We play heavy metal because our lives are heavy metal. —Reda Zine, one of the founders of the Moroccan heavy-metal scene. ´´Music is the weapon of the future.´´ —Fela Kuti, An 18-year-old Moroccan who loves Black Sabbath A 22-year-old rapper from the Gaza Strip... a young Lebanese singer who quotes Bob Marley´s ´´Redemption Song´´.... They are as representative of the world of Islam today as the conservatives and extremists we see every night on the news. Heavy metal, punk, hip-hop, and reggae are each the music of protest, and in many cases considered immoral in the Muslim world. This music may also turn out to be the soundtrack of a revolution unfolding across that world. Why, despite governmental attempts to control and censor them, do these musicians and fans keep playing and listening? Partly, of course, for the joy of self-expression, but also because, in this region, everything is political. In Heavy Metal Islam, Mark LeVine explores the influence of Western music on the Middle East through interviews with musicians and fans, introducing us to young Muslims struggling to reconcile their religion with a passion for music and a desire for change. The result is a revealing tour of contemporary Islamic culture through the evolving music scene in the Middle East and Northern Africa. Heavy Metal Islam is a surprising, wildly entertaining foray into a historically authoritarian region where music just might be the true democratizing force. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nathan Mubasher. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/001247/bk_acx0_001247_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation by Elizabeth Kuti of Addison and Steele´s 18th century ´Spectator´ essays, originally broadcast in the Woman´s Hour Drama slot in the week commencing 16 August 2010. Returning for a second series, the nation´s favourite agony uncle - Mr Spectator - continues to offer his wit and wisdom on the morals and manners of his countrymen in his daily writings; but who exactly is this mysterious Spectator, and why does everyone want to find him all of a sudden? London, 1710. With Britain in debt to the tune of nine million pounds, Chief Minister and Lord of the Treasury Robert Harley, has a plan to raise the funds the country so desperately needs: a little idea called the South Sea Company. However, he requires public support to get his bill through Parliament, and to do that he needs someone influential to speak out in support of his scheme. Someone with the ear of the country, someone people respect, someone people turn to, listen to, obey. Someone like Mr Spectator! Enlisting the aid of Palace paper-boy, Ned, Harley determines to track down the elusive Mr Spectator in order to convince him to come out in support of the bill before it goes before the House on Friday. Embarking on a quest to discover the identity of London´s most spectral of citizens, Ned scours the ´Spectator´s´ daily publications for a clue to his prey´s whereabouts. Pursuing hints and clues through a world of clubs, coffee-houses, theatres, and booksellers; from lowly taverns to the Royal Palace itself, Ned is swept along in a mercenary world of spin and manipulation. Is anyone really who they seem? Does everything and everyone have their price? Can Ned unmask Mr Spectator before time - and Harley´s patience - runs out? Starring Benjamin Whitrow as Mr Spectator, Bryan Dick as Ned Dempsey, David Schofield as Harley, and Christina Cole as Abigail. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Benjamin Whitrow, Bryan Dick. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/bbcw/004202/rt_bbcw_004202_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A BBC radio full-cast dramatisation of Dick King-Smith’s enchanting children’s story about Harmony Parker and her magical 50p coin.Harmony Parker is 10 years old and loves animals. She longs for a pet of her very own, but her parents won’t allow it. All she can do is keep hoping, dreaming and wishing. Then Uncle Ginger comes to visit from India. He and Harmony become friends, and he gives her a very special present. Not a puppy but something even better: a magical 50 pence piece with the power to grant seven wishes. All she has to do is rub the point of the coin opposite the Queen’s nose. Harmony starts wishing right away and is soon the proud owner of some of the things she wants most in the world. But she discovers that you have to be careful what you wish for, as the Queen’s nose doesn’t always grant wishes in quite the way you might expect....This fantastic tale from the best-selling author of Babe, The Sheep-Pig stars Lauren Mote as Harmony and Rupert Graves as Uncle Ginger.Cast Harmony...Lauren Mote Uncle Ginger...Rupert Graves Mr Parker...Richard Lumsden Mrs Parker...Matilda Ziegler Melody...Holly Bodimeade Postman/Mr Sharkey...Richard Fitzsymons Traffic Warden/News Anchor...Miche Docherty Kevin Rhys Dunlop Reporter...Julia Paul Dramatised by Elizabeth Kuti Produced and directed by Heather Larmour 1. Language: English. Narrator: full cast, Rupert Graves, Lauren Mote. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/003967/bk_rhuk_003967_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.