My Country, My Music

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01Caribbean: Yvonne20130916

A Caribbean immigrant tells Jeremy her life story through her favourite music. But which songs does she hold dearest? Those from the country she was born in, or now lives in?

Yvonne Bailey moved to London from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in the 1960s to join her parents, who'd come to the UK for work.

Jeremy hears a wealth of calypso and reggae, as well as a little Tom Jones, as he returns to the City of London with Yvonne, to find out what life was like for her as one of its first black employees.

02China: Sylvia20130917

A Chinese immigrant tells Jeremy her life story through her favourite music. But which songs does she hold dearest? Those from the country she was born in, or now lives in?

Sylvia Sham moved to Manchester from Hong Kong in the 1980s to study. She'd grown up in abject poverty. Her family was so poor than nine of them shared one bed. And when she first came to Manchester, things weren't much better. She couldn't afford a bus fare, so walked for four hours a day to get to and from college.

Jeremy discovers Canto-pop for the first time and hears why the theme to Chariots of Fire is so important to Sylvia.

03India: Amrita20130918

An Indian immigrant tells Jeremy her life story through her favourite music. But which songs does she hold dearest? Those from the country she was born in, or now lives in?

Amrita Banerjee moved to the UK from India three years ago. Hers is a love story. After vowing to her family that she'd never leave Mumbai - the city she grew up in and adored - she fell head over heels for British born Ami and packed her bags to begin a new life with him in Birmingham.

A classical Indian dancer and dentist, she teaches Jeremy some of her moves and gives his teeth the once-over.

Along the way, he hears everything from Bollywood showstoppers to Hindu spiritual songs.

04Bosnia: Alma20130919

A Bosnian immigrant tells Jeremy her life story through her favourite music. But which songs does she hold dearest? Those from the country she was born in, or now lives in?

Alma Repesa was granted refuge in the UK in the 1990s, after fleeing her war ravaged homeland.

Jeremy hears the songs that kept her spirits up as she languished in refugee camps.

05 LASTZimbabwe: Martha20130920

A Zimbabwean immigrant tells Jeremy her life story through her favourite music. But which songs does she hold dearest? Those from the country she was born in, or now lives in?

Martha Musonza Holman was a geography teacher in her native Zimbabwe, but fled to the UK a decade ago, after men loyal to President Mugabe accused her of teaching politics and threatened her life.

Now living in rural Wales, she teaches Jeremy traditional Shona songs and township drum rhythms.