Radio highlights


What is it About Rap that I like? — Since the '80s, rap music has been gathering momentum all over the world. From music to fashion, this rap style has redefined popular culture. Why is it so popular? This two-part feature unravels the roots of rap to reveal the traditions that infuse the music. This first program looks at the language of rap and its continuity with the African American oral tradition. ABC Radio National, Friday, October 29, 7.10 p.m. (repeated Sunday October 31, 2.05 p.m.).

Sunday concert: Inti-Illimani, John Williams, Paco Pena live — Inti-Illimani, a seven-member group from Chile, combine South American folk music, folklore, poetry and politics. The group became cultural ambassadors for Chile during the rule of the left-wing Allende government. After the bloody coup in 1973 they were forced into exile and spent subsequent years performing and protesting against the US-backed Pinochet government. They are joined by classical guitarist John Williams and flamenco guitarist Paco Pena. ABC Radio National, Sunday, October 31, 4.05 p.m.

Fusing the Foundations — British culture is rapidly changing under the impact of the large Asian and African Caribbean communities. Bhangra, popular Indian/Bengali music fused with reggae, illustrates this process. In London groups of young musicians and producers are "attempting to mastermind cultural crossover, using sounds from different countries, and incorporating them into dance music", says Kathering Canoville of Nation Records. Bands featured include rap group Fun 'da Mental and Trans Global Underground with members whose origins are in Turkey, Jamaica, Greece, Ghana, India and England. ABC Radio National, Sunday, October 31, 8.20 p.m.

Awaye — Focus on the Indigenous Pacific Film Festival. ABC Radio National, Monday, November 1, 10.05 a.m. and 8.05 p.m.

Songs and Stories of Australia: Songs From the Tradition — Traditional and contemporary songs and stories from the Aboriginal heritage as performed by Kev Carmody, Bob Maza, Rhoda Roberts, Mona Tur and others. ABC FM Stereo, Wednesday, November 3, 7.05 p.m.

World Music on public radio — The Global Village, 3PBS-FM (Melbourne 106.7) Sundays 4-6 p.m.; Continental Drift, 3PBS-FM, Sundays 10.30 p.m.-midnight; Off the Planet, 3RRR-FM (Melbourne 102.7), Mondays midnight-2 a.m.; World Music, 3PBS-FM, Wednesdays 1.30-3.30 p.m., Fridays 2-3.30 p.m. and alternate Saturdays 2-3.30 p.m.; African Music, 3PBS-FM, alternate Saturdays 2-3.30 p.m.; A World of Difference, 2NCR-FM (Lismore 92.9), Thursdays 6-8 p.m.; Globestyle, 2SER-FM (Sydney 107.3), Wednesdays 10.30 p.m.-midnight; Excursions, 2NUR-FM (Newcastle 103.7), Wednesdays 9.30-11 p.m.; Sugar 'n' Spice, 2RRR-FM (Sydney 88.5), Wednesdays 8 a.m.-midday.

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