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Global Warming 1 - The Introduction: George sets out his stall for the series and observes how the church sometimes lags behind the mainstream in exploring international music. (Coming soon)

Global Warming 2 - Salsa! El Ritmo Caliente (the hot rhythm): George unearths the Christian Salsa music scene in Latin America. (Coming soon)

Global Warming 3 - Gospel from East Africa: Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. George speaks to East African artists about their experiences both in their home countries and even here in the UK. (Coming soon)

Global Warming 4 - The Original Sound of America. Christianity hasn't got the best historical track record in parts of Native America. George explores how some of the US's first citizens are taking the faith back to the reservations.

Global Warming 5 - Praise Under Pressure. Looking at the persecuted church across the world and the activity of Christians under extremely difficult conditions. (Coming soon)

Global Warming 6 - Winter Warmers. Jack Frost rules in the UK, and George pulls out a few tunes that help through those short, cold days and long dark nights. (Coming soon)

Global Warming 7 - Home Stories. George returns home to Sierra Leone for the first time in a long time, and speaks to people who have just come out of civil war, and he looks at the role of gospel music as Sierra Leone rebuils itself.

Global Warming 8 - ARK stories. So what's the most difficult thing you have to do today? Does it include a 3-hour canoe ride to school...? George talks to George and Lucy Mhondera about their work for the Amazon River Kids charity in the Amazon jungle of South America. (Coming soon)

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Global Warming Podcasts

GLOBAL WARMING PODCAST 1: Soukous

All over Africa (and beyond), Congolese Soukous music rules.

It’s catchy and highly danceable… and many fans would be surprised to discover that there’s often a Gospel message under those nifty guitar solos and dancey grooves.

George discovers the high-energy side of Congolese gospel music, and chats with, Kanda Bongo Man, one of the legends of Soukous music.

GLOBAL WARMING PODCAST 2: Salsa

Born in the nightclubs of 1960s New York, Salsa music is Latin America’s most popular musical export.

In this podcast, George talks to some of the artists bringing El Sabor Latino (the Latin flavour) to gospel music – including legendary ‘King of Salsa’ Richie Ray, and popular Contemporary Christian Music acts Salvador and Jaci Velasquez (pictured with George).

GLOBAL WARMING PODCAST 3: Swaziland

George discovers the popular gospel acts in the southern African kingdom...

And while he was there he also checked out a Kenyan gospel track being used to raise awareness of preventable blindness in Africa.

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GLOBAL WARMING PODCAST: Operation Christmas Child, Swaziland

Every year, thousands of schoolkids across the UK fill shoeboxes up with toys and all sorts of goodies.

The charity Operation Christmas Child (OCC) then distributes those shoeboxes to needy children in parts of Africa and Eastern Europe.

George Luke accompanied a team of people who are usually involved in getting the shoeboxes together, to report on what happened as they saw the gifts being distributed in Swaziland. “It was a profoundly moving experience,” said George.

Yinka Awojobi

Founder, UKG/ UKGospel.com group of sites. 

I really didn't want my picture here, but I'm bowing to pressure.

George Luke

Freelance journalist, all-round nice guy.

Has a weird obsession with international gospel music.

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