African Cross-cultural Music

There’s African music from Russia, Italy, England, and, of course, Africa on this edition of New Sounds. Italian reedman Gianluigi Trovesi’s latest project, an octet, has just released a record called ”Fugace.” From it, we’ll hear “African Tryptych,” which merges the spirit of New Orleans with Italian popular song, European classical music, and space jazz. Plus, new interpretations of Senegalese traditional music by singer and musician Mola Sylla and Russian double bass player Vladimir Volkov from the record “Seetu” (Mirror). We’ll also hear from Mali-born vocalist and drummer Abdoulaye Diabate, who sends his soaring voice over traditional W. African instruments and electric bass.

PROGRAM #2198 African Cross-cultural music (Thursday, 10-2-03)





Mola Sylla & Vladimir Volkov


Aline Citoye [5:30]

Long Arms

Tunde Jegede


Departure [5:30]

Triciom Records #1001

Various Artists

Africa: Drum, Chant & Instrumental Music

Lodagaa Wiiks and Gulu, excerpt [:30]

Nonesuch Explorer #72073* OR available for purchase at*

Bengt Berger

Bitter Funeral Beer

Tongsi [5:00]

ECM #1179*

Gianluigi Trovesi Ottetto


African Triptych [5:00]

ECM #1827***

Kronos Quartet

Pieces of Africa

J. Tamusuza: Ekitundu Ekisooka [5:30]

Nonesuch #79275*** OR available for purchase at*

Various artists: Toumani Diabate & Ballake Sissoko

Mali Lolo: Stars of Mali

Cheikhna Demba [4:30]

Smithsonian Folkways #40508***

Abdoulaye Diabate & Super Manden Fakoli [6:00]

Eileen Ivers

Immigrant Soul

Paddy In Zululand [4:00]

Koch #8494**
Available for purchase at*

Afro-Celt Sound System

Volume 1: Sound Magic

Dark Moon, High Tide [4:00]

Real World #62359***

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