An American in Africa


Hear from several different artists who made their way through Africa on this New Sounds.  We'll hear music from Bela Fleck, who made his way through Mali to record with Toumani Diabate, and a group from Uganda that was recorded in a cooking hut.  Also, listen to Roswell Rudd, who works with the Gangbe Brass Band of Benin on his latest, "Trombone Tribe."  Plus, music by the Kenyan band Extra Golden, and their thanks to Obama, along with something from the Occidental Brothers Dance Band International, who bring the Central African guitar pop. Plus, music by Paul Simon, from his ground-breaking "Graceland."

PROGRAM # 2921, An American in Africa (First aired on Mon. 4/6/09)





Paul Simon


Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes [5:30]

Warner / Rhino 74803**
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Extra Golden

Hera Ma Nono

Obama [7:30]

Bela Fleck, Omou Sangare, Toumani Diabate, Ugandan Women

Throw Down Your Heart – the Africa Sessions

An Ndiya [3:30] Tulinesangala [3:00]

Rounder 11661-0634-2

Occidental Brothers. Dance Band International

Odo Sanbra

Akwaaba [4:30] Yaa Amponsah [3:00]

Bela Fleck, Luo Cultural Association

Throw Down Your Heart – the Africa Sessions

Kinetsa [4:00] Angelina [2:30]

See above.

Roswell Rudd & Gangbe Brass Band

Trombone Tribe

A Place Above [7:30]

Sunnyside / Soundscape 1207

Henry Kaiser & David Lindley: Tarika Sammy

A World Out of Time

Fanaon’ny Ankizy [2:00]

Shanachie 64041
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