David Prest

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David Prest has been involved in broadcasting for many years. He is best known as a feature and documentary maker, and has won an extraordinary three Sony Gold awards for his work in the field. For Open Air, he puts his passion for world music to the fore. His philosophy is that "it's not always pretty, and some of the music might set your teeth, and your next door neighbour's teeth on edge, but somewhere there are gems to be found."

With David Prest every week is a journey, from Cuban swing to Finnish shouting and then maybe some thumb popping Malian tunes. "We just mix it up and see what happens", promises David.

By Year

  • 2010

  • 2009

By Tag

  • Thick Ear

  • Sa Ding Ding

  • Ravi Shankar

  • Ngoriba

  • Big Bill Broonzy

  • Paulo Conte

  • Zar Music

  • Tarika

  • Kurdistan

  • Luka Bloom

  • Funk

  • Estrella Morente

  • Toumani Diabet

  • Ukranians

  • Italian Kitch

  • Balkans

  • Pauline Croze

  • Rita

  • Jimmy Cliff

  • Congo

  • China

  • Kenny Mania and The Action Thirteen

  • Bassekou Kouyate

  • Svang

  • Linda Thompson

  • Swedish Jazz

  • Four men and a dog

  • Etran Finatawa

  • Dengue Fever

  • Naples Mandolin Orchestra

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David Prest: Episode 1Wed, 2010-03-10 02:00

Travel Editor and Sony award winning radio presenter-producer David Prest returns to OpenAir fresh from exploring the... See details

Thick Ear Episode 8Fri, 2009-08-14 03:00

David Prest wraps up the current series of Thick Ear with some Swedish Jazz, Italian Kitch and some old favourites. See details

Thick Ear Episode 7Tue, 2009-07-21 03:00

Nigerian 1970s psychedelic funk from Kenny Mania and The Action Thirteen, and a tribute to Ravi Shankar feature in this... See details

Thick Ear Episode 6Tue, 2009-06-16 03:00

The Ukrainians (the band, not the entire population of Ukraine) open this episode of Thick Ear, which also features... See details

Thick Ear Episode 5Mon, 2009-04-27 03:00

David Prest brings his normal ecletic mix, including the next big thing to come out of China, Sa Ding Ding. Genius or... See details

Thick Ear Episode 3Tue, 2009-03-10 17:03

Featuring a heavy smattering of music from the Balkans and tracks from the new studio album by 4 men and a dog. See details

Thick Ear Episode 4Mon, 2009-03-09 17:08

Journeying far and wide in this week's show, covering territory from Kurdistan to Congo and playing tracks from Luka... See details

Thick Ear Episode 2Tue, 2009-02-24 02:00

A more laid back feel, with tracks from Toumani Diabet?'s new album among offerings from Big Bill Broonzy and the... See details

Thick Ear Episode 1Tue, 2009-02-10 02:00

David Prest presents music from around the world, including songs from Tarika, Jimmy Cliff and the Naples Mandolin... See details