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Description: We celebrate the world’s collective love of singing in harmony.
We look at when and why we sing in harmony, what it means to us musically and emotionally, and how different countries sing harmony differently.
Harmony has been a natural part of singing – from classical chorale singing to pop music, via doo-wop, barbershop quartets, African choral music, gospel, opera, rock, rap, and even death metal. There is something immensely satisfying and beautiful in the human ability to complement each other vocally.
We sing for companionship, for sharing, for support, for humor and for joy. We investigate the different types of harmony singing in use throughout the world – how does it differ from place to place? And what is it for?
In Western cultures the harmony usually takes the form of 3rds or 6ths around the melody to make the melody sweeter. Far Eastern harmonies are different technically – traditionally harmony has been missing, but there are examples of overtone singing where the singer makes more than one note at the same time.
We hear about an African village that hunts using harmony to guide them as a team – if they can’t sing, they won’t eat; and an Armenian composer who was driven mad when trying to compose a piece for 8-part harmony. Wendy Wilson (daughter of Brian Wilson from The Beach Boys) tells us how she grew up singing harmony with her mother and sister, and how she carries on the legacy of her father today with her band Wilson Phillips. We also hear from music therapists working with terminally ill children who can no longer speak, but can sing; from someone who works with patients with chronic lung disease where singing in harmony improves their quality of life; from South African choir leaders working with disaffected youth: and Orkney women trying to keep traditional songs alive. Join us as we explore the world of harmony via Abba, St Paul’s Cathedral Choir and Queen.
A White Pebble Production for BBC World Service
Duration: 49 minutes 30 seconds (23 minutes & 26 minutes 30 seconds) or 59 minutes including news bulletins, billboards & promos
Available to broadcast: December 14-20
Download: This program will be available to download from the Specials section of the BBC Partner Site.
Clock: This program observes the normal BBC World Service Clock
Why did Pope Benedict resign and can Pope Francis clean up the Vatican?
Mark Dowd explores the crises that hit the Roman Catholic Church in the months leading up to the Papal resignation – the leaking of secret documents by the Pope’s butler (widely known as Vatileaks) revealing power struggles at the top of the Church, investigations into money-laundering at the Vatican Bank and claims that a gay lobby controls sections of the Roman Curia, the Church’s civil service.
The BBC World Service airs Madiba’s African Footsteps on Friday, December 13 0406-0459 EST. This program will follow the regular BBC World Service Clock. HardTalk, Business Daily, and From Our Own Correspondent will be dropped to accommodate this program.
This program will also be available to download from the Nelson Mandela section of the BBC Partner Site starting on December 13.
Program Title: Documentary: Madiba’s African Footsteps
Duration: 49 minutes 30 seconds (23 minutes & 26 minutes 30 seconds)
Available to broadcast: Until January 3, 2014
Description: In January 1962, at the age of 43, Nelson Mandela secretly left South Africa. It was his first trip outside of South Africa. He returned in July, and was arrested in August – and then sentenced to life in prison at the Rivonia trial. Mandela’s task was to explain the mission of the ANC to the rest of the continent and seek political support, money and military training for its new military wing. It was a heady, revolutionary time to be travelling around Africa. Newly-independent states were rapidly emerging, full of ambitions for a pan-African role in the world. But Mandela’s African journey proved to be much more difficult than expected. In this program, we retrace the seminal moments in this journey around Africa – to explore how formative these travels in free Africa were on Mandela the man and Mandela the politician. We also examine his lasting legacy on the continent and the people he met. We tell the story through the personal recollections of the people or the relatives of people he met during his African tour and fellow comrades-in-arms. We also use archival recordings and dramatized excerpts from his 1962 Africa diary and autobiography.
The BBC World Service will air a three part series, South Africa Pays Tribute to Mandela, this week. This program will air as part of the BBC World Service Stream and follows the regular BBC World Service Clock.
Wednesday, December 11
Part 1 at 1432-1459 EST
Thursday, December 12
Part 2 at 1432-1459 EST
Friday, December 13
Part 3 at 1432-1459 EST
World Business Report, regularly scheduled at 1432 Wednesday- Friday, will be dropped to accommodate this three part series.
TUESDAY 10 DECEMBER:
THE MEMORIAL SERVICE: An open air memorial service will take place at Johannesburg/Soweto Soccer City stadium, the site of the 2010 soccer World Cup final. The event is scheduled to start at 0400 EST. It will be addressed by President Zuma and visiting heads of state. It’s confirmed that President Obama, former Presidents GW Bush, Clinton and Carter will attend along with UN Sec-Gen Ban Ki Moon.
The BBC’s Newsday program is expected to roll on this from 12 midnight EST tonight. It will cover the gathering of dignitaries, pre-memorial service, etc. The program is expected to follow the BBC clock unless President Obama speaks. Stations will be alerted via Content Depot on any clock changes. Newsday will remain on air as a branded program until 0500 EST Tuesday morning. Then an unbranded “special” program takes over at 0500 EST and will continue at least until 0700 EST. The special may be extended until 0800 EST. Stations will be alerted via Content Depot if the special is extended.
From 0800 EST, Newshour will broadcast as normal and will continue to focus on the events in South Africa.
Top of hour posts and the bulletin will be observed as normal, unless an exceptional figure (Obama, Graca Machel, Winnie) is speaking.
Stations will be alerted via Content Depot of any clock changes.
THROUGH THIS WEEK:
Long Walk to Freedom
Available from 9 December. 6 x 9 minutes.
Extracts from Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, read by the South African actor John Kani who, like Mandela, is a member of the Thembu clan of the Xhosa tribe. The extracts cover the lesser known period of Nelson Mandela’s life from his birth, life as a trainee lawyer in Johannesburg, his involvement with the ANC, his leadership of MK – the Spear of the Nation (a secret organization within the ANC dedicated to violent methods of destroying the infrastructure of the state without loss of civilian life), his life in hiding and his eventual capture. The audio for Long Walk to Freedom will be uploaded to the BBC Partners site separately after each broadcast on Outlook.
Outlook (Mon-Thu) & The Fifth Floor (Friday): Available from 9 December in the normal program slots. Both Outlook and The Fifth Floor will devote much of this week to live guests, compelling archive and tailored features to tell the story of people whose lives have been changed or inspired by Nelson Mandela. Outlook will use their 45 year old archive of interviews with those who have had an intimate connection with Mandela. They will also look beyond South Africa and use the BBC’s Facebook audience to explore his far-reaching or unexpected influence on people’s lives around the world. Outlook will incorporate the BBC’s specially-commissioned series My Name is Mandela featuring young people who were named in his honor. And from the world of arts and culture Outlook will look to contributors whose creative lives have been shaped by Mandela and his struggle in South Africa.
Both Witness and Long Walk to Freedom will be featured in Outlook (ie be part of the Outlook hour).
Witness (you can download these for a whole month from transmission, on the BBC Partner website):
Witness: South African Apartheid
First transmission: Monday, December 9 at 0350 and 1050 EST
The BBC goes back to the 1950s and a time when South Africa’s racist Apartheid laws were being put in place. By drawing on the BBC archive, Alan Johnston builds up a picture of the mood at this critical time.
Witness: Chief Albert Luthuli
First transmission: Tuesday, December 10 at 0350 and 1050 EST
Rob Walker speaks to Albertina Luthuli, daughter of the first African winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and former President of the African National Congress, about her father Chief Albert Luthuli. He led the ANC from 1952 onwards and was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1961 for his campaign of non-violent resistance against the Apartheid system.
Witness: ANC Violence
First transmission: Wednesday, December 11 at 0350 and 1050 EST
In 1961 the African National Congress decided to launch a violent campaign against South Africa’s Apartheid government. The armed wing of the organisation would become known as MK – Umkhonto we Sizwe. Peter Biles speaks to Ronnie Kasrils who took part in one of the first MK actions.
Witness: Soweto Uprising
First transmission: Thursday, December 12 at 0350 and 1050 EST
In June 1976 South African police opened fire on black schoolchildren marching through the township of Soweto. They were protesting against having to learn Afrikaans at school. Alan Johnston speaks to Bongi Mkhabela who was one of the children leading the march that day.
Witness: Springbok: Rugby World Cup
First transmission: Friday, December 13 at 0350 and 1050 EST
Nelson Mandela was elected President of South Africa, during the first multi-racial elections in 1994. In 1995 the country hosted the Rugby World Cup and their Springbok team won the tournament. Rob Bonnet speaks to the Springbok captain, Francois Pienaar, about what is regarded as one of the great unifying moments in South Africa’s post-apartheid history.
Francois Pienaar, Captain of the South African Rugby Team, 1993 – 1996
First Transmission: Wednesday 11 December 0406, repeat at 1006 EST
1 x 23 minutes or 30 minutes including news bulletins, billboards & promos
Available to broadcast: 11 – 14 December 2013
HARDtalk is in Cape Town to meet Francois Pienaar who captained the South African rugby team when it won the World Cup in 1995. Before the game Nelson Mandela walked into the stadium in Johannesburg wearing the Springbok rugby jersey, which was once seen as a symbol of white minority rule. It came to be viewed as a defining moment for the emerging ‘Rainbow Nation.’ Francois Pienaar went on to develop a friendship with Nelson Mandela. George Alagiah asks him whether the hope and optimism generated that day is still alive today? Presented by George Alagiah.
SATURDAY 14 DECEMBER:
The History Hour 1506 EST/2006 GMT. ‘An hour compilation of the Mandela Witness programs from across the week’. Available from 14 December. 1 x 49 minutes 30 seconds (23 mins and 26 mins 30 secs) or 59 mins including news bulletins, billboards & promos.
The Forum at 1706 EST/2206 GMT. ‘Mandela & the Power of Words’. Available from 14 December. Billed as “a special edition of the programme on how one man changed history”.
SUNDAY 15 DECEMBER:
THE FUNERAL/Mandela to be laid to rest in Qunu.
The BBC expects to go to rolling news for this at 1200 midnight EST/0500GMT on Sunday. Exact timings not yet confirmed. Clocking to be confirmed.
The Arts Hour (1706 EST/2206GMT) will be largely given over to Mandela. Content TBC. We should expect (for example) interviews with Ladysmith Black Mambazo choir, which was inspired by Mandela, etc.
Mandela: An Audio History
Available now to download from the “Specials” section of the BBC Partner Site to air through January 2.
The struggle against apartheid told through rare sound recordings and first-person accounts. Mandela: An Audio History is the award-winning radio series documenting the struggle against apartheid through intimate first person accounts of Nelson Mandela himself, as well as those who fought with him, and against him. Recognized as one of the most comprehensive oral histories of apartheid ever broadcast, the series weaves together more than 50 first-person interviews with an unprecedented collection of rare archival recordings, some of which had never been heard before.
Duration: 49 minutes 30 seconds (23 minutes & 26 minutes 30 seconds) or 59 minutes including news bulletins, billboards & promos.
This program does not follow the usual BBC program clock
The World Remembers Mandela
1306 ET/1800 GMT (Live Only)
Millions of people in South Africa have been joined by people around the world mourning the death of Nelson Mandela. In this special program the BBC will be hearing tributes, memories, and discussion about his legacy, from those who knew him or have simply been moved by his life and work.
Duration: 2 x 49 minutes 30 seconds (23 minutes & 26 minutes 30 seconds) or 59 minutes including news bulletins, billboards & promos
This month’s selection of BBC documentaries transports your audience to remote parts of the globe, while exploring fascinating topics and cultures.
The BBC World Service airs World Book Club Saturday, November 23 at 0432 ET and repeats the program on Sunday, November 24 at 1532 ET. The regularly scheduled programs will be dropped to accommodate.
Program description: The British author Doris Lessing died on November 17 at the age of 94. As a tribute the BBC World Service revisits Doris Lessing’s discussion with Harriett Gilbert from a 2003 edition of World Book Club, when she talked about her debut novel The Grass is Singing which was published in 1950.
In an introduction to the original interview, Harriett remembers her encounters with Doris Lessing with affection and reminds us of the fact that she became the oldest winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2007 when she won the award for her life’s work.
Program Duration: 26 minutes 30 seconds or 30 minutes including news bulletins, billboard & promos
Available to broadcast: November 23 – December 20
Download: This program is available to download from the home page of the BBC Partner Site .
Clock: This program follows the BBC World Service program clock.
BBC Newshour will be taking a special look at the disaster in the Philippines on Saturday, November 16 at 0800 ET when it explores how the country has been coping with the destruction left behind by typhoon Haiyan. This special Newshour will follow the regular BBC World Service program clock.
The BBC will have reportage from the ground looking at the resilience of the Filipino people, compare the relief effort with past disasters like Cyclone Nargis in Burma (Myanmar), Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans or the 2004 Tsunami. Audiences will also hear from Filipino politicians, explore the role of the church, and hear from the diaspora and how everyone can help.
The program will be presented by Julian Marshall.
The BBC World Service will air JFK: Dallas Remembers on Saturday, November 16 at 0406 ET with a repeat scheduled for Sunday, November 17 at 1506 ET. This program will replace regularly scheduled programming on those dates and will observe the normal BBC program clock.
JFK: Dallas Remembers is also available to download from the BBC Partner Site to air from November 16 through November 22.
Description: Sue MacGregor hears from five people intimately connected to the JFK assassination in Dallas.
On the 22nd of November 1963, President John F. Kennedy was campaigning in Texas. That morning, Air Force One touched down at Dallas Love Field Airport. The President and First Lady waved to jubilant crowds that watched the motorcade move through downtown Dallas.
As the presidential limousine passed through Dealey Plaza, Kennedy was shot in the head by an assassin’s bullet. Within a half hour, 75 million Americans had heard the news. President Kennedy was declared dead at 1pm, Dallas time.
Over three days, three murders rocked the city of Dallas. After President Kennedy, police officer J.D. Tippit was shot and killed by assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, who himself was later fatally shot on live television.
Sue MacGregor brings together five people who were intimately connected to the events surrounding the Kennedy assassination: Clint Hill, the former Secret Service agent who frantically climbed up the back of the presidential limousine as the shots rang out; Gayle Newman, who stood with her young family in Dealey Plaza and became one of the closest eyewitnesses; Hugh Aynesworth, then of the Dallas Morning News who reported on the events in November 1963; Kenneth Salyer, who was part of the medical team at Parkland Hospital, desperately trying to revive the president; and James Leavelle, retired Dallas Homicide Detective who was famously handcuffed to Lee Harvey Oswald when he was shot by Jack Ruby.
Produced by Colin McNulty, Whistledown Productions
Program Title: The Weekend Documentary: JFK: Dallas Remembers
Program Duration: 49 minutes 30 seconds (23 minutes & 26 minutes 30 seconds) or 59 minutes including news bulletins, billboards & promos
Available to broadcast: From November 16 – November 22
Transmission time: November 16 at 0406 ET and November 17 at 1506 ET
Clock: This program observes the normal BBC World Service Clock
Download: Available to download from the BBC Partner Site