Welcome to the Ex-Official Blog of Writer, Presenter & Crafts Expert Momtaz Begum-Hossain which stopped being active on 31st August 2016.

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Momtaz's NEW BLOG is www.craftandtravel.com


Momtaz's radio show The Create Escape was broadcast on One Harmony Radio from 8am-10am (GMT) every Saturday morning from March 2015-June 2016.

An art and music based programme each week she interviewed special guests from the Arts world talking about their experiences, inspirations and projects they are working on. This included creatives from the world of music, film, theatre, craft, dance and literature.

Momtaz left the station in order to launch The Create Escape podcast - due to launch summer 2016.

She has also previously presented solo shows on Cable Radio in Worthing and URF in Brighton.

She is also a Radio Pundit and is regularly booked as a guest. Appearances include BBC Asian Network, BBC Radio 4, BBC Five Live, BBC West Midlands, BBC London, Awaz FM (Scotland) and BBC Wales.

PREVIOUS GUESTS on The Create Escape Radio Show:

14 May
Hannah Cox, Founder of Crafternoon Cabaret

30 April
Ruhul Abdin from Paraa (architectural practice) 

23 April
Neil Andrews (Instagrammer, photographer and social media expert)

16 April
Paul from Cocoa Hernando (artisan chocolatier)

2nd March
Ann D, Soul Music special

27th February
Film Critic Amanny Mohammed (Oscars special)

21st February
Sewing Expert Tree from You Tube channel Stitchless TV

13th February
Textile Artist & Community Artist Claire Russell

6th February
Textile Artist Simmi Duffin


28th November 2015
Guest: Literary Expert Obie Matin / Thanksgiving US Authors special
Estelle - American Boy
The Mamas and Papas - California Dreaming
Tony Bennett - I Left My Heart In San Francisco
Shanker, Eshan Loy - Sajdaa (My Name Is Khan Soundtrack)
Beach Boys - Surfin USA
Frank Sinatra - New York, New York
Curtis Mayfield - Miss Black America
Alicia Keys - Empire State Of Mind
Sting - Englishman In New York
Kim Wyld - Kids In America
David Bowie - Young Americans
Gloria Estefan - Rhythm Is Gonna Get You
Lou Reed - Satellite Of Love

Guests: Laura Adams and Rhidian Davis from The British Film Institute talking about the BFI Love festival
The Cure - Friday I'm In Love
Barbara Streisand - As Time Goes By
Seal - Kiss From A Rose
Prem Ratan Dhan Payo from Bollywood movie of same name
Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart

Jefferson Airplane - Don't You Need Somebody To Love
Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers - Why Do Fool's Fall In Love
The Divine Comedy - Songs Of Love
Cardigan - Love Fool
Harry Connik Junior - It Had To Be You
KItty Lester - LoveLetters
Coolio Rollin With My Homies
Michael Galassao - Yuemei's Theme

14th November 2015
Guest: Singer/musician Shama Rahman

Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy
Beth Orton - Central Reservation
India Irie - Brown Skin

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (from Bollywood film of same name)
Hindi Zahra - Imik Si Mik
Bebel Gilberto - Aganju
Blondie - Atomic

Live tracks performed by Shama Rahman

7th November 2015
Guest: Donna Reed, Owner of Vintage store Crimson Clover, textile designer & antique expert
Talvin Singh - Jaan
McAlmont & Butler - Lose My Faith
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Tujhe Dekha from soundtrack to Diwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
Cheikh Lo - Tougayu M'Bedd
Orchestra Los Van Van - Tranquilo Mota
Paul McCartney - Vintage Clothes
Adele - Chasing Pavements
Heather Small - Proud
Amy Winehouse - Rehab

4 Hero - Starchasers
31st October 2015
Guest: Richard Van Gramberg (Author/Horror specialist)

Ray Parker Junior - Ghostbusters (theme from the movie)
Dusty Springfield - Spooky
The Cranberries - Zombie
The Nightmare Before Christmas (film) - This Is Halloween
Bobby Pickett & The Crypt - Monster Mash
The Specials - Ghost Town
Nina Simone - I Put A Spell On You
Mark Ayres - Tubular Bells
Lynda Bostrum - Vampire Love
Michael Jackson - Thriller
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Red Right Hand
The Chordettes - Mr Sandman
Stevie Wonder - Superstition

X-Files - Theme from TV Show

24th October 2015
Guest: Theatre Director Douglas Rintoul, The Edge

Primal Scream - Moving On Up
Nitin Sawney - Homelands
Lady Day - John Coltrane, Lynden David Hall, Courtney Pine

Disco Diwane from Bollywood film Student Of The Year
Jill Scott - One Time
Florence & The Machine - Dog Days Are Over

Leslie Gore: Sunshine Lollipops
James Bond Theme Tune

Marcos Valle feat Joyce - Valeu
Niraj Chag - Kwaab
The Specials - Ghost Town
Corinne Bailey Rae - Just Like A Star

17th October 2015
Guest: Islah Abdur-Rahman, Writer, Actor from The Cornershop Show

Daft Punk - Get Lucky
Amadau & Marium - Je Pense A Toi
Bebel Gilberto - Aganju
Bole Chudiyan the film Khabi Kushi Khabi Gham 
Air - All I Need
Rise & Shine - The Cardigans
Babylon Zoo - Spaceman
Kriss Kross - Jump
Frozen soundtrack - Do You Want To Build A Snowman
Man Like Malik (promo from my guest Islah Abdur-Rahman)

10th October 2015
Guest: Director Deepa Mehta and Actor Randeep Hooda

Raghav: Teri Baaton
Clara Moreno - When You Gonna Learn
Maxwell - Uncut
Da Lata - Pra Manha

Belel Gilberto -Aganju
Calvin Harris - Acceptable in the 80s
Basement Jaxx - Do Your Think
Clinark - The Solution

Kanika Kapoor - Baby Doll
Goldie - Inner City
The Beloved - Sweet Harmony
Florence & The Machine - Cosmic Love

3rd October 2015
Guest: Voice Over Artist David Thorpe

Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars: Uptown Funk
Amar: Red Sky
John Legend: Ordinary People
Bollywood track: Bachena Ae Haseeno from movie of the same name
Leslie Gore: Sunshine Lollipops
Divine Comedy: Something for the Weekend
Tracy Chapman: Talkin' Bout The Revolution
Yazz: The Only Way Is Up
St Vincent: Actor Out Of Work
Calvin Harris: Stars Come Out 

26th September 2015
Guest: Poet & Spoken Word Artist Simon Mole

Fat Boy Slim: Right Here, Right Now
Lana Del Ray: Born To Die
Luciano: Life
Desi Girl from Bollywood movie Dostana
Mr Scruff: Get A Move On
Outcast: Hey Ya
Fleetwood Mac: Go Your Own way
DJ Luck & MC Neat: With A Little Bit Of Luck
Florence & The Machine: Cosmic Love
19th September 2015
Guest: Artist, musician, instrument maker, DJ & researcher Tom Richards

Asian Dub Foundation: New Way New Life

Morcheeba: Aqualung

Anvil FX: Seja O Que For

Asha Bosle: Radha  Kaise Na Jale

Bombay Dub Orchestar: Monsoon Malabar

Raissa: Believer

Moreno Veloso: Arrivederci

Lamb: Cotton Wool

Erasure: Take A Chance On Me

Tito Puente: Tito On Timbales

Charlie: Spacer Woman

12th September 2015
Guest: Craft Expert and Knitter Susie Johns

Shapeshifter's: Lola's Theme

Suede featuring Raissa - Poor Little Rich Girl

Clinark - Solution
Chiggy Wiggy - Kylie Minogue for Bollywood film Blue

Amadou & Marium - Nangaraba

Marcos Valle feat Joyce - Valeu
Jamiroquai - Cosmic Girl
Basement Jaxx - Red Alert
Squeeze - Cool For Cats
Kirsty MacColl - In These Shoes
Madonna - Lucky Star

5th September 2015
Guest: Literary Expert Obie Matin

Blondie: Atomic
Bebel Gilberto - Aganju 
4 Hero - Golden Age Of Life
Chanda Chamke - from film Fanaa
Mob Culture feat Monroe - Can't Divide Us
Donna Summer - I Will Survive
Arrested Development - People Everyday
Disclosure feat London Grammar - Lose My Mind
Nitin Sawney - Immigrant
America from movie West Side Story
David Bowie - Space Oddity 
Lynden David Hall - Sexy Cinderella

29th August 2015
Guests: Monroe (singer/songwriter duo)

Xpress 2 - Lazy
Amy Winehouse - Rehab
David McAlmont - Lose My Faith
Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp - Slide
Ramilson Mai - Sambassim
Tere Liya – Shreya Goshal and Atif Aslam from movie Prince
Was Now Was - Walk The Dinosaur
Mob Culture ft Monroe - Can't Divide Us
Monroe -  Hunt You Down
Monroe's cover version of Sia's Chandelier
Monroe's cover version of One Direction's Coming Home

22nd August 2015

Guests: Singer/songwriter Gerontius

4 Hero - Starchasers

Yasmine Zeidan - Aranis

Nirag Chag - Khwaab

Pakeezah from Bollywood movie Ungli

Cardigans - Rise & Shine

Jill Scott - Golden

Banda Favelo - Neguinho

REM - Man On The Moon

Gerontius - Country Heaven, Time Flies, Sunday Hours, I Fell In Love Again

8th August 2015

Guests: Nihal Arthanayake (DJ) & Dave Bawa (singer)

The Pussycat Dolls & AR Rahman - Jai Ho!

Badly Drawn Boy - Dilsillusion
Tamer Hosny - Arab Habibi
Dave Bawa - Aish
Da Lata - Rio Vida
Miss Elliot - Get Your Freak On
Panjabi MC feat Jay Z - Beware Of The Boys
Raghav - Teri Baaton
Ajay Atuk Udi Narayan & Sunidhi Chauhan 0 Gun Gun Guna
Jamiroquai - Space Cowboy

25/July 2015
Guests: Harry Sachdeva (Film Producer) and Paul Breen (Author)

The Who: My Generation
Koop: Baby

The Beloved: Sweet Harmony

Air: All I Need

Bombay Dub Orchestra: Mumtaz

ShapeShifters: Lola's Theme

The Divine Comedy: Songs Of Love

Da Lata: Pra Manha
Monroe: Can't Divide Us

Nizlopi: JCB song

Ash: Girl From Mars

18/July 2015
Guest: Nicola White, Artist & Mudlarker

Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - Summertime

Hindi Zahra - Imik Si Mik

Parris Clemons- Black Mary

Fernando Porto - De Costas Pro Mundo

Title track from Bollywood movie Wake Up Sid!

Son Of A Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield

Charlotte Mbango - Konkai Makossa

Mitchell & Dewbury: Beyond The Rains

The Police - Message In A Bottle

Blondie - The Tide Is High

Frank Sinatra - Moon River 

11/July 2015
Guest: Cary Sawney, Director of The London Indian Film Festival
Ricky Martin- Living La Vida Loca (Spanish version)
Booker T - Soul Limbo
Disclosure feat London Grammer - Help Me Lose My Mind

Danny Brilliant - Havana
Fatoumata Diawara - Sowa
John Coltrane, Lynden David Hall & Courtney Pine - Lady Day (Soul Inside mix)
The Rolling Stones - Satisfaction
Barry Manilow - Copacabana
A R Rahman - Bombay
Susheela Rahman - Maya
Rose Royce - Wishing On A Star

4/July 2015
Guest: Publisher Farhana Shaikh & Author Dimmi Khan
The Boo Radleys - Wake Up Boo!
Glen Fey - 
The Heat Is On
John Travolta & Olivia Newton John Summer Nights (Grease Soundtrack)
Da Lata - Mago E Borboleta

Ada from Bollywood movie Garam Masala
The Beach Boys - Surfin' USA
Nelly - It's Getting Hot In Here
Wham! - Club Tropicana
Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - Summertime
Len - Steal My Sunshine
Da Lata - Rio Vida
The Isley Brothers - Summerbreeze

Koop - Summer Sun

26/June 2015
Guest: Literary Expert: Obie Matin
Baccarra - Yes Sir I Can Boogie
Beth Orton - Central Reservation
Amadou & Marium - Je Pense A Toi
Challa from Bollywood film Jab Tak Hai Jaan

Riovolt feat Lillian Vieria - Oca Ronco Da Cui
Disclosure feat London Grammer - Help Me Loose My Mind
Pharrell Williams - Happy
Maxwell - Uncut

Goldfrapp - Lovely Head
4 Hero - Starchasers

20/June 2015
Guest: Celebrity Knitter: Louise Walker
Michael Gray - I Can't Wait For The Weekend To Begin
Loungin' - Guru
Chris Isaak - Wicked Game
DJ Patife - Sabassim
Hai Junoon from Bollywood film New York
New Radicals - You Get What You Give
Falar De Assim - Bongo
B52s - Love Shack
Petula Clarke - Downtown
Aretha Franklin - Respect
Eye Of The Tiger from Rocky soundtrack
Frank Sinatra - Fly Me To The Moon

13/June 2015
Guest: Greenwich & Docklands International Festival representative
The Cardigans - Rise & Shine
Freak Power - Turn on, Tune in, Cop out
Salif Keita - Madan
Fernando Porto - Des Costas Pro Mundo
Masakali from Bollywood film Delhi 6
Justin Timberlake - Senorita
Susheela Rahman - Maya
Nitin Sawney- Immigrant
4 Hero - Starchasers

6/June 2015
Guest: Bollywood Expert Asim Burney
Mitchell & Dewbery - Beyond The Rains
Koop - Summer Sun, Koop
Fool's Gold - Surprise Hotel, Fool's Gold
Da Lata - Cores
Sigma feat. Paloma Faith - Everything's Changing
Theme from Bodyguard (Bollywood movie)
Challa (from Bollywood movie Jab Tak Hai Jaan
Gallan Goodiyaan (from Bollywood movie Dil Dhadakne Do
Jamiroquai - Cosmic Girl

16/May 2015
Guest: Hamja Ahsan (Curator/activist)

Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse - Valerie
Jill Scott - Golden

Karen Ramirez - Looking For Love
Shukhran Allah from Bollywood movie Kurbaan
John B - Aye Caramba!
Duran Duran - A View To A Kill
Swarathma - Ee Bhoomi
Everlast - I Can't Move
Saint Etienne - Heart Failed In The Back Of A Taxi
Beastie Boys - Intergalactic

9/May 2015
Guest: Sewing Expert & Designer Karen Arthur
Curtis Mayfield - Move On Up
Goldfrapp _ Felt Mountain
The Cranberries - Linger
MashAllah from movie Ek Tha Tiger
Sunaga T Experience - It's You
PM Dawn - Set Adrift On Memory Bliss
Femi Kuti - Beng Beng Beng
India Arie - Video
Erykah Badu - On & On
David Bowie - Life On Mars

2/May 2015
Guest: Nikki Spencer (food writer & event organiser)

Drumagik - Easy Boom
Tom & Joyce - Queixume
Air - Playground Love
M.I.A - Jimmy
Michael Jackson - Thriller
Charlotte  Mbango  Kokai Makossa
The Trammps - Disco Inferno
The Bee Gees - Night Fever
Curtis Mayfield - Move On Up
Village People - YMCA
Jamiroquai - Space Cowboy

Guest: Poet Richard Purnell

Dewbery & Mitchell - Beyond The Rains
Dimitri From Paris - Une Very Stylish FilleKoop  - BabyD'Angelo - Brown Sugar
From Bollywood film Jab We Met - Mauja Hi Mauja
Massive Attack - Protection
Banda Favela - Neguino
Stereo MC's - Connected
Air - All I NeedBobby Darin - Splish Splash
Becky G - ShowerGwen Stefani - Bathwater
Bjork - Venus As A Boy 

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