Cerys On 6 [6 Music]








6M20120506 (6M)

As part of 6 Music Celebrates: The Written Word, Cerys is joined by Musa Okwonga, a poet and musician of Ugandan descent. He is one half of The King's Will, an electronica outfit that blends poetry, music, and animated videos. He will be blending his live poetry with music as part of Cerys' weekly feature Poetry in Motion.

Cerys discusses new book Will Oldham on Bonnie "Prince" Billy, the written conversations of Will and his long-time friend and associate Alan Licht, who probes his highly individualistic approach to music making and the music industry.

There will also be live music from Scottish folk rock band Trembling Bells who have joined forces with Bonnie "Prince" Billy for a collaborative album The Marble Downs, which was released on Honest Jon's Records. The band have also been touring together and will be performing tracks from the album.

Dahl for Cerys

This will feed 2 people a large dinner of Dahl and rice or 4 people if you cook other dishes.

Red Lentils (these look salmon pink but turn yellow whilst cooking)

Fresh Ginger



Coriander Powder

Chili Powder

Cumin Seeds

Black Mustard Seeds


Fresh Coriander

Fresh green Chilies

Put your red lentils (about 250g) into a pan with half a teaspoon of turmeric and a grated inch of fresh ginger. Cover with twice as much water and bring to the boil. Keep the dahl bubbling and scum will rise to the surface which you should keep skimming off with a large spoon and chucking away. Keep adding water as necessary to obtain the consistency of dahl you like.

The lentils should become a smooth mixture after about half an hour’s cooking. Once it’s completely smooth the dahl is cooked.

In a dry frying pan heat a flat teaspoon of mustard seeds until they are popping and then add an equivalent amount of cumin seeds. Don’t burn them!

Add a flat desert spoon of ghee to the pan and once it’s melted add a good pinch of coriander powder, chili powder, and then a couple of finely chopped tomatoes and chopped fresh green chilies to your taste. Allow to heat through but not cook. Put the mixture into the dahl and allow it to simmer for a few minutes. Add salt to taste and then the freshly chopped coriander.

Serve with plain basmati rice, cucumber raita, tamarind chutney and grilled peppery papad. Enjoy!

Nikki Bedi


Legendary trumpeter Herb Alpert tells Cerys why his shyness drove him to become a trumpet player, how he dislikes 'over clean' solos and how to psyche out angry bulls (seriously!).

Plus live music from Olof Arnalds.

Cerys talks to trumpeter Herb Alpert and there's live music from Olof Arnalds.

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The brainchild of Joe Acheson, Hidden Orchestra combine two live drummers, organic samples and dubby basslines to make cinematic, percussive music. Their sound takes audiences on a deep and truly original sonic journey containing elements of jazz, classical, drum 'n' bass, rock and hip hop.

The band's debut album Night Walks, is heavily influenced by classical, jazz, electronica and dance music with the simplicity and honesty of folk and rock. It was released on the Tru Thoughts record label last month.

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