Black Music in Europe

A BBC Radio 4 series presented by Clarke Peters reveals a surprising history of black music in Europe a century ago

Drawing on a huge vault of rare archive music, Clarke Peters explores a forgotten history of black music in Europe, from the birth of recorded sound to the height of the jazz age.

In this series, covering 1900 to 1930, Clarke discovers how the music of African prisoners of war was laid down across Germany and the lasting influence of the black military bands who took France by storm.   He hears freedom songs smuggled onto shellac, explores the rise of the world’s first black superstar, Josephine Baker, and finds out how the very roots of jazz were captured in recording studios in London.

Presenter: Clarke Peters | Reader: Paterson Joseph | Producer: Tom Woolfenden | Adviser: Jacqueline Springer |Executive Producer: Maria Williams

"Hats off to @LoftusMedia for this eye opener. Lifting the lid on some truly extraordinary recordings and delivering some fascinating facts".

Verity Sharpe, Radio 3 presenter via Twitter