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Mica Paris on Josephine Baker

4 Extra Debut. Singer Mica Paris chooses singer, dancer and civil rights activist, Josephine Baker. With Matthew Parris. From 2018.

For soul singer Mica Paris, when she first dreamt of becoming a singer it was Josephine Baker who inspired her most.

Baker was a young black American dancer who became an overnight sensation in Paris in 1925 after performing wild, uninhibited routines in the skimpiest of costumes.

So can Mica Paris make the case for Baker who wore a string of bananas and little else while performing the 'banana dance?

Joining presenter Matthew Parris to help tell the story of Josephine Baker is author Andrea Stuart.

Producer: Perminder Khatkar

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 May 2018.

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30 minutes

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Sun 17 Apr 2022 05:30

Mica Paris at Broadcasting House after the recording of Great Lives.

Mica Paris at Broadcasting House after the recording of Great Lives.

Matthew Parris with Mica Paris and Andrea Stuart after the recording.

Matthew Parris with Mica Paris and Andrea Stuart after the recording.

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Role Contributor
Presenter Matthew Parris
Interviewed Guest Mica Paris
Producer Perminder Khatkar

Broadcasts

  • Tue 15 May 2018 16:30
  • Fri 18 May 2018 23:00
  • Thu 14 Apr 2022 18:30
  • Fri 15 Apr 2022 00:30
  • Sat 16 Apr 2022 07:30
  • Sat 16 Apr 2022 17:30
  • Sun 17 Apr 2022 05:30

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