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Out of a South African jail, former gangster aims at the music charts

South African musician Larry Joe, as he leaves Douglas prison in December 2010.

Larry Joe's songs of redemption

We start with Larry Joe, who we first heard two years ago, when he was locked up in a South African prison for burglary.

He was a troubled convict hoping for a music career when he met a restless music producer unsatisfied with his own.

Aron Turest-Swartz was a co-founder of the popular South African group Freshly Ground. And when he heard Larry sing, he dropped what he was doing and turned the jail cell into a recording studio.

When we last heard from them, Larry was about to be released and so was his first album. And we wanted to know where their story has gone since then.

Larry Joe joined us from Cape Town in South Africa and his producer and friend, Aron Turest-Swartz, was in studio with Rick.

Listen to Rick's chat with them

Listen to Corinne Smith's documentary about Larry Joe from March 2011 

You can see video of Larry recording with Aron in Douglas prison and hear his music at Larry Joe Live!

Hear the rest of this week's Dispatches program here

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