West Africa Unwired

Listen to some acoustic music from an area now known largely for its electric Afropop on this New Sounds. We'll hear some works from West African singer and kora players Ballake Sissoko, Toumani Diabate and Mory Kante along with tunes from acoustic guitar legends Baaba Maal, Mansour Seck and Boubacar Traore - mostly from the recent compilation partnership with Amnesty International and Oxfam, "Think Global: West Africa Unwired." Plus, other bluesy sounds from Mali, Wodaabe music from the Sahelian savannah and Manding rhythms, and perhaps music from Senegalese star Youssou N'Dour as well.

PROGRAM #2670, West Africa Unwired (04/26/2007)





Various Artists: Baaba Maal & Mansour Seck

West Africa Unwired

Maacina Tooro [6:00]

Riverboat #1169 ** www.worldmusic.net

Mory Kante

Djou [5:30]

Djeli Moussa Diawara & Bob Brozman

Kanun [5:00]

Boubacar Traore

Adieu Pierrette [5:00]

Salif Keita


Iniagige [4:30]

Decca #440016906 ** www.universalclassics.com*

Alpha Yaya Diallo

The Message

Kakande [5:30]

Wicklow/BMG #63407 www.wicklowrecords.com*

Salif Keita


Baba [4:30]

See above.

Youssou N'Dour


Tijaniyya [6:00]

Nonesuch #79694 ** www.nonesuch.com*

Toumani Diabate & Ballake Sissoko

New Ancient Strings

Salaman [6:00]

Rykodisc/Hannibal #1428 www.rykodisc.com*