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Whoonga! What's in the killer street drug of Durban?

Powdered whoonga is sprinkled on tobacco or marijuana providing an addictive and toxic high.(Photo/Anders Kelto)

There's a new street drug in South Africa that really is poison. 

Junkies get sick if they smoke it, and sicker if they don't. Then they die.

Journalist Anders Kelto traced it from the streets of Kwa Dabekaa township near Durban right into the laboratory, to discover what's hooking people on whoonga.

  Listen to Anders's View From Here

 His full documentary is on theJuly 28/31 edition of Dispatches

From Yunnan: golf in the new China

Chinese women are being lured to the links from their villages. Caddying can earn them a year's salary in just one month. Photo/Anthony Germain

China comes out swinging

In China, the game of golf is slowly staking a place alongside designer culture as the latest sign of status -- in an economy teeming with new millionaires seeking places to play.

And when it comes to cost and course maintenance, there's no such thing as over-the-top, thanks to cheap Chinese labour.

But manicured turf and emerald greens aren't just re-shaping the Chinese countryside. They're transforming the lives of thousands of peasants who've left the farm for the fairway jobs.

CBC Radio's China Correspondent, Anthony Germain, finds it's all so new China.

Listen to Anthony's dispatch now   The July 21 Dispatches program page

There are downsides to the golf boom...

 Anthony talks to Rick about that

If you want to see the kind of Chinese golf luxury Anthony's talking about, check out his narrated slideshow here.

From Spain via Israel -- Ladino music revival

Isareli singer Yasmin Levy's father preserved Ladino folk songs from Spain which she is re-styling for new audiences. Photo/Ali Taskiran

 

Ladino is the music Jews took with them when they were expelled from Spain in 1492. It's finding new audiences, thanks to artists like Yasmin Levy.

Listen to Yasmin's musical story of Ladino

Thanks to Dispatches contributor Maria Bakkalapulo in Glasgow at the Celtic Connections music festival.

Yasmin's website

The July 14 Dispatches program page

The Dispatches View From Here blog

Nothing but mammals, baby...

CBC correspondent Connie Watson expected certain dangers when she got into a taxi to ride into the heart of the war zone in Kosovo.  But she wasn't counting on explicit advances of a musical nature, from her rogue of a driver. 

  After hearing her tale of animal lust, you may never think of the Discovery Channel in quite the same way again.

This is part of the June 23 Dispatches In The Summer program.

It's originally from a 90-minute special called The Dispatches Soundtrax Edition -- a collection of musical moments from our correspondents around the world. Listen to all three parts of it.

And If there's a piece of music you associate with an experience abroad, write us an email about it.  We'll post it in Your Dispatches

This Is Not America

CBC correspondent Neil Macdonald

Rick MacInnes-Rae's colleague and old friend Neil Macdonald has chased down some elusive characters for CBC News over the years.  But here's a story Rick hadn't heard before -- about former SS officers, a dark beer hall and David Bowie in the background.

 Rick and Neil's conversation

This is part of the July 7 Dispatches In The Summer program.

It's from a 90-minute special called The Dispatches Soundtrax Edition -- a collection of musical moments from our correspondents around the world. Listen to all three parts of it.

And If there's a piece of music you associate with an experience abroad, write us an email about it.  We'll post it in Your Dispatches

Ex-con released same day as his hit record

Larry Joe is an ex-con with a record.  He's a reformed South African housebreaker who caught his break when he was in jail north of Cape Town.  Pop musician Aron Turest-Swartz heard him sing and offered to record Larry, in prison.  The album Crazy Life was released in December, as was Larry. 

Larry's full story re-ran on Dispatches on July 7 and 10. 

The only song on Crazy Life that's sung in his native Afrikaans is called Gentle Side, which is the only English lyric in the song.

It's his view from inside, looking out.

This was from Dispatches, the week Larry was released.

Gentle Side     

The lyrics in English: 

- Do you know where I was?
- Did you see what I did?
- Could you have believed...
- dirty old pants, a torn old shirt...
- I was on a downward path.

- I was young and immature
- I was easily misled
- I wanted to be myself, believe just what I saw
- Listen, it was almost too late!

- Have you seen my gentle side before?
- Another chance for me.
- Have you seen my gentle side before?
- Give me another chance.

- Now you know who I am
- Have you heard everything?
- Could you have believed...
- I have a dream...me and you
- I am on my way up!

- Have you seen my gentle side before?
- Another chance for me.
- Have you seen my gentle side before?
- Give me another chance
- Give me another chance.