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. Hosted by Charlie Lewis.

On-air from 23 December to 13 January

Playlist for Summer Program: The Alternative History
  • Chromatic Fantasy Fugue in D MinorMaria Yudina
  • CaliceChico Buarque and Milton Nascimento
  • Trem De DoidoLo Borges
  • Taj MahalJorge Ben jor
  • Coração de EstudanteMilton Nascimento
  • It's Been A While O Weapon of MineUmm Kulthum
  • Al MursalMohammed Wardi
  • Jomreang SaokaDrakkar
  • Don't Think I've ForgottenSinn Sisamouth
  • Unique ChildHuoy Meas
  • ExileGeoffrey Oryema
  • Baluba TalimoDan Mugula
  • Chan ChanBuena Vista Social Club
  • Bacalao con PamIvakere
  • Bruca ManiguaIbrahim Ferrer
  • Pa La PalomaCelai Cruz
  • Kaxayho HoybKino
  • NenenAquarium
  • Arrimba MonteVictor Jara

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.