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Saturday, December 11, 2004
Mory Kante / Kora Plus / African Mix
Hear this show now:
First hour: Mixed bag of African music
Second hour: Mory Kante interview recorded at WOMEX plus music from his new cd Sabou.
Third hour: "Kora plus": Recordings by musicians who, like Mory Kante, have taken the traditional harp-lute of the West African griot into new ensemble contexts.
An alumnus of the legendary Super Rail Band of Bamako, Mali (where he replaced Salif Keita as vocalist), Guinean-born Mory Kante was one of the first artists to successfully fuse African roots music and dancefloor beats: His "Yeke Yeke" was a global hit in the eighties. The song still has legs; it was recently featured in Leonardo DiCaprio's film The Beach.
Though he's famous for electrifying roots music, Kante's latest CD Sabou (Riverboat Records / World Music Network) is all-acoustic. He'll give us the story behind the songs and tell us why he pulled the plug.
Mory Kante will make peform in New York (for the first time in over a decade) on Friday January 7 at SOB's, 204 Varick Street and Saturday January 8 as part of Globalfest, a star-studded one-night world music festival at Joe's Pub and the Public Theatre, 425 Lafayette Street.
Mory Kante's bio, discography etc: http://www.morykante.com.
More info on his latest cd Sabou via World Music Network: http://www.worldmusic.net/home/features/mory.html.
Rob’s interview with Mory Kante was recorded at the WOMEX world music expo in Essen, Germany on October 28, 2004.
This Week's Playlist:(* = new, *** = special)
Sudesh Bhosle and Kavita Krishnamurty:
Jooma Chumma De De
/ HUM (Soundtrack)
Bollywood film song credited to the famous songwriting duo Laxmikant Pyarelal - the lyrics are original but the music is taken from Mory Kante's "Tama"!
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