Episode #2574

West African Snap

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Saturday, August 02, 2008

Hear some buoyant music from Mali, Bourkina Faso, Senegal, and more on this New Sounds program. We'll hear the latest release from Toumani Diabate's Symmetric Orchestra, one of Bamako's most popular bands. Their name refers to a balance between tradition and progress, and their contagiously danceable tunes range from age-old Mandé standards to Cuban-Senegalese salsa. Then there's the driving and energetic "West African Snap," by the World Saxophone Quartet, a most unusual jazz combo, who have been playing together for nearly 30 years, and whose repertoire has ranged from blues to funk, to an album of Jimi Hendrix covers in addition to their latest release, "Political Blues."

[Worth mentioning, even though we won't hear any of it on this New Sounds, "Political Blues" is an eloquent musical statement which seethes in anger at the Bush administration's handling of New Orleans relief, homeland security, and racial issues (Justin Time Records.)] There's also music from Bourkina Faso by singer and djembe (a drum carved from a tree trunk) master Amadou Kienou Plus, selections from the final recording by Ali Farka Touré called "Savane."

PROGRAM # 2574, “West African Snap” (First aired on Wed. 7/26/06)





World Saxophone Quartet

Ballads and Dances

West African Snap [3:00]

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World Saxophone Quartet & African Drums


Lullaby [5:00]

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Toumani Diabate’s Symmetric Orchestra

Boulevard de L’independence

Mamadou Diaby [6:30]

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Ali Farka Toure


Erdi [4:30]

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Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate

In The Heart Of The Moon

Hawa Dolo [5:00]

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Taj Mahal & Toumani Diabate


Mississippi-Mali Blues [3:00]

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Amadou Kienou & Son Ensemble Foteban


Ouagadougou Kalou [5:30]

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Kronos Quartet

Pieces of Africa

Obo Addy: Wawshishijay [5:00]

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Ketama & Toumani Diabate & Jose Soto

Songhai 2

Mali Sajio [5:00]

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