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Loyle Carner in Guyana20190918

Gemma Cairney brings together artists from two different countries to combine their talents to make a new piece of music.

In this episode Gemma invites 24-year-old London rapper Loyle Carner to Guyana, South America to join flautist and composer Keith Waithe, a leading figurehead and champion of Guyanese culture. Loyle aka Benjamin Coyle-Larner was raised in Croydon South London by his Scottish mother and stepfather. His biological father is of Guyanese descent, but he has never visited the country.

Loyle earned a Mercury Prize nomination for his debut album Yesterday’s Gone in 2017. His second album Not Waving, But Drowning was released earlier this year exploring everything from his ADHD and the pains of moving away from home, to his mixed race heritage. His other passion is food and he launched the Chilli Con Carner cookery school for kids growing up, as he had, with ADHD.

Loyle will be immersed in the culture, food and music of Georgetown, working with Keith and other traditional Guyanese musicians to learn about the roots of Guyanese music and explore his black identity and create a brand new track together .

Presented by Gemma Cairney
Produced by Jax Coombes
A BBC 6 Music Production for BBC Radio 4

Gemma Cairney and Loyle Carner travel to Georgetown, Guyana, for a musical collaboration.

Gemma Cairney takes British artists for musical collaborations in different countries.

Loyle Carner in Guyana20190918

Gemma Cairney brings together artists from two different countries to combine their talents to make a new piece of music.

In this episode Gemma invites 24-year-old London rapper Loyle Carner to Guyana, South America, to join flautist and composer Keith Waithe, a leading figurehead and champion of Guyanese culture. Loyle aka Benjamin Coyle-Larner was raised in Croydon, south London, by his Scottish mother and stepfather. His biological father is of Guyanese descent, but he has never visited the country or explored his black roots.

Loyle earned a Mercury Prize nomination for his debut album Yesterday’s Gone in 2017. His second album Not Waving, But Drowning was released earlier this year, exploring everything from his ADHD and the pains of moving away from home, to his mixed-race heritage. His other passion is food, and he launched the Chilli Con Carner cookery school for kids growing up, as he had, with ADHD.

Loyle will be immersed in the culture, food and music of Georgetown, working with Keith and other traditional Guyanese musicians to learn about the roots of Guyanese music and explore his black identity.

Presented by Gemma Cairney
Produced by Jax Coombes
A BBC 6 Music Production for BBC Radio 4

Gemma Cairney takes rapper Loyle Carner to Georgetown, Guyana, for a musical collaboration

Gemma Cairney takes British artists for musical collaborations in different countries.

Nubya Garcia's Ethio-Jazz Odyssey20190925

Nubya Garcia travels to Addis Ababa Ethiopia for a musical collaboration with local musicians where Ethio-jazz is enjoying a comeback.

Saxophonist and composer, Nubya Garcia, is one of the leading forces behind the resurgence of jazz-influenced sounds in the UK and a rising young star of the London jazz scene and won UK Jazz Act of the Year Award in 2019.

Born and raised in north London, Garcia began her music education at Camden Music, before joining Tomorrow’s Warriors in her late teens, and completing her training at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music. She went on to perform in small gigs and impromptu jazz sessions around London, her audience growing organically, and eventually began headlining her own shows around the world.

Nubya will travel to Ethiopia where Ethio-jazz is enjoying a comeback amongst the younger generation at venues across the city in Addis Ababa.

She will be collaborating with local jazz musicians including guitarist Girum Mezmur who has played a central role in the resurgence of live music and Ethiopian jazz in Addis and founder of the Addis Acoustic Project as well as incorporating Edom Bahru a local poet who performs at Fendika Arts and Culture Centre .

Presented by Gemma Cairney
Produced by Jax Coombes
A BBC 6 Music Production for BBC Radio 4

Jazz saxophonist Nubya Garcia travels to Addis Ababa for an Ethio jazz collaboration.

Gemma Cairney takes British artists for musical collaborations in different countries.

Nubya Garcia's Ethio-Jazz Odyssey20190925

Nubya Garcia travels to Addis Ababa Ethiopia for a musical collaboration with local musicians where Ethio-jazz is enjoying a comeback.

Saxophonist and composer, Nubya Garcia, is one of the leading forces behind the resurgence of jazz-influenced sounds in the UK and a rising young star of the London jazz scene and won UK Jazz Act of the Year Award in 2019.

Born and raised in north London, Garcia began her music education at Camden Music, before joining Tomorrow’s Warriors in her late teens, and completing her training at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music. She went on to perform in small gigs and impromptu jazz sessions around London, her audience growing organically, and eventually began headlining her own shows around the world.

Nubya will travel to Ethiopia where Ethio-jazz is enjoying a comeback amongst the younger generation at venues across the city in Addis Ababa.

She will be collaborating with local jazz musicians including guitarist Girum Mezmur who has played a central role in the resurgence of live music and Ethiopian jazz in Addis and founder of the Addis Acoustic Project as well as incorporating Edom Bahru a local poet who performs at Fendika Arts and Culture Centre .

Presented by Gemma Cairney
Produced by Jax Coombes
A BBC 6 Music Production for BBC Radio 4

Jazz saxophonist Nubya Garcia travels to Addis Ababa for an Ethio jazz collaboration.

Gemma Cairney takes British artists for musical collaborations in different countries.

Roxanne Tataei on the Isle of Lewis20191002

Singer and composer Roxanne Tataei travels to Stornaway on the Isle of Lewis to collaborate with Calum Martin for a Gaelic psalm singing collaboration.

Based on the Isle of Lewis off the coast of Scotland, Calum has a special interest in Gaelic Psalm Singing, a unique acapella improvisatory singing style still practiced by congregations during their Sunday worship services, although the average age in the church is well over 50, and the Gaelic-speaking congregation is dwindling.

According to musicologists, Gaelic Psalms shouldn’t really work harmonically, but they do. They come from the Presbyterian tradition, meaning they are very much word based. It's a beautiful and bleak sound, often compared to the landscape of the Hebrides and the rolling seas surrounding it.

Born and raised in Norbury, South London, Roxanne heritage is half-Jamaican and half-Iranian and she grew up learning psalms in church with her grandparents before being classically trained and establishing her career as a singer.

She will be learning this ancient song form as well as exploring if there are any similarities with Black American Church music and if the two sounds are able to combine to create a piece of music.

Presented by Gemma Cairney
Produced by Jax Coombes
A BBC 6 Music Production for BBC Radio 4

Singer Roxanne Tataei explores Gaelic psalm singing in Stornaway on the Isle of Lewis.

Gemma Cairney takes British artists for musical collaborations in different countries.

This Is The Kit in Casablanca20190911

Gemma Cairney brings together artists from two different countries to combine their talents to make a new piece of music.

Kate Stables is the staple of folk project This is the Kit who have released four albums - now based in Paris, Kate has found herself drawn to the hypnotic rhythms of Saharan music and gnawa music.

Dating back to the 12th century, gnawa, which is played on a three stringed instrument called the guembri, is the music of formerly enslaved black Africans who came to Morocco from Sub Saharan countries , and founded a model to preserve the traditions and folkloric music of their ancestors.

Traditionally, women do not play gnawa and performing in public is still a widespread taboo. But despite its deep traditions, modern Gnawa is evolving. Asmaa Hamzaoui is the daughter of a famous “maalem” (Gnawa master) Rachid Hamzaoui. Encouraged by her father, she has become the first female guembri player in Morocco and one of the first around the world with her band Bnat Timbouktou.

Kate will be travelling to Casablanca, the largest city in Morocco and home to gnawa music o to collaborate with Asmaa and see if they can merge together the banjo and the guembri to create something new.

Presented by Gemma Cairney
Produced by Jax Coombes
A BBC 6 Music Production for BBC Radio 4

Kate Stables travels to Casablanca for a collaboration with gnawa player Asmaa Hamzaoui.

Gemma Cairney takes British artists for musical collaborations in different countries.

This Is The Kit In Casablanca20190911

Gemma Cairney brings together artists from two different countries to combine their talents to make a new piece of music.

Kate Stables is the staple of folk project This is the Kit who have released four albums - now based in Paris, Kate has found herself drawn to the hypnotic rhythms of Saharan music and gnawa music.

Dating back to the 12th century, gnawa, which is played on a three stringed instrument called the guembri, is the music of formerly enslaved black Africans who came to Morocco from Sub Saharan countries , and founded a model to preserve the traditions and folkloric music of their ancestors.

Traditionally, women do not play gnawa and performing in public is still a widespread taboo. But despite its deep traditions, modern Gnawa is evolving. Asmaa Hamzaoui is the daughter of a famous “maalem” (Gnawa master) Rachid Hamzaoui. Encouraged by her father, she has become the first female guembri player in Morocco and one of the first around the world with her band Bnat Timbouktou.

Kate will be travelling to Casablanca, the largest city in Morocco and home to gnawa music o to collaborate with Asmaa and see if they can merge together the banjo and the guembri to create something new.

Presented by Gemma Cairney
Produced by Jax Coombes
A BBC 6 Music Production for BBC Radio 4

Kate Stables travels to Casablanca for a collaboration with gnawa player Asmaa Hamzaoui.

Gemma Cairney takes British artists for musical collaborations in different countries.