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BBC and Warner Music launch new podcast Songs To Live By

By | Published on Monday 22 March 2021

BBC Sounds

The BBC and Warner Music have launched the first in a series of new podcasts that they are making together. Hosted by Radio 1’s Vick Hope, ‘Songs To Live By’ features interviews with black celebrities about their life through music.

“‘Songs To Live By’ is a really special project”, says Hope. “A listening party that I cannot wait for you all to get down at; a labour of love that has made myself and my guests both laugh and cry together, brought great joy but also reflection on the world we live in, how far we have come and the obstacles, the pain and suffering that those who went before us withstood, whilst looking with optimism to the future”.

“We cover civil rights to Windrush, Black LGBTQ+ Pride to racism and activism in the diaspora, but also our passions and when we realised them, excelled at them, inspired others with them”, she continues. “Led by a black team, this podcast is about our backgrounds, our heritage, our culture, our home lives: the Motown we listened to growing up, gospel in church on Sundays, dancing with our parents to Afrobeat on a Saturday night, sneaking out to hip hop clubs… The moments we lost ourselves in music and found ourselves in music”.

“This podcast shines a light on our roots and our routes”, she concludes. “The changes these amazing guests have made, but also the change that still – in the words of Sam Cooke – is gonna come”.

The first episode, featuring Rizzle Kicks’ Jordan Stephens and poet Benjamin Zephaniah, is available now on the BBC Sounds app.