Global Banjo


The trio of Foday Musa Suso, Joel Harrison, Tony Trischka, now known as the FoJoTo String Band, is a collaborative unit of cross-cultural kora, guitar & banjo. We'll hear some music that they played live on Soundcheck. There's also banjo in a skronky math-metal mood from Seabrook Power Plant, along with music involving the banjo's West African antecedents. Plus, shamisen music by the Yoshida Brothers, and more.

PROGRAM # 2963, Global Banjo (First aired on July 22, 2009)





FoJoTo String Band

Live on Soundcheck, 7/21/09

Gourd Banza [2:28]

Not commercially available.

Bela Fleck

Throw Down Your Heart

Envelope of Many [5:06]

Rounder 11661-0634-2


The Codona Trilogy: Codona 3

Hey Da Ba Boom [7:13]

ECM 2033-35

David Rothenberg, Graeme Boone and Glen Velez

On the Cliffs of the Heart

In My Heart There is a Discord (Machaut) [4:09]

New Tone 6744
Out of print.
Only available as iTunes download

Jim Bowie

Live, 10/88 @ WNYC

Bulerias [4:53]

Not commercially available.

Seabrook Power Plant

Seabrook Power Plant

Ho Chi Minh Trail [4:39]

Loyal Label LLCD 006 Info at

Download from Amazon,
or available at

Mick Moloney, Eugene O'Donnell, Seamus Eagan

3 Way Street

John Doherty'sCrowley'sEmily's [3:49]

Green Linnet 1129 Available at OR download thru

Yoshida Brothers


Modern Hishou Version [2:29]

Domo 73071

Ustad Mohammed Omar

Virtuoso From Afghanistan

Emen – Tintal, excerpt [4:00]

Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 40439

Alison Brown

Simple Pleasures

Mambo Banjo [4:01]

Vanguard 79459 Out of print, but try or auction sites. Some of the tunes are available as a best of, called “Vanguard Visionaries” thru or



Banjo Doina, excerpt [1:15]

Shanachie #21007 Download from