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Saturday, April 9, 2005 Options
African Xylophones: Famoro Dioubate & Raul Rothblatt + Bernard Woma

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Spotlight on African xylophones including an intimate live session with Guinean-born balafon player Famoro Dioubate and cellist Raul Rothblatt, an archival visit with the Ghanaian gyil player Bernard Woma and lots of African (and later, some Asian) xylophone music on record.

Famoro has serious credentials in West African traditional music.  He is the grandson of El Hadj Djelli Sory Kouyate, a living legend of the Mandeng balafon, and he has played for Guinean Presidents and with the country’s most famous musical export, Mory Kante, among many others.  Here in NYC he is a member of the Fula Flute ensemble, and Famoro and Raul play together in the extremely multi-culti band Dallam-Dougou.  Raul is a composer and he's also co-founder of the locally-based Hungarian roots dance band Eletfa.

Raul's Jumbie Records label is producing a wide-ranging African xylophone conference / festival featuring performances by Famoro Dioubate, Bernard Woma and many others at Columbia University and Satalla, 37 W 26 St, April 29-30.

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Ba Cissoko: Dandala Options / Sabolan / Marabi / *

Dele Sosimi: Turbulent Times Options / Various Artists: ASAP, The Afrobeat Sudan Aid Project / Modiba / *
Benefit cd to aid victims of ethnic violence in the Darfur region of Sudan. Available via or via itunes.

Baka Beyond: Awaya Baka Options / East to West / Narada World

Wu Man: Nandere Options / Wu Man and Friends / Traditional Crossroads / *
Featuring James Makubuya

Simon Diaz: Pasaje del Olvido Options / Mis Canciones, My Songs / World Village / *

Eliades Ochoa: Maria Cristina Options / Hecho En Cuba 2 / Escondida Music
Also on Global Rhythm on Disc, cd accompanying Global Rhythm magazine, April 2005.

Famoro Dioubate and Raul Rothblatt: Dunya Options
Live in the studio

Famoro Dioubate and Raul Rothblatt: So Si Sa Options
Live in the studio

Ugandan village musicians: Obuwala Bwe Nawanende Options / Various Artists: Secular Music from Uganda 1950/1952 / SWP
Xylophone = "Embaire". Recorded by the great South African ethnomusicologist Hugh Tracey

Bernard Woma: I'm Addicted to the Xylophone Music Options
Performed live on WFMU, July 7, 2001. (This is a solo piece but Valerie Naranjo and Barry Olsen also participated in the session.) Preceded by an interview with Bernard Woma.

Sérendopé: Galé (Fortune) Options / Various Artists: Republique Centrafricaine: Musique de Xylophones / Le Chant Du Monde
Xylophone = "Be Zanga"

Kambazithe Makolekole: Mbeta Kudandaula (A Worried, Unmarried Woman) Options / Various Artists: From Lake Malawi to the Zambezi / Popular African Music
Xylophone = "Ulimba"

Amampondo: Nomabongo (Miss Stuck-Up) Options / An Image of Africa / EWM
Marimba instrumental (South Africa)

Marivelo and Tsiahoa: Tsibilo (This Is Not a Healing Seance) Options / Various Artists: Madagascar - Pays Bara / Ocora
Xylophone = "Atragnatra" (also known as "Kilangay")

Djiguiya: Sida Bana Options / Sakidi / Daqui
Balafon + ensemble (from Burkina Faso)

Eduardo Durao: Walamba Kudja Mundino (Sister-in-law Doesn't Want To Eat) Options / Timbila / Globestyle
Xylophone = "Mbila" (Mozambique)

Neba Solo: Cinporoko Nonougoro Options / Various Artists: Frikyiwa 1 / Six Degrees
Great balafon player from Guinea (his given name is Souleymane Traoré) remixed by Jeff Sharel.

Damon Albarn, Afel Bocum, Toumani Diabaté, Ko Kan Ko Sata Doumbia and friends: Kela Village Options / Mali Music
This track also features Neba Solo on balafon

Brazz Brothers, Tatunane, Hukwe Zawose: Dogoli Options / AfroBrazz
Norwegians and Tanzanians in collaboration

Miqueu Montanaro and Sapto Raharjo: Kampung Options / Java / Stupeur & Trompette
(Miqueu Montanaro a/k/a Michel Montanaro)

Joged Ensemble of Yeh Mekecir village: Ungkab Sabda Options / Bali - Joged Bumbung / Ocora
Featuring bamboo - "bambung" - xylophones. Ensemble under the direction of I Wayan Santra

Songsak Pathomsin and ensemble: Lam Sithandon Options / Instrumental Music of Northeast Thailand / King Record World Music Library
Xylophone = "Pong Lang"

Mandeng Eletrik: Fula vs. Organic Grooves Options / Mandeng Eletrik / Mulatta
Featuring Fula Flute Ensemble (Famoro Dioubate, balafon) and Organic Grooves

Konono No. 1: Kule Kule Options / Congotronics / Crammed Discos / *
From the Congo. Featuring Likembe, a hand-held pitched percussion instrument

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