Sacred Sites

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01Dya Singh20110711

Recorded last week at Gurdwara Sri Guru Harkrishan Sahib Ji during the Manchester International Festival.

Five of the foremost international performers of sacred song celebrate the power of the voice in worship in Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh sites of worship across the city.

Tonight Lopa Kothari meets Dya Singh and his World Music Group from Australia.

Dya is considered to be a master interpreter of Sikh hymns (Shabads) combining the Sikh mystical tradition of worship with contemporary musical insights and influences.

And Lopa shares in the life of the Manchester Sikh community and speaks to festival goers experiencing Sikh worship for the first time.

Producer: Caroline Donne.

Lopa Kothari meets Dya Singh, considered a master interpreter of Shabads, or Sikh hymns.

02Candi Staton20110712

Recorded last week at the New Testament Church of God during the Manchester International Festival, five of the foremost international performers of sacred song celebrate the power of the voice in worship in Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh sites of worship across the city.

Tonight America's "first lady of Southern Soul" Candi Staton, who now performs and records gospel music all over the world, speaks to Lopa Kothari, who also shares the experiences of the host community and visitors.

Producer: Sam Phillips.

Lopa Kothari meets Candi Staton, who performs and records gospel music around the world.

03Mor Kabasi20110713

Recorded last week at Manchester Reform Synagogue during the International Festival.

Five of the foremost international performers of sacred song celebrate the power of the voice in worship in Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh sites of worship across the city.

Tonight Lopa Kothari meets Mor Karbasi, a singer influenced by several cultures - from songs inspired by the Jewish culture of fifteenth-century Spain to new Ladino-influenced compositions.

Mor's music is heavily inspired by and influenced by her deep connection with the Jewish faith, and her love for Spain and Morocco.

And Lopa shares in the life of the Manchester Jewish community and speaks to festival goers experiencing the unique surroundings of a Synagogue for the first time.

Producer: Chris Wines.

With Mor Kabasi, a singer influenced by Spain and Morocco's Jewish traditions.

04Anuradha Paudwal20110714

Recorded last week at Gandhi Hall, Withington during the Manchester International Festival, five of the foremost international performers of sacred song celebrate the power of the voice in worship in Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh sites of worship across the city.

Tonight Lopa Kothari meets Anuradha Paudwal, who, as well as being a popular Bollywood singer, is also a respected performer of Bhajan, the sacred songs of Hinduism.

Lopa discovers how the songs and the religion are interwoven, and shares the experiences of the host community and visitors.

Producer: Peter Everett.

With Anuradha Paudwal, a performer of Bhajan, the sacred songs of Hinduism.

05 LASTQari Syed Sadaqat Ali20110715

Recorded last week at Manchester Central Mosque during the International Festival, five of the foremost international performers of sacred song celebrate the power of the voice in worship in Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh sites of worship across the city. Tonight Lopa Kothari meets the world famous Koranic reciter, Qari Syed Sadaqat Ali, and shares the experiences of the host community and visitors. Producer: Mark O'Brien.

Lopa Kothari meets Qari Syed Sadaqat Ali, one of the foremost reciters of the Koran.

Recorded last week at Manchester Central Mosque during the International Festival, five of the foremost international performers of sacred song celebrate the power of the voice in worship in Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh sites of worship across the city.

Tonight Lopa Kothari meets the world famous Koranic reciter, Qari Syed Sadaqat Ali, and shares the experiences of the host community and visitors.

Producer: Mark O'Brien.