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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’.

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