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Caine Prize Winner, Kendrick Lamar, Pather Panchali

Zambian writer Namwali Serpell wins Caine Prize, rapper Kendrick Lamar on his career and Satyajit Ray's Indian cinema masterpiece Pather Panchali is 60 years old.

The Zambian writer Namwali Serpell has just been announced as the 2015 winner of The Caine Prize for African Writing. She talks about her story, The Sack. British writer Matt Haig on writing as an act of faith and how reading cured him of suicidal depression. With the film Jaws now 40 years old, we revisit a great BBC archive interview with director Steven Spielberg filming at sea.

Taylor Swift’s favourite rapper Kendrick Lamar talks about how an A grade in a school poetry exercise inspired his career. Antonio Pappano, music director of London’s Royal Opera House explores what happens to the body when we sing. Israeli author Ayelet Gundar-Goshen sends a seasonal postcard from her hometown Tel Aviv. What are they reading on the beach there? And an appreciation of Satyajit Ray's masterpiece of Indian cinema Pather Panchali, 60 years old this year.

(Photo: Namwali Serpell (c) The Caine Prize for African Writing, Kendrick Lamar (c) Jason Merritt/Getty Images, Satyajit Ray (c) AFP/Getty Images)

50 minutes

Music and featured items

  • Caine Prize Winner

    Duration: 06:32

  • Matt Haig

    Duration: 07:21

  • Jaws at 40

    Duration: 07:12

  • Kendrick Lamar

    Duration: 06:17

  • Classical Voices

    Duration: 06:10

  • Israeli Postcard

    Duration: 04:53

  • Pather Panchali

    Duration: 07:29

  • Tom Tom Club

    Wordy Rappinghood

  • Kendrick Lamar

    Real (feat. Anna Wise)

  • Tove Styrke

    Borderline (Instrumental)

  • John Williams

    Theme From Jaws

  • Jordan Katembula (JK)

    Ba Neighbour

  • Hawk Nelson

    Words (feat. Bart Millard)

  • Echosmith

    Come Together (Instrumental)

  • X-A-Byte

    Jaws Main Theme

  • Paul Joseph Smith

    Deep Water

  • AlunaGeorge

    You Know You Like It (Instrumental)

    Remix Artist: DJ Snake.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Der Hölle Rache (Queen Of The Night's Vengeance Aria)

  • Taylor Swift

    Bad Blood (feat. Kendrick Lamar)

  • Kendrick Lamar


  • BBC Concert Orchestra


    Singer: Lesley Garrett. Conductor: Peter Robinson.
  • Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

    (Stranded On) The Wrong Beach

  • Ravi Shankar & Bud Shank

    Theme Music from Pather Panchali

Israeli Book List

Judas by Amos Oz

Borderlife by Dorit Rabinyan

Short story collection : Tel Aviv Noir edited by Etgar Keret 

The collection of poetry is  Roee Hasan's Haklavim Shenvahu Beyaldutenu Hayu Hasumei Peh