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Late 1950s and early 1960s

Clarke Peters embarks on a third series uncovering a surprising history of Black music in Europe, from the aftermath of the Second World War through to the late 1970s.

Drawing on rare recordings, Clarke Peters embarks on a third series revealing the unexplored history of Black music across Europe, from the aftermath of the Second World War through to the late 1970s.

This was an era that saw countries such as Algeria, Jamaica, Cape Verde and Trinidad shake off European colonialism. These nations expressed their new found sense of freedom through songs, many recorded in European studios.

From the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, through the decolonisation years and beyond, this series hears from modern Black musicians, commentators and historians, to get to the heart of Black music in Europe.

Clarke explores the variety of Black music produced in Europe in the late 1950s and early 1960s - Congolese rumba recorded in Brussels, Algerian chaabi in Paris and the emergence of the Notting Hill Carnival in London. We also hear how North African music inspired a revolution in folk guitar.

Produced by Tom Woolfenden
Executive Producer: Miranda Hinkley
A Loftus Media production for BBC Radio 4

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28 minutes

Last on

Tue 7 Apr 2020 21:30

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Music Played

  • Georgia Pickaninnies

    Coontown's Ragtime Dance

    • Black Europe.
  • Kabaselle Joseph

    Independence Cha Cha

    • Le Grand Kalle: His Life, His Music.
    • African Jazz.
    • AJ 1.
  • Dahmane El Harrachi

    Ya Rayah

  • Ronald Snidjers

    Busy Street

  • Lord Kitchener

    Birth Of Ghana

  • Edo Et O.k.

    Kumavula Tubakueto

  • African Jazz

    MNC Uhuru

    • Congo Revolution.
    • Soul Jazz Records.
    • SJR LP437.
  • Joseph Kabaselle

    Independence Cha Cha

  • Joseph Kabaselle

    Table Ronde

  • African Jazz

    Vive Patrice Lumumba

  • Dahmane El Harrachi

    Bahja Bidha

  • Dahmane El Harrachi

    Ya Rayah

  • Davey Graham

    Jenra

    • Les Cousins.
  • Davey Graham

    She Moved Thro the Fair

    • New Electric Muse.
  • Lord Kitchener

    Sweet Jamaica

    • HONEST JONS RECORDS.
  • Laurel Aitken

    Boogie Rock

    • Boogie In My Bones.
  • The Mighty Terror

    NO CARNIVAL IN BRITAIN

  • The Duke of Iron

    Don't Stop the Carnival

  • Francis Bebey

    Le Chant D'Ibadan

  • Don Cherry

    ABF Suite Part I

Broadcasts

  • Tue 7 Apr 2020 09:00
  • Tue 7 Apr 2020 21:30