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Nuruddin Farah, Jung Chang, Seun Kuti

Somalian writer Naruddin Farah on ‘inspiration’, writer Jung Chang on music in Mao's Cultural Revolution and musician Seun Kuti on following his father's Afrobeat footsteps.

Prize-winning Somalian writer Naruddin Farah on ‘inspiration’. Bestselling writer Jung Chang on the role of music in Mao’s Cultural Revolution. Sir Ian (Gandalf) McKellen tells us about working with bees. Female rappers DJ Naida and MC Melodee challenge the macho culture of hip-hop. Author Amitav Ghosh finds a contemporary resonance in the 19th Century Opium Wars. Irene Caselli reports on what is hot in the Argentinian arts scene. Nigerian musician Seun Kuti talks about what made him follow in his father's Afrobeat footsteps.

(Photo: Nuruddin Farah (c) Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images, Jung Chang (c) Philippe Lopez/Getty Images, Seun Kuti (c) Pius Utomi Ekpei/Getty Images)

50 minutes

Music and featured items

  • Nuruddin Farah

    Duration: 07:39

  • Jung Chang

    Duration: 09:13

  • Ian McKellen

    Duration: 06:06

  • McMelodee and DJ Naid

    Duration: 08:14

  • Amitav Ghosh

    Duration: 07:37

  • Irene Caselli

    Duration: 04:59

  • Seun Kuti

    Duration: 05:38

  • Fela Kuti


  • China Central Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir

    Ode to the Motherland

  • Carter Burwell

    Mr Holmes Film Soundtrack

  • Patricio Rey y sus Redonditos de Ricota

    Unos Pocos Peligros Sensatos

  • Seun Kuti


  • Trad.

    Somalian Sekotta Music

  • Hariprasad Chaurasia

    Call of Krishna

  • MC Melodee


  • Seun Kuti

    African Airways

  • Lauryn Hill

    De Wop (That Thing)

  • Hariprasad Chaurasia

    Raga Mishra Tilang