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hello. you're watching gmt on "bbc world news." i'm lucy hopkins. president obama say inging the page has been turned and calling for a new chapter in u.s. history that creates a fairer economy. >> will we accept an economy where only a few
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1:00 in the afternoon in davos, 7:00 a.m. in washington. where a defiant president obama has declared an end to the financial crisis. in his annual state of the union he called for a new chapter in u.s. history that ushers in a fairer economy. the widening gap between rich and poor is one of the key talking points at this year's gathering of politicians and business leaders at davos. we will bring you there in a moment. but first this report from washington shortly after president obama's speech. >> the president of the united states. >> reporter: the capitol hill for his sixth and penultimate state of the union speaking for the first time before a republican congress. the president set out to extricate america from its foreign wars is now having to cope
with a myriad of new challenges abroad, not least the jihadist threat to ancient allies like france.
>> we will continue to hunt down terrorists and dismantle their network and we reserve the right to act unilaterally as we have done relentlessly since i took office to take out terrorists who pose a
direct threat to us and our allies. >> reporter: some members of congress took their cue from that and made their show of solidarity for those killed in paris. on the domestic front, michelle obama must be pleased with her husband's approval ratings now edging back up after a dismal few months. the president is hoping he can improve his standing further by proposing tax change for those -- proposing tax riders for the very wealthy so everyone can emerge from the financial crisis. >> we have picked ourselves up and dusted ourselves off and begun again the reworking of america. >> reporter: his speech suggests a newfound confidence at the white house that america's economy is bouncing back. that and the fact that b of a
barack obama doesn't have to fight for reelection means the can afford to be abit bolder in his final two years in office. the director of the u.s. project at chatham house and former u.s. government advisor. he did that in a form. >> he did indeed. he took to it the republicans. he declared war on the republican agenda. this is my agenda this is what i want to get done. these are the two years. i'm not compromising. you need to either step up or get out of the way. why can he be that confident right now? >> as he said he doesn't have to run again. at some level, this is it, this is his legacy. either he will succeed or not. he doesn't have to play that compromised game historically. he's also found compromise doesn't work. the last six years, at least from his perspective, he feels he has tried to compromise with the republicans and the
republicans essentially said not interested. this time he's very much taken it to them. he has set the narrative and the republicans are going to have to answer that narrative. so, too, will any democratic contender for president. >> the republicans have a difficult line to walk now. how do they do it? >> they really do. you saw this last year and saw it a little bit last night, typically those one republican response to the state of the union. this year it was joanie ernst, the new freshman senator. mrk you have other contenders for the president that want their voice out there. ted cruz tried to get his voice out there. there really is a fractured republican party at the moment. that will be extraordinarily hard both in the congress and senate over the next two years. >> the president wants to help the middle class who he was reaching out to in his speech.
how does the republican heartland attempt to fight that without looking bad? >> exactly. this is why obama had a couple of objectives in this state of the union. the principle one was to define the agenda for the next two years. here's what the narrative is here is my agenda my priorities all about inequality and resolving inequality. not just about american growth making sure american growth is fair. he's set that agenda in a way that everybody, republicans and democrats alike are going to have to respond to it as you say, without sounding like they're trying to do out the middle and lower classes of america. >> anything new in foreign policy in this speech? >> i think there is. i was actually surprised how much foreign policy there was. the couple of areas are areas you can reach across the aisle. the first is on trade. i was surprised to see how strongly he put forward i want trade authority to allow him to
renegotiate the trade with europe and asia and tpp. he made that a focus of one of his first foreign policy issues and the other was to say, i am battling isis. but while i don't need your authority, i want it. i want the world to see america come together against this terrorism threat. and to really ask congress to give him that authority. that again is a big step forward. in thanks for joining us. later on gmt, we will be speaking to veterans of american politics, one from each side of the political divide to their reaction to the state of the union. president obama isn't the only one fretting about the growing gap between rich and poor. it's also big on the agenda at davos, the swiss ski resort that once a year of the most wealthiest people to come together for the world's economic forum. we're looking at the wealth gap in our new series "a richer
world." >> reporter: the world is getting richer. fewer people in the world live in extreme poverty, less than one dollar a day. the disparity remains. the richest 1% owns half the world's wealth. that means 85 people have as much as the poorest 3.5 billion. more people own cars. in botswana you are three times more likely to own a car than a decade ago. many of us have mobile phones. some of the quickest take-up is in developing countries. more than three-quarters of households own a fridge. there are down sides to a richer world. it can be bad for your health. more than a third of americans are obese. this is a growing problem in many countries.
the richer world can put more pressure on natural resources like water. an extra 2 billion people have safe water compared to 25 years ago but water table levels have fallen. by 2030 almost half of the world's population may live in areas of extreme water stress. more children are finishing primary school and more people have access to the internet and better access to health care. will some of the poorest people in the world also get richer? let's take you to davos now. joining us is phillip jennings who is the general secretary of the uni global union. thank you for being with us phillip, on gmt. in thanks for the invite. >> you've got quite a task there
convincing the super rich that the widening gap between the rich and the poor is bad for them. them. >> we take on the task with relish. when i first started talking about inequality of wealth and income distribution just a few years ago i was laughed out of court. what we've seen in this meantime is the body of evidence swelling everywhere we have massive inequality in wealth distribution and at the same time massive inequalities in the distribution of income. we are living in the new globalized area of economic futilism. >> are you feeling a commitment from what you've been saying for months to the super rich at davos? >> as we look at the changing conversation taking place. imf agrees with us. the international labor office agrees with us united nations on the same track with us.
we begin to see business leaders say hang on a minute. it's bad for our economies and business management and bad for our communities. what's interesting the world economic forum itself is also pivoting away from their competition report they produced and now produce a report on inclusive development, what are the policies we need to pull to tilt the balance back in favor of the majority of the population. at the end of the day, the top 1% owns what the 99% of the rest of us own. what's also happened in this united states of america is all the benefits of economic growth have gone to the top 98%. it's not sustainable. it's bad for growth bad for businesses and bad for our community. community. >> are you still trying to sell the message as well about the benefits of collective bargaining. that's what you're doing. it's an old struggle and old
message. does it need to be reshaped or is that still the message you're putting across? >> our message is about including you. what are the policies that can be put in place to tilt the balance. it needs a trade union movement independent and democratic which has the right to organize. the world's largest sector private employer is warmest. i can't even get across the door to organize them in the united states of america. a strong trade union movement with collective bargaining a message for all of the leaders on the left the collective bargaining a way of giving workers a voice, a way of sitting around the table and trying to determine a better distribution of the wealth that is created. minimum wage is important, living wage is important. if it's going to be real authentic and credible we need collective bargaining where the social partners look at how the
wealth is distributed. i think collective bargaining is well due a comeback. nothing retro about it. it fits the problems of the times. >> phil jennings thanks for joining us from davos. we will be exploring more from " "the richer world." you can follow on our mobile tablet or computer. there's more you may not expect. on the website, africa's best nightclub and how the music scene reflects the economy. on bbc.com/richerworld. in yemen, houthi rebels reported to replace security guards outside the residence of president and rabou man sur hadi. and repeating demands for a power sharing deal. officials in israel say a
palestinian man has stabbed passengers on a bus in tel aviv wounding at least 10 people before being shot by a passing prison officer. police are treating it as a terrorist attack the first attack in tel aviv since a young israeli soldier was shot by a palestinian last november. looking into a speech by a prominent buddhist monk in which he used insulting terms to insult an envoy and likening her to a prostitute. she was highlighting the minority during a visit to the country last week. do stay with us on "bbc world news" still to come. the latest on the security measures announced by the prime minister following recent shootings in paris.
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salafis. the french prime minister has announced new security measures in the wake of the terrorist attacks two years ago. he said 21/2 thousand new security people would be recruited over the next several years. >> translator: the number of individualized individuals who might launch terrorist attacks has been relentlessly increasing and it was pointed out by the interior minister. either foreigners need to be monitored linked to the jihadist networks linked to syria or iraq and increased in one single year. in paris, 1300 people he mentioned, how else will france bolser their terrorism capabilities. >> it's 1300 involved in the networks, in other words, people
who have gone out or are there or coming back. overall that needs to be monitored, much bigger than that at 3,000, including people in older pre-existing islamic networks. and onewhat is haven't from the coulibaly attacks, others need to be followed. the brothers were monitored much earlier and too much emphasis on the syrian networks that are new and not enough on the older one. 3,000 that he said was a step change a change of scale in the amount of work required of the securities services. so there is above all, this big boost in the means that the security services will have over the next two or three years. as you say, 2.5,000 more officers will be recruited. partly raw boots on the ground to follow people to monitor people but more importantly, perhaps, people who can make
sense of the mass of information that will make sense of what comes in with electric monitoring and budget 400 million euros being made available, half a billion dollars over the next three to maybe buy legal equipment. and the legal will change. important to note that the law govern governing phone taps dates back before the internet. that will be changed to in theory make it easier to get authorities authorized from a judge the tapping of individuals. one of the big criticisms in this operation and run-up of the coulibaly attacks and there wasn't a run-up of the touch touchtouch -- kouachi brothers and coulibaly. saying they had no right to monitor the wives and girlfriends' telephones and quite likely the contact was
done via the girlfriends and women in the case. that's the kind of loophole they want to stop now. >> thanks for that. to tell everyone at the same time as the prime minister was speak, four men were charged in france with terror related offense, the first in connection with those attacks two weeks ago. taking you back to davos now. the ukrainian president left early and returned home because of heavy fighting in the east of the country. these pictures at the airport shows just how bad the situation has become there. ukraine and the west accusing russia of sending their own troops into ukraine to fight government force. russia denies that. michelle hussein is in davos for us speaking to the russian prime minister and asked him to explain russia's role in the ukrainian conflict. >> ukraine is russia's neighbor. historic ly historically, close to us. we're a close nation and many
russians live in ukraine. ukraines live in russia. the two regions in the east of ukraine want greater autonomy independence, some people believe is needed. they're trying to protect the rights and environment comfortable for them to speak in russian, to be in close relationships with russia and not to have russian men in there. >> reporter: what you are accused of russia is accused of is fueling the conflict on the side of the rebels. >> russia is saying we're controlling internal affairs. we're not controlling ukrainian affairs. we're trying to make sure those people are protected and have
the rights to speak on and to preserve their rights. a peaceful ukraine. real peace of our borders. we don't need any conflict at our border. >> reporter: what the u.s. state department has accused you of is completely opposite of peace and last week showed photographic evidence that russian force went across the border into ukraine. it produced evidence you are fighting on the side of the rebels. >> showing photographs and providing clear evidence are different things. one example our u.s. partners were fake photographs. >> reporter: you believe they wear? you believe hopes tothose photographs, satellite imagery was fake? ? many of those. some russians who fight on the side of those regions in ukraine.
some people coming from russia on their own and fight. >> reporter: you call them volunteers? >> exactly. penal from people from baltic countries and france and africa fight on both sides. some people hired by ukrainian force and some people in the region where they believe they're fighting for independence and many people fighting on both sides. >> the kinds of weapons, missile launchers, where would they get it from if it wasn't taken from the russian army? >> most of the weapons were from the ukrainian army and left by the ukrainian army. >> the ukrainians say very clearly they could have come from anywhere but the russian army. >> that's not correct. the first asian to win a
grand slam title but forced to retire last year because of injury. she has plans ahead. >> li na congratulations, first of all. if you are pregnant and want to tell any, having 15,000 people listen to you at the rod laver arena is a good place to do. >> yes. melbourne for me is a very special area. a special area for miy fans and friends, good news. >> you made a lot of jokes about your husband in the past. do you think he will be a good father? snoo>> yes. i'm pretty confident he will be a good father. >> that was always one of your ambitions, wasn't it? be have a family and be a housewife
housewife. you talked about a tennis ranch. is that still the plans? >> yes. i'm ready for the choice. >> what do you think of tennis in china at the moment. give us and idea what it was like when you started. i had a look two players in the top 100 in the world and now there are 11. how have things changed? >> it's unbelievable. 10 years ago keeping up with the schedule, i think it's pretty good face to face to see the top star, top player. >> you think that is very much down to you, you may be too modest to say so you need to have somebody of your standing as a grand slam champion to really spread the score in a country? >> for sure there will be another one for the chinese grand slam champion.
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i'm lucy. in this half hour what can republicans expect from president obama. is america still looking at further political deadlock. looking back at the new space race. >> i tell you what. it's not a space race between global super powers put abut a race between global corporations. the company behind rocket x gets
agets -- from spacex gets a huge injection of cash from google. why are they now set their sights on the stars? welcome back to gmt. president obama has made sure to capitalize on a recovering economy and his rising approval rating in the space of the annual address. he took credit for policies he says raised the country out of recession. tuesday's speech was upbeat despite his humiliating loss for the democrats when republicans seized control of both houses of congress 11 weeks ago. looking forward, president
obama used his address to appeal to the middle class by championing home investment and using tax funds to benefit families. >> let's close loopholes so we stop rewarding companies who keep profits abroad and reward those who invest here in america.
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those savings to rebuild our infrastructure and make it more attractive for companies to bring jobs home. let's simplify the system an let a small business owner filed based on her actual bank statement instead of the number of accountants she can afford. let's close the loopholes that lead to inequality by allowing the top 1% pay on accumulated wealth and help to pay for childcare and send their kids to college for more families. and we need an economy that helps work ging americans get a leg on the new economy and we can achieve that together. >> that was president obama in last night's state of the union. with me from washington is douglas, a former communications director for the republican national committee. thank you for joining us on gmt. do any of president obama's
proposals stand a chance in congress? >> some do but not many. what we saw from the president last night is the exact opposite of what he says in 2009 and 2013. after the president wins and election he tells congress that elections have consequences. after republicans have big wins like in 2010 and last year he pretends they don't have ha consequences. his tax deal is dead on arrival. congress is not going to raise congress. there are some things like worker training workplace flexibility so families can take their kids to doctors' appointments, and families can use more leave. those are things a republican congress passed last year and may be opportunities to work together. >> why would republicans not eliminate a tax loophole for the richest 1% of americans. >> what republicans want to do is they want to address tax reform broadly, corporate taxes and individual income taxes so we can get back to a flatter fairer system to something workable for the american
people. trading this tax cut for this tax increase isn't something republicans are interested in is just a non-starter with a now republican house and republican senate. congress is fundamentally different than it was just last year and that's something the president should recognize and try and find ways to work with the republican congress opposed to going into their house of representatives and seven times threatening to veto legislation. >> if we can talk about ideology for a moment you look at president obama calling for high minimum wage extension of childcare, free community college, education of students even equal pay, these are all things in many parts of the world, particularly in europe we take for granted. how can you argue against them? >> republicans support equal pay. equal pay is the law of the land. it's illegal to pay a woman less than a man for the same job. that's the law. republicans support worker training. republicans support community colleges support education reform. we want to go back to the
preschool and kindergarten and primary education and make sure it works for the students in them. our education policy is our economic policy something where congress should be able to work with the president. we need the president to be a willing partner not somebody that pretends last year ease election just didn't happen. >> we have already seen some republicans come out and call president obama's speech class warfare. why is it? >> we see the president routinely trying to attack people who are creating jobs in this country to redistrict wealth to others. what we want to see as republicans in the house and senate where we can now present legislation to the president we weren't able to do last year we want to take legislation to the president to rise everyone up to make sure those earning less are earning more. right now, family income is down $2,000 from where it was when president obama took office. we see more people have left the workforce, given up on that key word of president obama's
presidency, "hope," we want to give them hope and rise all incomes to make sure all americans are doing well and safe and secure. >> one final quick question. a lot of what you're saying and the world thinks when they see this is more political deadlock in washington because it doesn't look as of much progress is going to be made on real issues. how do you get the ball rolling to change that? that's what's making american look bad at the moment. >> one of the ways we can do that with a republican house and republican senate we can start by going back and fixing the broken appropriations process. last year the republican house senate fixed 12 of the appropriations bills. that's not enough but the house passed zero. not only will we go to day-to-day governing absent from washington so long we also can say to the country and the world we're stepping back from the
brinksmanship and talks of shutdown and all those other things that make the world economy sit back on edge because they don't know what america may do next. >> jim joins us now a former drink democratic aide to the u.s. senate. thank you for joining us so late but good to have you with us. after a terrible 2014 are we now seeing a president obama who seems to have new confidence a whiteout that white house that seems to have no confidence? >> we sure are. no doubt about it it was a very strong aggressive speech. i'm reasonably confident very few if any republicans sitting in that chamber accepted what the president had to say and very confident most democrats loved what he had to say with the exception of trade policy probably. this guy, the president we saw giving the speech last night was -- i wish he was around last year is what i'm trying to say. it was quite a change and tone in tenor, in my opinion for the
better. >> is this speech little chance of become inging legislative reality, the things proposed. what was it really about? >> it certainly wasn't about a legislative strategy i hate to agree with doug but very little of those policies he outlined will come into law any time soon. what was it about? drawing a stark contrast between republicans and democrats as we head into two years republicans control both the house and senate. either you're for tax cuts for the wealthy or you're for trying to provide help and assistance to a still struggling middle class. >> doug talks a little bit about breaking the political deadlock and how important that is even for america's reputation internationally. how worried are you in general about political apathy at the moment? >> no doubt about it. it's very partisan hyper polarized political processed we're dealing with these days.
i spent 21 years in the senate. from my perspective, what i saw over the years in the obama administration was a republican party trying to undermine this president every step of the way. unfortunately in light of the way the house continues to operate i don't see it changing any time soon. hope springs eternal but i still don't believe the speaker of the house has control of his caucus and that doesn't bode well for legislating over the next two years. >> thank you very much. good to have you both with us here on gmt. with us now with the business, you're also looking at the state of the union. there were interesting proposals from president obama about private security. >> looking at private security indeed. let me explain. along with the economy side the security was one of the main topics in obama's state of that state of the union address. the american president made it clear he had not forgotten the
debate over internet privacy, certainly ignited by the recent hacking of sony pictures. in fact the president warning if we don't act we'll leave our nation and economy vulnerable. a professor who co-authored the global best-seller the second machine age. he's joining us from davos. great to have you with us. i want to ask you this. we have heard lots of stories. i want to hear your perspective. millions of us have given obscene numbers of our own information and data on the internet. how serious in your perspective is cybercrime. to us laymen seems like a new battleground. >> it's very serious. i think we will hear more breaches like sony and more unreported. this is a huge vol neribility as we connect more and more people and institutions to the global
internet. >> president obama urging congress to get the legislation to tackle this evolving threat. i guess the question for many people is can you put the legislation -- can you fight cybercrime while at the same time keeping the trust of all of us who use the internet? >> not only can you, it's a necessity. it took about 100 years for people to be connected to the network and in the next five years connecting 3 billion. technology is racing ahead, great news. unless we secure privacy and security it won't work. people won't be comfortable sharing transactions and information and as we get more and more breaches it will prevent us from using this amazing infrastructure. we need more information how to use privacy and security. >> in this age we're in is it an ongoing case of government spurns corporations who put up
security walls. on the other side the people will keep trying to get through those walls and an ongoing -- a dog chasing its tail. >> absolutely. there is an arms race and us as individuals, more important barrier, we have to be more intelligent how we share information. most breaches aren't done through technical means, a super computer breaking a password. by people not making good pass cords words and giving them away too easily. it's like we learned driving cars or other new technologies. we had to learn new customs and ways of behaving and all of us have to learn new ways of behaving in the cyberworld if we make full use of it. >> in your book one of the key messages seem to be this digital revolution is about to crash into our job market. can you briefly explain that?
>> not about to. already has. the past 10 years has been a tremendously disruptive decade. we see technologies in the pipeline, in labs at mit and silicon valley and elsewhere far more disruptive informs of artificial intelligence machine learning digital infrastructure, it will be a challenge in the next decade. i'm glad the president in the state of the union is focusing more and more on the stagnation of middle class wages, a lot more we can do to help lift up the people right now being challenged on these new technologies. >> we appreciate your time. go and enjoy that beautiful scenery behind you. have a great time in davos. >> it is beautiful. >> those of you in the studio i have to say that. spacex has raised funding from google and fidelity investments. they are trying to spread internet access to remote parts
of the world. they now own 10% of spacex the spacex manufacturer backed by a billion air billionaire, who hopes to one day colonize mars. the deal values the firm at $10 billion and go to innovation in space transport and satellite manufacturing. we already know the firm has contracts with nasa and a number of private firms. in 2013 google launched 30 balloon balloons to space in an attempt to provide internet access to buildings below on the ground. interesting stuff. president of the interplanetary society, welcome. you are good to join us. i want to ask you, is this a great investment? what's google and fidelity up to here? >> they've obviously decided elon musk is the future.
it's great importance they spread the internet across the world in the fastest way they can for their own company. the best way for a satellite company to do that inexpensively. they are chopping down the prices of launches. a couple years ago, most launches cost 8 to $100 million. the price is really coming down 30 fourth million and musk's ambition is to launch a reusable k rocket with a reusable post stage on the platform and put the price of a rocket of 10 to $20 million per launch. >> that is a reality. i know one of the key challenges for bringing the cost down is the reusable rocket parts. they're not there yet, are they? >> getting close. you probably saw a couple weeks ago there was a bit of a crash landing and it was destroyed on landing. it was an incredible -- a test
and no huge loss. they put the re-supply mission successfully and this would have been a bonus. and it ran out of fuel at the last minutes. if they can achieve it in the next launch which is a strong possibility, they will reuse that rocket again. they can actually refurbish it. that is a terrific savings. in two or three years time spacex will be very well-positioned in terms of satellite launches low cost. >> sorry to interrupt, but we're running out of time. is this the start of seeing household names, big corporations jumping on board this space race a space race now kind of out of the hands of super powers it's corporations? >> absolutely becoming more and more private. a profit making exercise. one interesting thought dear i
say britain has skylon the government has been putting money, 60 pounds of investment. unfortunately that's 10 15 years away. if that happens and successful as a private venture the price will come down to maybe 100,000 per pound per launch. you're fighting times ahead. >> it certainly is. exciting times ahead. >> thank you. we will talk to you soon. nick thank you. you can get me at b brksbc aaron to tweet. you're up. >> i have something for you to listen to. take a listen to this. ♪ ♪ it's bon gogo flava. after the break.
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challengeing republicans to close tax break fors the rich. a wrath of new security measures as four men are charged in connection with the paris attacks two weeks ago. i take you back to davos now where many of the world's wealthiest and most powerful people are at their annual get together at the economic forum. richard branson, founder of the virgin group is there seeking support for his plans to launch a major new satellite venture. he spoke to my colleague about it earlier. >> there are people in the world that don't have access to the internet or have a mobile phone or wifi. what we're planning to do put
up a very large array of satellites around the world which would give many of them the chance to get internet and wifi access and have internet access you can get educated. if you have a mobile phone, you can start a business. we think -- we think it's going to be a very worthwhile venture. >> which countries in particular are you targeting and which age brackets and wage brackets are you targeting? >> we're really targeting anybody in the world who currently doesn't have internet or have mobile phones. in some of the poorer countries of the world that's a lot of people. and in richer countries, people who live in rural areas. the network will be global and we'll talk to individual countries and, you know, find out which ones would welcome us and which ones won't. i think most will actually welcome this initiative.
indeed. we're only 10 weeks after the fatal virgin galactic crash. are you still determined going ahead with that and focused on getting tourists up into space? >> yes, we are. first of all, the network i just told you about will be part of virgin galactic's program. we'll be launching satellites into space from a mother ship through a rocket we built called launcher 1 and launcher 2 and put g putting people aboard the spaceship. >> anonned listening to at davos, take a listen to this. >> ♪
>> it's bongo flava. i haven't heard it a version of hip-hop and r&b. he artists weren't taken seriously but all that has changed. >> reporter: award winning artist is laying down his tracks originally seen as western culture trying to find its way into a very conservative society. >> they are always fighting us like, you know, don't do music you know because it's something from the streets, you know. there's not any future in it. ay started his career 14 months ago and one of
the few artists who persevered believing one day his career would be big. his tenacity paid off. he's now making a very lucrative career out of bongo flava, a career many young people are very keen to pursue. ♪ >> reporter: these days there are a number of centers set up privately to teach and train young people to sing and play instruments free of charge. ♪ >> reporter: this young lady has traveled hundreds of kilometers to get here and learn how to sing. she says one day she would like to be as big as rihanna. >> reporter: since i'm here at
the house of talent, i just thought, why don't i give it a go and see if i can actually sing? ♪ >> stop, stop. you need more training. >> reporter: looks like i can't sing. the music that hardly got any airtime is now the most played on radio and even crossing borders. >> translator: in nigeria if you say you're an artist from sancheznyia and want to -- from tanzania and want to work with them they are happy to do it. although we don't speak the same language we've come to understand each other. they play our music and we play theirs. >> reporter: what started like a nightmare to many, especially parents at the time, have ended up becoming a dream not only to the pioneers but also to the new generation. "bbc news," salam. >> that's all from gmt for
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