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Glastonbury festival 2009 – more than just music

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The 'Other' stage at the Glastonbury festival 2009

The Glastonbury festival has a hippy past stretching back to the 1970s when Michael Eavis decided to turn his farm in Pilton, Somerset into an enormous party. In 2009 it attracted some of the music industry’s hottest acts, but it is more than just music. Besides the anything goes ethos, there’s an agenda for change which embodies the philosophy of one of the world’s largest greenfield festivals.

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Written by Daniel Finnan

30 June 2009 at 19:05

Ban on Uganda’s critical State of the Nation play has no legal basis, says co-director

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Poster for State of the Nation play. Afri-Talent.

Poster for State of the Nation play. Afri-Talent.

The co-director of a play banned in Uganda has told RFI he’s concerned about the repercussions of continuing to stage his production. But he believes Uganda’s Media Council is on shaky legal ground. John Ssegawa, co-author of State of the Nation, says the Ugandan authorities are limiting freedom of expression.

Radio France Internationale

Interview: John Ssegawa, Co-Director, State of the Nation

Could you describe the play? What is it about?

The play is all about the history of Uganda from 1962, from independence, up to today. We talk about the political journey and what we thought would be, and what is not today.

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Written by Daniel Finnan

1 November 2012 at 23:50

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Photo of Daniel Finnan by Agata Wolanska

Photo: Agata Wolanska

Daniel Finnan is a broadcast journalist working for Radio France Internationale’s English service in Paris.

His work mainly concerns international news and politics, especially Africa  and France. He also covers arts, culture, economics, the environment, music, sports and technology. He has skills in multimedia production with a high level of expertise in audio editing, graphics, video and web technologies. His work has been heard on international radio stations, including American Public Media, Radio Netherlands and Deutsche Welle.

Before working as a journalist he spent time in commercial and community radio in the United Kingdom. He developed The Hillz FM community radio station and helped it to secure a full-time FM license.

Written by Daniel Finnan

24 August 2011 at 10:00

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Nouvelle Vague sprinkles couleurs on Paris

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Liset Alea on stage at Le Plan, Ris Orangis, 20 March 2011

Liset Alea on stage at Le Plan, Ris Orangis, 20 March 2011

Nouvelle Vague hits the concert circuit once again to promote their new album, Couleurs sur Paris, with multi-talented singer Liset Alea. Their fourth studio album includes offerings en français such as Putain, Putain a 1983 song originally by TC Matic.

Interview: Liset Alea and Olivier Libaux

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Written by Daniel Finnan

23 March 2011 at 11:40

Bonobo at Le Plan after winning Best Album award

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Bonobo at Le Plan, 17 December 2010

After winning DJ Mag’s Best Album award this week for Black Sands, Bonobo performed at Le Plan in Ris Orangis on Thursday night. Alongside vocalist Andreya Triana and a barrage of other musicians, Simon Green, AKA Bonobo, captivated French fans with a mix of down-tempo house, atmospheric soundscapes and more bassline heavy electronica.

Interview: Bonobo AKA Simon Green

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Written by Daniel Finnan

17 December 2010 at 11:27

Video games, bonobo, lemon curd and lies

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Screens at MuseoGames exhibition

Screens at MuseoGames exhibition

This week’s Sound Kitchen visits the MuseoGames exhibition at the Arts et Metiers museum in Paris to play video games and find out why it’s just been extended until December. Rachel Khoo, a food creative, and author of Pâtes à tartiner shows us how to make lemon curd. Our regular quiz taxes your ears with another mystery sound. And we have dance music from Bonobo, Alltrics and Fenech Soler.

Radio Magazine: The Sound Kitchen

Radio France Internationale

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Cypress Hill – Love the snails and the dope, but not Arizona’s law

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American Latino hip-hop stars Cypress Hill rocked the stage at the opening night of Paris’s Rock en Seine festival Friday. Before the weed-smoking West Coast bad boys performed to the 35,000-strong French crowd, they talked to RFI about US immigration law, Mexican drug cartels, the possibility of working with Blink 182’s drummer … and eating snails.

Radio France Internationale

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Glastonbury festival 40th anniversary

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Glastonbury festival 2010

Glastonbury festival 2010

Glasto 2010

Britain’s Glastonbury festival kicked off this week, arguably Europe’s most famous and most celebrated music festival. The area of farmland in Somerset, south-west England is hosting a jam-packed weekend of music, arts and culture.

The festival’s hippy ethos brings together people from all walks of life, offering what it describes as a beacon of hope and aspiration. This year it also celebrates a very special anniversary.

Radio Report

Presenter: Richard Walker

Network Europe – Radio Netherlands

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Hip hop and points for losers: street football cup begins

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Street Football French Cup

Street Football French Cup

The street football French Cup kicked off this weekend at Bertrand Dauvin stadium in Paris. It brings together 16 teams from all four corners of France, all vying to be crowned French champions. The game has a different style to conventional football: hip hop music played throughout each short match, teams of five players, black cards instead of red and points for losers.

Radio Feature: Sports Insight

Radio France Internationale

Written by Daniel Finnan

30 May 2010 at 17:18

Andre Manoukian talks jazz and philosophy

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Andre Manoukian

Talking at the Paris Saint Germain Des Pres jazz festival

Andre Manoukian is the closest the French have to Simon Cowell. The composer and philosopher, who is a judge on the equivalent to Pop Idol, talked about music, life and why he likes Gilles Deleuze, at the Paris Saint-German-Des-Pres jazz festival, which kicked off last week.

Radio Feature: Culture in France

Radio France Internationale

Written by Daniel Finnan

23 May 2010 at 13:13