African Crossover Music


For this New Sounds, listen to musicians from Belgium, Switzerland, the U.K., and Italy working together with musicians living in Kenya, Senegal, Mali, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso.  Hear the late American slide guitarist Bob Brozman working together with Guinean kora player Djeli Moussa Diawara from a record called “Ocean Blues.” Then there’s music from another American guitarist Ry Cooder, collaborating with the late great Malian guitarist Ali Farka Toure, along with some Saharan desert blues from Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara.

Listen to the Owiny Sigoma Band, where London-based musicians traveled to Nairobi in Kenya to collaborate and music from the Zita Swoon Group, an Antwerp-based collective together with musicians from Burkina Faso.  Plus, hear Senegalese kora player Noumoucounda Cissoko accompanied by Swiss musicians, Phat 4, and much more.

PROGRAM # 3460, African Crossover Music (First aired on 4/26/2013)                                                    





Paul Simon & Ladysmith Black Mambazo


Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes, excerpt [1:30]

Warner / Rhino 74803
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Ali Farka Toure & Ry Cooder

Ai Du + 2

Ai Du [7:09]

Promotional release/ Hannibal #VRCD 2-1381. Not for commercial release

Noumoucounda Cissoko & Phat 4


Rough Guide to Acoustic Africa bonus CD

Bannaya Foly [6:25]

RGNET 12957

Owiny Sigoma Band

Power Punch

Nagalo Ni Piny Odag [2:31]

Brownswood BWOOD062

Djeli Moussa Diawara & Bob Brozman

Ocean Blues- from Africa to Hawaii

Almany [5:43]

Celluloid  #67022
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Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara

Tell No Lies

Tonjo Yima [4:18]

Real World USCDRW170

Zita Swoon Group

Wait For Me

Ala Lon Man Di

Crammed Discs craw79

Samuel Yirga


Firma Ena Wereket [6:59]

Real World Records CDRW 190

Zap Mama

Adventures In Afropea 1

Babanzélé [7:35]

Luaka Bop #45183
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Ludovico Einaudi & Ballaké Sissoko

Diario Mali

A L'Ombre [8:24]

Ponderosa Music & Art PDCD018
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