Distant Chords

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0101Can You Stop The Birds Singing?2001041020010709

Three-part series exploring the musical worlds of immigrant communities in Britain. Palestinian singer Reem Kelani joins London's Afghani community as it gears up for the Spring festival Navruz. National songs and folk music are now banned in Afghanistan, but as one of the country's artists once said, `Can you stop the birds singing?'.

0102Yemeni Echoes In A Northern Town2001041720010716

Three-part series exploring the musical worlds of immigrant communities in Britain. Palestinian singer Reem Kelani hears songs dating back hundreds of years when she visits the Yemeni community in Sheffield.

0103 LASTThe Beautiful Woman2001042420010723

Three-part series exploring the musical worlds of immigrant communities in Britain.

Palestinian singer Reem Kelani meets musicians of London's Kurdish communities.

She hears how music provides a bridge to the motherland, often referred to in their songs as `the beautiful woman'.

0201My Book, My Mountain, Myself2003010720030616

Reem Kelani returns with a new series exploring the musical worlds of immigrant communities in Britain.

The music of the Armenian community (1/3).

0202Islands Here, Islands There2003011420030623

Migrant communities reflect on the role that music plays in bridging the cultural divide between their new lives in Britain and their homelands. Palestinian singer and musicologist, Reem Kelani, continues her series of musical journeys around migrant communities in Britain. This week she meets the tiny UK community of approximately thirty women from Kiribati in Micronesia. Dispersed in the West Central Pacific, this group of islanders find themselves dispersed again throughout the UK - mainly women, married to Englishmen. They come together to laugh, cry sing and dance at special occasions like marriages and births and, in this case, the marking of a death. They recreate the Kiribati maneaba, or assembly house, in Fareham near Southampton.

0203 LASTA Strange Way Of Living2003012120030630

Palestinian singer Reem Kelani concludes the three-part series exploring the musical worlds of immigrant communities in Britain.