Archie Shepp's Message From Paris

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The American saxophonist Archie Shepp has spent much of his life in Paris and it was there in January that he and his French wife heard about the shootings at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. They had friends among the staff and the killings shocked them deeply.

As a foreigner in France, an artist with long-standing political convictions and a man who'd grown up among the violence and prejudice of a black ghetto in the States, Archie knows - on a profound personal level - the mechanisms of anger, fear and frustration.

He knows the realities of segregation, the feeling of being trapped in a deprived neighbourhood and the difficulties of not seeing a way out. For Archie, education and music offered an escape route. Looking through the lens of his own experiences, he considers life now in his adopted city of Paris.

Produced by Rikke Houd

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio Four.

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