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Sunday 11 Mar 2012

    A Tibetan Buddhist nun from Nepal, Chöying Drolma shares ritual songs from the Tantric tradition of Vajrayana Buddhism in which obstacles to enlightenment are cut free by means of intense forms of meditation. We hear a work by the original singing nun from the 12th century Hildegard of Bingen, and a 16th century requiem for the dead which became an unlilkely hit in 1994 for The Hilliard Ensemble when paired with Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek. And there's classic Nick Cave.

     

     

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Sunday 4 Mar 2012

    The Laya Project is a collection of folk recordings, sacred and secular, from the regions around the rim of the Indian Ocean devastated by the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. We hear the Sufi rhythms of Teuku Admiral from Islamic Aceh in Indonesia, and a praise song from Buddhist Myanmar, remixed by Karsh Kale. Kirtanya Dave Stringer drops by to introduce his new album Yatra, and 70-year old Paul Simon wrestles with God, and the angels, on his latest album, So Beautiful or So What. We end with a Laya Project remix by the Bhakti Brothers, featuring a San Francisian hiphop-loving yoga-devotee, MC Yogi, who is changing the face of devotional music in America.

     

     

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Sunday 26 Feb 2012

    The spiritual journey takes many forms and we’ll explore some of those as we head to Seattle for the penitential folk-rock of singer-songwriter Robert Deeble, who also introduces his new album Heart Like Feathers, a meditation on the complexity of faith. We travel to the Caucasus for the haunting choral music of the Georgian Orthodox Church. Jai Uttal gives us a devotional song by the wandering mystics of India, the Bauls, and Irish traditional singers Lumiere tackle an American folk-hymn that’s had a remarkable revival.

     

     

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Sunday 19 Feb 2012

    Raised in the Baptist church, Whitney Houston was the daughter of soul & gospel singer Cissy Houston and the goddaughter of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. We hear this remarkable family alongside the current generation of soul revivalists - Charles Bradley, Mark Ronson, Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens, and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings.

     

     

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