|Riz Khan talks with Bryan Adams |
With a distinctive voice and catchy lyrics, this rock'n roll icon's music has won him fans around the world. He tours extensively, making time for charity, and has excelled in another art: photography. Riz Khan interviews Canadian based rocker Bryan Adams.
Bryan Adams has a way of connecting with his fans with songs that are pure rock infused with boundless energy. When he sings, the crowd roars.
Despite his Canadian roots, Adams did his growing up around the world as he moved from country to country with his diplomat family. That in part has shaped his view on charity and fundraising, something he has often built into his touring and performing schedule.
Adams also became a staunch advocate in the battle against breast cancer after losing a close friend to the disease. He has even used his significant talents as a photographer to raise money for the cause, including a book featuring portraits of high profile American women.
Bryan Adams continues to tour places other Western rock stars have not even considered … and points out that there is still a lot more world out there for him to see.
Airing 09th March 2007
|Riz Khan and Youssou Dou|
Riz Khan interviews Senegal-born vocalist Youssou N'Dour. To his fans he is already a music legend and his rich African sound has led top Western artists to seek him out for collaborations. His music provides a voice for the traditions and stories of Africa and often touch on social issues in his homeland.
Yossou N'Dour first began performing at 12, playing with a variety of groups in his hometown, Dakar, in Senegal. He went on to form his own band as a teenager and experimented by fusing traditional African music with rock elements. N'Dour's work became popular around the world during the 1980's and this led to collaborations with Dido, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Paul Simon and Bruce Springsteen to name just a few.
In 2005 he received a Grammy award for Best Contemporary World Music Album. The title track of that album - called Egypt - expressed his devotion to the Muslim faith.
As a Unicef goodwill ambassador he has been active in addressing social causes in Africa for many years using his music as the vehicle for his message.
Airing 16th March 2007
|Riz Khan and Jeff Sachs|
Riz Khan interviews economist Jeffrey Sachs. He is courted by activist music stars such as U2's Bono for his work in helping the world's poor. Time
magazine has described him as one of the world's most influential people in recent years, and he has advised governments all over the world on economic reform. He believes we can end global poverty in our lifetime.
His day jobs include heading up Columbia University's Earth Institute and the UN Millennium Project, aimed at reducing extreme poverty, disease, and hunger by the year 2015. Jeffery Sachs believes that so much is possible with the right will, as he explains in his best-selling book, The End of Poverty.
Many argue that his greatest skill is making the complex world of economics accessible to ordinary people while his passion for stating his case has won him many high level friends from Bill Clinton, the former US president, to the UN's Kofi Annan.
He has proved himself. In the mid-1980s, he stabilised Bolivia's economy with a policy package that lowered the country's inflation rate from 40,000 per cent to nearly zero. But his critics believe his cure-all arguments would be impossible to implement. That certainly would not stop Jeffery Sachs from trying.
Airing 23rd March 2007
|Riz Khan with Uri Geller |
Riz Khan interviews Israeli-born paranormalist, Uri Geller. Bending spoons with his mind in the early 70s brought him worldwide fame – and skepticism. But he endures as the best-known paranormal practitioner on the planet, with a range of powers that baffle most people.
The term 'spoonbender' does not do justice to the range of powers this entrepreneur and entertainer seems to display, though that is what he is most famous for.
Uri Geller says he first discovered his paranormal abilities as a child being brought up by just his mother. He grew up in Israel, doing his national service in the army and went on to modelling, and performing in Tel Aviv nightclubs. As word of his abilities spread, Geller travelled the world to demonstrate his skills and to be tested by the world's leading scientists who documented their findings in leading journals. The paranormalist also says that in the past he was employed by governments who wanted to try to use his powers for covert operations … while oil companies pay handsomely for his 'dowsing' techniques for locating oil reserves.
Uri Geller still has many detractors and often ends up in legal battles with them for declaring him a fraud … but the mainstream media still regularly feature him and Geller mixes with the powerful and famous from politics to entertainment. Britain became his home and he settled with his wife and two children not far from London. From there he promotes young artists and supports charities for needy children.
Airing 30th March 2007
|Riz Khan with Anwar Ibrahim|
Riz Khan interviews Anwar Ibrahim, the former deputy prime minister of Malaysia. It was popular belief that he was destined to become the next leader of Malaysia, and Newsweek magazine named him 'Asian of the Year' in 1998. But that same year, his world turned upside down as he found himself in jail on charges of corruption and sexual misconduct.
It was not the first time he had been in jail, having been locked away as a student social activist in the early 1970s. Anwar Ibrahim had been fighting for the rights of Malaysia's poor on the streets, but found it far more effective trying to change the system from the inside.
That began his meteoric rise in politics beginning with his election to parliament in the 1980s, going on to become deputy prime minister under Asia's strongman, Mahathir Mohamed.
Ibrahim's tight control of the finance ministry during the Asian financial crisis of 1997 is credited as saving Malaysia, but a major disagreement with Mahathir over handling certain financial concerns turned the leader from mentor to angry rival. Under charges of corruption and sodomy, Ibrahim was severely beaten and held for four years.
His treatment led to massive protests on Kuala Lumpur's streets, with a call for reform against what were disputed as trumped-up charges. Ibrahim's release in 2004 came with a ban from taking part in politics until 2008, leading him to a life as an academic in the US, and planning his next steps towards his political return.