The Alternative History presented by Charlie Lewis

What's it like to be Stalin's favourite piano player? Or a Trans woman, belting out soul classics on mid sixties Toronto stages? Or a exiled young Angolan athlete, fighting Portuguese colonial rule in your home country, who happens to have a golden voice? The Alternative History looks at these forgotten stories and more, exploring the points at which music meets revolution.

Playlist for Summer Program: The Alternative History
  • Gyue SuPat Thomas
  • Ouo Ouro NegroMaria Rita
  • Mona Ki Ngi XicaBouga
  • Paulo 9Frazer Bem
  • Titica, Baiana SystemCapim Guine
  • Afi FrofroET Mensah & The Tempos
  • Yaa HimpousahThe Ogyakanaa Show Band
  • Brain WashingPat Thomas & Marijata
  • Aba YaaEbo Taylor
  • AfricaOrchestre GMI
  • Conquer The WorldYousson N'Dont (feat. Akon)
  • Odio Sem ValorPedrinho
  • Quit ItMiriam Makeba
  • BabanikoLe Nimbe Ve N'Zerekore
  • No Couelition Is PermanentMarijata

About this program

From the rainforest to the sea, from Australia to Estonia, Strange Holiday explores proto-electronic, new-wave and oceanic sounds. Hunting for both local and foreign obscurities, Andras & Lewis try to uncover music that ties back to the roots of 3RRR, alongside new releases that typify our generations response to local music from the late '70s & 80s.