Tunisian rapper Ala Yaacoubi will be freed on Tuesday after being given a six-month suspended sentence on appeal, his lawyer said. Yaacoubi, also known as Weld El 15, was jailed for two years last month for a song insulting the police.
Paris’ Comédie Française theatre is the home of French greats Molière, Racine, and more. But now the world’s oldest national theatre company is presenting its first ever Arabic play. We meet director Sulayman Al-Bassam – who tells us why it’s not just the play’s themes of prostitution and homosexuality that make it a revolutionary piece.
China wants an end to US internet domination in the wake of the Edward Snowden spying revelations. The Global Times, a pro-government publication in China, asks: "How big is the World Washington Web?" We look, too, at reaction on Twitter to the handover of power in Qatar. And, at a story on the Huffington Post comedy page: what kind of reaction would John Lennon have got singing "Imagine" on the TV show The Voice?
Laura Mvula released her debut album a few months ago. Critics have hailed her as being at the forefront of a new musical genre – “gospeldelia” - blending pop soul and jazz with orchestral classical music. We also take a look at the Paris hip hop festival, which has a whole host of international artists performing until July 7th.
Rock gods Papa Roach talk to Eve Jackson about their new album, connecting with their fans and why angry music is still relevant. Also on the show: a round up of the Hellfest music festival, and Muse’s extravagant world stadium tour.
In today’s show we pay tribute to the actor best known for his role as the mob boss Tony Soprano in "The Sopranos". James Gandolfini has died at age 51. Also on the programme: singer Selah Sue, the sculptor Ousmane Sow and the comeback of the Polaroid.
The "Total Eclipse of the Heart" singer Bonnie Tyler opens up to Culture's Leïla Amar about coming 19th out of 26 in the Eurovision song contest and her new album "Rocks and Honey". Also, a French musician brings Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" to life on stage.