#3077: Western Musicians in Africa

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For this New Sounds, sample some of Regina Carter’s "Reverse Thread," a record influenced by rhythms and melodies of Africa. She funded the project herself, thanks to her "Genius" award, traveling through West and East Africa, along with Madagascar. Listen as she arranges music by Malian guitarist Boubacar Traoré and another Malian guitarist, Habib Koite.

Plus, there’s music from her western predecessors, Henry Kaiser and David Fanshawe. Also, listen as Ethio-jazzer Mulatu Astatke teams up with UK’s musician collective known as the Heliocentrics, who revolve just as much around Sun Ra as James Brown, Afro and Eastern sounds. And, we have selections from the fourteen additional songs (he couldn’t fit them all on the first release) of Bela Fleck’s effort, "Throw Down Your Heart," recorded on Bela’s journey from Nashville to Mali, The Gambia, Tanzania and Uganda. It’s music from the Africa Sessions, Part 2, where we’ll hear Bela Fleck and Malian musician Afel Bocoum and more.

PROGRAM # 3077, Western Musicians in Africa (First aired on 5/18/2010)





Regina Carter

Reverse Thread

Boubacar Traore: Kanou [5:52]

E1 Entertainment 2090 Available on Emusic.com, iTunes or Amazon.com*

Bela Fleck & Afel Bocoum

Throw Down Your Heart, The Africa Sessions Part 2

Salam Aleikum [4:43]

www.belafleck.com for lossless download. Also available at Emusic.com

Regina Carter

Reverse Thread

Habib Koite: N’Teri [5:52]

See above.

Bela Fleck

Throw Down Your Heart, The Africa Sessions Part 2

The Rights of Man / Ya Fama [6:09]

See above.

David Fanshawe

African Sanctus & Dona Nobis Pacem

Love Song Piano Solo [3:50]

Silva SILLKD 6003
Purchase or download from www.silvascreen.co.uk

Mulatu Astatke / The Heliocentrics

Inspiration Information

Masenqo [6:23]

Strut 040

Various Artists

A World Out of Time; Henry Kaiser & David Lindley In Madagascar

Tarika Sammy / Fanaon'ny Ankizy [2:23] Tarika Rakoto Frah / The Rakoto Frah Two-Step [2:48]


Shanachie 64041 www.shanachie.com OR Amazon.com*

Splendid Master Gnawa Musicians of Morocco Feat. Randy Weston

Splendid Master Gnawa Musicians of Morocco Feat. Randy Weston

Chalabati, excerpt [6:00]


Verve 521 547
Out of print. Stream at www.randyweston.info
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