Black Music In Europe [The Documentary] [World Service]

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01Black Music In Europe: 1900-19102020052320200524 (WS)
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Clarke Peters uncovers the stories of black musicians in Europe up to the Jazz Age

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Clarke Peters draws on a rare collection of archive recordings to explore a forgotten musical history.

Received wisdom has it that black popular music arrived in Europe with the Empire Windrush in 1948, but Clarke brings us black sounds recorded in Europe from as far back as 1900.

Clarke discovers a huge variety of black music, including very early examples of blues harmonica, scat singing and stride piano. It also includes some of the earliest African music ever recorded, from Senegalese war songs captured at the Paris World Fair in 1900 to the music of a troupe of Congolese pygmies who toured Britain in 1905-07.

Much of the music in this series is drawn from Black Europe, a vast box-set issued by Bear Family Records and documenting the sounds of the era.

With readings by Paterson Joseph.

Presenter: Clarke Peters
Producer: Tom Woolfenden
Executive producer: Maria Williams

(Photo: Clarke Peters. Credit: Jon Calver)

02Black Music In Europe: 1910-19202020053020200531 (WS)
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Clarke Peters uncovers the stories of black musicians in Europe during World War One

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Clarke Peters uncovers the stories of black musicians in Europe up to the Jazz Age.

Clarke Peters explores the music of black Europe at the time of World War One. The sounds of what would become jazz start to emerge, including African-American banjo bands who entertained London high society, and the military music of Harlem bandleader James Reese Europe which enthralled France. The programme also includes music by captured African prisoners of war, recorded in camps across Germany.
Much of the music in this series is drawn from Black Europe, a vast box set issued by Bear Family Records and documenting the sounds of the era.With readings by Paterson Joseph.

Presenter: Clarke Peters
Producer: Tom Woolfenden
Executive producer: Maria Williams

(Photo: Clarke Peters. Credit: Alexandra Quinn)

03Black Music In Europe: 1920-19302020060620200607 (WS)The sounds of Zonophone records and African-American jazz in 1920s Paris, Josephine Baker

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Clarke Peters explores the sounds of Zonophone records, a pioneering label that recorded a huge amount of early African popular music. Many of these discs were made in London for export to West Africa, including several Nigerian hymns recorded in 1922 by Fela Kuti's grandfather. The programme also includes the sounds of African-American jazz in 1920s Paris, especially the work of Josephine Baker, the world's first black superstar.

Much of the music in this series is drawn from Black Europe, a vast boxset issued by Bear Family Records and documenting the sounds of the era.

With readings by Paterson Joseph.

Presenter: Clarke Peters
Producer: Tom Woolfenden

(Photo: Clark Peters. Credit:: Alexandra Quinn)

04Before The War2020080820200809 (WS)Clarke Peters examines the variety of black music recorded in Europe from the late 1920s onwards - hot jazz in Weimar Berlin, calypso in Cardiff Bay and the sounds of the Beguine in Paris. He also investigates the Degenerate Music exhibition held in Dusseldorf in 1938, and hears how the rise of Hitler affected the lives of musicians like trumpeter Arthur Briggs.

(Photo: Clark Peters. Credit:: Alexandra Quinn)

Jazz in Weimar Berlin, calypso in Cardiff Bay and the sounds of the Beguine in Paris

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Clarke Peters draws on a rare collection of archive recordings to explore a forgotten musical history.

Received wisdom has it that black popular music arrived in Europe with the Empire Windrush in 1948, but Clarke brings us black sounds recorded in Europe from as far back as 1900.

Focusing on early commercial discs made in the recording studios of London, Paris and Berlin, we hear from dozens of different performers, including African American travelling entertainers, traditional African musicians, black British classical composers and more.

Clarke Peters uncovers the stories of black musicians in Europe up to the Jazz Age.

05Black Music In Europe: 1939-452020081520200816 (WS)Clarke looks at the music of black Europe at the time of the Second World War with recordings of Nazi propaganda jazz, underground bands in Hitler’s Germany, black American trumpet stars in occupied Paris, and Caribbean swing bands playing through the Blitz in London. He also examines the work of Nigerian composer Fela Sowande and plays extracts of his wartime broadcast for the BBC.

(Photo: Clark Peters. Credit:: Alexandra Quinn)

Nazi propaganda jazz, black American trumpet stars in Paris, and Caribbean swing bands

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

06Black music in Europe: After 194520200822

Clarke Peters delves into the sounds of 1950s London, from Ambrose Campbell and his West African Rhythm Brothers and steel pan master Sterling Betancourt MBE, to calypso star Lord Kitchener. He also uncovers the history of jazz in Paris after 1945 and tells how black American GIs found a new freedom in post-war Germany.

The music of Ambrose Campbell, Sterling Betancourt MBE, and calypso star Lord Kitchener

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

06Black music in Europe: After 19452020082220200823 (WS)

Clarke Peters delves into the sounds of 1950s London, from Ambrose Campbell and his West African Rhythm Brothers and steel pan master Sterling Betancourt MBE, to calypso star Lord Kitchener. He also uncovers the history of jazz in Paris after 1945 and tells how black American GIs found a new freedom in post-war Germany.

The music of Ambrose Campbell, Sterling Betancourt MBE, and calypso star Lord Kitchener

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Clarke Peters draws on a rare collection of archive recordings to explore a forgotten musical history.

Received wisdom has it that black popular music arrived in Europe with the Empire Windrush in 1948, but Clarke brings us black sounds recorded in Europe from as far back as 1900.

Focusing on early commercial discs made in the recording studios of London, Paris and Berlin, we hear from dozens of different performers, including African American travelling entertainers, traditional African musicians, black British classical composers and more.

Clarke Peters uncovers the stories of black musicians in Europe up to the Jazz Age.

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

07Late 1950s-1960s2020082920200830 (WS)Congolese rumba recorded in Brussels, Algerian chaabi in Paris and Notting Hill Carnival

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

07Late 1950s-1960s20200829Congolese rumba recorded in Brussels, Algerian chaabi in Paris and Notting Hill Carnival

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

08The 1960s2020090520200906 (WS)This episode looks at the music of Black Europe at the height of the 1960s. We hear about Cameroonian guitar legend Francis Bebey in Paris, Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti in London and free jazz globetrotter Don Cherry in Stockholm. Clarke also tells the story of jazz group The Blue Notes, who fled apartheid South Africa for a new life in Europe.

(Photo: Clark Peters. Credit:: Alexandra Quinn)

Guitar legend Francis Bebey, Fela Kuti, Don Cherry, and the story of The Blue Notes

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

09The 1970s20200912Clarke Peters uncovers Surinamese music in the Netherlands, black flamenco in Spain and lover’s rock in London. He also delves into the story of the Cape Verdean musicians who found a home in Europe in the 1970s and used synthesisers to express their new found sense of freedom.

(Photo: Clark Peters. Credit:: Alexandra Quinn)

Surinamese music in the Netherlands, black flamenco in Spain and lover's rock in London

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Clarke Peters draws on a rare collection of archive recordings to explore a forgotten musical history.

Received wisdom has it that black popular music arrived in Europe with the Empire Windrush in 1948, but Clarke brings us black sounds recorded in Europe from as far back as 1900.

Focusing on early commercial discs made in the recording studios of London, Paris and Berlin, we hear from dozens of different performers, including African American travelling entertainers, traditional African musicians, black British classical composers and more.

Clarke Peters uncovers the stories of black musicians in Europe up to the Jazz Age.