10 August 2009

Monday's mp3: Takin' the banjo back to the motherland

I hope this isn't overkill, since I've been raving here about Bela Fleck's new collaborative album a fair amount recently. But I'm headed out shortly to Seattle's Jazz Alley to see him live, alongside Malian kora virtuoso Toumani Diabate.

If you haven't heard the album yet, what are you waiting for? It's a delicious mixture with Fleck lending a light banjo touch to music from a wide variety of African musicians. The family of Tanzanian musical legend Hukwe Zawose is there, as are Afel Bocoum, Vusi Mahlasela, D'Gary, and Oumou Sangare. And others we're not familiar with, such as Ateso Jazz Band, The Jatta Family, and Muwewesu Xylophone Group.

It's like Paul Simon's Graceland, only focused on instruments more than vocals. And in its own quiet way, it's just as satisfying as Simon's groundbreaking album.

[mp3] Bela Fleck with Oumou Sangare & Toumani Diabate: Ah Ndiya
from the album Throw Down Your Heart: Africa Sessions




review on Afropop Worldwide

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