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Sharon D Clarke, Steven Isserlis, Saul Williams

Sharon D Clarke on playing Ma Rainey, often referred to as the Mother of the Blues.

Saul Williams tells us about collecting field recordings for his new album and juggling his music career with his poetry and screen-writing. Sharon D Clarke celebrates the ‘Mother of the Blues’ - Ma Rainey. And, we bring you a truly global music collaboration between traditional Indonesian instruments and a ‘didgeribone’.

The Pulitzer prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout discusses her writing process. We find out how Disney heroines are changing. Steven Isserlis reveals his fear of Bach’s Cello Suites and saxophonist Moreira Chonguica explores the special relationship between him and his sax.

(Photo shows: Sharon D Clarke (c) Royal National Theatre, Steven Isserlis (c) Rosie Greenaway/Getty Images, Saul Williams)

50 minutes

Music and featured items

  • Saul Williams

    Rapper, singer-songwriter, musician, poet, writer, and actor

    Duration: 09:41

  • Sharon D Clarke

    The actor and singer on playing Ma Rainey, often referred to as the Mother of the Blues

    Duration: 06:32

  • Efiq Zulfiqar

    Indonesian multi-instrumentalist discusses his latest work

    Duration: 06:45

  • Elizabeth Strout

    Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout talks about her new novel

    Duration: 08:20

  • Steven Isserlis

    Cellist Steven Isserlis on his new recording of the Elgar Cello Concerto

    Duration: 09:46

  • John Lasseter

    We talk to the American animator and film maker John Lasseter

    Duration: 04:29

  • Moreira Chonguica

    The Mozambican saxophonist talks about his most recent album

    Duration: 00:25

  • Sharon D. Clarke

    Another One Bites The Dust

  • Kyven

    Don't Shut Me Out

  • Saul Williams


  • Saul Williams


  • Daft Punk

    Something About Us

  • Rainey

    Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

  • Hopelessness

  • Hopelessness

  • Alan Menken

    Part of Your World

    Composer: Howard Ashman.
  • Idina Menzel

    Let It Go

  • Shakira

    Don't Give Up

  • Randy Newman

    You've Got A Friend In Me

  • Steven Isserlis

    Bach Cello Suite No 4 in E Flat Major

  • Steven Isserlis

    Bach Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major

  • Moreira Chonguica


Moreira Chonguica

Moreira Chonguica
Moreira Chonguica is a Mozambican saxophonist, composer, ethnomusicologist and producer. His sound is described as contemporary African jazz, and his most recent album was a departure from the previous four, as it was recorded live in Maputo.

Photo: Kim Chakanetsa, BBC Africa