#3456: The Guitar as an African Instrument

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Maybe the guitar wasn’t originally an African instrument, but it certainly has become one.  For this New Sounds, take a listen to music from the late Cameroonian guitarist Francis Bebey, along with music from Gabonese guitarist singer and musician Pierre Akendengué.  There’s also guitar music from South Africa's Derek Gripper - who does arrangements of music from other parts of Africa, especially Mali.  Plus, music from fellow South African Guy Buttery, in addition to selections from classical guitarist John Williams, and his versions of pieces of African works for guitar from the “Magic Box” record.

PROGRAM # 3456, African Guitar Music  (First aired on 4/16/2013)                                                         





Various Artists: Unknown

Before Benga 1 Kenya Dry

Chemirocha (Jimmy Rodgers) [1:27]

Original Music OMCD 021
Out of print.  Try online auction sites.
Another recording of Chemirocha can be downloaded via Emusic.com from the compilation, "Kenyan Songs and Strings."

Various Artists: Willamu Osale

Before Benga 1 Kenya Dry

Vijana Niambie [2:43]

Original Music OMCD 021
Out of print.  Try online auction sites.

Francis Bebey

Nandolo | With Love: Works 1963-1994

Mitingidingi [5:09]

Original Music OMCD 027
Out of print.  Try online auction sites.

Boubacar Traoré

The Best Of Boubacar Traoré

Soundiata [6:10]

Wrasse Records WRASS 082

John Williams (Guitar) & Friends

The Magic Box

Malinke Guitars [6:05]

Sony Classical 89483

Derek Gripper

One Night on Earth Music from the strings of Mali

Toumani Diabate: Konkoba (Earth) [4:42]

New Cape Records NC11

Various Artists: Humphrey Eshitool

Before Benga 1 Kenya Dry

Jirani na Waganga [3:00]

Original Music OMCD 021
Out of print.  Try online auction sites.

Pierre Akendengue

Passe Compose

OmaAyiya [3:56]

Encore ENC 140
Out of print. Try online auction sites.

Guy Buttery

Fox Hill Lane

Mama [3:04]

Peace of Eden Multimedia
POEMS 170620091

John Williams

The Magic Box

The Magic Box [3:10]

See above.

Francis Bebey

Django Preface: World Music Guitar

A Letter From Sierra Leone [6:23]

Ozileka CD 13904
Out of print, try Amazon.com