Episode #3456

The Guitar as an African Instrument

« previous episode | next episode »

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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 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


Jace Clayton's 'The Julius Eastman Memory Depot'

Piano Grooves (Special Podcast - We're Back!)

For this New Sounds Special Podcast*, listen to a few groove-based pieces for piano and electronics, including brand-new music from Jace Clayton (aka DJ Rupture) which looks back to an outsider figure of “Downtown” Manhattan scene in the 1980’s – Julius Eastman, the late gay African American composer, pianist, vocalist, and dancer. Eastman’s work forms the basis of Clayton’s album; two long works – one involving the “n” word, and “Gay Guerilla.” Hear the conclusion of “Gay Guerrilla” arranged for two pianos and electronics, along with the latest from Brandt Bauer Frick, and 11-musician strong Berlin-based ensemble who reproduce rhythms and sounds of electronic dance music (EDM) mostly acoustically.


Comments [2]

Steve from New Haven CT

Hi. I can't listen to your shows on my ipad!!!!! The popup player keeps crashing / closing Safarie when it gets about 15 seconds in. Thanks.

May. 27 2013 07:43 PM
Maxine McFadden from NY

Greetings All,
The show tonight was smashin'… is it possible to send a playlist? More specifically, I am trying to identify the last song by Pierre Akendengué (I think) with it's long, melodic refrain that faded out at the end and a distinct, erratic cowbell sound that begged for the input of a "Soca" percussionist :)
Please, thanks!

Apr. 17 2013 12:39 AM

Leave a Comment

Email addresses are required but never displayed.

Get the WNYC Morning Brief in your inbox.
We'll send you our top 5 stories every day, plus breaking news and weather.