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Janelle Monáe's PYNK, Young People's Laureate for London, A Clockwork Orange score, Oldest bridge in the world

As Janelle Monáe's video for PYNK drops, we consider game-changing music videos, and the new Young People's Laureate for London, Momtaza Mehri, talks to her predecessor Caleb Femi.

As singer Janelle Monaé's video for her new single PYNK goes viral, music journalist Ruth Barnes looks back at other game-changers in the genre.

The new Young People's Laureate for London was announced yesterday evening as Momtaza Mehri. We bring her together with the outgoing post holder Caleb Femi to discuss what he learnt in the role and ask Momtaza what she hopes to achieve.

The soundtrack to the film "A Clockwork Orange" is as famous as Kubrick's film is notorious. What's less well known is that Anthony Burgess, as well as writing a stage version of his own novel, also wrote music to accompany it. The combined musical play is getting its first British theatrical production at the Liverpool Everyman next week. Dr Kevin Malone, reader in composition at the University of Manchester, who was the first person to re-unite the author's music and words evaluates Burgess's musical style.

A bridge in Tello, Iraq, was built in the third millennium BC and is believed to be the world's oldest bridge. The British Museum has embarked on a restoration project of the 4000-year-old structure, including training local Iraqi archaeologists. The project's Lead Archaeologist, Sebastien Rey, discusses the challenge as well as the issue of the recent destruction of so many ancient sites in Iraq.

Presenter: John Wilson
Producer: Hilary Dunn.

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30 minutes

Chapters

  • Janelle Monáe's PYNK

    Duration: 06:20

  • Oldest Bridge

    Duration: 06:24

  • Young Poet Laureates

    Duration: 07:33

  • Clockwork Orange

    Duration: 07:44

Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe
Janelle Monáe
Photo credit: Juco

Her song PYNK is available now

Main image: Janelle Monáe
Photo credit: Juco

Listen again to Front Row's interview with Janelle Monáe







Oldest Bridge in the World

Oldest Bridge in the World
Aerial view of the Bridge of Girsu
Photo credit: British Museum

Restoring the Bridge of Girsu is part of the Iraq Emergency Heritage Management Project

Clockwork Orange

Clockwork Orange
Liam Tobin rehearsing Clockwork Orange

Clockwork Orange is at the Everyman, Liverpool from
14 Apr until 12 July

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Ruth Barnes
Interviewed Guest Momtaza Mehri
Interviewed Guest Caleb Femi
Interviewed Guest Kevin Malone
Interviewed Guest Sebastien Rey
Presenter John Wilson
Producer Hilary Dunn

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