Program #1895

World music for percussion takes center stage on this installment of New Sounds. Host John Schaefer presents music by Kodo (pictured), the famed Taiko drumming group hailing from Sado Island, Japan. Also featured are performances by the Karnataka College of Percussion. Based in Bangalore, India, the conservatory is world renowned for its vibrant percussion ensemble "Tala Tarangini" (waves of rhythm). Bengt Berger is steeped in the percussion traditions of both Indian music and West African music, especially the drumming of Volta and Brong-Ahafu, and xylophone of northern Ghana. Also, we hear from Nils Petter Molvær and MegaDrums.

PROGRAM # 1895, Megadrumming (First aired on Tues, 3/6/01)






Tataku - the Best of Kodo, Vol. II

Bird Island [3:00]
Shake [7:00]
Ao-ki Kaze (Wind From The Steppes) [8:00]

Sony Japan/Red Ink #13914.
Available for purchase at*
More about Kodo at


Terra Nova

Orbit [4:30]

Intuition #3277 Available for purchase at*

Bengt Berger

Bitter Funeral Beer

Tongsi [5:00]

ECM #1179.


Terra Nova

Nucleus [6:00]

See above.

Nils Petter Molvær

Solid Ether

Ligotage [6:30]

ECM #1722.**

Repercussion Unit

In Need Again

Orfacape [11:00]

CMP #31. CMP is defunct and most of their CDs out of print. Try online at

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