Even when language separates us we can communicate through music. Here in the East Midlands we can share our love of music, and through it our understanding of human experience & emotion, with complete strangers in Africa.

On Saturday 30 July we invited listeners to be a part of 103's DEC East Africa Appeal by phoning in or emailing the stories that accompany their favourite music, in a musical life story we called LIFE TRACKS. The music tracks likely to be listener favourites were chosen by 103 presenters. 

There was no cost and no catch. We hoped simply that through LIFE TRACKS our listeners would become our link with people in the Horn of Africa at their time of greatest need.

Ben Atkinson:
Patsy Cline – Walking after midnight
Brad Paisley – I’m gonna miss her
Dolly Parton – I will always love you
Taylor Swift – Love story
Jerry Reed – You took all the ramblin’ out of me 

Mitch de Faria:
Harry Nilsson - Without you
Frank Sinatra - My way
Charles Trenet - La mer
Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes - (I've had) The time of my life
Ray Parker Jr - Ghostbusters 

Steve Kent:
Vangelis - Hymn
Jean Michel Jarre - Equinoxe Pt 5
Madness - One better day
Raymond Lefevre - Soul coaxing
Simple Minds - Glittering prize 

Don Henley - The boys of summer
ACDC - Stiff upper lip
Genesis - Tonight, tonight, tonight
The Beatles - A day in the life
Jennifer Rush - The power of love 

Simon Nicholas:
The Beach Boys - Good vibrations
Real Thing - You to me are everything
Eurythmics - There must be an angel
Oasis - Wonderwall
Stereophonics - Have a nice day 

Christine Slomkowska:
Eric Carmen - Sunrise
Donald Fagen - IGY (International geophysical year)
Freiheit - Keeping the dream alive
The Carpenters - You
Abba - Dancing Queen 

Shane Mousley:
Beyonce - Halo
George Michael - Older
Erasure - You surround me
The Fratellis - Chelsea dagger
Darude - Sandstorm 

Sharon Love:
Various Artists - Perfect day 
Black Eyed Peas - Where is the love
James Morrison - Wonderful world
Britney Spears - Stronger
The Killers - Human 

Neil Young - Heart of gold
Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge over troubled water
Martha & The Muffins - Echo beach
Elvis Presley - Can't help falling in love
Paul Simon & Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Diamonds on the soles of her shoes

Billy Wells:
Buzzcocks - Ever fallen in love with someone
Buddy Holly - What to do
The Singing Nun - Dominique
Vaccines - If you wanna
Noisettes - Never forget you 

Tracey Dene Powell:
Cindy Lauper - Girls just want to have fun
Jeff Beck - Hi ho silver lining
Meatloaf - Bat out of hell
Amy Winehouse - Rehab
Robbie Williams - Angels 

Toto - Africa
Latin Quarter - Radio Africa
Shakira - Waka waka (this time for Africa)
Johnny Clegg & Juluka - Scatterlings of Africa
Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Swing low sweet chariot 

Mark Frisby:
Echo & The Bunnymen - The killing moon
Del Amitri - Nothing ever happens
John Lennon - Imagine
The Cars - Drive
Geoff Buckley -  Hallelujah 

Alan Matsell:
Blue Man Group - I feel love
Razorlight - America
Stephen Tin Tin Duffy - Icing on the cake
Bob Dylan - Don't think twice
George Harrison - My sweet Lord 

Billy Ray:
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell - The onion song
Michael Jackson - Earth song
Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder - Ebony & ivory
The Tams - Be young, be foolish, be happy
Gerry & The Pacemakers - You'll never walk alone

Alan Dale: 
The Four Tops - Reach out (I'll be there)
The Kinks - Waterloo sunset
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - I'm ready for love
Manfred Mann - Pretty flamingo
Diana Ross - How about you 

John Burton:
Tony Bennett - This funny world
Dinah Washington - Stardust
Sammy Davis Jr - Soon
Louis Armstrong & his All Stars - Black & blue
Margaret Whiting - Look for the silver lining 

Ryan Taggart:
Foreigner - Cold as ice
OK Go - Here it goes again
Erasure - Always
Blur - Beetlebum
Fats Domino - Ain't that a shame 

Jonny Mac:
Adele - Someone like you
Westlife - You raise me up
Lighthouse Family - High
Newton Faulkner - Dream catch me
Jessie J - Stand up 

Marie Osbourne:
Labbi Siffre - (Something inside) So strong
Joan Armatrading - Love & affection
Wild Colour - Dreams
Phil Collins - You'll be in my heart
Joe Cocker - Just pass it on 

Dennis Kay: 
Don McLean - American pie
Gary Puckett & The Union Gap - Young girl
Free - All right now
Rod Stewart - Maggie May
Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Fanfare for the common man