She was a diva without trying, Eartha Kitt. He was one of America's most formidable indie filmmakers, Melvin Van Peebles. And why in London did the father of Afro beat Fela Kuti diss Afrobeat. Alongside a roll call of celebrities, talent and interesting people whose stories you wanted to absorb they mesmerised audiences on BBC Radio's Black London show. When the show was cancelled all the archive was dumped in a skip. Thirty years later rare finds of recordings were located in a garage like this one Eartha Kitt.
The tapes were submitted to a global competition where it was deigned historically important and redigitised. Now with the help of AI we can create a visual audio experience of the conversations and their settings. Includes rare interviews with Fela Kuti, Dr Kenneth Kaunda, The Jacksons, Alice Walker. This archive provides a vivid account of the past and will be of interest to podcast lovers and researchers alike. A peer reviewed article about this submitted to a major journal celebrating the centenary of the BBC is due soon. Thanks to producer Jose Velasquez.