Kind of Afroblues

For this New Sounds, listen to the blues that kind of wander someplace else. Hear the droning, bluesy grooves of guitarist Brad Barr, of The Slip, on "Bouba's Bounce," drawing inspiration from the late Sandy Bull's psychedelic folk. Also, there's a nod to the blues from Mali, with Bill Frisell's "Boubacar," from the Intercontinentals record. Plus, there’s Arabic-flavored blues, as Taj Mahal adapts the Mississippi Delta blues tune "Catfish Blues" ("I wish I was a catfish swimming in the deep blue sea, I'd have all you good looking women swimming after me … "), with references to the Malian cities of Timbuktu and Bamako as well as the capital city of Zanzibar. And as always, much more.

PROGRAM #2587, “Afroblues” (First aired on Tues. 9-26-06)





Various Artists: Taj Mahal & The Culture Musical Club of Zanzibar

Blues Around the World

Catfish Blues [6:30]

Putumayo #253 ** *

Dama & D’Gary

The Long Way Home

Searching for Work [6:30]

Shanachie #64052 Out of print, but try or other auction sites

Various Artists: Dama Mahaleo

A World Out of Time: Henry Kaiser & David Lindley In Madagascar

Kobaka [7:00]

Shanachie #64041

Boubacar Traore

Kar Kar

Kavana [6:00]

Sterns Africa #1037

Various Artists: Brad Barr

Imaginational Anthem, Vol. 1

Bouba’s Bounce [6:00]

Tompkins Square OR download thru iTunes or

Boubacar Traore

Kar Kar

Adieu Pierrette [5:00]

See above.

Bill Frisell

The Intercontinentals

Boubacar [6:00]

Nonesuch #79661 **

Ali Farka Toure

The Source

Mahini Me [5:00]

Hannibal #1375***