Program #1928

World music with plucked strings takes center stage on this edition of New Sounds. We hear Tunisian oud virtuoso Anouar Brahem (pictured) who performs Middle Eastern music from his hypnotic trio CD "Astrakan Café." Korean-American komungo (Korean fourth century fretted board zither) virtuoso Jin Hi Kim is represented with her work "Saturn's Moons." And we feature Toumani Diabate, undoubtedly the best-known exponent of the kora from Mali, and who is known throughout West Africa as the "king of the kora."

PROGRAM #1928, plucked strings around the world (First aired on June 19, 2001)





Anouar Brahem Trio

Astrakan Café

Astrakan Café [3:00] Nihawand Lunga [3:30]

ECM #1718** (

Various artists

Unwired: Africa

Toumani Diabate: Yamfa [5:00]

World Music Network #RGNET 1062** ; ; phone (0) 20 7498 5252 (UK)

Richard Leo Johnson

Fingertip Ship

Empitsu No Uta [3:30]

Metroblue #96901**

Jin Hi Kim


Saturn's Moons [5:00]

OO Discs #oo70. 203-367-7917. ;

Kronos Quartet (with Wu Man)

Early Music

J. Dowland: Lachrymae Antiquae [4:00]

Nonesuch #79457**
Available for purchase at*

Simon Shaheen & Vishwa M. Bhatt


Ghazal, excerpt [8:30]

Water Lily Acoustics #51.** 805-968-8188.

John Fahey

Live, Central Park Summer Stage, 6/18/88

You'll Find Her Name Written There [3:00]

Not commercially available; dozens of Fahey CDs can be found online or in all better record stores.

Pat Metheny

New Chautauqua

Sueno con Mexico [6:00]

ECM #1131** ( )

Anouar Brahem Trio

Astrakan Café

Ashkabad [4:30]

ECM #1718, see above.

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