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African Crossover Music

Monday, August 11, 2014

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.

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Squirreling Away the New Sounds

Monday, September 16, 2013

WNYC

It's the latest installment of the chronicles of withholding-from-John-Schaefer from the New Sounds Staff. With so much time since the last taunting, that means more things have been able to pile up on the NSAPA desk (pictured, left) and, of course, more importantly, so much tasty music to be squirreled away until the September harvest!

Let's begin with the unique and tasty combination of Nordic fiddle, West African harp, and danceable percussion.  The staff seems to have made it her mission to find and strongly suggest as much music incorporating the African lute-harp as possible, because, who doesn’t love kora?

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Vincent Segal & Ballake Sissoko

Monday, September 02, 2013

“Chamber Music,” the quietly elegant record from Ballaké Sissoko, who plays the traditional kora, a lute-harp from Mali, and Vincent Ségal, the French cellist who plays for the trip-hop band Bumcello, came about because Sissoko approached Segal after a Chocolate Genius show.  Following improvisatory leads, they wrote intimate and warm global chamber music, which sounds like it came about in the still of the night.

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African Crossover Music

Friday, April 26, 2013

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 (he passed too soon, on April 24, at the age of 59) 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. 

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Acoustic World Music

Saturday, March 23, 2013

For this New Sounds, sample from Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal's "Chamber Music," a lovely, intimate album for kora and cello. Also, a Senegalese/Belgian collaboration from Malick Pathe Sow & Maoba, a medieval Moorish song played by Chicago clarinetist James Falzone's trio, a sarod/guitar duo by Ranajit Sengupta & Miguel Guldimann, and more.

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Vincent Segal & Ballake Sissoko

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

“Chamber Music,” the quietly elegant record from Ballaké Sissoko, who plays the traditional kora, a lute-harp from Mali, and Vincent Ségal, the French cellist who plays for the trip-hop band Bumcello, came about because Sissoko approached Segal after a Chocolate Genius show.  Following improvisatory leads, they wrote intimate and warm global chamber music, which sounds like it came about in the still of the night.

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Acoustic World Music

Monday, March 12, 2012

For this New Sounds, sample from Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal's "Chamber Music," a lovely, intimate album for kora and cello. Also, a Senegalese/Belgian collaboration from Malick Pathe Sow & Maoba, a medieval Moorish song played by Chicago clarinetist James Falzone's trio, a sarod/guitar duo by Ranajit Sengupta & Miguel Guldimann, and more.

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Vincent Segal & Ballake Sissoko

Friday, May 06, 2011

“Chamber Music,” the quietly elegant record from Ballaké Sissoko, who plays the traditional kora, a lute-harp from Mali, and Vincent Ségal, the French cellist who plays for the trip-hop band Bumcello, came about because Sissoko approached Segal after a Chocolate Genius show.  Following improvisatory leads, they wrote intimate and warm global chamber music, which sounds like it came about in the still of the night. 

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Softer Sides of World Music

Thursday, November 18, 2010

For this New Sounds, sample from Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal's "Chamber Music," a lovely, refined album for kora and cello. Also, a Senegalese/Belgian collaboration from Malick Pathe Sow & Maoba, a medieval Moorish song played by Chicago clarinetist James Falzone's trio, a sarod/guitar duo by Ranajit Sengupta & Miguel Guldimann, and more.

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World Music Sampler

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

For this New Sounds, listen to an hour of recent recordings of world music, including Guinea’s electric kora player Ba Cissoko and Tibetan émigré singer Soname.  There’s also music from Gnawledge, a collaborative project featuring 16 musicians, exploring the roots of flamenco and Arab music.  Plus music by Salaam, Afro-Jewish jazz from Oran Etkin, and Balkan party horns from Goran Bregovic. 

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New Music for Kora

Sunday, October 03, 2010

The ancient harp/lute of the griots (the traditional storyteller/historian/musicians) of West Africa is now a thoroughly contemporary and global instrument, used by rockers like Björk, in film scores, and elsewhere. 

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Studio 360

Toumani Diabate

Friday, May 01, 2009

The kora is a 21 string instrument played all over West Africa. And Toumani Diabate is considered the greatest kora player in the world. He tells Kurt how growing up he loved the music in spaghetti westerns. Diabate also plays live in the studio.

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