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Zambian born rapper, singer and actor Kema Sikazwe (who performs as Kema Kay) has further proven his adaptability by participating in a new project featured on the BBC. Having released his new EP Not Anymore in August, Kema takes a different turn by diving into the world of Western art and culture, which he discusses in the three-part documentary.

Kema moved to Newcastle at the age of three and since then he has explored his musical diversity, appeared in theatre and TV (Vera, Wolfblood, The Dumping Ground) and has been massively praised for his performance in Ken Loach’s award-winning film I, Daniel Blake. He has also worked with young people, encouraging confidence in songwriting and rapping abilities, yet this BBC series will explore a different side to Kema – you can join him on a journey of discovering both his own, and perhaps your own background and culture.

The documentary, Finders Keepers examines the fascinating convention that Western collections of art and culture are ‘inalienable’. Debating whether cultural artefacts that reside in museums and private collections outside their original location is the centre piece to this discussion. Should these historical relics be returned? With the involvement of key figures regarding this issue, you can expect a range of perspectives that dissect this controversy – what will happen when these objects are eventually returned?

Just as Kema effectively engages the listener in his empowering life story through his music, this is somewhat mirrored in the three-part series. He found it to be a revelation into his own culture. “I came to the UK at the age of three and I wasn’t aware of the extent of items that found their way out of Zambia and into European collections. It really made me think and I hope the series will do the same to the listener.”

The first episode of Finders Keepers is available to watch via the BBC World Service on iPlayer, with subsequent episodes released on 9th and 16th December. Created by Scattered Pictures run by RTS award winning Newcastle-based presenter, writer, actress and producer Kim Tserkezie, Kim was aware of Kema’s desire to explore his heritage through different aspects of his work. Showcasing North East talent, this series is a must watch.

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