NKOSI Sikelel’ iAfrika was written in 1897 by Enoch Sontonga, a teacher at a Methodist mission school near Johannesburg, who based the tune on Joseph Parry’s hymn Aberystwyth. Written in Xhosa and rich in harmonic opportunities, this song became the anthem for the anti-apartheid movement. SOUL MUSIC (RADIO 4, 11.30AM) hears from Albert Mazibuko, of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, about the emotional impact of this soul-stirring work.
DAVE and Ellie take a dangerous emotional journey when they get in touch with their exes after 25 years. Old embers are fanned in the drama OH YOU PRETTY THINGS (RADIO 4, 2.15PM), starring Sarah Alexander and Will Adamsdale.
BY THE beginning of the Fifties, Frank Sinatra’s
career was in a nose dive. His bobbysoxer fans had grown up and deserted him, and the new wave of teenagers thought him old-fashioned. Rumours of his Mafia connections tarnished his reputation, and he had severe problems with his overstrained voice. All that changed after Sinatra (pictured) won an Oscar for his role in From Here To Eternity. SINATRA: THE COMEBACK (RADIO 2, 10PM) looks at the great albums he made after what’s been described as ‘the greatest comeback since Lazarus’.