The third series(three programmes) has just started.
”from the aftermath of the Second World War through to the late 1970s.
This was an era that saw countries such as Algeria, Jamaica, Cape Verde and Trinidad shake off European colonialism. These nations expressed their new found sense of freedom through songs, many recorded in European studios.
From the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, through the decolonisation years and beyond, this series hears from modern Black musicians, commentators and historians, to get to the heart of Black music in Europe.”
Produced by Tom Woolfenden
Executive Producer: Miranda Hinkley
A Loftus Media production for BBC Radio 4
Clarke explores the variety of Black music produced in Europe in the late 1950s and early 1960s - Congolese rumba recorded in Brussels, Algerian chaabi in Paris and the emergence of the Notting Hill Carnival in London. We also hear how North African music inspired a revolution in folk guitar.
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.
In this final episode of the series, Clarke 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.