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The SOAS South Asian Film Society invited award-winning filmmaker Anand Gandhi to SOAS for an exclusive talk. From the person who was able to capture the mundaneness of ordinary life, he weaved together a story that conveyed an extraordinary message in his movie "Ship of Theseus", Gandhi also tells us about how he became a filmmaker by designing his own curriculum, to the essence and purpose of creating and making life more meaningful.

On the 20th of January, Dr Laura Hammond chaired a discussion featuring the content of the newly released book, 'Post-2015 UN Development: Making Change Happen?'. The talk was headed by a number of academics involved in the project including editors Dr Thomas G. Weiss and Stephen Browne, as well as contributor Richard O'Brien. The arguments provided are that the most valuable roles of the UN are in fostering global cooperation to confront emerging development challenges, and that there are currently concrete and realistic proposals to strengthen the UN’s capacities.

In Behind The Music this week, we hear from Michael and Joe from London Sacred Harp. We learn all about this unique style of community singing that spans way back in history to the 1800s.

In Behind The Music this week, we meet Olcay Bayir, a Kurdish-Turkish singer who brings the regions of Anatolia & Mesopotamia to life through music. We learn all about her varied influences and hear some beautiful tracks form her debut album 'Neva/Harmony'.

This episode is based on music listened to by the literati. In this episode join me in discovering another side of court music (Classical Vocal Music) which was highly enjoyed by the wealth and people of grate influence back in the Joseon era.

First week back at SOAS Radio for A World In London with Cultural Co-operation, and we’re straight in with some fresh CDs for 2015! Happy New Year! Happy new global music!!

#OLDSCHOOLAWESOMENESS ...

... not referring to MADERA himself here ( ... although he is kind of ancient...) but to the musical selection for this week's show which features a plethora of re released Afro Disco gems + Brasilian Funk & classic Breaks. Stil, there is always room for new dancehall from Japan, future Latin out of Colombia, and horizontal Cosmic Soul from LA ... #global glitch

On the 13th of January, Dr Mark S. Ellis gave a talk on the topic of his new book, "Sovereignty and Justice: Balancing the Principle of Complementarity between International and Domestic War Crimes Tribunals". Dr Ellis discusses the critical issues facing international criminal justice and makes practical, forward-looking propositions on how to make the system of international law more efficient. Dr Ellis is the Executive Director of the International Bar Association (IBA), leading the foremost international organisation of bar associations, law firms and individual lawyers in the world.

On the 3rd of December, Carne Ross gave a lecture on his experience and work as a diplomat, challenging both the current British system of political government as well as standardized approaches to global crises. Discussing his books 'Leaderless Generation' and 'The Independent Diplomat: Dispatches from an Unaccountable Elite', Carne illustrates his purpose for founding the Independent Diplomat - a non-profit advisory group in the world of diplomacy. Carne was a British diplomat for over fifteen years before resigning in 2004 in protest to Britain's invasion of Iraq.

First show of 2015 with plenty of the usual fresh latin beats and a sprinkling of old school classics.
Kicking off with some Mexican Cumbia Hip Hop from Toy Selectah and I.M.S's Compass project plus a brand new DJ Farrapo remix of the band The Fontanas out of the Movimientos stables. Plus plenty of Brazilian music with new releases Anelis Assumpção, Russo Passapusso, Moreno Veloso, and new Bahian artist Gabi Guedes. Cumbia from Mexico with Los Ángeles Azules' version of a Soda Stereo classic and from Peru with Elegante & La Imperial, Bareto, and an old school chicha gem from Los Titanes. A Cuba connection with Rukaiya Russell feat Gospel group Sextido and an Areito Records classic Ricardo Eddy Martinez.

GETTING JIGGY WIT IT ...

And with a frisson of excitement, MADERA VERDE is back in the hot seat, prepping for the Carnival season, which is but a stones throw away. For the first show of the year, its the usual Global Glitch bonanza with the odd indulgent Balearic curve ball and sneaky off piste club banger. Na na nana na na na!

This episode is a brief introduction to Korean court music. In this episode Dami will be joining listeners in exploring and understanding court music’s foundation, how it came to be, its current state and future.

Just what exactly is the point of ethical investment?
What even is it?!
Does it make financial sense for institutions like SOAS?

We put these questions, and a few more, to an ethical investment guru.

World-class jazz pianist Makoto Kuriya headlines in the inaugural Tokyo Jazz Fest London presented by Bolygo Music.
Listen to another CWCLDN exclusive as the host Rice invites him to SOAS Radio and speak about the meaning of "Japanese jazz" and where the music business is heading to.

Winter break has begun and while we scramble to finish our essays on time, the anime spirit of fun still continues and so we approach the holidays with the "genki" spirit of our anime alter-egos! In the time it takes to make and eat a bowl of instant ramen, Kash, Anthea and Rice get together with a few special guests to wish you happy holidays! Siro-A says Merry Christmas!