Slavery Songlines

Presenter John Cavanagh explores the history of slavery through some of the most wonderful music ever composed.

Episodes

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01Amazing Grace20070815

The story of slave ship captain John Newton, who became an abolitionist and penned the lyrics to the hugely popular song.

02Swing Low Sweet Chariot20070816

Now adopted by Rugby fans, this song actually refers to the underground railroad that used to take escaped slaves north.

03 LASTExodus20070817

Bob Marley felt spiritually attached to the second book of the Old Testament, and the struggle for freedom inspired him to write his most political album, an exile yearning to be home. In this programme we hear about the ideas and history that inspired an album that is still relevant to this day.