The October 22 afternoon edition of the BBC World Service radio program “Newshour” included an item (from 0:48:58 here) introduced by presenter Razia Iqbal as follows:
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Iqbal: “Now the music of the Palestinian group ‘Le Trio Joubran’ has caught the attention of some of the world’s top musicians. The trio comprises three brothers who all play the oud — a stringed lute-like instrument. Martin Vennard spoke with one of the brothers — Adnan Joubran — and asked how they came to work with the Pink Floyd musician Roger Waters on their new album ‘The Long March.’”
BBC World Service audiences were not informed that the Joubran brothers were in fact all born in Nazareth.
Rather than an interview, what listeners actually heard was a monologue from Adnan Joubran in which he began by talking about music — and promoting the trio’s recently released album — but which soon turned political.
[Music] Joubran: “We’ve heard by a common friend that he likes our music and he does listen to our music. And we went to New York and we called him and he invited us to his house for a dinner and over this dinner he made us listen to his new album. He played for us in the house on his guitar ‘Wait For Her’ — his last track with the poem of Mahmoud Darwish — knowing that we have collaborated with Mahmoud Darwish, the Palestinian biggest poet. And he kind of asked us for our blessing because Mahmoud Darwish has died in 2008 and he wants to feel that he is doing the right thing. And then we shared with him our project ‘The Long March’ and we said if you feel that you wish to write something and to sing something with us, that would be big honour. And we dedicated this track to the four kids who were killed in Gaza beach — bombed by the Israelis. [Music] Whether they were targeted or by mistake — as the army is saying — they are still human.”