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01Eighteen20200317Unravelling the lives, dreams and creative worlds of six 18 to 21 year-old artists across the globe.

In today’s episode, we visit the streets of Lagos to meet Ibukun Ajagbe (19), one of Nigeria’s foremost spoken word poets and former winner of War of Words, West Africa’s leading slam poetry competition. Meanwhile in Reykjavik, female punk trio GROA (18) are preparing for a gig at one of the city’s grassroots venues.

Eighteen explores the lives, dreams and creative world of six brilliant young artists from the fields of visual art, folk music, slam poetry, opera, contemporary dance and punk rock.

Their stories take us from a teenage Icelandic punk band to an Aboriginal Australian contemporary dancer, from an award-winning Nigerian slam poet to a Palestinian visual artist, and from a South African opera student to a transgender Scottish folk musician.

Presented in immersive binaural stereo, these are the tales of remarkable young people at the dawn of their careers. Told largely through personal testimony and sound montage, Eighteen offers a unique opportunity to hear their voices and stories without mediation - as the intoxicating soundscapes of Cape Town, Lagos, Glasgow and Reykjavik create an intimate portrait of their world.

Producer: Steven Rajam
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4

Exploring the lives, dreams and creative worlds of six 18- to 21-year-old global artists.

01Ibukun Ajagbe And Groa20200317Unravelling the lives, dreams and creative worlds of six 18 to 21 year-old artists across the globe.

In today’s episode, we visit the streets of Lagos to meet Ibukun Ajagbe (19), one of Nigeria’s foremost spoken word poets and former winner of War of Words, West Africa’s leading slam poetry competition. Meanwhile in Reykjavik, female punk trio, Groa (18), are preparing for a gig at one of the city’s grassroots venues.

Eighteen explores the lives, dreams and creative world of six brilliant young artists from the fields of visual art, folk music, slam poetry, opera, contemporary dance and punk rock.

Their stories take us from a teenage Icelandic punk band to an Aboriginal Australian contemporary dancer, from an award-winning Nigerian slam poet to a Palestinian visual artist, and from a South African opera student to a transgender Scottish folk musician.

Presented in immersive binaural stereo, these are the tales of remarkable young people at the dawn of their careers. Told largely through personal testimony and sound montage, Eighteen offers a unique opportunity to hear their voices and stories without mediation - as the intoxicating soundscapes of Cape Town, Lagos, Glasgow and Reykjavik create an intimate portrait of their world.

Producer: Steven Rajam
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4

Exploring the lives, dreams and creative worlds of six 18 to 21 year-old global artists.

Exploring the lives, dreams and creative worlds of six 18- to 21-year-old global artists.

02Karabo Rabaloi And Kiarn Doyle20200324Unravelling the lives, dreams and creative worlds of six 18 to 21 year-old artists across the globe.

In today’s episode, we meet Karabo Rabaloi (19) - an aspiring opera soprano in Cape Town, South Africa, whose distinctive musical imagination is setting her apart from her peers.

Meanwhile, in New South Wales, Australia, the indigenous contemporary dancer Kiarn Doyle (21) is preparing for his end-of-year show - and considering his future. Will he make it into Australia's leading First Nations dance company and reconnect with his roots?

Musical excerpts from 2019 NAISDA show Ngoenakap.
Music and Lyrics: Dujon Niue
Musicians: Dujon Niue, Harry Newie, Norah Bagiri

Producer: Steven Rajam
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4

Exploring the lives, dreams and creative worlds of six 18- to 21-year-old global artists.

03Malin Lewis And Malak Mattar20200331Unravelling the lives, dreams and creative worlds of six 18 to 21-year-old artists across the globe.

In today’s episode, we meet Malin Lewis (19) - a Scottish piper studying in Glasgow, whose music and creative life powerfully captures their identity as a transgender person.

Meanwhile, in Istanbul, the young Palestinian artist Malak Mattar (20) is preparing for an exhibition in Holland - and thinking about life back home on the Gaza Strip.

Producer: Steven Rajam
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4

Exploring the lives, dreams and creative worlds of six 18 to 21-year-old global artists.

Exploring the lives, dreams and creative worlds of six 18- to 21-year-old global artists.