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World Service Music Documentaries


All the BBC World Service music podcasts gathered into one place. New documentaries will be added intermittently. Only available in the UK.


48:48 | Jan 5th, 2019

Indian classical music is an art form that’s been in the making for thousands of years and has exponentially grown in popularity, seeing a 70% increase in people taking exams in the UK alone. First me...Show More

50:56 | Dec 29th, 2018

In 1927 Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein created Ol’ Man River to bind their breakthrough Broadway musical Show Boat. Giving it an almighty showstopper. Audiences were carried away as ‘Joe’, the ordi...Show More
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26:31 | Aug 18th, 2018

Aretha Franklin, for fifty years the Queen of Soul, with a voice of unique quality and who suffered a difficult and troubled life, has died at the age of 76. Jumoke Fashola hears from musicians, fans ...Show More

49:17 | Apr 9th, 2018

Peruvian-born chef and record producer Martin Morales heads back to his homeland to explore the inherent link between food and music in Andean culture. Martin starts his journey at the famous La C...Show More

49:32 | Mar 31st, 2018

Due to the political climate in Soviet Russia of the day, Yevgeny Murzin was forced to build his synthesizer in secret with little access to electronic parts. Over next two decades (pre and post war),...Show More
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