19 episodes

Songs To Live By celebrates Black culture through the music we love. Host Vick Hope is joined by two guests from different generations to share songs that have shaped them.

Songs To Live By BBC

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    • 4.1 • 11 Ratings

Songs To Live By celebrates Black culture through the music we love. Host Vick Hope is joined by two guests from different generations to share songs that have shaped them.

    Cat Burns and Shaka

    Cat Burns and Shaka

    Songs To Live By is a podcast celebrating different generations of Black culture through a shared love of music. Host Vick Hope is joined by two guests, who grew up at different times, to share the songs that shaped their lives.

    In this episode, Vick is joined by singers Cat Burns and Shakka to talk about self acceptance, honesty and owning your truth, hypermasculinity and rejecting musical stereotypes, all soundtracked to India Irie, Kanye West, Tori Kelly and Daft Punk.

    Cat Burns is a former BRIT school student who went from busking on the Southbank to garnering a huge following for her music on TikTok in lockdown which landed her a record deal. Shakka is a two-time MOBO Award winner who over the last decade has gifted us silky, smooth R&B tracks. You’ll recognise his pitch-perfect vocals from his summer hits ‘Man Down’ and ‘Too Bad Bad’.

    Producer: Abla Klaa

    • 22 min
    Samm Henshaw and Malika Booker

    Samm Henshaw and Malika Booker

    Songs To Live By is a podcast celebrating different generations of Black culture through the shared love of music. Host Vick Hope is joined by two guests, who grew up at different times, to share the songs that shaped their lives.

    In this episode, Vick is joined by the poet Malika Booker and singer songwriter Samm Henshaw.

    Producer: Abla Klaa

    • 22 min
    Swindle and Roni Size

    Swindle and Roni Size

    Songs To Live By is a podcast celebrating different generations of Black culture through a shared love of music. Host Vick Hope is joined by two guests, who grew up at different times, to share the songs that shaped their lives.

    In this episode, Vick is joined by music producers Swindle and Roni Size to talk about the importance of music history in making music of the future, bringing unity through music, the merits of getting kicked out of school and being a music pioneer.

    Swindle is a musician, record producer and DJ who produces grime, dubstep, and garage with a heavy dose of funk. His CV reads like a Who's who of the UK MC scene. Roni Size, is an English DJ and record producer. He came to prominence in 1997 as the founder and frontman of Roni Size & Reprazent, a drum and bass collective, who that year won the Mercury Prize for their debut studio album New Forms.

    Producer: Cecile Wright

    • 34 min
    Remi Burgz and Angie Le Mar

    Remi Burgz and Angie Le Mar

    Songs To Live By is a podcast celebrating different generations of Black culture through a shared love of music. Host Vick Hope is joined by two guests, who grew up at different times, to share the songs that shaped their lives.

    In this episode Vick is joined by radio host Remi Burgz and comedian Angie Le Mar to talk about loud black women, finding your own path, close dancing, and how to make the right entrance into heaven, all sound tracked to music from Aswad, Althea and Donna, Burna Boy and McFadden and Whitehead.

    Remi Burgz is the host of BBC 1Xtra's Weekend Breakfast Show. Angie Le Mar is one of the pioneers of black British Comedy who appeared in iconic productions like ‘The Real McCoy’ and ‘Get Up, Stand Up’, as well as a writer, actor and theatre director.

    Producer: Cecile Wright

    • 31 min
    Avelino and Roger Robinson

    Avelino and Roger Robinson

    Songs To Live By is a podcast celebrating different generations of Black culture through a shared love of music. Host Vick Hope is joined by two guests, who grew up at different times, to share the songs that shaped their lives.

    In this episode Vick is joined by rapper Avelino and poet Roger Robinson to talk language, lyrics and learning to love poetry, Fidel Castro, and who wears the crown - Biggie or 2Pac?

    Avelino is noted for his lyrical, melodic approach to rapping. Roger Robinson is a poet and musician. His book A Portable Paradise won both the 2019 T. S. Eliot Prize for poetry and the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize 2020

    Producer: Cecile Wright

    • 34 min
    Enny and Pauline Black

    Enny and Pauline Black

    Songs To Live By is a podcast celebrating different generations of Black culture through a shared love of music. Host Vick Hope is joined by two guests, who grew up at different times, to share the songs that shaped their lives.

    In this episode Vick is joined by singers Enny and Pauline Black to talk about listening to pirate radio in the night-time, what's in a name, and Black music in 1970s Britain sound-tracked by Sweet Female Attitude, Billie Holiday, BeBe and CeCe Winans, and Steel Pulse.

    Enny was catapulted to international fame with her song Peng Black Girls. Pauline Black is the lead singer of the two-tone band, The Selecter, and has been described as the Queen of British Ska.

    Producer: Cecile Wright

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

cmcg28 ,

Joy and insight

Music is the portal for people to connect and share their experience of life. Vick Hope is a lovely host. Feelgood podcast. Could be longer though.

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