As historic protests continue in Chile, we explore the nation’s social crisis through the eyes of its artists.
From the slums to the Latin Grammys. The superstar singer Mon Laferte speaks to Tina about why her experience of growing up as a child surrounded by poverty in the city of Viña del Mar has inspired her to join the protests and to help Chile’s poorest citizens.
How would you feel if you had no choice but to take your child to a job interview? That’s the question at the heart of Chilean writer Paulina Flores’ award winning story, Humiliation. We hear an extract of the moving tale of one father’s struggle to save face after losing his livelihood.
A playful rhythm that tells the stories of the underworld. Actor and singer Daniel Muñoz reveals the secret behind of one of the most typical Chilean dances, cueca brava. It’s like a Chilean tango, but with a lively flow.
Meet the woman standing up for Chile through comedy. Natalia Valdebenito talks about how she uses humour to challenge authority and speak out against sexism and corruption.
Presenter: Tina Daheley
(Photo: Mon Laferte performs on stage during a concert in tribute to Jose Jose on October 2019, Mexico City, Mexico. Credit: Adrián Monroy/Medios y Media/Getty Images)
It’s a powerful story about love, family and living with the past. The Israeli novelist Zeruya Shalev talks to Tina about her latest book Pain, a novel shaped by her experience of being seriously injured in a Jerusalem suicide bombing.
Following the decision of President Donald Trump to withdraw US forces from predominantly Kurdish-controlled north-eastern Syria, a new conflict in the war-torn country erupted. Reporter Sarhang Hars spoke to radio host and songwriter Sefqan Orkêş about living through that conflict and speaking up for Syria’s Kurdish people through music.
Ten of Nigeria’s biggest stars come together on stage to tell stories of domestic violence, overturning the status quo, abuse, disrespect, bravery, sisterhood and joy. That’s the idea behind Hear Word and the show’s writer and director, Ifeoma Fafunwa speaks to BBC’s Mugabi Turya about the inspiration behind this powerful piece of performance art.
Plus, has a song, a book or poem ever changed the way you see the world? The best-selling writer Alexander McCall Smith reveals how a borrowed book picked off a dusty library shelf inspired his love for the work of one of England’s greatest poets, WH Auden.
Presented by Tina Daheley
Image: Zeruya Shalev
Credit: Ulf Andersen/Getty
Murad Subay: The walls remember
When war broke out in Yemen, Murad Subay began painting murals on the shelled and bullet-marked buildings of his home city of Sana’a.
His colourful messages of protest and hope raised awareness of the conflict’s impact on Yemeni civilians. He encouraged passers by to join him as he worked, and together they filled ruined homes with images of peace.
Journalist Sumaya Bakhsh traces Murad’s journey as he leaves Sana’a for Cairo. International travel is rarely simple for citizens of Yemen, and we hear from Murad as he languishes in Egypt, stuck without a visa and unable to create new work. Murad is used to living and working in the toughest of conditions, but this period of inactivity is a new test for the prolific artist.
Eventually Murad receives a visa and arrives in the UK to launch a new campaign. Painting with Murad on the streets of London, Sumaya digs into his process as Murad explains why ultimately he must return to the conflict in Yemen, armed only with his brushes and spray cans.
Photo: A mural by Murad Subay Credit: Murad Subay
Murad Subay is voiced by Fayez Bakhsh
Presenter: Sumaya Bakhsh
Producers: Robbie MacInnes and Simona Rata
An SPG production for the BBC World Service