Banning Eyre

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Ranky Tanky's Self-Titled Debut Makes Traditional Gullah Songs New

Thursday, January 11, 2018

The South Carolina band infuses funk and soul with influences from a Southern culture whose roots trace back to West and Central Africa.


In Debut Album, Ladama Reinterprets Sounds From 4 Countries

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Ladama's four ensemble members met during a fellowship program through the State Department. Their self-titled debut album, Ladama, offers new takes on musical traditions from their homes in Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia and the U.S.


Trio Da Kali And Kronos Quartet: A Happy Marriage Of Tradition And Rule-Breaking

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

An unlikely musical collaboration, Trio Da Kali and Kronos Quartet shatter boundaries of culture, genre, faith and ethnicity.


Young Musicians Call For Change In Ogoniland, Nigeria

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

A region of the Niger Delta destabilized by environmentally calamitous oil spills and political neglect, Ogoniland is fortunately also home to musicians who are making their voices heard.


Madagascar's Toko Telo Has A Synergy All Its Own

Monday, July 24, 2017

Three of the most recognized folk artists from the island of Madagascar came together to form a trio called Toko Telo. Music reviewer Banning Eyre says they've created perhaps the best introduction yet to Madagascar's utterly alluring folk music.


Mali's Oumou Sangaré Keeps Speaking Out On 'Mogoya'

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The celebrated singer has crafted a rich, rejuvenating album that addresses weighty subjects like suicide and the aftermath of her country's recent political crises.


Les Amazones D'Afrique Envision A World Of Gender Equality

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The group's musical mashup of tradition and technology on the album République Amazone echoes a greater goal: to make a big noise for women in a world run by men.


At Just 11 Years Old, Ty Waters Is Already Building His Pop Legacy

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

On his debut album Only Human, the young pop artist channels the energy of legends like Michael Jackson in more ways than one.


In This Bobo Yéyé Box Set, Find The Creativity And Optimism Of A Lost World

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The new release, Bobo Yéyé: Belle Époque in Upper Volta, contains music from a rich cultural moment in Burkina Faso just after it achieved independence from France.


Lebanese Composer Marcel Khalife's Urgent Reminder That Peace Is Possible

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

For over four decades, Khalife has made music amid political turmoil and social upheaval. His latest album, Andalusia Of Love, is brooding and wistfully optimistic.


What's Past Is Present On Two New Puerto Rican Albums

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Banning Eyre reviews two albums from artists who are reinventing classic sounds from Puerto Rico: iLe's iLevitable and Miramar's Dedication to Sylvia Rexach.


'Music Of Morocco': A Labor Of Love For Mid-Century Moroccan Musical Diversity

Thursday, June 02, 2016

In 1959, Paul Bowles traveled around Morocco to record as much traditional music as he could. A new box set of those recordings tells almost as much about Bowles as it does Morocco half a century ago.


On Anniversary Tour, Bunny Wailer Is Still A Blackheart Man

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The last living member of Bob Marley and the Wailers recently finished his first U.S. tour in more than 20 years. "That's my legacy: to sing for you people," says the 69-year-old musician.


Album Review: 'III,' By Bixiga 70

Monday, October 12, 2015

Bixiga 70 is a 10-piece band from Sao Paulo, Brazil. The eclectic set of musicians seamlessly fuses cumbia, afrobeat and funk. NPR's Banning Eyre says their instrumental dance songs have earned them a global reputation.


Guitar Phenom's New Album Pays Tribute To Jimi Hendrix

Monday, August 03, 2015

You might not have heard of Solorazaf, but you've certainly heard him play guitar. He's been a sideman to everyone from Nina Simone to Dizzy Gilespie. His latest solo album is called Solodeguitar.


Back In Ghana, Pat Thomas Gives New Life To Highlife

Monday, June 22, 2015

Pat Thomas and Kwashibu Area Band's eight songs unfold in beautifully paced arrangements that are unhurried, but also packed with ideas. Legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen guests.


Review: Razia Said, 'Akory'

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Imagine a country where most of the people are under 14 years old. Madagascar singer Razia Said lives in the U.S., but her songs tackle the challenges the African island nation faces.


Egyptian Singer, Meet Burundi Bassist. Play Among Yourselves!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The musicians who live in countries along the Nile rarely got to meet — until the Nile Project came along. Now they learn from each other, make records together and are currently touring the U.S.


Music Review: Dengue Fever's 'Deepest Lake'

Friday, January 30, 2015

Named after the mosquito-borne disease, LA's band Dengue Fever combines psychedelic rock with Cambodian pop. For over a decade, the six member band have managed to stay relevant by st...


Re-Compositions, Not Covers: Sam Amidon's Personal Folk Collages

Monday, November 03, 2014

On his new album, Lily-O, the folk musician approaches the genre with a sense of adventure, not reverence. In the process, he makes parts of our musical past viscerally present to us.