The Colour Of Music

Lionel Richie presents a series telling the story of black influence on popular music over the centuries.


01The Music Of Africa Transported20010102This programme looks at how African rhythms were transported throughout the world via the slave trade routes.

Featuring specially recorded material from Africa, and contributions from the Neville Brothers, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Baaba Maal.

02Breakin' The Chains - The Birth Of The Blues20010109This programme traces how the `field hollers' of slaves developed into the blues - songs performed by just voice and guitar - and how Memphis, Detroit and Chicago became melting pots for this kind of music.

Featuring interviews with John Lee Hooker, BB King and Sam Philips.

03Blowin' Up A Storm - Now You Have Jazz20010116This programme traces the emergence of jazz from the New Orleans red light district and explores boogie, big band and bebop.

Featuring freshly recorded interviews with the Jazz Crusaders, Hugh Masakela, Marlena Shaw, Courtney Pine and Dionne Warwick.

04The Devil's Music - Rhythm And Blues Gives Birth To Rock 'n' Roll20010123This programme focuses on the influence of R and B on the development of rock 'n' roll.

With contributions from Roscoe Gordon, Sam Phillips, Al Bell, William Bell and the Neville Brothers.

05Heart And Soul20010130This programme traces the origins of soul in black gospel music and how it spread through the distinctive sounds of the Tamla Motown, Stax, Atlantic and Hi record labels to become a worldwide musical force.

Featuring freshly recorded interviews with Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, Mary Wilson, Martha Reeves, Edwin Starr, Lamont Dozier, William Bell, Lou Rawls, Womack and Womack and Al Bell.

06The Music Of The Caribbean20010206This programme traces the influence of Africa on the music of the islands and explains how religion and colonialism made their mark.

With contributions from Lee Scratch Perry, Sly Stone, Celia Cruz, Oscar de Leon, David Rudder and Prince Buster.

07The British Dimension20010213During WWII, West INDIAns came to Britain in large numbers, bringing their traditional music and infusing new blood into jazz.

By the 60s, black music in Britain had established its own identity, influencing the artists of today.

With Courtney Pine, Roni Size, Paul Oliver, Jazzie B and Linton Kwesi Johnson.

08 LASTA World Full Of Colour20010220This edition traces the influence of South American and Asian music and charts the likely future of music in the melting pot of the new millennium's early years.

With contributions from Wyclef Jean, Vivien Scott Chew, Airto Moreira, Joyce, Femi Kuti, Nitin Sawhney and Dionne Warwick.