Nights for Monday 4 May 2009

7 pm News & Weather

7:20 Pete Seeger's 90th

Tonight something different and a little special...

Pete Seeger is a key figure in the mid-20th century American folk music revival, a pioneer in protest music and a tireless activist for environmental causes. He turned ninety yesterday, on the third of May, and his birthday is being celebrated with a benefit concert to create the next generation of environmental leaders. The concert features musicans such as Bruce Springsteen, Joan Baez and Taj Mahal.

But to show how small the world is, and to celebrate the acheivements of this great man, Radio New Zealand National Nights was offered an interview by a friend of Pete's and his sister Peggy, Pyper Scott, who currently lives in the Marlborough Sounds. Pyper and Peggy are in New York now with Peter, but they have allowed us to broadcast this interview which has never been aired before. It firstly features Pete when he's in his eighties playing on his guitar...

Please note that the audio for this item is unavaible via this website due to copyright reasons.

8 pm News & Weather

8:15 Windows on the World:

International public radio documentaries.

8:45 The Final Whistle

Joseph Romanos - sports journalist, The Wellingtonian.

Analysis of the state of play from recent recreational activities ... picking the best All Black team of the last 25 years.

8:59 Conundrum: Clue 1

9 pm News & Weather


A current affairs programme direct from RNZ news.

9:40 Uganda Report

Daniel Kalinaki - correspondent, The East African.

News and cultural insights from the Republic of Uganda, East Africa pop. 30,900,000 (2007).

9:59 Conundrum: Clue 2

10 pm News & Weather

10:17 Late Edition:

A review of the leading news from Morning Report, Nine to Noon, Afternoons and Checkpoint. Also hear the latest news from around the Pacific on Radio New Zealand International's Dateline Pacific.

11 pm News & Weather

11:06 The Birth of the Blues

Willie Dixon, one of America's greatest songwriters, put it this way, "The blues is the roots and the rest are the fruits."

Today the roots have born fruits all over the world.

Jazz, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, soul music, even rap all have blues as a foundation. On the surface blues is simple, sometimes just three chords, sometimes just one chord with lyrics that repeat themselves. But below the surface there is an emotional sophistication that makes the blues one of the most intense music forms you'll ever hear.

Part 1: The Birth of the Blues

Though the blues is an American music form, its origins are undoubtedly African. The Blues begins with a journey through the music's roots in West Africa, where slaves were loaded onto ships bound for America.

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