: Petunia.
    • Inside of You.
    • Trapline Productions Inc.
  • Cambodian Space Project

    Chom 10 Kae Theav [Wait 10 Months More]

    Performer: Cambodian Space Project.
    • 2011: A Space Odyssey.
    • Metal Postcard.
  • Meridian Brothers

    El Gran Pajaro de Los Andes

    Performer: Meridian Brothers.
    • Salvadora Robot.
    • Soundway.
  • Udashi

    Bondhur r bari amar bari - My beloved's home and my home

    Performer: Udashi.
    • Recorded on location in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • Udashi

    Sujon bondhu re - O my beloved

    Performer: Udashi.
    • Recorded on location in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • Udashi

    Bhokti Deo he Jaatey Choron Pai - Give me belief for refugee

    Performer: Udashi.
    • Recorded on location in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • Udashi

    Ghere Ghang e ro khepa - O wild one with the water

    Performer: Udashi.
    • Recorded on location in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • Tiris


    Performer: Tiris.
    • Sandtracks.
    • Sandblast.
  • Kamilya Jubran & Werner Hasler

    Al-Shaatte Al-Akhar

    Performer: Kamilya Jubran & Werner Hasler.
    • Rough Guide to Palestine.
    • World Music Network.
  • Aygun Bayramova

    Neychun Gelmez

    Performer: Aygun Bayramova.
    • Azerbaijani Love Songs.
    • Felmay.


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