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BBC 4 - THE AFRICAN ROCK 'N' ROLL YEARS
Tuesday 21 June - Tuesday 12 July 2005 TBC
Dazzling six-part series telling the full story of African music, from the desert blues of the Sahara to the dance music of the Congo.


Mixing new interviews with key artists, classic concert footage and news archives, the series examines and explains the wildly different and vibrant styles that make up the continent's music, and the political and social pressures that led to their development.


Ep 1: WEST AFRICA: Praise Singers and Superstars
Tuesday 21 June 9pm-10pm; 1am-2am; Saturday 25 June 10.30pm-11.30pm
This is the story of how the musical caste lost their monopoly, taken over by state intervention and a craze for Cuban music, which helped to create one of the most exciting music scenes in the world today. Featured artists include Youssou N'Dour, Baaba Maal, Salif Keita, Orchestra Baobab, Rokia Traore, Ali Farka Toure and Daara J.


Ep 2: SOUTH AFRICA: Rhythms of Resistance
Tuesday 28 June 9pm-10pm; 12.55am-1.55am; Saturday 2 July 12.45am-1.45am (Friday night)
South Africa's vibrant music scene developed in the apartheid era, when songs were used as a way of hitting back against repression. Featured artists include Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Abdullah Ibrahim, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Thomas Mapfumo and newcomer Thandiswa.


Ep 3: CENTRAL AFRICA: Congo Jive
Tuesday 5 July 9pm-10pm; 1am-2am TBC
Some of the most infectious dance music in Africa came from Kinshasa on the Congo river, as guitarists and band-leaders mixed local and Cuban influences to create the rumba and soukous styles that shook up dance floors across Africa and beyond. Featured artists include Franco, Tabu Ley Rochereau, Ray Lema, Pepe Kalle, Konono No 1 and Corneille.


Ep 4: COASTAL SOUNDS: Sierra Leone to Cameroon
Tuesday 12 July 9pm-10pm; 1am-2am TBC
This programme explores the effect of calypso on the 'palmwine' styles that developed in Sierra Leone and Nigeria. It tells how music from Sierra Leone and elsewhere affected the massively popular Highlife dance styles of Ghana, and how palmwine music was also to influence the makossa dance scene in Cameroon. Featured artists include Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Osibisa, Alphy Blondy, Angelique Kidjo and Manu DiBango.


Ep 5: LUSOPHONE AFRICA: The Lisbon Legacy
Tuesday 2 August 9pm-10pm; 12.45am-1.45am TBC
Angola, Mozambique, Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde were cut off from neighbouring states because the language of their colonisers was Portuguese and not French or English. The musicians developed distinctive styles; from the high-energy rhythms of Angola to the sad-edged blues and European-influenced ballads of the Cape Verde islands. Featured artists include Cesaria Evora, Manecas Costa, Mariza, Bonga and Mabulu.


Ep 6: NORTH AFRICA: Rai Rebels and Desert Blues
Tuesday 9 August 9pm-10pm TBC
The programme follows the careers of rai stars like Khaled and the Arabic rocker Rachid Taha, and also the great female singers who have emerged from Islamic North Africa and from further east in Christian Ethiopia. Featured artists include Tinariwen, Khaled, Rachid Taha, Souad Massi, the musicians of Jajouka Amina and (from Ethiopia) Gigi and Aster Aweke.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/music/features/african-rock.shtml



-- Edited by oeokosko at 09:09, 2005-06-17

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nice one BBC!

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That's incredible!!!I am in the US and we don't have anything like that kind of presentation. You guys who have BBC are really lucky. Maybe it will get released as a video/dvd later? Wow!!!

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